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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

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from swatithegeek
Today 9:51 am


EQ: 09/16/19

YA Contemporary, 85k
from hipsterchocobo
Sep 12, 2019 4:18 pm


EQ 09/12/19
FR 09/12/19
Submitted and rejected same day. Brilliant to have such speedy turn around. Form rejection.
from Fenyx_Fire
Sep 10, 2019 5:03 pm


FR: 09/10/19
EQ: 09/09/19

Kind form letter of rejection, “the project you describe does not fit our list at this time,” and encouragement to continue seeking representation. quick turnaround, though, that’s actually really nice (and an actual response).
from jsk_31
Sep 05, 2019 3:08 pm


EQ 6/7 to Sharon Pelletier at this agency, lit fic 80,500 words, #PitMad request
FR 6/18, sent 6/19
9/5/19, Sharon rejected the ms, with apology for the delay. But she told me she shared the ms with Jim McCarthy, so fingers crossed!
from jakearlow
Sep 04, 2019 10:47 am


EQ 8/17/19
FR 8/19/19
Offer!! 8/30/19
Accepted offer: 9/4/19!
from JoeyMcKnight
Aug 21, 2019 6:34 am


EQ 8/18/2019
ER 8/19/2019

74K YA Fantasy
from clearwater
Aug 19, 2019 3:29 pm


EQ 8/3/19 Historical mystery 82K
FR 8/5/19
ER 8/19/19 Nice form letter. Like I said in my previous post, better to know than to not know.
from clearwater
Aug 13, 2019 9:06 pm


My impression about Jim McCarthy's working style is that he is usually very speedy about reading queries. If the query catches his attention, he requests a partial or a full, and if, after reading a bit of it, if he doesn't think it's something he can sell, he might send it on to someone else in his agency (he's worked there a long time, so it's a safe bet that he knows what the other agents would be interested in).
The fact that he requests a full doesn't mean that he's on the verge of offering to represent you, it just means that he liked your query and wants to see more. In a situation where many, if not most, agents get hundreds of queries per month and take some time to respond to a query if they respond at all, it can be a little startling to hear back so quickly, which is kind of funny, if you think about it. "Shocking news: agent responds!"
Obviously, getting a rejection isn't fun, but if an agent knows that they aren't the right person for that book, it's best that they be up front about it instead of taking on a project they don't feel enthusiastic about. It's a bonus if they let you know right away, so you don't spend months wondering whether they got your query or not. I take Jim McCarthy's quick responses to mean that he's a smart, efficient agent who has a pretty clear idea of what he can and can't sell, and is thoughtful enough to let you know.
from caribbean88
Aug 05, 2019 12:41 pm


EQ: 8/4/19 for 103K YA Fantasy
Confirmation of receipt: He is OOO but will be back 8/5/19
ER: 8/5/19
from safashaqsy
Aug 02, 2019 5:32 pm


sent Fantasy Ya T.L.F on 3rd of August 2019
from StrangeCosmic
Jul 18, 2019 5:22 pm


EQ: 7/17/19
ER: 7/18/19
Form
118k Adult Fantasy
from Enatus
Jul 16, 2019 4:16 pm


EQ: 7/15/2019
ER: 7/16/2019
YA Fantasy 120k
from colacchio
Jul 12, 2019 10:06 am


EQ 7/12
98k Adult Fantasy
from SH_writer
Jul 12, 2019 9:28 am


EQ: 7/11/19
ER: 7/12/19
YA F
Very polite "dear Author" form
from greyowlstudio
Jul 10, 2019 2:21 pm


EQ: 7/10
Adult SF/space opera with gay lead character, 117k

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