Genre for Japan

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, some very enterprising folk put together the concept of Authors for Japan Auction.  This has now sadly come to an end and an amazing of just under £11,000 was achieved.

However, my good friend and fellow reviewer and slush-reader and part-time editor Amanda Rutter, editor and geeky girl Jenni Hill over at Solaris, the astute Louise Morgan author and interviewer at BFS as well as blogger and reviewer Ro Smith and Alisdair Stuart, editor and guru at Hub Magazine put their minds together and came up with an amazing concept: Genre for Japan.

Items up for auction thus far: editorial imput and critiquing services from some top editors and writers in the business, signed limited editions, the opportunity to have a walk-on part in a variety of sci-fi/fantasy novels, the chance to bid on stacks of great collections.  I can see my poor credit card bleeding. 

It really is a great opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind items and one I feel Geeks like us should support in some way – you may not be able to afford to bid, but you can always mention it to someone who might.  Go check out the great site and dig deep.  Bidding opens on the 28th March.

Here is the very informal and honest PR sheet on the website:

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We’ve all heard the news and seen the horrific pictures coming from Japan in the aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami – and no doubt we’ve all wondered how to help.

Following the example of Authors for Japan, where bids are now closed, we’d like to introduce Genre for Japan, a chance for the comics, science fiction, fantasy and horror communities to unite and show our generosity to those who need it right now.

We are planning to run auctions for genre-themed prizes and we need YOU to donate. We are looking for really fantastic prizes: examples might include signed first editions, coaching sessions with agents for that perfect submission letter or original artwork!

Some of the prizes already donated include a year’s supply of books from Tor, signed artwork from Solaris Books and editing/critiques from professional authors and editors.

The prizes will be auctioned on our website, through JustGiving, in aid of the British Red Cross Tsunami Appeal.

If you have something really special to donate, please drop us a line at [email protected] including information such as a starting bid amount, a sentence or two about the item, and whether you wish to send the prize to a central collecting point or would be willing to post it to the winning bidder. Photos would also help us to list the item, if relevant.

The deadline to receive offers of prizes is 25th March, with the auction set to begin on 28th March.

Find out more information on our website: http://genreforjapan.wordpress.com/
Follow us on twitter: @genreforjapan
E-mail us: [email protected]

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