Melissa Ann Singer

@maseditor

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

Tor/Forge

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.*

*shudders*

#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....
#MSWL

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: us.macmillan.com/torforge/about…

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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.
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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.
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Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

I would really love a horror novel that features Chinese mythology.
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Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

How about a fantasy novel where someone is stealing art/artifacts in order to repatriate them?
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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.
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Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 24 Sep 2019

Looking for Levi Strauss's story (or similar tales) as a novel: levistrauss.com/2013/03/14/the…
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(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. pic.twitter.com/cK60j1YP8G

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 - mosaicmagazine.com/observation/20…
synagogues in India.
I have long wanted to know more about Judaism in Asia & along the trade routes.
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Melissa Ann Singer @maseditor · 1 Mar 2018

#MSWL
yahoo.com/gma/tainted-ch…
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!