Weronika has come back home to publishing and re-joined the D4EO Literary Agency.
Find me at Lightning & Lightning Bugs
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 the lovely Out of the Blue by Holly Schindler out of
the slush pile. I then moved on to intern with Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency.
From 2010-2011, I worked with Bob Diforio at D4EO Literary Agency and sold an array of projects:
• debut Miserere: An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock (Night Shade, 2011), which received a starred review in the Library Journal;
• Hypertension and You by Samuel Mann, MD (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012);
• Hugo-nominated debut Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Tor/Macmillan, 2013), now the first of the six-part Craft Sequence,
which the Washington Post called “the best kind of urban fantasy” and NPR called “sharp, original, and passionate”; and
• debut Sekret by Lindsay Smith (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2014), among others.
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. I am back now for the long-haul.
Please paste your query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript into an email to me at Weronika Janczuk,
and include the word QUERY in your subject line.
I will respond personally only if I request your manuscript, and update on my blog with progress made on queries.
What I Want to Represent
I am looking to build out a list of talented novelists and writers in these genres:
• young adult
• fantasy & sci-fi
• literary fiction
• women’s fiction
• crime, mystery & thrillers
• non-fiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.)
If you’re not sure whether you fit within these categories, submit a query. I will not consider children’s or picture books.
What I Read
I love beautiful writers, worlds, characters; I love smart, quirky and genre-bending stories. Some of my favorite novelists and
writers include Edith Pattou, John Green, A.S. King, Laini Taylor, Alison Croggon, Jandy Nelson, Markus Zusak, Anthony Doerr,
Flannery O’Connor, Haruki Murakami, Mark Haddon, Khaled Hosseini, Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Graemie Simsion, Rainbow Rowell,
Gillian Flynn, J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, George R.R. Martin, John Grisham, Sue Johnson, and Brene Brown, among many others.
I am very much a reader that likes to be challenged.
I am also someone who loves projects (books and films alike) such as the Oceans trilogy, the Bourne series, the Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo series, and Downtown Abbey, among others funny, intense, and able to invest your heart in the lives of its characters.
How I Agent
Where I and my clients agree it is necessary and good, I am a heavily editorial agent, with much experience and background in
structural editorial work. Beyond this, I agent very personally: we’re a team, setting you up for a writing career, and so this
means close work on the manuscript, on submissions, on marketing, on learning the field and placing you well for growth and success,
and on friendship. I am of the mind that, where there is something personally shared, we’ll love and do our mutual work with greater
joy and freedom.
Leaving fans “practically begging for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series,
slightly south of simple featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.
“The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope, and small town secrets. The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern fiction.”
--Mary Alice Monroe - New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent.
"I had tears in my eyes by page five and was unabashedly sobbing by the end of the final few chapters, but it was the story in between--the laughter, the pain, the hope, the complicated questions about fate and family--that kept me reading this inspiring, sweeping novel long into the night. The characters will leap off the page and into your heart, and you'll find yourself rooting for them so fervently, you'll forget they're not actually real. Kristy Woodson Harvey has delivered another masterpiece with the second book in her beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series. Let's just say that this one had better have a sequel too, because I'm not ready to leave these charming ladies behind."
-Kristin Harmel - international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again
New Harbinger launches Dr. Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D.'s THE JEALOUSY CURE with a Starred Review from Library Journal:
In his newest book, Leahy (The Worry Cure) reveals that jealousy can be a positive feeling when it causes people to reflect on their relationships. But it can also hijack a person’s mind and drive one’s partner away. Using a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness techniques to encourage healthy relationships, Leahy first details the strategies that don’t work (e.g., interrogation, accusations, looking for clues) and then guides readers through evaluating and talking back to jealous thoughts. Leahy concludes with a section on how couples can work together to find acceptable solutions.
VERDICT Solid counsel for those whose relationships are plagued by jealousy and the individuals it targets.
New Harbinger is publishing Controlling Your Mind: A Workbook for Depression, Anxiety and Obsessions by David A. Clark, Ph.D. in the U.S. with
UK publication from Little Brown UK.
Words of praise for first in the Sydney Rose Parnell railroad cop series, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS,
by Barbara Nickless:
A Suspense Magazine Best of 2016 Books Selection: Debut
“A stunner of a thriller. From the first page to the last, Blood on the Tracks weaves a spell that only a natural storyteller can master. And a guarantee: you'll fall in love with one of the best characters to come along in modern thriller fiction, Sydney Rose Parnell.” —Jeffery Deaver, internationally bestselling author
“Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense, this terrific and original debut is unforgettable. Please do not miss Blood on the Tracks. It fearlessly explores our darkest and most vulnerable places—and is devastatingly good. Barbara Nickless is a star.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of Say No More
“Both evocative and self-assured, Barbara Nickless’s debut novel is an outstanding, hard-hitting story so gritty and real you feel it in your teeth. Do yourself a favor and give this bright talent a read.” —John Hart, multiple Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road
“Nickless’s writing admirably captures the fallout from a war where even survivors are trapped, forever reliving their trauma.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Part mystery, part antiwar story, Nickless’s engrossing first novel, a series launch, introduces Sydney Rose Parnell...Nickless skillfully explores the dehumanizing effects resulting from the unspeakable cruelties of wartime as well as the part played by the loyalty soldiers owe to family and each other under stressful circumstances.” —Publishers Weekly
“Blood on the Tracks is a superb story that rises above the genre of mystery…It is a first-class read.” —The Denver Post
October 3, 2017 was Pub Day for DEAD STOP
Book Two in the bestselling Railroad Cop, Syndey Rose Parnell series
by BARBARA NICKLESS
“A deliciously twisted plot that winds through the dark corners of the past into the present where nothing—and nobody—is as they seem. Dead Stop is a first-rate, can’t-put-down mystery with a momentum that never slows. I am eager to see what Barbara Nickless comes up with next—she is definitely a mystery writer to watch.” —Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of the Wind River Mystery series
"... riveting suspense. Nickless writes with the soul of a poet. Dead Stop is a dark and memorable book." – Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins
"The twists and turns ... are first-rate. Barbara Nickless has brought forth a worthy heroine in Sydney Parnell." - BVS Reviews
The search for a missing child leads a courageous railway cop down a twisted trail of murder.
Barbara Nickless promised her mother she’d be a novelist when she grew up. What could be safer than sitting at a desk all day?
But an English degree and a sense of adventure took her down other paths—technical writer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor,
sword fighter, piano teacher and journalist. Now an award-winning author, she spends her free time snowshoeing, caving and hiking the
Colorado Rockies. Connect with her at Barbara Nickless
October 1, 2017 - was publication day for:
SNOW by Mike Bond
Mandevilla Press & Brilliance Audio
As of November 21, 2017:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148 Paid in Kindle Store
#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime
#8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Crime
#8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thriller
A "captivating story of three friends on opposing sides of a betrayal...Bond tells his story in a crisp, propulsive prose that darts from sentence to sentence... He also has a sharp ear for dialogue and a knack for character development... Themes of the destructiveness of greed, both private and corporate; the sacredness of nature; and the primeval ways of mankind lend weight to... a well-paced tale with intricate story lines." - KIRKUS
"Called the 'master of the existentialist thriller' by the BBC, renowned author Mike Bond is back with a new release, Snow, following his 2016 book, Assassins. Ecologist, war and human rights journalist, poet and author, Bond has covered a lot of ground, and his knowledge of each subject only adds to the depth and complexity of every book he publishes. In this regard, Snow is no different from Bond's other books - beautifully developed characters, a twisting story line, each line bringing the scene and the characters to life. But all things considered, Snow is a unique book... More than just a thriller, Snow lights up the complexities of American culture, the tensions of morality and obligation, and the human search for love and freedom, all of which makes it clear that Bond is a masterful storyteller."- SACRAMENTO BEE
"Exploring the psyche, and the depths of human reasoning and drive, Snow is a captivating story, sure to thrill and startle readers, keeping them on edge from the beginning of the first chapter, to the end of the last." - BOOKTRIB
"Wow...need to take a breath after this non-stop action... The author drew me in to an action-packed thriller that wouldn't let go. The heart pounding scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. This well-written narrative culminated with an ending that I will continue to think about for a long time." - GOODREADS
"I have always described Mike Bond as a lyric writer, someone whose prose is so beautiful you just enjoy immersing yourself in it. In all of his books, the environment is a major physical part of the story. In his latest effort, the snow is a constant feature, but does not play as great a role as in his earlier works. This book is unique in that none of the major players is a hero. Everyone in the story is human, and displays flaws that result from being human... From the lights of Las Vegas to the towers of Manhattan, to the blowing snows of the Rockies, the action and suspense continue unabated. This is a fantastic story, told beautifully. - NETGALLEY
"This being the month for gritty noir, let's turn next to Snow (Mandevilla Press, $15.99,250 pages) by Mike Bond... At its best, which is most of the time, Bond's latest reads like a less showy and manipulative No Country for Old Men. A simple story at its heart that warps into a splendid morality tale, Snow is wrapped as tightly as a Christmas bow and just as much fun as what's inside the box." - PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL
September 5, 2017 - Publication Day for:
The Ruin of Angels: A Novel of the Craft Sequence
By Max Gladstone
Max Gladstone returns with The Ruin of Angels, the sixth novel in the Hugo-nominated Craft Sequence, which The Washington Post calls "the best kind of urban fantasy" and NPR calls "sharp, original, and passionate"
"Gladstone packs a lot into his tale (including a brilliant sequence in which Kai encounters another trans person who lacked Kai’s access to divine resources), and longtime readers may find some of his choices surprising."
--Publishers Weekly Starred Review, on Ruin of Angels
The God Wars destroyed the city of Alikand. Now, a century and a half and a great many construction contracts later, Agdel Lex rises in its place. Dead deities litter the surrounding desert, streets shift when people aren’t looking, a squidlike tower dominates the skyline, and the foreign Iskari Rectification Authority keeps strict order in this once-independent city—while treasure seekers, criminals, combat librarians, nightmare artists, angels, demons, dispossessed knights, grad students, and other fools gather in its ever-changing alleys, hungry for the next big score.
Priestess/investment banker Kai Pohala (last seen in Full Fathom Five) hits town to corner Agdel Lex’s burgeoning nightmare startup scene, and to visit her estranged sister Ley. But Kai finds Ley desperate at the center of a shadowy, and rapidly unravelling, business deal. When Ley ends up on the run, wanted for a crime she most definitely committed, Kai races to track her sister down before the Authority finds her first. But Ley has her own plans, involving her ex-girlfriend, a daring heist into the god-haunted desert, and, perhaps, freedom for an occupied city. Because Alikand might not be completely dead—and some people want to finish the job.
Into a Dark Frontier
Debut Novel by John Mangan
"Into a Dark Frontier is cut from the same cloth as the best of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor."
"John Mangan's Into a Dark Frontier is a powerful, realistic, and daringly unique international thriller. Its near-future plotline is as brilliantly crafted as it is dark and foreboding, and the action scenes are visceral and utterly thrilling. Tormented but able Slade Crawford is a perfect anti-hero to root for, and Into a Dark Frontier is a surefire winner of a debut."
-Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A riveting imagined what-if so real you wonder if it might even be possible. Tense, intelligent, harsh, and surprising, this thrill ride is drum tight in its execution.”
-Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author
"Into a Dark Frontier is an international thriller of rare depth and complexity that would make the likes of John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum proud. But John Mangan goes both of them one better by injecting into the mix a loner hero with a gunfighter mentality fit for taming continents as well as frontiers, with Africa subbing for the Old West. A vision splendidly realized and tale wondrously executed."
-Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author
“Mangan’s debut reads like he couldn’t get the words out and onto the page fast enough, which translates into a…blazingly fast and fun action thriller.”
In the near future, Africa collapses into an enormous failed state, leaving the continent lawless and severely depopulated. For most, the breakdown brings horror, but for others?the outcast, the desperate, the criminal, and the insane?it allows unparalleled opportunity: a new frontier of danger and unlimited possibility.
In America, ex-Navy SEAL Slade Crawford, emotionally crippled after twenty years of frontline combat, the dissolution of his marriage, and the accidental death of his son is falsely accused of terrorism. Slade flees to Africa to build a new life and escape his past, but he is captured by an enigmatic American colonel, Gary Kraven, and blackmailed into tracking down a blood cult that is rampaging across the sub-Sahara. Struggling to stay alive and to free himself from Kraven’s grasp, Slade pursues the cult across the lawless African frontier. He soon learns that nothing is as it seems and that he is standing at the epicenter of a global struggle that will determine the course of history. Slade must decide whether to fight for his life or his honor?he can't have both.
August Pub from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
Without Fear or Favor: A Novel (A Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller Book 29)
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
“Energetic…Tanenbaum, himself a lawyer, writes with brio and brings the final, decisive courtroom scenes to satisfying life.”
- Publishers Weekly
In the twenty-ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series featuring “the best fictional prosecuting attorney in literature” (Mark Lane, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.
When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there’s something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city’s police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it.
Full of Tanenbaum’s signature page turning intense action and heart pounding suspense from “one hell of a writer” (New York Post), Without Fear or Favor will keep you guessing until the final scene.
July Pub from Post Hill House
NO SURRENDER: Faith, Family, and Finding Your Way by Patrick Bisher with Jon Land, Post Hill Press.
"I couldn't put it down. A memoir that reads like a thriller, and a real-life hero who pushes through unimaginable obstacles,
No Surrender is not only an aptly-named book, it's also a winner." -- Grant Blackwood
May 2017 was Pub Month for SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and is now in its 6th printing.
"Kristy Woodson Harvey cuts to the heart of what it means to be a born and bred Southerner,
complete with the unique responsibilities, secrets and privileges that conveys. Discover four women
who are at once different yet utterly the same, and a town that you won’t ever want to leave.
Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… it’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about
SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE." -- Cassandra King
Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially
fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend
every free moment. The author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder
of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.
For dramatic rights contact Bob Diforio
Mike Bond's ASSASSINS
"An exhilarating spy novel that offers equal amounts of ingenuity and intrigue."
A reader's review:
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm very glad I read it
I heard about this book on my local radio station. I'm very glad I read it.
It is the story of the career of a Special Services officer during his 40 year career.
During the journey, the book takes the reader on a review of the history of Middle East.
I'm old enough to remember these situations, but anyone interested in the recent history
of the Middle Eastern and the West (especially the U.S.) should read this right away.
It is excellent and one of those books which draw the reader forward, almost turning pages
for you) With what is happening in the Middle East right now, everyone should know the stories
which are in this book.
Brilliance Audio has purchased the World English Audio Rights to ten Mike Bond Books from
Mandevilla Press and has and is publishing them all in 2017:
The Last Savanna
House of Jaguar
Also to be published by Mandevilla Press in 2018 (and Brilliance, simultaneously)
Translation and Dramatic Rights are available for all of the Mike Bond works.
Contact Bob Diforio
DARK WATCH, THE SKELETON COAST, PLAGUE SHIP, CORSAIR, THE SILENT SEA, and THE JUNGLE
Books 3 - 8 in
The Oregon Series by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul are international bestsellers.
JACK DU BRUL:
The 7 books in Jack DuBrul's Philip Mercer action adventure series are available for [certain] translation rights and film:
Jack's books have been published in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Australia/New Zealand, Japan and Thailand
The Medusa Stone
River of Ruin
Deep Fire Rising
World Rights to books 8 & 9 in the series have been purchased by Doubleday.
Contact Bob Diforio for film or translation interest in
Vulcan's Forge through Havoc.
* Two new Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D. books, ANXIETY FREE: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You and
HERE COMES THE SUN:
Answers to Overcoming Your Depression
Dr. Leahy is
Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
President, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
and author of The Worry Cure [which has earned over $100,000 with ten foreign sales]
see Bob Leahy ; hear Bob Leahy on the Dennis Prager Radio Show