I meant to post this link earlier in the week—Children’s Authors and Illustrators for Japan.
For three weeks, beginning on March 21st, Kidlit4Japan will feature a children’s and YA literature auction to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A Daily Auction Preview will appear each weekday morning at 8AM EDT. New items will appear at least hourly from 9AM to 4PM. Items include signed books, advance reader copies, artwork, critiquing services, book-related swag, author visits, or the chance to name a character in an upcoming book.
For example, author Kathryn Erskine is offering signed copies of her books Mockingbird (which I loved) and Quaking and an ARC of The Absolute Value of Mike, plus assorted other goodies. Quite a tempting package, I must say!
I have donated something as well: I’m offering a set of signed paperback copies of my Martha books—Little House in the Highlands, The Far Side of the Loch, Down to the Bonny Glen, and Beyond the Heather Hills. I raided my private stash for these and I hope they’ll find a happy home! I’ll let you know when my auction begins; I think I’m in the third week.
Do pop over and look at the other items being offered. Besides books, there are manuscript critiques and more. It’s quite heartening to see so many children’s/YA publishing folks come together for an effort like this. Special props to Greg Fishbone, who is organizing the whole thing.