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Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



Website: www.dystel.com

Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from overallcheck
Yesterday 10:37 am


FQ 1/12/2022
Form rejection 1/18/2022

YA contemporary 92K
from AjP1933
Jan 11, 2022 12:36 pm


FQ: Jan 10, 2022
82K Memoir
QR: Jan 11, 2022 not a fit. Feels like a form response.
from SadieNoni
Jan 10, 2022 8:22 pm


FQ 01/10/22
FR 01/11/22
YA magical realism 69k
from cloeykinn
Jan 10, 2022 8:18 pm


EQ: Jan 9/22
QR: Jan10/22
93k Fantasy
from EveEvans800
Jan 10, 2022 6:54 pm


FQ 1/10/2022
48k Horror
from VMMoreno
Jan 08, 2022 8:06 am


FQ: 1/7/2022
QR: 1/8/22

Ya LGBTQ+ contemporary, 83k
from Sbrady321
Jan 07, 2022 11:48 pm


Jim left a polite, quick rejection within three days of my submittal.
from Raynarde
Jan 07, 2022 5:02 pm


Queried 1/6
Rejection 1/7
MG Adventure 27k words
from carlycdebaca
Jan 05, 2022 1:47 pm


1/4/22
Adult fantasy romance 98k
R: same day

Fast turn around times!
from MaryF42
Jan 05, 2022 6:56 am


1/4/22
YA F 92K
R: 1/5/22
from jenniferkathleen
Jan 02, 2022 5:39 pm


Original query 12/29
rejected 1/02/22
Appreciate I wasn't in limbo for months.
from HeidiANickerson
Dec 22, 2021 9:33 pm


Original Query: 12/10
Full MS Request: 12/13 (sent same day)
Form Rejection: 12/22

I appreciate how quickly he responded—especially following a full request. I hope to query again with future projects.
from blackhand
Dec 22, 2021 12:21 am


Form Query: 12.3.2021
Full Request: 12.6.2021
Manuscript sent: 12.7.2021
Form Rejection: 12.19.2021

YA Historical, 99k

Really appreciate the quick responses.
from lbauer
Dec 21, 2021 2:22 pm


Query Sent: 12/8/2021
Full Request: 12/14/2021
Full Sent: 12/15/2021
Form rejection: 12/21/2021

YA Fantasy 98k
from Durgat
Dec 17, 2021 11:11 am


FQ: 12/17/2021
ER: 1 hour later. WOW I'll hang this one on the wall LOL
Although he says he's still considering adults, I guess, from what I read, he's only accepting MG and YA by now.
Epic Fantasy 139K

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