Auction #69 – KidLit Cares: Picture Book Critique from Editor Summer Dawn Laurie

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!

Summer Laurie spent 10 years working at children’s book publishers, the last seven as senior editor at Tricycle Press, the children’s division of Ten Speed Press, and the previous three years at Chronicle Books for Children. Over these years she edited more than 50 published books ranging from board books to picture books, middle-grade novels to non-fiction. Summer now works as an independent editor, helping authors one-on-one to develop their manuscripts. When not editing, she produces the kids and teen programming for the Litquake Literary Festival and is a children’s specialist at indie bookstore Books Inc. where she started the “Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club”.

Summer is offering to critique a picture book submission. She will provide line edits to the manuscript as well as a developmental letter outlining overarching concerns, strengths, competition, etc.

Opening Bid: $30

This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 27. 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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39 responses

  1. $30 from @JulieFalatko

    November 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  2. B1


    November 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  3. $45

    November 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  4. Pam Brunskill


    November 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

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  6. Danielle

    $55 from

    November 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

  7. Emily


    November 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

  8. $65

    November 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

  9. Emily


    November 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  10. $85

    November 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

  11. Kim Pfennigwerth


    November 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Emily


      November 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

  12. Summer Laurie

    What a ball to watch the bids go up and up. But honestly, this offer is still a bargain!

    November 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  13. Nancy


    November 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

  14. lbsweeney


    November 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    • Emily


      November 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  15. 170

    November 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

  16. $200

    November 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    • Emily


      November 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  17. jb


    November 25, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  18. $230

    November 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

  19. Robert Forbes


    November 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  20. Nancy


    November 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

  21. $270

    November 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  22. Nancy


    November 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  23. $290

    November 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  24. Emily


    November 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  25. Nancy


    November 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  26. Emily


    November 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  27. $400

    November 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  28. Emily


    November 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  29. $500

    November 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  30. Emily


    November 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  31. 560

    November 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  32. Emily


    November 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  33. 600

    November 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  34. Emily


    November 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  35. Joanne Levy

    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 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  36. Joanne Levy

    I`m asking Summer if she will consider doing two critiques for each of the $600 tying bidders. Stay tuned.

    November 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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