Lydia studied novel writing at Stanford University. She is the daughter of a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong. When she’s not writing or editing, Lydia enjoys hiking, recurve archery and making dumplings from scratch. She is easily excitable when listing her favorite things about a manuscript and rolls up her sleeves to dive deep into problem areas and plot inconsistencies. Lydia specializes in exploring Young Adult themes, but also frequently critiques work in Adult genres. 

Lydia is not currently available for proofreads.


  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Chinese-American culture
  • "Hapa" or half-Asian culture
  • Tiger parents
  • Complex family relationships
  • Interracial romance
  • Gamer culture
  • San Fransisco Bay area
  • Ancient Chinese magic systems

 Preferred Genres

Young adult  Adult 

 Avoided Genres


What Clients Say


Very positive! Salt & Sage reached out to me on Twitter, and offered fast and insightful services.


The read we received from Lydia Suen was thoughtful, detailed, and specific. Her assessments, eloquent and clear, helped us to understand if our novel was achieving its goals, and how it fared in terms of authenticity and acceptability. The process with Salt & Sage was professional, prompt, and straightforward, and I would certainly return to them for future projects!