KidLit Cares: Full manuscript critique from author Samantha M. Clark

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!

Samantha M Clark, author of the middle-grade novel WAKE coming from Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster on June 26, 2018, is offering a full manuscript critique to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Samantha will write a detailed editorial letter with notes on character, pacing, plot and more to help you take your MG or YA novel to the next level.

Samantha M Clark is the author of the middle-grade novel WAKE coming from Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster on June 26, 2018. A former journalist and managing editor for newspapers and magazines, Samantha is also a freelance editor with Yellow Bird Editors in Austin, Texas, and the Regional Advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Contact Samantha on her websiteTwitter or Facebook.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Wednesday, September 6, 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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32 Comments

  1. Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    $50

    twitter @heatheraharwood

  2. Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    $75

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  3. Alexis
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    $100

  4. Jennifer
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    $125

  5. Rachel Martin
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    $150

    Thank you!

  6. Jackee Alston
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for donating your time to a great cause! $175 jackee.alston(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Meredith Davis
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    $200

  8. Chris J Knoblaugh
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    $225

  9. Mima Tipper
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! $250

  10. CFrances
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    $265

  11. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 4, 2017 at 9:26 am | Permalink
  12. Meredith Davis
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    $325

  13. Chris J Knoblaugh
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm | Permalink
  14. Poppy Wrote
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    $360.00

  15. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  16. Sandy Grubb
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:47 pm | Permalink
  17. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink
  18. Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    $475 @kidlitSarah

  19. hemant nayak
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    500$

    thanks for donating

    • Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      Just FYI – we still need your donation receipt from last night’s auction!

      • hemant nayak
        Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

        sorry I missed this – both receipt now forwarded

  20. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  21. Judi Brown
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  22. hemant nayak
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    $525

  23. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    530

  24. hemant nayak
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    545

  25. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    550

  26. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    10:02 and I am thinking I am the high bidder. Thanks to Kate, Samantha, and to all the bidders! Mimatip@gmail.com

  27. Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:14 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, Hemant Nayak! ($545)

    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. In the subject line or body of your email, please let us know which auction you won – that makes the paperwork easier. Thanks!

    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!

  28. hemant nayak
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    thanks – receipts forwarded

  29. Mima Tipper
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Congrats, Hemant! Thought I had you

  30. Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who bid on this auction, as well as all the auctions. Your donations will be a huge help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    Congratulations on winning, Hemant! I look forward to working with you.

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