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Ms. Shawna McCarthy

The McCarthy Agency, LLC

7 Allen Street

Rumson, NJ 07760



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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from wombatony
Jun 23, 2021 3:28 pm


EQ 6/19/21
PR 6/20/21 - 10 pages
6/23/21 Form Rejection

89K Alternative History
from bckinney
Jun 23, 2021 1:11 pm


Anyone know how (or whether it's possible) to query her? I see queries as recently as last month, but I don't see any web presence/instructions.
UPDATE: https://agentquery.com/agent.aspx?agentid=509 provides email instructions - and I can confirm they are accurate!

EQ 6/20/21
PR (10 pages) 6/20/21
Rejection 6/23/21
Space Opera 125k
from jdruffin
Apr 05, 2021 3:08 pm


EQ: 4/5/21

Fantasy 78k
from andyscontras
Jan 03, 2021 5:04 pm


EQ-- 1/3/2020 Speculative Fiction 84K
from M_Heck
Dec 12, 2020 11:52 am


50 days of dead air
from TinaHendricks
Nov 08, 2020 11:43 am


adult com fantsy-mag realism 88k 11/8/20
from DNE424
Sep 23, 2020 8:09 pm


EQ: 6/21/20
CNR: 9/20/20

87K YA Fantasy
from Catsamoa79
Sep 22, 2020 12:52 pm


EQ: 6/11/20
CNR: 9/22/20
from CombatKatie
Jul 20, 2020 1:25 pm


7/10: Sent the query
7/13: Request for first ten pages
7/15: Had to resend the partial due to formatting issues
7/16: Request for the first three chapters and synopsis

Color me surprised! And since the comments below are wondering, I only sent a query.
from mawidmaier
May 05, 2020 4:06 pm


EQ: 2/11/2020
CNR: 5/5/2020

170K Adult Fantasy
from DLSproule
Feb 21, 2020 1:41 pm


EQ: 10 am Feb 21, 2020 sent query and five pages
ER: 2:40 pm Feb 21, 2020 Form letter.
She does appear to keep her inbox tidy!
from sandermoffitt
Jan 22, 2020 12:07 pm


EQ: 1/22/2020

Couldn't find specific guidelines or a website or anything, but judging by comments below here, I just sent in a query letter. Seems like if she wants sample pages, she'll request them.

112k YA Fantasy

from RayJohnsonJr
Dec 27, 2019 4:26 pm


12/27/19 Couldn't find any guidelines for submission so I sent a query letter.
from Nadler369
Oct 16, 2019 2:16 pm


Found this listing from 2013 Guide to Lit Agents: https://books.google.com/books?id=1iBjDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT332&lpg=PT332&dq=McCarthy+Agency+7+allen+street&source=bl&ots=5RTqSFhjiz&sig=ACfU3U3m9f-Wz1hDoANJmlfkgh7axZdfpw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjg96bAvqHlAhWhrVkKHXxeA7MQ6AEwA3oECAYQAQ#v=onepage&q=McCarthy%20Agency%207%20allen%20street&f=false
from merrygawain
Sep 05, 2019 1:41 pm


EQ: 9/5/19

historical fantasy, 175K

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