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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 worddance
Jun 12, 2018 12:51 am


PitMad Request

EQ: 6/10/18

YA Fantasy, 79,000
from jldelozier
Jun 11, 2018 6:43 pm


3/21/18 EQ: 71,000 crime novel
6/11/18 ER form
from yesrielee
Jun 09, 2018 12:22 am


#PitMad request!

EQ 6/8/18

103K YA LGBTQ+ spec-fic
from Michelle_in_WI
May 30, 2018 7:44 pm


EQ 5/30

Contemporary YA 78K
from cavalcar
Apr 13, 2018 4:52 pm


I had marked this one as a CNR, but I got a pleasant surprise today... :)

EQ: 1/10
FR: 4/13
from brandonmc87
Apr 13, 2018 8:42 am


EQ 1/30/18
ER 4/13/18 (form)
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!

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