Milena Ascione

I was born under the southern Italian sun, and my love for books took root in my family's bookstore. After studying foreign languages and literatures at La Sapienza University in Rome, I took a bold turn and decided to head to London, where destiny led me to the legendary Foyles bookstore—a true haven for literature enthusiasts with an unquenchable thirst for reading. It was an unforgettable experience, both in terms of work and life!

Following my London escapade, I chose to settle in Berlin, the city of endless possibilities! I pursued a Master's degree at Humboldt University, and I returned to London for an internship in the copyright department at the Tate Gallery. In 2001, I established myself in France, where I not only learned the language (the fourth in my collection!) but also passionately worked as a bookstore manager for a decade. In 2014, I delved deep into the world of copyrights, contracts, and negotiations by joining a literary agency. I even had the chance to travel the world, participating in international book fairs in Frankfurt, London, Guadalajara, Tokyo and Seoul. This experience was a gold mine of knowledge! It was so inspiring that in 2019, I decided to take a step further and create my own agency.

My profession is my passion, and I'm grateful every day to be able to share it with enthusiastic publishers around the world.


BooksAgent is a French literary agency specializing in fiction, non-fiction, and books for children and adolescents.

I am proud to represent ten publishers, each offering a unique catalog of high-quality titles, ranging from novels to essays and picture books. Let me introduce you to my clients: Aux Forges de Vulcain, Emmanuelle Collas, La Ville Brûle, Anne Carrière, Le nouvel attila/Othello, Espaces&Signes, l'Arbre vengeur, Alma Éditions, as well as the Quebec-based publishing houses Le Cheval d'août and Edito Jeunesse.

My role at BooksAgent is to sell translation, foreign and domestic rights and represent the commercial interests of my clients and their authors. As an intermediary between publishers, I strive to find the best match for each book, ensuring that the full potential of each work is realized. Furthermore, since 2020, I have expanded my scope to represent authors and act as a co-agent for France for the Italian agency Elastica. 

My goal is to find the best publisher for each book and advocate for the interests of my clients and their authors. 

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