Writing for Kids & YA Readers

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Writing for Kids & YA Readers

Want to write for kids or YA but don’t know where to start?

Agent Kevin O’Connor takes you through various kids’ book formats from boardbooks to YA, the formal parameters for each format, and how they address kids’ developmental needs. Get insight into how a bookstore is organized to know exactly how & where your book will be and how it will stack up against the competition.

Kevin has experience in virtually 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. For six years he was in charge of 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. Kevin left B&N to become Vice President of Consumer Brands & Products at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, overseeing development and marketing for Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, and their new venture Go Math! Academy. Since 2014, he’s been a full-time literary agent focusing on kids’ middlegrade novels and adult nonfiction on science & technology.

His website,, has a list of his projects and his submissions email.

Join live on May 18 at 9 a.m. Central Time. Recording also available.

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