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Ms. Emelie Burl

Susan Schulman Literary Agency

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Emelie Burl

Susan Schulman Literary Agency

Missoula, MT
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


General Fiction
Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Young Adult


Women's Issues
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03/21/2023 04:15 AM
Per the Publisher's Marketplace link, Emelie Burl only handles Children's, YA, and Pop Culture?
02/23/2023 09:00 PM
EQ: 15/02/2023 MG SPEC/MYSTERY 59K

ER: 24/02/2023 Polite email with the link. Nothing specific to my query, just not a good fit for her.
02/22/2023 12:16 PM
EQ: 10/25/21
Full Request: 10/29/21
Nudge: 3/9/22
Emailed back 3/10/22, saying it is still on her list.

2/20/23 - Actually ended up nudging again this past November (around 1 year after the request) and she responded again saying she still planned to read and would catch up on fulls by the new year. Now it's late Feb and she's requesting new stuff, so I am going to go ahead and CNR this.

YA Contemporary 83k
02/17/2023 09:03 AM
Form rejection 7 days after submission. Many people seem to find the link she sends very off-putting, but I think it's sweet. I believe her heart is in the right place and she wants it to be a way to resource a writer and not make them feel inadequate.

Dear _______,
Thank you so much for submitting your work to me. After careful consideration, I am sorry to say that unfortunately, I do not feel that I am the right agent for your project. This online resource may be helpful to you as you seek the right agent for you and your work: https://www.janefriedman.com/find-literary-agent/
I wish you every success in placing your work with an excellent publisher.
Keep going,
02/09/2023 03:14 PM
EQ: 02/05/23
Form Rejection: 02/09/23
128k urban fantasy

That link feels like shade, lol. (Thanks for letting me know I wasn't the only one to get it.)
02/07/2023 01:10 PM
Second the comment about the off-putting form rejection . Felt kinda eh to read. Queries on 2-2-2023, rejected 2-7-2023
02/03/2023 06:15 PM
After six days, second rejection. First one was two years ago and a form rejection. This time it was personalized and my revised book was thought to be "too academic," which no one has ever said before about this book. In a weird way it almost feels like a compliment--at least someone sees I did my research.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
02/02/2023 02:42 PM
Profile Update: Genres updated. Sorry mschiereck.
02/02/2023 01:13 PM
Form rejection with a link to an article about the proper way to select the right agent. It was off-putting, to be honest.
02/02/2023 11:45 AM
EQ: 1/30/23
Kind rejection 2/2/23, stating she has a very full YA Fantasy list and she is extremely selective.

Still, was nice to finally get something that wasn't a form reject.
02/02/2023 10:03 AM
Reject because she doesn't rep adult romance. I was confused because QT says she does
01/26/2023 11:07 AM
01/17/23 - Emailed query, synopsis and sample
01/26/23 - Kind rejection, liked the premise, standard "didn't connect with the writing"
109k queer YA romance
01/17/2023 11:48 AM
YA Fantasy
EQ: 1/11/2023
Rej: 1/17/2023

Slightly personalized form saying my book was good but a little too "epic" for her taste. Probably not a good fit for second world (YA) fantasy in general since my book isn't really epic at all. Also got the note saying her YA fantasy list is pretty full at present.
01/13/2023 10:08 AM
Emailed query: 1/4/2023 (I also pasted all the materials)
Full request: 1/11/2023
Sent: 1/11/2023

Spooky MG, 52K
01/12/2023 04:52 PM
Emailed Query: 1/3/23 (For those asking, I pasted all of my materials into the body of the email rather than as an attachment.)

Kind reply passing due to Fantasy list being very full at the moment: 1/12/23

86k Cozy LGBTQ+ Low Fantasy/Romance
01/06/2023 04:15 PM
Sent email query with first three chapters as an attachment.
01/06/2023 12:09 PM
Is this actually a literary agency? Their PM page talks first off about film and television.
01/04/2023 10:43 PM
This agent requests both sample pages and a synopsis. How are you all sending your materials? As attachments or pasted in the body of the email?
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
01/04/2023 05:22 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries. Genres updated. Thanks vivianwolkoff & bgtgauthor
01/04/2023 02:43 PM
I'll second the mention that she's open to queries.
I've been struggling to figure out what this agent's expected response time is. Their website is as good as nonexistent. Anybody know anything? TIA.

EQ: 1/4/2023

MG Fantasy 65k
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02/02/2023 - Genres updated.
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