17 years of international literary scouting from the heart of London
Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting Ltd. is an international scouting agency based in the heart of London. We work for a host of publishers around the world, finding the best fiction, non-fiction and children's books from the U.K. and the U.S. to be published in translation, and to be adapted for film, television and audio.
Founded in 2005, the agency now works with publishing houses in 15 different countries, as well as several film and TV production companies. With our keen editorial eye, knowledge of international markets and extensive network of industry contacts, we pride ourselves on sourcing the very best books for our clients.
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 in charge of non-fiction and film/TV scouting at DSLS. She also reads commercial and literary fiction.
Harriet received a London Bookfair Trailblazer Award in 2020.
Daniela started her publishing career at an independent publisher in Frankfurt, Germany. She moved on to join Random House in Munich, commissioning German authors as well as writers from the UK, the US and specialising in fiction from the Nordic countries. In 2005, Daniela relocated to London and founded DSLS Ltd. Daniela is the company director.
Teresa joined the agency in 2022 as Senior Scout. She began her publishing career in Germany and worked as Editor for International fiction at
S.Fischer in Frankfurt before relocating to London. Teresa acquired a range of bestselling and critically-acclaimed writers from around the world, specialising in the US and UK market. Next to her native German, she reads English, French and Portuguese across upmarket commercial and literary fiction as well as narrative non-fiction. Teresa is a 2019 Zev Birger Fellow.
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 and YA books at DSLS. She
received recognition as a Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2021.
Katy joined the agency in 2019 after completing her BA in English and American Literatures at Keele University. She has previously interned for various literary agents, and reads Children’s and YA, as well as Fantasy.
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 reads literary fiction and non fiction.
Maya joined the agency in 2022, after working as a translator, a reader for Italian publishers and as a as scout sourcing projects from the Italian market for international publishers. Maya holds an M.A in English and American Literature and Cinema from the Università degli Studi di Bologna. Maya reads literary fiction and upmarket non-fiction, as well as assessing all genres for adaption into film and TV.
Maya Guidieri Berner
Mahault joined the agency in 2021. She studied Sociology and Economics before completing a Publishing MA in Paris. Mahault started her publishing career in editorial, working for a number of children’s publishers in Paris. She relocated to London in 2018 to work in Foreign Rights at Quarto, and is now an Associate Scout for children’s books at DSLS. She reads English, French and Spanish.
Charlotte joined the agency in 2020 after completing an MA in Children’s Literature at Goldsmith’s University. She has previously worked as a PA for the Partner of a law firm as well as in various administrative roles in the retail and market research sectors. Charlotte reads commercial women’s fiction, children’s and YA.
Sophie joined the agency in 2022. She is a Language Studies graduate and speaks French and Italian. She has previously worked a Receptionist and Business Support Officer for a non-profit organisation. Sophie holds a B.A. in Modern languages from the Universities of Sheffield and The Open University. She reads translated fiction, memoir, and adult fantasy.
Executive Scouting Assistant
Leah joined DSLS as a Publishing Consultant in 2020 to strengthen the thriving business at DSLS and its outreach into the US market further. Leah brings 15 years of publishing experience to the team: She initially joined Headline as an editorial assistant, going on to co-found its literary imprint Tinder Press in 2013 where she released a range of best-selling fiction authors as Associate Publisher.
Charlotte has been reading for the agency since 2013. After a graduate traineeship at Orion, she worked as an editor at Quercus, commissioning books from the company’s earliest days, and later at independent publishers Oneworld. She has an MA in Economics and Economic History from the University of Edinburgh. Charlotte reads a wide range of adult fiction and non fiction.
Charlotte Van Wijk
Eleanor joined the agency in 2019. She was previously Rights Director at HarperCollins UK and then relocated to the US where she now lives and works. She has degrees from Durham and Kings College London and enjoys reading across all genres.
Consultant and Reader
Hannah started reading for the agency in 2020, after interning for a literary scouting agency. She holds a BA and MA in English and American Literature from the University of Kent. She reads Children’s and Young Adult fiction.