SEBES & BISSELING
The Sebes & Bisseling Team
Our team consists of full time dedicated literary agents and colleagues with a proven track record in the international publishing industry. We are passionate about what we do and the clients we represent.
Paul Sebes established the agency in 1998. He represents European authors worldwide, and US and UK authors in Northern Europe. As of 2021, he leads the Sebes & Bisseling Scandinavia and UK offices.
Willem Bisseling has been working at the agency since 2006 and is co-owner since 2016. He represents dozens of Dutch authors and American agents and publishers in The Netherlands and Scandinavia.
Vere Bank has been working as an assistant agent at Sebes & Bisseling since 2022. She supports Lester George Hekking and concerns herself mainly with British and American childrens-, youth- and YA-books. Additionally she is involved in contract administration. She studied English Language and Culture at the University of Leiden and got her masters degree in Publishing/editing at the University of Amsterdam.
Christiaan Boesenach has been working at the agency since 2017. He 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.
Rita van Elst has been working at the agency since 2010. She is responsible for the accounting and the royalty administration.
Lester George Hekking joined the team in 2009 and is the agency’s vice president. He is responsible for all picture books, middle-grade and YA books from the US and the UK. He also supervises the agency’s contract administration.
Camilla Henneman joined the agency in 2022, and assists Paul Sebes and Rik Kleuver in the Scandinavia, London and Amsterdam offices. She obtained a BA in Liberal Arts at King’s College London and studied Publishing/editing at the University of Amsterdam.
Dave de Jong joined the agency in 2021 to assist the accounting and royalty administration. He later also joined the contracting team for Sebes & Bisseling and Sebes & Bisseling Scandinavia.
Haico Kaashoek was raised in California. He started at Sebes & Bisseling as an intern in 2015, and now assists Paul, Jeanine and Rik in 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.
Matt Keeley began freelance copyediting for Sebes & Bisseling in 2021. 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.
Rik Kleuver joined the agency in 2016. He 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 started at Sebes & Bisseling in 2008. She focusses on representation of American and British agents and pubishers in the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
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Elizabeth DeNoma has been Sebes & Bisseling’s in-house translator from Scandinavian languages since the establishment of the Scandinavian branch of the company in 2020. 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.
Elizabeth lives and works in Seattle, Washington State, USA.
László Szántó has been working at the agency since 2022, as an assistant. He 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.
Pär joined the agency in 2020 and covers the Scandinavian market. 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.
Marit Versantvoort has been working at the agency since 2022 as a junior agent, and started in 2021 as an intern. She works with Dutch and international authors and with contract administration. Marit studied European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and also completed the master Publishing/editing there.
Lotte Willeboordse has been working at the agency since 2022. First as an intern and then as assistant contracts and royalty administration. She studied English Language & Culture at the University of Utrecht, got her masters degree in Writing & Translation at the VU Amsterdam and her masters in Book Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.