Diana M. Pho
Tor Books & Tor Teen
My Manuscript Wish List
About Me: [preferred pronouns she/her] I’ve held an array of jobs throughout the publishing industry in marketing, sales, and social media but have worked for Tor for four years in editorial. Authors I have worked with include Alex Bledsoe, P. Djeli Clark, A.J. Hartley, and upcoming work with Margaret Killjoy, Lettie Prell, Lara Elena Donnelly, Thoraiya Dyer, Robyn Bennis, Kari Maaren, Alison Wilgus, and Marie Cruz. In addition to my author list, I’m also involved with the best-selling The Wheel of Time series and George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards universe.
What I acquire: SF/F Adult, Young Adult, and Graphic Novels.
What I always look for in a submission: A strong emotional core, layered world-building, complex characters, nuanced relationships, and forward-moving plots. My reading tastes walk the line between literary and commercial; I want clever books without pretension.
Top on my priority list are multicultural narratives with authentic characters that portray experiences from marginalized perspectives—whether they encompass gender, gender presentation, sexuality, race/ethnicity, body type, neurodivergent, socioeconomic class, religious status, or disability. I’m especially interested in supporting marginalized writers.
What I’m currently into: [updated August 2016] I’m actively looking to increase the amount of science fiction on my list with a focus on near-future and high-concept science fiction. Transhumanism, virtual realities, time travel, the multiverse, climate dystopias (or utopias!), cyberpunk multinational futures, afrofuturism, and innovative escapist space adventures are all up my alley (but no space operas, please). Other genres that fit my wheelhouse include historical fantasy, steampunk, alternate history, dark fantasy, and contemporary fantasy. Ideas involving the sociopolitical spark my interest, but the edgy and the psychological always pull me in. Having lived in Moscow, I also have a soft spot for any premise involving Russian culture. “Crossgenre” books strongly appeal to me too.
Please refer to Tor/Forge FAQ for full submission guidelines. Note that these general guidelines are intended for writers who do not have agents.
Agented submissions are preferred. I make exceptions for unagented manuscripts depending on whether they fit my interests and we have previously interacted professionally at writing conferences, SFF conventions, public readings, etc. I do not offer submission consideration to every author I meet. No mass emails or cold messages on social media, please. For unagented manuscripts, I require a query letter, first three chapters, and a 3-5 page novel summary.
Please be aware that due to my workload, unagented manuscripts will receive a longer response time, though I try to be as mindful as I can of everyone’s time.
Guidelines & Details
I’d like the next…
a YA version of The Wire (but with more funny bits and maybe an explosion or two).
a queer version of Ten Things I Hate about You
My favorites include…
Fiction: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, M.T. Anderson’s Feed, Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life, Catherynne Valente’s Deathless, N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy, Ekaterina Sedia’s Moscow But Dreaming, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the best one, imho), Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita
TV Shows: Avatar: The Last Airbender/ Legend of Korra, Gravity Falls, CW’s The Flash
Anime/Manga: Wolf’s Rain, Fullmetal Alchemist, Pandora Hearts, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Blue Exorcist
Films: Dogma, Shaolin Soccer
My Upcoming Events: