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Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC

One Union Square West, Suite 904

New York, NY 10003



Website: www.dystel.com

Twitter: JimMcCarthy528

AAR/AALA Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from MeggieSue13
Jun 22, 2022 11:44 am


Adult Fantasy 137K
Received a kind form rejection on my query within and hour of submission. Super fast.
from odufabi
Jun 22, 2022 8:57 am


Queried 15th May
Full request 16th May

Pass 22nd June:
Thanks so much for sending XXX 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.

Best,
Jim
from danielleewrites
Jun 14, 2022 7:14 pm


FQ - Adult Fantasy Romance, 135k, 6/10
FR - 6/13
from coleroe
Jun 09, 2022 8:38 am


FQ: 6/7/22
Form Rejection: 6/9/22

Adult SFF 93k
from celliot
Jun 06, 2022 4:29 pm


polite, but form reject on a full req. oh well
from mattconcepcion
Jun 01, 2022 3:15 pm


I was very surprised to receive a reply the next day I submitted my query. Even if it was a rejection, I appreciate the speed of the reply.
from FrancesBoyle
May 29, 2022 7:14 am


reps Kate Finegan (Longleaf editor, lives in Saskatchewan)
from MAParsons
May 27, 2022 8:37 am


83k YA Paranormal Romance
Sent Query: 26/05/2022
Rejection Received: 27/05/2022 (just over 14 hours later!)
Thank you for thinking of me. Unfortunately, I don't believe that I'm a match for this project at present. I thank you, sincerely, for the chance to consider your work, and I wish you all the best of luck with it.
from annamcrafton
May 27, 2022 8:36 am


Probably the fastest response (same-day) I've ever gotten, lol. Impressed with the speed.
from Angelita
May 26, 2022 1:32 pm


Seems to be a quick responder, an avid requester and kind to reject. 1 day to request, 2 days to reject for me.
from cheeseanqi
May 24, 2022 10:19 am


Adult Fantasy 90k

FQ 4/22
Full Request 4/23
Personalized Rejection 5/24 (this is by far the nicest rejection I've ever gotten. From his letter, I could tell that he and his colleague seriously considered my work. He also said he'd consider revisions or future work from me, so rather than feeling disappointed, I feel very hopeful and positive.)
from Mevrouw_Bee
May 24, 2022 9:49 am


5/23 FQ Women's Historical Fiction 99,000 words

5/24 Pass. He's a prompt one, ain't he? :-p
from colbywilkens
May 18, 2022 3:14 pm


FQ: 4/24
Full Request: 4/25
82k Adult Rom Com
Rejection: enjoyed it and found much to admire, but doesn't think he'd be the best advocate.
from WJay164
May 11, 2022 5:37 am


I appreciated how fast Jim was to respond to my query. Some agents take a while to get back to you, but it was nice to know a decision was made.
from Varsha
May 10, 2022 9:05 am


17 Apr 22 - queried
20 Apr 22 - full request
10 May 22 - form rejection

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