Auction #10 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique and Call with Author Melinda Metz

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. KidLit Cares was started by the very awesome Kate Messner, but I’m taking over Round 2. Agents, editors, authors, illustrators and other generous people 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!

Melinda Metz is the author of over 60 books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Roswell High series (basis for the TV show Roswell), and the Echoes series. With oft-time writing partner, Laura J. Burns, she is the author of the Edgar-nominated Wright & Wong middle-grade mystery series, and the YA vampire books CRAVE and SACRIFICE. They were also on the writing staff of Roswell and 1-800-Missing. Before she made the leap into writing, Melinda was an editor, first at Berkley Publishing, then at Parachute Publishing.

From Melinda: “I’ll read your middle-grade or YA manuscript, then call you to give you my critique, answer questions, and/or brainstorm. Don’t have a manuscript yet? I’ll be happy to call and answer your writing and publishing questions, and brainstorm with you to help you come up with or refine a project. Or we can just talk about Roswell 😉 45 min call.”

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. Any bids placed after that time will be void.

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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19 responses

  1. Poppy Wrote


    November 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  2. $50

    November 12, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  3. $60

    November 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm

  4. $70

    November 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  5. JEK


    November 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

  6. Alaina


    November 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  7. $100

    November 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  8. $125
    zarins atsymbol csus dot edu (or find me on FB)

    November 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  9. knightsofarcadia


    November 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  10. $150

    November 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

  11. $145

    November 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  12. oops, $160.

    November 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  13. TXAnthony


    November 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

  14. JEK


    November 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    • JEK

      email: jamiekrakover at gmail dot com

      November 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  15. TXAnthony


    November 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  16. JEK


    November 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  17. Hong



    November 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  18. This auction is now closed. The winner is the highest bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice (any bids that are posted after this notice are void). If you’re the winner, please make sure your contact information is correct, so I can get a hold of you to let you know you’ve won. Once I confirm to you in an e-mail that you are the high bidder, please make your donation in the amount of your bid to the Red Cross at the link below. Please don’t make your donation until after I confirm to you that you’ve won, just in case.

    Once you have made your donation, please e-mail a copy of your receipt and the name/number of your auction to me at Once I’ve received that, I will get in touch with the donor so you can connect and work out the finer details of your auction.

    If you were not the winner, please consider still making a donation to the Red Cross—every little bit helps!

    Thank you for your donations, efforts and for spreading the word about this important cause.


    November 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm