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Ms. Christa Heschke

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

353 Lexington Avenue, Suite 202

New York, NY 10016



Website: www.mcintoshandotis.com

Blog: christaheschke.blogspot.com/

Twitter: ChristaHeschke

AAR/AALA Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from blackhand
Feb 07, 2023 10:27 am


Form Query: 1.30.23
Nudge with Offer of Representation: 2.1.23
Full Request: 2.1.23 (Sent 2.1.23)

YA Historical, 79k
from Patrick (admin)
Feb 06, 2023 5:33 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.
from eywriterr
Feb 01, 2023 4:15 pm


Q: 8/30/22
Nudge with offer: 1/31/23
Full Req: 1/31/23

97k LGBT YA mystery
from fable1
Jan 28, 2023 10:09 pm


Form Query: November 21, 2022
Closed/No Response: January 28, 2023

PB, 725 words.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 27, 2023 4:37 pm


Profile Update: Genres updated.
from SGA001
Jan 19, 2023 6:16 pm


Form query: 8/28/22
Polite form rejection: 1/19/23
YA Fantasy 98k
from aloopratha
Jan 19, 2023 4:11 am


EQ: Dec 6/22 (Twitter pitch request)

I withdrew the original query to revise, and this is the revision (original query was in May '22 after the pitch like).

YA Fantasy
from digitia
Jan 13, 2023 6:39 pm


Form query: 8/25/22
CNR: 11/17/2022
Form Rejection: 1/13/23
Adult Fantasy 85k

Thank you again for submitting to me!
I enjoyed spending time with ___________ and I'm grateful that you gave me the opportunity to do so. However, I do not feel I'm the right agent for it, and I'm sorry to say that I am respectfully passing on your query.
Please know that, because I have such a full client list, I'm forced to be extremely selective with the queries I choose to request and pursue. This is especially true of adult and new adult work, which I'm taking on exceedingly sparingly.
And finally, while I'm not able to provide further feedback due to time constraints, please know how much I appreciate you choosing to share your work with me.
I thank you very much for querying me, and wish you the best of luck finding the right agent!
from jennadevillier
Jan 13, 2023 3:37 pm


FQ: 8/9/22
ER: 1/12/23

89k YA Fantasy

Aw, I was hopeful, since Christa had requested a full from me in the past. She did personalize her pass, which was nice <3

"Hi Jenna,

Thank you again for submitting to the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Department at McIntosh & Otis! It was so lovely to see your name in my query inbox again.

I enjoyed spending time with POISON MORE DEADLY, and I'm grateful that you gave me the opportunity to do so. I can really tell how much work you've put into your writing and storytelling! However, I do not feel I'm the right agent for it, as I'm not always the best reader for third-person and didn't quite feel myself "clicking" with it here. I'm sorry to say that I am respectfully passing on your query.

Please know that, because I have such a full client list, I'm forced to be extremely selective with the queries I choose to request and pursue. While I'm not able to provide further feedback due to time constraints, please know how much I appreciate you choosing to share your work with me.

I thank you very much for querying me, and wish you the best of luck finding the right agent!

All best,
Christa"
from Darksouthern
Jan 12, 2023 2:30 pm


28/10/22 - original query
22/12/22 - Notified of offer of rep
5/1/23 - request for full
12/1/23 - kind step aside
from moonwatch178
Dec 13, 2022 11:13 pm


FQ: 08/02/22
ER: 12/13/22 (my time anyway--it would be 12/14/22 East Coast)
Rejection was form, but with a very brief personalized snippet.

YA Horror
from iwritemghorror
Dec 07, 2022 4:47 pm


@spookywrites I'm really sorry to hear that but glad to know we have each other. That's why I'm commenting; I want other authors considering querying her to be wary about this track record. It's very telling, sadly.
from spookywrites
Dec 07, 2022 4:41 pm


@iwritemghorror unfortunately you're not alone. She ghosted on an old one of my pitches too, so I was hesitant to query when she liked a more recent pitch of mine--no response to nudges and ghosted on that one too even though her twitter says she will respond to all pitch like queries :(
from iwritemghorror
Dec 07, 2022 4:18 pm


Closed after 12-week nudge went unresponded to. This was a DVpit like query, so disappointed :/
from jenniferlane
Nov 30, 2022 10:04 pm


original submission 8/16/22 with no response
nudged 11/23/22
rejection letter 11/30/22
very helpful and personal rejection, offered her opinion that my word count might be a touch too high for most agents concerning a YA debut.
YA sci-fi 103,000 words

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