Twitter: @McIntoshandOtisEstablished in 1928, McIntosh & Otis, Inc. is a full-service literary agency located in New York. M&O represents a broad range of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction, including many bestsellers, literary icons, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. In addition to representing the subsidiary rights for its own clients, M&O also represents the sale of subsidiary rights for LSU Press. M&O is committed to working with writers to develop their careers. Our agents are able to provide detailed and substantive guidance to our clients throughout the publication process.
Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein
ELIZABETH WINICK RUBINSTEIN, President and senior agent at McIntosh & Otis, has degrees from New York University and Manhattan School of Music. She began her book publishing career in subsidiary rights and then took on the responsibilities of acquisitions editor at a major audio publishing imprint. Initially, she joined McIntosh & Otis to manage all subsidiary rights but began working as an agent shortly thereafter. Her primary interests include literary fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery/suspense, and memoir, along with narrative non-fiction, history and current affairs. Elizabeth represents numerous New York Times bestsellers, and both Agatha and Edgar Award winners and nominees.
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.
Christa is taking on picture books very sparingly and is not taking on rhyming picture books. She’s interested in fiction and nonfiction picture books about environmentalism, especially the ocean, as well as diverse cultures and identities. She is more open in middle grade and young adult, prioritizing BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and disabled writers. She is interested in contemporary–whether issue-driven or lighter and rom-com–as well as various genres including horror, fantasy, mystery/thriller, and historical. She is considering adult fantasy very sparingly, and is not open to any other adult work. She is not interested in rhyming picture books or religious texts.
She leans toward more literary writing. Some specific topics that interest her in addition to the above are unique, atmospheric settings/world-building and underrepresented cultural influences, offbeat narrative structures, complex romances, stories featuring siblings or friendship dynamics, and stories featuring artists of any kind.
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ADAM MUHLIG is the latest addition to M&O. As an agent, Adam’s current interests include popular culture, natural history, travel and adventure, and sports. Adam is pursuing books that offer fresh a perspective or new analysis by or about mavericks in these fields. Keeping with McIntosh and Otis’ great tradition, he is seeking works that will have classic value and long-term strength like the volumes of so many authors represented by M&O. His editorial work includes research, organization and indexing of Karl Shapiro’s provocative essay collection Creative Glut: Selected Essays. He also assisted Alan Tennant on his now classic On the Wing a New York Times bestseller. As an archival appraiser for more than fifteen years Adam Muhlig has worked on collections by many noted musicians and entertainment industry figures, naturalists, historians, and poets and writers, including several United States Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners.
EUGENE H. (GENE) WINICK (In Memoriam)
We are mourning the loss and remembering the life of Eugene Winick, the late CEO of McIntosh & Otis, Inc. an influential figure in the publishing world. Over the course of his career, Gene represented the estates of several of the most distinguished authors of the twentieth century. A noted copyright lawyer and agent, Gene was recognized for the groundbreaking contracts (and record-setting deals) that he had negotiated for his author clients. McIntosh & Otis, Inc. strives to uphold Gene’s legacy, continuing to serve as the guardian and advocate for major literary icons and emerging talents alike.
ALECIA DOUGLAS began on the agency side of publishing at McIntosh and Otis in 1997, before working for Hachette in Boston and Macmillan in New York. Alecia returned to M&O as Office and Royalty Manager in 2003. In her free time, Alecia is an avid reader, a houseplant lover, and a permaculture enthusiast.
DANIELE HUNTER started at McIntosh and Otis as a remote intern in 2016 and became the children’s department assistant in 2017. She has a B.A. in English with Honors in Creating Writing from Drew University, and she’s always been hopelessly in love with young adult books. Before M&O, Daniele held various odd jobs in the publishing industry, from proofreading to teaching and working on literary journals. She's head-over-heels for children's books with beautiful, literary writing and dark, serious topics, especially MG and YA. In her spare time, she reads way too quickly, sings opera, and puts her ambidexterity to good use as a knitter. She lives in New Jersey with her spouse and their cat.
ZOE BODZAS studied Creative Writing and Linguistics at Hamilton College. After school, she interned at Writers House and joined McIntosh & Otis' Adult Department as an assistant in May 2017. She has a love for poetry, literary fiction, graphic novels, and women's fiction. In general, she hopes to champion books that bend the rules, raise voices that are often overlooked, and offer readers something unusually funny, lyrical, or surreal. Outside the office, Zoë enjoys yoga, podcasts, and baking.