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Ms. Shira Hoffman

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

353 Lexington Avenue, 15th floor

New York, NY 10016



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Website: www.mcintoshandotis.com

Twitter: ShiraSHoffman

AAR Member: Yes

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from Patrick (admin)
Apr 10, 2017 3:18 pm


Profile Update: It has been confirmed that Shira is no longer working as a literary agent.
from phyllo
Apr 05, 2017 1:12 pm


Her profile seems to have disappeared from the agency website. Anyone know if she has she moved on?
from BillGinTexas
Apr 04, 2017 4:15 pm


04/04/2017 nudge
from KristenH
Mar 23, 2017 4:01 pm


EQ 12/9/16 (Diplomatic Immunity)
CNR 3/23/17 (No word from nudge.--She usually responds to my nudges, if not my queries.) I'll try Christa with Venom's requery next month.
I hope Patrick can help us letting us know if she's still with McIntosh and Otis.
from alexisdaria
Mar 19, 2017 8:44 pm


EQ: 1/11
Nudged with offer of publication: 3/2
CNR: 3/8
Contemporary Romance 93k

3/19: Thanks to kib5032's post, I noticed she's no longer listed on the agency website's agents page, and her Twitter hasn't been updated since mid-February. Hope everything is okay!
from kib5032
Mar 09, 2017 1:55 am


On the McIntosh & Otis website, Shira Hoffman isn't listed on their agents page, and her contact info isn't on their submissions page. Her name is still listed at the bottom of the website, though? Is she still with the agency? I don't see anything of note on her Twitter.
from ladytuono
Mar 03, 2017 6:18 am


EQ 1/6
CNR 3/3

Adult Contemporary Fantasy 86k
from horrorchix89
Mar 02, 2017 11:16 pm


A lot of agents won't respond to fulls until you nudge them with an offer. Agents like to see if others are interested before taking the chance. If no one else is interested, they'll most likely ignore it or reject it. It sucks, but that's how I was told this game is played.
from Anne_W
Mar 01, 2017 2:46 pm


Sammartin97... gosh. That is awful. Not responding to fulls (and nudges) is the worst agent crime in my books! This is simply poor, insensitive behaviour on the part of agents. Inexcusable. Honestly. I've had 2 flipping form rejections on fulls, but at least they replied! I'd take the form over CNR any day.
from wilsonr
Feb 06, 2017 9:35 am


@sammartin97 I'd recommend waiting about 2.5-3 weeks after your nudge and then send another. If you don't hear anything back after another 2-3 weeks, then, yes, I'd recommend closing the submission.
from sammartin97
Feb 06, 2017 9:04 am


thanks, charliebast. i just sent a nudge with the updated submission history of my ms. fingers crossed!

She didn't respond to my nudge 0___0;; is it time to shelf this one?
from ARaven
Jan 30, 2017 5:40 am


EQ: 30.01.2017
from Cappycat
Jan 22, 2017 7:25 pm


EQ: 1-22-17

Adult SF 127K

Automated response:

Thank you for your submission. This automated message is to let you know that your email has been received. We ask that all text be pasted in the body of the email as outlined in the submission guidelines which can be found at http://mcintoshandotis.com/submissions/

Because of the high volume of submissions we receive, we will only respond unsolicited queries when we are interested in reviewing additional materials. Please note that our current review time is 8-10 weeks and that all unsolicited queries as of July 31, 2016 have been reviewed. Please do not call our office regarding specific submissions and their status. For updates on my most current review times, querying tips, and more you can follow me on twitter @ShiraSHoffman

If you receive an offer of representation or an offer of publication while your submission is pending, please email me at shquery@mcintoshandotis.com with the words "offer of representation" or "offer of publication" in the subject line.

We look forward to reading your work!
from Bastet
Jan 16, 2017 5:16 pm


sammartin97, I think a general rule is unless the agent/agency gives a guideline for response times on requested materials, you can nudge after 3 months. It actually helped me to nudge once because the agent thought she'd sent her response but I hadn't received it.
from sammartin97
Jan 16, 2017 11:52 am


Does anyone know the average time for full MS review? I queried on 8/21 and received a FR on 10/21 (submitted same day).

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