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Will Tom Doherty Associates, LLC authors autograph my copies of their books?

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Internship Program

Where do I find information about internship opportunities at Tor?

Macmillan offers paid internship opportunities year round in both the College and Trade divisions. Internships are available in areas such as: Editorial, Marketing, Publicity, Art & Design, Production, Subsidiary Rights, Children’s Books, and Business Development. 

Interns are provided the opportunity to participate in work related assignments, gain practical work experience, and network with employees from various departments. Overall, interns become familiar with the basic structure of a publishing house and the role of each department within.  

The Macmillan publishing program is available for students currently enrolled in a college or university, who aspire to pursue a career in the publishing industry.  

We typically recruit for our fall interns starting in June, spring interns in November, and summer interns in February. Follow us on twitter @MacmillanJobsUS and check out our careers website to keep up to date with intern recruitment.

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What types of academic internships are available at Tor?

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Submissions guidelines 

How do I submit writing to Tom Doherty Associates, LLC?

We have an open submissions policy and consider tens of thousands of projects a year. Every proposal that reaches us is reviewed by at least one member of the editorial staff. We apologize in advance for replying primarily with form letters; unfortunately, there's no other way to handle responses in a timely manner.

We do not respond to queries; please do not send them.

Please read this entire section before submitting; following our guidelines will ensure you a fair hearing by our editorial staff.  

Please note that these guidelines are intended for writers who do not have agents.

Your submissions packet should include:

1. The first three chapters of your book, prepared in standard manuscript format on white paper. (If your chapters are really short or really long, or you don't use chapter breaks, you may send the first 40-60 pages of your book, provided you stay under 10,000 words.) The submitted text must be made up of consecutive pages and should end at the end of a paragraph, not in mid-sentence.

Standard manuscript format means margins of at least 1 inch all the way around; indented paragraphs; double-spaced text; and Times New Roman in 12 pitch. Please use one side of the page only. Do not justify the text. Do not bind the manuscript in any way. Make sure the header of the ms. includes your name and/or the title of the book as well as the page number (on every page).

2. A synopsis of the entire book. The synopsis should include all important plot elements, especially the end of the story, as well as character development for your main characters. The synopsis should run between three and ten pages in standard manuscript format. The first page of the synopsis and the first page of the text should also include your name and contact information and the title of the manuscript.

3. A dated cover letter that includes your name and contact information and the title of the submitted work. Briefly tell us what genre or subgenre the submission falls into and mention any qualifications you have that pertain to the work. Please list any previous publications in paying markets.

4. A self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope for our reply letter.  We recycle all proposals in accordance with corporate sustainability directives and local laws. If you do not include an SASE, you will not receive a reply.

Please send only one proposal in each submissions packet. If you have written a series, send a proposal for the first book only. If we like what we see, we'll ask for the rest.

Many people include postcards to be returned when the proposal reaches us. Unfortunately, we don't open submissions until we're ready to read them, so it’s probably best to save your money.

Address submissions as follows:

* Science fiction and fantasy: Acquisitions Editor, Science Fiction and Fantasy

* Fiction of all other types including but not limited to general fiction, historical fiction, horror, mystery, paranormal, suspense/thriller, urban fantasy, and women's fiction: Acquisitions Editor, Fiction

* Children's and Young Adult: Acquisitions Editor, Children's and Young Adult Division Note: We publish books for the chapter book, middle grade, and young adult audiences. We do not publish picture books.

If you do not receive a reply after six months, please resubmit. It’s likely that your project or our response disappeared in transit.

Thank you for your interest.

Don't stop reading! Here are some tips to help the whole process work smoothly:

1. Don't send a query letter. It's practically impossible to judge a project from a query. We'd rather see your proposal.

2. Don't send submissions or inquiries by email or fax. We do not respond to emailed or faxed submissions, queries, or inquiries about the status of submissions.

3. Don't send disks. We want to read words in black type on white paper. And it's not that we don't trust you, but your system might have viruses you don't know about.

4. Don't send us the only copy of anything. Things get lost in transit.

5. Don't send interior or cover art or an author photo. There's time for that later, if we like your project.

6. Don't send jewelry, food, toys, 3-dimensional representations of anything, or anything that might be construed as a bribe. Over the years, we've seen all of the following and more: handmade bracelets and earrings, anatomical models, home-baked cookies, fine fabrics, fancy bookmarks, cocoanuts, fancy manuscript boxes . . ..None of this has any impact on our consideration of your work. The work has to sink or swim on its own merits.

Thanks! Send submissions to:

Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

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