I am honored to introduce our authors, their books, and myself to you. My name is Cécile Oomen and I was born 48 years ago in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
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 scared 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.
At the beginning of 2000 I moved back to my hometown of Maastricht. It was during that time that I started selling the rights of one single bestselling author. And soon enough I added more exceptional authors and titles to my list. I felt lucky: I had the best job in the world and my authors turned out to be very successful around the globe.
The Rights Company is specialized 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 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. We work together with publishers and agencies in over 30 different countries.
Today, I still live in the centre of my hometown of Maastricht. I am a mother of two wonderful boys, Marlon and Anthony, aged 20 and 16, 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.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or if you wish to receive reading samples. Or even better, let’s meet up at the upcoming London Book Fair!