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Mr. Kevin O'Connor

O'Connor Literary Agency

New York, NY



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Website: oconnor.nyc

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E-Mail: Yes

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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.
from rahkan
Feb 24, 2021 4:21 pm


Was very polite about my submitted manuscript (I was given his name by Charlotte Sheedy, another agent), but turned it down because he doesn't do enough with the adult market. Nonetheless I got a very good vibe off him
from KristaVanDolzer
Jan 12, 2021 9:12 am


E-mailed a query on January 4
Followed up on January 11, since QT shows he tends to respond quickly
Full request received on January 12!

#ownvoices MG contemporary
from FiascoVerde
Aug 13, 2020 11:05 pm


Kevin is a truly fantastic guy. Neither of my last two novel manuscripts were right for him (in fiction he favors books for younger audiences over the gritty literary fiction I can't help but create) but he was full of advice and encouragement. The first agent I've come across who's offered to suggest other agents—at different agencies!—who might fit well with the material. Great person to have in your corner.
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!

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