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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 aceafer
Yesterday 9:08 am


EQ 5/8
FR 5/8

Update 5/21 - Form rejection.

72K, YA horror/coming of age
from lonna70
May 20, 2019 10:34 am


EQ: 5/2
FR: 5/2

Update 5/20: form rejection

80K words, adult speculative
from EMimimi
May 19, 2019 2:10 am


@WhiteGardenia, I have! A couple of years ago I queried one agent, got a rejection, then revised my query, queried another one, and received a full request!
from WhiteGardenia
May 18, 2019 12:44 am


Has anyone queried more than one agent at this agency? With success?
I know they frown on this, but I find it hard to believe they share all incoming queries with fellow agents.
from TammyPigott
May 14, 2019 10:04 pm


EQ: 5/9/19
Form Rejection: 5/9/19

Magical Realism 138K
from zehvran
May 08, 2019 4:17 pm


EQ (#DVPit request): 04/23/2019
Personalized rejection: 04/29/2019

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 100k
from swatithegeek
May 07, 2019 12:34 am


DVpit EQ: 04/25/19
"Looking forward to reading!" two hours later
ER, form: 05/07/19

YA Romance, 82k
from dclawr
May 02, 2019 1:33 pm


EQ 4/17/19
FR 4/17/19
Full sent 4/18/19

MG contemporary
52,000 words
from zehvran
Apr 29, 2019 10:29 am


EQ (#DVPit request): 04/23/2019
ER: 04/29/2019

YA Contemporary Fantasy, 100k
from PSbookish
Apr 29, 2019 4:02 am


I sent a email query on 4/11/2019. Will update this when I get a response.

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Word Count: 66,000

I got rejected on 4/15/2019 with a form letter.
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 22, 2019 10:28 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.
from Carafoshizzle
Apr 18, 2019 1:56 pm


EQ: 4/9/19
YA sci-fi 58K
from taylormc
Apr 18, 2019 12:31 pm


ES: 4/17/2019
ER: 4/18/2019

Thanks so much for letting us take a look at your materials and please forgive us for responding with a form letter. The volume of submissions we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally.

Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time. We wish you the best of luck in finding an agent and publisher for your work and we thank you, once again, for letting us consider your materials.
from LGV_AL
Apr 17, 2019 2:16 pm


EQ 4/16/19 literary mystery (about 96,800 words)
ER 4/17/19
from Bluedreamwoman
Apr 14, 2019 1:56 am


EQ 4/13/19 Memoir

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