Stilton Literary Agency welcomes Anja Snellman and Marko Kilpi
September 07th, 2009
September 7, 2009

A new Nordic literary agency, Stilton opened a branch in Finland in March and has since signed several leading authors. Author Anja Snellman and crime novelist Marko Kilpi are the latest top names to join the client list. Stilton Finland represents Snellman in collaboration with William Clark Associates.

“I have experience with agents from earlier in my career, and I chose Stilton as my European agent because of its dynamic approach,” says Anja Snellman. “Stilton is alert to trends and developments in the literary world and has a broad and creative vision of representing rights. I also expect brave and innovative ventures to arise from our partnership. I’m a firm believer in creative crossover collaboration.”

According to Marko Kilpi, agents have a significant role in shaping authors’ careers. “You need support from friends to survive out in the world. I see Stilton as a friend who helps me find whatever path I choose to take as a writer,” says Kilpi, winner of the 2008 Clue of the Year, an annual award issued by the Finnish Whodunnit Society for crime fiction readers.

Among other deals, Stilton Literary Agency has recently sold translation rights for the Finnish crime novelist Matti Rönkä’s books in four new countries. Moreover, Stilton has enabled the Swedish historian Peter Englund to broaden his readership to several new countries, including the United States.

“Stilton has had a powerful start in Finland and Sweden, which of course makes us very happy. It’s a great honor to work with Anja Snellman, Marko Kilpi and other internationally successful authors and to be able to promote Scandinavian literature abroad,” says Tiina Kristoffersson, managing director of Stilton Finland.

Based in Sweden, Stilton represents Nordic authors locally and internationally. In addition to Snellman and Kilpi, the client list includes such names as Leena Lander, Peter Englund, Karin Alvtegen, Mari Jungstedt and Mikko Rimminen. Stilton also handles movie and television rights for its authors.