Tuesday, November 26, 2013

#KidLitPhil Auction item 6 from Sarah Tuttle

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 #6: Manuscript Critique

Description: I work with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other genres. So long as your book is written for ages pre-school to young adult, I am happy to take a look!
My critiques are designed to be springboards for your editing process. I assess the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript, and help you identify places to start revising. As a critiquer, I do not fix your manuscript for you. Instead, I empower you to improve your work yourself.
Every critique I give includes:
1) An editorial letter giving an overview of my thoughts on your work.
2) Limited in-text comments addressing specific lines or sections of your manuscript.
3) A graph of the tension in your manuscript and analysis of your story arc and pacing. (For works without plot I graph my interest level and give an analysis of how your work held my attention.)
4) A phone call or phone Skype session, usually lasting around one hour, to discuss your manuscript.

Estimated Value: $50-200

Minimum Bid: $40

Auction Ends:  12/2/2013 at 10:00 PM EST

Bio: Sarah Tuttle is a children’s book writer living in Massachusetts. Her works for children are currently represented by Anna Olswanger of Liza Dawson Associates. She runs a freelance business where she critiques children’s book manuscripts and mentors writers. For more information, visit her online at http://sarahtuttlewriting.com/ .

Donor Sarah Tuttle’s website: http://sarahtuttlewriting.com/

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.
* To automatically receive updates on the latest bids, check the “Notify Me” box when you submit your comment.
* 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.


  1. $40 Deb Dunn ddclimb (at) aol (dot) com

  2. Sarah, Would you be willing to critique a YA novel?

    1. Yes! This item is for any manuscript picture book - young adult. -Sarah

  3. $45 Mureall Hebert mureall (at) Hotmail.com

  4. $50 Deb Dunn ddclimb (at) aol (com)

  5. $55 Mureall Hebert mureall (at) hotmail.com

    1. Murreall, you are the highest bidder. Please make a donation in the amount of your high bid to MercyCorps or UNICEF.

      After you have made your donation, please email me at michelle(at)michellecusolito(dot)com with your receipt attached or embedded in the email. I’ll provide you with the information you’ll need to get in touch with the donor of your item and carry out the terms of the auction.

      Thank you for your support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Your generosity will be enable MercyCorps and UNICEF to help survivors rebuild their lives.