About Sebes & Bisseling

Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency is the largest full service literary agency in the Dutch territory. We represent a wide variety of both established and novice writers in the wide range of non-fiction and fiction for the general adult and children’s market. We represent Dutch authors on a primary base and act as sub-agent for English-speaking authors on behalf of their original publishers and agents.

Our Team

Paul Sebes has been in the book business for over 25 years. He has degrees in literature and sociology from Leiden University. In 1990, he started working at Prometheus Publishing House, and in the years that followed he rose to the position of assistant publisher to Mai Spijkers, head of publicity and rights manager. In 1998, Caroline van Gelderen and Sebes joined forces and became the first to work as literary agents for Dutch authors in the Dutch-speaking world. In September 2010, he also took over the English sister company. He is an avid reader with wide-ranging interests, from top-shelf literary fiction to thrillers to commercial non-fiction. He represents and advices Dutch authors such as Walter van den Berg, Caroline de Gruyter, Isa Hoes, Rob Kamphues, Arjen Lubach, Marcia Luyten, Gustaaf Peek, Manon Uphoff, Joost Vandecasteele, Ivo Victoria and many others. Furthermore, he also sells the Dutch and/or Scandinavian translation rights of i.e. Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Gillian Flynn, Stephen King, John Krakauer, George RR Martin, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Jenny Offill, Annie Proulx, David Sedaris, Russell Shorto, Amy Tan and Irv Yalom.

Willem Bisseling started working at the agency when he was studying at the University of Amsterdam in October 2006 and is co-owner of the company. He studied Dutch Language and Culture, and Literary Studies at the Leiden University. He holds a Master’s degree in Editing. He represents Dutch authors such as Anne Eekhout, Murat Isik, Gerrit-Jan Groothedde (eetschrijver), Stine Jensen, Myrthe van der Meer, Huub Nelis & Yvonne van Sark (Youngworks), Janneke Philippi, Wytske Versteeg, and many others in The Netherlands and abroad. He also sells the Dutch and/or Scandinavian translation rights of i.e. Mitch Albom, Mark Bittman, Nickolas Butler, Mary Chamberlain, Jade Chang, Blake Crouch, Marcella Hazan, Ali Land, Erik Larson, Travis Mulhauser, Haylie Pomroy and Robin Rinaldi.

Jeanine Langenberg has been with the agency since May 2009 and works as literary agent. She represents international authors in The Dutch and Scandianvian territories on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. She studied English Language and Culture at Leiden University and holds a Master’s degree in Editing from the University of Amsterdam. Jeanine represents authors such as Bana Alabed, Brene Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Neil Gaiman, Nora Roberts, Karen Rose and Graeme Simsion on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. She's interested in thrillers, general non-fiction, science and psychology, cookbooks and upmarket womens fiction.

Lester George Hekking graduated from the UVA where he acquired BA and MA degrees in English Literature. He has been with the agency since 2010, and works as a literary agent and contracts manager. He represents the Dutch and/or Scandinavian translation and subsidiary rights of a diverse group of authors, including childrens books and contemporary MG and Young Adult authors such as James Dashner, Joëlle Charbonneau, John Flanagan, Stephanie Garber, Veronica Roth, Angela Thomas, and adult authors Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin and Ayn Rand. He also likes reading graphic novels and is experienced in selling theatre/drama rights.

Rita van Elst has worked at Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency since April 2011. She is responsible for the royalty administration and the bookkeeping.

Anoek Boers has a BA in Dutch from the VU and a MA in Editing from the UVA. She joined the agency in August 2014, where she now works as junior agent and on contracts and subsidiary rights. She represents British and American authors on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. She enjoys reading literary fiction and books based on tue stories, and is interested in economics.

Stéphanie Nooteboom has been working at Sebes & Bisseling since June 2014, where she currently holds the position of junior agent. In addition, she works on contracts and as a subsidiary rights manager. Stéphanie studied Law at the UvA, obtained a Bachelor's degree in Language & Communication at the UvA, she interned in 2016 at Liz Gately Book Scouting in New York City and is just about to complete her Master's degree in Editing at the UvA. 

Willem Pije joined the agency in January 2016 after completing an internship at Sebes & Bisseling and works as assitant to the agents. He holds a BA from the Amsterdam University College, studied in New York City USA and completed a French language course in France. He is interested in literary fiction, history, politics and journalism.   

Rik Kleuver first joined the agency as an intern in 2016 and then became assistant to Paul Sebes and Willem Bisseling that same year. He studied Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and completed the MA Redacteur/editor, also at the UvA.

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