Thursday, November 28, 2013

#KidLitPhil Auction item 16 from Carol Gordon Ekster

KidLit for the Philippines is an online talent auction to benefit Mercy Corps and UNICEF relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda). Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services and items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to Mercy Corps and UNICEF.

Auction #16: School Visit

Description: Carol Gordon Ekster will do a 45-60 minute power point presentation for one classroom, grades 3-5, covering the process of publishing picture books, her books and being an author, and tips for improving students' writing. The school must be within 25 miles of Andover, MA. (If you live further away and wish to bid, Carol will do her program via Skype. Please be certain you have the technology to support simultaneous Skype and Power Point projection and a person to offer technical support as needed).

Estimated Value: $100

Minimum Bid: $25

Auction Ends: 12/4/2013 at 10:00 PM EST

Bio: Carol Gordon Ekster was a passionate elementary school teacher for 35 years. Her first published book was, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008. “The Library Is The Perfect Place,” was in Library Sparks magazine, 2010. A picture book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was on Character Publishing’s debut list, 2011. Her newest picture book is expected out early 2015 with Pauline Books & Media. Retired from teaching, Carol now spends time in critique groups, doing yoga and exercising, and working on her books. She’s grateful that her writing allows her to continue communicating with children. She also speaks at conferences about using picture books with older readers.

Donor Carol Gordon Ekster’s website:

Auction Instructions:
* Bid by posting a comment with your bid amount in U.S. dollars; no anonymous bidding.
* Do not bid unless you intend to pay that amount to Mercy Corps or UNICEF.
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* Highest bid before the end of the auction wins.
* A note about last-minute bidding: If you are used to online auctions that end at an exact, given second, please know that the KidLitPhil auctions don’t work quite that way. Each auction ends when I post the “Auction closed” comment. I do that when my computer turns to 10pm EST, but because I have multiple auctions to close at that time (also because I am human) it will not be precisely at 10pm EST. At any rate, the winning bid is the high bid before the Auction Closed comment, even if the time on your computer reads slightly after 10:00. Thanks for understanding!
* Winning bidder must donate the winning bid amount to a designated charity organization and provide a copy of the receipt within three days of notification.
* For physical items, unless otherwise noted, donor pays standard shipping within the U.S.; winning bidder pays for express shipping or for shipping outside the U.S.

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