WEJAbout Weronika Janczuk

Weronika serves as a literary agent with D4EO Literary Agency, named after Robert Diforio, the agency’s founder. She is looking to build a targeted list of talented writers here. A full list of submission interests and guidelines appears here, and she is on Publishers Marketplace here.

Hello, everyone! Thanks for visiting.

My name is Weronika, which is Polish for–and pronounced like–Veronica. (In case you’re wondering, here’s the Polish pronunciation.)

I broke into publishing in 2009, through a high school workshop that placed me with former young adult editor Brian Farrey at Flux (now North Star), a small imprint in Minnesota, where I pulled, from the slush pile, the lovely Out of the Blue by Holly Schindler, which received a starred review in Booklist ★. I then moved on to intern with Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management, Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency, and Mary Kole, formerly with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

From 2010-2011, as an undergraduate at NYU, I worked with Bob Diforio and sold an array of projects. My highlights include:

  • debut Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock (Night Shade, 2011), which received a starred review in the Library Journal ★, and was its Science Fiction/Fantasy (SF/F) debut of the month;
  • Hypertension and You by international hypertension expert Samuel Mann, MD (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012);
  • an anthology of legends from the highway, Trucker Ghost Stories, edited by Annie Wilder (Tor/Macmillan, 2012);
  • Hugo-nominated debut Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Tor/Macmillan, 2012), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly ★, and which the Washington Post called “the best kind of urban fantasy,” NPR “sharp, original, and passionate,” and Patrick Rothfuss, “Stunningly good. Stupefyingly good”; Two Serpents Rise (Tor/Macmillan, 2013), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly ★; Full Fathom Five (Tor/Macmillan, 2014); and Last First Snow (Tor/Macmillan, 2015), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly ★, the first four books of Max’s Craft Sequence; and
  • debut Sekret by Lindsay Smith (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2014), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly ★, and which left Printz Honor author Elizabeth Wein “aching.”

Following the unexpected death of my mother, I moved for one year to an agency housed in NYC, Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd., before departing the world of publishing altogether to make space for my own grieving and to focus on my university studies.

My former clients at D4EO and LCF were released to pursue representation elsewhere. They include two-time Campbell Award nominee Max Gladstone (★); #1 New York Times debut bestseller Kathryn Purdie; USA Today bestseller Leah Raeder (★); USA Today bestseller Lauren Smith; Dawn Kurtagich (★); Lindsay Smith; and Teresa Frohock (★); among others. (Check them out! They are magnificent!)

Six years later, following a stint in the non-profit world, working on education and women’s health care projects as well as educational, social, and cultural programming, I’m returning to re-build a list of talent for the long-term.

My parents immigrated from Poland to Canada, where I was born; I grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota; and now I reside in New York City, NY. I studied at New York University’s Gallatin School, where I finished a self-designed degree in the philosophy of the human person.

I love Earl Grey tea and lattes, Sudoku, rivers, and pierogi with blueberries.

I am also a writer, as are many other agents and editors. I queried my first project when I was 13, and have never queried again, tinkering in silence, perfecting craft, with my current project a science fantasy. You can find a short story of mine, “The Red Coat,” published in my undergrad journal for fiction here.

Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” She captures for me the heart, in some ways, of who I am and why I love this work (writing, editing, and agenting alike): You and I are built for stories. We love to hear them, and tell them, and if we pay close enough attention, can watch our own lives unfold as entirely unique, ever-overlapping fairytales.

About D4EO Literary Agency

Bob Diforio, the principal agent at D4EO, spent 17 years at New American Library (Dutton/Penguin USA) in positions ranging from VP Sales to President and Publisher, Chairman and CEO. There he helped launch the paperback careers of Erica Jong, Robin Cook, Stephen King, Ken Follett, and Robert K. Tanenbaum. With Odyssey Partners, he led the management team of NAL in a leveraged buyout of the company from Times Mirror in 1982, purchased E. P. Dutton a year later, and sold the combined company to Pearson PLC in 1986, which merged the company with Viking Penguin to create Penguin USA. 

Since the forming of his agency in 1989, Bob has built upon his extensive experience to build strong relationships, with rights contacts and agent partners, as well as contract boilerplates with imprints—among several other, important pieces.

The agency headquarters are in FL, after a 25-year tenure in CT, with five associate agents around the world. We build upon this experience as individual agents to offer our writers an immensely personalized experience, forming them as writers (at least I do, as one who is strongly editorial in her agenting); as well as business men and women, and partners, who are looking to build long-standing (sustainable) careers.