Sign In
Literary Agents

Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



E-Mail: To protect agents from spam, email addresses are hidden except to logged-in members. Join (Free)

Website: www.dystel.com

Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

AAR Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: Yes

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

Always verify agent's information before sending your query. Verify the agent's query preferences, contact information, genres of interest, and if the agent is still open to queries.

Although QueryTracker tries to stay current, it is not always easy. Never trust any single source for agent information (and yes, this includes QueryTracker).

Review the user comments for more information, and always follow exactly what it says on the agent's website.

And NEVER give money to an "agent".

Leave comments about your experiences with this literary agent, or read what other authors have to say.

from ImaanB
May 18, 2016 1:23 pm


#DVpit EQ: 4/20
Full request: 4/25
5/18: rejection with very helpful feedback and invitation to send along future projects. Between the speedy response and kind comments, he seems like a great catch! Good luck to the rest of you :)
from SaffronAKent
May 17, 2016 4:25 pm


EQ: 5/17
ER: 5/17

Standard Dear Author rejection.
from CarrieKorts
May 17, 2016 8:11 am


EQ: 5/17
Form rejection, same day.

YA Fantasy
from coffeeandpens
May 16, 2016 8:15 am


EQ: 5/12/16
ER: 5/16/16 (form)

So many agents no longer reply at all that I appreciate the timely response.

YA Contemp
from rook1966
May 11, 2016 4:24 pm


Same day rejection-form letter-does not suit their list at this time. Three rejections in one day. A new personal best! :-)
from KristenH
Apr 29, 2016 4:19 pm


Same day rejection for Venom's requery via #MSWL--not a good fit. I'll try him with Chain Reaction this summer.
from karajonson
Apr 29, 2016 2:36 pm


katwinn--I interned for them a few years ago. Usually if you submit to one agent, but it's not for them, if they think someone else there would be a good fit they'd pass it along and then you'd hear from the other person if they were interested. But if you get a no, there's a good chance that its a no from all. If you really want in there, you should wait a few months and perhaps heavily revise before resubmitting.
from katwinn
Apr 28, 2016 2:57 pm


Does anyone know this agency's rules on submitting to more than one agent? Got a rejection from one, but wanted to send to another. Lemme know if ya know.
from eleven02
Apr 27, 2016 5:20 pm


EQ April 11
FR April 11
Full sent April 11
Nice ER April 27

YA near-future sci-fi
from moonlit_mystery
Apr 27, 2016 12:42 pm


#DVpit EQ: 4/26
Full Request: 4/27

YA Historical
from Azalea
Apr 25, 2016 6:28 pm


EQ late march for a YA contemporary of 50,000 words. Rejection form email 4/25/2016.
from whitewavedarling
Apr 25, 2016 10:42 am


I queried Jim partly because he requested a full on the first MS I queried, and 'read it with great interest, but wasn't in love enough to offer representation'. This time, I didn't even get a partial request, but he did send me a really nice note (after four days) explaining exactly why this one wasn't as of much interest to him. I wish the rest of you luck--he seems like he'd be great to work with.
from PaigeTurner
Apr 22, 2016 4:03 pm


EQ:4/18/2016
ER: 4/22/2016 (form response "Dear Author")
from alexisdaria
Apr 21, 2016 10:11 pm


EQ: 4/4 8am
FR: 4/4 12pm
ER: 4/11 form
68k adult romance
from Azalea
Apr 13, 2016 12:20 pm


Sent an EQ on 12/20/15.
No response as of 4/13. Something I read said, "Responds in 6-8 weeks. Resend if no response." has anybody resent with success?

To read more comments about this agent, or to leave comments of your own, become a QueryTracker member.

Membership is FREE.


Agent Reports.

QueryTracker Members can view the data gathered by all other members, organized into reports showing...

  • The Number of Queries Sent and Their Replies
  • Query Response Times
  • Most Popular Manuscript Word-Counts
  • Most Popular Genres
  • Historic Trends
  • And Much More

Join QueryTracker (FREE)