Geraldine Evans

From Geraldine's Desk: "I am a British writer, born in London, England, and brought up on a south London Council estate, the youngest of four children of Irish Catholic working class parents. Alas, one of life's late developers, and, at that time, more interested in playing marbles than studying for, and taking exams, I failed the 11+ examination, which was the exam that decided the standard of the rest of your education (and usually the standard of the rest of your Iife...). Like my older siblings, I left school in my mid-teens and started work - mostly a series of tedious dead-end jobs. Though, funnily enough, the first job I had, when I left school at sixteen, was as an assistant in a public library, with the perks (at that time, I don't know if such perks still exist) of being able to borrow as many books as I liked and never having to pay any fines. Ye Gods! Couldn't I do with such perks now! My fines from the library are awe-inspiring! You know what it's like - you take books out for research, keep them for months and always forget to renew them. Even though, nowadays, I do some of my research on the internet, nothing really replaces the book held in the hand, with all the bibliographic information at the rear. (Read more on Geraldine's website at www.geraldineevans.com)"
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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.