Been meaning to post about this all week, but I've been ill, and better late than never. A fabulous inititiative has been launched by a lovely writer I know called Keris Stainton, in a bid to raise money for the terrible circumstances facing Japan right now.
More than 150 acclaimed authors have donated auction lots to Authors for Japan - an online sale which will hopefully raise considerable funds to send to Japan for its relief efforts.
Exclusive offers at http://authorsforjapan.wordpress.com include the chance to have a character named after you by novelist and Red magazine editor, Sam Baker, a dedication at the front of Jill Mansell's latest book and a signed pre-release copy of Jenny Colgan’s next novel.
Katie Fforde, JoJo Moyes, Adele Parks, Dorothy Koomson, Andrew Crofts and Caroline Smailes are also among best selling writers to have donated ‘money can’t buy’ items to the auction which is open until Sunday, March 20.
There’s also an opportunity to meet literary agent turned successful author Alison Bond for advice to ensure a draft novel is in your hands within a year.
More goodies featured include anthologies about Glee and Torchwood, £200 worth of children’s books from Hachette and a signed set of Skate School Stories by Kate Woodward. Services donated include analysis and critiques of book proposals, cover designs, website set-up, social media expertise and more than 150 signed books. There are books on health including skin cancer and epilepsy, signed by authors Rachel Newcombe and Louise Bolotin respectively.
For aspiring freelance journalists, trainer and agency director Linda Jones has donated places on training workshops, mentoring and a non fiction book proposal critique.
She is joined in a Kick start your freelance writing career workshop by leading UK freelance and former magazine editor Karen Pasquali Jones, while coach Eve Menezes Cunningham offers an hour’s mentoring for journalists by phone and US journalist and writer Lisa Clark offers six months of mentoring via email or Skype.
Organiser Keris Stainton is a Young Adult author and freelance journalist and was inspired by the success of a recent Authors for Queensland auction which raised around $20,000. She has donated a package of advice including a manuscript critique and mentoring.
The number of lots available for auction are expanding daily: to browse, bid and donate, please visit: