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Why Do We Write?

That is a question that will find many answers from each individual. I wrote my books on losing Richard and Lori from their alcohol and drug addiction because I felt I had, not only a story to tell, but a message to get across. My memoirs are more lessons than a story. All the mistakes I made with the wrong decisions. I was a young girl with absolutely no education or knowledge in substance abuse. Now, I feel I can save many families from the heartaches that I had from going down the wrong path with my reactions to my loved ones addictions. I guess I could have named my books “What Not to Do with Addiction.”

Many write to heal. Did I? I don’t think losing anyone gives us healing. We go one because God has a plan for us left behind. I wanted to reach out to others; the substance abusers and the family members.

Many right for fun. I’m starting to experience that with my first fictional, The Rusty Years, which will be a trilogy. It’s fun to make characters come alive and make up the plots to interesting stories.

Many want to leave a book for their family, write a children’s book to entertain them or teach them lessons with their stories. Others hope to become famous and live a life of wealth.

I truly write for enjoyment in my retirements days. It keeps my mind moving and exercise my fingers. My pot of gold will not be found in money but hopefully, from readers who enjoy my writing.

Alberta Sequeira

Books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira
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The book is moving

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What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is getting attention. Not from me, but from the 34 contributors telling their stories to doctors, counselors, family and society. What do the need from us to recovery. Each has their own personal story to share with us.

See all of Alberta’s books at www.amazon.com/author/albertasequeira

When is my story finished?

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We need a reason for writing the book, which is the problem, a plot, and an ending whether it be happy or sad. We need a hook to grab the reader and agent. We need to end when we feel the story is covered from the beginning with each character and there is nothing left to tell.

Always put the book aside for a week or longer and go over it reading each line over to see if a problem was left unsolved. Did a character end in the story with their future of did you leave them hanging.

Don’t rush a book to get it published. Take your time. Make sure the story doesn’t jump all over pages. Look at each character and see how their lives end.
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Alberta Sequeira

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Getting Agents or Publishing Yourself

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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

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

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A Meet and Greet Event

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Authors Without Borders has again made a special day for our members. This is their once a year free meeting with coffee and refreshments to go over what problems all of us face, what exciting news happened to us or just a time to get reacquainted and enjoy a few hours together. It’s brainstorming time.  

We held the event at the Lakeville Public Library in Lakeville, MA. A good location to get to and from to the main highway.

Look for our next events coming up. Go to our site at http://www.awb6.com.

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