KidLit Cares: 20-minute phone pitch & consultation with agent Erin Murphy

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!

Agent Erin Murphy of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency is offering a 20-minute phone call about writing & publishing to the high bidder for this auction. The winner will have the opportunity to make a pitch, discuss the market potential of specific projects, or ask general questions about writing and publishing.
From Erin: (Anecdotally, when I did this last time, I ended up signing the person who won the phone call!)

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9pm 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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37 Comments

  1. Nina Little
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    $50
    Thank you for your donation and this opportunity!

  2. Terry Turner
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you! $60

  3. Nina Haines
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  4. Angela Russell
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink
  5. Meredith
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    $85 Thank you!

  6. Dorothy Pensky
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    $100

  7. Terry Turner
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  8. Posted August 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    $120 @nattosoup

  9. Mary Boone
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink
  10. Rebecca Savill
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    $175

  11. Nina Bricko
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    $200

  12. Michal Babay
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm | Permalink
  13. Laurie Young
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:46 am | Permalink
  14. Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    $230 rita borg

  15. Kellie DuBay Gillis
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    $275 @KDuBayGillis

  16. Liz Rice
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:52 am | Permalink
  17. Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Loving this! $350

  18. Sharon Darrow
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    $375

  19. Lisa Stringfellow
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm | Permalink
  20. Kristy
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:20 pm | Permalink
  21. Lisa Stringfellow
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:16 am | Permalink
  22. Lily LaMotte
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    $500 @lilylamotte

  23. Posted September 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink
  24. Laurie Young
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:13 am | Permalink
  25. Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  26. Sondra Soderborg
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    $600

  27. Kimberlee Gard
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    $700.00 Kimberleegard@aol.com

    Thank you all so much for your time and dedication in doing this auction!

  28. Posted September 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  29. Sondra Soderborg
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    $625

  30. Kimberlee Gard
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  31. Posted September 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  32. Kimberlee Gard
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  33. Sondra Soderborg
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    $1100

  34. Kimberlee Gard
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
  35. Sondra Soderborg
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    $1550

  36. Posted September 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    This auction closed at 9pm EST. The winner is the highest bid with an 8:59 or earlier time stamp on the comment:

    Congratulations, Kimberlee Gard! ($1500)

    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: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot

    Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

    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: kidlitcaresdonations@gmail.com. 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!

  37. Kimberlee Gard
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much, Kate, for putting this amazing auction together– and to you, Erin, for donating this opportunity. I feel beyond blessed and am overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love and hope! I’m so grateful to be a part of this amazing kidlit community!

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