Auction #35 – KidLit Cares: 30 Page Manuscript Critique from Author and Former Editor Lisa Graff

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. KidLit Cares was started by the very awesome Kate Messner, but I’m taking over Round 2. Agents, editors, authors, illustrators and other generous people have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here.

Now, on to the auction!

Lisa Graff is the author of numerous middle-grade novels, including The Thing About Georgie and Umbrella Summer. A former children’s book editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, Lisa is currently an adjunct professor of Children’s Literature at McDaniel College. You can learn more about her at

Lisa is offering a detailed, written critique of the first two chapters of your middle-grade, YA, or chapter book novel (up to 30 pages). She will also provide one follow-up email to any questions you may have regarding the critique. Get some useful feedback from a former editor!

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 24. Any bids placed after that time will be void.

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck and thanks for your help!

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