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Agent Chat #4: Weronika Janczuk

Post  Maggie on Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:20 pm

Unfortunately, because we don't pay for a 'premium' chat room, the beginning of the chat was cut off. We had a lot of text in this chat because of Weronika's awesome, thorough answers. What we have is very helpful! Enjoy, and THANK YOU WERONIKA!


[Beginning chat clipped]
Question: How old are you?
Weronika Janczuk: I hate that question. ' 20:10
Weronika Janczuk: LOL. 20:10
Lizzy: I don't judge by age. You're very mature. ^^ 20:10
Weronika Janczuk: But it's fair! And thank you. 20:10
Mad: Age is nothing but a number. 20:10
Lizzy: I honestly never would have guessed. 20:10
Weronika Janczuk: So, what's next? I love answering questions. This is one of my favorite parts of being an agent. 20:10
Lizzy: Whenever you're ready Amanda. 20:10
Amanda: Oh, yay! Okay--what is your opinion on epic fantasy, mainly YA? Do you enjoy it, is it not at all your cup of tea, or do you have certain preferences/reservations​ within the subgenre? 20:11
Lizzy: Hopefully we'll have a lot for you! Two of the teens who signed up had to cancel because of plans and one is washing the dishes right now and will arrive shortly. 20:11
Lizzy: *likes you Amanda* XD 20:11
Amanda: *likes you too, Lizzy* XD 20:11
Weronika Janczuk: I love epic fantasy. Adore it. Heart and soul. 20:11
Lizzy: Ooo, really? That's rare! 20:11
Amanda: Yay! It's my favorite. Lots of agents are more lukewarm about it. 20:12
Lizzy: I have a question about her question... do you think there's a market for epic fantasy? 20:12
Weronika Janczuk: A lot of what I see in my slush pile is very familiar, very cliche, very "Let's redo LORD OF THE RINGS, throw a bit of HARRY POTTER, and not be original at all." 20:12
Weronika Janczuk: I don't like that kind of epic fantasy. 20:12
Mad: Um... ! 20:12
André joined the chat 20:12
Weronika Janczuk: throw in a bit of* 20:12
Lizzy: *nods* 20:12
Weronika Janczuk: As for the market? 20:12
Mad: Hi Andre. 20:12
Lizzy: Andre!! 20:12
Lizzy: Gotcha Mad 20:12
André: Heya! ^_^ 20:12
Amanda: Andre! Hi. =) 20:13
Lizzy: You know the question system, right Andre? 20:13
André: Yep 20:13
Lizzy: Great. 20:13
Weronika Janczuk: The market will never cease existing in adult or YA, but it's one of those markets that remains entirely consistent -- in that it never really decreases, it never really booms, and books that have great voices, writing, worlds, conflicts, magical systems, etc., continue to sell well. Every so often, one book or series will take off into the mainstream reading public, but rarely. 20:13
Lizzy: Hmm. Cool! 20:14
Amanda: That's what I thought. Thanks! 20:14
Weronika Janczuk: My favorite YA epic fantasy series ever: http://candlewick.com/cat.asp?mode=book&.... If you've never read, you absolutely must. It's mind-blowingly fantastic. 20:14
Amanda: I read the beginning of the first one--didn't really get into it. It's on my bookshelf, I'll have to give them another try. 20:15
Lizzy: Whenever you're ready, Mad. 20:16
Mad: Okay, quick question...how do you feel about mental illnesses in thrillers (specifically detective thrillers)? I know they come up often in fiction, but I'm not sure how prevalent they are in thrillers/mysteries. 20:16
Lizzy: Sorry, had an issue with the chatroom... 20:16
Taryn joined the chat 20:16
Amanda: Taryn! 20:17
Lizzy: TARYN!! You made it! 20:17
Mad: Hi, Taryn! 20:17
André: Taryn! 20:17
Taryn: Hi. I shouldnt be here. 20:17
Taryn: *is at work* 20:17
Lizzy: I know, but I'm sooo glad you are! XD 20:17
Mad: @Taryn Did you get my tweet about the crit? 20:17
Taryn: @Mad yep, I let her know. 20:17
Weronika Janczuk: They appear on a consistent basis, Mad. Usually they're done well enough, but they're very tough to pull off in a way that is fresh, at least for me; I read a lot of non-fiction, too, and I know *a lot* about mental illnesses, and often, characters are stereotypical, or the mental illness is treated falsely, or whatever. Like with anything else, with any technique or subject matter, it needs to be done expertly, etc. It can absolutely be done, of course. 20:18
Mad: @Taryn THANK YOU. I feel terrible about it. 20:18
Taryn: ! 20:18
Mad: I was just wondering, because it's kind of my current project. Thanks! 20:18
Lizzy: Gotcha Taryn 20:18
Lizzy: Whenever you're ready, go ahead. (T) 20:18
Lizzy: ! 20:19
Taryn: oh. Well I have more of a personal question. I founded a teen writing blog, and I was wondering if you specifically, as a teen agent, would be willing to judge a contest at some point. 20:19
Mad: Oh, one more ! 20:20
Weronika Janczuk: Of course. Just shoot me an email -- weronika@franklinandsieg​al.com. 20:20
Lizzy: Gotcha Mad, you're on the list. 20:20
Taryn: Awesome, thanks! 20:20
Taryn: Wait, did you change agencies? 20:21
Lizzy: Okay, my question. Sometimes I have trouble deciding what genre my novels are. Does it affect your judgement of the novel if its incorrectly labeled? Or is the genre something that an agent or publisher ultimately decides? (If that makes sense) 20:21
Lizzy: Incorrectly labeled meaning in the query letter. 20:21
Weronika Janczuk: T, yep. I'm now with Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. As of Monday, officially. 20:22
Taryn: Oooo, exciting 20:22
Weronika Janczuk: Don't worry about genre at all. I check to see if it's there, if the word count fits approximately, and then I read to see if the approach is right (or close to being right on -- good writing always beats out a quirky approach), and that's it. When I'm pitching, I'll be sure to employ the right genre labels. I have some clients, however, whose books are very cross-genre -- i.e., a time travel romance, which I've pitched as a sci-fi romance, a paranormal romance, general women's fiction, and commercial fiction. It depends on bunches of factors. 20:24
Lizzy sent out an invitation 20:24
Weronika Janczuk: And is not something that you should worry about at all. 20:24
Weronika Janczuk: As long as the hook is in the query, you will be good. 20:24
Taryn: ! 20:24
Weronika Janczuk: (Btw, what are the genres that you're deciding between? 20:24
Weronika Janczuk: )( 20:24
Weronika Janczuk: )* <-- Aah! 20:24
Weronika Janczuk: Taryn? 20:24
Lizzy: Okay. Awesome 20:24
Lizzy: Got you Taryn 20:24
Lizzy: Go ahead, Mad. You're next. 20:24
Lizzy: And I couldn't decide between fantasy or science fiction or something else and decided to call it science fantasy. 20:25
Weronika Janczuk: Hmm, interesting. 20:25
Weronika Janczuk: You can always shoot me your query letter/synopsis if you're not sure -- could potentially offer some advice. (Or paste it here?) 20:26
Lizzy: Yeah. It's kinda a mix of both, because there are elements of both... But then it wasn't quite long enough to be just 'fantasy' or just 'sci-fi' either. 20:26
Taryn: So say I queried ~40 agents Feb-Apr, have gotten most of my requests/rejections/requ​est-rejections back, and have ideas for rewrites. How do you know which agents (who rejected a full) would like to see a drastically different draft? Just the ones who asked for R&R? Or, since it's an extensive revision, more? (sorry, I have to ask now since I have to go guard again. Feel free to answer whenever) 20:27
Lizzy: Really? wow! Well, actually, I don't have a query or synopsis yet. I'm still editing. 20:27
Weronika Janczuk: As an agent, I wouldn't be sure what "science fantasy" meant, which could throw me off more than a fantasy with tech elements or a sci-fi with magic elements, or whatever. 20:27
Lizzy: Really? I heard about the genre and thought it fit. 20:27
Lizzy: But thank you so much (about the advice) 20:27
Lizzy: Can you say "fantasy with tech elements" ? 20:28
Weronika Janczuk: L, absolutely. 20:28
Weronika Janczuk: It's not a huge genre or market, but sure. 20:28
Lizzy: Okay. Wow! Didn't know that. Thank you. 20:28
Mad joined the chat 20:29
Weronika Janczuk: T, if you're changing 50% or so +, I'd re-query it as a new book entirely, and just mention when sending your query to the agents that asked for an R&R that this is the R&R. If you're not changing it that much, I'd still re-query anyone who asked to see some of it, possibly everyone. *shrug* Depends how much you change and how much time passes -- agents are not evil little buggers who sit at their computer screens, foaming at the mouth, waiting to see which writer will DARE re-query them even though they passed? 20:29
Lizzy: Your'e back, Mad! 20:29
Lizzy: *you're 20:29
Weronika Janczuk: ? --> .* 20:29
André: ! 20:29
Taryn: haha, ok, thanks. Bye guys! 20:29
Lizzy: Gotcha Andre 20:30
Mad: Laptop died. Im on phone. 20:30
Lizzy: Bye Taryn! 20:30
Camille joined the chat 20:30
Camille: Here! 20:30
Lizzy: Okay Mad, you're next whenever you're ready. 20:30
Lizzy: Yay Camille! 20:30
Mad: Itll take me a while to type my q. 20:30
Amanda: Hey, Camille! 20:30
Lizzy: Welcome to the chat! Do you remember the question system from last time? 20:30
Lizzy: Understood, Mad. 20:30
Lizzy: You can go ahead and ask your question awhile, Andre, if it's speedy. 20:30
Camille: Hey guys 20:30
Amanda: ! 20:30
André: Okay 20:31
Lizzy: Gotcha Amanda 20:31
André: More on genres — how hard is it for an author (or that author’s agent) to sell books in multiple genres, instead of sticking with just one or two closely related ones? 20:31
Weronika Janczuk: Oh, that is a huge question. 20:31
Weronika Janczuk: Give me a few minutes. 20:31
Lizzy: Hehe. 20:31
André: Okay. XD 20:31
Mad joined the chat 6 seconds ago 20:33
Mad: Stupid phone... 20:33
Lizzy: Aw, did you lose your question, Mad? 20:34
Mad: OK. I've read that you're a very hands-on agent when it comes to edits, but = was wondering how much you're actually willing to do before you pass. If there's a submission that's a little rough, for example, would you take much time on it 20:36
Weronika Janczuk: Andre, it depends on a lot of different factors, but let's go back to the basics to help you understand what I'm going to say after: More and more so today, with the focus on e-marketing, authors' successes depend on their brands, and brands are associated with particular styles and thus with particular readerships/audiences. The goal of whatever publisher buys your debut book -- that publisher will in 99% of cases also have an option on your next book or books (aka, the legal right to read and buy your next book first) -- is to maintain your brand, since that is how they earn money and how they grow your career. In YA, the strategy is to offer a multi-book deal, so that for the next two to four years, usually, you are writing for one imprint, and thus you are being branded, and thus building your career. Most writers can't write fast enough to break out of that timetable -- it's usually a struggle to write a book in approximately nine months. As a result, series writers don't have the option to write outside of their series. With standalones, the options still exist, so because the only opportunity you will have to even try publishing something new is to satisfy your option with the publisher, you will write the next book to fit your brand. (This is also a mentality that helps the author, of course; it's harder to build and entrance an audience across genres or subgenres, since readers always want to go back and find a bunch of material from an author, which is why e-books and e-novellas and e-anthologies are becoming so popular.) 20:36
Mad: I did. 20:36
Lizzy: @Mad I'll copy your question in case it gets bumped up. 20:37
Weronika Janczuk: Now, onto the second part of the question, Andre: Is it difficult to sell books in multiple genres? Not particularly, once all of the legalities have been satisfied, and as long as the option language is specific and the book that your agent would be selling doesn't compete with what has already been published. 20:37
Lizzy: Wow! 20:39
Lizzy: Awesome answer! 20:39
Weronika Janczuk: Andre, the question is, Is it difficult to then sustain the career? Yes. Because most genre audiences don't cross over, so your goal is to continue building audience a and audience b, which is oft impossible to do. The exception is with YA; it's much easier to cross sub-genres in YA, as many teen readers read everything, but the same rule still applies -- write two or three or four books within the sub-genre, and then try to break out. Your audience needs to love you before it chooses to follow you. 20:39
André: The brand doesn't have to necessarily be as specific as "just fantasy" or "just sci-fi", though, does it? Could one build a brand as "good books of varying nonfiction genres which will usually involve things blowing up"? 20:40
Weronika Janczuk: Let me know if you have follow-up questions -- this is super complex, and why it's good to have an agent in your corner to read the market, read the contract, and offer you the book-by-book support you need to build that career. 20:40
André: Okay. Thanks! 20:40
Lizzy: Huh. Wow. I never even thought of all that! *taking notes* 20:40
André: Err... *fiction genres 20:40
Lizzy: Anyone have questions about that answer before we move on? 20:41
André: *has no idea why he said nonfiction* 20:41
Mad joined the chat 20:41
Lizzy: I have your question, Mad. No worries. 20:41
Mad: Back on laptop. 20:41
Mad: GAH, I hate my laptop... 20:41
Lizzy: No questions? 20:42
Lizzy: (about the answer) 20:42
Lizzy: Okay, moving onward. Mad's question: OK. I've read that you're a very hands-on agent when it comes to edits, but = was wondering how much you're actually willing to do before you pass. If there's a submission that's a little rough, for example, would you take much time on it 20:42
Weronika Janczuk: Your example is really general, so it might be hard to build that kind of brand exactly. In non-fiction, lots of things are possible; with narrative non-fiction, topics can vary widely, but readers are drawn to specific voices and executions and styles. In fiction, the same thing applies -- readers love style, or voice, or whatever -- but the same thing as I said earlier applies; not all readers cross-jump brands. Fantasy and sci-fi readers tend to overlap heavily. Genre sci-fi and like a commercial suspense would be a different question entirely. 20:42
Weronika Janczuk: ^^ Andre. 20:42
Weronika Janczuk: cross-jump genres* 20:42
André: Okay, thanks! 20:43
Weronika Janczuk: Mad, that's a good question, but it really depends on the book for me. The last big R&R letter that I sent was in February; I just got the revision over the weekend, and I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Everything else that I've signed since then has been pretty ready to go, simply because I want to maintain that healthy balance of a) strong books that I love and can sell quickly, so that I can have an income, contributing time to publicity and marketing campaigns, etc., and b) amazingly talented writers who are just not there yet, and need me to put in 20-40 hours/manuscript on editorial work to hone the structure, plot, technical elements, etc. If I love the book, and believe it can be fixed, I'll very gladly spend the 1-3 hours I put into putting together editorial comments before I offer representation, and instead of offering, will send an R&R request. What matters more than that one book is the writer's ability to consistently produce work that's good. 20:46
Weronika Janczuk: An R&R is just a healthy test for me. 20:46
Mad: Makes total sense. Thanks. 20:47
Lizzy: Awesome. 20:47
Weronika Janczuk: Nathan Bransford blogged about this -- he was often frustrated because newer agents, or agents who weren't as skilled editorially (for example), would step in and offer on a book he had sent a R&R letter for, and the writer would sign with them, and then the writer would never sell their debut or their second book. 20:47
Lizzy: Huh. Interesting! 20:47
Mad: Hmmm... 20:47
Lizzy: @Amanda Whenever you're ready, go ahead and ask. 20:48
Amanda: Sorry, this is kind of a long, specific type of question. If I, say, went on an ill-advised querying spree about 2 or 2.5 years ago, back when I was 16 and thought I knew all--if I had an awesome agent interested in my project but pass, because he loved the ideas but my writing wasn't quite there yet...should I mention this when I query his agency in the coming months?(He personally is not open to queries, so I'd have to send it to a different agent within the agency to get it referred.) Is it ridiculously optimistic to expect him to remember/should I just leave it out? He did say he was very impressed with my writing, given my age(I included it in the submission form, b/c I was silly.). 20:48
Weronika Janczuk: I'm in a position now where I have to maintain my rep for my existing clients, first, but also have undergone that learning curve, knowing that even if there is incredible spark to a book that we agents drool over, a book has to be *fantastic* to sell in today's marketplace, so I've passed on a lot of really, really good writers in the past few weeks; I'm requesting less and less of the stuff that sounds interesting, and really looking for the talent -- I rarely sign something that is commercial and written okay (it's a personal thing -- I just want the top-notch writers). 20:49
Weronika Janczuk: Amanda, that's another toughie. I wouldn't mention it at all if you're not querying the agent specifically, and even then, there's really no reason to, IMO. 20:50
Amanda: I should probably mention that it's the same book, just completely rewritten. So all the ideas are there. 20:50
Lizzy: @Amanda That's a really good question! 20:50
Weronika Janczuk: It's been very long. Six months versus two years is an incredibly big difference, querying-wise. 20:50
Amanda: Yeah. *sigh* I thought so. 20:50
Lizzy: But I would think if he liked it then that even if he didn't remember it he would still like it again, right? 20:51
Lizzy: *remember it now 20:51
Amanda: That's what I'm hoping, haha. 20:51
Weronika Janczuk: Yeah. Unfortunately, a comment like, "When I was 16, you read and complimented an earlier version of this" isn't usually the best approach, considering how playing up the age like that could be a bad thing. 20:52
Lizzy: Haha, that makes sense. XD 20:52
Amanda: Haha, yeah. At least I don't have to agonize over how to word that, now. 20:52
Amanda: *silver lining* 20:52
Mad: One more ! 20:53
Lizzy: Go ahead, Mad. 20:53
Lizzy: We're on to the last 7 minutes. 20:53
Weronika Janczuk: And, also, to be honest, I have *admittedly* been complimentary to teen writers who were merely okay versus good (and have also been very complimentary to teen writers who were terrific) -- as agents, since there are so many teen writers, the last thing we want to do is be the reason for their discouragement. 20:53
Weronika Janczuk: So, yeah, just go forth on a clean slate, I think. 20:53
Amanda: Thanks! 20:53
Lizzy: Hmm. 20:53
Lizzy: How did you know they were teens? 20:54
Mad: I know the age thing was covered earlier, but what about teens writing for adults? This is kind of my situation and I was wondering if it would make things harder. 20:54
Lizzy: *smiles at Mad* 20:54
Mad: I mean, people can't TELL my age in my writing, I don't think... 20:54
Mad: I hope. I'm 17. 20:54
Weronika Janczuk: ^^ They usually mention it, honestly, Lizzy -- and I can usually tell by the query. 20:54
Weronika Janczuk: Mad, are you writing the fantasy with the tech elements, or whatever? 20:55
Lizzy: Hmm. I'll make a note to make sure my query does not sound teen-ish. I plan not to mention my age, if I decide to begin querying as a teen. 20:55
Lizzy: No, that's me. 20:55
Lizzy: Writing the fantasy. 20:55
Lizzy: Science fantasy. Whatever it is. 20:55
Mad: No. Detective thrillers. 20:55
André: (That's also me...and half of what I write is for adults, too. XD) 20:56
Weronika Janczuk: Yep, don't mention your age. 20:56
Mad: It's something that's really bothering me now that I'm prepping to query. 20:56
Weronika Janczuk: I don't know any teen novelist writing for adults. 20:56
Mad: See, that's the THING. 20:56
Weronika Janczuk: I've tried, and found it superbly difficult. 20:56
Mad: That's why it's eating me alive. 20:56
Weronika Janczuk: Which is not to say that it can't be done, of course. 20:56
Mad: I mean, I think I pull it off okay...but I was just wondering what might happen when I query. I don't want to be labeled a prodigy. 20:57
Weronika Janczuk: I guess there are a few different elements "working against you" when talking about the potential of selling the ms. A lot of those crime works are written by individuals with some kind of experience (with the exception of more upmarket works, a la Laura Lippman). I also don't necessarily believe that teens can't write about experiences they've never possessed, but I do think it's much tougher to engage the adult mindset. 20:58
Weronika Janczuk: You shouldn't mention your age. 20:58
Weronika Janczuk: You have to get the interest of an agent independent of your age. 20:58
Weronika Janczuk: There are some agents who will pass b/c of the age -- especially if they see you're writing for adults! -- for the two reasons above, and others. It's stereotypical, but some agents are reading queries very quickly, and they don't mind dismissing it. 20:59
Weronika Janczuk: Once you mention your age, remember that your agent will never be able to get it ouf his/her head when reading your stuff. 20:59
Weronika Janczuk: You *must* be able to impress independent of age. 21:00
Lizzy: Yeah. That's so true. 21:00
Amanda: *agrees* 21:00
Mad: My dad's a cop, so I do get some procedural help. I'm not going to mention my age, and I'm going to let my writing stand for itself. I write for adults because I love it and it feels natural to me, not to impress because of my age. 21:00
Weronika Janczuk: I hope I'm not discouraging you, Mad! 21:00
André: Heh, I'd much rather not have the agent know my age anyway. I hate it when people talk about how someone is really good "for their age". *pet peeve* 21:00
Mad: No, quite the contrary. 21:01
Weronika Janczuk: Yep. Imagine being a (very) young agent lunching with sixty-year-old editors who've won lifetime achievement awards. 21:01
Mad: In fact, if this isn't too creepy, I plan on querying you soon. 21:01
Weronika Janczuk: Le sigh! 21:01
Mad: Haha, I know the feeling. 21:01
Weronika Janczuk: Please do. 21:01
Lizzy: LOL! 21:01
André: Hah, yeah 21:01
Weronika Janczuk: I will very much look forward to reading. 21:01
Lizzy: Mad, I think you just gave away your age before you queried! 21:01
Mad: OMGOSH I feel so much better. Thank you. 21:01
Mad: CRAP. 21:02
Lizzy: LOL!! 21:02
André: LOL 21:02
Lizzy: It's okay. You'll do it in your real name, no? 21:02
Mad: At least it's only one. Right, Weronika? 21:02
Mad: @Lizzy Yes. 21:02
Lizzy: There you go then. She won't know who you are. XD 21:02
Weronika Janczuk: Oh, but you have to mention that it's you!!! 21:02
Weronika Janczuk: Please do. 21:03
Lizzy: But then you'll be reading it knowing it's a 17 year old writing for adults. 21:03
Weronika Janczuk: Would love to offer personal feedback, even if it might not be fore you. 21:03
Weronika Janczuk: be for* 21:03
Lizzy: Shouldn't she get a shot at your professional opinion? XD 21:03
Mad: I might. 21:03
Mad: What do you mean by that? 21:03
Amanda: Darn, I also gave away my age...you're pretty much at the top of my query list now, Weronika, being the only agent so far that I've found likes epic fantasy all that much. (I guess you'll decide if this is a good thing, lol.) 21:04
Mad: Personal feedback means what exactly? 21:04
Lizzy: I also probably ruined it by mentioning my unique science fantasy genre. 21:04
Mad: Like, when I query you??? I'm confused. 21:04
Weronika Janczuk: I don't offer feedback on any queries or partials anymore, b/c of time. 21:04
Weronika Janczuk: Yes, when you query me! 21:04
Mad: OH. 21:04
Lizzy: But who knows if I'll ever query with this novel. 21:04
Mad: But if I mention it's me...oh my gosh, THANK YOU! Oh, that would help so much. 21:05
André: @Amanda I've found the best way to find agents for a specific genre is to find authors who write in that genre and stalk them until you find their agent. XD 21:05
Lizzy: Nice technique, Andre. XD 21:05
Mad: Also, could I send you an email with my real name so you know when I query? That way I don't have to mention it IN my query. 21:05
Weronika Janczuk: Whatever you decide. You could not tell me, and then if I pass (and, really, I pass on the bulk of what I get), you could come back to me and reveal your true identity, and I will follow up with personal feedback, 21:05
Amanda: @Andre--I've done that, and they've all ended in dead ends. Agents who don't accept unsolicited queries, agents who aren't in the biz anymore... *sad* 21:05
Mad: I mean mention it in my query that I'm Mad. 21:06
Lizzy: *is now jealous of Weronika* 21:06
Weronika Janczuk: Whatever you want! 21:06
Mad: I really appreciate that. You have no idea. 21:06
Weronika Janczuk: 21:06
Victoria: This was a very cool discussion! (Even if I was creepin' the whole time. Haha) 21:06
Mad: Wait, so do I query as Mad or RL me??? 21:06
Lizzy: You can learn a lot that way, Victoria! LOL 21:07
Mad: I'm all flustered that I'm talking to an agent, can you tell? 21:07
Lizzy: *hugs Mad* You're doing well. XD 21:07
Weronika Janczuk: Whatever you want! 21:07
Mad: OK. Maybe I'll query as Mad. Would that be too strange? 21:07
Weronika Janczuk: Nope. I don't know your real identity, so thus, you are Mad to me. 21:08
Weronika Janczuk: Also, don't be flustered. 21:08
Weronika Janczuk: I iz quite normal. 21:08
Mad: I heard you don't really read queries anyway. Is that true? 21:08
Mad: Haha, thanks. 21:08
Mad: Mad it is, then. Just for you of course. To the other agents, I'm...not Mad. 21:08
Weronika Janczuk: Mhm, I look at them more closely than I used to, but not always. 21:09
Lizzy: Okay guys, it's past 9. 21:09
André: Oh! Before you go, is your last name pronounced "Yan-tsook"? That's how I've been pronouncing it, but I'm not sure. XD 21:09
Weronika Janczuk: I find queries rather unhelpful. 21:09
Mad: Oh, okay. Thanks tons. 21:09
Mad: I thought it was Jan-CHUCK... 21:09
Lizzy: I never tried to pronounce it... but in the past week I've memorized how to spell it. All that tweeting. XD 21:10
Weronika Janczuk: Since I never read back copies. I judge based on the cover (how else, when you're browsing?), and then I read -- it's voice and writing for me always. 21:10
Amanda: Well, it's like, Polish, right? 21:10
Weronika Janczuk: It's Polish, yep. In Polish -- Yahn-chook. In American (LOL) -- Jan-chuck. 21:10
Lizzy: I'll pronounce it right for you. I've had people mispronounce my last name all my life. XD 21:11
Lizzy: If I can pronounce it right... *stares* 21:11
Amanda: So, do you pronounce the W as a "w" or a "v"? 21:11
André: Hah! Okay. I was mostly right! 21:11
Lizzy: Okay guys, HUGE THANK YOU to Weronika for being so AWESOME!! 21:11
André: No one can pronounce my last name ither 21:11
André: THANK YOU!!! 21:11
Weronika Janczuk: @ Amanda: In Polish -- Ve-ro-neeka. (The 'W' = 'V.') In American: Veronica. 21:11
Weronika Janczuk: You're more than welcome. 21:12
Amanda: Yay! I was right! Thank you so much for answering our questions! 21:12
Weronika Janczuk: Tweet @ me, email me, query me, whatever. 21:12
Lizzy: What's your twitter? I don't think I ever got it! 21:12
Weronika Janczuk: @WeronikaJanczuk. 21:12
Lizzy: LOL! How easy. XD 21:12
Lizzy: Weronika: Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 21:13
Lizzy: Everyone else: Regular follow-up chat on the blog! Come if you want. 21:13
Weronika Janczuk: Okay! Alas, I'm off. And, that was quite serious -- email me whenever. It might take me a few days to respond, but I am here for anyone who needs m'help. 21:14
Weronika Janczuk: Thx for a great chat, and have a great night. 21:14
Weronika Janczuk: *waves* 21:14
Lizzy: Awesome, you too! 21:14
André: Thanks! 21:14
Lizzy: Thank you so much! 21:14
Mad: Goodnight! thanks! 21:14
Lizzy: To leave the chat, simply close the browser. 21:15
André left the chat 21:15
Mad: I can email you??? 21:15
Mad: Seriously? 21:15
Victoria: Thank you! Bye... 21:15
Lizzy: http://writeonteens.blogspot.com "Chatroom" tab 21:15
Lizzy: Go chat if you want. 21:15
Lizzy: Night all

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