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.

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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