Authors for the Philippines: how you can help

donateTyphoon Haiyan has caused horrifying devastation and vast loss of life in the Philippines.

After the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, YA author and all-round wonderful human Keris Stainton had the brilliant idea  to rally the bookish community to help raise money. Authors for Japan raised over £12,000 for the British Red Cross, which is pretty fantastic – so she’s doing it again.

Authors for the Philippines is one way for you to show support to those survivors now in desperate need of emergency aid, by bidding in an auction.

I’m offering a manuscript critique for a children’s or young adult writer with a complete novel, plus a synopsis critique – more details here. (I’ll be kind! But useful. The fun kind of stern. The constructive kind of critical. I’ve been writing kidlit for more than ten years so I know a trick or two – and you will have donated important money for my time so I will be very, very motivated to be worth every penny.) But please do have a good look around the site: signed books, mentoring, character names, author visits to schools, original artwork – all are up for grabs, all would make incredible presents for loved ones. And if you need a reminder of why this is so important, read this from author Candy Gourlay.

Bidding opens 8am GMT 13th November, closes 8pm GMT 20th November. Please spread the word.

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