KidLit Cares: Full novel-in-verse manuscript critique with author Laura Shovan

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!

Laura Shovan’s middle grade novel-in-verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, is a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel and won CYBILS and Nerdy Book Club awards for poetry. She is a longtime poet-in-the-schools and the author and editor of three books of poetry for adults. Laura is offering a full manuscript critique of your middle grade novel or YA novel-in-verse.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 8pm 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. Kate
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    $50 from @BookMamaKate

  2. Kate
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Ack! Have to retract my bid…I do not have a novel in verse. I wanted so much for a Skype author visit! Sorry (can I do that…retract my bid?)!!

    • Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Hi, Kate. If you’d like to make a donation for a Skype visit, I’d be happy to work something out with you. Please visit the contact page on my website: Send me a message and we’ll figure it out.

  3. Tasslyn Magnusson
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    $50 @TasslynM

    • Ann Morris
      Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for donating this item!

  4. Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
  5. Ann Morris
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Oops – didn’t mean to post my bid as a reply to someone else’s bid. Here’s a correct bid! 🙂

  6. Posted August 31, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink


  7. Ann Morris
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink


  8. Posted August 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Permalink


  9. Alisa Greenbacher
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Alisa Greenbacher $250

  10. Ann Morris
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink


  11. Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm | Permalink


  12. Ann Morris
    Posted September 4, 2017 at 10:59 pm | Permalink


  13. Posted September 5, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink


  14. Ann Morris
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm | Permalink


  15. Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    This auction closed at 8pm EST. The winner is the highest bid with a 7:59 or earlier time stamp on the comment:

    Congratulations, Ann Morris!

    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!

  16. Posted September 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Ann. You are a lucky person and so are the people affected by Harvey with your generous donation.

  17. Posted September 7, 2017 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your donation, Ann!

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