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Originally from Dublin, Ivan has worked in London, New York and Stockholm. Ivan worked for international news agency Reuters for 13 years before dabbling with computer software. The change to literary agent came as something of a surprise after attending the Hay on Wye Literature Festival. While there in 2002, he met Charlie Viney and the two decided to go into business together. Viney has since left the partnership, but Ivan's dream continues as Mulcahy Associates, with a small team of five.

Mulcahy Associates is not particularly specialist in the areas of representation it covers. The agency takes on adult, children's, literary, and genre fiction. Ivan and his team are also interested in works of non-fiction, with an emphasis on the people behind the book. Rather than illustrating a passion for particular subject matter, he lists the kinds of people he is interested in representing: chefs, environmentalists, economists, politicians, TV presenters, and those who have lived extraordinary lives. 

Ivan has found great success as a literary agent on both sides of the coin, from working with Vivienne Westwood, Ha-Joon Chang, Ian Kelly, Claire Balding, and David Mitchell on non-fiction works, to novelists such as Lisa McInerney and Juno Dawson. With such wide-ranging taste, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what might spark Ivan's interest.  What is clear is that he has as much passion for his authors as they do for their subject matter.

His ability to take change in his stride has allowed Ivan to thrive in the current turbulent publishing industry. While he understands the problems associated with Amazon's ebook monopoly and the constantly diminishing margins, Ivan remains hopeful for the future of publishing.

Like many literary agencies, Mulcahy Associates find most of their authors through personal recommendations, but they still insist on the importance of the slushpile. 

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Short biography:
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, he founded the literary agency in 2002. 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.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Enid Blyton. 'Decline and Fall' and 'Scoop' by Evelyn Waugh.
Other loves & passions:
Interested in politics and philosophy.
How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
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The following names represent the full agency client list: Ian Breckon, Larry Elliott, Jon Henderson, Evie Wyld, Fraser Doherty, Hannah Jones, Malcolm Walker, Josie Curran, Michaela Clarke, Cheryl Markosky, Michelle Dewberry, Alloma Gilbert, Noah Charney, Kele Baker, Tim Etchells, Rowan Manahan, Christopher Hamilton, Dan Atkinson, Linda Fairley, Robin Harvie, John O'Donoghue, Wendy Wallace, Ian Kelly, David Lloyd, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Tamsin Omond, Helen Berry, Bridget Whelan, Melissa Lane, Alex Marwood, Selina O'Grady, Michael McMahon, Rachel Murphy, Bill Borrows, Robert Webb, Andrew Fish, Helen Zaltzman, Philip Manes, Lesley-Ann Jones, Zaki Chehab, Lisa Faulkner, Martin Pistorius, Bill Turnbull, Vanessa Craft, Leslie Ash, Shrabani Basu, Charlene Sawit, Deidre Bounds, Katherine Foster, Soname, Tessa Cunningham, Kimiko Barber, Benjamin Obler, Domini Kemp, Suzette Field, John Hartson, Clare Balding, Clare Brown, Enda Delaney, Chrissie Wellington, Katrina Hodge, Ellie Levenson, Richard Gwyn, Stephen Bayley, Ivor Baddiel, Simon Carr, Nigel Smith, Tom Sykes, Phil Spencer, Ruth Brooks, David Mitchell, Angie Beasley, James Anderson, Gershon Portnoi, TalkSPORT, Shane Spall, Davey Spens, Charles Clover, Hilary Devey, Dawn Finch, Anya Lipska, John Butler, Jo Whiley, Henry Hemming ,Kenny Logan, Olly Mann, Megan Lloyd Davies, Ursula James, Andrew Brown, Mark Chapman, Jules Evans, Marc Abraham, Shelina Permalloo, Ha-Joon Chang, Mark Townsend, John Taylor, Cheryl Kerl, Camilla Schneideman, Julia Romp, Samson Kambalu, St John Greene, Country Life, Hugo Arnold, Detmar Blow, Emmanuel Jal, Paul Lynch, Mark Robson, Felicity Davis.
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Agents of: MMBcreative

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Office address:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
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Phone number:
+44 203 582 9370
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
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Preferred method of submission is by completion of online form:
More info on this agency:
MMBcreative is a full-service agency for actors, authors, stage and screen writers, presenters and voice over artists.
Average response time:
8 days
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