Don’t Give Up!

Keep Calm and Write

Alberta Sequeira
It’s my favorite thing to hear from my readers.


End of Word Press Helping Writers

How to Self-Publish

What a shock! Like everyone else who is after making money off the authors, CreateSpace has started the same hunger step to have authors pay from a choice of 3 different companies to help you get your book formatted for publication.

I wrote a book How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with CreateSpace. The content of their words to describe what you have to do or what you did wrong, is explained in my book. The remarks will still be of help for free to help you understand how to publish with CS. If you hit in search templets for books, they will have it set-up for you to add your manuscript directly to the size you want for your book.

CreateSpace has MANY roadblocks for the writer. I noticed when going in to ask a question, they had it posted, but once you hit on the topic, they said it was no longer available.

So, CreateSpace now has you where they want you. They hope you will put the money out to have their company do the publishing, making money for them. You have no choice if you have never done it before. I went absolutely CRAZY for 4 months trying to get my first book into their site, understanding what everything meant, and had no other author friend help me. They found their steps so confusing that they paid publishers to do it for them.

I don’t see any reason to update my handbook on how to publish with them. My steps should help you. It was easier for me back then feeling safe with their 24/7 help force, but I myself may end up confused. It’s been 8 years since my last time working to self-publish with them. Never knew until a week ago that they stopped their services.

Here is a review from someone who bought my book How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with CreateSpace. Click on and my books will show up. The price is around $8.00. Better than paying for a three-hour course to attend.

From Amazon site:
Reviewed How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space
Great read!
Definitely helps with writing a book for the first time! It helps with various different parts! Thanks so very much

Have a great day!

Alberta Sequeira

Getting the Book on the Move Again

Since 2005, writing is something I have done continuously. With a move and an eye procedure, my work was getting dust on it. Now, I’m going to work slowly for only short days instead of my usual 8 hours.

Have you run into those problems…gun Ho and then stop? Getting started again is hard. As for a writer, once your fingers get moving on the computer keys, it’s not long we are deep into our thoughts for the book.

Having a trilogy that I’m working on makes it harder because I can’t have one book out and then months waiting for the 2nd and 3rd. I think your ideas don’t flow as well when you stay away from your work.

For those having the same problem, get up and moving!

Alberta Sequeira



This may sound easy, but the promoting isn’t an easy project. For me, it’s trying to find how to reach the newspapers, journalist, people to email introducing your book where your genre is best to introduce.

Money is such an important factor. It’s easy for professional to say, invest in a marketing company, agents to help, and take up other avenues promising to help. If you don’t have the flow of money to get it going, you’re stuck reaching no one.

Yes, we need a book opening to pull in the reader and have them want to turn one page after another. For some authors, this may be something so normal and comfortable, while others struggle getting the juices flowing into your story.

Maybe some writers or authors enjoy the conferences, meeting other writers, or paying for the help. Search engine is a huge door opening, but again, you need to know how to get your topic and tags up on the internet or you stay hidden.

There aren’t many authors to ask, because many are not famous to say they did it right. Or maybe, I’m too isolated to know them. Again, “Networking” is the key. Get a list of readers on a mailing or email list to keep them updated.

In other words, it could be a hit or miss. You need hard work and some of us have it in us while others fall short. Which one are you?

Alberta Sequeira

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Author’s Bio

Are you at the point of being told you need a good bio to get started? I remember way back in 2005, attending a class run by Steven Manchester, author of so many Best Sellers today, say that to me in his class “How to Get Published.

I laughed to myself knowing I hadn’t had my first book out yet to even have a bio. Now, it’s 2018, and I have three memoirs, a Narrative Non-Fiction and in the middle of writing my first women’s fictional becoming a trilogy.

I’m a director, producer and co-host to the NBTV-95 cable TV show out of New Bedford, Massachusetts with three other authors. I teach three different writer’s workshops. I interview others on our show and get interviewed myself on other networks.

I write frequently for The Cape Cod Today blog or articles for newspapers. I give talks privately to court-ordered programs, inmates in jail, halfway homes, or rehabilitation centers. I talk to the public at schools, universities, libraries, churches or any available site.

I became a promoter with all these locations from hearing the difference between a poor author to a rich one. The poor ones enjoy just selling books at festivals or bookstores. A Rich Author wants to do more and get noticed. These are the thing I have accomplished for the past 13 years.

You’d think I’d be real famous by now, including being rich, especially, having the topic of losing my husband and daughter from alcohol and drug abuse. It’s a subject matter that effects so many of us day in and day out.

It goes to show how hard promoting is when I can honestly say, “A handful of people in the area know me.” I’m not famous or had the chance or opportunity to reach someone to help me get ahead. I’m comfortable within my skin to stay the way I am hoping to reach an alcoholic or drug user and save them.

I’m at the point of getting up there in years, still young at heart, and wonder if the work is too hard for me. Age shouldn’t be the factor. We need the drive. Somedays I wake up with so much energy and hope to get myself on the internet to reach all I can with my topic.

If it’s meant to be, I’ll get noticed. If not, I’ll continue on writing and enjoying the time being retired. We all need something.

First, we have to have the thrill to make characters and stories come alive. It has to start with us. I want to make a reader excited to grab my book, get on the couch with a hot coffee cup next to them, with the drive to turn the first page. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Helping a reader get away from the everyday stress.

So, keep your writing going and just enjoy it.

Alberta Sequeira

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Author’s Experiences

Taken from:

8 Steps To Writing A Sales-Driving Author Bio

1. Less is more.

2. Write in the third person.

3. What are your books about?

4. Humbly signify your authority.

5. Fiction writers can get personal.

6. Remember that the author bio is about your reader.

7. Name dropping is good.

8. Use your bio to build your email list.

Alberta Sequeira

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