Pitch Wars 2019!
WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR
As far as MG goes, my taste runs the gamut! This is my fourth year as an MG mentor and so far I’ve mentored a contemporary mystery set in a historic mansion, a Russian folklore- inspired fantasy with an animal MC, and a novel-in-verse with an MC who is diagnosed with celiac disease. I don't have a list of genres and topics I’m not interested in receiving, if it’s MG, I will consider it!
That said, here are a few things I’m a sucker for: magic, mysteries, quirky characters who make me laugh, unusual locales, 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, richly imagined worlds, unusual structures/formats, and manuscripts from marginalized authors and underrepresented voices.
Check out my fellow Pitch Wars MG Mentors via the links below, or return to the Pitch Wars 2019 Blog Hop post here.
Pitch Wars 2019 Middle Grade Mentors' Wish Lists
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 also not the mentor for you.
If you’re looking for someone to dig in and take a look at your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, give you big picture and line-level feedback, assign craft homework as needed, help you brainstorm solutions and create a plan for revisions, and provide support, encouragement, and professional guidance along the way, I might be 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!
For the uninitiated, Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns help an unagented writer revise their completed (but unpublished!) manuscript in time for an Agent Showcase, where agents can read a pitch/first page and can request to read more.
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 where I waded through the slush, requested submissions, and wrote reader reports. I’m a graduate of the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, an experience that had a huge impact on my writing journey. Having the opportunity to work with a mentor and connect with other writers/mentees was an invaluable experience that I hope to pay forward with one of you!
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
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
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
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier