Melissa Ann Singer


Senior Editor at Tor/Forge/Nightfire and all-around nerd. Single Mother by Choice. All opinions my own. demi she/her


Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · May 4

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan

Can we talk about how problematic the vampiric olds would be? Imagine your most racist, homophobic, ableist great great grand-uncle born in 1793. Imagine him living FOREVER.

Now put that in a culture where respecting the olds is *literally part of the value system.*


#mswl all of this. not necessarily in the same book.

also also, I want a conversation between two olds, one a man and one a woman, where the woman is angry as all heck about how the man treated her.

bc I guarantee you, no matter how long ago it was, the women "knew better."

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

For Forge, I'm interested in road-not-taken novels--books which look at how someone's life would have played out if they'd made different choices. usually a paranormal element of some kind gets us there--parallel universe, "magical head injury," time loops....

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

Please note: I only edit for adult readers. Please don't send me anything YA or Teen.

Also, unless you've pitched me in person, I only consider agented submissions.

However, Tor/Forge/Nightfire has an open submissions policy:…


Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

I feel like I should be talking about what sort of horror I want to see, but the truth is that I like pretty much all subgenres there. If it's scary or unsettling, it's horror and I want it.

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

I've read a lot of fairy tales and folk tales from a range of traditions. Fantasy novels that mine those veins have great appeal to me.

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

I would really love a horror novel that features Chinese mythology.

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

How about a fantasy novel where someone is stealing art/artifacts in order to repatriate them?

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

Look, I love Star Trek. Give me sf novels that are like the best Trek episodes, with people doing their best to avert disaster, help each other, open communications, etc.

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

Looking for Levi Strauss's story (or similar tales) as a novel:…
(honestly, look at this guy)

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 19 Oct 2018

Joel Cunningham @joelevard

Is it too early to declare 2019 the Year of Sprawling Science Fantasy Novels That Giddily Give Zero Fucks for Genre Rules?

No, it is not.

I've loved science fantasy since I first read Anne McCaffrey, Philip Jose Farmer's Riverboat stuff, and any number of other things in my adolescence.

Agents, send me more! #MSWL

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 30 Apr 2018

The Unique Architecture of Jewish India -…
synagogues in India.
I have long wanted to know more about Judaism in Asia & along the trade routes.

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 1 Mar 2018

left out of this report is the fact that the attempted murderer is suspected of murdering someone in Russia before coming to the US (cited by NYDailyNews & NYTimes)

Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 22 Feb 2018

Replying to @DorianMaffei

my wall calendar this year is Gorey.
when I was a teen, I occasionally saw him in midtown Manhattan. later I realized he was probably headed to the theater district to work on Dracula.

so if you ever get this #MSWL, please send it my way!