updated May 2023

I am a mother of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren - 4 teenagers and 1 in her twenties. I was Chair of my local Parish Council a few years ago,  and also voluntary Safeguarding and Welfare Manager for my local football team. I started off my working life at fifteen-years-old as a research scientist, and then qualified as a social worker while I managed a day care centre for elderly people. Following that, I moved to planning and commissioning and specialized in the area of safeguarding.

I first started writing and illustrating phonics-focused picture storybooks for small children in 2015 when I retired. There are 42 books in this series so it was a long-term project that I finally finished in 2020. Over the last year, having ended my publishing contract with a company in America, I have began the lengthy tast of republishing these books myself on KDP to ensure that the retail price is within the reach of young families.

Whilst still writing my phonics storybooks, I wrote the first half of my memoir, 'One Small Word - Surviving childhood abuse' during 2018 using the 'Author Learning Centre's Book in a year program. I consolidated my learning the following year by writing the second half of my memoir entitled 'No - sequel to One Small Word'. But then I needed a new challenge, so decided in 2020 to learn how to write a fiction novel using the same ALC program, and am currently writing book number 5.

With every book I write, I recruit and rely heavily upon my editorial group to provide me with their very valuable feedback. I'm so grateful to them. A heartfelt thank you to each person that willingly gives their time in this way. If you're reading this and would like to be part of this group, you'd be most welcome. Just drop me a quick email to gloriaeveleigh@icloud.com

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March 26th 2024 - A NEW STRATEGY

My apology for the long gap between posts. It's because (drum role here) I decided to change my publishing strategy, which has resulted in a lot of extra work for me.
I have decided to move from self-publishing to traditional publishing. This means I need a literary agent who can approach a publisher on my behalf. That's the only way that most traditional publishers accept submissions.
To obtain a literary agent I must learn to write a query letter that will hook the agents' attention and make them want to represent me and my book. This is an art in itself, and means that I need to 'go back to school' to learn that art.
School for me has been the American company GetaBookDeal101, founded and run by Kathy Ver Eeke, an amazing teacher who has devoted herself to helping authors like me learn the art and industry-insiders of getting a traditional book deal. 
It's not easy at my age to get your learning-head back on, so I've been working really hard, and have managed to construct my first draft query letter. But this needs to be refined and refined until it's ready to try out.
This refinement process cannot be done alone. So, I've joined Kathy's Pitch to Publish Writers Group, where I can obtain all the support I need from Kathy, her team, and all the other authors in that group.
This will take time, especially as I'm editing my manuscript for my latest book (Working title - Not a Proper Anything) at the same time.
So, please bear with me, Guys, and I'll do my best to keep  you updated.