Mulcahy Associates has secured major publishing deals for new writers as well as advancing the careers of more established figures. We are always hunting for talented new authors. Although we usually find these via contacts and recommendations, we welcome unsolicited manuscripts. 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 submissions. We work creatively with our authors on their book proposals, both editing their writing and shaping the structure of their work before submitting to publishers.
We are proud to sponsor two annual creative writing prizes as part of our commitment to discovering exciting writing talent. The Mulcahy Associates Award, in association with The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester, is for the best novel in progress by a student on that university's MA in Creative Writing. Our award for the best piece of unpublished children's and young adult fiction is offered in conjunction with The Northern Writers' Centre, the partnership between New Writing North, the writing development agency for the North East of England, and The School of English at Newcastle University. This award is open to anyone living or working in the North East of England.
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.
Laetitia Rutherford grew up in London and read English at Balliol College, Oxford. Her first job was setting up the ad sales desk at Prospect magazine. A year on, she became Marketing Executive at HarperCollins, working on general fiction and the Flamingo list. She went freelance in 2001, in order to take a Masters in Twentieth Century Literature at Goldsmiths College. In 2003, she became a Literary Agent at Toby Eady Associates, working with key clients and developing her list, becoming a Director of the company in 2006. Joining the agency in 2009, she represents authors of fiction and non-fiction, particularly memoir. She is particularly interested in outstanding literary novels, thrillers and suspense, and historical novels, and is increasingly working with Children's and Young Adult fiction. Above all, she is passionate about great stories and distinctive writing.
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.
Kate Rizzo studied English and History at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. She started as an assistant at the literary agency The Robbins Office, Inc. in New York City before becoming the Rights Director in 2005. In 2009, she moved to London where she worked as the Rights Manager at AM Heath & Co., Ltd. Now in charge of the translation rights for the agency, she works closely with sub-agents in some territories and directly with publishers in the Baltics, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Spain.
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 c0-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.