The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Westing Game 
by Ellen Raskin
Nooks and Crannies 
by Jessica Lawson
Three Times Lucky 
by Sheila Turnage
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
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


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.

Me and my fairy godmentor, Emma Dryden.

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.

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.

My book!

Check out my fellow Pitch Wars MG Mentors via the links below, or return to the Pitch Wars 2018 Blog Hop post here.

K.C. Held

​​I’m a graduate of the Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where I had the great good fortune to work with my fairy godmentor, editor Emma Dryden. Being a mentee was another invaluable  experience that I hope to pay forward with one of you!

Feel free to ask me any questions on Twitter, Instagram, the Pitch Wars forum, or via the contact form 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.

I write MG and YA. My YA debut, HOLDING COURT, came out in 2016 and won the YARWA Athena Award for Best First Book as well as First Place in the Contemporary Category.