SEBES & BISSELING

OUR AGENTS

Vere
bank

literary agent
Legal

Vere Bank works at the agency as literary agent. She represents both Dutch authors and international clients, and handles children’s books as well as fiction and non-fiction for adults. She is also part of the contract administration department.
She studied English Language and Culture at the University of Leiden and got her master’s degree in Publishing/editing at the University of Amsterdam.

Willem
Bisseling

literary agent
Director

Willem Bisseling is literary agent and co-owner of Sebes & Bisseling. He represents dozens of Dutch authors and American agents and publishers in The Netherlands and Scandinavia.
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Christiaan
Boesenach

literary agent

Christiaan Boesenach represents Dutch authors and clients from the UK, US and Scandinavia. He studied Dutch Language and Culture and Philosophy and obtained a master’s degree in Publishing/editing.
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Lester George
Hekking

literary agent
legal

Lester George Hekking is literary agent, responsible for all picture books, middle-grade and YA books from the US and the UK and the agency’s vice president. He also supervises the agency’s contract administration.
Merijn Hollestelle

Merijn Hollestelle

literary agent

Merijn Hollestelle supports the Berlin office. He has over ten years of experience in publishing and worked as an editor at De Bezige Bij, Podium and Alfabet after starting his career as Paul’s assistant. He has an eye for quality non-fiction with a commercial edge and first class literary fiction.

Haico
Kaashoek

literary agent

Haico Kaashoek was raised in California. He works as literary agent for the UK office. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy and a master’s in Comparative Literature.  Haico lives and works in London.

Rik
Kleuver

literary agent

Rik Kleuver represents European authors and US and UK clients in Northern Europe. He’s open to submissions in practically every non-fiction genre, and literary fiction.

JEANINE
LANGENBERG

literary agent

Jeanine Langenberg is literary agent at Sebes & Bisseling. She represents  American, British, Canadian and Australian publishers and agents in the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

elizabeth
de noma

literary agent
translator

Elizabeth DeNoma has been Sebes & Bisseling’s in-house translator from Scandinavian languages since the establishment of the Scandinavian branch of the company. She holds a PhD in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship. She also provides international publishing consulting and editorial services. She represents select English language authors and projects.

Elizabeth lives and works in Seattle, Washington State, USA.

Fatiha
Panjwani

Literary agent
legal

Fatiha Panjwani is a literary agent representing both Dutch authors and international clients. Additionally, she is part of the contracts administration department. She obtained a BA in Literary and Cultural Analysis and an MA in Publishing, both at the University of Amsterdam. 

Paul
Sebes

literary agent
founder
director

Paul Sebes established the agency in 1998. He represents European authors worldwide, and US and UK authors in Northern Europe. He also leads the Sebes & Bisseling Scandinavia and UK offices.

Marit
versantvoort

literary agent

Marit Versantvoort works at the agency as literary agent. She represents Dutch and international authors. Marit studied European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and also completed the master Publishing/editing at the University of Amsterdam. 

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Rita
van Elst

finance
royalty adminstration

Rita van Elst is responsible for the accounting and the royalty administration.
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Dave
De Jong

finance
royalty adminstration

Dave de Jong is a part of the accounting and royalty administration. 

Matthew
Keeley

editorial

Matt Keeley works as a freelance copyeditor for Sebes & Bisseling. He holds a BA from Boston College and a certificate from the Columbia Publishing Course. He previously worked as a literary scout and as a public relations professional.  Matt lives and works in Massachusetts, USA.

Siem Nijhuis

Agent Assistent

Siem Nijhuis assists the team of S&B Worldwide and the accounting department with a variety of tasks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht.

Willem
Pije

editorial

Willem Pije has been working for Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency as editor. He now mostly writes reading reports and provides editorial services on a freelance basis. 
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Richard
Roper

Editorial

Richard Roper is a freelance editor and writer. He previously worked for over a decade as a senior commissioning editor at Headline, an imprint of Hachette UK. He is the author of three novels, and his work has been translated into twenty languages and optioned for TV. He lives in London.

pär
sjölinder

editorial

Pär covers the Scandinavian market for Sebes & Bisseling. He has a masters degree in literature, a degree in publishing, and has over 10 years of experience in publishing. Pär lives and works in Stockholm and in Vikarbyn, Sweden.

lászló
Szántó

agent assistent

László Szántó assists the team of S&B UK and S&B Scandinavia with a variety of tasks. At the University of Amsterdam he studies a Bachelor in Philosophy. 

Gideon
Tailleur

marketing
social media

Gideon Tailleur is the marketing manager within the Sebes & Bisseling team and is responsible for social media. He ensures that Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YourTube for example are regularly updated with new content, so keep a close eye on these channels! 

jan douwe
Westhoeve

agent assistent

Jan Douwe Westhoeve is assistant to Paul Sebes, Rik Kleuver and Jeanine Langenberg. He studied History and Dutch studies at Leiden University and previously worked at publishing house De Bezige Bij.