Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 5, 2018

January’s Featured Agent: Penelope Burns

Penelope Burns of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners has agreed to kick off 2018 as our Featured Agent of the Month and critique four first pages that are submitted. 

Penelope is the newest member of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners. She came to the agency as an intern after graduating from Colgate University and attending the Denver Publishing Institute in 2012. Currently, as an agency assistant, Penelope is looking to a build a list of her own. She is interested in Literary and Commercial fiction and non-fiction, as well as a variety of Young Adult and Middle Grade.

She is actively looking for YA/MG novels with a unique voice or an unreliable narrator, or an interesting and unique premise. I’d also love to see a YA contemporary romance, or a clever MG with a lot of humor. I am not seeking adult thrillers.

To query Penelope Burns, please send a query letter and sample chapters (1-3) in the body of an email to penelope.gsliterary@gmail.com. Please include “query” in the subject line. Queries sent elsewhere will be deleted unread.

We do not accept unsolicited material. Please do not send any materials unless we have specifically requested them. Any unsolicited manuscripts, bound galleys, or self-published editions will be discarded unread. Any queries with attachments will be deleted unread. 

HERE ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES JANUARY:

In the subject line, please write “JANUARY 2018  CRITIQUE” and paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!

Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: January 19th.
RESULTS: January 26th.

Please only submit one first page a month, but do try again if your first page wasn’t one of the pages randomly picked. Thanks!

CHECK BACK NEXT FRIDAY FOR PART ONE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH PENELOPE.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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