Jim McCarthy

@JimMcCarthy528

Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

New York, NY

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · May 19

Have I talked about The Half of It yet? Because I LOVED that movie, and it gave me maaaaaaaajor #mswl vibes.

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · Mar 31

I loved I Am Not Okay with This. Please watch it so there can be a second season. And if you’re an author and share it’s sense of humor? #mswl

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 24 Sep 2019

Replying to @kianangu

"Make it gay," is essentially my entire #MSWL. 😋

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 24 Sep 2019

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 · 24 Sep 2019

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 · 24 Sep 2019

#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 · 24 Sep 2019

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 @JimMcCarthy528 · 24 Sep 2019

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 @JimMcCarthy528 · 24 Sep 2019

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 · 30 May 2019

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 @JimMcCarthy528 · 10 Apr 2019

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 · 2 Jan 2019

And that’s just a few ideas off the top of my head. I’m always looking for MG, YA, and adult, and I’d love to find something that knocks me out! Happy new year! #MSWL

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 2 Jan 2019

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

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 2 Jan 2019

I’d be ecstatic to find more nonfiction for any age. I particularly swoon for memoirs, popular history, social commentary, and pop culture. Recent loves: Laymon’s Heavy, Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Westover’s Educated. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 2 Jan 2019

I am ALWAYS looking for YA fantasy or sci-fi. It’s not even out yet, but Swati Teerdhala’s stunner, The Tiger at Midnight is EXACTLY the kind of high-stakes, thrilling novel that I tumble head over heels for. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 2 Jan 2019

On the adult side, I would love, love, love to find some multi-generational family stories. Think Fluornoy’s The Turner House, Sullivan’s Maine, Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels, Gyasi’s Homegoing, etc. #MSWL