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Ms. Christa Heschke

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

353 Lexington Avenue, Suite 202

New York, NY 10016

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from DebHawkins
Apr 12, 2017 7:23 pm

YA Fantasy, 89k

10/6 - liked my #DVPit submission
10/15 - EQ with first 3 chapters & synopsis

On the edge of 12 weeks, as is the company's response time. I hope to hear from her soon. You can only query one agent at a time.

4/12/17 - CNR
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 10, 2017 3:27 pm

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from Boreas
Mar 16, 2017 3:16 pm

EQ: 2/9/17 (may CNR at 5/9)

YA Action/Drama 107k
from DebHawkins
Mar 13, 2017 1:13 pm

Another update from her blog: "I am currently pretty backlogged. Right now I am through:9/8/2016. *This date does not include requested materials. I respond to all requested submissions/referrals personally."

Feb 23rd she tweeted an inquiry about how far she is, and she said she thought she was in December queries and would update her blog. No update so far.
from melaniehoo
Feb 16, 2017 6:41 am

I just got a full request from a query in May 2016, so if you still haven't heard, hang in there. I withdrew because I've already started the publication process with this book, but it's good to know she does get back to everyone.
from ShannaHughes
Dec 29, 2016 3:42 pm

10/6 EQ with first 25 pages.
2/12 Nudge with offer of representation.
12/5 Full request
12/15 Stepped aside -- really enjoyed it but not totally in love
12/19 signed with another agent

YA contemporary 67K

Christa Hescke 6/10 F 5/12 R 15/12

Requested during #DVpit. 67K YA contemporary.
from thefeelingsfairy
Dec 16, 2016 9:53 am

EQ: 8/26/2016
CNR: 12/16/2016
96k YA fairy tale retelling
from Polonius
Nov 06, 2016 5:47 pm

EQ 3/21/16

YA Contemporary

EQ new YA Contemporary project 10/25/16
Nudge with offer of representation 10/26/16 (received an offer from an older query just hours after sending this one!)
FR 10/26/16
Note asking for more time 10/31/16 but we were up against the offering agent's deadline and accepted an offer elsewhere - she seems really lovely though!
from Catsamoa79
Oct 26, 2016 1:49 pm

EQ: 6/9/16
CNR: 10/26/16
from FountainPen
Oct 19, 2016 9:22 am

EQ 8/25
CNR 10/19
from Zooks3
Sep 15, 2016 2:05 pm

09/14/16: EQ re: Gatsby - MG. Rec'd immediate auto-response of receipt.
from karenleespree
Sep 09, 2016 10:44 am

Well, Christa liked my Twitter pitch during the party. Only thing is, she liked the same pitch months ago and I sent my submission. Still no word. Do I resub my old query with an update? Or send a fresh and shiny query. I suppose I've edited it since the last query. It appears she's heavily backlogged.
from jessmedina
Aug 15, 2016 8:45 pm

Just wanted to update if you're waiting.... this is on her blog:
"I am currently pretty backlogged. Right now I am through:5/1/2016. *This date does not include requested materials. I respond to all requested submissions/referrals personally."

EQ: 3/16/16
Closing out 8/15/16
from infinitycookies
Jul 22, 2016 6:54 pm

Pitched through Pages for Agents: 05/16/2016
Full request: 05/29/2016
Rejection: 07/21/2016

Christa was one of my top choices for agents because she seemed interested in YA contemporary romance (at least that's what I observed through reading/researching about her) and I was super excited when she requested my full manuscript from my short pitch. Her response finally came in yesterday, after almost two months of waiting, which I think is a great response time considering there are agents who've had my manuscript since April and still haven't heard back. I'm sad she didn't end up falling in love with the story, although it seemed that she did like it, but I think she gave me some really helpful comments on how to improve my manuscript. If I still need to query for my next project, I'd totally query Christa again!

For those waiting on a response from her for requested material, she mentioned she was a bit behind on reading. Best of luck!
from janflora
Jul 08, 2016 9:37 am

Original Q: Sept 12, 2015 (after a PitMad like)
Partial Req: Feb 9 (150 pgs)
I did nudge her on April 30 and she responded quickly that she was still reading...
Rejection came yesterday (July 7 2016) and it was kind and encouraging, but she is not in love with the story, and I am going to go get a milkshake.
Hope y'all have a good weekend :)

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