Auction #42 – KidLit Cares: Publishing Contract Review and Consultation with Author/Attorney Susan Spann (California Resident Only)

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!

Susan Spann is a practicing California attorney with over ten years’ experience in intellectual property, publishing and contract law. Her publishing clients include book and magazine publishers, independent and agented authors (both traditionally and self-published), and developers of e-books and digital apps. Susan is also a writer, her Claws of the Cat, the first book in Susan’s Shiobi mystery series featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori, debuts in July 2013 from St.Martin’s / Minotaur.

The winner of this auction will receive publishing contract review and consultation (up to 2 hours*) with Susan Spann, transactional publishing attorney. Winner will have up to 24 months to claim the review and consultation, and may elect a 1-hour consultation about general contract terms and issues instead of the contract review option (at the winner’s option). Winner will need to e-mail the contract to Susan Spann for review. Comments and consultation can take place by telephone and/or email, at the winner’s preference. Due to potential licensing issues, only California residents may bid on or win this auction.

 (*This is the standard time for review and comment on a publishing contract, so this auction is for a full, standard-length publishing contract review and commentary, not an abbreviated or truncated service.) The winner will also be able to ask follow-up questions by telephone or email. Contract review and comment includes (1) publishing attorney Susan Spann’s review of your standard-length publishing contract, (b) comments and proposed revisions to the contract language, if appropriate, (3) the opportunity to ask questions and have difficult or confusing terms explained, and (4) if appropriate, preparation of a response to the publisher requesting modifications or revisions to the contract language. Approximate retail value: $800-1,000

Opening Bid: $50 Please confirm in your bid that you are a California resident.

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 25. 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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10 responses

  1. I bid $50. My US address is in California, but I reside in Palestine. Hope that’s not a problem!

    November 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • Susan Spann

      If your US mailing address is in California, that’s fine. I can address the international issues too! And thanks for your bid!

      November 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      • Thanks for your generosity. I think it’s amazing for us to be able to help a good cause and get really valuable services for ourselves too. It’s a great idea!

        November 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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  3. B1

    60 / so. Cal!

    November 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

  4. $61 (and just curious B1, are you named after the bomber?)

    November 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

  5. b1

    $70 Not the bomber but short for B. Won. Hope alls well Nora.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  6. $71.

    We’ve got Apaches and F16s here, but no B1s as far as I know. (I live in Palestine. Yay ceasefire!)

    November 22, 2012 at 4:18 am

  7. 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 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  8. Yay I am so excited! I woke up at 4:30 am to be sure no one bid while I was asleep. Thanks for this great opportunity to raise money for a good cause and get great stuff. You can reach me at

    November 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

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