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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 merynlobb
Today 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
from TGrace
Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm


EQ: 10/16 (first 50, DVPit)
ER: 11/8/18 - Bit bummed, but Jim wrote such a sweet rejection. I really appreciated it! Anyone who gets to work with him is lucky :)
YA Contemporary Fantasy 86K
from Bohemienne
Nov 06, 2018 2:25 pm


EQ: 11/6/18
Full request: 11/6/18
YA Historical Fantasy, 96K
from Mander_Pander
Nov 06, 2018 9:22 am


To be honest, I always stop reading after "Dear Author."
from jeasley
Nov 01, 2018 10:04 am


10-31-18 EQ 95K upmarket
11-1-18 ER form letter
from CaptainFi
Oct 20, 2018 2:54 pm


#DVpit request: 10/16
EQ w/ partial: 10/17
from Windmo
Oct 14, 2018 1:47 pm


EQ: Emailed prologue and first chapter (25 pages) 10/04/18 - romantic comedy
ER: 10/05/18
Dear Author:

Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials and please forgive us for responding with a form letter. The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally.

Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time. We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.
from Invictus
Oct 03, 2018 4:09 pm


EQ: 10/03/2018
ER: 10/03/2018 (about 4 hours later)

YA contemporary fantasy 77k

Form letter, same as others have mentioned. I didn't really have any hope that this would be a yes, but at least he's super quick about it.
from mellenakin
Sep 26, 2018 3:14 pm


EQ: 9/5/18
ER: 9/6/18
Very quick.
from coffeebreak
Sep 25, 2018 2:04 am


EQ: 9/17/18
ER: 9/18/18 form

YA Urban Fantasy 100K

Damn that was fast. At least it was like ripping off a bandaid.
from NathanielRed
Sep 21, 2018 8:12 pm


EQ: 9-20
ER: 9-21 (at least he's fast)
YA Epic Fantasy 95k


Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials and please forgive us for responding with a form letter. The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally.

Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time. We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.
from nairforceone
Sep 18, 2018 4:04 pm


EQ: 9/18/18
ER: 9/18/18 Form

80k Sci-Fi Humor
from SinArchitect
Sep 17, 2018 4:50 pm


EQ 8/22
ER 8/23

Warning that this agent/agency might have reached capacity on YA fantasy.
from LRHolliman1
Sep 17, 2018 8:05 am


8/22/18 - FR
8/29/18 - Sent full
9/17/18 - ER
from pegcheng
Sep 11, 2018 12:18 pm


EQ: 9/10/2018
ER: 9/11/2018 form letter "Dear Author"
Adult Suspense, 65K
Thought it was amazing that Jim replied on average in 2 days, so was shocked when he got back to me in less than 24 hours. Bummed that it was a rejection but at least I didn't have to wait long!

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