Sunday, 20 March 2011

If You Want to Help Japan

Dear All,

1) Those of you who are on Twitter must have already seen how several authors organized auctions or other collects to raise money to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami which took place in Japan last week (check #authorsforjapan).

2) Some of those collects have already reached their goals, but here is another opportunity if you would like to help and don't know how or where. Those of you who are on the newsletter of author Kristie Cook know already about this possibility, but I wanted to let everyone know about another way you could help the victims of the Japanese catastrophes.

Indie Author Relief Fund

Here is what Kristie Cook wrote in her newsletter:

Hi, Friends, Family and Fans,

This is just a quick note to let you know about Indie Authors Relief Fund. With the horrific tragedies from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I wanted to do something for these people, using my place in the world as an author. Many writers, authors and others in the publishing industry came together and formed various groups to raise funds, but each time I found one, they'd already reached their quota for donated items. So...I decided to start my own.

With the help of others, we started Indie Authors Relief Fund to benefit Red Cross International's relief efforts in Japan. We now have over 60 items up for auction! There is something for everyone - whether you're a writer, author or publisher or a reader of any genre or a business owner. There are services, signed books, ebooks, jewelry and other great items.

But it's not too late! Most auctions don't end until Tuesday or Thursday night. I invite you to check out all the great donations authors and others have made and if you see something that piques your interest, I encourage you to bid. All proceeds go to Red Cross International.

If you know of anyone else who might be interested, please feel free to forward this email.

Thank you!

Kristie Cook

3) Wibya (the menu bar at the bottom of the blog page) has also a new button: the Donate to Japan button which I added so if you want to donate to the Red Cross, all you have to do is click on it and it will take you right to the Red Cross donation page.

4) ETA: Just saw this post on Carolyn Crane's blog she has teamed up with several top-notch fantabulous authors (the League of Reluctant Authors) and they offer to give the highest bidder a critique! The winner does not only get one critique partner for their donation, but SEVEN! And not just any critique partner!

There is Sonya Bateman, Michele Bardsley, Carolyn Crane, Kevin Hearne, Jackie Kessler, Diana Rowland, Jeanne Stein in TEAM CLAW


Mario Acevedo, Dakota Cassidy, Stacia Kane, JF Lewis, Nicole Peeler, KA Stewart, Anton Strout in TEAM FANG!

5) I just stumbled upon this great post at Ann Bruce's blog, and she generously offered to donate CAD $1 for every comment left on her post! What an offer, so please go and comment, it only takes a click from you but is of great help!

Thank you for your help!

ps: If you know of other auctions or collects organized to help the Japanese victims, please let me know, just leave the details in a comment. Thank you!

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