Lynda M. O'Connor, co-owner of O’Connor Communications, was a teacher before beginning her public relations career with Edelman Public Relations in Chicago. Prior to joining O'Connor Communications in 1993, she managed special projects, events and publicity for the Chicago International Film Festival for eight years, meeting with movie directors and stars and making sure their stay in Chicago was eventful. She arranged special projects for celebrities like Sophia Loren, Martin Scorcese, Alan Parker, Michael Douglas, Anna Nicole Smith, Shelly Winters, Kathleen Turner, James Earl Jones, and Dennis Hopper. Her specialty is working closely with authors, giving them the support and attention they need to achieve success.
She also conducted publicity for a $20 million fund-raising campaign for the Field Museum of Natural History, and was the co-founder and publicity director of the Children's Legal Clinic.
Lynda takes pride in generating gratifying publicity for her clients and maintaining a close relationship with them during their entire campaign. Whether securing interviews with the media, arranging book tours, or consulting with authors, Lynda is available day and night to answer questions for authors. In her spare time, Lynda can be found on the tennis court, the golf course, reading books, or in the kitchen cooking unique meals. She graduated from the University of Southern California.
James V. O'Connor, has both agency and corporate experience. He began his own agency in 1989 after two years as a senior vice president with Ruder Finn in Chicago. Prior to that, he worked for four corporations: Alberto Culver as director of corporate communications, Brunswick Corporation as manager of public relations, G. D. Searle as manager of media relations, LTV Corporation as manager of financial communications.
He is also an author who has received extensive coverage on TV and radio and in newspapers and magazines. He and his business partner/wife won three national awards for the best book publicity of the year 2000 with the launch of his first book, “CUSS CONTROL.” His most recent book is "Another Man's Treasure," a mystery/romance novel set in Albany, NY.
"Jim and Lynda treated me like a long-time friend and aggressively pitched my book like pros, landing me dozens of interviews, articles and book signings with local and national visibility. They are astute and accomplished professionals. I am certain that I could not entrust another team to take care of my next project."
--Miyoko Hikiji, “All I Could Be”
"Lynda and Jim O'Connor have coordinated local and regional media efforts for two of my award-winning books. They are creative, hardworking and know the kinds of storylines that the media want. O'Connor Communications is, simply put, exceptionally good at what they do."
-- James Campbell, “The Ghost Mountain Boys”, “The Color of War” and “The Final Frontiersman”
“Lynda is amazing. I've never worked with anyone more tireless and dedicated in 20 years of agenting. Clients of mine have hired her over the years to do targeted publicity and I know she produced real results. I recommend her without reservation.”
--Ellen Geiger, Frances Goldin Literary Agency, Inc.
"Jim and Lynda were a good team for promoting my book. Lynda has a great deal of passion, energy, and imagination while Jim is very professional. I didn't feel like just another client. They believed in the marketability of my story and promoted my book in every way they could think of."
--Gary Edinger, “Will to Live: A Saga of Survival”
"Our appreciation and endorsement of O'Connor Communications can be summarized in one sentence: Lynda and Jim are competent, experienced, efficient and caring. Even though we have never met personally, we feel their genuine concern for our success. They earn and deserve our five star (*****) rating!"
-- Patricia Starr and Gabriel