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Welcome to my Pitch Wars wishlist!

What is Pitch Wars?

Pitch Wars is a writing mentorship program where published or agented authors, editors and publishing interns support one writer each to revise their completed manuscript. The mentorship experience lasts for three months and ends with an agent showcase. You can find out more about Pitch Wars here.


A little about me

I’m a Taiwanese-Canadian author who is currently working on YA horror and YA fantasy manuscripts. My writing is inspired by urban legends, Chinese myths and ancient Chinese history.

I was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2016 and got my agent through the agent showcase. My Pitch Wars experience with #TeamRocket was fantastic. My mentors Axie Oh and Janella Angeles were a fabulous duo that worked with me closely on revising my manuscript and were there supporting me every step of the way. I made many writing and publishing friends through the process. I signed up to be a mentor this year because I would love to give back to the community.


Why should you submit to me?

My previous experience as a mentee means I have an understanding of the mentorship experience from the other side. I know the highs and the lows that you can experience while working with a deadline alongside others who are doing the same. I’m here not only to provide an edit letter and help with putting together your pitch and query, but also to provide resources, connect you with others and be a listening ear if you just need someone to vent to.

I was a mentor previously in AuthorMentorMatch and have experience being a beta reader and a critique partner to writers at all stages in their writing journey.


What I’m interested in seeing:

My first love will always be SFF. I love the fantastical and the strange and the creepy.

I’m looking for:

  • Fantasy: All kinds. I grew up reading urban and paranormal fantasy but also love high fantasy and portal fantasies.

  • Science fiction: Near future, “what-if” stories are my preference in this genre.

  • Horror: Send me all of your dark and twisted horror, whether psychological or real. Bonus if there is body horror.

  • Thrillers: I love thrillers that keep me at the edge of my seat wondering if the heroine will survive. Fast-paced and high stakes is what I want to see!

  • Contemporary: I’m only looking for light-hearted, funny contemporary this round. Make me giggle!


  • Diaspora stories / immigrant narratives across all the genres I’ve listed above. (Examples: American Panda by Gloria Chao and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim)

  • Strong family connections and/or found families

  • Lyrical prose (See: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi)

  • Wuxia / xianxia / martial arts elements (Favorite inspirations: Nirvana in Fire, Journey of Flower and The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang)

  • Whimsical stories with quirky worldbuilding (Spirited Away or My Neighbour Totoro come to mind)

  • Twists on conventional story structure (epistolary, reverse timelines, or just plain weird). Think: House of Leaves by Mark D. Danielewski, the video game What Remains of Edith Finch, and Sadie by Courtney Summers

  • Did I mention creepy and twisted? Wilder Girls by Rory Powers is a recent favorite and Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer.

As well as…


What’s not for me:

The genres that I will not be the best mentor for:

  • Romance-centric stories: I enjoy a great, swoony romance but more as a side plot and not as the main conflict.

  • Military or space opera science fiction

  • Contemporary stories dealing with grief, addiction, mental illness.

  • Any stories that involve sexual or child abuse (yes, this is in the horror or thriller genres as well).


Come chat with me on twitter (@judyilin) if you have any questions about my wishlist!

Check out the wishlists of the other YA mentors below.

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Pitch Wars 2019 Young Adult Mentors' Wish Lists