K.C. Held

A Few of My Favorite MG Books:
The Borrowers
The Westing Game
Nooks and Crannies
Three Times Lucky
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Harry Potter series
His Dark Materials
When You Reach Me
Greenglass House
Paper Wishes
Full Cicada Moon
The City of Ember
The War That Saved My Life
The Screaming Staircase
Splendors and Glooms
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
The True Meaning of Smekday

Me & my fairy godmentor, Emma Dryden.

​​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 

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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 to make your story better...stronger...faster, and provide professional guidance along the way, I just might be your girl.

If you’re looking for someone to tell you your manuscript is perfect as is, I’m not your girl.
If you’re looking for someone to tell you EXACTLY what you HAVE to do to make your manuscript perfect, I’m not your girl.

You can check out my fellow Pitch Wars MG Mentors via these links:

Me and my fairy godmentor, Emma Dryden.

I write MG and YA. My YA debut, HOLDING COURT, came out in 2016 and I’m currently working on an MG historical fantasy. 

I’m so excited to be an MG mentor again this year!
If you’re an unagented middle grade writer with a completed but never-before-published manuscript that’s almost, but not quite ready to be seen by agents, I just 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 2017!

​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 undoubtedly saved me a great deal of embarrassment when it came time to send out 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 these links: