If you are a Finland-based author looking for an agent to represent your book in foreign markets, please send a synopsis and a short introduction together with the full manuscript and some press reviews to We will get in touch within 60 days if we are interested. Please note that we do not return manuscripts or reading copies, so do not send us originals. Good luck!

Elina Ahlback Literary Agency represents Nordic writers of fiction and non-fiction, for both adult and children’s books as well as illustrators. Our agents work with literary and commercial fiction, thrillers, women’s fiction, science fiction/fantasy, narrative non-fiction, psychology, popular science, parenting, self-help, young adult and children’s fiction/non-fiction and picture books.




Elina Ahlbäck
CEO, Literary Agent

– Film & TV rights
– U.S., UK & Commonwealth, Asian territories
– Scandinavian Subrights: Macmillan US Children’s
– Growth Strategy

Elina is the founder of the Agency, and has enjoyed a successful career in publishing and bookselling since 1982. She has built an extensive personal network in the international publishing community, and holds a Master of Science degree in international economics. She loves Shakespeare and Jane Austen – and enjoys Agatha Christie.

Toomas Aasmäe
Literary Agent

– Germany, France, Nordic Countries. Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia,
– Digital Business Development

Toomas has a B.Sc. degree in Political Science, which he studied at the University of Tartu. He worked as an E-Commerce Manager and Development Manager for Estonia’s largest bookseller, Rahva Raamat for seven years. Toomas is enthusiastic about literature, analytics, and retail sales.

Elsa Lindström
Literary Agent

– Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, World Arabic, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal
– in collaboration with co-agents in Spain & Latin America, Brazil & Portugal, Japan, Korea
– Social media & Communications

Elsa is a recent graduate from the University of Glasgow with a MA (Hons) degree in Media and Politics, during which she also completed a year abroad in Waseda University, Tokyo. Her love for exploring and curiosity towards the world shows in her taste in books, which ranges from Dostoyevsky to Tolkien and from sci-fi to Young Adult.

Sten-Erik Tammemäe
Literary Agent

– Netherlands, Russia, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, North-Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
– in collaboration with co-agents in China and Taiwan
– Social media & Communications

Sten-Erik has an M.A. degree in History from the University of Tartu.  He enjoys reading both classics, newest releases, and non-fiction, agrees with Carl Sagan that writing might be the greatest of human inventions, and dreams of having a library room for himself and his family.


Linda Powell
Rights & Contracts Coordinator

– Contracts, invoicing and royalties
– Coordinating social media & communications
– Supporting the Agency’s Sales team
– Helsinki office administration

Linda has an LLB degree in Law and Politics. Most recently, she completed her Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Law, specializing in technology law and intellectual property.
Linda is a fan of good story-telling and captivating narratives, no matter the medium. In particular, she enjoys delving into sci-fi and historical non-fiction.



World English Rights

US, UK, & Commonwealth
Rhea Lyons, Co-Agent, HG Literary, USA

Gudrun Giddings

Worldwide Media Rights

Gudrun Giddings, Head of Media Rights
Los Angeles, USA


China & Taiwan: The Grayhawk Agency
Japan: Japan UNI Agency, Inc.
Korea: Danny Hong Agency
Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Portugal: MB Agencia Literaria



Elina Ahlback Literary Agency sells book, film and TV rights in fiction, children’s books and non-fiction to publishers and producers all around the world and negotiates the best possible contract, including a marketing plan, for its clients. We are regular participants at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Gothenburg Book Fair and we have representation at international film & TV festivals.

The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency was established in June 2009 by Elina Ahlbäck, who has enjoyed a successful career in publishing and bookselling since 1982. Our Agency’s head office is located in the heart of Helsinki, and we have offices in Los Angeles and New York City.

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