Maydo Kooy
Literary Agency

Maydo Kooy Literary Agency is a young agency with a rich past. We represent independent, predominantly English language publishers and agents for the sale of translation rights to the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.

Our clients
American University Press Cairo
Balans, Amsterdam (only in the Nordic countries)
Birlinn / Polygon, Edinburgh
Cornell UP, Ithaca NY
Hoopoe Fiction, Cairo
Jane Judd Literary Agency, Londen
Jenny Brown Associates, Edinburgh
Jonathan Pegg Literary Agency, Londen
Judy Moir Agency, Edinburgh
Sara Menguc Literary Agent, Twickenham
Soho Press, New York NY
Teresa Chris Literary Agency, Londen
The North Literary Agency, Corbridge
Van Aggelen African Literary Agency (only in the Nordic countries)

Maydo van Marwijk Kooy first started her agency in 1980 after having worked as a 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 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.