JLA represents a full range of literary works, fiction and non-fiction both, ever-hungry for smart writing and narrative, with interests that range the entire genre spectrum.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.Mark Twain
We love distinct voices, and books which hit the literary-commercial sweet spot. It is not rare for us to discover and love eclectic projects, especially those that challenge genre lines.
JLA is interested in representing fiction of the following genres:
- young adult
- graphic novels
- picture books (writers, illustrators)
We are not interested in middle grade novels.
On the non-fiction side, JLA is particularly interested in hearts and minds with personal, academic, or otherwise professional experiences that have the capacity to leave impact (social, cultural, political, intellectual, practical, or otherwise). We also love projects that show healthy degrees of intelligence, research, and advancing discourse.
On the narrative non-fiction side, to start: Send us philosophy, theology, psychology, history, politics, economics, journalism, science, culture, technology, business, social commentary, memoir, and humor, as well as, where applicable, a popular (pop) form of any of the preceding. With regards to more practical nonfiction, we seek books that examine family, marriage, sex, health & wellness, public speaking, writing, reading, lifestyle, art, architecture, and design, as well as any form of innovative and structural how-to’s.
With regards to the agency: JLA agents and co-agents offer the highest form of authenticity, transparency, and capacity, into contract negotiations as well as management over the duration of books’ public-private memories and authors’ careers, alongside significant degrees of innovation and rigorous intelligence with regards to the industry’s ever-changing frameworks, be they intellectual property questions, or those otherwise legal, corporate, fiscal, or technological in nature.
Despite being a boutique literary agency in size, we maintain a corporate and entrepreneurial spirit, oriented to longevity and efficacy, nourishment and nurture, formation and development, as well as structure and selection, for authors, their books, our staff, our colleagues and co-agents, as well as the networks we build, manage, and maintain.
We are members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
Weronika (/Vɛ.rɔˈɲi.ka/) (Veronica) E. K. Janczuk is the founder of the Janczuk Literary Agency.
Weronika began her work in trade book publishing in 2009, during a high school work-study that placed her in an internship with a small imprint in Minnesota. She then worked with the industry’s best agents, including Lynn C. Franklin (1946-2021), Kathleen Anderson, Jenny Bent, and Mary Kole (formerly of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency), agenting from 2010-2012, while an undergrad at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She built a list that included the first four books of Campbell Award-winning and two-time Hugo Award-nominee novelist Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence.
At NYU, she studied creative writing under the direction of Dr. June Foley, wrote and served as editor for her undergraduate literary and literacy journals, and aided literacy-related projects on NYC’s Lower East Side. She graduated NYU in December 2013.
After five years working for two international non-profits on education- and health-related programming, Weronika returned to the world of corporate book publishing, opening JLA in the state of New York in the fall of 2021.
Born in Canada to parents who immigrated as political exiles from communist Poland, Weronika moved to the USA in 1998. Fluent in Polish and English, today she is privileged to be a rare tri-citizen: Polish, Canadian, and American. She lives in Brooklyn.