Authors band together for Haiyan Aid

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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.

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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) РNov. 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 authorsforphilippines@gmail.com.

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