Tom Doherty Associates

A Division of Macmillan Publishers

Forge

Forge Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher founded in 1993 and committed to smart commercial reads in all formats, especially thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, and general fiction. We’re now expanding by adding new, contemporary talent to our list in the areas of narrative nonfiction (especially science and history-based) and select fiction categories, including magical realism and upmarket women's fiction. Forge’s bestselling and critically acclaimed authors include W. Bruce Cameron, author of the #1 NYT bestseller A DOG'S PURPOSE, #1 NYT bestselling author Candice Fox, William R. Forschten, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Eric van Lustbader, Ralph Peters, Douglas Preston, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jon Land, William Martin, and Patrick Taylor, among others. Forge books have won a significant number of Edgar, Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony, Spur, Western Heritage, and numerous other awards across genres.

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Tom Doherty, Chairman

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For nearly forty years, Tor Books, Forge Books, Tor Teen, and Starscape have been dedicated to publishing the best in genre fiction for adult, teen, and middle-grade readers. In 1979, when I founded the company, our intent was to focus on fiction, often grounded in science past, present, and future, starting with prehistoric fiction—which would be science fiction based on anthropology—and stretching across history and the present into a future which is often extrapolated from possibilities suggested in physics and other scientific fields of today.

The resulting list not only includes books from a wide range of genres, but has managed to win recognition in all of these fields. A diverse list like ours comes from an editorial staff with diverse interests. I want editors to reach beyond those founding concepts. To have the freedom to do work that interests them with authors that they enjoy reading. Our editors bring passion to every project and are dedicated to finding and publishing the best books in every genre. It is a pleasure to introduce them to you.

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Fritz Foy, President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

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My path to Tom Doherty Associates began in January 1967—the day that I bought the first Star Trek novel, the Ace edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, and a used copy of Detective Comics #326 at Marley’s in East Hampton, NY. I still have all three.

After beginning my career at Simon & Schuster, I’ve spent the last 21 years working at Macmillan in a variety of roles: sales, marketing, operations, technology, workflow, production, and analytics, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Technology and the proud Publisher of Tor.com.

I want a book to show me a new world—be it a season of history I’ve not yet explored, a new scientific frontier, or a cosmos that only previously existed within the soul of its author. My hope as the Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates is to create well-written books that impart a sense of wonder through the pleasure of reading and the beauty of language. If you can approach a story with the same limitless excitement and curiosity as if it were a storybook from childhood, you can explore further than you ever thought possible.

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Linda Quinton, Vice President and Publisher, Forge

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As VP of Marketing for Tom Doherty Associates until 2016, I’ve had the honor of working with the talented team of editors acquiring for Forge for many years.  Now we will be looking to grow our imprint by adding new and complementary talent to our list in the areas of narrative nonfiction and select fiction categories including magical realism.  We are currently very proud to be publishing some of the leading talent in suspense-thrillers such as Bill Forstchen, Candice Fox, Eric Van Lustbader, Hank Phillippi Ryan as well as historical and general fiction bestselling writers including W. Bruce Cameron, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Bill Martin, Ralph Peters and more.

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Robert Davis, Forge

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I’m looking for addictive page-turners with characters I want to root for, under-represented voices, seamless prose where I lose myself until the satisfying end that stay in my head for days. I am especially interested in character driven commercial fiction with stories centered on the family, (I’m also a sucker for quirky characters); action-packed thrillers with a twist; and outdoorsy survival stories of all circumstance.

I also have a soft spot for science & technology narrative nonfiction.
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Claire Eddy, Executive Editor, Tor, Forge, Nightfire

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They say that those who can’t do, teach. In college, I envisioned becoming a professor in medieval studies, teaching generations of students and toiling away as a nameless handmaiden of history. But the editing life called its siren song and for more than thirty years I’ve worked at Tor, indulging in my many passions in genre fiction – fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mysteries. I’ve had the honor of  working with such wonderful authors as Jacqueline Carey, Juliet Marillier, Ramsey Campbell, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gene Wolfe…and many others, too many to count. 

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life working with authors to (hopefully) make their stories and dreams the best that they can be, becoming that “third eye,” general nudge, and all around pain in the butt to accomplish this feat. I give encouragement when I can, instruct when possible, and, again, hopefully contribute in some small way to sharing in the dream, giving readers new worlds and delightful puzzles.

And the best part? I still get to do this and every day feels as fresh as my very first day at Tor did. There is no other feeling like that in the world…

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Ali Fisher, Senior Editor, Tor, Nightfire, Forge, Tor Teen, Starscape,

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Since 2013, I’ve been HEA with Tor/Forge Books where I’m actively acquiring speculative fiction as well as select works of nonfiction for all ages.

For Tor, Tor Teen, and Starscape: I’m interested in character-driven fantasy, near-future science fiction, and original horror. I’m particularly fond of speculative and secondary-world stories that reflect and comment on our current social and political climate. I’m eager for submissions featuring underrepresented and marginalized characters.

For Forge: I’m mostly interested in smart works of humor and fun, feminist nonfiction of the Jenny Lawson, Allie Brosh, Mary Roach, or Sarah Knight variety.

I’m a fan of whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so I’d love to see anything told in a smart, funny voice. I’m a sucker for stories about journalism, surveillance, conspiracies, the occult, and best friendships. Bonus points if they’re set in the Pacific Northwest.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Bob Gleason, Executive Editor, Tor, Forge

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I prepared for the New York publishing industry by getting a Masters in English Literature and attending the Sorbonne, all of which was bankrolled by seven nightmarish years in Gary in steel mills. I’ve been in the book business pretty much forever. (When I started out, we first chiseled books out of the walls of caves.)

I’ve worked at S&S-Pocket Books and Playboy Press, and I’ve been at Tor/Forge for the last three decades. Some of the books I have worked on have included Douglas Preston’s The Kraken Project, William Forstchen’s One Second After, Howie Carr’s Hitman, Robert Heinlein’s Requiem, Harold Robbins’s The Predators, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Beowulf ’s Children, Gary Jennings’ Aztec Autumn, Heather Graham and Jon Land’s The Rising, and Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter, which became a hit TV series called Hunters. I’ll work on pretty near anything, but I have an instinctive affinity for global thrillers of apocalyptic dimensions (I occasionally write them myself).

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Lindsey Hall, Senior Editor, Tor, Forge

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I’m looking for a wide range of speculative fiction for the Tor list, and below are just a few of the elements I’d love to see in my next reads — 

Voicey as hell adventure, in the vein of KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames, AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz, VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab, NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff

Upmarket but accessible fiction set in our real world with light/beautiful touches of magic woven into it, along the lines of reads like of A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan, AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton, STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

Modern-feeling epic fantasy with inclusive worlds, like some of my recent favorites: THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons, THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang, THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN by J. Y. Yang, THE UNSPOKEN NAME by A. K. Larkwood

Gorgeous writing and enchanting, immersive worlds that completely steal you away as they do in books like A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab, THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin, THE BEAR & THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

Fresh takes on magic school, that feel as original and engaging and fresh as in MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey and EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan Mcguire

I’m currently looking for reads more on the fantasy/fantastical/mystical side of speculative fiction rather than outer space/technological side, but if a book has the right voice, I’ll read and love just about anything. Voice that hooks you right away and pacing and tension that won’t let you go are very important to me – with clear stakes and deeply felt consequences along the way ideally. And I’m always very open to falling in love with something I didn’t even know I wanted until I’ve seen it.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Chris Morgan, Editor, Tor, Forge

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Before my move to Tom Doherty Associates, I spent time helping build two different genre-based communities focused on putting the readers and fans first. I am a lifetime fanboy who was lucky enough to turn his passions into something positive for readers everywhere. This philosophy continues to shape my own personal tastes as I am constantly searching for projects that inspire excitement and more than little bit of obsession.

Media tie-ins and genre fiction have always been my primary love when it comes to books. Now that I am here at Tor/Forge I look forward to building a list that is centered on fun, commercial fiction driven by great characters and told with a strong voice. I love exciting adult stories full of action. I am looking for all kinds of, high-tech and science based thrillers, near-future military fiction, and epic fantasies. Most of all, I love a story that grabs your attention with a great hook and keeps you turning the page.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Kristin Sevick, Senior Editor, Forge

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I see the job of editor as parts midwife, professional reader, project manager, and bartender. We deliver new voices to voracious readers, help polish stories until they resonate, advocate for our authors, and—probably most important—keep the drinks coming on time.

While I have always read widely, my focus is on crime, suspense, historical, and women’s fiction, and I am especially looking for novels with a diverse cast of characters and strong female voices. The things I loved about my first acquisition, the award-winning A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell—a strong, yet sensitive, female sleuth; a rich historical setting; a thrilling mystery—still resonate with me today. I would also love to see great upmarket women’s fiction about familial relationships (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends). My interest is particularly piqued any time these relationships form the backbone of a crime novel, and domestic/psychological suspense is a particular sweet spot.

That being said, if you had asked me years ago if I was looking for a novel about a reincarnated dog, I likely would have said no. And yet, the bestselling A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron has been an incredible success. I learned early acquiring widely is the best way to fulfill my appetite for storytelling.

Some authors that I am honored to have worked with are W. Bruce Cameron, Julie Carrick Dalton, Candice Fox, Matt Goldman, Loren Estleman, Rachel Howzell Hall, Shelley Noble, Spencer Quinn, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Patrick Taylor, and Heather Webber.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor, Tor, Forge, Nightfire

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I often refer to myself as an “editor of all work” and I’ve edited just about every kind of adult fiction we publish, from westerns to horror, historicals to police procedurals, spy novels to epic fantasy, and back again. If it’s genre fiction, I’m happy.

As an editor, I tend to be plot-driven—a story must be well-structured and play fair with the reader—but I also demand convincing settings and living, breathing, characters. I don’t believe all protagonists must be likable, though they should be sympathetic.

Books for adult readers only, please.

I’m looking for:

Horror fiction: I’m open to nearly anything creepy, frightening, or unsettling. Authors sourcing from non-Western and non-Christian traditions especially welcome.

Epic fantasy/“muscular fantasy”: Quests, battles, and/or continent-spanning journeys of adventure and self-discovery. Magic, sailing ships, horses/camels/beasts of burden, and good swordplay. Rebellion and revolution. Definitely looking for non-Western-derived cultures/worlds/magic/deities.

Science fiction: space opera or space adventure. Let’s explore planets; make first or second contact; bring down an evil, galaxy-spanning empire.

Disaster stories: killer avalanches or wildfires, horrible diseases, plane crashes, technology gone bad…preferably with a diverse cast.

Mystery and suspense: I prefer professional sleuths—cops and private eyes, forensic specialists and scientists–and spies (including the corporate variety).

Historical: I love historical fiction but my desires here are very niche. Please query!

I’m eager to see characters who represent the full spectrum of people in the real world and works by writers whose voices we have not heard before.

I am not currently accepting unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.