Auction #4 – KidLit Cares: Manuscript Critique & Call with Publishing Director Wendy Lamb

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!

Wendy Lamb is the publishing director of Wendy Lamb Books at Random House, and publishes middle grade and YA novels. She edited the Newbery Medal books BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis and WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, as well as the Printz Award winner, HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff.

Wendy will read 3 chapters and a synopsis of a middle grade or YA novel, provide 2-3 pages of editorial comments, and a 15-minute follow-up call to discuss comments. Winning bidder to send chapters and synopsis after December 15 and Wendy will respond in early January.

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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25 responses

  1. Oh I get to start it off? What an honor! $30

    November 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

  2. I bid $100.00

    November 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  3. Jennifer Swanson


    November 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  4. $165

    November 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

  5. $175

    November 12, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  6. $200

    November 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

  7. $250

    November 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

  8. Wait … the auction closes on Thanksgiving?

    November 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

  9. $275.00

    November 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  10. Clare


    November 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

  11. $300

    libwriter (at)

    November 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

  12. Clare


    November 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  13. Pete Catalano


    November 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  14. Beth


    November 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

  15. Clare


    November 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • Clare

      Cancel this bid…finger slipped.

      November 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  16. Clare


    November 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm

  17. Wendy Lamb

    Hi everyone– thanks SO MUCH for bidding, as someone who lives on Long Island, I know how much people need this money to recover from the storm.

    this is last-minute: if the bid goes up to $750, I will also read the revised three chapters if the writer sends it back within 6 months!

    Gratefully, Wendy

    November 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    • Thank you, Wendy! I’m going to tweet about this new development!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

  18. $525

    November 22, 2012 at 4:40 am

  19. $530

    libwriter (at)

    November 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  20. $540

    November 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  21. $550

    November 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  22. Sarah S


    November 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  23. 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 10:02 pm