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About Christa: 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. Find her on Twitter: @ChristaHeschke.
She is seeking: picture books, middle grade, young adult and new adult projects and is currently building her list. She is a fan of new adult and young adult novels with a romantic angle, and strong, quirky protagonists. In young and new adult, Christa is especially interested in contemporary fiction, horror and thrillers/mysteries. She’d also like to see any steampunk and fantasy (urban and high), that pushes the boundaries of what’s currently on the shelves, perhaps a new take on these genres that has yet to be seen. As for middle grade, Christa enjoys humorous contemporary, adventure and magical realism for boys and girls. For picture books, she’s drawn to cute, character driven stories..
How to submit: Please send a query letter, synopsis and the first three consecutive chapters (not to exceed 25 pages) of the manuscript. “We accept via regular mail and snail mail, but prefer email queries. We ask that all text be pasted in the body of the email. Emails containing attachments will not be opened. My personal email query address is: chquery [at] mcintoshandotis.com.”
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