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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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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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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 swatithegeek
Oct 18, 2018 1:29 am


Liked during #DVpit, EQ: 10/18/18

Contemporary Romance/WF, 70k
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
from ELRowe
Aug 20, 2018 3:00 pm


#DVPit Request: Apr 25
EQ: May 02 (took a little while to revise a few things) Received automatic confirmation of receipt.
Nudged, as per guidelines: Aug 02
Nudged with Offer: Aug 08
FR: Aug 08 after hearing nothing for so long, I was surprised to get a full request within minutes. Even if you go past her standard response time, it's totally possible to still get a request.
Informed of Offer #2: Aug 17 Thanked me for the update, said she is reading this weekend. I'll update once I know her response.
Polite Step Aside. She had nice things to say, though the pacing was slow for her: Aug 20

Adult Fantasy w/ LGBTQIA characters
from Michelle_in_WI
Aug 18, 2018 9:40 am


EQ 5/30
Form R 8/17

Contemporary YA 78K
from gigi33
Aug 18, 2018 2:10 am


DVPit request, Oct 2017
Full requested and sent same day
Followed up, Jan 2018, still planning on reading
Followed up, Mar 2018, still planning on reading
Kind personalized rejection with specifics (so good!), Aug 2018 - apologized for long timeframe
from milli505
Aug 14, 2018 5:02 pm


EQ: 5/26
ER: 8/14
YA contemporary, 76k
from Catsamoa79
Aug 13, 2018 9:18 pm


EQ: 5/23/18
Follow-up sent 8/13/18, as per agency instructions
ER: 8/13/18, about 6 hours later; form letter
from duke_of_lilywhite
Jul 23, 2018 7:01 pm


EQ: 4-25-18
ER: 7-22-18

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 you 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
Jun 22, 2018 3:58 pm


EQ 3/27/18 (2nd/final requery for Venom)
ER 6/18/18 (Passed--not good fit for her)
from jldelozier
Jun 11, 2018 6:43 pm


3/21/18 EQ: 71,000 crime novel
6/11/18 ER form

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