Auction #73 – KidLit Cares: Tag-team Picture Book Critique from Editor Namrata Tripathi and Author-illustrator Lita Judge

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!

Namrata Tripathi is Executive Editor at Atheneum Books for Young Readers. She edits fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade, and YA (and the occasional extraordinary graphic novel). She has the pleasure of working with Ian Falconer, James Howe, Christopher Myers, Lane Smith, and Judith Viorst among others and has launched several award-winning author-illustrators and novelists such as John Corey Whaley, Lita Judge, and John Rocco. She is interested in finding young, bold picture books and MG and YA fiction with unique voices and unexpected characters. She strives to create a diverse and literary list with broad appeal, and to publish authors and illustrators with fresh eyes who will tell stories that are honest, humorous, and heartbreaking. Books she has acquired and edited have received a Printz Medal, a Morris Award, a National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” citation, a New York Times best illustrated citation, a Jane Addams Peace Award, Eisner Awards, and have been New York Times bestsellers.

Lita Judge was born in Alaska and spent much of her childhood in the north woods of Wisconsin and other wintry places. Lita is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children’s books, including Red Hat, Red Sled, One Thousand Tracings, and Pennies for Elephants. She lives with her husband in New Hampshire. http://litajudge.com/biography.html

For this auction, author-illustrator Lita Judge and editor Namrata Tripathi will do a tag-team critique of a picture book manuscript or dummy (preferably). They will provide detailed written notes on the text and art (characterization/layout/pacing etc.) The dummy can contain final art or sketches. You will receive both an editor’s perspective and award-winning picture book author-illustrator’s perspective in this critique.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 28. 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 #72 – KidLit Cares: 3 Chapter Copy Edit from Editor Lori Goldstein

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!

With a degree in journalism from Lehigh University, Lori A. Goldstein has spent the past 17 years as a freelance editor and writer. Having edited publications on everything from high-tech to finance to knitting, some of Lori’s present and past clients include the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Radcliffe Institute, Cutter Consortium, and IDG. Transitioning into the world of fiction, Lori has completed her first novel, the upmarket JUMPING ANTS, which she is currently querying. Lori is hard at work on her next project, a YA urban fantasy. Lori is available for manuscript critiques and copy editing. She can be reached on Twitter at @_lagold or lorigold(at)hotmail(dot).com.

This auction is for a copy edit of your first three chapters, up to 6,500 words. Make sure you dot those i’s and cross those t’s before sending your first pages to literary agents! Most agents ask that you submit your first five or ten pages, sometimes even your first three chapters, along with your query letter. Ensure they are in tip-top shape by having them copy-editing by an industry professional.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #71 – KidLit Cares: One Hour Skype Visit with Author Linda Tagliaferro

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!

Linda Tagliaferro is the award-winning author of 43 books for children (and adults.) Her award-winning nonfiction books for children include the topics of nature, animals, biomes and biographies.

From Linda: I can do a one-hour Skype visit for elementary or high schools. Teachers can pick the topic of one of my many books and I can tailor my interactive talk to your curriculum needs. With younger children, I can show them how to draw some of the animals that I’ve written about. I always leave time for a Q&A at the end.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #70 – KidLit Cares: Signed Advanced Reader Copies from Author Andrea Cremer

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 andreacremer.com: Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl. Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel she’d always dreamed of writing. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Andrea resided in the academic world where she taught early modern history. When she’s not writing, Andrea tries to master difficult yoga poses, wanders through Central Park, and hunts for new music to provide the soundtracks to her novels.

This auction consists of a signed Advanced Reader Copy of RISE (January 2013) and INVISBILITY with David Levithan (May 2013) (Signed by BOTH Andrea and David!).

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #69 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Critique from Editor Summer Dawn Laurie

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!

Summer Laurie spent 10 years working at children’s book publishers, the last seven as senior editor at Tricycle Press, the children’s division of Ten Speed Press, and the previous three years at Chronicle Books for Children. Over these years she edited more than 50 published books ranging from board books to picture books, middle-grade novels to non-fiction. Summer now works as an independent editor, helping authors one-on-one to develop their manuscripts. When not editing, she produces the kids and teen programming for the Litquake Literary Festival and is a children’s specialist at indie bookstore Books Inc. where she started the “Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club”.

Summer is offering to critique a picture book submission. She will provide line edits to the manuscript as well as a developmental letter outlining overarching concerns, strengths, competition, etc.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #68 – KidLit Cares: 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market from Chuck Sambuchino

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!

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer’s Digest Books and edits the Guide to Literary Agents. He is the author of books such as Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd Edition, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.

If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, the 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is the trusted resource you need. Now in its 25th edition, CWIM is the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you’ll find more than 650 listings for children’s book markets (publishers, agents, magazines and more) – including a point of contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories they’re looking for.

This auction includes both a copy of the book and a one year subscription to the online publisher database.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #67 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Danielle Joseph

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!

Danielle Joseph is the author of SHRINKING VIOLET, INDIGO BLUES and PURE RED. She was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and three kids.

A signed 3 Book Set of Books. Titles include: Shrinking Violet (Adapted into the Disney Channel movie Radio Rebel), Indigo Blues and Pure Red. You will also receive a 30 minute Skype visit with Danielle Joseph. Perfect for your classroom, library, book club or writing group.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #66 – KidLit Cares: Children’s or YA Manuscript Critique from Agent Jennifer Flannery

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!

Jennifer Flannery is a literary agent in the Chicago area. Flannery Literary was 20 years old this fall and has represented two National Book Award winners and two Newbery honor authors.

Jennifer will read and give detailed feedback on a manuscript for a novel written for children or young adults.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #65 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Danette Haworth

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!

Danette Haworth is the author of four middle-grade books, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning, The Summer of Moonlight Secrets, Me & Jack, and A Whole Lot of Lucky. She would love you to visit her at http://www.danettehaworth.com.

Danette’s auction includes a twenty minute Skype visit, along with signed hardcovers of A Whole Lot of Lucky (Kirkus starred review) and Me & Jack (current nominee for New Hampshire’s Great Stone Face Book Award).

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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 #64 – KidLit Cares: Children’s or YA Manuscript Critique from Editor Shannon Barefield

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!

Shannon Barefield is a freelance editor who hosts KidLitopia, a haven of encouragement and support for kidlit authors. Formerly editorial director of Carolrhoda Books, Shannon has had the privilege of editing winners of the Sibert Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award (author), the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award, and many others. Her editorial philosophy is one of utmost respect for authorial vision; within that framework, she sees her mission as one of offering honest, compassionate, and insightful feedback to help every book become what its author dreams of.

Help make your book the best it can with feedback from an award-winning editor! Up for auction is one compassionate, honest evaluation/critique of a YA or middle grade manuscript (up to 300 pages), including an editorial letter describing big-picture issues and comments on the manuscript. The critique will address characterization, plot, pacing, setting, voice–the works! Depending on manuscript length, this is a $400-$800 value.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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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