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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 looking for serious non-fiction—mainly history, politics, and popular culture. His clients include journalists, academics, and other writers working to make complex, intriguing, sophisticated concepts accessible. He likes to see vivid portraits and timely ideas that spark conversation woven into a gripping narrative.

In fiction, he’s drawn mainly to realist, emotionally-resonant stories, often with a dark sense of humor and profoundly-flawed characters. Work steeped in issues of class, race, and migration are of particular interest, as is anything with folkloric or mythical roots.

Jonathan holds degrees from SUNY Binghamton and Columbia University. He started in publishing at Writers House and Maria Carvainis Agency, and has worked as a bookseller and as an educator in Brooklyn.