Author: albertasequeira

I'm an Awareness Coach, author, motivational speaker and instructor. My memoirs are A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje; lease, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism. My Narrative Non-Fiction is What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict. A Spiritual Renewal won the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 Semi-Finalist by Reader Views of Austin Texas. Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award for 2009 by Allbook Review of Canada and was nominated for the Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award 2011. Please, God, Not Two was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award for 2010 by Allbook Review of Canada and featured in the December 20, 2010 Publishers Weekly. My new Narrative Non-Fiction, What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words had been written by 34 addicts from the USA and Canada. It is a testimony on what they believe is not working in their recovery programs. It's a book for all; the substance abusers, doctors, counselor and family members. I speak to the public and private organizations on "The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family" since I lost a husband and daughter from this disease. I'm a co-host to NBTV-95 cable TV show from New Bedford titled "Authors Without Borders Presents." I interview other authors and writers to learn their journey with roadblocks to getting published. I've finished my first book in the trilogy The Rusty Years. Looking for an agent.

How I landed an agent/Part One

Never in my life did I believe that I’d be blessed to get an agent. I tried for fourteen years. That’s really hanging in with thinking positively. I want to share my journey with you with my different stages.

I’ve completed my first fictional The Rusty Years; The Remembrance of Being Young. It will have a sequel with Book Two being The Rusty Years; Secrets Revealed. It’s about a ninety-two-year-old woman who looks back on her younger years during the Great Depression. She wants answers on why she lost her true love and had to make a hard, painful decision to keep their baby or give it up for adoption. He had no idea of her pregnancy when she leaves Chatham, Massachusetts for Manhattan, NY. It was the 1930s and being pregnant and single during those years left a black mark on a woman. 

As we all know being authors, I did editing so many times until I was crossed-eyed.  I’m surprised my fingers still work. I decided it was time to end the book, and if it needed more editing, which I’m sure it would, I’d let an editor, an agent or publisher help me. I started to send queries to tons of publishers and agents. Yes, I too can wallpaper my room with the rejection letters. 

After six months or longer, I had an agency A.M. Heath from London request the whole manuscript. It’s been close to six weeks and no reply. Hopefully, no reply is better than a rejection. I’m used to their emails, “Great story but not for us. Don’t give up another publisher or agency may want it, etc.” I have to sit back and hold my breath for their decision. 

Meanwhile, I took two of my books offline to republish under a different title. I was scared to death to make the move and call Amazon to do so. Especially, What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict because I LOVED the book cover. This was my first Narrative Non-Fiction. 

We will never know if we don’t take a chance. One of the co-founders of our group Authors Without Borders always says when we meet, “You just never know.” That’s a true statement. I truly believed, and still do, doors open when you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right person. You can be book signing with five or fewer attendees and that one person can be at your event to get you where you need to be to help you.

In-between querying for my fictional, I searched agents and publishers to help me “republish” the addiction book to get into schools and educational programs. 

It’s written by thirty-four alcoholics and drug users from the USA and Canada telling their stories on what works and doesn’t for them in recovery. It needs a home with a publisher that will help me get it into the health system. I researched to find out why some substance abusers recover and put their lives together while others die from this horrible, worldwide problem. After losing my husband and daughter from their addictions, I wanted to know what I could have done differently. What are doctors, counselors, family members, and society doing wrong? What can we change? To get the answers, I had to go directly to the source; the substance abusers themselves. I needed to get into their mindset.

It’s not easy for publishers wanting to republish a book unless you’re selling tons. Agents are uncomfortable with being able to find someone wanting to take it over. I kept at it. Yes, it gets depressing. 

I wrote to agent, Nancy Rosenfeld, from AAABooks Unlimited of Illinois and got her attention. Hoping, and I mean hoping, to deliver a good hook, I started out giving my background and profile. I’m lucky through the years building my platform. When I got to all the information laid out for her, my first line was, “This may sound like a crazy request but do you republish book?” 

Signing a contract wasn’t something I jumped right into with excitement and with blinders on, which I would have done in my early years of writing. We had at least four months of talking and debating on services. Years ago, I never would have thought an author could disagree with an agent and keep their interest. She loved the topic and had checked my background online. I watched her website for growth all those months to make my mind us if she was the one. Remember one important thing if you are faced with deciding on an agent. “They work for you!?” I’m lucky, Nancy had been impressed. 

I will continue my story with my next blogging. 


*** How did I build my platform with one book? In 2006, I published my first A Healing Heart; A Spiritual Renewal, later republished with Riverhaven Books to A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje. Around ten years later, I listened, and still do, to Steven Harrison, who gives talks and workshops by registering with him online. He got my attention by wanting to tell the listeners the difference with a poor and rich author.

Here’s what he said. “A poor author is someone who is content with just getting book signings, or with luck, getting the book on the shelves of bookstores. A rich author is one who says, ‘What else can I do with my talent?’” I started by a request of a library director, asking me to teach a workshop when my book got published on how I did it. I had twenty-eight attendees and my knees shook. I now teach three different workshops for writers. 

A year after Lori died, I went to Gosnold Rehabilitation Center where she had gone twice, and gave a talk about “The Effects of Alcoholism on the Whole Family.” I accomplished that after I had a breakdown crying in the counselor’s office from the emotions of being where Lori had been. I pushed myself after asking God to help me get through this engagement.

I joined three other authors and we co-founded Authors Without Borders ( I became a producer, director, and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV show in New Bedford, MA. I’ve written for seven years for The Cape Cod Today Blog. I appear on cable show, radio stations, blog radio, I write for newspaper. That’s a rich author.

It took me 14 years with all this to hook an agent. I have no idea how this will turn out, but I truly want you to follow my steps and learn what I’m experiencing and if it was worth it. 


A thought you’d enjoy this read sent to me.

Hi Bookfoxers,

I’m going to be real with you.

I’ve experienced an enormous amount of rejection. Not the “I’ve been rejected 10 times” type of rejection. Not the “I’ve been rejected 100 times” type of rejection. No, I’m talking four-figures worth of rejection. Anybody who is anybody has said no to me.

As of today, I’ve gotten 1781 rejections for my writing. Yep, that’s 1781 times that someone has read my work and said, “Nope, this isn’t good enough.” 

I don’t like to share that. Because I feel like as an author and teacher and editor, I have to project this aura of invincibility: “Look at me! I’ve figured out how to do this! I’ve published books and won big contests and I am the greatest!”

But the truth is that for every contest I’ve won, I’ve racked up hundreds of other rejections. For every book I’ve published, I’ve gotten many, many emails from publishers saying, “You’re not good enough.”

And I guarantee that I’m not alone. Ask any writer and they’ll tell you about their failures as well.

But you shouldn’t just suffer under the weight of rejection — you can learn from it! 

Here are 6 things that I’ve learned from amassing an Everest-sized pile of rejections:

  1. Just because one publisher/agent doesn’t like your story doesn’t mean anything. It might be right for someone else. Taste is a huge factor in stories, and you just need to find the right tastemaker.
  2. You are not a unique snowflake for piling up thousands of rejections. You are merely living the writing life. If you think you’re abnormal, you’ll beat yourself up, but if you think of this as the normal course of becoming a writer, you’ll endure it with fortitude.
  3. Don’t get gun shy because you get a rejection. Revise it, then send it out to 10 more places. It’s natural to avoid things that hurt, but the solution is not to stop submitting, but stop allowing the rejections to hurt you. Armor-clad your writing confidence.
  4. Your self-worth does not depend on acceptances. Not even your worth as a writer depends on acceptances. You’re a writer because you write, and your writing will, in the proper time, find its way to the right readers.
  5. You can’t avoid rejection by self-publishing. Yes, you won’t be rejected by agents or publishers, but you will struggle to find readers, and get rejected in the marketing process (with attempts to get book reviews!) and get bad reviews sometimes. Every writer has to have a system to deal with rejection, not just those seeking traditional publication.
  6. Sometimes rejection tells you that you are writing the wrong thing. Maybe you need to switch genres, maybe you need to write something shorter or longer. Don’t keep pounding your head against the wall — pivot and try something a little different.

Never rejecting myself,

John Matthew Fox

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You Just Don't Know!

Dear Authors and Fellow Followers,

Dear Authors,

“Miracles Do Happen!”

Our co-founder, Willie Pleasants, has so often through the years said the expression to our group when we meet, “You just never know!”  
It’s her way of telling us to keep moving ahead even if we see a wall in front of us.  Find a way to get around it. Try anything that may seem impossible.  Contact people to help you grow even if you have been turned down time and time again. 
After fourteen years, yes, the big14 number, you read it right, I connected with an agent and editor.  I was looking for someone to help me get my self-published book “What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words” republished by a traditional publisher. I wanted to be able to reach schools from grammar up to collages and univerities, to libraries in schools, to have my book read as a classroom discussion even through counseling the addicted or homework assignment. This was not my book but one written by 34 substance abusers telling their stories on recovery. 
To get an agent or publisher to republish a book on the shelves is a miracle.  My agent is Nany Rosenfeld from AAA Books Unlimited in Riverwoods, IL.  My editor, who works with her, helps polish a book proposal until it shines to send out to a Traditional Publisher. His name is David Tabatsky from New York.  He’s into Narrative Non-Fiction with health issues, especially cancer, and wanted to help me. 
I’m not going to lie, he’s expensive.  He edits for Marlo Thomas and doctors.  Does that tell you anything? The first price had me gasping.  I stayed professional and thanked him but admitted his clients were way out of my league including price.  It went from $6,000 down to $2,000 because he writes on health issues and wanted to give a voice for the addicted.  The price didn’t include as much as the $6,000 but it guarantees to get the proposal in condition. 
There comes a time you have to take a chance. When will I get another chance with an agent who wants to work on a book that has been self-published since 2010?  For this to happen, my book had to be taken completely off Amazon. The new book will need a new cover (which I LOVED the one I had), a new ISNB#, and copyright. 
Here is how the transaction will start.  On May 1st, David will start helping me get my Book Proposal to shape right through to June.  He himself will make sure it’s perfect and polished when he sends it to Nancy.   
I never knew a Book Proposal was the most important thing to send to a Tradtional Publishers.  David said this is the biggest hook and attention-getter to email out to them.
In July, Nancy sends the proposal out to traditional publishers in that field.   When there is interest from one, she will help me change or add things to my manuscript to send them.  Every sentence has to be perfect. (No wonder authors have no idea what is needed to get it right).
I have six weeks to breathe and let this miracle happen….and sink in.  I’ll update you if we get the interest and how it goes from there.  I always wondered how it worked with an agent and thought maybe you would have an interest in knowing.
Keep working for your goal, after all, “You just never know!”
Alberta Sequeira co-founder to AWB

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Podcasting or Youtube

Most people find this confusing with Podcasting. Or, should I say, “I do.” Joyce Keller Walsh, one of our co-founders to Authors Without Borders (, or, decided to go a way I like. No headache.

She goes once a month to Chart Productions in Braintree, Massachusetts and tapes two productions at one time (1/2 hour each). Joyce pays them to do all the audio taping, editing, and production. The program also goes Internationally. Contacting Chart Productions is Jordan Rich, (781) 356-1500. He would give you all the pricing and how they run their radio shows.

All Joyce does is goes home and decides what she wants to talk about and writes it down. She reads it with the editor there listening to her and marks where he hears it needs corrections with cutting.

When it’s done, she goes home. It’s all left behind her without returning to do all the work the recorder does. My kind of doing Podcasting. All you need is MONEY!

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”The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family

* The devastating toll of alcoholism on the family
* The self-destruction of the addict
* For those looking for strength from their own alcoholic-driven problems
* The enabling
* Blackouts/physical and emotional abuse
* Denial
* Protecting the children
* Breakdowns
* Feelings of hopelessness
* Communication in the marriage
* Professional help
* Separation or divorce
* Ignoring the signs of teenage drinking
* Hidden emotional problems with the children
* Taking time to listen and communicate with your teen
* Giving complete support
* Being involved in their counseling, doctor’s appointments and recovery program

“My Spiritual Changes Within”

* Focus on relationships with our loved ones
* Strengthening your belief in your faith
* Tours to Medjugorje/spiritual renewals
* Alberta’s spiritual experience in Medjugorje
* The secrets Our Lady is giving the visionaries
* Description of the apparitions
* The importance of Confession
* Miracles all around us
* Awareness of God in our lives
* Alberta encourages us to examine our life
* Recognize the value of thankfulness
* Saying goodbye to our loved ones
* Renew the joy in life

”Where am I Heading?”

(School Program)
* The introduction to alcohol and drugs
* Signs of alcohol abuse
* Following the crowd
* Binge drinking
* Hereditary or a disease
* Habit, action, location, and friends
* Facing your family and school problems
* Recovery programs
* Breaking from the drinking and drug friends
* Getting on with life
* The reality of Cirrhosis of the Liver

**Alberta is willing to talk on any topic you may want for your event. She would love to discuss what would be the best fit. Please feel free to send questions to

Visit her website at
References from the Bristol Correction Office at Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth, MA:
1. Rui M. Lima, MA, MSW, LICSW, Director of Substance Abuse & Social Servies Programs & Treatment: Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2821
2. Matthew Robitaille, Director of Classification and Programs;​ Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2504

Alberta Sequeira


other writer’s site:

A list for 2020

  • This new list doesn’t have to be long.  As with anything, you need to start with that first sentence.
  • Do you need to contact agents, publisher or a writing coach
  • Do you need to find an editor to polish your manuscript
  • Contact people who can help with a good opening hook for your story
  • Do you need to find someone who does sharp book covers
  • Find a writer’s group
  • Where do you want to give talks
  • List bookstores, schools, newspaper editors, cable tv hosts, radio stations for interviews.

Author’s Experiences

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For someone who had no desire to write, my table has no space. Since this picture, I have more published and enjoyed writing them all.
Alberta Sequeira

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