McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
My Manuscript Wish List
CHRISTA HESCHKE 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 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s.
For YA, she is especially interested in contemporary fiction, thriller/mystery, and horror. She is always on the lookout for a compelling voice combined with a strong, specific hook that will set a YA novel apart in its genre and the flooded market. She is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism, whether in a voice that is more light and humorous or one with more of a timeless, literary feel.
For both YA and MG, she is particularly interested in unique settings and cultural influences, interesting storytelling structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind.
In picture books she is drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) with strong hooks that will grab both kids and their parents as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a unique subject whose story has yet to be told.
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Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com
I accept queries via email only. Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript. For picture books, please send the complete text. If your an illustrator please send a query a link to your portfolio.
Please send queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please paste the text into the body of the email. We do not open attachments 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 6-12 weeks, but sometimes it's longer during busy times of the year. http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions/
I respond to all 'requested materials' submissions so please check in with me if I have not responded in the aforementioned time frame!
Guidelines & Details
I'd like the next...
Veronica Mars or Jane the Virgin
My favorites include...
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
The Fear Street series by R.L. Stein
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Lisel and Po by Lauren Oliver
The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Splintered by A.G. Howard
The Dark Angel series by Meredith Ann Pierce
Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies by Andrea Beaty
Here are some more obvious ones:
The Hunger Games series (Catching Fire was my favorite)
Jane the Virgin
The Walking Dead
Once Upon a Time
Switched at Birth
Avatar the Last Airbender
Sex and the City
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Save the Last Dance
How to Train Your Dragon
Star Trek (the new ones)
Star Wars (original trilogy)
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Little Mermaid
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Never Been Kissed
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