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


Friday Filler: Nov. 5 Edition

Here’s our weekly roundup of publishing news, resources, contests, and whatever else struck our fancy this week!

Publishing News

Top 10 Lists: For the first time ever, Library Journal has posted a Top 10 books of the year list, complete with  Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall, and the one that has Cyndi jumping up and down, Justin Cronin’s The Passage.

Publishers Weekly announced its own top 10 of 2010, with Franzen (naturally), Michael Lewis’s The Big Short, and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad — but we were tickled to see Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Lauren Hillenbrand’s Unbroken on the list too. The full list of 100 books comes out in Monday’s issue of PW.

Why E-Books Aren’t Scary: Stephen King weighs in on ebooks in this interview with the Wall Street Journal. Best quote: “I wonder if one or two atom bombs went off, Continue reading