Christa Heschke


Children's Literary Agent, @McIntoshandOtis , movie-buff, dreamer, kid-at-heart, #GoPackGo , Western NY born and bred. Exclamation mark enthusiast!!

New York, NY

McIntosh & Otis

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · Jun 10

Sending the same submission every day is not the way to get noticed by an agent. I look at every query in order and carefully consider each one. When I'm interested I will contact you. So repeat submissions, don't get a quicker read. Honestly, it's a bit of a no-no. #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 4 Oct 2018

I've been getting a fair amount of queries in my regular email lately. Please guys, follow submissions guidelines. Always look at an agency's website first for guidelines. Most agents won't look at a query that doesn't follow them! #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 11 Aug 2018

I love genre bending manuscripts, but if you're using 4 different genres to describe your manuscript it might be too much. #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 18 May 2018

Writers: If I have passed on a project of yours that doesn't mean you can't send a new project to me if you think you have something up my alley! One pass does not equal a pass on other things you've written/future work. #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 24 Apr 2018

Every once in awhile I receive queries the author mentions are exclusively with me. Writers: I don't require this. I assume submissions I get are also with other agents. That's totally fine! #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 20 Nov 2017

Proofread your query before you send it (spell the agent's name right!) and follow submission guidelines (don't send several queries for different projects in a row!). Not doing so is a quick way to the 'No' pile. #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 19 Jan 2017

Be mindful of word count. I saw a 130k + YA in my inbox. Much too long! #querytip…

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 30 Aug 2016

Writers: Do not put multiple agents on the same query email. Make a separate and personalized email for each agent. #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 2 Aug 2016

Reminder, writers: Please query me at: chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com ONLY, not my personal accounts. Thanks! :) #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 25 Jul 2016

Writers, when you have an offer keep to the original email chain. That way everything, including original query, is in one place! #querytip

Christa Heschke @ChristaHeschke · 14 Apr 2016

Keep word count in mind before you query. Is your word count high? Do you need to trim? More info here:… #querytip