A new book in the making

I’ve written three memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and three handbooks from my workshops. If you can’t make the class, you can go on Amazon (www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira) and order the books; How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with CreateSpace; Writing Memoirs, and Bring Your Manuscript to Publication.

I’m now on the road to writing fiction. Soon you’ll be able to grab your cup of coffee, a pillow, and spend time on your couch reading The Rusty Years: The Remembrance of Being Young with a sequel following The Rusty Years; Secrets Revealed. Let’s say it’s like eating potato chips; once you start one, you can’t stop until you’ve read them both.

The Rusty Years; The Remembrance of Being Young is a historical fictional story of three young girls, Jenny Rossini, Rita Costa, and Kathleen Perry who come of age during the Great Depression. This fast-paced and deeply emotional story is mostly told in the first person by Jenny with occasional and smooth twists to third-party POV which expands the story into the innermost thoughts of the others.

These three young women deal with many tragedies; the mafia, broken love, the heart-wrenching death of a mother, mafia, murder, and what these girls go through and how they deal with it as they grow to womanhood.

Jenny later becomes engaged with a well-intentioned young man, Todd Costa, who love each other despite many difficulties. The story also includes a very interesting and extremely attractive frenemy-monster named Cathy Greco who increases the difficult issues of this very gripping story.  Cathy forces the issues to escalate and race toward an extremely emotional cliff-hanging ending two weeks before Todd and Jenny are to be married. She returns from Paris, France as Coco Chanel’s top model known worldwide as Nina Mae who claims to have had an affair with Todd before leaving coming home pregnant. Jenny leaves for Manhattan, New York, after Todd marries Cathy from her father, mob boss, Tony Greco, threats to Todd if he doesn’t marry his daughter. Jenny leaves with the secret of also being pregnant. She has to decide to keep the baby or give the child up for adoption.

The sequel The Rusty Years; Secrets Revealed, follows Jenny after making her decision with her baby. The story carries into her life until she turns 92 years old to finally have the secrets revealed on how she lost the love of her life.

Once the book finds a home with a publisher, it will be revealed to my readers.

The 9 Best Independent Publishers in the US

Are you looking for a publisher? Consider going with a small press.

In today’s blog post, we’re sharing our favorite indie publishers. While you probably have dreams of working with a Big 5 publisher, a smaller publisher may be the right option. We’ll explain why.

Check it out now.

The 9 Best Independent Publishers in the US


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NY Book Editors
37 Greenpoint Avenue
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Brooklyn, New York 11222
United States
(888) 959-3082

A Children’s Publisher

  • I came across a nice website for authors with children’s books. I see numerous ones looking for my own. Take a look and see if it interests you. Alberta

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers publishes picture books, middle reader and young adult fiction and nonfiction. We seek manuscripts that are honest, wise, and hopeful; but we also publish stories that simply delight us with their storyline, characters, or good humor. Stories that celebrate diversity, stories of historical significance, and stories that relate to contemporary social issues are of special interest to us at this time. We currently publish 12 to 18 books a year.

We strongly encourage writers and illustrators to become familiar with our publications and the general trade children’s book market before submitting any material. Please review our books in our catalog, on our website, or at your local library or bookstore to determine whether your manuscript or artwork is appropriate for us. We will also be happy to send you a recent catalog upon request. 


Eerdmans Books for Young Readers accepts unsolicited hardcopy submissions, but we respond only to submissions we are interested in publishing. While we do not require submissions to be exclusive, we do ask that you inform us if you are simultaneously submitting it elsewhere, and certainly inform us if another publisher has expressed interest in your manuscript. If you have not heard from us after four months, you may assume that your submission does not fit the needs of our list.

For picture book submissions, please include the full manuscript. Except in the case of author-illustrators, we prefer that submissions not include artwork. For novel submissions, you may submit the full manuscript, or a query that includes a synopsis and at least three chapters of the manuscript.

Do not submit the only copy of your manuscript, and do not include an SASE; materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Be sure to include your contact information (including address, email, and phone number) on your cover letter.

Because of the volume of manuscripts we receive, we are unable to track receipt of submissions or respond to any inquiries as to the status of your manuscript. If you would like confirmation that your materials have been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your submission. (Please note that postcards must follow USPS guidelines for size, height, and weight.) Our mailing of this postcard is not an indication of whether or not we are interested in your manuscript; it will be returned to you before your submission is evaluated, merely as proof that your submission was received.

Send manuscript submissions to:
Acquisitions Editor
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
4035 Park East Court SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

We do not respond to queries or accept manuscript submissions via email or fax.


Illustrators are welcome to submit samples of their artwork. Please submit your portfolio or samples of your work and include a brief summary of your experience along with your contact information and your website. Do not send original art or include an SASE; illustration submissions will not be returned. We will keep your samples on file to be considered for projects to be developed in the future. Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about samples.

Submit illustration samples to:

illustrationsubmissions@eerdmans.comOr mail them to:

Art Director
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
4035 Park East Court SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Visit: Alberta’s Books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

How to Negotiate Your Way Out of a Publishing Contract

As disappointing as it can be, sometimes the relationship between authors and publishers can sour. Maybe you’re not happy with the way the company is being run or the way you’re being treated. You’ve decided you want to leave, but it’s not that easy since you’ve signed an enforceable contract. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t make every effort to be released from that contract.

Before you approach the publisher, determine exactly why it is you want to leave. Put together an unemotional list, highlighting the three most viable ones, i.e., publisher is non-responsive, royalties are consistently paid late, and edits are always getting lost. It’s important to create this list when you’re not angry over an email you’ve received from an editor or upset because, once again, you royalty payment is late. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be upset, but you must remain professional.

Review your contract as you’re writing the list. If the publisher guarantees to pay royalties by the 15th of the following month and always pays the 25th or later, you have a stronger leg to stand on when asking for a termination of the contract.  

After your list is ready, put it aside for a few days then come back to see if you still feel like you want to attempt to be released from your contract. Give yourself plenty of time and space to make this decision.

Now that you’ve done that, it’s time to focus on how to approach your publisher.

  1. Always start the initial negotiation process in a professional, discreet manner. That means, don’t start a bonfire on the web about the publisher and don’t begin your discussion by attacking the publisher. There’s no need to use a battering ram when a simple knock on the door might do.
  2. Attempt to negotiate the release of rights using a sales clause in the contract. For instance, most contracts give the publisher the right to remove your book from publication due to lack of sales. If your book hasn’t been selling well, use that clause to approach your publisher. Send a polite request to the appropriate senior editor and ask them to forward the email to the appropriate party if they cannot fulfill your request.
  3. If the publisher won’t release the contract because of a sales clause or there isn’t one in your contract, then politely ask for a return of rights based on your list, basically the reasons you are unhappy. Again, remain polite. This is a negotiation; you don’t want to turn it into a hostage situation.
  4. Again, if you are turned down, tell the publisher you do not feel as though this is a mutually beneficial relationship. Let them know firmly you don’t want to continue with the contract. But, remember, you’re only turning up the heat slightly here.  
  5. Give the publisher a decent amount of time to respond  to each request (at least thirty days). Then follow up if you have heard nothing.
  6. If the publisher refuses, you have two options: get tough or wait out the expiration of the contract. Before you choose either one, take a few days and think about it. Don’t make a mistake which could very well damage your career.  Getting tough will only work if the publisher has breached the contract, not just because you’re unhappy.

Many publishers are amenable to early contract releases if it’s best for both parties and if they are approached in the right manner. Some may ask for you to buy out the contract. If your book isn’t selling, this won’t amount to much; however, if your book is a good seller, the amount will reflect that. You have to decide whether or not you’re willing to buy out your contract, if that’s offered to you.

Ultimately, unless you’re willing to risk a court process, you are connected to that publisher until the contract expires or you are released. So it is important to keep the lines of communication open and calm. Negotiating takes finesse, and if you approach the publisher in the right way, your chances of being released are higher.

Visit: Dawn who has been the editor-in-chief of Vinspire Publishing (www.vinspirepublishing.com) since 2004, is a published author of fiction, and a freelance writer with over 500 articles published. She is also a writing instructor, a cover designer (www.etsy.com/shop/coffeeandcocoacovers), and video editor. Her personal website is www.rachelcarrington.com.

Website for Writers: www.albertasequeira.org

Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

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