Friday, May 31, 2013

Literary agent Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis seeks picture books and middle grade, young adult and new adult novels

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
353 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Established in 1928, McIntosh & Otis is an elder statesmen among American literary agencies. It’s a full-service literary agency, representing a broad range of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction.

Christa Heschke is the newest member of the team and is actively looking for new authors. Christa graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She started in publishing as an intern at both Writers House and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she fell in love with the agency side of publishing. Christa has been at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department since 2009. Find her on Twitter: @ChristaHeschke

Christa is seeking picture books, middle grade, young adult and new adult projects.

She is a fan of new adult and young adult novels with a romantic angle and strong, quirky protagonists. In young and new adult, Christa is especially interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries. She’d also like to see  steampunk and fantasy (urban and high), that pushes the boundaries of what’s currently on the shelves, perhaps a new take on these genres that has yet to be seen. 

As for middle grade, Christa enjoys humorous contemporary, adventure and magical realism for boys and girls. For picture books, she’s drawn to cute, character driven stories.

Query Christa at
Paste a synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript into the email. No attachments. Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will host “From the Horse’s Mouth: Getting published or self-published at Ryerson University on June 15 with Stacey Donaghy of the Corvisiero Literary Agency, Greg Ioannou of Iguana Books, and Patrick Crean of HarperCollins Canada (details here). To register, email

Brian will also be leading “How to Build Your Story” workshops in Brampton on June 22 (see here), in Kingston on July 20 (see here), in Peterborough on July 21 (see here), in Woodstock on July 27 (see here), in Barrie on Sept 21 (see here), and in Sudbury on Sept 22.  To register,

However, before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. This summer, Brian will be leading an Intensive Creative Writing course on Thursday evenings in Mississauga (see here) and an Exploring Creative Writing course on Thursday afternoons in Burlington (see here).  To register, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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