The Team of Agence Hoffman
Agence Hoffman is representing a diverse list of international publishers and agencies, notably from the Anglophone world in the German market. Our agents Uwe Neumahr, Nina Sahm, Constanze Sabathil, Andrea Wildgruber and Jouli Yono are experts at finding the perfect publishing house for our clients’ books. We also look after German authors. Our expertise and interests range from literary to commercial fiction, and non-fiction to Children’s and YA. We offer great editorial know-how, and a longstanding experience in developing and placing manuscripts as well as contract management. Our great relations to both national and international publishers guarantee our clients a competent counsel and support at every step of the publishing process.
After studying German and Italian Literature, Andrea Wildgruber worked for many years as an editor and publishing director at a big publishing company. In 2010, she became the director and in 2013 the owner of Agence Hoffman.
Dr. Uwe Neumahr
Holding a PHD in Literature, Uwe Neumahr first worked as an agent and editor for another agency before joining Agence Hoffman in 2013. He looks after both international clients and German authors.
While studying German and English literature and culture in Saarbrücken and Limerick, Jouli Yono worked in book retail for many years. As a trainee at Agence Hoffman she was introduced to all aspects of agency work. Since April 2023 she is filling in for Nina Sahm as junior agent.
Nina Sahm represents German and international projects for adults and children as agent. She studied German, English and theater studies, has published several novels and translated numerous children's books from English into German. Most recently, she worked as an editor at Penguin Random House publishing group. She is currently on maternity leave.
Constanze Sabathil studied American Cultural History in Munich, Portland, and Detroit. Having worked for the US Consulate General and LMU Munich, she joined Agence Hoffman in 2021. She is responsible for contract management and represents select projects as agent.
Starting to work for Agence Hoffman during her studies, Sylvie Zimmermann is responsible for royalty payments.
Lisa Neunobel studierte Germanistik und Buchwissenschaft in München und schloss ihr Studium mit dem Master in Buch- und Medienforschung ab. Studienbegleitend arbeitete sie in der Pressestelle der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität und als Werkstudentin in der Agence Hoffman. Um so das breite Spektrum der Agenturtätigkeit kennenzulernen, absolviert sie nun ein Volontariat in der Agence.
Conny Schoop studierte Germanistik und Amerikanistik in Berlin und Odense, bevor sie viele Jahre als freie Übersetzerin und als Lektorin für Filmuntertitel arbeitete. Seit dem Frühjahr 2023 ist sie in der Agence Hoffman in den Bereichen Vertragsmanagement, Honorarbuchhaltung und Steuerfreistellungen tätig.
AGENCE HOFFMAN – THEN AND NOW
Originally stemming from Saint Petersburg, Michael Hoffman founded the Agency in Paris in 1935, after the national socialist regime in Berlin had made it impossible for him to continue his editorial work in Berlin. Paris then was, as it is today, the center of literary life in France, and Michael Hoffman – young, multilingual and with a fervent interest in literature – soon established close relationships with authors such as Erich Kästner, Iwan Bunin, Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, to name but a few. To this day, Agence Hoffman represents the worldrights to most of Henry Miller’s works as well as other modern classics. After Michael Hoffman’s death in 1971, his sons Boris and George took over the agency.
Founded by Michael Hoffman in 1959 in the ever expanding rights market, Agence Hoffman Munich is one of the oldest and best established literary agencies in the German market. Until 1989, the Agence was directed by Dagmar Henne, followed by Ursula Bender until 2010, when Andrea Wildgruber took over first as director, and in 2013 as the sole owner of the Munich Agency.