We are very pleased that you would like to submit your work to us for consideration. Please read all the instructions thoroughly, as any queries that do not follow these guidelines are deleted unread. Please read the FAQ's to get a better sense of the kind of material we accept and how to follow up.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICES ABOUT A SUBMISSION. None of our agents accept queries or pitches via phone call.
Deborah Schneider is currently closed to queries. She will re-open to queries at a later date. Please check the website for updates.
Jane Gelfman is currently closed to queries. She will re-open to queries at a later date. Please check the website for updates.
Heather Mitchell is currently closed to queries. She will re-open to queries at a later date. Please check the website for updates.
To query Penelope Burns, please send a query letter and sample chapters (1-3) in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Once more, with feeling, we'd love to be able to take your calls, we can not accept queries over the phone. Please follow the guidelines above.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT SPAM or REPEAT QUERIES. If you have already sent a query and been rejected, please do not spam us or repeat the same query. It will be deleted unread.
Do you accept screenplays?
No, we do not accept screenplays or scripts.
Do you accept Poetry?
Unfortunately, we do not accept poetry at this time. The website will be updated to reflect any upcoming changes in the policy.
Do you accept Picture Book Queries?
Unfortunately, none of our agents are accepting queries for picture books at this time.
How do I submit?
Please look to the left!
How do I follow-up on a Submission?
For Deborah, Jane and Heather, If you followed all the submission instructions and have not heard back within 6 weeks, please write to us at with subject line “query follow-up.” This is ONLY for instances where your submission has not been acknowledged by us within 6 weeks.
For Penelope, if you followed all the submission instructions and have not heard back within 12 weeks, please write to her with the subject line "query follow-up."
Should I include any sample material besides sample chapters?
If you feel that we would benefit from any relevant articles, features, newspaper clippings etc.., please feel free to include them. However, DO NOT SEND VIDEOS, CD’s, DVD’s or other audio/visual material as we will not be able to open it. And again, hyperlinks or text in the body of an email. Any attachments are deleted.
If you are inquiring about the status of a solicited manuscript only, please e-mail or please call at 212-245-1993