KidLit Cares: Picture Book critique with author-illustrator Fred Koehler

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!

Fred Koehler is the author and illustrator of lots of books, including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor Book ONE DAY, THE END, and the Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year award winner SUPER JUMBO.
Are you trying to break into publishing as a writer/illustrator? Can’t figure out what’s holding you back? While writer/illustrators have some advantages, we also have a lot more pressure on us to submit ideas where both the words and the pictures shine. Let me take a look at your latest picture book dummy (can be as simple as words w/ thumbnail sketches). I’ll provide a formal critique and other feedback based on my experience to help push you closer to your publishing goal.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Wednesday, September 6, 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. Joni Nemeth
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  2. Prisca Martens
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    $75 Thanks for your willingness to offer critique/feedback, Fred!

  3. Posted August 31, 2017 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi Fred, I just gave $100 to the Red Cross.

  4. Posted September 4, 2017 at 11:25 pm | Permalink
  5. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:21 am | Permalink
    • Adriane Pirro
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm | Permalink


  6. Adriane Pirro
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    I would like to bid $135. Thanks for doing this Fred.

  7. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    $145.00. Thanks!

  8. Posted September 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  9. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    $155.00 Thanks!!

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  11. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm | Permalink
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  13. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
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  15. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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  17. Rachel Funez
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Permalink
  18. Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  19. Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:15 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, Amanda! – $195 was your high bid before the auction closed, but I won’t complain if you want to donate your after-hours bid of 205 instead. 🙂

    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!

    • Posted September 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      Awesome! Such good work, Kate. Thank you! I’ll be happily donating the $205 🙂

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