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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 Michelle_in_WI
Sep 18, 2017 1:13 pm


EQ 9/15
ER 9/18

Contemporary YA
from fallondemornay
Sep 15, 2017 8:28 pm


106k YA Fantasy

EQ 08/23/2017
FR 08/24/2017
09/13/2017 nudged agents in my query list of offer
Offer of rep 09/13/2017
OMEFFINGGAWD!!!

from fallondemornay
Sep 15, 2017 8:27 pm


Thank you so much @StaceyTrombley and @Aaryaa :)
from StaceyTrombley
Sep 14, 2017 7:46 pm


EQ 9/13
FR 9/14

(first one off of a query for this MS :) )
from Aaryaa
Sep 13, 2017 9:01 pm


You put a smile on my face, Fallondemornay! HUGE congrats! Jim is amazing!!!!!!
from StaceyTrombley
Sep 13, 2017 5:45 pm


Congrats, Fallondemornay!!!
from TAChan
Sep 13, 2017 11:21 am


9/9 EQ #PitMad request
9/13 ER (form)
from horrorchix89
Sep 12, 2017 2:05 pm


EQ: 6/12
ER: 6/13 "Dear Author"

Liked my #pitmad pitch (9/7). Told someone else he's open to taking another look. So we'll see if he sends me another 24-hour rejection

EQ: 9/8 (pitmad) First 50 Pages
ER: 9/12 Form
At least he realized that my name isn't "author" this time

YA Fantasy 98k
from deebza
Sep 11, 2017 8:51 pm


EQ: 9/5
FR: 9/5
*Also like #PitMad Pitch
Sent: 9/9

YA Fantasy 73K
from LightofBeauty
Sep 11, 2017 1:39 pm


EQ: 9/7 #Pitmad, First 50 pages

I sent him this project in early summer, he rejected it, so I was shocked when he liked my pitch for that same manuscript! He remembered my book from the title, was so kind to let me know that it was CLOSE, he shared it with two of his colleagues but it didn't quite make it, hence the rejection (but of course he didn't explain that in the rejection letter, the rejection was a "Dear Author" form). BUT...he's going to give it one more go since I revised it! I'm not going to be upset if he rejects it again, that he's willing to give it one more chance, I mean, not a lot of agents do that, I'm seriously grateful! On Twitter I noticed that another author told him that he rejected her manuscript, he, too, gave that person a chance to re-send it if it has been revised. So, main point is: Jim WILL give your manuscript a 2nd chance if you revised it, but obviously, only if he actually requests an R&R, or if he likes your #Pitmad pitch. Another great thing about #PitMad: it can give you a second chance if an agent wants to see it again based on the pitch! So cool, and Jim is so kind to do this.

9/11 ER, of course, lol. Exact same "Dear Author" form except that he actually used my name this time lol, and even just about exactly sent the same time as last time, at 10 a.m. as soon as he punches into work I assume. Oh well, I predicted it would just be the same response even down to the time the ER comes in. Moving swiftly on!
from BlaDeBla
Sep 07, 2017 3:56 pm


Just wondering: Do you receive an automated receipt when sending your query submission to Jim McCarthy?
from clearwater
Sep 05, 2017 8:06 pm


EQ Aug. 22 2017
FR Aug. 23, 2017
ER Sept. 5, 2017
Very polite rejection letter.
from atenderfeeling
Sep 05, 2017 8:28 am


EQ: August 23
FR: August 23
ER: September 5

70K YA Contemporary
from jsdama
Aug 29, 2017 7:12 am


EQ: 8/29/17
Form: 8/29/17 (2 hrs)

121k military space opera
from kkenne
Aug 28, 2017 8:21 pm


EQ: 8/17
FR: 8/18, less than 12 hours later.
Just an FYI: his husband's father died and he has said that he's a bit behind right now.

ER: 8/28. Lovely, personalized rejection on the full with feedback about both what was working and not working. I committed the sin of responding because it was such an in depth response (no, seriously) that a thank you felt warranted, and because I wanted to see if he'd be willing to look at revisions if I opted to write them. I realize this is generally a no-no, but I'm telling you guys, this was the most detailed, helpful rejection I've ever seen. I have had literal R&R requests be less detailed and encouraging. Jim is a freakin' saint.

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