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Mr. Kevin O'Connor

Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency

928 Broadway, Suite 901

New York, NY 10010



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Website: sheedylit.com

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from themuffinsk8
May 19, 2018 2:00 pm


Friendliest rejection ever!
from Patrick (admin)
May 12, 2018 10:13 am


Profile Update: This agent reviewed and approved this listing. Genres Updated.
from kstjarre
May 10, 2018 8:42 am


Is he still at Sheedy, or did he open his own agency?
from imjjang
May 08, 2018 6:41 pm


EQ: 5/6/2018
He e-mailed me the next day letting me know he is "over" his YA phase, but he is sending my query to younger colleagues to see if they may be interested!

YA Romance/Drama 87K
from PrincessBlade101
Apr 18, 2018 8:57 am


Can concur with @dragonfly74

He states that he does not work with scifi. Really nice letter though. Sounds like a great guy. :D
from Dragonfly74
Apr 13, 2018 8:39 am


He said he's not a good fit for sci-fi. I had to send because he seems so awesome!
from LightofBeauty
Apr 08, 2018 2:22 am


@whiterabbit241 - I've had correspondence with him as well, he clearly has a wonderful way of expressing why he's rejecting that tells you how smart, honest, caring, and thoughtful he is, but if only he had a social media presence or at least something, somewhere, on the agency's site that can tell us exactly what he's looking for. It's a wonder why such a great guy who obviously knows what he doesn't want or can't sell doesn't also put out there what he actually likes/wants and is confident about selling.

If it helps you or anyone, all I can say for sure is that he's LGBTQ friendly, and champions diverse voices/experiences. As for genre, to be honest I have no idea what he wants or what tickles his fancy the most, aside that from what I know he does memoirs, fiction (general?) - wish I knew more, because even though he told me that he'd love to read/consider more from me in the future, it really would be nice if we could get more of an idea of his tastes. There just isn't anything out there about that. I find it interesting that someone below mentioned that he doesn't take to YA anymore and doesn't have that young mindset considering that his background is very heavy on the kidlit/children's lit genre/audience. So I dunno...so much mystery surrounding his tastes/wants/desires. Wish I knew more, he's such a lovely man and agent.
from meagent
Apr 04, 2018 11:15 am


EQ: 4/3
ER: 4/3
85k YA paranormal mystery

Very friendly, specific rejection.
from agalltier
Apr 03, 2018 12:33 am


Kevin O'Connor is a model agent. I sent a query and the first two chapters of my YA spec-fic. Three days later he sent me a very friendly rejection (BUT said he is showing my manuscript to his associate agents! Eeek!!).

Here's the rejection, if interested:

Hi Adrian –
Thanks for sharing XXX. I’m not the right guy for it --- I’m realizing that I just don’t have a young person’s sensibility anymore :) and I’m finding it more and more difficult to relate to the teen experience. I think having empathy for the characters and the core readership is essential to be able to give good notes and feedback. Sorry, I can’t access that part of myself anymore. Maybe after my 30th high school reunion -- I’m finally at peace with my teenage experience!
Clearly, you have amazing credits and writing chops. I’m impressed with this so I’m going to pass this along to some of my colleagues to see if they are interested. If I get a bite, I’ll be in touch!
Crossing my fingers,
Kevin

Then he emailed again a few seconds later:

Sounds very commercial.
I’m sharing with 2 junior agents at the agency. If they like it – I’ll help them sell it!
from whiterabbit241
Apr 02, 2018 10:47 am


I just wanted to note that Kevin is a top notch agent!

I've emailed with him previously, but I was wondering anyone is aware of a spot where we can find exactly what he's looking for? He's kind enough to respond with why manuscripts aren't a match for him, but I think it would save him/us time if we had an idea of what he was hoping to find. Thanks!
from dlpoet17
Mar 24, 2018 5:10 pm


Class act. I wish all agents rejected like this guy.
from Kaiodem
Mar 16, 2018 11:53 am


EQ: 3/15/18
ER: 3/15/18

Personalized rejection saying he doesn't rep fantasy but liked the premise and would share with his colleagues to see if interested. He sounds like a lovely agent!

YA DARK FANTASY 87K
from PDXhummus
Feb 28, 2018 1:29 pm


Kevin sent a detailed rejection letter, saying he couldn't sell war fiction. I appreciated his writing at all, much less explaining himself.
from jancoates
Feb 25, 2018 4:06 pm


Got such a friendly rejection letter, basically saying it's his fault because he's not really into dogs:) I don't think I've ever gotten such an enthusiastic no, but he assured me this will sell - hope he's right!
from keith_leitch
Feb 24, 2018 1:51 pm


Pitched a YA Mystery, and he responded that he doesn't represent YA Thrillers (?) Not sure if he was confused, or if his listing is wrong here.

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