The authors on Helsinki Literary Agency’s list are a beautiful bunch.
There are those who write breathtaking literary fiction and those who know how to spin a crime novel. Some can take the reader centuries back in time – or to a whole new world. Some of them write to children in a such a thrilling way that it gives even the adult reader goose bumps. There are writers of the most intriguing narrative nonfiction and of fascinating guides and funny pass-time books too.
The power of literature lies in variety: there is a book to read for everyone. Hence the goal of Helsinki Literary Agency is to offer the readers in other countries a good, representative section of Finnish literature.
Helsinki Literary Agency has strengthened its team with the recruitment of two new literary agents. Viivi Arela joins the agency at the beginning of July, followed by Kai Aareleid in August. Since 2014, Arela has worked as communications director of the Finnish fashion brand Arela. She will continue to work part-time as public relations officer …
We are continuing our creative literary interviews series with HLA’s writers! Marcus Rosenlund, a weather fanatic and author of the phenomenal nonfiction The Weather that Changed the World, reveals fascinating stories behind the history of climate, its impact to us, humans, and encourages climate hope for the future. Full interview here.
Antti Rönkä’s debut novel Off the Ground was awarded Thank You for the Book Prize 2020! The prize is given out yearly since 1966, for a book that is considered to have caused the biggest intellectual and/or emotional stimulus to the readers during the past year. The winner is decided upon jointly by The Booksellers’ …
Helsinki Literary Agency is a modern literary agency based in the capital of Finland. It offers publishers the best selection of Finnish fiction and nonfiction authors – a beautiful variety of genres and styles. Founded in the beginning of 2017, the agency is a joint venture of four independent Finnish publishing houses: Gummerus, Schildts & Söderströms, Siltala and Teos. The agency represents a wide range of prominent, award winning authors writing both in Finnish and Swedish.
Gummerus, founded in 1872, is Finland’s third largest publisher with a list of 200 titles each year. It is now owned by Swedish Storytel.
Schildts & Söderströms
Schildts & Söderströms is Finland’s largest Swedish language publisher with a history dating back 1891. Its imprint S&S publishes books in Finnish.
Siltala, founded in 2008, publishes about 40 titles a year. Its list includes both literary fiction and nonfiction.
Teos, founded in 2003, publishes about 45 new titles annually. The focus is on literary fiction, but the list includes also nonfiction and children’s titles.
Here is a link to media stories about the Helsinki Literary Agency, updated whenever there is news.
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Helsinki Literary Agency is headed by Urpu Strellman (b. 1979). She has worked in publishing for over 15 years, longest as an editor and a publishing manager. In the beginning of 2017 she started to work at the then brand new Helsinki Literary Agency. For years she has also been teaching editing, writing and how to popularize science. She has co-authored a book about how to write nonfiction and another about how to write with influence. Most recently she has published a guide about selling nonfiction rights abroad (so watch out, world – Finnish nonfiction is soon coming to you!).
With a colourful past from bartending on the top of Canadian Rockies to working for the EU Commission, Urtė (b. 1991) eventually joined the agency in the beginning of 2019, and in addition to selling rights is also in charge of newsletters, social media and communications. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Helsinki, majoring in Finnish language and culture. On the side, she is a literary translator, whose work has been awarded and enlisted amongst the best translations of the year a few years in a row.
Literary Agent (starting 17th August 2020)
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