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Mr. Kevin O'Connor

O'Connor Literary Agency

New York, NY

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Twitter: OConnor_Lit

AAR/AALA Member: No

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from EMimimi
Jan 07, 2022 1:03 am

EQ: 01/05
Full request (within two hours!!)

MG fantasy, 60k
from jaybourne81
Nov 15, 2021 9:14 am

EQ: 11/12 (MG 50k)
ER: 11/13 (Saturday)

As others have noted, sent an extremely kind rejection -- said he liked what I was doing but due to his lack of passion for the subject area my novel covered, he wouldn't be able to give as good of notes as he would've wanted. Breath of fresh air for a rejection in the querying trenches :)
from arinard
Aug 25, 2021 9:19 am

EQ: 1/5/20 (YA 85K)
FR: 1/6/20
Request for Revise and Resubmit with fantastic notes: 1/19/20
Resubmit: 5/25/20
Offer: 5/28/20

This is the nicest guy ever. Seriously. He's super fast in his replies and very kind. I queried a MG manuscript with him about a year ago, and I decided to try him again with a new project just because he impressed me in his response to the last one. He has been so generous and gracious, and his notes really helped me make my ms so much stronger!
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 15, 2021 6:01 pm

Thanks williet
from williet
Aug 15, 2021 4:20 pm
from Irmelsa
Jul 18, 2021 2:03 pm

As with others, very personalized response. Working on a similar project with another client right now.
from Isolamelia
Jun 25, 2021 8:34 pm

EQ: 6/25/21
ER: 6/25/21
MG Fantasy
His rejections are so kind and helpful that it takes away the disappointment. He is very encouraging.
from emmyb2
Mar 26, 2021 9:08 pm

Responded back right away, personalized and encouraging rejection.
from GeriMC
Mar 24, 2021 1:37 pm

EQ: 3/23
ER: 3/24

As others have said Kevin takes the time to send helpful rejections. Not necessarily specifics - change this, change that - but it sounded like he actually read the materials and send recommendations crafted in my general direction. I appreciated the time and effort he put into it.

from AnnPBorrmann
Mar 18, 2021 3:19 pm

as it looks like with other folks, he gave extremely helpful and encouraging insight.
A very kind rejection.
I feel that if you get Kevin for an agent, you'll be lucky indeed!
from Lauraprior
Mar 14, 2021 1:08 pm

Very encouraging and helpful with explanation that my manuscript too closely matches a current one of his.
from rahkan
Feb 24, 2021 4:21 pm

Was very polite about my submitted manuscript (I was given his name by Charlotte Sheedy, another agent), but turned it down because he doesn't do enough with the adult market. Nonetheless I got a very good vibe off him
from KristaVanDolzer
Jan 12, 2021 9:12 am

E-mailed a query on January 4
Followed up on January 11, since QT shows he tends to respond quickly
Full request received on January 12!

#ownvoices MG contemporary
from FiascoVerde
Aug 13, 2020 11:05 pm

Kevin is a truly fantastic guy. Neither of my last two novel manuscripts were right for him (in fiction he favors books for younger audiences over the gritty literary fiction I can't help but create) but he was full of advice and encouragement. The first agent I've come across who's offered to suggest other agents—at different agencies!—who might fit well with the material. Great person to have in your corner.
from mimblewimble
Jun 26, 2020 12:59 pm

An incredibly kind agent who responded to my query promptly and with very helpful information. I'll be smiling all day from his rejection! Twitter account is OConnor_Lit, though he was last active on it in 2019

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