Jim McCarthy


Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

New York, NY

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · May 30

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 · Apr 10

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 · Jan 2

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 · Jan 2

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 · Jan 2

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 · Jan 2

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 · Jan 2

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

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 22 Aug 2018

#MSWL I'd love some fun, happy stories. I ADORE my list and my clients, and I'm always willing to read dark material, but in terms of upcoming stuff (with exceptions!), it's a little...

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 18 Jul 2017

Or a novel written about her. *cough #mswl