Agent Alert: Kevin O'Connor of O'Connor Literary Agency

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Kevin has experience in every aspect of kids’ media. He started his career at Sesame Workshop: first in television and then in the toy group working on Sing & Snore Ernie, Rock & Roll Elmo and more award-winning toys. He’s worked in business development on such brands as Kidz Bop, Nook Kids, Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, littleBits, and Go Math! Academy. He’s closed deals with Fisher-Price/Mattel, Hasbro, Intel, McDonald’s, Dodge/Chrysler, Nestlé, and Sesame Workshop. 

Kevin O'Connor of O'Connor Literary Agency

Kevin O'Connor

(20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing.)

In 2014, he became a full-time literary agent, often collaborating with the legendary Charlotte Sheedy. He agents middle grade novels, middle grade nonfiction and adult nonfiction in history, science, and technology. He is the founding director of The Center for Nonfiction, a project through Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program.

Currently Seeking

Kevin is looking for adult nonfiction in history, science, technology, and serious biography, as well as picture books and middle grade fiction and nonfiction. While always on the lookout for adult literary fiction and YA novels, he rarely takes them on.

(Who is your target reader?) 

He's not a good fit for science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery/detective, or memoirs.

How to Submit

Please send queries to submissions@oconnor.nyc with a short query letter and the first 10 pages of the manuscript. Place your text in the message and not as an attachment.

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