KidLit Cares: One hour of editorial time from editor Cheryl Klein

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!

Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee and Low Books. She is also the author of The Magic Words:  Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults (W. W. Norton) and Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults (self-published). Prior to her work at Lee and Low, she spent sixteen years at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she published a wide array of acclaimed titles for children, teenagers, and discerning adults, and served as the continuity editor for the last two books of the Harry Potter series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and can be found online here and as @chavelaque.
Cheryl has donated an hour of editorial time for use as the auction winner sees fit: query letter review, 10-page manuscript critique, consultation, line-editing.

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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  1. Katie Evans
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 6:45 pm | Permalink


    I was so excited to see this on the list! I would love the chance to get to work with Cheryl!

  2. Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    twitter: @heatheraharwood

  3. Brigid G
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm | Permalink


  4. Catherine Flynn
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Twitter: @flynn_catherine

  5. Erin Ball
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Twitter: @erineball

  6. Kristina Castillo
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Permalink


  7. Posted August 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Twitter: @janetcostabates

  8. Nina Little
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your donation and this opportunity

  9. Rachel Martin
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:05 pm | Permalink


    Thank you for all you’re doing!

  10. Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

  11. Jacqui Hopson
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink


  12. Sabrina Mock-Rossi
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    $275 – What a great and generous idea!

  13. Laurel Abell
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink


  14. Sharon Darrow
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Permalink


  15. Anita Amin
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    $350. Thank you for your generosity!

  16. Laurel Abell
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 8:13 pm | Permalink


  17. Maria E. Gonzalez
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Permalink


  18. Lisa Stringfellow
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:15 am | Permalink
  19. Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    $425 @ellenmayerbooks

  20. Nicholas Almanza
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    $525 @njalmanza

  21. Teresa Walls
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 12:28 am | Permalink
  22. Nicholas Almanza
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    $600 njalmanza

  23. Belinda Brock
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
  24. Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:09 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, Belinda Brock!

    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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