Tom Doherty Associates

A Division of Macmillan Publishers

Starscape / Tor Teen

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In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, followed by Tor Teen in 2003—imprints dedicated to publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and general fiction for young readers. Starscape publishes chapter books for ages 7 to 10 and middle grade for ages 8 to 12, including books by award-winning authors such as David Lubar, Alan Gratz, Laurence Yep, and the ever-popular Puppy Tales books by #1 NYT bestselling author Bruce Cameron. Tor Teen publishes young adult books for ages 13 and up by acclaimed authors such as Cory Doctorow, Brandon Sanderson, Susan Dennard, Kendare Blake, Veronica Rossi, and Kristen Simmons.

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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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Devi Pillai, Vice President and Publisher, Tor, Tor Teen, and Starscape

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As publisher of Tor, Tor Teen and Starscape, I believe very strongly in a few things—great author care, great books, and great talent.  Tor is the top science fiction and fantasy publisher in North America, and perhaps the world. We’re always looking for new and diverse voices, innovative publishing models, and people who want to bring joy to what they do, whether it’s editorial, sales, production, marketing, or publicity. We love what we do —and I think it shows.

I bring a variety of experiences from different science fiction and fantasy houses, and I’ve worked in mainstream fiction as well. Prior to Tor, I spent ten years at Orbit US. My tastes are wide-ranging, from epic fantasy and dystopian science fiction to women’s fiction and, yes, thrillers.  I’m a sucker for pacing and deftly sketched characters; I also have the bloody-minded nature of a thirteen-year-old boy. I love to be thrown head first into the story. 

Current authors include Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Jenn Lyons, and Arkady Martine. Past authors include New York Times bestselling authors such as Brent Weeks, Gail Carriger, Lilith Saintcrow, and Joe Abercrombie; World Fantasy and Nebula nominee Kate Elliott; and Hugo award-winning author N. K. Jemisin.

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Susan Chang, Senior Editor, Starscape, Tor Teen

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I grew up reading anything and everything I found on the shelves of a dusty used bookstore on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, Queens. The Book Shop was filled from floor to ceiling with mass market books of all genres. It was there I discovered authors like Johanna Lindsey, James Clavell, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, and Ursula K. Le Guin, among many others. The Book Shop turned me into a voracious reader and planted the seeds of my future career.

After graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, I began my publishing career at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where I worked for nine years before moving on to shorter stints at Hyperion Books for Children and Parachute Publishing, a book packager. In January 2004, I got my dream job at Tor Books as acquiring editor for the Starscape middle grade and Tor Teen young adult imprints.

I acquire chapter books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. I do not acquire picture books or adult books. I have eclectic tastes, and am open to be queried about anything and everything, not limited to science fiction and fantasy. For chapter books I am looking for high concepts; for middle grade, action and high-stakes adventure; and in young adult, stories that are thought-provoking and emotionally truthful. I am also interested in nonfiction in the areas of popular science, archaeology, anthropology, biography, and history.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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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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Kristin Temple, Assistant Editor

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I’ve been at Tor since 2016, and am currently building my list. I’m very actively seeking adult horror for Nightfire. I’m also looking for YA horror for Tor Teen.

I love commercial, character-driven horror that’s full of normal people making impossible choices. My favorite type of horror is grounded in close friendships, and a trope I never tire of is “group of friends must band together to defeat evil”. Stephen King’s IT was a formative work for me, and I’m always on the lookout for the next Losers Club to fall in love with. I also love horror that’s grounded in complicated family relationships—think Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts, the movie Hereditary, and Netflix’s adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House.

I love the familiar horror tropes, but I’m also looking for books that push the boundaries of the genre. I want to see authors use horror to tackle modern-day anxieties in fresh, unique ways (e.g. Jordan Peele’s Get Out). I’m also very eager for underrepresented voices and characters.

I can stomach (and love!) some pretty dark stuff, but my favorite kind of horror is ultimately hopeful. I want to watch characters face their fears and win. Make impossible choices and survive. Rescue each other and rescue themselves.

While my first love is horror, I do also enjoy commercial, character-driven fantasy and science fiction, particularly if there are darker elements and/or kickass female characters. I tend to lean more towards contemporary fantasy than secondary-world fantasy, and I have a soft spot for first-contact science fiction.

Regardless of genre, found families are my jam and I’ll read just about anything if I love the characters enough. And I always award bonus points for anything that can make me laugh.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Miriam Weinberg, Senior Editor, Tor, Tor Teen

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Having been in publishing for nearly a decade, I’ve been lucky to work with a wide-range of wonderful authors and phenomenal colleagues.

I’m currently acquiring adult and YA books, with an emphasis on the former, and I’m most actively looking for books across the speculative fiction field–and I like to keep an eye on related subgenres, like horror (more Shirley Jackson than Freddy Kreuger),  modern noir (think Megan Abbott), and historical fiction (particularly if it has an unusual focus or added bit of magic).

I’ve always been a huge fan of authors who can exemplify the best traits of genre writing, and books that can use speculative conventions to shine a light on the world as it is. I’m partial to those authors who have been able to walk the line between mainstream and genre fiction; authors like N. K. Jemisin, Kelly Link, and Elizabeth Acevedo. Voice is one of the crucial draws for me–and I’m particularly interested in finding those that are underrepresented in the current marketplace. 

Above all, I look for compelling storytelling, evocative world-building, and strong writing—and I am very willing to be surprised by a submission unlike any of the above. 

I tweet as @miriamannew, where you can often find me talking about more specific things on my wishlist.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.