“Boom, boom, the steam pile-driver thumps in front of Aschinger’s on the Alex. It’s one story high, and knocks the rails into the ground as if they were nothing at all.”

(Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz)


The Agency

Schoneburg. Literary Agency is a young literary agency with a passion for books, ideas, language and literature. We are located in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. Our surroundings, which are characterised by an urban and liberal atmosphere, regional embedding as well as cosmopolitanism, serve to enrich and inspire our work.

Our Services

The main focus and competence of the Schoneburg. Literary Agency lies in representing fiction and non-fiction authors. We see ourselves as a “full-service agency” with the goal of finding the right publisher for the right book. We accompany authors on the journey to publication and beyond, so that books are not only published, but also sold. We offer services in creative writing, copy-editing and proof-reading as well as in media communication and event management, both on an individual basis and as seminars. We only work together with serious and recognised publishers (and foreign agencies). We as an agency are dedicated towards unknown writers and their manuscripts. We want to help exciting and talented new voices transform experiences and ideas into texts. In addition, we work together with many recognised writers and journalists. The Schoneburg. Literary Agency offers consulting and support for developing manuscripts, placing books on the market, in creative writing and copy-editing. Our experience and knowledge of the literary industry enable us to assess manuscripts and classify them, to understand the underlying idea behind them as well as to improve them.

What kinds of texts?

We are enthusiastic about contemporary literature in German language that plays with genres and language, offers a new and unexpected perspective on the world, while keeping the reader entertained. Our focus lies on fiction and crime novels as well as non-fiction literature; we do not represent fantasy, children’s or youth literature. We follow strict literary criteria in our selection process and represent only those manuscripts that meet our high standards. We believe that the publishers, with whom we are in contact, are aware of our standards and recognise our commitment to quality literature.


The Schoneburg. Literary Agency is a young and growing project, which was founded by Dr. Patrick Baumgärtel in the summer of 2009. After completing his studies in German literature and writing his dissertation on the work of W.G. Sebald as well as gaining work experience at the Munich publishing house C.H. Beck and the American literary Agency S.J. Greenburger (New York), he decided to face the challenge of founding a literary agency during a period of rapid technological and media change. Schoneburg. Literary Agency is an agency committed to literature that meets the zeitgeist.

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