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Started his own agency. Formerly with Charlotte Sheedy Literary.

Mr. Kevin O'Connor

O'Connor Literary Agency

New York, NY

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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
from Patrick (admin)
Jun 21, 2020 10:41 am

Profile Update: Started his own agency. Formerly with Charlotte Sheedy Literary.
from spookster
Jun 15, 2020 1:24 pm

EQ: 6/15/20
ER: 6/15/20- Personalized rejection. Let me know he just sold something similar with an existing client.

MG Horror 20k
from arinard
May 28, 2020 4:47 pm

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 pickfordm
Apr 26, 2020 1:34 pm

EQ: 4/20/20 (literary suspense)
ER: 4/26/20

ADULT FICTION WRITERS: As with everyone else, he wrote a kind letter. He stated that he is focusing on middle grade fiction right now, as it's his "bread and butter." He's not really looking at adult fiction because he's only sold one adult novel, and for no advance. This may be different if the concept really grabs him, but I believe him when he says that's not what he's looking for right now.
from FarhadShawkat
Apr 06, 2020 8:16 am

EQ: Apr 6, 2020
ER: Apr 6, 2020

Same day rejection, but personalized. I appreciate the extra time he seems to take when rejecting queries. As unpublished authors, any encouragement from agents can be highly motivating, particularly when no response/form rejections are so common.
from karatemom
Apr 06, 2020 7:35 am

EQ: 3/5
ER: 3/6

What a great guy! Very speedy, encouraging, and personalized rejection. "Tons and tons of potential...not connecting with the voice." If only all agents were this nice.
from NickMacedo
Mar 06, 2020 6:31 am

EQ: 3/4
ER: 3/6

Received a wonderfully personal message from Kevin this morning explaining that he thought my work was “funny, important, and timely” but that he wasn’t the best fit since he hadn’t had success with my particular genre of personal narrative nonfiction. He encouraged me to say that he was sure other agents would take interest but that he was a pass.

Quick and thoughtful response. Much appreciated!
from thewriteradrian
Mar 01, 2020 8:35 pm

70k-word YA Contemporary
EQ: 2/25
ER: 3/01
I sorta already knew he didn't rep YA anymore based on comments, etc. But I wanted to give it a go anyway because I've heard such amazing things about him. He really is great. The rejection letter he sent me (pasted below) is so kind that I'm not wallowing in a pit of depression like I usually am after rejections.

*Hi Adrian,
I’m touched by your note and happy you reached out. This is a heartbreaking and fascinating story and I’m sorry to say I’m just not the right guy for it.
I’m decidedly middle age (just turned 50…) and just don’t connect with YA as a genre or the feelings of adolescence. I fear I can’t be the mentor and editor a YA novel needs anymore so I’m going to pass. I will share this with my colleagues and let you know if they connect with the work. Best of luck making the right connection soon.
from anotherearth
Feb 03, 2020 6:50 pm

EQ: 02/02
ER: 02/03

Fast, personalized response. Why can't all agents be like this? They all say they don't have time, yet a few agents manage to respond to practically every query in a timely fashion.

Thanks for reaching it. But alas I’m not the right guy for this. I do mostly kids’ projects and adult nonfiction in science, technology and history. The few adult literary projects I’ve taken on are zany and humorous. I just don’t have the right connections to knock this out of the park for you so I’ll step away. Best of luck getting this in front of the right guy or gal soon. Cheers, kevin
from Piranha168
Jan 20, 2020 8:02 pm

Very sweet, considerate man. He took the time to write with his rejection.
from Lucash
Nov 27, 2019 3:57 pm

EQ 11/23/2019
ER: 11/24/2019
MG Fantasy 49k

Personal reject. His reply got me to think about better ways to pitch my project. I was trying to sell to the agent, but its also need to consider how the agent will sell to the publisher.
from casstech
Nov 07, 2019 9:42 am

I received a detailed, very helpful response from Kevin two days after my submission (query letter + first chapter). He liked it, with reservations, but felt he lacked the publishing contacts in my subject (baseball murder mystery), and so he rejected it. I highly recommend querying Kevin O'Connor.
from MAnthony99
Oct 28, 2019 8:18 am

EQ: 10/23/2019. Graphic Memoir.
PR: 10/24/2019.
ER: 10/27/2019. Personalized reject. The speed, as always, is appreciated, and his comments were nice and thoughtful, the project just isn't right for him.

from srhbrkr
Sep 29, 2019 3:30 pm

Nice, personalized rejection. Head's up: he doesn't seem interested in YA sci-fi.

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