KidLit Cares: Full MG manuscript critique & phone call with agent Elizabeth Harding

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!

Elizabeth Harding, Vice President and agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd., is donating a full manuscript critique for one aspiring middle-grade author, along with a 15-minute phone call. The winner of this auction will receive a critique of their MG manuscript in the form of a three- to five-page editorial letter.

Elizabeth Harding started at Curtis Brown, Ltd. more than twenty years ago and is currently a Vice President at the agency, representing authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction across genres. Her list includes New York Times bestsellers, Newbery, National Book Award, and Printz and Coretta Scott King honor and award winners. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and lives in Manhattan with her husband and four sons.

Opening bid: $100

Auction ends:Thursday, September 7, 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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28 Comments

  1. Kate O'Shaughnessy
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    $150

    Thank you so much for your donation.

  2. Michelle Leonard
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    $175 Thank you for supporting this cause, Elizabeth!

  3. Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    $200 — Thank you!

  4. Heather Murphy Capps
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    $250 – Thank you!
    Heathermcappsauthor@gmail.com
    or Twitter: @HMCWrites

  5. Sharon Darrow
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    $275

  6. Trevor Kezon
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    $300

  7. Meredith
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    $325
    Thanks so much!

  8. Bree Dayley
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
  9. Laurie Smith Murphy
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    $375 @LSmithMurphy

  10. Posted August 31, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    $360 – THANK YOU!

  11. Bree Dayley
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    $375

  12. Posted August 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    $400

  13. Cathy Petter
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    $500

  14. Diane Weber
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    $550

  15. Susan
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    $600.

  16. Mary Beth Miller
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    $800. Thank you.

  17. Sandy Grubb
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    $950

  18. sheila flynn-decosse
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    sheila flynn-decosse
    $1000.

    sheila flynn-decosse.com

  19. shiela flynn-decosse
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    sheila flynn- decosse

    $1000.

    • shiela flynn-decosse
      Posted September 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      # 19. sorry duplicate and worse.mis-spelled!
      Please delete #19.

  20. Mary Beth Miller
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    $1,200

  21. Susan Brody
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    $1,300.

  22. Jenifer Tidwell
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    $1500

  23. Mary Beth Miller
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    $2000

  24. Jenifer Tidwell
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    $2100

  25. Posted September 7, 2017 at 9:21 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, Jenifer Tidwell! ($2100)

    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!

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