Friday, February 19, 2010

100 Stories for Haiti - Indie Authors Do Good

Smashwords author Greg McQueen has organized a great book project called 100 Stories for Haiti.

The project came together immediately after the earthquake. After a frantic few days of tweets and YouTube videos, McQueen assembled an impressive list of volunteer editors to curate, edit and assemble a 100-story anthology created entirely by the donated submissions of indie authors from 10 different countries.

Smashwords is participating in the project as its ebook publisher and distributor, and will donate 100 percent of the net proceeds directly to the Red Cross.

The group plans to release the book on March 4, at which point the ebook version can be purchased at the 100 Stories For Haiti page at Smashwords.

The print version will be available from Bridge House Publishing for the price of £11.99 plus shipping fee.

Learn more about the 100 Stories For Haiti project at their new official blog at I encourage you to scroll through the site and view some of the videos of Greg as his idea sprang to life in real time. His passion is inspiring.

This isn't the first time indie authors have rallied together to make a difference. Back in September, Smashwords author Ed Patterson organized Operation Ebook Drop, a non-profit initiative that allows indie authors to donate free ebooks to coalition troops and international peacekeepers.

March 4 Update: The book now is out at Smashwords at You set the price.

I blogged more about the project over at The Huffington Post.

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