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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 JessyMontgomery
Yesterday 12:11 pm


EQ: 7/21/17

YA Dark Fantasy, 92k
from AuthorTeacherkl
Jul 20, 2017 10:18 am


EQ: 7/19/17 (3 ch. -- wait 8 wks before f/u)
ER: 7/20/17 form-- that was quick ;-)

Contemporary con/heist 80k
from FurBones
Jul 14, 2017 7:36 pm


EQ: 7/6/17
ER: 7/10/17
YA, 81k.
Form rejection: "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 debbie_rosenberg58
Jul 08, 2017 9:12 am


Thank you very much, Catsamoa79. So helpful.
from Catsamoa79
Jul 07, 2017 9:55 am


Website says if you have not heard in 8 weeks, then resend it. I usually put "Query status check" or Query follow-up" in the subject line, followed by the title of the manuscript. I write a short note as to why I am writing and copy and paste the original query and sample pages below that. Be sure to include the date of the original query. Hope this helps.
from debbie_rosenberg58
Jul 07, 2017 8:58 am


Here's a novice question: Mr. Mcarthy has a high and fast response rate. I've never nudged on a query and since I got no response from query in May thought I would. How does one word the nudge? Do you mention this in the subject or opening line if st all? Many thanks, writers.
from SaraCo
Jul 07, 2017 5:05 am


EQ w. third project July 5
Dear Author form reject July 7 - this was really a form. The other rejections were a little more personal.

EQ+50 pages from #DVpit 4/26/17.
Confirmed receipt a few minutes later.
ER: 5/1/17 (Form)

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EQ from #pitmad request: 3/23
Responded with partial request in less than an hour! :-)
Polite form rejection 3/28
from duke_of_lilywhite
Jun 15, 2017 11:58 am


EQ: jan 18 17
ER: same day
from heroic665
May 31, 2017 8:25 pm


EQ: May 31st, 2017
ER: May 31st, 2017

106K Fantasy
from AllisonAWriting
May 31, 2017 8:59 am


EQ: May 30th, 2017
ER: May 31st, 2017
from jenniwood731
May 30, 2017 7:45 pm


5/29 EQ
5/30 ER (form)
Contemporary Fantasy 77K
from BSheridan75
May 16, 2017 9:41 am


5/15 EQ
5/16 ER (form letter)
from Mendressa
May 08, 2017 12:56 pm


5/6 EQ
5/8 ER
Generic Dear Author Letter.
from MorganAlexander
Apr 28, 2017 4:46 am


EQ: 4/17/17
Form rejection a few hours later. I suppose it's better than to have to wait for ages for the no :)
from crystallee33
Apr 26, 2017 10:14 am


EQ: April 6/2017
FR: April 10/2017

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