Here’s a great initiative from the UK — Authors for the Philippines, an online auction to raise money for the Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan appeal.
I stumbled upon the project past midnight on author Candy Gourlay’s Facebook wall, and it was quite a surprise to see that so many authors have already pledged their support for the project.
Here’s a short history of the project, from what I could gather from the site:
In March 2011, author Keris Stainton set up an online auction following the tsunami in Japan. The auction raised over £12,000. Author Keren David suggested another auction to help the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
The list of items on auction is quite interesting — aside from signed books, there are also signed illustrations, author visits, getting a character named after you (wow!), book launch tickets and even mentoring, online courses, manuscript critiques and editorial advice!
Bidding is from Nov. 13 (8AM GMT) – Nov. 20 (8PM GMT). Bidding will be conducted in UK Pounds, and payments will be made directly to the British Red Cross. International bids are accepted (for your reference, Manila is GMT +8).
To the participating authors, we thank you all the way from the Philippines.
To start bidding, or for more details, log on to http://authorsforphilippines.wordpress.com. Interested authors may email firstname.lastname@example.org.