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. 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 Wytske Versteeg, Myrthe van der Meer, Anne Eekhout, Janneke Philippi, Murat Isik, Gerrit-Jan Groothedde (eetschrijver), Stine Jensen, Huub Nelis & Yvonne van Sark (Youngworks) and many others, in The Netherlands and abroad. He also sells the Dutch and/or Scandinavian translation rights of i.e. Mitch Albom, Travis Mulhauser, Nickolas Butler, Robin Rinaldi, Blake Crouch, Haylie Pomroy, Marcella Hazan, Mark Bittman, Erik Larson, Mary Chamberlain, Ali Land and Jade Chang.

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 Graeme Simsion, Kiera Cass, Victoria Aveyard, Leigh Bardugo, Nora Roberts, Karen Rose, Mary Higgins Clark and Brené Brown on behalf of their primary agent or publisher.

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, theatre and subsidiary rights of a diverse group of authors, including childrens books and contemporary Young Adult authors such as James Dashner, Joëlle Charbonneau, Veronica Roth and John Flanagan, and adult authors Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin and Ayn Rand.

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 literary agent and contracts assistant. She represents British and American authors on behalf of their primary agent or publisher.

Rita van Elst has worked at Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency since 2012. She is responsible for the royalty administration and the bookkeeping.

Jelmer Stok joined the team in 2015. He studied the bachelor Dutch Language and Linguistics at Leiden University and the Master of Literature of the Modernity at the UA in Antwerp. Jelmer works as a junior agent and represents British and American authors on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. 

Stéphanie Nooteboom has been working at Sebes & Bisseling since June 2014, where she currently holds the position of junior literary agent. In addition, she works as a (subsidiary-) rights manager together with Lester Hekking. 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. 

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