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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 aviburton
Yesterday 12:35 pm


EQ: 4/22
Full Request: 4/22
Manuscript sent same day, YA Fantasy 85k
Personal Rejection: 5/11

Very nice personalized note and quick turnaround. Bummed about the rejection but overall a really good experience.
from tialsb
Yesterday 10:10 am


EQ: 5/10/21
Full Request: 5/10/21, submitted right away

Wow, half-hour response time!

85k Adult RomCom


from thewhipslip
Yesterday 9:10 am


EQ 5/10/21

YA Queer Thriller 75k
from BSWindon
Yesterday 8:08 am


EQ: 10/05/2021
ER: 10/05/2021
YA Fantasy (105,000 words)

Form rejection in about two hours.
from Gwyneth
May 08, 2021 8:44 pm


EQ: 5/6/2021
ER: 5/7/2021

YA Contemporary Fantasy (86,000 words)
from susanemerson
Apr 27, 2021 9:48 am


EQ: 3/31/21 LIterary Fiction, 107K
RF: 4/2/21
ER: 4/27/21

I met Jim in a UCLA writers studio course. Very nice fellow. Form rejection after asking for my full quickly. Oh well. As someone else noted on this thread, he says he does literary fiction, but he's never taken one on.

Thanks so much for sending THE BIRDS IN BLUE SKYE along. Unfortunately, I'm going to be passing at this time.



I’m sorry this wasn’t a match. While I found much to admire here, I wasn't ultimately convinced I would be the best possible advocate for this project.



Thank you again, sincerely, for the chance to take a look. I wish you all the best with this project.
from pwalford
Apr 15, 2021 2:21 pm


Possibly worth noting that while he accepts submissions of literary fiction, from reviewing the list of offers of representation made recorded on QT, it doesn't look like he's ever actually taken one on.
from K_Hana_Lee
Apr 15, 2021 11:19 am


EQ: 4/3/21 (Saturday)
FR: 4/5/21 (Monday)
Nudged with offer of rep 4/13/21
He confirmed he would read fast and get back to me soon
Polite ER 4/15/21, saying he liked it but wasn't sure who he'd sell it to. Seems like a really nice guy, super on top of things!

Adult Fantasy, 120k words
from Nadler369
Apr 12, 2021 4:01 pm


EQ: 4/12/21
108k Fantasy
ER: 4/12/21
Happy for the fast turnaround, but this rejection came so fast, I hadn't yet sent my query....
from moonwatch178
Apr 07, 2021 10:00 am


EQ: 3/17
FR: 3/17
Full Sent: 3/18
Rejection:4/7

Thanks so much for sending _____ along. Unfortunately, I'm going to be passing at this time.

I’m sorry this wasn’t a match. While I found much to admire here, I wasn't ultimately convinced I would be the best possible advocate for this project.

Thank you again, sincerely, for the chance to take a look. I wish you all the best with this project.

YA Spec Fic 70k
from slawson4
Apr 07, 2021 9:24 am


EQ: 3/12/21
Full Request: 3/16/21
Rejection: 4/07/21

Adult Fantasy 158k
from joelee__
Apr 06, 2021 9:38 am


EQ: 3/29/2021

Was about to send a kind nudge just now since the comments below indicate how quick he typically is and I hadn't heard back yet, only to realize I miswrote his email address, so of course he didn't see it, duh-doy.

EDIT: ER: 4/6/2021
from MsSarajevo
Mar 30, 2021 4:58 pm


EQ: 3/30
Full Request: 3/30
Sent same day.

Contemporary fantasy, 96k words
from kjlawson
Mar 29, 2021 9:21 am


EQ: 3/8
FR: 3/8
Full Sent: 3/8
Full Rej: 3/29
from charlie_girl
Mar 22, 2021 1:48 pm


To chime in with gautambhati1988, I asked if I could send in a revised document if my full was still in the queue and he responded quickly and in the affirmative. He seems super down-to-earth and approachable.

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