International book scouting from the heart of London


DSLS sources the very best books from the UK as well as from other major languages for international translation, and advises on adaptation into film, TV and audio.

The agency was founded in London in 2005 and is now scouting for over 50 imprints, international publishing houses and media groups across the world.

Team Photos by Tim Smith-Laing

Daniela began her publishing career at an independent publishing house in Frankfurt, Germany, the home of the Frankfurt Book Fair. She moved on to join Random House Germany, commissioning German and English language fiction and specialising in writers from the Nordic countries. In 2005, Daniela relocated to London and founded DSLS Ltd.

Daniela Schlingmann


Sofia joined the agency in 2018, after working as a translator and in educational publishing. She holds an MA in Translation from UCL and is fluent in French and Spanish. Before settling in London, she lived in Colorado, Paris, Scotland and New York. Sofia is the agency assistant. She reads across all genres.

Sofia Smith-Laing

Scouting Executive

Harriet joined the agency in 2015, after interning at Octopus and at Janklow and Nesbit in London. She has degrees in Classics from King’s College London. Harriet is overseeing the non-fiction scouting, and also reads commercial and literary fiction.

Harriet Egleton

Literary Scout

Katy Wyton

Scouting Assistant

Sophie joined the agency in 2019 after working at Penguin Random House Children’s, Curtis Brown and Bell Lomax Moreton. She has degrees in English, Comparative and Children’s Literature from Cambridge and Edinburgh. Sophie scouts for children’s books.

Sophie Clarke

Junior Scout


Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting Ltd.
11 Palace Court
London W2 4LP

+44 207 243 0132

Please note DSLS is not a literary agency and does not represent authors