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Ms. Danielle Burby

Mad Woman Literary Agency

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Danielle Burby

Mad Woman Literary Agency

New York, NY
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Graphic Novel
Middle Grade
Young Adult


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Known Clients (current & past)
Jillian Boehme
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Mimi Cross
Lisa Duffy
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Author Comments
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02/18/2023 10:16 AM
@aloopratha -- In her Twitter bio, she's now mentioned that April 1st date. I'm guessing she just needed some more time before she reopens or something.
02/17/2023 10:41 AM
@mwilson630 I've been eyeing her QM for days now bc I've been wanting to submit to her for months, but I just saw conflicting info.

On her QM and website it actually says she'll open April 1st. There's that one line on her contact page where it says Feb 15th but right below that says April 1st.

Given that she isn't open yet and hasn't mentioned anything on Twitter, I think she's not opening right now and the Feb mention is just a typo or something.
01/20/2023 08:45 PM
According to her website, Danielle will be open to queries from Feb 15 to April 15 via QM

11/23/2022 08:57 AM
Query sent 4/6
Full request 4/23
Rejection 9/9

I've gotten many full requests over the years from her and they're all form rejections.
10/19/2022 03:01 PM
Form query: 4/15/22
Full request: 5/23/22
Form rejection: 10/19/22
MG LGBTQ+ Fantasy

Same exact form wording I'm seeing here with no details about the book at all.
10/06/2022 08:50 PM
MG Fantasy. I received a rejection on a full with personalization.

"There were so many elements to this story that I really loved--the voice, the world you created, these two (character details she noted from my story), and more! I genuinely enjoyed reading this story. That said, I ultimately felt it didn't all fit together as smoothly as I had hoped it would and I have regretfully decided to step aside."
09/24/2022 11:19 AM
I received same letter as adr900 after a request for a full. Same day too. Soooo disappointed. Ms. Burby is great. Anyway, wondered if there were any other comments on manuscripts different from ours. Onward I guess. Non of us should be discouraged. Definitely a numbers game. Best of luck, all. (MG Fantasy 87,500)
09/22/2022 08:46 AM
FQ 4/13/22
Full request 5/23/22 Sent: 5/25/22
Rejection: 9/22/22

YA historical fantasy, 93k

It looks like her request rate is around 14% but she hasn't signed anyone in a year so I'm trying to manage expectations.

"You are a strong writer with an engaging voice and I found much here to love. That said, I'm having a hard time seeing how I would position this to break out in the crowded market."
09/08/2022 10:35 AM
@msjaya, thank you! I can't quite afford premium yet, so I appreciate you!
08/25/2022 10:38 AM
@potatochip from her QT timeline it looks like her last response to a submission was on the 22nd Aug and she has about 23 subs to respond to.
08/24/2022 10:11 AM
Has anyone heard back from Danielle since she returned to her office post-wedding?
08/15/2022 05:06 PM
Form Query - 4/4/22
Full Request - 5/23/22, sent same day
She has a high request rate and my opening pages changed from the initial query so my hopes aren't high for this one but I have so much respect for this agent and her clients I can't help but hope a little bit!

**6/7/22 - She sent an email updating that she is still considering material but won't get to it immediately because of her wedding & honeymoon; said to expect a response by "end of summer at the absolute latest." Can I just say, even if/when she rejects me, I'm obsessed with this level of courtesy, communication, and openness. Really really great vibes from Danielle, she seems like a great agent to work with on all fronts.

8/15/22 - nudge with offer of rep!!!
8/15/22 - kind step aside!
07/28/2022 09:24 PM
FQ: 3/16/22
Full request: 3/29/22
Nudge with offer of rep: 7/15/22
CNR/No response by my deadline: 7/28/22

99K QBIPOC Contemporary Fantasy
06/01/2022 06:24 AM
Ms Burby tweeted this today:
'...I’m still working through requested materials from my last opening and am getting married in three weeks and then going on my honeymoon...
One of the personal values I hold is that every query and everything I request deserves a response, which is of course more time consuming than a policy of ‘no response means a pass.'
04/25/2022 04:22 AM
does anyone know what her max time is? You know the way some agents say that if you haven't received a reply by a certain time limit to count it as a rejection
04/20/2022 02:49 PM
FQ: 3/23
Full Request: 4/19 sent same day

Con YA 59k
04/20/2022 10:15 AM
FQ: 25/03/2022
Full Request: 19/04/2022; Full sent: 20/04/2022

YA Urban Fantasy Romance 78k
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
04/16/2022 10:22 AM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. Thanks LUV4NA
04/16/2022 07:04 AM
Patrick, she's closed to queries
04/04/2022 09:56 AM
Form Query: 2/17/22
Full Request: 3/10/22
Manuscript Sent: 3/11/22
Received a revise and submit from another agent. Sent a message on 3/14/22 asking if she'd liked the revised manuscript, but never got a response.
Rejection 4/4/22
She said I'm a strong writer with an engaging voice but had a hard time seeing how she would position the story to break out in the crowded market.
YA Fantasy 87K
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04/16/2022 - Closed to queries.
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