Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 27, 2011

Critique Opportunity

For those of you who may feel like you missed your chance to come to the conference and snag a one-on-one critique with an agent, I have a ground floor opportunity for you. 

I was on the phone today with Edward Necarslumer Director of the Children’s Literary Department at McIntosh & Otis.  He mentioned that Christa Heschke, his assistant for the last two years, is about to step out of the Necarslumer shadow and take on clients of her own.  Of course, I was interested in seeing how we could work together to get some of our attendees work in front of her.  This is what we came up with:

Christa will attend the June 3rd to 5th conference and do critiques.  She will not accept general submissions afterwards, like the rest of the faculty, but she is looking to start her client list.  That’s why I said it is a ground floor opportunity.  With Edward behind her, I have no doubts she will be a great future agent.  I met her a while ago and she’s very nice.  I know you will like her, too.

So if you are late to the party or didn’t sign up because you couldn’t meet todays deadline or maybe just looking for that ground floor opportunity, here’s your chance to make it happen.  I’m making it easy for you, all you have to do is e-mail me to secure a spot, mail your check and e-mail your submission by May 10th.  You save some money, too.  The critique price is only $55.

If you are interested, contact me.  Some of her spots have already been snatched up.  Sorry, I don’t have a picture of Christa, but I’ll get one.

Here’s a little bit 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 learned about and fell in love with the agency side of publishing.  Christa became Edward Necarsulmer IV’s assistant at McIntosh and Otis, Inc. in the Children’s Literature Department in 2009. Within Children’s,  Christa is interested in fantasy, historical fiction, paranormal romance, horror, dystopian, humor and the occasional chick lit title, but is open to most any genre Picture Book to Young Adult.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I am very interested in having my work looked at. This is a full manuscript submission? I am looking to have mine completed by the conference but definitely not by the May 10 deadline. Are there other opportunities outside of the conference for critiques?


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