Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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I so loved The Forty-Year-Old Version on Netflix. A triumph of voice. It's bananas that it's a directorial debut, but who else could have done it so well? It also had serious #mswl vibes for me.

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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Have I talked about The Half of It yet? Because I LOVED that movie, and it gave me maaaaaaaajor #mswl vibes.

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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I loved I Am Not Okay with This. Please watch it so there can be a second season. And if youโ€™re an author and share itโ€™s sense of humor? #mswl

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
55 MSWL
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Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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Replying to @kianangu

"Make it gay," is essentially my entire #MSWL. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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I love books with elderly protagonists. Think THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso or OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Oh, and if you're bringing back paranormal? Call me. #MSWL (Please don't literally call me--this is what email is for)

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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#MSWL can be so hard because on the one hand, I'm like, "Well, send me everything good." And on the other, I know that there are things I DON'T like (dragons, faeries, video games, time travel). And things I am especially called to--queer voices, theater anything, family stories

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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I also reallllllly want to see nonfiction. Again, MG to adult. I love memoir. I'm also into intriguing takes on history and science, anything to do with the arts or pop culture. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
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On the adult side, I would loooooove some epic family stories across generations. Think PACHINKO or AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART or THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
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WHAT. ELSE. I want more MG and more adult. I'm hungriest in these areas because it's what I see less often than YA. In the MG space, I want stories I haven't heard before and voices I haven't seen before. Which is BROAD but basically means: I want all of it. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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It's thrilling to see that legends, icons, and heroes Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will finally be receiving tribute statues in NYC. I've said it before, but I still #MSWL a vigorous, thoughtful book about their friendship and their power.

Jim McCarthy
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Speaking of conferences, why has no one written a novel about someone getting murdered at a mystery writers' convention where EVERYone thinks they're the person who can figure out whodunit? #mswl

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Jim McCarthy
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And thatโ€™s just a few ideas off the top of my head. Iโ€™m always looking for MG, YA, and adult, and Iโ€™d love to find something that knocks me out! Happy new year! #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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As ever, I want novels with a sense of humor whether that means a light romcom or a scathing satire: truly, anything from When Dimple Met Rishi to My Sister, The Serial Killer. #MSWL