Virus or problems with an IMac

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Good Picture from Istock to show my emotional state!

We can love our computers or want to put a hammer to them. I’m at the last part. I own an IMac because I was told they rarely, if ever, get viruses. Hum, really!
My mistake, being a writer, is not getting another PC, which would have had Word.

I have Pages, and right now, pages will not come up, blocking every document I have saved. We have never had a problem with our IMac. So, my next step is taking the computer to Best Buy and spend my saved dollars for something I planned to enjoy in the future. We’ll have to de-bug the computer, upgrade IMac and upload Word. There goes $400 or so.

How many of us have got on the computer with excitement to finish work that was ready to send and see the icon that you are blocked. It worked yesterday! Then its the days or weeks trying to figure out what the problem is with opening a site?

It took 10 days for me to realize that my problem wasn’t with how I was doing the task, but a problem within the computer. It took days of using bad words, yelling at the computer, getting mad at the customer service in Create Space with them not knowing why I couldn’t upload a document, to see that it wasn’t any of them or me…my beloved IMac got hit with something.

I have a Sony laptop that I can’t send my saved documents to by disks because the English comes out in another language which is foreign to me. It’s not compatible with my IMac and it can’t network with the IMac or my printer. Something I never thought of asking before purchasing the IMac.

My reason for telling you all this? I wanted to share with you my frustration so you will come to see that you are not alone with the same problems.

Alberta Sequeira

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Don’t change it, if it Works!!

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Yes, this is the new book cover to What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict. LOVE IT! The cover is a statement in itself with what the book is about with substance abusers.

Everything comes with a price. What do they say, “If it Works, leave it alone?” Or something on that idea. My book is available with the new cover and ready to purchase with Kindle. In fact, it’s free if you belong to the Kindle Select.

My problem? I decided to change “ONE PAGE” near the end of my paper book in Create Space. A benefit with publishing your own book with them….if you don’t run into problems. All I wanted to do was update my old blog, email and website on this ONE PAGE.

I asked Create Space if they could delete the information on this one page for me or update it from their end, because my IMac doesn’t want to work with me getting my documents over to them.

“No” was their reply. I had to change it in my saved document and upload it again. Sounds easy? Try again. Because of page and section breaks in my documents, they all scrambled, jumped around and my breaks reappeared (the ones I had deleted in the first publication), header and footers sailed away with them ..the ones I had from the original book I had published the first time.

I worked over 10 days on this problem, spoke to 8 customer service representatives and someone from the support group; all professional and kind. No one knew the problem. I now realized that I couldn’t open Pages where I’m working from with my book.

How does a computer work one day or within the hour, and then from out of nowhere, your everyday function with it is GONE? No matter what I tried, my IMac faced me without giving me any information. They told me what to try, but nothing worked. So now, as I mentioned in another clip, it’s off to Best Buy.

I teach a 3 hour class on publishing your own book with Create Space and this is going to be a #1 fact that will be stressed. DO NOT ADD YOU CONTACT INFORMATION IN THE INTERIOR OF YOUR BOOK. If you need to change it years with a new publication, you may never get that manuscript up again.

Put ALL contact information on the back cover…..which I had. You can change your website, blog, or email at anytime or year if you have a new one, without interfering with the interior. I wanted the book professional with the new info and caused a nightmare.

My paperback will not be available for weeks or a month until the computer is fixed. If you have a Kindle, enjoy the book.

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Losing Faith in Your Writing?

We all go through the doubtful questions: “Will someone like my book, Who will read it, is it good enough?” Been there, thought it.

You have to write for YOU! As writers, we will never please everyone or get everyone’s interest in our book. Write the story, have honest friends look at it for opinions. Write a book that will have a special audience. See if you can get topics out of your story, fictional or non-fiction to give talks. Reaching an audience personally is word of mouth about you or your book.

Alberta Sequeira


Getting Agents or Publishing Yourself


This decision has become a major problem with writers. Why? Today, a high percent of publishers want an agent to go through tons of query letters before they reach them. This way, the agent gets rid of what they call “Junk Mail.” Sad, because there might be a terrific story in that pile, but because if we don’t have the talent on how to word our description to our book, we lose out.

It’s bad enough we spend hundreds, and sometimes, thousands of dollars on an editor, and now we’re put in the spot to pay someone to write your query or book proposal. We, as writers, spends unbelievable money without any guarantee our query letter, book proposals or manuscripts themselves, will even be read. It’s true when they say everyone makes money off the writer, except the writer.

The healthy writers, mentally and physically, are the ones who write for fun and not fame. They don’t go through the months or years with their manuscripts on their desk and blowing dust off them. They don’t wait around for someone to say after eternity, “I’d like to see your work.” I had one lucky reply ten years ago to only get another reply months later, “Thank you, but it’s not what we want to publish.”

Is it worth waiting? Yes, a well-known publisher is the frosting on the cake. Then you have to wait 1-2 years for the publication, the editors may ask you to cut-down 100 pages or so. If the book does not sell enough to their liking, they can discontinue publishing your book. What if they go out of business?

Benefits with a Publisher: They get your books into bookstores, give you some spotlights on websites, get your book into libraries or other locations, maybe set you up on a book tour or send you some advancement with money to cover the tour. Remember, that gift of advanced money comes out of your royalties…if you make any.

One positive thing with an agent or a publisher, they do want you to succeed. If you make money, they make money. You may be the nicest person they met, but it’s a business to them.

But no matter how you publish your book, you still have to do the promoting. If you don’t get weak knees and shortness of breath from fear, you can talk and make decent money at small locations. Sell yourself, not your book. If you know what you are talking about, your books will move off the table.

I was told my another successful author, charge something…anything for talks or any event. Other wise, they will not take you seriously as a professional writer. Everyone will want you to fill in their gap at an event for free.

Don’t be afraid to charge. You worked for your talent, get paid for it.

Alberta Sequeira

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Authors helping Authors

Alberta is a co-founder to Authors Without Borders ( 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.”


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 

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