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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

AAR/AALA Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from dragongirl
Nov 21, 2022 11:31 am


Online Form Query: 10/29/2022
Full Request: 11/1/22
Kind form rejection: 11/21/2022
109K YA epic fantasy
from amkade
Nov 15, 2022 7:43 am


EDIT: If anyone else is looking with excessive attention at the timeline view, the answer FWIW is "yes." FR 11/15/22, literary fiction.

If you're looking on the timeline and others who submitted after you have been rejected and also requested... do we think that means he's hanging onto your submission and considering requesting, or just forgot you? (lol) :)
from Axdaae
Nov 11, 2022 8:23 am


EQ 11/10/22 111k YA fantasy
Form rejection 11/11/22
from MarshmallowBard
Nov 09, 2022 4:41 pm


Queried & Rejected with half an hour
from mjlyonswrites
Nov 09, 2022 11:50 am


10/15/22 - Submitted query and sample
11/09/22 - Kind rejection, including sharing with fellow DG&B agent, even if they weren't interested
109k queer YA romance
from ek_evans
Nov 09, 2022 7:11 am


Online Form Query 11/4/22
Form Rejection: 11/5/22
76K YA Fantasy
from gnakamura
Nov 08, 2022 7:33 am


Online Form Query: 11/2/22
Rejection: 11/8/22
63k YA Contemporary
from JosephFredrickson
Nov 02, 2022 9:05 am


Online Form Query: 10/27/22
Rejection: 11/1/22
125K Adult Science Fiction
from richardclin
Oct 27, 2022 5:19 pm


10/10: EQ
10/12: Full request
10/14: Informed him of my R&R and he graciously offered to wait for its completion
from richinman81
Oct 18, 2022 8:46 am


FQ: 10/17/2022
Adult Fantasy 106k
FR: 10/17/2022
from mustafarawi
Oct 18, 2022 7:43 am


Received a prompt and kind rejection letter from Jim McCarthy.
from andirichauthor
Oct 17, 2022 8:53 am


FQ 10/13
FR 10/14

100K Urban Fantasy.
from dreamsnfreckles
Oct 12, 2022 10:38 am


FQ: 10/5/22
Full Request (!!): 10/12/22

100k adult fantasy w/ historical bent, latinx
from karlkarlbobarl
Oct 12, 2022 9:28 am


EQ: 10/11/22
Form rejection: 10/12/22 – bummer! Was hoping for a different outcome given my project's overlap with Jim's MSWL but that's how the cookie crumbles.

99k LGBTQ+ romantic suspense
from GITP2020
Oct 12, 2022 8:15 am


FQ: 10/7/22
Form Rejection 10/11/22

67k YA RomCom

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