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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 Buddrcup
Jul 02, 2020 2:53 pm


EQ: 07/01/2020
ER (Dear Author form:) 07/02/2020
Contemporary Fantasy
83,000 words
from Khaleesi
Jul 01, 2020 1:03 pm


EQ: 6/30/2020
ER: 7/1/2020

YA fantasy/paranormal novel. 104k
I got "dear author" and the impersonal form letter.
from banaesma
Jun 30, 2020 12:40 pm


I, too, got an impersonal form letter rejection just today (query sent yesterday, 29 June, 2020). Disappointed but also thankful it wasn't months later. Will requery in a couple months.
from ReaderGonnaRead
Jun 30, 2020 9:04 am


EQ: 6/29
ER: 6/30

Rejection letter began with "Dear Author". I really hate when I take the time to include specific personal information and they can't be bothered to use my name. (I understand form rejections, but the name? Really?)
from LaurenRoseWriter
Jun 29, 2020 7:27 pm


Paranormal Romance 94K
EQ: 28 June 2020
Rejected with impersonal form letter: 29 June 2020
I feel like one day wasn't a lot of time to give anyone their full attention, but glad I wasn't waiting for months.
from CRogers
Jun 29, 2020 5:56 pm


YA Contemporary Romance - 79k
EQ - 6/29/20
Form Rejection - 6/29/20

Seems like he has a lot of submissions going on right now. He didn't think it was a good fit for his list.
from rachaelthewriter
Jun 22, 2020 9:50 am


#PitMad Request - #OwnVoices YA Contemp Fantasy - 77k

EQ - 6/5/2020
Form R - 6/22/2020

He's a very kind man and I know puts a lot of thought into his considerations.
from JayDee8
Jun 15, 2020 2:22 pm


EQ 5/27/20
FR 5/27/20
FullRej 6/15/20

It was an honor to get a full request from Mr. McCarthy! Ultimately, I received a rejection, but good luck to all of you. You would be lucky to work with him!
from Julesq
Jun 12, 2020 11:44 am


EQ 6/3/20
FR 6/4/20
Sent 6/6/20
from HetalWrites
Jun 10, 2020 8:06 am


EQ 6.1
FullReq 6.9 > sent same day

Jim mentioned on his twitter that he had to purge his email after someone spammed his dystel.com box. Since he always seems to respond and hadn't responded to my query, I sent a followup. He took a look and asked for the MS.
from bookwormwrites
Jun 08, 2020 11:14 am


EQ 06.07
FR 06.08
from aloopratha
Jun 01, 2020 11:34 am


EQ after DVpit request: May 8th /2020
ER: June 1st /2020

He asked for the first fifty pages so I guess that's like a partial request.

YA paranormal, form letter.
from squarepanda
May 30, 2020 2:34 pm


@writingclouds Thanks for your reply! I see what you mean. Very helpful to know! :)
from writingclouds
May 29, 2020 9:57 am


@squarepanda: Some email providers don't support double spacing, so sometimes there's nothing you can do about it. When agents ask for 5 or 10 or however many double-spaced pages, I think they usually mean it's supposed to be double-spaced in your Word doc before you copy it, not necessarily that it's supposed to be double-spaced in the email. If it wasn't double-spaced in your doc, you might end up sending way more material than they're asking for and that's what they're trying to avoid. If it's double-spaced in everyone's doc, they'll end up getting roughly the same amount of material from everyone.
from squarepanda
May 29, 2020 9:16 am


EQ: 5/27/20

Hope it's okay to ask on here: How do you folks keep the double spacing when pasting your sample pages into the body of the email? When I copy/paste from a Word doc to Gmail, the double spacing disappears.

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