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Ms. Shawna McCarthy

The McCarthy Agency, LLC

7 Allen Street

Rumson, NJ 07760



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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
from DWEppers
Aug 01, 2019 3:12 pm


EQ: 8/1/19: Couldn't find any guidelines for submission so I sent just a query letter with the basic outline. Will keep an update.
from Stargrave
Jul 03, 2019 1:56 pm


First, I emailed the address posted here on querytracker to make sure it was appropriate to send queries to this address.
She replied in less than 24 hours.

EQ: 7/3/2019. Let's see how this goes. She reps one of my favorite books, so I know better than to get my hopes up too high.
ER: 7/3/2019 - Just as I feared, a thoughtless form rejection in less than 24 hours.
from bckinney
Jun 12, 2019 10:14 pm


I don't see any website or other source of query guidelines for her. Anyone know where I should look?
from PSbookish
Apr 22, 2019 11:57 pm


Sent a query on 4/22/2019. Will update this when I get a response.
from AradLewis
Oct 15, 2018 5:40 pm


EQ: 10/1
CNR: 10/15
from SpinyFirx
Sep 22, 2018 9:00 pm


EQ: 9/22/2018 (Fantasy)
from bcmatthews
Sep 03, 2018 1:43 pm


EQ: 7/06/18
CNR: 9/2/2018
Science fiction 120K
from seekerofwords
Jul 29, 2018 11:34 am


EQ: 7/25/18
Ten page request: 7/26/18
ER: 7/29/18 Brief and straight to the point form rejection.

YA Fantasy
from RockWhitehouse
Jun 29, 2018 1:25 pm


EQ 5/3/18 SF 120K
CNR 6/29/18
from Zurizip
Jun 28, 2018 1:07 pm


Holy zoom, batman.

EQ: 6/27
PR: (10 pages) 6/27
ER: 6/28

It was a general form in the "not the right agent for this" vein so something about the first page must have set me off? Otherwise I'm guessing I was too similar to someone she already has.
from sarahh
Jun 22, 2018 3:29 pm


EQ: 3/15/18
PR (10 pages): 3/15
PR (3 chapters + synopsis): 3/21
FR: 4/20
Offer of representation: 6/7
Accepted: 6/22

I'm so excited! She's funny, kind, and passionate about the book. I can't wait to work with her.

Adult Fantasy 113k
from nacauldron
May 16, 2018 11:28 am


Is this agency related to Sean McCarthy?
from BillGinTexas
May 07, 2018 11:09 am


EQ: 05/07/2018 84k SF/Horror Short Stories

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