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

– Germany
– U.S., UK & Commonwealth in collaboration with Agency’s
– Film & TV rights in collaboration with Agency’s media rights representative
– Spain, Brazil, Portugal and Asian territories in collaboration with co-agencies

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.

Julia Kellums
Literary Agent

– Nordic Countries, the Netherlands, France, Germany (children’s books)
– Scandinavian Subrights: Macmillan US Children’s & Simon & Schuster US Children’s
– Social media & communications

Julia has a MA degree in Comparative Literature, which she studied in Helsinki and Amsterdam. After graduation she has been working in a publishing house as an editor, and she has taught Finnish for foreigners. Julia enjoys reading a good detective book as well as a postmodern classic, but stories about the adolescent experience have a special place in her heart.

Toomas Aasmäe
Literary Agent

– Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Baltics, and Eastern & Southern Europe, world Arabic.
– Social media & Communications

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

Nicole Myyryläinen
Rights Coordinator

– Contracts and royalties
– Helsinki office administration

Nicole is our rights coordinator and she assists the agents in sales and material requests.  Originally a bookseller, she majored in Finnish and Nordic studies and translates from Finnish and Swedish into German. Nicole enjoys Icelandic sagas and contemporary urban literature with a weakness for family novels exploring paradigm shifts and social issues.




China & Taiwan: The Grayhawk Agency
Japan: Japan UNI Agency, Inc.
Korea: Danny Hong Agency
Spain, Brazil, Portugal: MB Agencia Literaria
Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam: Tuttle-Mori Agency Co.,Ltd.
US & UK: Rhea Lyons, HG Agency


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.

Read our story here.

Privacy Policy GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency follows the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. The contact information we have about you is used only to send out news, newsletters and other sales and marketing information about Finnish literature. It will not be given to third parties.

We are glad to give you more detailed information about the measures we take to protect your data: our contact information is above.

Rikhardinkatu 4 B 21, 00130