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Japan and New Zealand – how you can help


It’s hard to take in the events of the past few weeks. It was hard enough to see what happened in New Zealand, let alone watch what’s been happening in Japan over the weekend. We are thinking hard about how lucky we are and also what we can do to help. Luckily there are some fantastically organised people who have already set up some amazing ways to help.

For Japan I spotted this lovely idea from Keris Stainton via Laura’s facebook page. Keris is setting up an auction with some fantastic prizes up for grabs – from manuscript critiques to signed books. I’m not entirely sure what I could offer but I’m having a good think about it and I’ll definitely be bidding on some of the brilliant things that I’ve already seen in the comments. The other half is having a think about offering up his copywriting skills. Here is what Keris says on her blog:

If you’re an author or a publishing professional willing to contribute something to be auctioned in aid of Japan, I’d love to hear from you. I’m thinking proofs/ARC, books, naming a character, swag, chapter/query letter/synopsis critiques, even writer mentoring.

And if you’re a reader, let me know the kind of thing you’d like to see in the auction and I’ll try to get it. There’ll be a dedicated website up by Monday.

Thank you. (Oh and I’ve never done anything like this before so any help/advice would be wonderful too!)


So, if you think there is something that you can offer for the auction, or something that you would like to see in the auction that you’d want to bid on, then please do let Keris know either by commenting on her post or by emailing her (keris<dot>stainton<at>googlemail<dot>com).


New Zealand and Japan:

I’m sure a lot of you have seen Zoe at Playing by the Book’s post about this already, but I wanted to mention it here in case you haven’t. Zoe and her friend Bronwyn who lives in Christchurch and whose life has been dramatically altered because of the earthquake, are trying to help families out there who are living in welfare centres having lost everything to be able to at least take a little comfort in books. Because we all know what a comfort books can be.

Zoe and Bronwyn have set up a fantastic scheme whereby you as a family can send some books to another family in Christchurch. All you have to do is email Zoe (zoe  dot  toft  at  kuvik  dot net) to be paired up, then buy a few books that you feel are appropriate and send them by courier to your paired-up family in Christchurch. It’s a simple but lovely scheme.

Whenever Milo is distressed, unhappy, bored, cuddly, we always turn to books and we take it for granted. I cannot imagine what our lives would be like if we went through a tragedy like this.

Zoe and Bronwyn are also asking for publishers who have a physical presence in New Zealand, if they can help too. Just one box of books that Bronwyn can collect and distribute to the welfare centres could help improve and lift the spirits of people during what is an enormously difficult time. So if you are a publisher reading this and you think you can help (and I’m pretty sure that UK publishers could courier a package or two also, then please do get in touch with Zoe (zoe  dot  toft  at  kuvik  dot net).

Zoe is also doing an auction for those victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan alongside her sister Kate who makes some incredibly stunning jewellery and Jo of Tokyo’s A Bit of This and A Bit of That blog. You can bid to win a piece of Kate’s jewellery and all money from the highest bidders and of course donations goes towards the victims of the earthquake and the tsumani. The first item up for bidding is a beautiful brooch that Kate has made. It is gorgeous and I’ve bid already.


One Comment Post a comment
  1. Zoe #

    Thank you Natasha! We really would be very happy to hear from more families keen to be teamed up with families in Christchurch so thank you for spreading the word!

    March 14, 2011

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