Jim McCarthy

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm always looking for fresh voices--whether that means authors from underrepresented communities, new takes on old tropes, something that hasn't been seen before, or all of the above. I love a great humorous novel, but I'm also not afraid of anything that's extremely dark. While my list has a lot of YA and a lot of fantasy, I'm especially eager to find more middle grade and adult fiction in all genres.

 

At this exact moment, I would particularly love to find  sagas of family or friendship, queer stories of any kind, a super twisty thriller, and historical fiction about times and places that haven't already been extensively covered.

 

I'm probably not your go-to for political or medical thrillers or police procedurals or stories involving time travel (with very rare exceptions).


Fun facts about me:

I'm a giant theater geek, so if there are any other nerds out there that these names mean anything to, these are the current playwrights whose work is, for me, unmissable: Lynn Nottage, Annie Baker, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Amy Herzog, Stephen Karam, Suzan-Lori Parks, Samuel Hunter. If you can compare anything you do to anything they've done? Please send my way.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to jmccarthy@dystel.com

Please query me at https://querymanager.com/query/JimMcCarthy

 


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Graphic Novel, Historical, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

Quan Barry's WE RIDE UPON STICKS was an utter delight, and I'd love to find something as charmingly strange and delightfully devious as it.


My favorites include...

My favorite books ever since high school have been SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and SONG OF SOLOMON.

Others I have loved of late (in no particular order):

A WISH IN THE DARK – Christine Soontornvat

THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS – Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

THE CITY WE BECAME – N. K. Jemisin

WRITERS AND LOVERS – Lily King

SUCH A FUN AGE – Kiley Reid

LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE – Valeria Luiselli

MARY TOFT; OR THE RABBIT QUEEN – Dexter Palmer

GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER – Bernardine Evaristo

NOTHING TO SEE HERE – Kevin Wilson

LUSTER - Raven Leilani

SHUGGIE BAIN - Douglas Stuart

 

Favorite Movies:

Parasite

Eighth Grade

Boyhood

Get Out

The Favorite

The Lobster

Bring It On

Clue

Leaving Las Vegas

All About Eve

Rebecca

Up

Ratatouille

Spirited Away

Moonlight

Roma

Mad Max: Fury Road

 

Favorite TV:

RuPaul's Drag Race

Top Chef

BoJack Horseman

 

 

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