Judy Lin was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada when she was eight years old. She grew up with her nose in a book and loved to escape to imaginary worlds. She now divides her time between working as an occupational therapist and creating imaginary worlds of her own. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband, daughter and geriatric cat.
I started writing in elementary school and wrote on and off for years, completing 3 novels but never had the confidence to send them anywhere. When I found out about Pitch Wars I started getting involved in the online writing community and when I was picked to be a mentee, it was the most amazing experience to work with my mentors. I signed with my agent during the agent round of Pitch Wars not long after.
Pitch Wars was such a fantastic experience for me and I learned so much, so I became involved in AMM for the opportunity to give back to the community. I was a mentor as well as a co-mentor in Round 2 and had a blast. One of my mentees is now agented. I am a CP for a few published / soon to be published authors. I’ve also done query / first page critiques for #DVPit.
I love reading a good story and finding ways to make it better. I love the brainstorming part of talking with a mentee or a CP over skype. I enjoy talking about beat sheets, pacing, setting, character arcs, all of the components of a good story! The AMM mentors are absolutely fantastic and I also love the community here where you’re not only getting a single mentor, but a whole network of people in publishing that you can connect with.
I want all of your creepy, unsettling tales or your funny awkward stories! Bonus if you can blend darkness with a touch of humor. I would love to mentor a writer of color.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
Any story with heavy romance subplots are not for me, but I adore stories with strong platonic friendships. I love sisterhood stories or stories about family (whether related by blood or found later in life). I also like stories steeped in culture. I like immigrant narratives but the conflict doesn’t have to be solely about fitting into the new country. Funny stories are also one of the things I enjoy! I would love a voicey, hilarious story featuring POC getting into various hijinks (any genre), similar to AMERICAN PANDA.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
My strengths are character arcs and plot development. I usually provide some homework for the mentee to review first depending on what I think the story needs, then I provide a detailed edit letter for them to look at and put together a revision plan. We talk about the revision plan over skype to go over any questions they might have, then they work on the revision. After that, it depends on what they need. I’m happy to provide a second read, more brainstorming sessions, help with query letters, connecting them with other CPs, etc.
Someone who is excited to revise and work on their story, who is ready to try new things and be pushed out of their comfort zone. Someone who doesn’t expect a light edit and a round of applause, but is ready to dedicate time to improve their craft. I’m not looking for a mentee with a perfect manuscript where I would have to do a minimal level of work, I’m looking for someone where we can really dive deep into the story together.
I love dark and twisted stories (such as HOUSE OF LEAVES or BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP). Anything unsettling or disturbing, I’m all for it (I would adore The Black Tapes in book form, for example). I like stories where the setting / culture plays a large role. For fantasy, I would love to read something immersive like FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS. If your urban fantasy features a city that is almost like a character, send it to me! I also love: body horror (Junji Ito!), cults, secret societies, dark rituals, obscure myths, urban legends. I enjoy reading about teens with intense interests, like escape rooms or building sculptures or cosplaying. Show me a world I have never seen before!
DO NOT SEND ME:
I don’t think I would be the best mentor for multi-POV high fantasy. No stories about assassins if they don’t assassinate people within the story. For contemporary fantasy – no faeries or werewolves or Greek gods, please. No romance heavy stories. No stories with sexual violence or slave/master dynamics.
Movies: My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Hero, Cloverfield, Hush, Cabin in the Woods / Shows: Nirvana in Fire, Eternal Love, Stranger Things, Black Mirror / Video Games: Dragon Age: Origins, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dead Space / Podcasts: Rabbits, Tanis, Limetown