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Friday, January 14, 2011

RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal

The Romance Writers of Australia committee has started a drive for book donations. They're calling it the RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal.

If you're one of my regular readers and would like to link this post to your blog or preferred social network, then feel free to do so. Pass it on to anywhere you think it might be useful.

The more people who know, the more books that can be sent to those who need them. RWA has said they'll take donations from anywhere, so long as people are willing to send the books.

If you read this information and feel moved to help, thank you in advance and with heartfelt appreciation.

Many thanks,


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 

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.

If you have a question about donations, email Jess Anastasi: Jess(at)jessanastasi(dot)com

If you work in a library / council / community centre / school in a flood affected area (in Australia), email Rachel Bailey: rachel(at)rachelbailey(dot)com(dot)au

Thanks for your cooperation and support!

Jess Anastasi
RWA Flooded Communities Book Appeal Team

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, or the RSPCA Queensland.

Q. I’m overseas and would like to donate but the cost of sending books is very 
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 

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 

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.

If any other RWA member in Qld can offer a drop off point, please contact Rachel 
Bailey: rachel@rachelbailey.com.au

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