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Ms. Penelope Burns

Gelfman Schneider

850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 903

New York, NY 10019

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Twitter: penelopekayb

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from gayowyn
Mar 16, 2018 12:43 pm

EQ: 12/13/17 (#PitMad Request)
FR: 3/15/18 (!!)

YA Contemporary Fantasy 92k
from dlpoet17
Mar 08, 2018 3:43 pm

@some might be worth doing #pitmad on twitter. It lasts until 8pm and its a good way to skip the line, as agents tend to prioritize queries they favorite. Fair or not, that's the truth.
from SomeLady
Feb 01, 2018 3:56 pm

I checked in after 12 weeks and she said she's just behind on her queries if anyone is waiting.
from Malicia
Jan 23, 2018 3:21 am

EQ 10/22/17
Nudge with offer of rep 01/05/18
FR 01/05/18 (same day)
Polite step aside 01/15/18 (Penelope said it would have been a R&R but since I already had an offer she chose to step aside)

YA Historical Fantasy 82k words
from peppermint22
Jan 19, 2018 9:00 am

EQ - 9/7 (#pitmad request)
ER - 12/29 (form)

YA Historical Fantasy
from motherofdragons
Jan 16, 2018 12:54 pm

EQ: 11/28
nudged with offer: 1/15
FR: 1/15
from mirandaf
Jan 15, 2018 11:34 am

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
from safashaqsy
Jan 14, 2018 11:43 am

EQ: 12 Jan 2018

YA contemporary
from vilene
Jan 03, 2018 1:44 pm

10/17/17 EQ
12/21 Nudge with offer of rep
12/21 FR
1/3/17 One of the nicest step-asides ever! Lots of detail about what she loved and helpful feedback. A great agent!
from anotherearth
Dec 30, 2017 9:24 am

EQ: 09/25
ER: 12/30 Literary 110K
from FalthoWitch
Dec 26, 2017 7:48 pm

EQ: 12/26/2017
from Pauukiku
Dec 12, 2017 4:00 pm

From her acceptance query count, all I see is young adult. Not one literary fiction listed.
from LightofBeauty
Dec 08, 2017 10:04 pm

EQ: 9/11

ER: 12/8

Form rejection that apologies for how impersonal it is.

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.

Thank you for thinking of me, and best of luck to you.

I apologize for the form letter, but the volume of queries makes a personal reply impossible.

All best,

Penelope Burns

from KristenH
Nov 28, 2017 6:51 am

EQ 9/1/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 11/27/17 (Passed--not a good fit.)
from why_archibald
Nov 25, 2017 8:44 am

EQ (pitch wars): 11/3
FR: 11/3
Nudged with offer: 11/15
Step aside: 11/22 - mentioned it would have been an R&R if I didn't already have offers

Her step-aside was soooo flattering and detailed with lots of helpful revision notes. She took a lot of time to lay out exactly what worked for her and what didn't. Penelope seems like a solid gold agent. Anyone would be very lucky to land her.

YA Fantasy

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