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Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel Goderich & Bourret Literary Management

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003

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Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

AAR Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from jessicavaskowrites
Jan 17, 2017 4:45 pm

Emailed query: 1/16/17
Form rejection: 1/17/17
YA Sci-Fi
from CarolBlondette
Jan 17, 2017 10:06 am

EQ: 1/5/17
Full Request: 1/5/17 :)
Nudge with Offer: 1/13/17
Step Aside: 1/17/17 (His rejection was so kind and encouraging. I also appreciated how quickly he responded.)
Contemporary YA
from karenleespree
Jan 12, 2017 1:34 pm

He responds to everything and I've had none.

EQ 12/07/16 YA, swing era
from Ryan_Rose
Jan 09, 2017 10:40 am

EQ: 12/28
FR: 1/03
Sent: 1/03
R: 1/09 Form

YA Light SF 80K
from charliebast
Jan 05, 2017 7:46 pm

EQ: 1/5/17
FR: 1/5/17
Sent: 1/5/17... put me in a good mood all day at work. =)
YA Contemporary Fantasy
from karenleespree
Dec 19, 2016 9:39 am

Forgot to post:
EQ: 12/07 YA, Swing Era. CNR: 12/19
"Don’t submit to more than one of us in the same query, or requery another agent here after getting a pass. We share queries with each other frequently, so a no from one is a no from all."
<< I sent a #Pitmad request to a junior agent a few months ago. That may be why I didn't get a response. >>
from ladytuono
Dec 05, 2016 2:59 pm

EQ: 12/5
Form reject within the hour.

87k LGBT Contemporary Fantasy
from ElaMishne
Nov 23, 2016 5:33 am

EQ: 11/21/16
ER: 11/21/16

95k YA paranormal
from rosieclaverton
Nov 16, 2016 3:04 pm

EQ: 29/10/16
FR: 31/10/16
ER: 14/11/16 (personalised, helpful response)

Gaslamp fantasy mystery, 93k
from elrichards
Nov 07, 2016 10:07 am

EQ: 11/6/16
ER: 11/7/16
Appreciate the quick response!
from Polonius
Nov 04, 2016 5:58 pm

FR from Jim after being forwarded the query from Lauren Abramo 10/25/16 (after receiving an offer elsewhere)
Polite step-aside 10/31/16 - too close to titles already on his list

YA Contemporary
from Ardenwolfe
Oct 31, 2016 5:37 pm

EQ: 10/31
ER: 10/31

Fast and personal rejection letter. More helpful than he knew because it answered a lot of doubts I had. Glad to know it wasn't my query or the writing. Was too afield from his usual work. Something I'm hearing a lot from other agents too. Very polite and professional. Obviously an awesome agent.

Keep querying. :)

from jpjackson
Oct 31, 2016 10:51 am

EQ 10/24
ER 10/25

Form: 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

Hey - if nothing else, they were quick!
from hexylady
Oct 24, 2016 4:40 pm

EQ 10/16
FR 10/17
ER 10/24 form
Urban Fantasy, 82k
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 21, 2016 8:23 am

Profile Update: Agency name changed from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management to Dystel Goderich & Bourret Literary Management.

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