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May 15th, I’m scheduled to work with my editor, David Tabatsky of New York, to work on my Book Proposal to get it in tight-shape to present to my agent, Nancy Rosenfeld from AAA Books Unlimited in IL.

In July, Nancy will help me tighten my manuscript for What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict to present to a traditional publisher. It was a hard and painful decision to take the book off the market to rename it, give it a new cover, and a new ISBN number. I’m hoping to get a publisher to get the book on the shelves of bookstores and into educational locations to help substance abusers and their families.

I would like to keep you all updated with the steps from an author experiencing for the first time working with both a professional editor well-known and an agent. All my books were self-published except A Spiritual Renewal which was published by Riverhaven Books and is also off the market. I’m hoping to get a Christian publisher and renamed the book.

I’ve been writing and publishing since 2006 and finally hooked an agent. Someone who believed in my book to have it republish which is a hard task to accomplish. Maybe my steps will help you in the future.

If you have any questions, contact me at [email protected]

Do I have Coronavirus or Not?

Everyone knows this is a hard time with socializing. Five weeks ago, I started with an odd sore throat that came in the morning and only at night. Nothing to really complain about but I was aware of it. The chills came in the beginning along with absolute exhaustion to the point of two days going to bed during the day and actually slept for at least two hours, which is not me. 

Did I have a fever? I’m embarrassed to admit, I had three thermometers and none worked. I felt feverish and had a day with a long sleeve jersey on with a sweater and an afghan around me. Guess that says it all. 

The worse was and still is shortness of breath. When I eat, I have to stop and take breaths and the same as talking on the phone. I went to my primary less than a week into it with fear of the Coronavirus. He felt I didn’t fall into that category and couldn’t order the test! Why? I didn’t travel out of the country and wasn’t with someone with the virus. Could I have been near someone in a store that had gone out of the country or didn’t know themselves that they were coming down with the virus? I don’t believe that should be the questions as much as the symptoms. How and why are thousands of people being tested and I’m overlooked?

Not having a fever at the time, my condition was blown over and sent home with an antibiotic which did nothing to cause me to return one more time. I was put on a different antibiotic that gave me nausea and diarrhea. Nice results to deal with so the medicine was stopped. You do realize antibiotics do nothing for a virus?

A week ago, I entered Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts per my cardiologist to make sure my heart was fine. I’m a heart patient with a pacemaker, have diabetes, and I’m seventy-eight. Nice category! They strongly felt I needed testing but they didn’t do it at the hospital. I was told to call the Hotline. After talking to them, they said to insist on a test because I had too many signs. Again, I got a no from the doctor. My heart doctor's office can't believe I wasn't being tested.

The hospital was an experience with the atmosphere of doctors and nurses wearing masks and the place was empty. My husband was not allowed to enter the doors. He had to drop me off at the curb and went home. He felt terrible about this action. I walked in the door stopped by two nurses at a desk, they usually put a mask on you but I had one, ran a thermometer across my forehead. Checked me in with questions, went to a chair with two nurses with masks to take my vitals. My B/P was over 200. That was enough to scare me. 

They put me into a room that was not connected to the emergency room. It looked like a doctor’s office changed into a patient room. The door stayed shut. I found out later that’s where they put patients they think might have the virus. A doctor with a mask covered with a plastic shield came in the door. I had blood and urine tests, an X-ray, and an EKG. Thank God my heart was fine. She couldn’t tell me if I did or didn’t have the virus. The hospital did not do testing but advised me to call my pulmonary doctor Monday; it was a Friday. 

Today, I have a telephone appointment with my pulmonary doctor at noon. The nurse at his office called yesterday to ask me questions on my health and was shocked no one tested me! Where I go from here with his result, if he finds one, I don’t know. All the professionals say that if I’m tested and have it, I would be sent home to rest, which I’ve done for 5 weeks. But, I would know if I did or didn’t. That is important to me knowing with socializing. I have only been out for the two doctors' appointments and the hospital visit. I'm reading, writing on the computer, and doing puzzles.

What have I done to protect myself? I live with my husband and fear him getting this. So far, he’s been healthy. Hopefully, five weeks makes him safe. I wore a mask in the apartment, we sleep separate, washed my hands constantly, used Lysol wipes on the computer keyboard, mouse, telephones, door handles, light switches, appliance and cabinet handles, coffee pot, toaster, and anything I might have thought needed to be sterilized. 

My husband has been a lifesaver with grocery shopping every two weeks.  He wears a mask going out.  He cooks and does the laundry down the hall. We live in a residential location with forty-five families. 

Like everyone, Easter has been canceled. It was a time of joy, laughter, and fun mixing in with family members. Churches are closed, stores, medical centers don’t see you, appointments are canceled, and our cities are ghost towns. It’s a way of life we hope to never see again. 

The President was told this was coming in January. Maybe if he had taken this situation and the danger of it seriously and prepared, the hospital's employees wouldn’t be completely exhausted with no supplies for themselves and patients and we never would have had this many deaths.

I end with thanking all the emergency and healthcare employees in hospitals, the fire departments, and the people coming together to donate and make equipment and masks for the workers. They not only care for the sick but the dying. Some have risked their own lives and some have died to save us. 

My condolences to the families that have lost loved ones or who have been hospitalized with the virus, and with the grace of God, came home. I hope we learn to keep up sanitizing when this is over and to never take our health system or our own health for granted. Mostly, to continue to pitch in and always give help to a stranger when they need it. We will have a better world with love and unity.

Alberta Sequeira

How I Found an Agent

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 shows, radio stations, blog radio, I write for newspapers. That’s a rich author. Find more ways to get noticed.

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 Quote from Steven King

Balcoholic on the street

“Either get busy living or get busy dying.”

The statement made me sit up and think of addiction. Do the alcoholics or drug users realize that is just what they’re doing. They’re busy working toward dying; not purposely but they don’t realize that’s the action. 

My daughter, Lori Cahill, was told by her doctor, if she didn’t stop drinking, her liver would shut down in two years. I couldn’t understand how that fact didn’t scare her. I’m sure she was but like most of us, we don’t believe tragedy is going to strike us. 

Up until that time-frame, she continued drinking, hanging out with the friends who did, went to three rehabs because it was forced on her coming out to go down the same path. Lori feared dying like her father, Richard Lopes, at forty-five years old from alcoholism. She died in 2006 at thirty-seven years old. It’s something a parent never gets over with the empty seat, family gatherings, or the birth of their grandchild. People think you heal in time. No, we go on because that’s life. 

I know in my heart she wanted to live. She was a giving person who loved her two children and family. She loved life. 

That’s the disease. If you don’t get busy fighting to live as Steven King stated, it’s not that you may, would or could die….you will.

Family can only love and support you. You’re the only one who can get serious with wanting professional help. Only YOU! It’s easy for me to say and hard for you to do. I don’t know what pain and fear you experience with your habit. 

Try prayer. No, don’t laugh. You don’t need to say The Our Father, Hail Mary, or others. Praying is just talking to God as you do to any other person. He’s always waiting for you to come to Him. Because we’re weak humans, we want to see or feel to believe. It’s not seeing that is your faith.

Alberta Sequeira

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What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is a work of non-fiction presented by author and compiler Alberta Sequeira. Written ‘in their own words’, the volume covers the life stories and struggles of thirty-four different contributors, who each have an equally painful struggle with drug or alcohol addiction that they wish to convey, with the hope that it might help fellow addicts to turn their lives around. This is the case in many of the stories, and it also allows an insight into how the mind works differently during addiction, which may help friends and family to understand what’s going on.

Author and compiler Alberta Sequeira has taken on a big challenge to compile so many lives and so many twists and turns into one informative volume, but it has certainly paid off. I liked the organization of the work and the decisions made to tell the stories in a particular order, which gives great variety to the experiences and the types of people that we meet on the reading journey. The voices are distinct and not over-edited, so the work feels genuine and very helpful in its raw, unfiltered format. There are moments that are sure to bring a tear to some eyes, but there is also an overwhelming message of hope that such terrible addictions can and will be overcome. Overall, What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict is an important read for anyone touched by these issues.

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Local author, Steven Manchester, will be in the Great Ponds Gallery at the Lakeville Public Library for a book talk and signing of his most recent novel, Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the 80s.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St, Lakeville, MA 02347
Phone: (508) 947-9028

Interview with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson

This is my interview with Sheriff Thomas Hodgson from The Bristol County Correctional office at 400 Faunce Corner, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The first half hour is about my life with the last half hour talking to the women inmates at the jail. 

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Podcast with Alberta Sequeira

I had a Podcast being interviewed by Joyce Walsh (one of the women in my author's group) in October and it came out November 1st.  Go to and key in or try clicking on the title below.  I was at the radio show Chart Productions in Braintree.  This show goes internationally.  
Go to and key in ...‎Mysteries, Myths & More on Apple Podcasts › podcast › mysteries-myths-more


Podcast with Alberta Sequeira

I had a Podcast being interviewed by Joyce Walsh (one of the women in my author's group) in October and it came out November 1st.  Go to and key in or try clicking on the title below.  I was at the radio show Chart Productions in Braintree.  This show goes internationally.  
Go to and key in ...‎Mysteries, Myths & More on Apple Podcasts › podcast › mysteries-myths-more