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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 ktwills79
Oct 31, 2018 2:26 pm


EQ: 10/29
ER: 10/31

PB, 300 Words
Said it was a sweet story, but not what he's looking for in a PB. Sent some info on what editors are looking for in PB's (character-driven stories where a want/need is explored and the character learns more via the resolution). Not gonna lie, I thought my book had those qualities, but maybe it needs more. Definitely the nicest rejection I've gotten so far though and I appreciate the speedy response : )
from kdword
Oct 30, 2018 6:27 pm


Although he rejected my submission, he did so with the kindest and most encouraging message I have ever received from an agent: "The writing is beautiful, but I’m not connecting with the set up as much as I had hoped. I think it would be hard for me to position and sell so I’m going to step out of the way. You deserve—and the work requires –an agent who ‘gets’ what you’re doing from day one and knows exactly how to market it. Sorry I can’t be that guy for this project."
from kdword
Oct 30, 2018 6:26 pm


Although it was not what I was hoping to read, Kevin O'Connor's reply was the most encouraging I have ever received: "The writing is beautiful, but I’m not connecting with the set up as much as I had hoped. I think it would be hard for me to position and sell so I’m going to step out of the way. You deserve—and the work requires –an agent who ‘gets’ what you’re doing from day one and knows exactly how to market it. Sorry I can’t be that guy for this project."
from stephpeterson
Oct 14, 2018 4:10 pm


EQ: 10/12/19
ER: 10/14/19

Very kind, personalized rejection stating that he's not an animal person so my story wouldn't be a good fit for him. (Chapter book about a dog)
from mellenakin
Oct 03, 2018 8:27 pm


EQ: 9/24/18
ER: 10/3/18

Nice personal note.
from batsojopo
Sep 21, 2018 5:17 pm


EQ: 9/17/2018
ER: 9/20/2018 Nice note in that he doesn't read my particular genre and felt it'd be too frustrating if he tried to work with it.

Literary/historical fiction
from askjudyww
Sep 21, 2018 4:27 pm


MG Historical 27K
EQ: 9/02
ER: 9/21 Nice note praising the writing and research but stating that he finds Middle Grade Historical a tough sell, these days.
from ergotcake
Sep 04, 2018 5:30 pm


EQ: 8/23/18
FR(!!!): 8/24/18
ER: 9/4/18

Encouraging feedback.

MG Mystery 44k
from Loribuffalo
Sep 03, 2018 2:54 pm


Sent me helpful feedback and several documents with info on what publishers are seeking.
from Tavitay
Aug 25, 2018 10:21 am


Super nice and personal--explaining exactly why this project isn't for him.
from BarbaraPRex
Aug 23, 2018 1:32 pm


Only response I've received so far that was not only personalized, but went above and beyond to give me productive advice.
from WillowInc
Aug 22, 2018 11:16 am


Got a nice query rejection. Says he mostly does kids books and adult non-fiction. "Literary fiction" is listed under his represented genres on QT. I guess that's a mistake.
from ergotcake
Aug 19, 2018 10:58 pm


Did Kevin make a new agency? https://oconnor.nyc/contact/ or is this part of Sheedy?

Both he and Joan are listed at O'Connor literary agency under Publisher's Marketplace, and he has deals going back as far as 2016...
from daizylublue
Jul 15, 2018 1:11 pm


On trend with receiving the kindest rejection letter from this agent. He pointed out the pros and cons of the book and why he passed. Helpful and generous! Appreciate the personalized feedback.
from planetofsound
Jul 11, 2018 2:18 pm


EQ: 06/24/18
ER: 07/11/18

Disappointed, obviously, but appreciated how this didn't read like a form letter. Kevin seems absolutely fantastic. He mentioned he's always looking for MG--just didn't quite fall in love with this particular MS--- so I look forward to querying him with future projects :)

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