Coleen O’Shea started The O’Shea Agency after holding executive editorial positions at major trade publishers, where she worked with bestselling authors and helped to develop publishing programs.
With a strong editorial and publishing background, as a literary agent Coleen works actively with her clients to craft strong proposals and to develop, publish and promote their books and brand. She looks for authors with cutting-edge ideas whose voices are empowering, inclusive and accessible.
Her best-selling authors publish books, offer related courses, seminars and workshops, appear on national media, create and produce TV programs, develop products, write for major publications and blogs, host podcasts, and speak to a wide array of audiences around the world. Her client list focuses on health, wellness, inspirational self-help, parenting, nutrition, cooking, baking, cocktails, mind body spirit, lifestyle, nature and gardening, narrative nonfiction, business, and pop culture. Among her clients are best-selling and award-winning authors, notable entrepreneurs and feminists, chefs and bakers, Olympic athletes, internationally celebrated yogis and fitness experts, intuitives, meditators, scientists, psychologists, researchers, doctors, educators and journalists. She is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters (Penguin books) and is also the co-founder of the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.
She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives and Women’s Media Group.