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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 cupcake
Feb 14, 2018 10:08 am


EQ 2/13
ER 2/14
contemporary MG 65K

Not right for his list. At least it was fast! :)
from auhsome23
Feb 09, 2018 4:48 pm


EQ 2/6
FR 2/8

MG Fantasy -- Fingers crossed!!
from Zooks3
Feb 08, 2018 5:43 pm


2/7/18 EQ re: Archimedes - Humor
2/8/18: form rejection
from turcottesh
Feb 05, 2018 3:10 pm


EQ: 02/04/2017
ER: 02/05/2017

I always appreciate a fast response. A bit bummed since Jim seems stellar, but c'est la vie. Onwards I go :)
Adult dark fantasy, 170k.
from saladspinner
Jan 31, 2018 11:24 am


EQ: 1/8/18
FR: 1/9/18
ER (form) 1/29/18
from anarag
Jan 30, 2018 4:37 pm


EQ - 1/17/18
ER - requested full ms. 1/18/18
R 1/29/18 without much detail on why "not for him".
Literary/upmarket 92K
from froufrou
Jan 29, 2018 10:09 am


EQ: 1/5/18
FR: 1/8/18
ER: 1/29/18 - form reply that included my name and manuscript title

YA historical fantasy, 91K
from Zurizip
Jan 29, 2018 9:58 am


EQ 1/4
FR 1/8
Rejection: 1/29, seems like a form letter "Much to admire but I'm not the right advocate". I politely asked if there was anything he would suggest I edit for in the future since it was such a sparse reply.
from peppermint22
Jan 25, 2018 4:48 pm


EQ - 9/3 (referral)
FR - 9/5
Nudge (as suggested by a friend who's one of his client) - 1/8
Reply - 1/8 seemed a bit horrified that my ms went missing (stated that he didn't have anything on his reading list that’s more than 5 weeks old and to resend)
Resent - 1/8
Confirmed receipt - 1/8
R - 1/22 long, detailed reply that should be useful for revisions--stating that it was genuinely a tough call

YA Historical Fantasy
from bckinney
Jan 24, 2018 8:07 am


EQ 11/24
Nudge from new email address 1/23
FR 1/24
from Malicia
Jan 21, 2018 9:56 am


EQ: 10/24/17
FR: 10/25/17 (next day!)
ER: 11/27/17 (form rejection with my name + MS title)

YA Historical Fantasy 82k
from StarryEyed
Jan 18, 2018 1:05 pm


EQ - 1/8/18
FR - 1/17/18

I didn't hear from him so I followed up when I got an offer of rep from someone else. He let me know he hadn't even gotten my query! Somehow it had gotten stuck in the spam filters. He said he didn't have anything from before this past Sunday. So, if you haven't heard from him, it might have gone to spam. Just FYI.
from bcfheartbreaker
Jan 17, 2018 1:41 pm


EQ - 11/14/17
ER - form 11/15/17

Fantasy 114k
from chrisaerith
Jan 16, 2018 11:39 pm


EQ: 12 Jan
ER: 17 Jan

Thanks for the speedy reply.
from Elysia
Jan 16, 2018 9:44 am


EQ: 1/14
ER: 1/16

Very fast, at least.

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