KidLit Cares: Picture book critique & skip-the-slush-pile pass from editor Mary Kate Castellani

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!

Executive Editor Mary Kate Castellani of Bloomsbury Children’s Books has donated a “skip-the slush-pile” pass and manuscript critique of a picture book text for an aspiring children’s author. Please submit a full picture book text or dummy for review and critique in the form of a short editorial letter.
Mary Kate is an Executive Editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books where she publishes titles for all age levels, including the Zombelina picture book series by Kristyn Crow and illustrated by Caldecott-honor winning illustrator Molly Idle; middle-grade novels by critically acclaimed authors Kate Messner and Megan Frazer Blakemore; and YA novels by award-winning authors Emery Lord, Tonya Bolden, and Leah Thomas.

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 5:27 pm | Permalink
  2. Rose Cappelli
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Rebecca Savill
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm | Permalink


  4. Posted August 30, 2017 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    $210 rita borg

  5. kearen enright
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  6. Rose Cappelli
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink
  7. Beth Brody
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink


  8. Liz Rice
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
  9. Laurel Abell
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Permalink


  10. Maria E. Gonzalez
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm | Permalink


  11. Liz Rice
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
  12. Lily LaMotte
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    $550 FB me

  13. Melissa Azarian
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm | Permalink


  14. Sarah Hager
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Permalink


    Sarah S. Hager on FB

  15. Lauren Grace
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    $825 @LaurenGraceBFYR

  16. Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:01 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, Lauren Grace!

    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!

  17. Lauren Grace
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! I will follow up in the morning with donation details. Thank you Kate Messner & Mary Kate Castellani for all of your time & work on this!

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