Jill Grinberg

YA Gothic

Henry Holt
Winter 2021

Lyndall Clipstone lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian, she has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management. She thinks Sarah should have stayed in the Labyrinth with the Goblin King and the Beast should never have turned back into a prince.

LAKESEDGE was my first finished book. After being chosen for R4 of AMM, I rewrote and revised heavily with my mentor, Kim Smejkal. I had multiple offers in the September 2018 #PitMad, and found the perfect agent in Jill Grinberg. After several months of revision, we sent my book out into the world on submission in early 2019. LAKESEDGE sold at auction a few months later in a two book deal to Henry Holt/Macmillan.

I was a mentor in R6 of AMM. I have an honors degree in English, and have CP’d with a number of authors during their pre-query/agent/editor revisions.

AMM was such an invaluable experience. I learned so much about writing craft and met so many wonderful friends. Being an author can be so stressful, daunting and lonely, and I’m glad to pay forward the support I received as a mentee.

Give me all your twisty, boundary-pushing books. I want messy, fierce characters who crave power, who make mistakes, who do terrible things. I want multilayered villains and morally grey protagonists. Romance and character-driven arcs are where I really shine, and a book with a complex romantic subplot will definitely grab my attention.


  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Horror
  • Gothic

Dark fantasy is my favourite. Horror in a fantasy/second world, not contemporary. Space-opera or character driven sci fi. I live for villain romance, enemies to lovers, and monster boyfriends. If your book leans towards crossover or upper YA then I’d love to see it.


  • Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
  • Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
  • Skype or phone call
  • Freestyle in chat

Generally, I’ll start with a big picture edit letter, then we can chat or skype as you go along. I won’t do line edits until the book is query ready. I’m also happy to help you put together a query package/agent list when the times comes.

I will definitely cheer for all the things I love! But foremost I am here to help you figure out how to make your story better. I want someone who can be ruthless with their work. Who will kill darlings. Who is willing to work hard and do what it takes to make their book really shine.

Anything that can be comped to the titles on my favourites list.

I’d love a world that feels like the Witcher or Dragon Age or Fire Emblem 3H. A book that feels like a symphonic metal album. Villain romances. Monsters. Monster boyfriends. Ruthless girls. Eldritch horror. Weird gods. Sex-positive romances with complex dynamics. Dark fantasy that isn’t too serious- let there be jokes! Sci Fi that has characters at the heart. Twisty, complex plots that keep me guessing. Clever, unique magic systems.

I am also complete Reylo trash and if your book can be at all comped to that, I’d love to see it.

If your book doesn’t have a romance, I will probably struggle to engage with it enough to offer insightful help. I’m not a huge fan of retellings unless it’s done in a really fresh way. Please don’t send me things vastly outside my preferred genres.

I love/please send me things with the feel of:

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Boneless Mercies by April G. Tucholke
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Deathless by Catherynne Valente
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Interview with the Vampire
Crimson Peak
As Above So Below
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Video Games
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Dark Souls
The Witcher
WoW Burning Crusade

Florence + the Machine
Wolves in the Throne Room
Cradle of Filth
Chelsea Wolfe