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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 Maggie28
Apr 29, 2022 9:32 pm


@HeckingColdOutside, same situation, got a DVpit like, queried a week later on Nov 5th, nudged at the beginning of Feb since the agency site says to only nudge her after 12 weeks, and have not heard anything. Also happened to a friend. From all these comments it seems like she only responds to nudges quickly if you nudge with an offer of rep...
from HeckingColdOutside
Apr 28, 2022 4:18 pm


Has anyone had issues with not getting replies to nudges? I queried back in October (DVpit) and nudged to offer revisions if she's still interested at 3 months and again at 6 and have heard nothing back either time
from agentlefox
Apr 27, 2022 10:13 pm


DVPit belated query 3/11
nudge with offer 4/13, full requested same day, sent same day
detailed and polite step aside with feedback 4/27, she stated she would have requested revisions if I didn't already have an offer. So lovely and useful with her feedback despite not offering, def recommend to query.
from romancerofwords
Apr 22, 2022 6:30 am


Adult Contemporary Romance, 85k

3/28 EQ (DVPit Request)
from shanedorian98
Apr 20, 2022 6:59 am


This was a #Dvpit request from April 2020; I had an offer elsewhere and Penelope requested to see the full after this, and I sent it. In January 2021, I offered her a revised version and she accepted - I nudged 3 days ago and she hasn't had a chance to read it yet but she's still considering so fingers crossed

UPDATE: its 19/04/2022; I just sent another nudge and to ask if she could provide me with some info so I can either refresh the query or close it down for my own knowledge and record

FURTHER UPDATE: 20/04/2022 - I heard from Penelope and she's still considering! She's hoping for end of May so fingers crossed. Even if it's a rejection at this point with a little feedback I'll be happy
from ekdwrites
Mar 29, 2022 12:01 am


PW EQ: 02/20/22
Nudge with offer of rep: 03/28/22
50k MG contemporary
from kaseyalexander
Jan 27, 2022 9:35 pm


EQ: (DVPit request) 11/13/21
Nudge with offer of rep: 01/14/22
Full request: 01/14/22
Kind pass with detailed feedback: 01/27/22

Penelope really loved the book and took the time to write an email about what worked for her and the few plot points that fell short, saying that if I didn't already have an offer she'd like offer an R&R. It was a very kind message and she sounds like she'd be great to work with.

94k LGBTQ+ YA Contemporary w/ fantasy elements
from HeckingColdOutside
Jan 23, 2022 3:16 pm


EQ #DVpit request 10/25/2021
nudge with revision 1/17/2022
from Izabel_blue
Jan 20, 2022 3:32 am


EQ (pitmad request) Sept 9, 2021
Nudge with offer of rep: Jan 15, 2022
Full request: Jan 15, 2022

YA contemporary romcom

Looks like she responds to nudges quickly!
from amandajlien
Jan 12, 2022 1:36 pm


EQ: 9/5/21 (#Pitmad request)
Nudged per website guidelines: 11/30/21
CNR: 1/12/22

Adult spec fic, 101K
from vickshi
Dec 13, 2021 9:37 pm


11/8/2020: EQ (#DVpit request via Email)
1/29/2021: Notified her of a pending phonecall with other agent (no certain offer), full request (submitted same day)
2/4/2021: Followup inquiry from Penelope (responded same day)
11/19/21: Re-sent revised materials, received auto-response ("[...]Please also note that while I do read & respond to each query, the volume of queries I receive sometimes makes a personal reply impossible and I may use a form response for the sake of expediency.")

112k SFF LGBTQ thriller
from amoeba
Oct 25, 2021 6:16 pm


DVPit request 10/25/2021

YA Sci-Fi Speculative 99.5k
from caitybug12
Oct 25, 2021 10:54 am


DVPit request 10/25/21

YA Contemporary 87K
from tanyacarinae
Oct 25, 2021 8:39 am


The NICEST pass after I received an offer. She went into detail for paragraphs about what she loved and suggested a few edits. She said she would normally have asked for a R&R, but since I had an offer she would step away. So much time put into that reply. Really appreciated.
from nesswriting
Sep 12, 2021 12:04 pm


Query sent 03/05/2020, she's had my full since 07/02/2020. I've nudged a couple of times and received a "still considering", but she hasn't answered the most recent nudge so I'm bowing out at this point after over a year.

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