A Q&A with Agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich

The 2011 Agent’s Conference is shaping up excellently with a great bunch of agents and editors. Today we have a Q&A with agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management that will give you a bit of insight into the world of literary agents and Jim himself. Even if you don’t plan on going to the conference in 2011 (although everyone should consider going — it’s an great opportunity and fantastically fun weekend!), his Q&A will be an entertaining and informative read.

How did you get started in publishing?

I landed at Dystel & Goderich as an intern in 1999. I needed a part time job, and they were the first people to call me back! I didn’t even know what a literary agent was, but I became fascinated by the inner workings of the publishing industry. When I graduated from college a few years later, a full time job opened up, and I jumped on the chance. And here I am!

What’s the average number of submissions you receive in a month?

I’ve always focused on how many the agency gets, not just me, so I’m not completely sure of this estimate, but I’d say about 500. Continue reading

Link to Agent Jim McCarthy’s Interview w/ Guide to Literary Agents

For our weekly Q&A here’s an interview with agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich, one of WLT’s featured agents at the upcoming 2011 Agents Conference (June 10-12). In this interview Jim covers a broad range of subjects, from what types of books he likes to read to what he (and other agents) want to see and hear in pitches to what types of books fit certain genres. Check it out here!