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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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Website: www.dystel.com

Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

AAR Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from RobinWrites
Nov 20, 2017 11:37 am


EQ 11/7/2017 - Pitch Wars request for full MS; haven't heard, but mine is an adult fiction MS, and competition for MG/YA is stiff.
from ya_writer
Nov 17, 2017 5:17 pm


@fallondemornay Thank you!! #delayedreply haha. See you around Twitter! <3
from why_archibald
Nov 17, 2017 4:04 pm


EQ (pitchwars): 11/3
FR: 11/3
Nudged with Offer: 11/15
Pass: 11/17

YA Fantasy
109k
from fallondemornay
Nov 14, 2017 11:15 am


CONGRATS @ya_writer!!! We're agent sisters!!!!
from ya_writer
Nov 09, 2017 10:14 am


Thanks so much hester!!!
from hester
Nov 08, 2017 10:17 am


WOOT!!! Congrats ya_writer! :)
from ya_writer
Nov 08, 2017 8:54 am


EQ: 9/30
FR: 10/2
Nudge due to offer: 10/24
Offer: 11/2 (He called me rather than coordinating via email... my jaw dropped when I listened to his voicemail.) :-D!!!!!
Accepted offer: 11/7 (Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Will announce it next week once he's back from vacation. I'm so excited!!!)
from PandaNinja
Nov 08, 2017 8:08 am


EQ: 10/12
Form rejection: 10/12
That was a fast one! Lol
from jubilee
Nov 05, 2017 2:06 pm


Favorited #DVPit tweet w/ request for query and first 50 pages 10/2/17
EQ sent: 10/3/17
ER: 10/10/17
from boosker
Oct 27, 2017 3:53 pm


EQ: 10/15
FR: 10/16
from alibryn
Oct 25, 2017 3:27 pm


EQ: 10/24
ER: 10/24

I've queried him on about 4 manuscripts now. Every time I do I think I won't again, because I only ever get a form and I think he must just really not like my ideas or my writing... "Dear Author," etc. But then I always see a tweet or an interview and for some crazy reason think he *might* be interested. I need to stop and just move on. Clearly we're not a fit!
from elaine27
Oct 17, 2017 9:35 am


EQ 10/16
ER: 10/17

Got a form letter that apologizes for using a form letter
from LightofBeauty
Oct 13, 2017 11:00 am


@dliebelson - that's the same form rejection I got! It's a nice and kind form, but still a form :).
from karenrawson
Oct 10, 2017 1:03 pm


EQ 10-8
ER 10-10

The formiest of form rejections. And I wouldn't bother to comment, but I wanted to say @dliebelson - the rejection you got sounds sincere and sweet and nothing like a form letter to me. Best of luck to you!
from dliebelson
Oct 10, 2017 8:43 am


First 50 request: 10/3
Reject: 10/10

Form (presume this is what everyone got?) "Fiction, as I'm sure you know, is quite tough to sell in the current marketplace. While I found much to admire here, I wasn't ultimately convinced I would be the best possible match for this project. Thank you again, sincerely, for the chance to take a look. I wish you all the best with this project."

Super quick and professional, much appreciated!

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