Authors For Nepal

firststepsFollowing the tragic earthquake in Nepal, author Julia Williams has set up a charity auction to raise money for the relief effort.

Loads of authors, editors and agents have donated fabulous prizes, including signed books, illustrations, mentoring and manuscript appraisals, book swag and more.

The auction is live on eBay  now and all funds raised will go to Earthquake Relief for Nepal which has been set up by First Steps Himalaya. The charity works closely on the ground, so the money will go where it is needed most.

And since Nepal suffered a second earthquake this week, the money being raised is more important than ever.

I’ve donated a six month mentoring package, ideal if you want hands-on support from a friendly and motivational author (me!) to achieve your creative goals. The package includes monthly email contact, three live sessions (via Skype or telephone) and up to 10,000 words of your work read/critiqued.

Whether you want to overcome self-doubt and procrastination to establish a regular writing routine, help with crafting your story and creating memorable characters, or advice on polishing your submission package,  I can help.

Please visit the auction, bid if you can, and spread the news far and wide.

Thank you!


Short Story News and Not Doing NaNoWriMo

wintertalesThe nice folk at Write Romantics have put together an anthology of winter-themed short stories in order to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Titled Winter Tales, the anthology features bestselling writers such as Annie Lyons, Helen Phifer and, um, me. (Meep!)

My story is called ‘The Art of Giving’ and it features Iris Harper. So, if you enjoyed The Language of Spells and wanted a peek into Iris’s past or you fancy an excellent selection of uplifting stories or you just feel like doing something good for charity, please consider purchasing a copy.

Winter Tales is out on Saturday 8th November (tomorrow!) in Kindle format with paperback to follow soon. There’s a launch event tomorrow afternoon on Facebook with competitions and giveaways.

In other news, I will (yet again) not be taking part in NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a brilliant event and I wish everyone taking part lots of luck, but I know it’s not for me. The pressure of 50,000 words just makes my brain freeze.

I do love writing challenges, though, so I’m joining author Karen Mahoney’s cut-down version.

After sending off the latest rewrite of the book to my agent, I wanted to have a fairly chilled month, plus I respond well to a low bar, so I set my target at 15,000 words.

Hop over to her blog if you’d like to join in, too.


Authors for Japan

My lovely friend, YA author Keris Stainton, has done a very good thing indeed.

In order to raise money for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal, she has set up an online auction for book-related goodies.

A host of generous authors responded immediately to Keris’s idea (overwhelming her slightly, I think!), offering brilliant prizes – including signed books, first editions, manuscript critiques, mentoring, and the chance to have a character named after you.

Bidding begins at 8am (GMT) tomorrow at Authors for Japan.

Crochet A Rainbow

Sarah LondonFibre artist Sarah London is running the Crochet A Rainbow project in aid of Australian Flood Relief.

She is asking for donations of four-and-a-half inch granny squares (five rounds) to make into colourful, warm blankets for those affected by the disaster.

I still haven’t learned to crochet, but I’m reliably informed that granny squares are very easy – perfect for learning, in fact – and I certainly have enough yarn…