McCarthy began her publishing career at Firehouse Magazine
as an editorial assistant and moved up to Editor before switching
genres by becoming Assistant to the Editor at Isaac Asimov’s
Science Fiction Magazine where she eventually became
Editor and won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor.
From there she moved to Bantam Spectra as Senior Editor where
she acquired books from writers such as Robert Charles Wilson,
Connie Willis and William Gibson.
After some time off for the birth of her first child, she
went back to work at Workman Publishing as Senior Editor.
While at Workman she acquired that company’s only novel—Good
Omens, by (co-Goh) Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
years later, after another child, she began a new career
as a literary agent with Scoville Chichak Galen while at
the same time founding Realms of Fantasy Magazine with
Sovereign Media of Virginia. Realms, now in its
16th year of publication and currently published by Tir
na Nog Publications, is the world’s most successful magazine devoted solely to fantasy.
As an independent agent for more than ten years, she represents
Robert Charles Wilson, Daniel Abraham, Liz Williams and many
other well-known fantasy and science fiction writers. She resides
in coastal New Jersey.