About Sheila

Hello, I’m Sheila Averbuch, a children’s writer based in East Lothian in Scotland, where I write science fiction and fantasy novels for kids aged 9 to 12. I’m represented by Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

I’m passionate about children’s literacy and worked with our primary school to help them self-publish PIRATE FAMILIES, a chapter book based on characters and storyline brainstormed by the students. I hold an MA in journalism from Stanford University and a BA from Harvard University in American History & Literature.  

I co-founded the southeast Scotland network of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In this blog I talk about the process of writing, getting published, and promoting children’s fiction. Would you like me to e-mail you whenever I publish a new blog? Just enter your name in the subscribe form to the right. I have also contributed social media how-videos for authors to the SCBWI-British Isles blogzine, Words and Pictures.

I adore gardening – visit me at Stopwatchgardener.com

If you’ve come here looking for my gardening blog, you’ll find it at The Stopwatch Gardener. I don’t run my fortnightly podcast anymore, but you can still read archived blog posts, where I go on a bit about all things horticultural.

Looking for a professional copywriter?

Previously I served as Ireland correspondent for USA Today and was a reporter with the San Jose Business Journal, Silicon Valley’s chief business newspaper. I also founded the original IT newswire in Ireland, ElectricNews.Net, which ran from 2000 to 2011. Now, my colleagues and I run a professional copywriting company, ENNclick, where we use our journalistic skills to write marketing materials for IT, telecoms, healthcare and professional services companies.  Find more about our copywriting services at ENNclick.com

Contact me

To get in touch, email me at sheila@spacekidsbooks.com 

You can follow me on social media at FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter.

For manuscript enquiries please contact my agent, Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.