How Important is it to form an author group or attend their meetings?

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From the Left to right: Alberta, Pat, Willie and Joyce

From Author Alberta Sequeira:
from our group Authors Without Borders: (

Why should a writer stand alone with problems trying to get published? When I finished my first book, I didn’t know one writer. I was nailed to the living room floor not knowing what to do with my manuscript that I had just finished.

What is a query letter? What a book proposal? How and who do I send a letter of introduction (query letter) to an agent or publisher? What do they need from me?

Questions with no answers can have you at a point of doing nothing and having your manuscript collect dust. In today’s world, the internet has answers to everything.

What is golden, in my eyes, is having other authors bounce things off each other with our problems; what to look for, what not to do, what works, what doesn’t, names and websites passed out on a link that may open doors for you, etc.

Forming or signing up to become a member of a group of writers or published authors, opens doors that were closed. You get the most important thing; support!

That is why us four authors, Pat Perry, Joyce Keller Walsh, Willie Pleasants, and myself, Alberta Sequeira, formed our group. When we were down with rejection letters, or promised a book to be made into a movie (it happened to poor Joyce twice), no welcoming arms opened from agents or publishers, someone in our group gave us hope to bounce the rejection off our shoulders and start again.

Getting published is a hard road. Lights from Hollywood do not shine upon authors too often. If you’re in the right place, at the right time, with the right person, it may happen. If you know how to write a super query letter, along with having a great story, written with that eye-opening hook, you may become famous.

Determination! Preservation! Never giving up! It’s all there. But, belonging to a group of authors, or attending meetings with them, gives you all that and more.

Visit our next “FREE” Meet and Greet event at September 29th, from 11 am to 2 pm. Authors Without Borders is partnering with the Thayer Public Library to hold a free, public Meet & Greet— for writers who are published, unpublished, aspiring, or just interested in learning more. The library is located at 798 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.

The Thayer Library is providing free refreshments for this meeting. To register (so the Library can estimate the amount of refreshments needed), please contact Laurie Cavanaugh, Circulation Librarian at (781) 848-0405. The library’s website is