Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 11, 2009


On February 22nd EDWARD NECARSULMER IV, Director of the Children’s Literature Department/Principal Agent, McIntosh & Otis came out to the NJSCBWI Mentoring Workshop and shared his expertise with us.  We loved him.  He is extremely knowledgeable and a real gentleman – definitely someone you would love to work with if you had the opportunity. Besides being nice and knowing his stuff, Publishers Marketplace ranks him number two when you run a search for the Top Children’s Agent Dealmakers with twenty-five deals in the last twelve months.  After meeting Edward, I understand why.


During our Q&A session at the end of the day, he was asked about six-figure deals and the economy .  He made a good point in his answer.  He said, getting a high advance for a new author may not be doing them any favor.  Obviously, the economy is effecting everything out in the marketplace, so a talented author might get off on the wrong foot if the economy keeps them from earning back their advance with the publishing house.  So taking a lower advance is not necessarily a bad thing. Although an agent wants to get you the highest advance he can, he or she also has to consider the author’s career and what is best for them.


Here is a little information about Edward: 


He is a native New Yorker where he resides and heads up the Children’s Literature Department at McIntosh and Otis, Inc.  After a stint on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Edward began his career in publishing as an intern at Random House Books for Young Readers.  So taken with the field of Children’s publishing, Edward moved to the agency side.  He worked briefly at Sterling Lord Literistic and then moved on to assist the legendary Marilyn E. Marlow at Curtis Brown Ltd.  In 2004, Edward pursued the position of Director of the Children’s Department at McIntosh and Otis where he now represents a diverse list of Newbery and Caldecott winning authors and illustrators as well as some of, in his opinion, the most promising new talent in the field.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and the continued pursuit of the examined life.


If you look at the books he has sold, you will see he represeants everything – picture books, middle grade, young adult, fantasy.  It just has to be good.




  1. Hi Kathy,

    Very interesting blog about Edward Necarsulmer IV.


  2. He’s one of the agents I have researched on. One way I research is by reading any books I can that an agent helped get published, and I liked pretty much everything he helped put out there.I definitely respect his taste as an agent.


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