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Mr. Kevin O'Connor

O'Connor Literary Agency

New York, NY



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Website: oconnor.nyc

Twitter: OConnor_Lit

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from jaybourne81
May 02, 2022 10:11 am


@nanyemcc - yes, believe just a query.

EQ: 4/28
ER: 4/30

Personalized rejection that client is working on book with somewhat similar premise and wouldn't be fair to rep both. Very kind and encouraging.
from nancyemcc
Mar 22, 2022 10:34 am


There are not guidelines on his website about what exactly to include in a submission. What did other people send? Just a query letter? Did anyone include pages?
from sukiwessling
Feb 24, 2022 10:45 am


Really nice note from him. Please note that he really dislikes fantasy! My book is only lightly fantastic, but he said "I don’t read fantasy and never have. I couldn’t make my way through the Hobbit and fairy stories just don’t grab me viscerally."
from spacerog
Feb 17, 2022 8:37 am


Received personal rejection 2/17. Basically said it wasn't a good fit and would have a hard time selling the project. Understandable considering the subject but still disapointing.
from EMimimi
Jan 23, 2022 1:36 pm


EQ: 01/05
Full request (within two hours!!)
Rejection: 01/23
He said he wanted my main character to be more likable at the beginning. He also said he wasn't much of a scifi guy and only requested my full because my query was good. Why request something you know you're not going to like? I'm pretty disappointed.

MG scifi, 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


https://twitter.com/OConnor_Lit
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.

MG-Contemporary
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.

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