Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 4, 2012

You Can Help Yourself and Help Hurricane Victims

I am sure all of have seen the pictures of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has brought to New Jersey, New York and other states around the country. It is heart breaking to see how people are suffering. With that in mind, I thought you would be interested in finding out what you can participate in to help raise money for the victims of this storm.

Kate Messner and Jen Malone have rounded up editors, agents, art directors, and authors who are donating critiques, Skype visits, signed book packages, etc., all going to help. Just click the each to read description.  The SCBWI has donated and at the botoom you will see a solar battery company matching what you buy. Maybe we can all help in some small way.

1. Manuscript Critique with Caroline Abbey of Bloomsbury

2. Manuscript Critique & Signed Books from Julie Berry

3. Manuscript Critique with Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Manuscript Critique with Jo Knowles

5. 20-minute Phone Chat with Agent Erin Murphy

6. School Skype Gift Bag from Author Laurel Snyder!

7. Perfect Your Pitch Package with Author Erin Dionne

8. Query Critique & Phone Chat with Agent Jennifer Laughran

9. Manuscript Critique with Agent Pam van Hylckama

10. Skype Author Visit with Laurie Halse Anderson

11. Skype Visit with Veronica Roth, Author of DIVERGENT

12. Phone Call with Poet & Author Nikki Grimes

13. Picture Book Critique with Author Jean Reidy!

14. Manuscript Critique & Phone Call with Egmont USA Publisher Elizabeth Law

15. Full YA or MG Manuscript Critique with Author Kody Keplinger

16. Picture Book Critique with Author Deborah Underwood

17. Skype Visit with Mo Willems!

18. Skype Visit & Signed Books from Author Linda Urban

19. Skype Author Visit & Signed Books from Sara Lewis Holmes

20. Skype Visit & Signed Books from Barbara O’Connor

21. Writer’s Care Package from Sarah Aronson

22. Picture Book Critique with Michelle Knudsen

23. “Free Pass” to Chronicle Books Editorial Meeting & Picture Book Critique with Editor Melissa Manlove

24. For Authors: School and Library Planning & Publicity Package from Kate Messner

25. Manuscript Critique with Author April Henry

26. Manuscript Critique with Author Sarah Darer Littman

27. Poetry or Picture Book Critique with Author Kelly Fineman

28. Author/Agent Tag-Team Picture Book Critique & Submission Package w/ Anne Marie Pace & Linda Pratt

29.Signed Fairy Tale Retellings & a Personal Letter from Author Diane Zahler

30. Manuscript Critique & Phone Call with Agent Michelle Witte

31. Release Day Launch Package for your YA/MG Book from InkSlinger PR

32. Manuscript Critique & Signed Book from Editor Cheryl Klein

33. Month9Books 2013 “Books for a Year” Package

34. Skype Author Visit & Signed Books from Ellen Hopkins

35. School Author Visit with Sarah Albee (CT, NY, MA, & DC only)

36. New England School or Library Author Visit with Cynthia Lord

37. Signed Books (and a character named after you!) from Author Robin Wasserman

38. Query & Manuscript Critique Package with Author Tessa Gratton

39. 50-page Fantasy or Science Fiction Critique with Author Gwenda Bond

40. 3-Day Writing Retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin

41. Skype Author Visit with Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park

42. Portfolio Critique with Penguin Art Director Giuseppe Castellano

Jen Malone has recruited some fantabulous publishing professionals willing to donate their time to offer critiques and more, all to help The Red Cross support the long cleanup effort awaiting victims of this storm .

SCBWI has a Regional Relief Fund Regional Advisor’s can apply for a $1,000 grant on behalf of a community providing the money is used in some way that impacts children, literacy or books.  Talk to your RA about it.

If you are in the market to buy something to help give you power in an emergency situation, you may be interested in Goal Zero batteries.  Beginning Thursday, November 1, through Thursday, November 15, they are initiating a “You Buy One, We Give One”  to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. They will track purchases made at participating retailers as well as their online store, and match the same amount to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, in the form of portable solar-power solutions. This will help provide safe, reliable power to the tens of thousands of people who are currently living in a blackout.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This is amazing! Well done writing community!


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