Christa Heschke

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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Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

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: 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.

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

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Literary YA/MG, MG contemporary, Middle grade magical realism, YA fantasy/light sci-fi, YA horror, YA memoir, YA thriller/mystery, YA/MG graphic novel, fiction and non-fiction picture books, narrative non-fiction YA/MG
I'd like the next...

Veronica Mars or Jane the Virgin

My favorites include...

Favorite Books:

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)

Harry Potter


TV Shows: 

The 100

Jane the Virgin


The Walking Dead

Once Upon a Time

Veronica Mars

Gossip Girl

Switched at Birth

The Voice


Avatar the Last Airbender

Sex and the City


The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Dirty Dancing

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 Grudge

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Never Been Kissed

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