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Ms. Christa Heschke

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

353 Lexington Avenue, Suite 202

New York, NY 10016



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Website: www.mcintoshandotis.com

Blog: christaheschke.blogspot.com/

Twitter: ChristaHeschke

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from jennadevillier
Jan 17, 2020 1:52 pm


EQ: 7/22
FR: 8/6 (sent same day)
Nudge: 11/7
Second nudge: 1/17

(11/7) Christa answered within a couple of hours thanking me for following up and saying she had gotten a little backlogged, but my manuscript is currently at the top of her reading list! Keeping everything crossed!

(1/17) "I'm terribly sorry for the delay--this is right at the top of my TBR list, so even though I've been backed up on reading, I should be able to get back to you soon."

79k YA fantasy
from ButtonEyez
Jan 10, 2020 7:18 pm


YA gothic horror/dark fantasy 52k
EQ: Oct 26, 2019
E-Mail receipt of query states they will respond to unsolicited queries if they're interested in requesting more materials within 6-8 weeks, but could be as long as 12 weeks.
CNR at 11 weeks: Jan 10, 2020
from WinterWriter
Jan 08, 2020 4:10 am


I think this is officially the longest I've had a full out when the initial query date is taken into consideration.

EQ: 09/09/2018
FR: 15/04/2019
Sent: 24/04/2019
Nudge: 25/09/2019 (no response)
2nd nudge: 09/11/2019
from secondstar8719
Dec 21, 2019 9:10 am


EQ - first week of August
FR - one week later
Full manuscript sent: 11/26

YA historical fantasy, 69k

I had just received some feedback on my novel and asked Christa if she wanted the current version or would mind waiting for my edits to be completed. She said that waiting was fine. I sent her the full manuscript 11/26 and got a personalized email confirmation that same day. No word yet.
from KristenGJohnson
Dec 13, 2019 10:39 pm


EQ:12/13/2019 MG 32,000
from learn4ever
Dec 08, 2019 9:16 am


EQ/FR 12/5/19: Submission request through PitMad pitch, Children's Book 200 words
from timeoftimes02
Nov 22, 2019 9:56 am


Query: 4/8/19
FR - same day
Still waiting
from kaitlynmscott19
Nov 08, 2019 6:43 pm


EQ: August 15, 2019
CNR: November 8, 2019

YA Fantasy 85k
from Hunter_Hackett
Nov 05, 2019 2:23 pm


EQ (stands for "Electronic Query" right?) : 9/10/2019

I was lucky enough to win a critique with Christa through a twitter mentorship program, "#PBChat Critique Winner."
But when I submitted I received no confirmation note. I was told to send it to her direct email NOT her query email: CHquery@mcintoshandotis.com
Maybe it got lost? When is it appropriate to nudge? I just want to know if it was recieved.
from jennadevillier
Oct 15, 2019 10:43 am


@timeoftimes02 6 months is generally an acceptable time to nudge! :)
from timeoftimes02
Oct 15, 2019 10:16 am


EQ: 4/8/19
FR: 4/8/19

No word as of 10/15. Thinking of following up
from swatithegeek
Sep 12, 2019 7:34 am


DVpit EQ: 05/16/19
Nudge: 08/09/19
CNR: 09/12/19

YA Romance, 82k
from andshap2
Aug 03, 2019 11:17 am


5/9/19 EQ
8/3/19: CNR after 12 weeks

NF PB
from Utopiandreams
Jul 30, 2019 2:42 pm


EQ: 6/2/2019
nudge w/offer: 7/1/19
FR: 7/2/19
Step aside: 7/30/19
YA soft SF, 81k
from DRMOOK
Jul 20, 2019 1:12 pm


Picture book query "Clarence and Elroy" sent 7/20/19

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