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Mr. Jim McCarthy

Dystel Goderich & Bourret Literary Management

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 ladytuono
Dec 05, 2016 2:59 pm


EQ: 12/5
Form reject within the hour.

87k LGBT Contemporary Fantasy
from ElaMishne
Nov 23, 2016 5:33 am


EQ: 11/21/16
ER: 11/21/16

95k YA paranormal
from rosieclaverton
Nov 16, 2016 3:04 pm


EQ: 29/10/16
FR: 31/10/16
ER: 14/11/16 (personalised, helpful response)

Gaslamp fantasy mystery, 93k
from elrichards
Nov 07, 2016 10:07 am


EQ: 11/6/16
ER: 11/7/16
Appreciate the quick response!
from Polonius
Nov 04, 2016 5:58 pm


FR from Jim after being forwarded the query from Lauren Abramo 10/25/16 (after receiving an offer elsewhere)
Polite step-aside 10/31/16 - too close to titles already on his list

YA Contemporary
from Ardenwolfe
Oct 31, 2016 5:37 pm


EQ: 10/31
ER: 10/31

Fast and personal rejection letter. More helpful than he knew because it answered a lot of doubts I had. Glad to know it wasn't my query or the writing. Was too afield from his usual work. Something I'm hearing a lot from other agents too. Very polite and professional. Obviously an awesome agent.

Keep querying. :)

from jpjackson
Oct 31, 2016 10:51 am


EQ 10/24
ER 10/25

Form: Dear Author:
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.
Sincerely,
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

Hey - if nothing else, they were quick!
from hexylady
Oct 24, 2016 4:40 pm


EQ 10/16
FR 10/17
ER 10/24 form
Urban Fantasy, 82k
from Patrick (admin)
Oct 21, 2016 8:23 am


Profile Update: Agency name changed from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management to Dystel Goderich & Bourret Literary Management.
from norael
Oct 19, 2016 12:50 pm


EQ: 10/13
FR: 10/14
FRS: 10/15
ER: 10/19

YA fantasy
from SnapPeas
Oct 17, 2016 11:32 am


EQ 10/14
Form R 10/17

Lit Fic
from DebHawkins
Oct 17, 2016 11:18 am


10/5 - Liked my pitch during DVPit
10/8 - EQ w/ synopsis and sample
10/17 - ER form letter rejection

85k YA Fantasy
from Maggie_Soares
Oct 13, 2016 12:50 pm


EQ: 9/29
Full Request 9/29-- 4 hours later!! This is my first response on an unsolicited query with this book, so I'm super excited.
ER: 10/13. Form, which is a bit of a bummer, but oh well!
from gwmartins
Oct 06, 2016 10:11 am


EQ: 9/20
Full request: 9/20, a shocking fifteen minutes later.
Rejection: 10/6. Form-ish?

YA fantasy

Love that he was so fast and very respectful/nice.
from sebbie
Sep 29, 2016 6:50 pm


EQ: 9/28 - 10PM
ER: 9/29 - 8:30AM
Super quick, and I appreciate the response!

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