Authors for the Philippines

15 Nov

Keris Stainton, friend and money-raiser-extraordinaire, has done it again. In response to the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has left in its wake, Keris has organized Authors for the Philippines, an online auction that hopes to raise money for the British Red Cross’ Typhoon Appeal.


The idea is simple, but inspired. Keris has asked authors, agents, editors and all associated with the book world to donate items. These range from signed ARCs of books that aren’t out yet, to manuscript critiques, to signed special editions, to your name in a book, to a night down the pub with authors Andy Stanton and Anthony McGowan (for which bidding has become complex and hilarious, taking place in ‘bidding cartels’).

Simply navigate to the post that describes the item you want to bid on, leave your bid in the form of a blog comment and then wait until the auction closes on Wednesday 20th November to see if you’ve won. Winners will be asked to donate the equivalent of their winning bid to the Red Cross, and send a receipt to Authors for the Philippines. The author supplying the prize will then contact the winner directly.

Here’s the really important message: it’s not just confined to generous people in the UK. You can bid on these items from anywhere (although make sure that accepting them doesn’t involve travel, like the night in the pub!), as the Red Cross accepts donations from all over the world and, hey, they can post those signed ARCs. Just remember that your bid must be in British pounds (£).

Here are the some of the items that have caught my eye so far:

You can browse the full index of items here. You can bid on as many items as you like as long as you agree to cover all of them if you win.

Please, please consider supporting this amazing initiative. The last time Keris did this (for the Red Cross Japanese Tsumani appeal), she raised over £12,000. Let’s help her beat that this time around!

If you’d like to donate an item, there’s still time. E-mail

16 Responses to “Authors for the Philippines”

  1. D Nixon November 15, 2013 at 08:36 #

    Fantastic, everybody must do what they can, the whole idea of this appeal is so unswervingly bold. The pen really can deal with the sword of nature it seems. Personally I love the one about the badger.

    But please don’t forget the families of Syria and their children trying to survive in below freezing conditons for the second winter. How many of them have died and will die this year because of exposure to the elements?

    • catherineryanhoward November 15, 2013 at 11:51 #

      This isn’t about forgetting anyone, D. This is about helping someone.

  2. Rosanna November 15, 2013 at 12:33 #

    I’m from the Philippines. What has happened is heartbreaking, but we are all so grateful for all the help from the international community. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Rosanna November 15, 2013 at 12:33 #

    Reblogged this on Writing on the Pages of Life.

  4. change it up editing November 15, 2013 at 13:57 #

    This is such a great idea! I’ve been wondering how to help besides just making a donation to the Red Cross and CARE; I love the idea of doing so a part of the writer community.

  5. Topaz November 15, 2013 at 14:19 #

    Lovely idea. Praying for the Philippines. xx

  6. chrismcmullen November 15, 2013 at 14:22 #

    Reblogged this on chrismcmullen and commented:
    In addition to interest in supporting the cause, you may be intrigued by the sample list of items offered.

  7. The Chef's Last DIet November 15, 2013 at 20:52 #

    This is truly wonderful.

  8. The Chef's Last DIet November 15, 2013 at 20:53 #

    Reblogged this on The Chef's Last Diet and commented:
    IF you’re thinking about helping out this might be a good approach.

  9. Ann Smarty (@myblogguest) November 17, 2013 at 09:36 #

    Very kind of you to post this.

  10. isabelburt November 18, 2013 at 15:36 #

    Wonderful idea all round!

  11. Nikki Moore November 18, 2013 at 22:27 #

    Reblogged this on Writing, Work and Wine and commented:
    A great cause… please, please get involved. Share, reblog, bid etc.

  12. mavicancio November 23, 2013 at 11:32 #

    thank you for your efforts. that could be a big help to the survivors of the typhoon. you are blessed for having a good heart.


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