Tom Doherty Associates

A Division of Macmillan Publishers

TOM DOHERTY ASSOCIATES

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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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Devi Pillai, President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

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Devi Pillai is the Vice President and Publisher of Tor Books, Starscape, Tor Teen and Nightfire.
She has over twenty years of publishing experience at HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmilian where she worked at a variety of science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream imprints. She was the founding editor at Orbit, where she worked for over a decade and which published The Witcher; James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series; the works of Brent Weeks, Gail Carriger, and Joe Abercrombie; and Hugo award-winning authors N. K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie.

Since joining Tor in 2016, she has overseen the publication of many award-winning and bestselling authors, including V. E. Schwab, Cixin Liu, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Her own authors currently include Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Jenn Lyons, and Arkady Martine, whose debut novel A Memory Called Empire won the 2020 Hugo Award.

A fan at heart, she describes herself as having the bloody-minded reading tastes of a thirteen-year-old boy. She is always receptive to skillful pacing and deftly sketched characters, and of course assassins and dragons.

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Irene Gallo, Publisher, Tordotcom Publishing

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Irene Gallo is the Publisher of Tordotcom and the Creative Director of Tor Books. Since Tordotcom’s launch on July 20th, 2008 (not coincidentally, the anniversary of humankind landing on the moon) it has grown into a thriving community and a must-read site for science fiction and fantasy fans, winning numerous awards for both its original fiction and non-fiction, including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Locus Awards. In 2015 we expanded Tordotcom’s fiction to include commercially available titles in print and ebook that start at 20,000 words up through full length novels. We enjoy being a home for both commercial fiction and the quirkier or more literary end of the market.

As Tor Books’ Creative Director, she has established the look and design of an incalculable number of books since 1993. She has won the World Fantasy Award, the Richard Gangel Award for Art Direction from the Society of Illustrators, thirteen Chesley Awards, and numerous gold and silver medals from Spectrum and the Society of Illustrators.

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Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief, Tor

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I’ve been with Tor Books for nearly thirty years, during which time I had the good fortune to work both with some of the great figures of SF and fantasy’s past—writers I grew up reading, like Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, and Damon Knight—and also with some of the best younger writers to emerge in the last quarter-century. I’m particularly proud of the debut novels I’ve published, by writers including Maureen F. McHugh, Susan Palwick, Cory Doctorow, Jo Walton, John Scalzi, Ada Palmer, and Charlie Jane Anders. Novels I edited for Tor have won Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and, to my amazement, I’ve won three Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award for editing.

In recent years I’ve come to spend more and more time in a management role, working alongside Devi Pillai to direct our SF and fantasy lines. So I’m being careful about adding to my personal editorial commitments. Today I’m just as likely to respond to an exceptional new opportunity by helping another editor acquire, position, package, and sell it.

That said, if there’s great unpublished SF or fantasy out there, I want to see it. There are certain storytelling qualities that always grab me. One of them is a strong distinctive voice. Another is the sense that in reading this story, I’m learning something real about the world. Works set on alien planets, or in invented fantasy universes, can tell us things that are as true as stories bounded by the here-and-now. Joanna Russ’s Whileaway doesn’t actually exist, but then, neither did Madame Bovary. What’s important—to me—is saying something real, and meaning it.

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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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Rachel Bass, Associate Editor

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I have been at Tor since late 2016 and I am so thrilled to begin building my list.

I’m seeking adult fantasy and science fiction for Tor Books, with a particular emphasis on character-driven stories and a unique narrative voice. I’m particularly drawn to less-explored fantasy settings (i.e. somewhere other than Europe), and am actively looking queer and/or BIPOC stories. I have a taste for literary SFF and queer retellings of classic stories (any queer Shakespeare retellings would be an absolute dream project for me), but there’s nothing like a good, commercial, voicey adventure. I love anything that makes me say, “I have never read anything quite like this before!”

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Ruoxi Chen, Editor, Tordotcom Publishing

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I joined the Tordotcom Publishing team in 2017 and am interested in a wide range of speculative fiction for the adult market—from core SF/F to literary crossover.

Some touchstone authors include Octavia Butler, Dorothy Dunnett, Kelly Link, Mary Renault, and N. K. Jemisin. I’m a sucker for unexpected retellings and works that slip between genres. Bring me a translatio imperii narrative about orisha, Muhteşem Yüzyıl in space, Potemkin in a fantasy of manners. Right now, I’m particularly interested in the following:

—Political fantasy with precise, confident narratives that turn on themselves like Megan Whalen Turner’s The King of Attolia, Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War

—Humanist space opera with spiky characters and a soft heart like Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire, Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, and Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries

—Immersive, fresh worlds that evoke new myths are being made like Kerstin Hall’s The Border Keeper, N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and A. K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name.

—Crossover SF/F (into literary, romance, thriller, can’t put your finger on it etc.) with vivid prose and worldbuilding/scene-setting used to amplify a strong, central relationship like Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose the Time War, Micaiah Johnson’s The Space Between Worlds, Scott Hawkins’ The Library at Mount Char, and Helene Wrecker’s The Golem and the Jinni.

—My current specific ask: I’d love to see an exceptional witch book that charms me and knocks me off my feet, whether in the one sidestep from our own contemporary world vein of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, Quan Barry’s We Ride Upon Sticks, or Mona Awad’s Bunny, or further afield like Alix Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches and Alexis Henderson’s The Year of the Witching. If your witches are queer, from outside the European tradition, working their magic in the diaspora (or all of the above!), you especially have my attention.

I prefer my narratives subversive, my fantasy postcolonial, and my families found. I have the joy of debuting authors such as Emily Tesh, Kerstin Hall, Freya Marske, and Nghi Vo. I’m also lucky enough to work with voices like P. Djèlí Clark, Sarah Gailey, Seth Dickinson, and Tochi Onyebuchi on new projects.

I actively seek submissions—both novellas and novels—from authors from underrepresented backgrounds. Above all and regardless of subgenre, I’m looking for compelling characters and voices that will haunt me long past the last page.

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Robert Davis, Editor, Forge

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I have been with Macmillan/Tom Doherty Associates since 2015, and acquiring for the Forge imprint since 2019. I am looking to grow my list with addictive page-turners that create an emotional response, showcase characters I want to root for, and with seamless prose where I lose myself until the satisfying end that stays in my head for days.

I’d like to see character driven commercial fiction across several categories including family-centered fiction; historical fiction from the point of view of erased and underrepresented voices; action-packed thrillers with a twist; outdoorsy survival stories of all circumstances; magical realism; and contemporary fiction with light speculative elements, grounded in the real world.

I am always open to fiction in translation, and I would specifically like to see more novels by BIPOC authors.

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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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Carl Engle-Laird, Editor, Tordotcom Publishing

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I’ve worked for Tor Books and Tordotcom since 2012, and was brought on to Tordotcom Publishing as an editorial assistant in 2014. During my time, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a broad and diverse range of authors who have pushed the field forward with their writing. I’ve had the pleasure of debuting Hugo and Nebula nominated authors such as Kai Ashante Wilson (A Taste of Honey) and JY Yang (The Black Tides of Heaven), and of acquiring full-length novels such as Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth, Malka Older’s Infomocracy, and Ruthanna Emrys’ Winter Tide.

I’m looking for science fiction and fantasy of all flavors. I’ve acquired books across many genres, from epic fantasy to near-future post-cyberpunk, from historical weird to supernatural thrillers. I’m generally not interested in urban fantasy or contemporary fantasy set on Earth, or in hard science fiction. To me, genre is less important than that a submission have strong characters, a unique authorial voice, and a compelling plot. I acquire novellas and novels, with a minimum word count of 20,000 words. I actively request submissions from authors of color, and have a particular interest in queer authors and books with queer characters.

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

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Since 2013, I’ve been HEA with TDA where I’m actively acquiring speculative fiction and humorous nonfiction.

I’ve had the honor of acquiring and editing work from so many incredible authors including #1 New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered), New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune (The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries), popular ao3 writer Everina Maxwell (Winter’s Orbit), comedian Joe Pera and illustrator Joe Bennett (A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape), and many more.

For Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen, and Starscape: I’m interested in diverse and inclusive speculative stories under the umbrellas of character-driven fantasy, “five minutes into the future” science fiction, and original horror.

For Forge: I’m most interested in feel-good, humorous nonfiction.

I’d love to see submissions by BIPOC authors and I’m a fan of whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so please send me funny manuscripts to read! I’m also a sucker for stories about best friendships.

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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Jennifer Gunnels, Editor, Tor, Nightfire

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I would best describe myself as a genre omnivore. That said, I admit I love science fiction a bit more than fantasy. Hard SF, soft SF, squishy SF. Horror in space or on a planet. First contacts. You name it. I am particularly drawn to first contact and well-done alien cultures, and I also admire complex world building with political machination, heists, and compelling characters. Material that’s hard to categorize in terms of which genre it inhabits often delights me. I appreciate veins of weirdness, or dark humor. Novels with ensemble casts and found families engage me a great deal.

Both commercial and literary science fiction and fantasy are welcome. I would love to see some more “in-system” science fiction as well as more international material whether that be the author’s country of origin or the story’s characters and content. Material from indigenous peoples regardless of country would be very welcome in my inbox.

In all cases, however, I want nuance—in the worlds, in characters, in dialogue. The books that I find most compelling engage with new ideas, alternate or immersive worlds, and new science.

My current list includes military sf as well as epic and political fantasies. I have the pleasure of working with a number of talented Tor authors such as Sue Burke, J. S. Dewes, Karen Osborne, L. E. Modesitt, and Brian Staveley.

I am also open to considering SF/F novellas for Tor.com Publishing and short stories for Tor.com.

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

Epic fantasy with inclusive worlds and fresh takes on fantasy tropes and archetypes: like the orcs and necromancy in A. K. Larkwood’s THE UNSPOKEN NAME; Kell’s very peculiar coat and the approach to fantasy portals in V. E. Schwab’s A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC; and reluctant partners / arranged relationships in WINTER’S ORBIT.

Dark contemporary fantasy with clear writing, instantly compelling voice, and high intensity pacing like in Sunyi Dean’s THE BOOK EATERS and V. E. Schwab’s VICIOUS.

Voice-y as hell adventures like Nicholas Eames’s KINGS OF THE WYLD, Christopher Buehlman’s THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF, and Annalee Newitz’s AUTONOMOUS (bonus points if the read makes me laugh but isn’t ‘comedic SFF’!)

Relationships that feel lived in, like the friendships in Kings of the Wyld and the family dynamics in Ryka Aoki’s LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS. I’m open to seeing romantic relationships where the characters are already past the beginning / first falling in love stages when we meet them and are in the seemingly more ‘mundane’ stable years of a long-term partnership (+ fangirl forever for the moment when partners fight back to back!)

All things witchy, and particularly interested in sisterhoods and covens that are inclusive of POC, queerness, and aren’t strictly tied to the binary.

Grounded, earthy magics of all kinds (relating to plants, the moon, stars, dirt, blood, bone, etc!) in both high fantasy and fantasies set in our world. Like in T. Kingfisher’s NETTLE & BONE and Tessa Gratton’s QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR.

Family sagas and generational / multi-time period stories that show how events and magic play out across time and within families like in Rita Wood’s THE LAST DREAMWALKER or Louisa Morgan’s A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES.

I’m a sucker for magic school esque settings and loved the studying and training scenes in R. F. Kuang’s THE POPPY WAR, the found family feeling at the Home for Wayward Children in Seanan McGuire’s EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, and getting to see things from magical adults’ and teachers’ perspectives in Sarah Gailey’s MAGIC FOR LIARS.

I’m currently looking for reads more on the fantastical 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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Lee Harris, Executive Editor, Tordotcom Publishing

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I joined Tordotcom Publishing in 2014 in order to head up the editorial arm of the new imprint. As well as full-length novels I also publish a lot of novellas.

The great thing about publishing novellas is that stories can be written and published at the length they were meant to be read. No more expanding a novella to novel-length because that’s where the market is, no more cutting a novella to short story proportions because nobody will touch it at its current wordcount. Already, our successes—both commercially and critically—have confirmed that there is a desire for books of this length, and we’re building a devoted following.

At Tordotcom I work with Nnedi Okorafor (Binti), Paul Cornell (Witches of Lychford), Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway), Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries), Becky Chambers (Monl and Robot) and many more. I’m looking for science fiction and fantasy of all flavors, with a minimum word count of around 20,000 words, though my preference is for books of 30k or longer, and I’m looking for novels as well as novellas. I love a good techno-thriller, and I’m equally at home with an intriguing urban fantasy or space opera. What matters to me is a strong authorial voice, with believable and compelling characters. Combine those with a strong plot and you’ll have me hooked.

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Will Hinton, Executive Editor

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I joined Tor Books in August 2018 following five years at Orbit Books and nine years at Harper Voyager.

I love ambitious, original science fiction that illuminates truths about who we are and how we live, everything from sweeping space opera to accessible, visionary hard sf to high concept genre-bending novels which some might fail to see as SF; epic fantasy with grand, immersive worlds, absorbing and distinctive characters, adventure with a breakneck pace and plenty of bloodshed; and the full range of exploratory, imaginative stories from unique voices that need to be heard.

I’ve had the good fortune to work with such authors as Ann Leckie, Kim Stanley Robinson, James Islington, Sam Sykes, Seanan McGuire (as Mira Grant), and the duo behind James S. A. Corey.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Kelly O'Connor Lonesome, Senior Editor, Nightfire, Tor

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I joined Tor as a senior editor for Nightfire in November 2019, following a stint as an indie bookseller and careers at Orbit Books and Harper Voyager/William Morrow. I’m actively acquiring adult horror for Nightfire, and am searching for unique stories to keep me up at night.

I love cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. I’m seeking speculative fiction with a dark bent; surreal Twilight Zone/Black Mirror-type stories gone malicious; and thrilling stories with strong horror veins throughout. I want creatively reinvented nightmarish fairytales & folklore — from all cultures, not just Western! I’m eager to find stories with monsters as metaphors, or where humans are the real monsters. My favorite themes and tropes include hauntings, cults, false prophets, toxic relationships turned fatal, class & power imbalances, revenge, meta horror, body horror, psychological terror … and more.

I want to promote and champion diverse authors, own voices, and multicultural stories rooted in experiences and worlds that may be otherwise marginalized – and I want to see more submissions like this! 

I’m so excited to see what fresh horror stories are out there, but I’m especially eager to be surprised by manuscripts that blow away all my expectations.

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, Executive 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, Ed Ruggero Hank Phillippi Ryan, Patrick Taylor, Aggie Blum Thompson, 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.

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Kristin Temple, Associate Editor

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I’ve been at Tor since 2016, and am currently building my list. I’m primarily seeking adult horror for Nightfire, but am also open to 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 and have a particular soft spot for LGBTQ+ themes 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 LGBTQ+ themes, darker elements, and/or monsters/creatures of some kind (aliens, mythological creatures, dragons, basically anything with teeth, etc.).

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.