Authors for the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday (8 November), causing catastrophic damage. It is the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people are already homeless after an earthquake in mid-October. The 300-mile wide typhoon – locally known as Yolanda – has left a trail of destruction with thousands feared dead.

When we first heard about the Authors for the Philippines initiative by Keris Stainton, to help raise funds for all in the Philippines whose lives and families have been overwhelmed in such tragic fashion, Sara and I couldn’t help but contribute in our own small way. We are offering editorial critiques in return for a highest bid donation (direct to the Red Cross) to help all who are suffering in the Philippines.

But we are just two of very, very many people – authors, illustrators, agents, editors, publishers, so many people involved in the publishing world who are generously donating a whole range of things: whether it is books, signed proofs, original artwork, a character named after you, invitations to book launches, manuscript critiques, mentoring – the list is endless, and so creative. Do please take a look at the link and either bid or donate if you can.

Emma and Sara

Here is a list of what the Hot Key team and our authors are offering:

Manuscript critique by Sara O’Connor, Editorial Director

Manuscript critique by Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large

Find out the sales and marketing potential of your children’s manuscript with Kate Manning (Sales and Marketing Director) and Sarah Benton (Head of Marketing, Print & Digital)

Critique of chapters/synopsis + 2 signed books from Lydia Syson (author of A WORLD BETWEEN US and THAT BURNING SUMMER)

Exclusive signed printed unbound manuscript of SAY HER NAME by James Dawson

Special Limited Edition of MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner (Number 25 of 1500 printed)

You can find more information and other items to bid on at

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