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Ms. Penelope Burns

Gelfman Schneider

850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 903

New York, NY 10019

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from JessyKah87
Jun 13, 2019 3:56 pm

EQ: 03/02/19
CNR: 05/02/19
06/08/19 Received an offer of rep from another agent, sent her a courtesy email if she still wanted to look at it
06/09/19 Requested the full MS to consider
06/13/19 Nicest email ever. Told me she loved it and would have requested revisions, but because I already have an offering agent she will step aside.
from kdprudolph
Jun 10, 2019 7:53 pm

EQ 3-11-2019
CNR 6-10-2019

Upper MG Contemporary 50k
from swatithegeek
May 22, 2019 11:53 am

DVpit EQ: 04/25/19
FR: 05/22/19, sent same day & received confirmation

YA Romance, 82k

She also has my full contemporary romance from last year's DVpit.
from swatithegeek
May 22, 2019 11:36 am

Liked during #DVpit, EQ: 10/18/18
FR, sent same day: 01/14/19
Nudge: 05/21/19
Reply: 05/22/19, hasn't read it yet, but requested full for my YA romance

Contemporary Romance/WF, 70k
from LGV_AL
May 07, 2019 4:11 pm

EQ 3/7/19 literary mystery (about 96,800 words)
CNR 5/7/19
from layniewrites
Apr 25, 2019 10:01 am

DVpit EQ: 04/24/19

Adult Contemporary, 60k
from Daisy22
Apr 23, 2019 4:08 pm

EQ: 4/23/19 DVpit request

YA fantasy 70k
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 01, 2019 10:20 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 11, 2019 10:17 am

Thanks CarolM
from CarolM
Mar 11, 2019 10:17 am

Agent tweeted today (3/11/19) that she will be closing to queries at the end of the month (March 2019).
from KristenH
Mar 10, 2019 12:32 pm

EQ 11/15/18 (2nd/final Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 3/5/19 (Passed--not good fit)
from jpb373
Feb 23, 2019 3:44 pm

Q 3/35/18
FR 7/3/18
bumped 10/14/18
just asked again 2/23/19
Hate to bother her, but it has been awhile. I'm guessing she passed on it.
from mirandaf
Jan 17, 2019 6:20 pm

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

Super kind, encouraging rejection today 1/17/19 with a ton of thoughtful feedback. She clearly has a great editorial eye!
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

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