KidLit Cares: Superstorm Sandy Relief Effort

People who write children’s books and work in this industry have a wide range of interests and talents. As authors, illustrators, agents, and editors, we do different jobs, and we love and create different kinds of books. But one thing we all tend to agree on is using your powers for good in the world.

Many of us watched with sadness as Sandy ravaged the East Coast on October 29th.  Damage estimates are in the tens of billions, and the heartbreak is impossible to measure. We’d like to do what we can to help, and that’s what KidLit Cares is all about.

What is KidLit Cares?

It’s an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort for Sandy. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

What kinds of things are included?

Manuscript critiques, Skype author visits, virtual writing workshops, school & library marketing consultations for authors… you name it.  Click here to see the full list of auction items from Round 1: great kidlit people including authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Julie Berry, and Jo Knowles, agent Erin Murphy, editor Caroline Abbey.

How do I bid on an auction?

Round 1 is now closed, but feel free to check out the listings – amazing stuff and lots of money raised!

For Round 2, see below for the full listing of offerings, but take note – they start closing on November 23. Click on the title of the entry for more information. There’s a blog post with details for each item, and bidding will happen in the comments.Round 2 is now live – auctions will be posted below on the day they go live. Each auction will be open for 10 days. Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to auctions 1-12, so they now end at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23.

We also have a Facebook page, where the auctions will be posted, but if you’re bidding, you must do it on this site – bids will NOT be taken at Facebook.

If you’d like to bid on an auction, check the current high bid in the comments, and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in a new comment, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy. Just please make sure it’s correct so we can get in touch if you win an auction).

A note about bidding: this is not a super-technical auction blog, so I will close each item manually at 10 EST on the date listed on each item. The bid immediately preceding my close notice that is the highest bid will be the winner. Please be understanding that I am a human and my clock may not be exactly the same as yours, but we do have to draw the line, so this is the best way we can be fair.

What happens if I win?

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 item/service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when it will be delivered.   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.

What happens if I don’t win?

We ask that you make a donation anyway – even a few dollars will go a long way towards helping out and that’s what we’re doing this for, right? AND consider donating blood, if you are able. Times like this mean a lot of blood is needed and many people are unable to donate. Help out if you can. Remember that just because something isn’t front page news, there’s still need for people affected by the devastation.

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About the people behind KidLit Cares

Author Kate Messner  initially launched the KidLit Cares effort very quickly after seeing the devastation brought on by Sandy. She writes books for kids (one of them is about scary futuristic storms that feel a little too real these days), and she wanted to do something to help the people in Sandy’s path who are hurting.

And who’s Joanne Levy?

Joanne Levy is the author who took over Round 2 of the KidLit Cares online auction. She lives in Canada, but watched the devastation caused by Sandy and also wanted to help out how she could. Joanne is an executive assistant by day, so she’s (hopefully) well equipped to carry the baton Kate passed on. To learn more about Joanne and her book, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, check out her main site at joannelevy.com

Thank you!

Round 2 Auctions

  1. Auction #1 – KidLit Cares: Book Club Pack/Skype Visit with Joanne Levy (CLOSED)
  2. Auction #2 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique Package from Hannah Barnaby and Kate O’Sullivan (CLOSED)
  3. Auction #3 – KidLit Cares: Book Club Pack/Skype Visit with Lisa Schroeder (CLOSED)
  4. Auction #4 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique & Call with Publishing Director Wendy Lamb (CLOSED)
  5. Auction #5 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit, Signed Books, Named Character from Barry Lyga (CLOSED)
  6. Auction #6 – KidLit Cares: 5 page Manuscript Critique and Phone Call from Agent Michelle Wolfson (CLOSED)
  7. Auction #7 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Critique and Signed Book From Author and Former Editor Susan Hood (CLOSED)
  8. Auction #8 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author R.J. Palacio (CLOSED)
  9. Auction #9 – KidLit Cares: Original Art from Author/Illustrator Tad Hills (CLOSED)
  10. Auction #10 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique and Call with Author Melinda Metz (CLOSED)
  11. Auction #11 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author Ame Dyckman (CLOSED)
  12. Auction #12 – KidLit Cares: 30 Page Manuscript Critique from Author Rachele Alpine (CLOSED)
  13. Auction #13 – KidLit Cares: Original Signed Artwork by Author/Illustrator Tom Angleberger (CLOSED)
  14. Auction #14 – KidLit Cares: 100 Page Manuscript Critique from Author Eric Berlin (CLOSED)
  15. Auction #15 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Class Set of Signed Books from Author/Illustrator Alan Silberberg (CLOSED)
  16. Auction #16 – KidLit Cares: 20 Page Manuscript Critique and Signed Books from Author Janet Fox (CLOSED)
  17. Auction #17 – KidLit Cares: In-Person Visit from Author Lisa McMann (CLOSED)
  18. Auction #18 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book/15 Page Manuscript Critique and Phone Call with Editor Alvina Ling (CLOSED)
  19. Auction #19 – KidLit Cares: Naming Rights to a Character in a Forthcoming Novel from Author Gary Paulsen (CLOSED)
  20. Auction #20 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit, Signed Book and Singing Telegram from Author Hester Bass (CLOSED)
  21. Auction #21 – KidLit Cares: Website Design and Development from Designer Sammy Yuen (CLOSED)
  22. Auction #22 – KidLit Cares: Author Visit in a Box with Author Erin Dealey (CLOSED)
  23. Auction #23 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Author Jennifer Fosberry (CLOSED)
  24. Auction #24 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author Gary D. Schmidt (CLOSED)
  25. Auction #25 – KidLit Cares: First Pages Critique and Phone Call with Agent Caryn Wiseman (CLOSED)
  26. Auction #26 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit with Author Helaine Becker (CLOSED)
  27. Auction #27 – KidLit Cares: Original Art from Author/Illustrator Lisa Brown (CLOSED)
  28. Auction #28 – KidLit Cares: Social Media Consulting with Author/Consultant Greg Pincus (CLOSED)
  29. Auction #29 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Book from Author Denise Jaden (CLOSED)
  30. Auction #30 – KidLit Cares: Verse Novel or Picture Book Critique from Author Caroline Starr Rose (CLOSED)
  31. Auction #31 – KidLit Cares: Collection of 4 Signed Books from Author Lois Lowry (CLOSED)
  32. Auction #32 – KidLit Cares: Phone Call with Author James Dashner (CLOSED)
  33. Auction #33 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Dummy Critique from Editor Jessica Garrison and Art Director Lily Malcom (Dial BFYR) (CLOSED)
  34. Auction #34 – KidLit Cares: Skype/In Person Visit and Signed Books from Authors Amy Guglielmo and Julie Appel (CLOSED)
  35. Auction #35 – KidLit Cares: 30 Page Manuscript Critique from Author and Former Editor Lisa Graff (CLOSED)
  36. Auction #36 – KidLit Cares: Signed Book and Original Artwork from Author/Illustrator Elizabeth Schoonmaker (CLOSED)
  37. Auction #37 – KidLit Cares: Critiques and SWAG from The YA Highway (CLOSED)
  38. Auction #38 – KidLit Cares: A Set of 5 Signed Books from Author Leslie Bulion (CLOSED)
  39. Auction #39 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Louise Borden (CLOSED)
  40. Auction #40 – KidLit Cares: 20 Minute Phone Call with Agent Marcia Wernick (CLOSED)
  41. Auction #41 – KidLit Cares: Limited Signed Edition of Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories Isaac Bashevis Singer and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (CLOSED)
  42. Auction #42 – KidLit Cares: Publishing Contract Review and Consultation with Author/Attorney Susan Spann (California Resident Only) (CLOSED)
  43. Auction #43 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and 10 Signed Books from Author Katherine Applegate (CLOSED)
  44. Auction #44 – KidLit Cares: Full Manuscript Critique from Author/Editor/Teacher Bev Katz Rosenbaum (CLOSED)
  45. Auction #45 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (CLOSED)
  46. Auction #46 – KidLit Cares: 50 Page Manuscript Critique from Author Stephanie Greene (CLOSED)
  47. Auction #47 – KidLit Cares: Custom Made Jewelry from Wendy Qualls (CLOSED)
  48. Auction #48 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Book from Author Marisabina Russo (CLOSED)
  49. Auction #49 – KidLit Cares: Cover or Blog Banner Design from Author and Graphic Designer Lisa Amowitz (CLOSED)
  50. Auction #50 – KidLit Cares: Full YA or MG Manuscript Critique and Phone Call with Agent Sara Crowe (CLOSED)
  51. Auction #51 – KidLit Cares: Signed Books from Author John Green (CLOSED)
  52. Auction #52 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Book App from Author Marsha Diane Arnold (CLOSED)
  53. Auction #53 – KidLit Cares: Project Critique from Victoria Rock, Founding Children’s Publisher & Editor-At-large, Chronicle Books (CLOSED)
  54. Auction #54 – KidLit Cares: One Hour Phone Call with Author Rebecca Kai Dotlich (CLOSED)
  55. Auction #55 – KidLit Cares: Portfolio Critique and Evaluation from Author/Illustrator Marla Frazee (CLOSED)
  56. Auction #56 – KidLit Cares: Full Manuscript/Collection of Poems Critique from Author Amy McNamara (CLOSED)
  57. Auction #57 – KidLit Cares: Class Set of Signed Books from Author Gary Paulsen (CLOSED)
  58. Auction #58 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Katie Davis (CLOSED)
  59. Auction #59 – KidLit Cares: Signed Books, Character Naming and Murdered Darlings Box from Author Gina Damico (CLOSED)
  60. Auction #60 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Critique from Author Tara Lazar (CLOSED)
  61. Auction #61 – KidLit Cares: Query Critique and 20 Minute Phone Call with Senior Literary Agent, Gordon Warnock (CLOSED)
  62. Auction #62 – KidLit Cares: 100 Page Manuscript Critique and Signed Books from Author Nova Ren Suma (CLOSED)
  63. Auction #63 – KidLit Cares: Books and Swag from The Class of 2k12 (CLOSED)
  64. Auction #64 – KidLit Cares: Children’s or YA Manuscript Critique from Editor Shannon Barefield (CLOSED)
  65. Auction #65 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Danette Haworth (CLOSED)
  66. Auction #66 – KidLit Cares: Children’s or YA Manuscript Critique from Agent Jennifer Flannery (CLOSED)
  67. Auction #67 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit and Signed Books from Author Danielle Joseph (CLOSED)
  68. Auction #68 – KidLit Cares: 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market from Chuck Sambuchino (CLOSED)
  69. Auction #69 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Critique from Editor Summer Dawn Laurie (CLOSED)
  70. Auction #70 – KidLit Cares: Signed Advanced Reader Copies from Author Andrea Cremer (CLOSED)
  71. Auction #71 – KidLit Cares: One Hour Skype Visit with Author Linda Tagliaferro (CLOSED)
  72. Auction #72 – KidLit Cares: 3 Chapter Copy Edit from Editor Lori Goldstein (CLOSED)
  73. Auction #73 – KidLit Cares: Tag-team Picture Book Critique from Editor Namrata Tripathi and Author-illustrator Lita Judge (CLOSED)
  74. Auction #74 – Set of 2013 Debut Books from Soho Teen (CLOSED)
  75. Auction #75 – Picture Book or 3 Chapter MG or YA Novel Critique from Agent and Author Ammi-Joan Paquette (CLOSED)
  76. Auction #76 – Three Month Rhyming Picture Book Mentorship from Author Corey Rosen Schwartz (CLOSED)
  77. Auction #77 – Signed Copy of Writing Irrisistible Kidlit by Agent and Editor Mary Kole (CLOSED)
  78. Auction #78 – Manuscript Critique from Editor Molly Kempf Hodgin (CLOSED)
  79. Auction #79 – Registration to SCBWI Conference in New York City, February 1-3, 2013 (CLOSED)
  80. Auction #80 – Original Artwork from Author/Illustrator Matt Faulkner (CLOSED)
  81. Auction #81 – MEGA Signed Copy of Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner and Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (CLOSED)

33 responses

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  2. ikmercurio

    Good for you for taking this on! What a wonderful thing to do. I’ll spread the word! :-)

    November 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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  5. We at Mommy Poppins Boston think you are superheroes! Check out our mention of the Kid Lit auction in our recent post about helping victims of Sandy: http://boston.mommypoppins.com/kids/helping-others-pick-up-the-pieces-after-sandy-things-boston-kids-and-parents-can-do-together

    November 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    • Thank you! We appreciate you spreading the word!

      November 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

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  7. Way to go Kidlitters. So proud of you all. It looks like you don’t need much more in the way of auction items, but if you do, I could always offer a picture book critique or a mess of my books. Otherwise, I’ll do my best to send people to this website to bid. Thanks again. Sheryl

    November 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    • Thanks, Sheryl! We’re pretty set for the time being, but I’ll be in touch if we do a Round 3.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      • Perfect. Hope everyone’s bids are generous.

        November 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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  9. What a fantastic idea and show of support! I’ll try to spread the word further on my own blog (http://booksrekindled.wordpress.com/). Best of luck!

    November 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

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  15. Will there be a round 3? :)

    November 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

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