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 was born in Dublin. After studying Politics at Trinity College, he moved to London and joined Reuters, the leading global news and information business. Ivan spent fourteen years with Reuters, including four in New York, four in Stockholm and three in his home town, Dublin. He was promoted rapidly and at the time of leaving in the late 1990s was responsible for all Reuters business in North Europe (250 staff across eight countries containing four international news bureaux). Ivan then became one of the principals of a successful international information technology business called MetaMatrix Inc. Passionate about books and film, in 2002 he founded a literary agency. Ivan particularly enjoys working with authors of memoir or biography. He also likes finding new voices in fiction for children. In addition, he is looking for new crime or thriller writers.
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 August 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 2014 Undiscovered Voices Award, run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Stephanie Cohen is Business Manager of the agency. In addition to running the agency's office and finances, Stephanie is responsible for all author accounting. After working in other industries, Stephanie joined the accounts department of The Publishers Association in 1987. She subsequently moved to manage the royalty departments of Little, Brown, then Bloomsbury, and later Thames and Hudson. She has also worked as royalties accountant within Orion. Stephanie was previously Business Manager when at Texere Publishing, now part of Thomson Learning. In July 2008 Stephanie graduated with first class honours in Humanities and English from Birkbeck College, University of London and in 2012 graduated with a Master’s degree in Victorian Studies, also from Birkbeck College.
Caitriona Horne joined Mulcahy Associates in April 2013 as Marketing Executive. Caitriona grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she spent a lot of time in the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She studied English at Edinburgh University and worked at Edinburgh International Book Festival for several consecutive summers. After university she trained as an English teacher and moved to Italy for a year, where she taught classes of all sizes and ages in a wide range of schools. Returning to the UK she volunteered with World Book Night and Beanstalk charities, promoting reading and literacy in London. She also interned in editorial and marketing departments in very varied publishing houses, Zed Books and Sweet&Maxwell. She joined Crimson Publishing in 2011 as part of their marketing and publicity team, representing a diverse range of authors and imprints. She reads all sorts of books voraciously in her spare time and runs a book club and book blog readsbooksreviews.tumblr.com
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.
Katie Green grew up in the Hampshire countryside, which gave her plenty of time to nurture her love of reading. After taking a degree in English Literature at Liverpool University, she worked as a literary scout for five years, reading and assessing typescripts across a wide range of fiction with a view to publishing in translation. In 2010 she became a freelance fiction editor, carrying out both structural edits and copy-editing typescripts. She is an experienced fiction editor, specialising in genre fiction with a special interest in crime, historical and women's fiction. She joined the agency in 2011, and now works alongside the agents across the fiction list, helping new and existing authors to shape and polish their work before sending it to publishers.
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