Mulcahy Associates has secured major publishing deals for new writers as well as advancing the careers of more established figures. These include literary novelists, thriller and romance writers, young adult and children’s authors, economists, TV presenters, chefs and cooks, food and restaurant brands, environmentalists, politicians and people who have had led extraordinary lives. We are always hunting for talented new authors. Although we usually find these via contacts and recommendations, numerous writers have come to us via general submissions. If you wish to submit your work to the agency please follow the guidelines on the submissions page.
Mulcahy Associates is known for the high quality of its book proposals to publishers. We work creatively with our authors, both editing their writing and shaping the structure of their work before submitting to publishers. We have international connections with a range of other agencies, working together to ensure worldwide representation of our books, and we travel and represent our books at all major trade fairs. We negotiate advantageous contracts, translation rights deals, TV and film adaptations, events and personal appearances. As an independent agency, we are flexible and able to capitalise on changes in modern publishing, including helping authors with self-publishing, digital projects or building their online presence.
We are dedicated to longevity and the continuous progress of all our authors, many of whom have won or been listed for literary prizes and written bestselling books.
Ivan Mulcahy’s first career was largely spent with media giant Reuters, where he held various senior management roles based in London, New York, Stockholm and Dublin. In 2002, twenty years into that life, he made a radical career change, setting up his London-based literary agency. Moving into the publishing industry was motivated simply by a love of books. The later further surprise arrival into the book world of new disrupting technologies (read Amazon) is interesting to him, though he judges the benefits of information technology to book people (say, actual writers and readers) to be over-hyped. As a literary agent, he hunts for new writing talents both in quality non-fiction and original fiction and is proud to have now helped some well-known and significant authors build their writing careers. He also pursues the true stories of distinctive lives that will interest readers of biography and memoir. See Ivan's interview with the Irish Times in February 2015. See Ivan's interview with the Irish Times in February 2015.
Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Literary Agent in 2008 and a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in 2013 and is building her list of fiction and non-fiction authors for children and adults, as well as a small number of picture book illustrators. Passionate about working with debut authors, her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is particularly looking for voice-driven narratives with a strong hook. In non-fiction, she is interested in memoirs and food writing. Sallyanne regularly attends writing festivals and events and is a judge for the inaugural Bath Children's Novel Award.
Zaria Rich was born in the Philippines and grew up in Hong Kong. After completing an MSc in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths College, she worked in a range of industries including exclusive search, film and charity before joining Toby Eady Associates in 2009 where she became a Director in 2011, responsible for translation rights. Zaria retired from publishing in 2013 but unable to stay away, she joined Mulcahy Associates in 2015 to provide general administrative assistance and oversee the agency's foreign rights. In her many other guises she provides freelance administrative support to a number of private clients, most notably the art historian Sister Wendy Beckett, and is also a Beanstalk volunteer whose primary aim is to help young children appreciate the joys of literature.
Sinéad Gleeson is Dublin-based freelance journalist, radio and television contributor, and is a scout for the agency. Currently, she writes for The Irish Times about books, music, theatre and the arts. She is a regular contributor to RTE Radio 1′s Arts show Arena and The Last Word on Today FM. In the past, she has written about the arts for The Sunday Business Post, The Irish Daily Mail, The Irish Independent, The Herald and various magazines and websites. Formerly, she edited the online arts and politics magazine Sigla, and co-founded and co-edited The Anti Room. She is also an arts reporter on the RTE One television programme, The Works. She is lifelong bookworm and is always intrigued by good writing and unique voices. She particularly enjoys fiction (from the most general to most literary), the classics, short stories, memoir, biography and books on popular culture.
Samar Hammam of Rocking Chair Books represents the translation rights of Mulcahy Associates in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Samar Hammam, formerly a Director at Toby Eady Associates, has recently set up as a primary agent with her own list of authors. Prior to that she worked as a scout in New York for Linda Clark Associates. If you need to contact her about any Mulcahy titles, please do not hesitate. This photograph is the copyright of Helen Turner. Age 2½. For any photography commissions, please contact her mother firstname.lastname@example.org