KidLit Cares: Full MG or YA manuscript critique from author Caryn Lix

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!

Caryn Lix, author of the upcoming young adult sci fi book Sanctuary, is offering a full manuscript critique of MG or YA works. Critique will include chapter comments and a full editorial letter as well as a query critique.
Caryn has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta. Visit her website at to learn more.

Opening bid: $50

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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  1. Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink


  2. Posted August 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    $60. Thanks for your donation!

  3. Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink


  4. hemant nayak
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 1:25 am | Permalink


    hemant nayak

    thanks for donating!!

  5. Chris J Knoblaugh
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    $200 Chris Knoblaugh Thank you for donating.

  6. J Chase
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    $225 – thank you for donating your time and expertise!

    email: m3 at minimonstermedia period com
    twitter: rogueroamer

  7. Flor Salcedo
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm | Permalink


  8. Susan Wallach
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Susan Wallach


    Thanks so much.

  9. J Chase
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    m3 at minimonstermedia period com


  10. Susan Wallach
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Susan Wallach

    Thank you for giving.


  11. J Chase
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:07 pm | Permalink


    m3 at minimonstermedia period com

  12. Judi Brown
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  13. J Chase
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    m3 at minimonstermedia period com

    • Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      There’s been a higher bid already -see above

  14. J Chase
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm | Permalink


  15. J Chase
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink


  16. J Chase
    Posted September 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    urg… so which one got it?
    m3 at minimonstermedia period com

    sorry was refreshing and then I did that underbid… not sure what happened.

    Thank you for running this – sorry that I did it a bit wonky

  17. Posted September 7, 2017 at 9:05 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, J Chase! ($445)

    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. 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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