Shira Hoffman

Shira Hoffman

McIntosh and Otis

My Manuscript Wish List

Shira Hoffman began her career in publishing as an intern at Tor Books and started working at McIntosh & Otis, Inc. in 2007.  In 2013 she took over as M&O’s Director of Subsidiary Rights.  Shira is currently developing her own list and is interested in a broad range of fiction and non-fiction in the adult market as well as an occasional YA or middle grade title. Her 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 that readers see the world.  She hopes to discover writers with well developed and original voices.

Shira is not currently taking on projects in the following categories: historical romance, political thriller, family saga, self help, prescriptive nonfiction, westerns, and picture books.

Submission Guidelines

As a matter of policy, we will review any submission that adheres to the following guidelines. Please note, we do not represent free standing poetry, screenplays, and original theatrical or dramatic works of any kind. UPDATE: Please note that as of June 1, 2015, McIntosh and Otis will no longer accept submissions via regular mail. All submissions must be submitted electronically.

How to Submit:

As of June 1, 2015, email is our only accepted submission method. To submit, please email our agents at the email addresses listed below. To find out more about our agents and their interests please visit our Agents page. We ask that all text be pasted in the body of the email as outlined in the submission guidelines. Emails containing attachments will not be opened and will be automatically deleted due to security reasons. Because of the high volume of submissions we receive, we will only respond to queries when we are interested in reviewing additional materials. Our response times are usually within 8-12 weeks. Please do not call our office regarding specific submissions and their status.

Adult Fiction Guidelines:

Please send a query letter, synopsis, author bio, and the first three consecutive chapters (no more than 30 pages) of your novel.

Adult Nonfiction:

Please send a query letter, proposal, outline, author bio, and three sample chapters (no more than 30 pages) of the manuscript.

Children’s and Young Adult:

Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript.

Vital Info

Fiction: Fantasy, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Cyberpunk, Space Opera, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Western Romance, YA Contemporary Romance, YA Crossover
I’d like the next…

Saddle Club for the tech generation

Babylon 5-esque space drama


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