Jim McCarthy interned for Dystel, Goderich & Bourret while studying urban design at New York University. Upon graduating, Jim realized he would much rather continue working with books than make the jump (as he had originally intended) to the field of city planning. Twenty years later, he remains at DG&B as a VP and agent. As an avid fiction reader, his interests encompass both literary and commercial works in the adult, young adult, and middle grade categories. His clients include New York Times bestsellers Richelle Mead, Morgan Rhodes, Victoria Laurie, Robin Talley, Livia Blackburne, Suzanne Young, and Michael Arceneaux along with critically celebrated and award winning authors such as Tehlor Kay Mejia, Joy McCullough, Fonda Lee, Remy Lai, and many more.
Jim is particularly well known for representing young adult and middle grade projects across genres and categories. He is always interested in those areas, but he is also on the lookout for literary fiction, narrative nonfiction (be it memoir, history, biography, science, or pop culture), fantasy, and thrillers, particularly for underrepresented voices. He loves anything unusual or unexpected and any book that makes him cry or laugh out loud.