Sebes & Van Gelderen 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 Anglo-Saxon authors on behalf of their original publishers and agents.
From left to right: Willem Bisseling, Lester George Hekking, Milou Klein Lankhorst, Mariska Kleinhoonte van Os, Paul Sebes, Jeanine Langenberg, Rita van Elst.
Over the last 25 years our reputation in the international publishing industry has been built under the name of Caroline van Gelderen Literary Agency. Paul Sebes started Sebes & Van Gelderen in 1998 with the help of Van Gelderen and took over the Anglo-Saxon sister company in 2010. We are always on the lookout for good new authors, both domestically and internationally, but please note we can only take on international authors if they are already represented by an agent or publisher in their native country.
Our core team
Paul Sebes has been in the book business for more than 20 years. His degrees are 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 as the first in the Dutch-speaking world to work as literary agents for Dutch authors. He is an avid reader with wide-ranging interests, from top-shelf literary fiction to thrillers to commercial non-fiction. In September 2010 he took over the English language division that Caroline van Gelderen continued to build during the last 25 years.
Mariska Kleinhoonte van Os started her career as an editor in professional publishing and as a freelance collationist/editor at Van Oorschot Publishers, before joining the agency in 2008. At Sebes & Van Gelderen Literary Agency she works as a literary agent, representing Anglo-Saxon authors on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. She holds a Masters degree in Dutch Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, and a minor in Germanic philology.
Jeanine Langenberg joined the agency in May 2009, where she works as a literary agent, representing Anglo-Saxon authors on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. She holds a Masters degree in English Language and Culture and a Masters degree in editing.
Willem Bisseling started working at Sebes & Van Gelderen Literary Agency when he was studying at the University in Amsterdam in October 2006. He studied Dutch language and culture, and Literary Studies at the University of Leiden. He holds a Masters degree in editing. At Sebes & Van Gelderen Literary Agency he works as a literary agent, representing Dutch authors in The Netherlands and abroad.
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 junior literary agent, representing British and American authors on behalf of their primary agent or publisher. He is also Sebes & van Gelderen’s contracts manager.
Sebes & Van Gelderen Literary Agency
NL - 1016 BP Amsterdam
t: +31 20 6160940