KidLit Cares: Query & 1st 15-pages critique from agent Patricia Nelson

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!

Patricia Nelson is offering a critique of a query letter + the first 15 pages of a YA or MG manuscript. She’ll also have a 20-minute phone call with you to discuss any aspects of writing and publishing that you’d like. Patricia is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She represents middle grade and YA of all genres, as well as select adult fiction. You can find out more about her atwww.marsallyonliteraryagency.com or on twitter at @patricianels.

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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19 Comments

  1. Kristen L Schroeder
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    $50 bid. Thank you for your donation!

  2. Alexis
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    $100. Thank you!

  3. Judith
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Judith
    $110
    thanks

  4. Liz Rice
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
  5. Alexis
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    $150

  6. Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    $175

  7. Judith
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Judith
    $185
    thanks!

  8. Orla Collins
    Posted August 30, 2017 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    This is a wonderful idea.

    Orlaith

    $200

    Thank you.

  9. Judith
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Judith
    $210

    thanks!

  10. Alexis
    Posted August 31, 2017 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    $225 alexislarkin (at) gmail

  11. Tom Wilinsky
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    $250.00 Thanks! Great idea and a great opportunity.

  12. Diane Weber
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    $275

  13. Lisa Stringfellow
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
  14. Jen Barton
    Posted September 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    $400 @JenBartonAuthor

  15. Orla Collins
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  16. Jen Barton
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    $450 @JenBartonAuthor

  17. Michelle Bridges
    Posted September 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Kate Messner will you please go back and look at auction #81. I think I should have one because someone posted a lower bid after me (I made a comment but I’m sure you are going on down the list. Thanks!
    -Michelle Bridges

  18. Posted September 6, 2017 at 9:08 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, Jen Barton! ($450)

    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: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot

    Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

    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: kidlitcaresdonations@gmail.com. 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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