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Auction #11 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author Ame Dyckman

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!

Ame Dyckman LOVES picture books.  Sometimes she’ll put them down long enough to write one of her own:

  • BOY + BOT, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf; 2012)
  • TEA PARTY RULES, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Viking; Fall, 2013)
  • WOLFIE AND DOT (working title), illustrator TBD (Little, Brown; TBD)

Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets (including a demanding-but-adorable squirrel) and books. Visit Ame at http://www.amedyckman.com or on Twitter (@AmeDyckman), where she Tweets “PB book reviews and random goofy thoughts.”

UP FOR BIDS:  a signed copy of BOY + BOT, a classroom Skype visit, BOY + BOT swag for the students, AND the students get to choose what color hair Ame will have on the day of our Skype visit!  ANY color they want!  (EEP!)

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. 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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Auction #10 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique and Call with Author Melinda Metz

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!

Melinda Metz is the author of over 60 books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Roswell High series (basis for the TV show Roswell), and the Echoes series. With oft-time writing partner, Laura J. Burns, she is the author of the Edgar-nominated Wright & Wong middle-grade mystery series, and the YA vampire books CRAVE and SACRIFICE. They were also on the writing staff of Roswell and 1-800-Missing. Before she made the leap into writing, Melinda was an editor, first at Berkley Publishing, then at Parachute Publishing.

From Melinda: “I’ll read your middle-grade or YA manuscript, then call you to give you my critique, answer questions, and/or brainstorm. Don’t have a manuscript yet? I’ll be happy to call and answer your writing and publishing questions, and brainstorm with you to help you come up with or refine a project. Or we can just talk about Roswell 😉 45 min call.”

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. 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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Auction #9 – KidLit Cares: Original Art from Author/Illustrator Tad Hills

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!

Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed and New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read, Duck & Goose, and Duck, Duck, Goose. His board books include the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book What’s Up, Duck?; Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas!, and, most recently, Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! Tad lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two children, and a dog named Rocket, who has not learned how to read or write—yet.

Tad will create a piece of original art for the winner of this auction. The art will feature characters from the #1 New York Times bestseller ROCKET WRITES A STORY.

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. 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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Auction #8 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author R.J. Palacio

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!

From R.J. Palacio’s website: “I live in NYC with my husband, two sons, and two dogs. For many years, I was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless well-known and not so well-known writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction. I always wanted to write, though. I kept waiting for the perfect time in my life to start writing, but after more than twenty years of designing book jackets for other people, I realized that the perfect time would never really present itself. It’s never the perfect time to start writing a book. So I decided to just go for it. Wonder is my first novel. And no, I didn’t design the cover, but I sure do love it.”

The winner of this auction will receive a 45 minute Skype visit.

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. 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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Auction #3 – KidLit Cares: Book Club Pack/Skype Visit with Lisa Schroeder

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 Schroederis the author of multiple books for kids and teens. Her most recent middle grade novel is SPRINKLES AND SECRETS, and her most recent YA novel is THE DAY BEFORE, a YALSA quick pick for reluctant teen readers.

From VOYA: “Schroeder has done a wonderful job of creating teenage characters from a variety of backgrounds and using those backstories to influence their actions.  This novel is ripe for use in a classroom or a book club; discussion points include: healthy relationships, poetry as expression, relationship boundaries, and more.  Readers looking for a realistic teen read saturated in emotion will love Falling For You.”

Lisa is offering a 30 minute Q&A Skype visit for a school, library or book club and ten *signed* copies of her upcoming young adult novel, FALLING FOR YOU (coming 1/1/2013) to share with your students or book club members. FALLING FOR YOU is appropriate for teens ages 13+ (8th grade and up). Because the book is not released until January, copies will not be shipped until then and the Skype session will be scheduled for late winter or early spring.

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. 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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Auction #2 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique Package from Hannah Barnaby and Kate O’Sullivan

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!

Hannah Barnaby is the author of WONDER SHOW, a young adult novel that was published by Houghton Mifflin earlier this year. A former children’s book editor and writing instructor, she holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College as well as an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Kate O’Sullivan is an executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. As the editor of WONDER SHOW, THE QUIET BOOK, and GRAVE MERCY (among others), her tastes range from voice-driven YA to emotive picture books with a variety of styles and approaches.

Hannah and Kate are offering a manuscript critique package for a picture book or three chapters of a novel. Hannah will read and critique your manuscript and provide detailed feedback; she will then read a revision of the material before passing it along to Kate at Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Kate will review your manuscript and send a personal response. This could be your chance to get your name on the agenda of an editorial meeting at one of the best-respected publishers in the business!

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. 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!

Tip: if you’re bidding, you may want to subscribe to the follow-up comments, so you can get notice of future bids. Subscribe via RSS on the right. —>