Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
New York, NY
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Jim McCarthy @JimMcCarthy528 · 7 May 2014
Q#10 Ugh. A great query followed by a sample that tries SO HARD. I want to cut every other word and just let the writing breathe. #10queries
Q#9 If you don't have anything nice to say... #10queries
Q#8 A middle-grade adventure that makes me want to upchuck a little...but in a good/intentional gross-out way. I'll read more! #10queries
Q#7 Kind of a reverse Sweet Home Alabama. I adore the concept, but the writing feels a little flat. Will take a closer look. #10queries
Q#6 A romance novel that proves women can also be misogynists. Yikes. #10queries
Q#5 That's not how you spell "query," and that's not the title of my client's book you're trying to name-drop. #10queries
Q#4 This is so up my alley that it sounds exactly like a book on my list. Sample is drowning in dialogue. Close call. #10queries
Q#3 Hard-boiled crime. GREAT title, but not my fave category. Feels a little familiar. But for real, keep the title! #10queries
Q#2: Literary fiction/dark subject matter. The sample has lovely moments, but 3 authors give writing a "too many cooks" feeling #10queries
Q#1:Lots of info about how much fun the book was to write. VERY little info about the actual book. It's...sci-fi? Maybe? Pass.