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Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003

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Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from KristenH
Today 1:05 pm

EQ 3/15/19 (Requery Chain Reaction)
ER 3/18/19 (PASSED-not good fit)
from Fordwalker
Mar 21, 2019 6:56 pm

EQ 2/26
ER 3/21

Polite form rejection. Getting that response was an adventure - I queried from my usual email address, then nudged on March 10th when it appeared I'd been skipped. Still nothing. Seemed strange because he is SO fast and consistent in his responses, so I finally queried afresh from a different email address and got a response in under 24 hours! There was definitely some sort of spam filter funny business going on there, I think.
from Idunnoyouyet
Mar 20, 2019 5:00 pm

EQ: Mar 20
ER: Mar 21 - Form

YA Fantasy
from jennadevillier
Mar 13, 2019 10:51 am

EQ: 3/12
ER: 3/13

That was fast :'(
79k YA Fantasy
from MAnthony99
Mar 08, 2019 1:01 pm

EQ: 3/7/2019. Graphic Memoir.
ER: 3/8/2019. (Form letter, but a nice one.)
from MWeisberg
Feb 27, 2019 9:53 am

He mentioned on twitter that he is caught up on queries and if you haven't received a response, you should resend.
from swatithegeek
Feb 13, 2019 3:17 am

EQ: 01/29/19
FR (!!!): 01/30/19
ER, form: 02/13/19, but invited me to submit future works if they're YA

He mentioned that he primarily reps romance in the YA genre, not adult, but he'd like to take a look anyway.

Contemporary Romance, 67k
from RebC123
Feb 11, 2019 1:51 pm

EQ 2/8
FR 2/11
YA Historical Fantasy 55K
from QueryingTomato
Feb 11, 2019 11:34 am

ER 1/26
Full Request 1/28
ER 2/11
from cbazay
Jan 31, 2019 4:32 pm

Queried 1/7
Full request 1/8
YA Contemporary 66K
Rejection: 1/28
from dina93
Dec 18, 2018 9:54 am

Queried: 12/10
Full request 12/11
Sent 12/17 due to work travel.

Ya historical fantasy 70k
from QueryByNight
Dec 17, 2018 9:47 am

EQ 12/3
FR 12/3
ER 12/17

YA Fantasy

I'm so appreciative of the speed and the ease of communication. Will definitely query again if I can't find a home for this project.
from turtlefairy1
Dec 17, 2018 9:40 am

EQ 11/29
FR 11/29 (3 mins later! Sent 11/30)
ER 12/17

YA Fantasy
from FarhadShawkat
Nov 19, 2018 10:21 am

EQ: 11/18/19
ER: 11/19/19

Form rejection in a day. YA Fantasy, 78k
from merynlobb
Nov 12, 2018 10:23 am

EQ: 11-11-18
ER: 11-12-18

"Dear Author" form rejection the next day. Ouch, but hey, at least he's quick and knows what he wants xD

YA Fantasy 81k

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