I have been living abroad, away from my home country, for long enough now to know how non-natives of English think about themselves in the world arena. Especially, when it comes to speaking, or writing. Somehow, there seems to be a feeling that they have to do it better, work harder, strive longer, etc. in order to match it with everyone else out there.

That may, or may not, be true. I’m not saying there’s bias out there, but I kind of believe, that at the end of the day, a good piece of work is eventually going to get exposure, is going to be seen, is going to be read, is going to get the recognition it deserves.

And it does happen. If that weren’t true, Haruki Murakami, Paulo Coelho and Stieg Larsson would not be household names.

And that’s where I come in. It’s all about recognising a great piece of work, and believing in it. Then, presenting it to the book publishing world. And that’s what I do, and love doing.

Kurt Wilkesmann
Literary agent for foreign markets