Cecile B Literary Agency

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, and Spanish at El Taller. She speaks Dutch and German, and reads French. With decades of experience in international publishing, and as Director Foreign Rights at Janklow & Nesbit Associates she worked, among many others, with President Carter, Joan Didion, Tom Harris, Rachel Khong, Rao Pingru, Eric Schlosser, Gay Talese, Craig Thompson, and Tom Wolfe. Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism were among CBLA's first clients. 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. She lives in Brooklyn, and bikes to the office. When not in the office or working from elsewhere, she can be found on long walks with her husband; in a museum or at an art show; playing or watching tennis; catching up with friends; visiting family; traveling to explore or to relax; or on the couch watching a movie or absorbed in a book.

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Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
NF: Narrative
NF: General/Other Non-Fiction



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How to successfully present your work

Query us by using the form on this page [https://www.cblagency.com/contact] with a brief description of your novel or outline of your nonfiction project and include the first chapter or 10 pages. However do not send attachments as we won’t open them without knowing the sender. Include your publishing history and relevant personal information such as marketing reach and platform, and how you found us. Please indicate if the submission is exclusive, or if have you have received interest from other agents. We are not the right agency to represent screenplays, poetry, or genre fiction such as science fiction and fantasy. When the above information is completed we will let you know if we’d like to see more material, and appreciate your understanding that we cannot reply to every query we receive.