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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 MReyesWrites
Nov 12, 2019 10:02 am


FYI: Got an email that he's out of the office until 11/18/19
from ashtxr
Nov 09, 2019 7:47 am


EQ: 11/6
ER: 11/7
YA Fantasy 75K
from ladyvoh
Nov 06, 2019 4:26 pm


YA Fantasy 72k
DVpit request
EQ: 10/28
ER: 11/6
from mckerih
Nov 05, 2019 11:18 am


EQ: 11/4
ER: 11/5, form

Comic Fantasy 84K
from heroic665
Oct 25, 2019 2:21 pm


EQ: 10/24
ER: 10/25, form

Fantasy 92K
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 16, 2019 10:11 am


Thanks KIKIKIKI
from KIKIKIKI
Oct 14, 2019 8:21 pm


Here's the link to that interview:
https://writeordiepodcast.com/2019/09/23/s2-episode-4-jim-mccarthy-rejected-both-of-us/
from Kate_TheAvidWriter
Oct 14, 2019 4:03 pm


To everyone submitting to Jim -- I HIGHLY recommend listening to Write or Die's podcast episode interviewing him. He gives really good insight and explains his logic behind choosing/rejecting submissions.
from swatithegeek
Oct 08, 2019 9:43 am


EQ: 09/16/19
FR: 09/17/19, sent same day
ER: 10/08/19, form

Form rejection on a full kind of really sucks because it was #MSWL and he'd requested to see future works earlier. Well. Moving on...

YA Contemporary, 85k
from mkpainter
Oct 07, 2019 10:30 am


EQ: 10/5
FR: 10/7

YA fantasy 84k. at least it was quick :)
from Kittywhite
Oct 02, 2019 10:34 pm


EQ 100,000 urban fantasy 9/25/19

ER 10/1/19 ( "Dear Author" Form )

Doesn't 'fit list' despite Jim Tweeting a #MSWL .

No personalization of authors name like Topherghost056 got. :( And sorry to hear about no personalization for a full!

"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 StephTRoss
Oct 02, 2019 10:07 pm


EQ: 09/30
ER: 10/01, form

Adult Fantasy 80K
from ElysiaRM
Oct 01, 2019 3:21 pm


EQ: 2019-09-30
ER: 2019-10-01 (Form: "Dear Author")
from Skyblu3
Sep 30, 2019 9:41 pm


Hi tophersghost056,

That sucks and is not a reflection of your writing.
Good luck on your journey.
from tophersghost056
Sep 30, 2019 5:02 pm


Form rejection on full manuscript. Clearly not good enough to garner even a sentence of personalization.

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