Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Good Cause

Shocker! I'm posting. You know I thought after I got those two books turned in, that I'd be back on my normal blogging schedule. Not so. Didn't expect to have edit letters back at pretty much the same time and both revisions due back at pretty much the same time. *sigh* Right back to doing these two books in tandem. CRAZY. My head is so full of both stories, it might actually explode. Maybe implode. I don't even know...

Anyway. This is something I wanted to share with you all and comes from my friend Kylie Griffin from Australia.


*PERMISSION TO FORWARD*

Begin forwarded message:

As some of you may already know, a team from the RWA commitee has
started a drive for book donations...

RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal

We've all seen the devastation the recent Queensland floods have wrought
and have wondered how we can help. We know that for many affected
families, books will not be high on their priorities list for some time
to come.

But...
We also know how valuable books can be in providing time out when
reality gets tough.

So…

With the aid of some wonderful volunteers, we've put together a Romance Writers of Australia Flooded Communities Book Appeal.

What we need?
FICTION BOOKS! Romance books, children's books, young adult books, genre
books, whatever – either new or in sparkling condition.

Please send them to:

RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal
PO Box 1717
Noosaville Post Office
Noosaville BC
Queensland 4566

Australia

When to send them?

Now! And any time over the next few months. The books will be boxed and
delivered to the appropriate libraries/schools/neighbourhood
centres/community centres in batches as soon as the communities are
ready to receive them. We'll be liaising with councils, libraries
and schools to ensure this is done appropriately. Feel free to pop a
note inside, or if you're an author, sign it.

Questions:

If you have a question about donations, email Jess Anastasi:
Jess@jessanastasi.com

If you work in a library / council / community centre / school in a
flood affected area, email Rachel Bailey: rachel@rachelbailey.com.au


And now for the extra detail...

I want to ask an extra favour of everyone on this list. If you feel
comfortable enough about it, and your publisher has some sort of
group/e-loop, please forward this on to them. In fact, forward it to
anywhere you think might be useful. Put it up on your blog or website,
talk about it on facebook and twitter. The more people who know, the
more books we're likely to get. We'll take donations from anywhere, so
long as people are willing to send those books!

If you have any questions, send me an email.

Thanks for your cooperation and support!

Jess Anastasi

RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal Team

1 comment:

Kylie Griffin said...

Hi Kelly,

Thanks so much for posting this.

Our RWA has had a swag of support for this book appeal and many overseas writers have been keen to help.

As postage tends to be a killer RWA has put out an addendum to their original notice. Hope you don't mind if I post it here for your readers...

ADDENDUM:
RWA will not be accepting cash donations for the RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal. Instead, we 
direct everyone to the charities already in place: the Premier's Flood Appeal (http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html), or the RSPCA Queensland (https://donate.rspcaqld.org.au/flood/%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8).





Q. I’m overseas and would like to donate but the cost of sending books is very 
expensive?
If you are an author, send one copy of a book. This will keep your individual 
costs down, but will also contribute to our book appeal.
 Alternatively, consider buying a book from The Book Depository, which offers 
free postage to Australia. The book can be sent directly to the appeal.


Cash donations can be made to the charities listed above.



Q. I’m in Australia and have many books to donate. What is the cheapest postage 
option?

Australia Post offers a 3kg satchel anywhere in Australia for approximately 
$10. Please ensure the books are wrapped in bubble wrap to miminise damage in 
transit.

Instead of boxing books, you'd fit (if you could manage it) about 5-6 trade paperbacks, 17 paperbacks or 32 category books in a red, prepaid 3k satchel from Australia Post. So for $10 it's pretty cheap. If you put books in satchels, it would be nice if they bubble or cardboard wrapped them first, particularly if the satchel is still a bit empty. The books can tend to move around. There's also the 500g satchel that is $4-5 and fits a couple of books.

Band together with friends, your family, your writing group and send books 
together to minimise postage costs.



Q. I’m in Brisbane. Can the books be dropped off?

We have a drop-off point in Carindale available. Please contact Jess Anastasia 
- Jess@jessanastasi.com for further information.


RWA also has a dedicated blog page - http://romanceaustralia.wordpress.com/rwa-flooded-communities-book-appeal/ - and a Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/RWA-Flooded-Communities-Book-Appeal/193339734014953 - where they're posting up to date details for anyone interested.

Thank you to everyone for helping out - your support is greatly appreciated.