Thursday, November 1, 2012

Two Writerly Ways to Help Those Affected by Superstorm Sandy

Just wanted to direct you to a couple of charity auctions I've heard about that will benefit those affected by Superstorm Sandy. First off, check out Jen Malone's "Kidlit Community Giving Back" auction. She's got some great items up for grabs, including these:

--A 30-minute, ask-anything phone call with Holly Root of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
--A query-and-first-20-pages critique and follow-up phone call from Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency
--A full copy edit from kidlit writer Dahlia Adler

The auction will close on November 7 (NOT November 5, as I reported when I first posted this), so make sure to check back a few times between now and then.

Next, check out Kate Messner's "KidLit Cares" auction. She's also got some awesome goodies in her grab bag (including several I'm tempted to take a stab at):

--A 30-page critique and follow-up phone call from Egmont USA editor/publisher Elizabeth Law (!!)
--A 15-page critique and follow-up phone call from Bloomsbury Children's editor Caroline Abbey (!!)
--A 20-minute phone call with Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

These auctions will all close on different days, so pay close attention to those end dates, and check back often for new items!

UPDATE: Because this relief effort is too big for a single agency, you might consider donating to an aid organization other than the Red Cross over the course of the next few weeks. Catholic Charities is a long-established, well-respected organization that provides relief to the victims of natural disasters, as are The Salvation Army and LDS Charities. I'm not certain about Catholic Charities and The Salvation Army, but I know that 100% of the money donated to LDS Charities goes directly to the victims. (They cover their operating costs with other funds.)

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New York, New Jersey, and all the other states affected by Sandy. They're going to need our support for a good, long time.


Lexa Cain said...

It's really nice of you to feature these on your blog and encourage participation in these aid programs. My heart goes out to all those affected (particularly New Yorkers, as I was one for many years), and big thanks to Kristi for being such a sweetheart! :-)

Rena said...

Jennifer Jackson is also auctioning off a 50 page critique here.

Thanks for putting together this list!

Jennifer Malone said...

Krista- Thanks SO much for the shout-out and helping to spread the word:) Just a clarification- the auction goes until Nov 7th. More items- including even more agent critiques are going up shortly!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Just doing what I can, Lexa. I wish I were in a position to drop everything and fly to the Northeast to actually help people on the ground, but I'm not, so this is the least I can do.

Ooh, thanks for sharing, Rena!

You're welcome, Jennifer! And thanks for clarifying. I just changed it in the post.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Well, I haven't been very good at making my blog rounds or I would have seen that you'd posted on this as well. :D Great to get the word out. I hope they're able to make lots and lots of money to help.


Krista Van Dolzer said...

No worries, Amy--it's not a bad thing if keeping up with the Internet ranks far down on your list of priorities:)