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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 rahkan
Feb 24, 2021 4:16 pm


Only marking my submission as "closed / no response" because I closed the submission after accepting another offer. Jim would _never_ leave you hanging on a full manuscript. He's incredible. He looked at several versions of my book; I've heard very good things about him from other clients of his. Definitely worth querying.
from rickpryll
Feb 22, 2021 5:49 pm


Email query, 2.21.2021
MG school story, 25K
FR, 2.22.2021
from juliabean
Feb 17, 2021 1:27 pm


Query: 1/21
Full request: 1/25
MG Contemporary
Form rejection: 2/16
from megbontra
Feb 08, 2021 4:37 pm


Rejected hours after sending, with a form that started with "Dear Author". Woof.
from philipmilne
Feb 08, 2021 1:11 pm


Queried 7th of February 2021. MG science fantasy 45k.
Rejected on the 9th of Feb with a form letter.
from fmestrich
Feb 02, 2021 2:25 pm


EQ: 12/2/20
Full request: 12/2/20 (about an hour after I sent the query, sent the manuscript same day)
Kind rejection: 1/22/21
from Wandanut
Feb 01, 2021 1:54 pm


Spoke at FIYAHCON in Oct 2020. He reviewed my query and first 20 pages. Asked for full manuscript when I was ready.
Full sent: 1/02/2021

Form rejection: 2/1/2021. Womp womp. Gotta keep trying!
from JSZ0819
Jan 22, 2021 6:55 pm


EQ: 1/20/21
FR: 1/22/21

YA Horror
from Abigail
Jan 20, 2021 2:50 pm


Form Rejection 19 JAN 2021
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EQ sent 18 JAN 2021
Mystery 77k
from Abigail
Jan 18, 2021 9:47 pm


EQ sent 18 JAN 2021
Mystery 77k
from mollyardin
Jan 05, 2021 2:07 pm


EQ: Night of 1/4
ER: Morning of 1/5, "dear author".
YA Contemporary Fantasy 99K
from authorashlynnjames
Dec 14, 2020 6:55 pm


EQ on 12/05. Received an automatic out of office reply stating he will be out until the 14th. May be a delay in his response times.
Full Request on 12/14 with a note his response time may be longer than usual.
from jenhib
Dec 14, 2020 3:10 pm


Query: 11/17
Speculative fiction, 120k, woman author
Rejection: 11/17, immediate rejection with form letter
from SteveSSF
Dec 14, 2020 12:44 pm


EQ 12/9/20
ER 12/14/20
Thriller 107K
Form Letter
from kaysev
Dec 14, 2020 10:53 am


FR: Standard rejection feels a little cold, I thought, starting with "Dear Author"
YA 86K

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