Christa Heschke, Literary Agent at McIntosh & Otis
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 where she is actively acquiring for all age groups in children’s. For YA, she is especially interested in contemporary, thriller/mystery, fantasy and horror. She looks for a compelling voice and a strong hook that will set a YA novel apart in the flooded market. She is open to all types of middle grade and especially enjoys adventure, mystery, and magical realism. For both YA and MG, she is interested in unique settings and cultural influences, interesting structure, complicated romances, diverse characters, sister or friendship-centric stories, and stories that feature artists of any kind. In picture books she is drawn to cute, funny stories (as opposed to sweet and quiet) that will grab kids as well as the occasional nonfiction biography on a subject whose story has yet to be told.
Courtney Stevenson, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
For the past three years, Courtney has worked with Rosemary Brosnan on her rich list of authors, including Elizabeth Acevedo, Gail Carson Levine, Patrick Ness, and Rita Williams-Garcia. She began her publishing career on the agency side, as the agency assistant at Pippin Properties. In building her list, Courtney is most excited by young adult and middle grade manuscripts that have a literary bent, clever voice, diverse cast of characters, and perhaps some vibrant historical details. You can find her on twitter at @courtney_ps.
Charlotte Wenger, Freelance Editor
Charlotte Wenger is a freelance editor in the Boston area. Most recently, she was an associate editor at Page Street Kids, where she edited and acquired more than twenty picture books in two years. After studying English and theatre in college, she worked for a Philadelphia-based publishing services company until moving to Boston to earn her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from Simmons College (now University). She is a national advisory board member of the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators. In her free time, you can find her enjoying local restaurants and concerts, exploring New England outside the city, and randomly breaking into song. Find Charlotte on Twitter at @WilbursBF_Char.