The Rights Company was founded in 2000. We specialize in representing nonfiction and fiction authors who have powerful stories to tell.
Our strength lies in the fact that we do not handle a truckload of books, but rather a selective number of authors, mainly from Germany and the Netherlands who already have bestsellers in their native countries. Our clients are accomplished experts in their fields, celebrities, and first time authors with an exceptional story or message to share. We have worked with global bestselling and award-winning authors, and look forward to bringing more exciting and successful new voices to international markets.
My name is Cécile Oomen, born and raised in Maastricht and a literary agent in heart and soul. I love to travel around the world and get to know many different cultures. And no matter where I travel, I always visit the local bookstores. My love for books goes back to my childhood. I used to save all my pocket money to go to the local bookstore to buy a new book every month. As soon as I got home, I had this ritual where I would hold my freshly acquired treasure in my hands for a moment and then sniff the whole book by turning the pages quickly one after the other. I tended to delay the actual reading because I was afraid I would finish it too fast.
In 1993 I moved to Cologne, Germany. In that period, I worked for an agency that organized big events for well-known speakers and authors around the globe. When I moved back to my hometown of Maastricht in 2000, I started selling the rights of one single bestselling author. Soon I added more exceptional authors and titles to my list. I feel blessed: I have a job that enables me to collaborate with authors, publishers and agencies in over 30 countries.
My name is Tara Janssens, a foreign rights agent with a passion for learning languages. What made a big impression on me as an Oriental Languages and Communication student was when I had the opportunity to improve my Chinese and learn more about the culture in the country itself. For half a year, I studied at Beijing University of Technology or 北京工业大学. I’ve had the time of my life travelling through this beautiful country and meeting new people from all around the world. Most importantly, I’ve made life experiences that made me grow as a person.
Just like Cécile, I think it is a must to visit the local bookstores when travelling. I can sniff around for hours. And because my Chinese reading level isn’t where I want it to be yet, I bought a couple of Chinese books to improve my Chinese reading skills. Starting with the Chinese editions of A Dog Called Money, Bambi and Harry Potter, I hope to read more and different kinds of Chinese books and add them to my bookshelf.