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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 motherofdragons
Yesterday 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 gayowyn
Dec 13, 2017 8:39 pm

EQ: 12/13/17 (#PitMad Request)

YA Contemporary Fantasy 92k
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
from karenleespree
Nov 16, 2017 7:44 am

EQ: 9/27 YA HF

CNR 11/16
from jaustail
Oct 06, 2017 11:09 pm

EQ: 23rd July 2017
ER: 7th October 2017
YA Space Opera
from Catsamoa79
Sep 06, 2017 3:54 pm

EQ: 6/16/17
ER: 9/6/17
Form letter
from robincameron
Aug 22, 2017 9:54 am

EQ: 08/15/17 - She was suggested to me by another agent, who told me to use them as a referral :-)

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