A former Birmingham Post journalist has collaborated on a book that is raising funds for the relief effort in Haiti.
100 Stories For Haiti is a collection of short stories from writers worldwide. Former Post books editor Jayne Howarth was one of about 20 editors who worked on the project, whittling down the 400 submissions to 100.
The book is the brainchild of British author Greg McQueen, son of Geoff McQueen, the creator of The Bill. He decided to launch the fundraising effort after watching the tragedy unfold, thousands of miles away at his home in Aahus, Denmark.
The project was born after he posted a message on microblogging site Twitter shortly after the tragedy in Haiti. The message read: "Dear Twitterverse, I can't keep watching this on the news or trending on Twitter without doing something.
"I woke up this morning with the idea that together we could make a book and donate all royalties to the Red Cross."
Within hours, news spread throughout microblogging website, Twitter, and story submissions began arriving.
Nick Harkaway, author of 'The Gone Away World', contributed a short story for the collection and penned the book's introduction.
By the submission deadline a week later, the project had received over 400 submissions -- whittled down to one hundred during the following week, and the full 80,000 word manuscript was edited and assembled within two weeks of Greg's first announcement.
Jayne said: "Like most people, I felt helpless when I saw the TV and newspaper images of the tragedy in Haiti. This was a good way for me to do my bit and help the relief effort there.
"I helped on the initial stages of the editing, but everyone worked magnificently to produce the book in such a short space of time."
The book, which includes stories from writers in the following countries: Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Botswana, Australia, Canada, and the United States, can be downloaded from Smashwords.com as an ebook, or paperbacks can be bought via Bridge House Publishing (http://bridgehousepublishing.co.uk/100StoriesforHaiti.aspx) or Amazon (http://bit.ly/aE6bUj).
The book costs £11.99, plus postage and packaging.