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 career at an independent publishing house in Frankfurt, Germany. She moved on to Random House in Munich, where she acquired German and English language fiction and specialised in writers from the Nordic countries. In 2005, Daniela relocated to London to set up DSLS. Daniela is the company director.

Daniela Schlingmann


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 scouting at DSLS. She also reads commercial and literary fiction.

Harriet Egleton

Senior Literary Scout

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 at DSLS.

Sophie Clarke

Junior Scout

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.

Katy Wyton

Scouting Executive

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.

Sofia Smith-Laing

Scouting Executive

Brodie joined the agency in 2019, after working as a reader for a film scout and as a fashion writer. She has a first class degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and holds an MA in Sexual Dissidence from the University of Sussex. Brodie reads across all genres and for adaption into film and TV.

Brodie Crellin

Executive Scouting Assistant

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



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