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Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003

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Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

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Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from heyella
Aug 22, 2016 4:34 pm

EQ: 8/15
FR: 8/15
ER: 8/22 (A polite rejection, I appreciate the quick response!)

YA 81k
from mauramilan
Aug 21, 2016 8:48 pm

08/18/16 - EQ
08/18/16 - ER

Form letter

YA Sci-Fi
from DonnaS
Aug 17, 2016 4:39 pm

EQ 8/17/16 I like his sense of humor.
ER 8/17/16 He's fast! I always appreciate a response.
Romantic suspense 100K
from imposter
Aug 17, 2016 7:35 am

EQ: 8/14/16
ER: 8/15/16 (form)
89k YA Mystery
from Grizzy
Aug 16, 2016 10:37 am

EQ: 7/22
FR: 7/29
ER: 8/15
YA 79,000 words
He requested a full after seeing my query in a class he gave at WDU about writing queries. (Still learning.) He rejected it politely with his standard form letter about fiction being a tough sell and he has to be in love with it or he won't be the best advocate. The manuscript really wasn't ready to send out yet; but since he asked, I sent it (perhaps foolishly.) He sent the rejection on his first day back from vacation (one day turnaround actually I'm guessing), so he is very prompt. Nice man, quick response, even if a no. I guess this is my first real rejection letter, and I'm now on my way to many more--but not before I clean up the manuscript.
from CherylW
Aug 15, 2016 11:58 am

"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.


Dystel & Goderich Literary Management"

from django
Aug 12, 2016 5:19 pm

Found this on the Dystel FAQs. Maybe it should be in a more obvious location, but this is what they say just for anyone wondering:

3. I’m torn between a few of you. Can’t I just query you all?

No. You need to pick just one of us—we don’t compete amongst ourselves, but we do share work with each other. If one of us receives a project we think is wonderful but not right for our own list, we’ll pass it along to a more appropriate agent. Please do not submit to more than one of us whether simultaneously or in succession.
from PaigeTurner
Aug 12, 2016 3:14 pm

Thanks, Page2407. Good to know. Too bad they didn't post this on their actual agency website.

Many agencies say not to query more than one at a time... and we all know that. But nothing on Dystel's actual website states what Jim stated specifically - as in the 6 mo./revision, return to the rejecting agent. So thank you for sharing!!!


Is there a way to create a section on agent profile pages for Dystel agents and other agencies like Browne Miller - who are a "No from one, means no from all" indicator to make it more clear for us writers, since many of these agencies don't state this on their own websites?
from Page2407
Aug 10, 2016 6:41 pm

PaigeTurner. I saw a tweet from Jim who confirmed that a no from one is a no from all. And that even if you revise and resubmit after 6 months, you should send back to the agent who rejected you and mention it. It was about a week back if you want to look through twitter.
from PaigeTurner
Aug 08, 2016 3:34 pm

Writers... Just saw this on Twitter - Apparently - the entire agency shares queries... Check out this thread:

So I don't know if this means a "no" from one is a "no from all" - before any of us get the actual ER because they don't say that on the website, but I guess since they all share internally, would we be saving ourselves time by only querying one?
from CherylW
Aug 07, 2016 6:13 pm

After I queried, I received this:
"I'm on vacation until Monday, August 15. If you're in need of immediate assistance before that time, please reach out to Lauren Abramo at I'll be in touch on my return."
from Kesterian
Jul 20, 2016 9:44 pm

EQ: 7/17/16
Reject: 7.18.16
155k Fantasy
from jaycoleswritesbooks
Jul 20, 2016 1:43 am

laura_lashley: that's normally a good sign when he takes a little longer. Sometimes it means, he has found something he likes and wants to take a closer look. So hang in there! & good luck!
from laura_lashley
Jul 18, 2016 11:48 am

Anyone else waiting to hear back from Jim on a full request? He's usually super fast, like within a week or two even on fulls, but mine's been with him for little over a month. I'm hoping it didn't disappear into his spam folder or something, but it's way too early to email him about it.
from DotAnna
Jul 08, 2016 11:17 am

EQ: 7/7
Form Rejection: 8/7

Lit fic

Thrilled to get a response even if it's a form rejection. Very fast and polite form.

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