Masayoshi Son, founder of Softbank, may be Japan's richest man. He pledged 10 billion yen from his own pocket and his salary for the rest of his life.
I can't match these stars. All I can do is write. So I put together a collection of short stories set in Japan and asked Publishing by Rebecca Vickery to publish them. The book, A Matter of Tea, contains the story that won the 2010 Oaxaca International Literature Contest, and others. It has the first chapter of the Chronicles of the Dark Mirror, too. And it only costs US 99 cents.
At first, A Matter of Tea will be an eBook, available on Smashwords and other online retailers for 99 cents. Later a print version will also be available. I'll keep you updated.
My pledge. All the income, for me and for my publisher, will go to help the victims of Japan's fearsome earthquake. I promise it will get to the victims and will not disappear into the salary envelope of any charitable organization. I'll post the numbers and what was done with the donations.
At the moment, the book may not be up yet. Keep trying. It will be at www.smashwords.com very soon.