Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet and Pitch with Jim McCarthy, agent

Date(s) - 11/07/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Meet & Pitch is a new series of Zoom events that five of the smaller SCBWI regions – Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, and Brazos Valley, TX are collaborating to bring notable agents and editors to our regional members.  The 90 minute format will follow an introduction of the agency, manuscript wishlist, Q&A, and a pitch session/first look from participants. If you are not part of these regions, please do not register. (Paypal charges us a fee that is not refundable, so when we refund you for not being in the region, we would need to deduct the nonrefundable fee.)

To begin the series, we’ve invited agent, Jim McCarthy who has sold more than 242 projects as an agent. Seventeen of these deals were over six figures. This year, he is #1 in Young Adult sales, #9 in sales for all agents, and #12 for Children’s books. Please join us.

DATE: Sunday, NOV 7. 1pm Pacific Time (Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov 7) Recorded and played for one week after the event only for those that registered. Registration requires a password sent to SCBWI members of regions: AK, HI, NE, NV, and Brazos Valley, TX. Please check your email.

FEE: $15 – SCBWI members only from the participating regions. Registration for this event is on NV region page. If you would like to pitch live, please indicate it during the registration. We will choose as many as time permits. An email with the password for registration was sent to you from your region.

LIVE PITCH – for those interested in pitching live to Jim, please select the option in the registration. Choosing Live Pitch will add you to the list of participants who want to pitch. Pitches should be around 60-90 seconds long. Please send your written pitch to (email subject: Live Pitch – Jim McCarthy).

EXTRA: $55 Written Critiques are limited for SCBWI members from Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, and Brazos Valley, TX regions only. Please review how to format your manuscript – FORMATTING HERE.

  • Registration for Critique pages open after the event to those who attended Jim’s event. The pages are due the next day on Nov 8 by 5pm. (10 pages plus synopsis fewer than 250 words). Registration for Jim’s critiques will open one hour after the event
  • Completed critiques will be emailed 4-6weeks from submission.

CRIT REGISTRATION INFO is a separate registration and can be found here AFTER the actual event. CRIT REG HERE.


BIO: 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. Eighteen 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. He is particularly interested in literary fiction, underrepresented voices, fantasy, mysteries, romance, anything unusual or unexpected, and any book that makes him cry or laugh out loud. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction whether it be memoir, historical, science, pop culture, or just a darn good polemic.


Jim McCarthy, Agent at Dystel, Goderick, Bourret