A FEW OF MY FAVORITE MG BOOKS:
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Holes by Louis Sachar
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Me & my fairy godmentor, Emma Dryden.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
If you’re looking for someone to tell you your manuscript is perfect as is, I’m not the mentor for you.
If you’re looking for someone to tell you EXACTLY what you HAVE to do to make your manuscript perfect, I’m not the mentor for you.
GREETINGS, REVISION WARRIORS!
I’m K.C. Held and I'm so excited to be a Middle Grade mentor again this year!
If you’re an unagented MG writer with a completed but never-before-published manuscript that’s almost, but not quite ready to be seen by agents, I might be the mentor for you!
For the uninitiated, here’s a link to more information about Pitch Wars, as well as this year’s schedule.
Pitch Wars 2018!
I have a background in historic costume & costume construction technology, and an MFA in costume design. Before officially making the shift from costuming to writing I interned at a literary agency--an invaluable experience that helped me immeasurably when it was time to write my own query letter.
WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR
As far as MG goes, my taste runs the gamut!
I’m a sucker for: mysteries, quirky characters who make me laugh, unusual locales, magical powers, historical settings, castles, rambling old Victorian houses that may or may not be haunted, small towns, hidden treasure, generational secrets, foreign lands, fairytale retellings, magical realism, twisty plots, superpowers, survival stories, high stakes adventures, secret societies, lyrical storytelling, and richly imagined worlds.
Check out my fellow Pitch Wars MG Mentors via the links below, or return to the Pitch Wars 2018 Blog Hop post here.
If you’re looking for someone to dig in and take a look at what’s working and what’s not, help you come up with a plan of attack that includes revision techniques and tools to make your story stronger, and provide professional guidance along the way, I might be the mentor for you.