Tor.com Publishing is a nimble, innovative imprint that publishes cutting-edge speculative fiction from tomorrow’s brightest voices. Our dedicated, tightly knit team provides the best possible experience for every author and book, publishing and promoting hardcovers, trade paperbacks, ebooks, and audio.
We publish novels, of course, but we also excel in producing shorter works. We are the world’s premier publisher of novella-length science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction. Our books have won every major genre award, and we’ve launched exciting debut authors in addition to providing new avenues and audiences for established talent, all with the power of the Tor.com website—over a decade of proven, direct-to-consumer marketing with a passionate, focused community of readers. Our list expresses the creative freedom of boutique publishing, driven by the resources and long-standing experience that is synonymous with Tor Books and Macmillan.
From novellas through to novels and series: Stories at their right length.
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.
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.
Irene Gallo is the Publisher of Tor.com and the Creative Director of Tor Books. Since Tor.com’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 Tor.com’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.
I joined Tor.com Publishing in 2017 after working on the nonfiction side of the industry and am interested in a wide range of commercial and literary SF/F fiction. Thoughtful, well-researched world-building and strong, unmistakable voices that grab me from the first page will always catch my eye.
Some touchstone authors include Octavia Butler, Dorothy Dunnett, 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 feel like 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 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, C. S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy, and Helene Wrecker’s The Golem and the Jinni.
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, and Nghi Vo. I’m also lucky enough to work with voices like Sarah Gailey, Andrea Hairston, Seth Dickinson, and Tochi Onyebuchi on new projects.
I actively seek submissions—both novellas and novels—from diverse authors writing in the margins. Above all and regardless of subgenre, I’m looking for compelling characters and voices that will haunt me long past the last page.
I’ve worked for Tor Books and Tor.com since 2012, and was brought on to Tor.com 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.
I joined Tor.com 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 Tor.com I work with Nnedi Okorafor (Binti), Paul Cornell (Witches of Lychford), Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway), Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries) 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.