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Mr. Kevin O'Connor

Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency

928 Broadway, Suite 901

New York, NY 10010

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from dmdomosea
Yesterday 10:21 am

EQ: 6//24/2019

MG Light Fantasy 54k
from Ste13phen
May 23, 2019 9:34 pm

Kevin didn't end up representing me, but he did offer some of his thoughts and resources. He seems very nice and very helpful.
from tdubphyz
May 20, 2019 7:21 am

EQ: 5/14/2019
ER: 5/19/2019 (super nice)

lit fic, 94k
from Piranha168
May 06, 2019 1:46 am

Nice guy who took the time to write me a personalized rejection. He told me he didn't think he was the right one for me but was very encouraging.
from rtito3
Apr 20, 2019 12:49 pm

As everyone else has said, he sent me a very kind rejection letter within four days of querying, with personalized input on my nonfiction subject and a compliment that is more than enough to keep me chugging along ("your writing is stellar"). If you're feeling demoralized in your submissions process, I'd suggest querying him to get a boost if nothing else. :)
from JessicaRussakHoffman
Apr 14, 2019 2:42 pm

Funny and sweet rejection letter, but also, querying authors, please note, he doesn't rep fantasy or witches:

"I’m terrible at fantasy/witchcraft. I’ve never read it. Couldn’t get into The Hobbit or The Sword of Shannara or Eragon. I’ve never read any books about the cult /books with witches. Watching Game of Thrones is a stretch for me – and I’d never read the books. You need an agent who really knows the genre and the competition. I’d only end up being a hindrance and disappointment, so I’m going to step aside. Best of luck with this!"
from tooclose
Apr 12, 2019 4:14 pm

Nicest rejection letter, ever.Nice guy.
from mimblewimble
Apr 11, 2019 7:16 pm

EQ 4/11/19
EQ 4/11/19

Same day rejection, but I am so appreciative of Kevin's specific feedback and thoughtfulness.
from PBquerious
Apr 11, 2019 9:05 am

EQ: 4/9 (PB)
ER: 4/11

Thinking it's a form, but so hard to tell anymore. "...cute and fun but I’m ..." No feedback, unfortunately. Still, I have nothing bad to say about a quick rejection!

Also, what does TM stand for here? "...can’t be the TM guy to knock this out of the park for you..."
from channingrollo
Apr 08, 2019 9:29 am

EQ: 04.04.19 (picture book)
ER: 04.08.19

Kevin was encouraging and prompt in his reply. He sent a personalized and meaningful response, not a form letter.
from clairebickerton
Mar 10, 2019 5:22 pm

EQ: 2.25.19 (picture book)
ER: 2.25.19

Kevin was incredibly helpful in his feedback. He sent us guidance on picture book best practices and some advice on what specifically could be improved with our text. We made revisions and re-sent to him and while he didn't take it on, he did give us some really useful insight into the market we're trying to enter, and why he couldn't take it on.
from geogstacey
Feb 11, 2019 3:41 pm


I got something like, " 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 LaceyCottingham
Jan 22, 2019 9:19 am

EQ 1-21-19
FR 1-22-19
Polite and amusingly said YA is not his specialty. Passed me on to colleagues.
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."

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