KidLit Cares: Free Pass to the Chronicle Books Editorial Meeting & Tag-team Picture Book Critique

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!

Chronicle Books editor Melissa Manlove & author Kate Messner are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an aspiring picture book author — a FREE PASS to the Chronicle Books Editorial Meeting, along with a tag-team picture book critique before your book goes to the meeting. Here’s how it will work…

The winner of this auction will receive a picture book critique with author Kate Messner. After you’ve had a chance to revise based on her comments, you’ll send it along to Chronicle Books editor Melissa Manlove, who will offer further guidance. After you’ve had a chance to revise again, Melissa will take your manuscript to the Chronicle Books Children’s Editorial Meeting, where potential acquisitions are discussed. If one of the editors is excited about it, great! If not, Melissa will share the group’s thoughts and feedback with you so that you can revise again if you’d like, and submit the project elsewhere.

Note from Kate: Melissa is my editor at Chronicle. She is kind, funny, and smart as the day is long. This is a truly amazing opportunity.

Opening bid: $50

Auction ends: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8pm 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!

74 Replies on “KidLit Cares: Free Pass to the Chronicle Books Editorial Meeting & Tag-team Picture Book Critique

  1. Hey, friends – Please don’t forget that you need to include some kind of contact info for your bid to be valid. Maria, you’ll want to repeat your bid with that info, please.

      1. Thanks, Kimberley. I was a nervous wreck! You were great! It’s a great cause and tremendous need. I wish you well with the other auctions.

  2. This auction closed at 8pm EST. The winner is the highest bid with a 7:59 or earlier time stamp on the comment:

    Congratulations, MARIA E. GONZALEZ!

    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.

    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!

    1. Just want to say thank you again to everyone. My area has started voluntary evacuations for Hurricane Irma. We are in southwest FL (Gulf Coast), and unless it changes course, we will take the brunt of this hurricane, so I ask for prayers. As a Red Cross volunteer, hopefully I can assist my community too.
      THANK YOU and continued prayers for all affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    1. Thank you! Much appreciated!
      Very grateful for this opportunity and for the generosity of all donating their talents to help those affected by Harvey.