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 joined the company in 2022 and is now a junior agent. She primarily handles picture books, middle-grade and YA from the US and the UK. Additionally she is 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.
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.
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.
Fatiha Panjwani joined the agency as an intern in 2022, and now assists Willem Bisseling and the contracts administration department. She obtained a BA in Literary and Cultural Analysis and an MA in Publishing, both at the University of Amsterdam.
Willem Pije has been working for Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency as an editor and in various differenttroles since 2015.
Liesbeth Ramondt joined the agency in 2023 supporting the management team at Sebes & Bisseling.
For 21 years she worked in South East Asia, Australia and France, in various management and executive board positions in education and advertising. As swimming coach she taught special needs children and she also obtained the Australian Bronze Swim Coach License.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Jan Douwe Westhoeve joined the company in June 2023 as an assistant. He studied History and Dutch studies at Leiden University and was an intern at publishing house De Bezige Bij. He worked as freelance editor and for the academic journal Vooys.