New Book Coming!

Alberta

Get ready my followers. I finished The Rusty Years. My first fictional story. It will be a sequel in 3 books. Hopefully, it will be in print in 6 months.

Excerpt:

“Push, Jenny. Her doctor instructed, “One more time.”
Once her daughter was born and cried for the first time in the delivery room, Jenny became hysterical. She could still hear her own voice begging and screaming asking the nurses to let her hold her baby.
“She wants me. Give me my baby. She needs me.”
“Jenny, we have to take her to the nursery. You can’t see her. You signed papers for adoption.”
“She’s mine. I changed my mind. Give her to me. Please!” Jenny tried sitting up on the delivery table. Before they sedated her again, she yelled out, “Jennifer’s my daughter. You have no right. I’m her mother.” Tears flowed down her checks, as she started to drift off to sleep.
Jenny had felt alone and abandoned when Todd Costa had wed Cathy Blackman, a woman she despised, a week before she herself was to marry him. The reasoning shocked Jenny, and the betrayal kept Jennie from telling Todd that she was pregnant with his child.
These events in Jenny’s life were agonizing. The pain and heart-wrenching decision never left her mind. The past seemed like yesterday. Why did she think way back then that the choice was going to be easy? Her life had been shattered.

Alberta Sequeira

alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

Manuscript Submission Mistakes

Taken from http://www.authorspublish.com  JOIN!

Written by Emily Harstone | February 6, 2017

1. The Submission Did NOT Obey Their Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines exist for a reason. Ignore them at your peril. Most of the editors I have talked to either automatically reject submissions that do not follow guidelines, or they refuse to respond to them entirely.

2. They Didn’t Submit to the Right Agent or Publisher

If you have written a young adult (YA) book, don’t submit it to a publisher that does not publish YA. They will not accept your book. If you submit your work of fantasy to an agent that only focuses on literary fiction they will not accept it.

3. Do Not Include Rhetorical Questions

Don’t start a query with a question or multiple ones. After reading a few hundred or so of them, most agents grow to dislike them.

4. Don’t Talk about Copyright

Never say you have copyrighted your book with the Library of Congress. Your book is copyrighted the moment you put the words on paper. To have it done officially, dates your material–forever. Let the publisher do that.

5. Don’t Query (Yet)

Most publishers and agents mention a time frame within which they respond to most submissions. For some publishers it is 2-4 months, for others it is a week, others 6 months. After that time has passed and you have not heard from them, it is fine to query. Querying involves sending a polite email inquiring about your submission. I actually like waiting an extra month on top of the time they mention before querying, just to be polite.

6. Politeness and Formality Is a Must

I’ve seen cover letters that are rude. Usually along the lines of “You are so very lucky to receive my wonderful manuscript.” Often the rudeness is right at the end of the cover letter, such as signing off with this line “I can’t wait to receive the acceptance letter you will send me”.

7. Know The Agents Name

Number one on my list of things never to do, is to address a query to 30 or 40 agents or editors at the same time. I’m talking about listing them in the header of your query. We usually toss those without even reading the subject line.

Joyce Holland, Literary Agent

When you submit directly to a publisher, unless they specifically state which editor you are submitting to, you don’t know the editors name. If you know the editors name, use it. If it isn’t obviously provided for you – don’t use a name. Just say Dear Editors. Assume that more than one will see your submission.

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Alberta Sequeira  Purchase my books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

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5 Reasons Your Book Isn’t Selling

writing inspiration
February 24, 2015 by Nathaniel Tower

Here are 5 reasons why your book might not be selling:

1. You’re Only Marketing It to Your Friends and Family

If you want people to buy your book, you have to find an audience that isn’t your aunt or your friend from third grade. Don’t expect all your writer buddies to buy it either. Do you buy every book you see posted on Facebook?

2. You Don’t Have Any Endorsements

Another form of endorsement is having a publisher behind your book. We’re living in a world where self-publishing still turns off some readers. There are readers out there who won’t even look at a self-published book. If you don’t have a publisher, you need more endorsements from reviewers and other readers. Of course, without a publisher, these can be harder to get.

3. Your Book Is Not Available In a Reader’s Preferred Format

If you want to maximize your audience, you need to make your book available in as many formats as you can. That includes, print, Kindle, other e-book formats, and even audio. The more options available, the more likely you are to meet the needs of your audience.

4. You’re Selling Your Book for the Wrong Price

If you price the book too high, people won’t buy it. But the same could be true if you price it too low. You might not sell more copies at 99 cents than you would at $4.99. Why not? Well, some people might just assume it sucks. After all, why would anyone sell their hard work for less than a buck? Find the price point that works for your audience.

5. Your Book Was Released at the Wrong Time

Timing is everything. Even the timing of your book release. If your book comes out on the same day as a bunch of highly-anticipated releases, you can’t expect to sell a ton of copies right away. Know the release dates of other books and try to plan yours around it. If you are self-publishing, you can choose any date you want. If you pick the wrong date, your book might not get noticed at all.

 

Authors helping Authors

Alberta is a co-founder to Authors Without Borders (www.awb6.com) which formed back in 2007. At the time, six authors made up the group.  Now in 2016, we are four women who meet monthly and try to brainstorm on ideas to move ahead with our writing books, publishing, marketing, where we are headed, and what do we want to accomplish?

Advantage of becoming a group?

1. Support when depression hits!

2. Talking about what works and doesn’t

3. Sharing the expense of festivals and events

4. Offering workshops, talks, books signings as a group

5. Forming our own NBTV-95 Cable TV show for other authors with interviews in New Bedford, MA

6. Willie Pleasants has her own cable TV show in Boston, MA “Willie’s Web.”

7. The joy of just meeting once a month for lunch and talking about “whatever.”

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Authors Without Borders members.  Left front: Willie Pleasants (short stories and poetry), Joyce Keller Walsh (mysteries)

Right front: Pat Perry (fantasy and comedy), Alberta Sequeira (memoirs and non-fiction)  Visit us at www.awb6.com 

We’d love to hear from you. Any questions you need answered, send them to us at 6authors@awb6.com