KidLit Cares: Query & Manuscript Critique Package with Author Tessa Gratton

Auction #37:  Query & Manuscript Critique Package with Author Tessa Gratton

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. 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!

Tessa Gratton, the author of amazing YA titles like BLOOD MAGIC and THE BLOOD KEEPER, is offering FIVE query and partial manuscript critiques to the five highest bidders in this auction!  Query letters & opening chapters are Tessa’s specialty. She’ll read and critique your query letter and the first 5000 words of your YA or MG novel if you’re one of those top bidders!

Opening Bid: $30

Auction Ends: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10pm EST. (Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void.)

A note about last-minute bidding: If you are used to computerized Ebay auctions that end at an exact, given second, please know that the KidLit Cares auctions don’t work quite that way. Each auction ends when I post the “Auction closed” comment. I do that when my computer turns to 10pm, but because I have multiple auctions to close at that time (also because I am human) it will not be a totally exact thing.  (I have been working for years to try and clone myself, but to no avail, and I am particularly bummed about that at the moment. Those cloned Kates would have been great at closing auctions all at once.) At any rate, the winning bid is the high bid before the Auction Closed comment, even if the time on your computer reads slightly after 10:00. Thanks for understanding!

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 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 your help!

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  1. Mandy Silberstein
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink


  2. Donna
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink


  3. Beth
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    $50.00 !

  4. Mandy Silberstein
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink


  5. Posted November 3, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink


  6. Lindy Lorenz
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink


  7. Katharine Herndon
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink


  8. Mandy Silberstein
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink


  9. Posted November 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink


  10. Mandy Silberstein
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink


    • Posted November 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

      Mandy, Tessa has offered this critique package to the top FIVE bidders – so unless you fall out of the top five, you don’t need to keep bidding. You are kind of bidding against yourself right now – just thought you should know!

      • Mandy Silberstein
        Posted November 10, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        Kate, I realized that after I placed the last bid…I get a little bid happy sometimes 🙂
        Thanks for the heads up!!

  11. Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Q: If I fall out of the top 5 and want to rebid, do I just go higher than the lowest top 5 bid or higher than the highest bid listed?

    • Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      You’d need to bid above the current high bid.

  12. Michelle Moloney Kin
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink


    • Michelle MoloneyKing
      Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      I am in amongst the top five bidders, did I win?

      If I did win, you can contact me via my blog email:

      Thank you so much

      • Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

        Yes! Just emailed you, Michelle!

  13. Jennifer Ansbach
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for doing this, Kate and Joanne!

    $135. 🙂

  14. Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink


  15. Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    This auction is now closed. The winner is the high bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice. If that’s you, please make sure your contact information on that comment is current so that I can touch base in a few minutes to confirm that you won. Then, you’ll use the Red Cross link below to make a donation in the amount of your high bid to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Please don’t do that until I contact you, just to be sure. If your bid is listed after this notice, you are not the high bidder, as your bid came in after the auction closed. (We still appreciate your support, though!) Here’s the donation link:

    After you have made your donation, please email me at the following address: k m e s s n e r at kate messner dot com (all lower case, no spaces) with your Red Cross receipt attached. On Monday, I’ll provide you with the information you’ll need to get in touch with the donor of your item and carry out the terms of the auction.

    Thank you – again – for your support in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Your generosity will be a huge help to the Red Cross as the serve the people hurting the most in the storm’s path.


    • Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

      Correction!!! The TOP FIVE BIDDERS have all won this auction, as Tessa is giving away FIVE of these packages. If you’re one of those top five, you’ve won & I’ll be in touch soon to let you know so you can make your donation!

  16. Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited to be one of the lucky five. Thanks to Kate, Tessa and all the other wonderful people donating.
    My email is on the form but if you need it here: sleuthwood (at) yahoo (dot) com

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