Who we are and what we do

Maydo Kooy Literary Agency represents predominantly English language publishers and agents for the sale of translation rights to the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.

Maydo van Marwijk Kooy first started her agency in 1980 after having worked as an¬†editor at Lemniscaat publishers and as foreign rights manager at Simon & Schuster, New York. The quickly expanding agency was transferred to Caroline van Gelderen in 1990 (Kooy & Van Gelderen later becoming Sebes & Van Gelderen).¬†Since then, Maydo Kooy has worked as a translator (Swedish), teacher and adviser; from 2001 to 2006 she served on the Advisory Board of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. When taking over Jan Michael’s agency in 2017, Maydo Kooy returned to agenting.

Hanna Jansen was introduced to agenting when, as a student, she worked as an assistent to Jan Michael and later to Caroline van Gelderen. Besides being an agent, she is a historian specialised in the intellectual history of the former Soviet Union. She loves how her work at the agency challenges her to read across borders and genres as well as timeframes.

Our clients:
Balans, Amsterdam (Nordic countries alone)
Birlinn / Polygon, Edinburgh
Jenny Brown Associates, Edinburgh
Teresa Chris Literary Agency, Londen
Jane Judd Literary Agency, Londen
Sara Menguc Literary Agent, Sunbury-on-Thames
Jonathan Pegg Literary Agency, Londen
Soho Press, New York NY
The North Literary Agency, Corbridge
Cornell UP, Ithaca NY