Kevin O'Connor

Project: Identifying, documenting and communicating strategies to guide and support first-time authors through the publication process in kids’ books, young adult novels and adult nonfiction.

Kevin O'Connor 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. Later, he led business development and brands at Kidz Bop earning 5 gold records. He cut his teeth in publishing while overseeing publisher relations for Nook Kids – Barnes & Noble’s foray into digital picture books. As Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Vice President of Consumer Brands & Products, he managed product development and marketing for Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail. Now a literary agent, he focuses on picture books, middle grade novels and adult nonfiction in science, technology, history, and art and design. He is a graduate of Columbia College.