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Kevin O’Connor

A boutique Manhattan literary agency, the O’Connor Literary Agency moves your project from scattered thoughts, to pages-long manuscript, to publisher and finally to sale. Tell your story; share your unique take on the world.

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. In 2014, he became a full-time literary agent, often collaborating with the legendary Charlotte Sheedy. He agents middlegrade novels, middlegrade 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.

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Jonathan Agin () is primarily interested a range of serious non-fiction: history, biography, nature, travel, business, science, cultural studies. What he’d like to see in particular are authors with demonstrated expertise in their field who write in a way that makes complex, intriguing, sophisticated concepts accessible. He likes to see big ideas and arguments woven into compelling narratives.
He works with writers and academics whose work is deep and inspired and who are looking to expand their audience. He also works with the humorist or comedian who’s got an established platform and a weird, singular voice.
He started in publishing as an intern at Writers House and Maria Carvainis Agency. Prior to that, he worked as an educator in Brooklyn, New York.