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.

Marital Advice

I usually don’t advertise too many book on my site, but this is a winner. What a gift to men getting married, a man trying to understand women in general, a bachelor gift for a party, or anything relating to marriage for a man.

Peter Davison took a loving message to his grandson and turned it into a book to share with us. Go to Amazon.com and purchase this book. You’d be amazed at the advice.

As for us women, Peter told the truth, girls! We are complicated!!

.Marital Advice

When my grandson, Joel, got engaged, I decided to jot down a few words of marital wisdom for him, based on my vast experience as a husband. Then I thought, why share this wisdom with only one person when I can share it with the whole world. So, I started a blog, listing new marital advice every week. As the popularity of the blog grew, people suggested that the material should be turned into a book and, well, here it is! Sure, much of the advice is off-the-wall and wacky, but it’s also an upbeat, humorous look at married life that any engaged or married person can relate to and will find insightful and fun to read. Even unmarried people can enjoy the book and, who knows, it might convince some of you to take the plunge, or perhaps confirm your belief that being single is a blessing. Advice to Joel, and to any man, includes: make sure that you buy a roll of electrical tape before you volunteer to do the vacuuming–and why, how to deal with your wife’s steely-eyed, clinched-jaw scowl, known as “The Look,” how to answer your wife’s questions such as, “Does this dress make my ass look big?,” the warning that your mouth will get you into a whole lot more trouble than your Willy ever will, and how to create the world’s most powerful anniversary card for your wife. Virtually all of the material in the book is presented in the form of upbeat stories, scenarios, and examples. This is not the type of advice that you’ll find in a textbook on marriage or in a book on marital relations written by some psychiatrist. This is the real stuff for real people.

Alberta Sequeira
www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com
alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

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How to contact Agents with Trilogies

The Writer’s Dig Blog
How to Query an Agent When Writing a Trilogy (or Series)
By: Brian A. Klems | April 11, 2016

Questions-to-ask-an-agent: I’m currently finishing the first book in what I plan to be a trilogy and am getting ready to query agents. When I pitch the book, should I mention that this is the first book of a series or not? Do agents want to know it’s a series? What’s the best way to handle it?—Anonymous

A: Agents (and publishers, for that matter) are big fans of book series. If the first book is strong and flies off bookstore shelves, it’s a safe bet that its follow-ups will too. Most who run the publishing industry would practically sell the naming rights to their first-born child to land a Harry Potter or a Twilight. Heck, I’d have sold the naming-rights to both my daughters for a chance to write them.

Luckily for them, I’ve yet to land that golden ticket.

The key to selling a trilogy is selling the first book first. Without that sale, books two and three (or more, if it’s a longer series) are DOA. So focus your query letter on book one. Pitch it as if it weren’t in a trilogy—don’t mention future books, plots, etc. Stick to the strengths of book one and, if you find you can’t without mentioning the others, then book one has major flaws.

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Now this doesn’t mean you should keep your trilogy a secret, says Guide to Literary Agents editor Chuck Sambuchino. Just save it for a future conversation.

“If you propose your first book and they like it, they’ll contact you,” Sambuchino says. “One of the first questions they will ask, I promise you, will be, ‘What else are you working on or writing?’ And that’s when you say, ‘Well, I’m halfway through the second book in that series and I’ve got some outlines for other projects.’”

By following this method, you’ll avoid irritating agents who dislike queries about more than one book while doing no harm to ones that don’t care either way. And if you feel that you must mention it in your query letter, use the line “It’s a stand-alone book with series potential.”

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Brian A. Klems is the editor of this blog, online editor of Writer’s Digest and author of the popular gift book Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters.

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 www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira 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
www.albertasequeira.org
Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

Bring Your Manuscript to Publication

 
Bring Your Manuscript
 
So you want to write a book. It’s scary not knowing anyone who can help you. I teach workshops for writers and decided to write handbook for those of you who can’t attend or can’t afford them.

I’m going to take a few topics covered in my handbook Bring Your Manuscript to Publication.

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING

Welcome to your world of writing. It all begins with a thought for a great story. The next step is to start writing your first sentence. You don’t need to spend every spare moment at the computer. A half hour a day will bring your story together. Pushing aside your desire to write will never fill your dream of having that special book published.

Publishing your work can happen if you persevere and keep your confidence. Famous writers had to start where you are now. In the beginning, don’t worry about making every sentence flow together or panic because they make no sense. There will be numerous times going back to recheck your grammar, punctuation and spelling. You may find it necessary to reword sentences. Those corrections should be in the last stages.

A computer is a gift and a best friend to a writer. Its function keys allow you to cut, paste, copy, delete or add a page from the internet to your manuscript. Remember, most mistakes can be fixed.

One important fact that I suggest is to SAVE your material with each paragraph or page that you finish. If you take a break, if there’s a storm, SAVE your work on a CD before shutting everything down. You’d be surprised how many hours of work can be lost. If it’s gone, you will learn what frustration is all about when you try to remember what you finished writing; you know, those perfect thoughts!

When done for the day, SAVE your work on a CD. Make it a habit that you write your fresh, new, daily entries at the start of each day in your manuscript in the computer and SAVE the day’s work on the CD. It is easy to get mixed up if you start one day writing on the CD and saving the work in the computer and then the next day starting in the computer and saving on the CD because you will over-riding pages of entries with your finished work. I made this horrible mistake with my first book for months forgetting which location I started my writing last, where it was saved, and it deleted important information that I could not remember. Remember, work on the computer, Save on the CD at the end. Make this a routine practice.

Keep a pencil and a pad of paper in the living room, kitchen and bedroom. Some of the best material seem to come during the wee hours of the night or morning. Have one special location to store your notes. Type them daily into your document. It saves paperwork from piling up or your notes getting lost.

Buy a tape recorder (prices can start around $40) and carry it with you everywhere. How many times have you been out and some fantastic idea for the book hits you? By the time you get home that thought could be gone forever.

Here are all the topics covered in my handbook for $10 or under on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

Contents Page
Bio of Author 3
Introduction to Writing/How to Develop a Good Story 4
Taking Breaks/Keeping Receipts
Emails/Writer’s Groups
Outlining Your Thoughts
Characters/Plot
Research/Posting Thoughts, Editing
Outlining Your Story
What is a Hook
How to Open with a Hook
Grammar Problems
Words to Avoid/Your Last Step Editing
Where to Find Editors/ Reference Books
Getting Published
Agent or Publisher
Different Ways to Publish
Becoming Your Own Publisher
E-Books/Query Letters
Sample of Query Letters
Synopsis
Sample of Synopsis
Book Proposal
Book Cover/Title
What Happens after Publishing/Media Kit
Difference Between a Rich and Poor Author/Websites for Authors
Perseverance
Albert’s Contact info and Published Books

Alberta Sequeira

Promoting

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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

Books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira
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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

Website:<a href="http://www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com&quot;
Email:alberta.sequeira@gmail.com
Purchase Books at http://www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

Author’s Experiences

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Taken from: https://authority.pub/how-to-write-author-bio/

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.

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Alberta Sequeira

Purchase Alberta’s books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

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