Thursday, February 2, 2017

Four agents at McIntosh & Otis actively seeking authors, everything from Picture Books to YA, to adult nonficiton and novels of all kinds

Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein
McIntosh & Otis
353 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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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 nonfiction. Five of the six agents at M&O are accepting new authors, including company president and senior editor Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein. But four M&O agents are of special interest to new authors, looking for an agent who’s trying to build her list:

Ameilia Appel is a junior agent, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Prior to joininb McIntosh & Otis, Amelia interned at HSG Agency and Writers House, where she was later an assistant. She joined M&O in 2014 as an assistant and is now seeking to build her own list of authors as a junior agent.
Amelia is primarily looking for adult fiction and some young adult. For adult, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. She especially likes projects with a smart, distinct voice, a fantastic setting to jump into, and/or a witty protagonist.
For young adult, Amelia’s interested in stories with a a savvy protagonist and slightyly dark tone that deals with serious coming-of-age issues.
Follow Amelia on Twitter at @AmeliaLAppel

Query Ameilia at:
See specifics of queries below.

Shira Hoffman began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and started working at McIntosh and Otis in 2007 and became Director of Subsidiary Rights in 2013. Shira is now also developing her own list of authors and is seeking a broad range of fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as an occasional young adult or middle grade title.
Shira’s primary interests include mainstream commercial fiction, mystery, literary fiction, literary thrillers, women’s fiction, romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Shira is particularly keen to acquire projects that push genre boundaries without shattering them and challenge the way readers see the world. She hopes to discover writers with well-developed and original voices.
For more detailed information on what Shira is looking for, see her Get to Know the Agent blog post.
See specifics of queries below.

Adam Muhlig is that latest addition to the staff at McIntosh and Otis and as a newbie, he needs authors. Adam’s editorial work includes research, organization and indexing of Kark Shapiro’s essay collection: Creative Glut. He also assisted Alan Tennnant on his now classic, NYT bestseller, On the Wing. As an archival appraiser, Adam has worked on collections by many noted musicians and entertainment industry figures, naturalists, historians and poets and writers, including several U.S. Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Adam wants books about popular culture, natural history, travel, adventure and sports. He’s pursuing books that offer a fresh perspective or new analysis by or about mavericks in these fields. He’s seeking works that will have classic value and long-term strength.
See specifics of queries below.

Christa Heschke has been with McIntosh and Otis in the Children’s literature department since 2009 and is actively acquiring for all age groups. 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.
For young adult, Christa is especially interested in contemporary, thriller/mystery, fantasy, and horror. She looks for a compelling voice and strong hook that will set a YA novel apart in this flooded market.
Christa is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism.
For both YA and MG, she is interested in unique setting and cultural influences, interesting structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister- or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind.
In picture books, she drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) that will grab kids, as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a subject whose sotry has yet to be told.
Follow Christa on Twitter here. Read her blog, Neverending Stories, here.
Query Christa at
See specifics of queries below.

For all queries …
For adult fiction, please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel.
For children’s and YA, please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript.
For adult nonfiction, Please send a query letter, proposal, outline, author bio, and three sample chapters (no more than 30 pages) of the manuscript.
For all these, paste your material into the body of your email. No attachments.
Full submission guidelines here.

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Brian Henry will lead How to Build Your Story workshops Saturday, Feb 4, In Mississauga (see here) and Saturday, Feb 11, in Caledon at the Bolton library (see here),  How to Write a Bestseller on Saturday, Feb 18, in Guelph, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (see here), Writing and Revising, Saturday, Feb 25, in Burlington (see here), Saturday, March 4, in London (see here), and Saturday, March 25, in Toronto (see here).

And Brian will  be leading Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, April 1, in Windsor (see here), on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon at the Bolton Library with Yasemin U├žar, senior Editor at Kids Can Press (details to come) and on Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines with Anne Shone, senior editor at Scholastic Books (see here). Brian will also be leading a weekly Kid Lit class, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, in Mississauga (here).
Note: For updated listings of Writing for Children & for Young adult workshops and for weekly Kid lit classes, see here (and scroll down).

Brian Henry will be leading a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, April 22, in Midland, again with Stacey Donaghy (see here).
Note: If you're viewing this posting after March 11, 2017, see current How to Get Published workshops 
here (and scroll down).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email:

To move closer to publication, your best bet may be a weekly course. One winter class still has space:
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.

crush.candy,corpse by Sylvia McNicoll,
one of the guest speakers for the
Kids Lit class
In the spring, Brian will be offering a full range of classes from beginner to advanced:
Welcome to Creative Writing, Monday evenings,  April 10 – June 19, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Writing Kid Lit, Monday afternoons, April 10 – June 19, Mississauga. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings April 12 – June 14, starts by email April 5, Burlington. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, April 13 – June 15, starts by email April 6, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 11 – June 13, starts by email April 4, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, April 5 – June 21, starts by email March 29, Burlington. Details here.
Details of all seven classes offered this spring here.
For more information or to register for any of the above, email:
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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