KidLit Cares: 1st Chapter critique from author Jo Knowles

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. 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. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

 Jo Knowles has donated a first chapter (10 pages) manuscript critique. Jo is the author of several YA and MG books, including Read Between The Lines, Still A Work in Progress and See You At Harry’s. Jo also teaches writing at the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program. Jo has donated a first chapter critique for an aspiring children’s author. The winner of this auction will receive a critique in the form of an editorial letter giving feedback on up to 10 pages of the opening of a YA or MG novel. 

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10pm EST.

Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void. (Please note: bidding at the last second isn’t a good idea. Websites get overloaded & there’s always a chance that your bid might not post on time. So please bid your best offer with plenty of time to spare.)

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 Hurricane Harvey 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 bidding!

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  1. Nancy
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink


  2. Laurie Smith Murphy
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    $60 Thanks!!

  3. Judith Wolochow
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    great idea!

  4. Meghann Donohue
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Love this!

  5. Elisabeth Aikins
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome! Thanks, Jo!

  6. Rachel Martin
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:13 pm | Permalink


    Thank you!

  7. Kate Lynch
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink


  8. Marie Cruz
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink


  9. Nancy
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink


  10. Nancy
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    oops- didn’t refresh


  11. Melanie Jacobson
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink


  12. Laurie Smith Murphy
    Posted September 4, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  13. Posted September 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    This auction closed at 10pm EST. The winner is the highest bid with a 9:59 or earlier time stamp on the comment:

    Congratulations, Laurie Smith Murphy!

    At this time, you should make a donation in the amount of your high bid to either the Red Cross or Global Giving Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. Here are the two links:

    Red Cross:

    Global Giving:

    All donations should be made within 24 hours of the auction’s close. After you have made your donation, you will receive an email from that organization with your official receipt. To have your donation recorded, you must forward this email to the following address: Please be sure to forward the receipt email from the organization – screen shots of landing pages and Paypal receipts will not be accepted.

    After you’ve forwarded your email, your donation will be recorded, and within a day or two, you’ll receive an email from me connecting you with the donor of your item so that you can share necessary information and work out the details. (Donors, please sit tight until you get that email from me!) Thanks for your patience – we’re processing all the paperwork from 200+ auctions in three days, so we’ll do our best to be quick, but it won’t be immediate. And thanks so much for supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts!

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