Helsinki Literary Agency

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.

Take a peek at our authors and their books!

News

Three HLA titles nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize

Minna Rytisalo’s novel Mrs. C, Eva Frantz’s crime novel The Eighth Maiden and Anssi Hurme & Maija Hurme’s children’s book Shadowed have been nominated for the Torch-bearer Prize 2019.   Each writer’s work has already gained much praise: Rytisalo’s Mrs. C is also nominated for the Book of the Year Award in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize. Also, her debut novel Lempi (2016) became wildly successful in Finland: it gathered a …

Rytisalo’s Mrs C. nominated Book of the Year in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize

Minna Rytisalo’s bestselling novel Mrs C. is one of the three nominees for Book of the Year in Bonnier’s competition for Grand Journalism Prize. The jury stated: “Mrs Canth, a teacher’s wife, lives through a marriage which grows to be happy and in which the wife and the husband work together for the things that …

Weather that Changed the World sold to three areas

The Weather that Changed the World, a narrative nonfiction title by science journalist Marcus Rosenlund has been sold to three areas. In Estonia, the book has been acquired by Ühinenud Ajakirjad and in Hungary by Cser Kiado. The Spanish world rights have been acuired by a Mexican publisher Elefanta. Rosenlund shows in The Weather that Changed the …

About the agency

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.

The agency was founded in the beginning of 2017 as a joint venture of three independent Finnish publishing houses, Gummerus, Teos Publishers and Schildts & Söderströms (news about the agency in Publishing Perspectives). The agency’s goal is to offer its authors the chance to enchant new audiences in many countries and in doing so to gain a firm foothold for Finnish literature in the international market.

Helsinki Literary Agency is headed by Urpu Strellman (b. 1979). Her history is in publishing: after some years as a sub-editor for a scientific journal she worked for eleven year as an editor and a publishing manager for Art House Publishing, scouring the book fairs and bringing the works of wonderful authors to the reach of the Finnish audience. As a pastime Urpu has for years been teaching editing, writing and how to popularize science at the University of Helsinki. In the past few years she has gotten involved in a few nonfiction book projects as an author – and in a few as a translator.  (Photo: Ismo Jokinen)

Here is a link to media stories about the Helsinki Literary Agency, updated whenever there is news.

Agents:
Urpu Strellman
Literary Agent, CEO
M +358 40 737 5535
urpu@helsinkiagency.fi

Urte Liepuoniute
Trainee Literary Agent
urte@helsinkiagency.fi

Exclusive co-agents:

Brazil
Vikings of Brazil | Pasi Loman
pasi.loman@vikingsbr.com.br

China
Grayhawk Agency | Clare Chi
clare@grayhawk-agency.blogspot.com

Japan
Tuttle-Mori Agency | Ken Mori
ken@tuttlemori.com

Korea
Momo Agency | Geenie Han
geeniehan@mmagency.co.kr

Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese (excl. Brazil)
Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency | Marina Penalva
marina@casanovaslynch.com

Turkey
Kalem Agency | Nazli Gürkas
rights@kalemagency.com

Address:
Helsinki Literary Agency
Snellmaninkatu 13
00170 Helsinki
FINLAND

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