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Ms. Penelope Burns

Gelfman Schneider

850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 903

New York, NY 10019



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Website: gelfmanschneider.com

Twitter: penelopekayb

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from Patrick (admin)
Apr 01, 2019 10:20 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from kdprudolph
Mar 11, 2019 10:53 am


EQ 3-11-2019

Upper MG Contemporary 50k
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 11, 2019 10:17 am


Thanks CarolM
from CarolM
Mar 11, 2019 10:17 am


Agent tweeted today (3/11/19) that she will be closing to queries at the end of the month (March 2019).
from KristenH
Mar 10, 2019 12:32 pm


EQ 11/15/18 (2nd/final Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 3/5/19 (Passed--not good fit)
from LGV_AL
Mar 07, 2019 5:34 pm


EQ 3/7/19 literary mystery (about 96,800 words)
from jpb373
Feb 23, 2019 3:44 pm


Q 3/35/18
FR 7/3/18
bumped 10/14/18
just asked again 2/23/19
Hate to bother her, but it has been awhile. I'm guessing she passed on it.
from mirandaf
Jan 17, 2019 6:20 pm


EQ: 3/21/16
FR: 6/16/16

Eep! I had written this off as a no-response based on responses received after mine (lesson learned). I now have a full out with an agent at ICM so I'm hoping that won't keep her from wanting to take a look.

Update 6/21/16:
Penelope emailed me back today confirming that it's okay to have material under consideration by both ICM and Gelfman Schneider. She seems very sweet!

Update 3/20/17:
I received a non-exclusive R&R from another agent in July 2016 and Penelope agreed to let me withdraw the ms and resubmit when I was done with the revision. I submitted the revised version on 2/21/17 but didn't get a response back. Most of the other agents I submitted the revision to confirmed receipt so I'm not sure whether she's not interested or just super busy. Time will tell :-)

Forgot to update this--Penelope did end up responding with a thoughtful rejection and good feedback in August 2017. Would definitely query her again!

Update 1/15/18:
EQ 1/15/18 with revised version (had another non-exclusive R&R from a different agent, just call me the queen of revision :-). I requeried Penelope asking if she'd like to take another look because she seems like such a great fit and her feedback on the previous version was spot-on.
FR 1/15/18

Super kind, encouraging rejection today 1/17/19 with a ton of thoughtful feedback. She clearly has a great editorial eye!
from swatithegeek
Jan 13, 2019 11:33 pm


Liked during #DVpit, EQ: 10/18/18
FR, sent same day: 01/14/19

Contemporary Romance/WF, 70k
from Daisy22
Dec 06, 2018 11:11 am


EQ: 12/6 YA Fantasy 75k (received a nice response informing me she'll read and respond as soon as possible but allow up to 12 weeks)
from yesrielee
Oct 20, 2018 9:29 am


#PitMad request!

EQ 6/8/18 (+ first three chapters as requested by PitMad)
FR 10/18/18

103K YA LGBTQ+ spec-fic
from ergotcake
Oct 08, 2018 2:09 pm


EQ: 8/6/18
ER: 10/7/18
MG Mystery 44k
from Fj2018
Sep 19, 2018 11:23 am


EQ 7.21.18
ER 9.19.18 (form)
Thriller
from karenleespree
Sep 14, 2018 7:35 am


EQ: 7/05

CNR: 9/10/18 MG Contemporary

And just after I closed this one out I get a pass: 9/14/18
from worddance
Aug 29, 2018 12:28 am


PitMad Request 6/7/18
EQ subbed: 6/10/18 - Three chapters
ER: 8/28/18 - form

Thank you for the opportunity to consider your work. I am sorry to say that I do not think this material would be right for me, and therefore I would not make your most effective advocate. Please remember this is just one agent's opinion, and there may be other agents who feel differently.

YA Fantasy, 79,000

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