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Cecile B Literary Agency was founded in 2017, and is a full-service agency that represents fiction and nonfiction for which we see a worldwide readership.  The agency handles international publishing rights for authors, literary agents, and publishers as well as movie rights through film agents.  We have in-depth knowledge of the global publishing market and close relationships with publishers abroad.  We sell rights directly in most markets and work with a team of co-agents in Asia and Eastern Europe.  


With experience in all genres, our strongest interest is in upmarket cross-over fiction with a universal appeal and international setting - from YA to suspense, commercial and literary fiction. The subjects and themes of our nonfiction cross borders, strike a cord emotionally, and aim for or describe personal growth.  


Cecile Barendsma grew up in the Netherlands, studied Linguistics and Literature at the University of Amsterdam, and moved to New York after finishing the Radcliffe Publishing Course.  She studied International Relations at the New School, Spanish at El Taller, and took courses at the Art Students League and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  She speaks Dutch and German, and reads French.


With two decades of experience in international publishing, Cecile was most recently Director Foreign Rights at Janklow & Nesbit Associates where she worked, among many others, with Peter Bognani, President Carter, Joan Didion, Tom Harris, Rachel Khong, Rao Pingru, Matthew Sullivan, Gay Talese, Craig Thompson, and Tom Wolfe.  Cecile attends the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, is a Jerusalem Book Fair Fellow, and was a guest speaker at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, and Penn State writers workshop.