​​If you have questions, hit me up on TwitterInstagram, the Pitch Wars forum, or via the contact form here! ​

I can't wait to see what Pitch Wars 2019 brings!

Pitch Wars 2019!

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.

My book!

Check out my fellow Pitch Wars MG Mentors via the links below, or return to the Pitch Wars 2019 Blog Hop post here.

K.C. Held

Pitch Wars 2019 Middle Grade Mentors' Wish Lists

    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!

    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where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns help an unagented writer revise their completed (but unpublished!)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 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.

    ​​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!

    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