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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DANIELE HUNTER has a BA in English from Drew University, with concentrations in literary criticism, poetry, and creative writing. graduated from Binghamton University with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. She’s been with McIntosh & Otis since a 2016 internship, and is thrilled to be acquiring selectively as a junior agent in the children’s department. She is a member of the AALA and their DEI committee, and co-directs their fellowship program through Literary Agents of Change.
Daniele is open to young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Her top priority is contemporary, but she’s also open to contemporary fantasy, and sparingly considers genre fantasy/speculative, suspense, romance, and historical.
Daniele is looking for lyrical, literary, voice-driven writing, and strongly prefers books in first-person (though she’s more open to third-person in picture books). Her top priorities are dark, issue-based books, and diverse authors and stories. For YA and MG, some areas of interest for her are: LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and disabled and/or chronically ill authors and stories, grief topics, novels-in-verse, relationship-based stories, mental health topics and neurodivergence, ghost stories, and multiple-POV or mixed-media stories. In picture books, she is also interested in these topics from fiction or nonfiction perspectives, and is sparingly open to biography as well.
Daniele is not interested in any discriminatory topics, adult work, chapter books, early readers, lower MG, graphic novels/comics, Christian religious work, or rhyming picture books.
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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.
ASHLEY NAPIER earned her BA in English at Rhodes College and her MA in English at George Washington University. After school, she interned at Storm Literary Agency and Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret before joining McIntosh & Otis' Adult Department as an assistant in June 2022. She loves literary fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction with beautiful, lyrical writing and moving characters. In general, she hopes to champion books by voices that are often overlooked, books that challenge and change you, whether you like it or not. Outside the office, Ashley enjoys baking, checking out way more books from the library than she has time to read, and traveling. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, cat, and dog.