Jim McCarthy


Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

New York, NY

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 16 Sep 2019

#querytip: The process of querying may make you super nervous. MOST people feel that way. But don't turn that into talking yourself down. You don't have to say things like, "if you even like it." It's self-sabotage, and though it makes my heart hurt, it doesn't make me request.

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 12 Apr 2018

I love a good comp title, but certain ones get overused. I think I’m ready to call it: Six of Crows has become one of those titles. It’s starting to just mean, “Yup. I wrote a YA fantasy.” #querytip

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 5 Jul 2016

#QueryTip: If sending a novel sample, send the first pages. If your opening doesn't represent you at your best? Rethink your opening.

Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 17 Mar 2016

#QueryTip "I'm a nobody no one knows; probably you won't even read this," is self-defeating. My thought? You're not strong enough for this.