Your Opinion Matters

I am planning to have my novel Mending Fences published by Amazon in print form. I really don’t like the cover it has now. It is a free stock photo cover from Amazon. I’m considering going back to the original cover. However, I’d like it to look more like a photograph than the drawing it is.

Please give me your opinions or suggestions. I am open to new ideas. I am also planning a giveaway of the book. I will have my manager (husband) look at the options for the giveaway this evening and post more details about that in the next post.

Which do you like better: the one shown at the top of this page (the current one), or the one pictured below? Or do you have another suggestion? (Finances are an issue)


All who answer with an opnion or suggestion your choice of a) a copy of my favorite meatloaf recipe, b) a copy of my favorite dessert recipe, or c) a free, hand-crafted bookmark.

Thank you so much for reading my blog and participating. Have a spectacular day!



Build Book Buzz

I got this email and am posting it here so other authors can join in this training video about getting your book on a virtual tour.

Hi Aleta,

Before I head out to hike at Watkins Glen in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region today, I wanted to pass along this training opportunity to you!

You might already know that virtual book tours are a great way to get your book in front of thousands of new readers around the world without leaving home. (In fact, you might have downloaded my free report on virtual book tours!)

A virtual book tour is a lot like a traditional, in-person book tour but instead of traveling from city to city, hoping people will show up, you “visit” targeted blogs and podcasts instead.

If the idea of bringing your message to the right readers without leaving the comfort of home (and without worrying about airfare or what to wear!) appeals to you, then you’ll want to join my friend and colleague D’vorah Lansky for her new step-by-step training on virtual book tours! (affiliate link)

D’vorah has successfully created and managed several virtual book tours, including some that have helped her own books became Amazon bestsellers in record time!

She’s also taught thousands of authors how to run their own virtual book tours, Now she’s agreed to share her knowledge with you in a not-to-be-missed presentation called:

7 Strategies to Take Your Book on Tour Around the Globe Without Leaving Home!

It’s Thursday, September 8, at 7 p.m Eastern (6 pm CT/5 pm MT/4 pm PT).

During this live training you’ll discover:

  • What is a virtual book tour? (Along with how it can change your book marketing life forever!)
  • When to conduct your tour and how to keep your sanity and schedule intact.
  • How to turn your virtual book tour into a tool that keeps selling books.
  • A secret cross-pollination strategy that will get more traffic to your blog!
  • And more!

Here’s what you want to do next:

1. Register for the live training and the replay at my affiliate link:

2. Add the event to your September 8 calendar with the right time zone

3. Forward this message to a friend who will be interested.

Don’t miss out on this training! I’ll be there with you!

And have a lovely Labor Day weekend in the U.S.!

Sandy Beckwith

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FaceBook Woes

I am tired. I am weepy. I have less storage space in my motorhome than what was available in the travel trailer. Haven’t had time or energy to do any real writing in weeks. And now. . .someone wants to steal my friends and family on FB. It was reported that someone was trying to impersonate me and FB shut down that account, but apparently that person or someone else has opened up another one, sending friend requests to everyone on my list. I guess I need to just get off of social media. So much for my writer’s platform. I don’t know if I should cancel my blog as well.

I am thankful for the friends I have made from blogging. There so many sweet people out there. It only takes one to create havoc and wipe out a writer’s dream, and take away the ability to see photos of your friends and loved ones who don’t live close by.

I’ll give this one more week, and if there is no solution to this, then I will remain in the background and will just stick with writing alone.

Author Scams

Beware of Listopia, Indie Writers Support#Author Scams

There is no option for re-blog on this site, but Joan Stewart  of The Publicity Hound has weekly, sometimes daily advice for authors and business entrepreneurs. If you are an author and don’t want to end up getting caught in a publicity scam, please click on the link and read this article. Protect yourself from would-be promoters.

Please do your homework. Don’t get caught in the fish hooks these scammers create, pretending to be associated with Indie Books/Authors when they are not. Find out all you can before signing on with anyone.

The Woes of Ditzy Traveler: Part 1

Hi. My name is Ditzy (well, actually it’s my nickname) and I like to travel. I live in Jacksonville, Florida where the sun shines most of the time. Honey, California’s got nothing on us. My best friend, Lucy likes to travel, too, so we often take trips together. That’s us in that old, beat-up Airstream travel trailer. We’re just two old dingbats filling up life with adventure.

 We left on Friday morning, early. We like to get going before the traffic gets bad. Jacksonville during rush hour (right—rushing to the interstate parking lot on their way to work) is like trying to roll boulders up hill. Lucy comes over at two a.m. and we have coffee together. We stock the trailer the night before and leave my house around three a.m. If we hit it right, we’re out of Jacksonville by four-thirty. We’re old and we drive slow, especially with two tons pushing us. This trip we’re heading to Mount Rushmore. I think that’s in South Dakota. That’s North, right? Oh, don’t worry. Lucy has a map, or that GPS thingy. She does the navigating when I’m driving. When I get tired we pull into a rest area or gas station and switch. Then I take a nap while she drives. She wakes me up if we get lost.

© April 16, 2016. All rights reserved by author. No portion of this may be used for sale or distribution without express consent from the author: Aleta Kay. Re-blogging is permitted. Sharing on social media is permitted with a link back to TheKingsKidChronicles.



My Interview with Don Massenzio

I want to thank Don Massenzio for interviewing me and posting it on his blog. He did a great job.

The interview was posted on his blog Tuesday morning, April 5. Unfortunately, we were traveling from Tennessee to Alabama and I didn’t get his email letting me know it was happening until just a few minutes ago (9:15 p.m. April 6, Central Time U.S.A.)

If you would like to learn a little more about my novel, Mending Fences, or about me as an author and person, you can read the interview at

Let me know what you think.

Build Book Buzz

copied this from my email at the urging of Sandra Beckwith.


Ever wish your sister worked as a producer for a top national TV show?

Imagine what an advantage that would be if you had something you wanted to promote to millions of people!

Maybe she’d put in a good word for you.

And she would certainly be able to give you all the ins and outs about what to do and NOT to do when approaching them so that you had the best possible chance of getting booked, right?

Well, when it comes to securing national media coverage that kind of insider-advice doesn’t have to be a fantasy.

In fact, you can have it all for FREE on Thursday.

You’re invited to a free live webcast on Thursday, March 3rd with Steve Harrison along with veteran journalists and producers who are responsible for deciding what authors/experts to interview for such media outlets as The New York TimesInc. Magazine, Oprah, and CNBC, as they show you how to create Your Ultimate Publicity Game Plan. 

Steve will be interviewing several of his media friends who know what it’s like to make decisions every day about which guests or experts to interview for their story or segment.

The question he’ll pose to all of them is a simple one: “If you had a brother or sister who wanted to get a lot of publicity and they asked you for your advice, what would you say?” (affiliate)

Steve knows from experience their answers will be enormously helpful to you. You’ll learn lots of little-known strategies and techniques that many professional PR people don’t even know. Here are just some of the insider-secrets you’ll discover:

Insider Secret #1: A writer for the New York Times and Inc. Magazine will reveal the key elements to telling your story in a way that makes editors and journalists say, “Wow! I love it!”

Insider Secret #2: A CNBC veteran will tell you what you should do before you contact a national TV producer to increase your odds of getting booked on national TV.

Insider Secret #3: A former Oprah producer will share a simple strategy for using YouTube to get producers to book you – especially if you’ve never been on national TV before.

Insider Secret #4: How to get major national coverage even if you don’t have a book. You will get the simple strategy shared with a CEO of a very unglamorous business that landed him on the CBS Evening News. You can do it too.

Insider Secret #5: The very first thing you should say on the phone or in your email to a producer or editor to have them stop everything and say, “Tell me more.”

Insider Secret #6: How to create the Ultimate Publicity Game Plan for you and what you’re promoting. You’ll learn how to make the task of getting the word out about your book, product, or service less overwhelming and doable.

Insider Secret #7: How to become a “go-to guest” that the media calls again and again. (affiliate)

Once registered, you’ll receive all the details back within five minutes.


Sandy Beckwith

P.S. Feel free to forward this message to a friend who might want to get insider tips for getting the national media’s attention!

Sandra Beckwith, Editor & Publisher
Build Book Buzz

A Little Help From My Friends

Yay! I got my email inbox down to under 1500.  I can breathe and begin to concentrate on my writing again (at least until it gets backed up again).

I’m writing a trilogy with the continuing premise throughout the series that “the sins of the fathers are passed down to the third and fourth generation.”

The protagonist in Book I is Keith Innes Mackenzie, Mac for short. This is an adult series, dealing with issues that adults deal with but which affect their offspring for generations. I believe that some sins are generational curses. The original sin in this series is incest. Mac’s father is also his grandfather. I don’t write erotica and will not go into any details in the book other than to bring this out during Mac’s adult life. He has never known his grandfather/father. When his mother realized she was pregnant she fled Scotland (1837) via England and ended up in America. After she dies he finds her journal and learns the truth.

I’m putting this out there for all of you writers/authors out there, seeking your input. In my novel, Mending Fences, the opening scene is the anchor scene for the entire book. But I’m having a very hard time deciding on the anchor scene to set the tone for this book. What would you do with this background during this time period in history? How would you open it?

I will custom make bookmarks and mail them or send in an attachment to be printed on your own printer, to the first five people to respond. I promise not to copy your idea, but will give each one consideration and possibly tweak it for my own use. If you have written a novel (no occult themes or erotica, and please no foul language) I will gladly promote it on all of my social media.

Thanks in advance for your participation. Happy writing.

Free Online Summit On Writing/Marketing

A FREE 12-day online summit about writing, marketing, and creating an income from your writing. Click on the link below for details.

This summit is available for free. The first three days cover the writing aspect whether you’re considering writing a book or have work[s] in progress.

The second 3-day segment is about marketing your work, getting it published and noticed.

The final 3-day segment covers the how-to of making money from your writing. As authors, we know that the majority of us don’t make a living from it. We write because the story has to come out. If left unwritten it wreaks havoc in our psyches and causes loss of sleep, thus making us cranky, irritable, and hard to get along with. (At least that’s what it does to me.)

But hurry. The free admission won’t last long.

#BeWowWednesday–My First Contribution

It really is a WOW! Wednesday. Actually, there are two wows (more than that but these two stand out). The first WOW was Sunday when the Petrick family was visiting our church. Mr. Petrick is an evangelist who helps small churches (like ours). He has been to our church before and I love to hear him preach. He has a great sense of humor and has the gift of storytelling to make the message come alive. Also, his sons have wonderful voices and they sing harmony.

Today’s WOW belongs to Holly Lisle. If I could afford to take her course on How To Think Sideways, I’d do it in a heartbeat. She has many free short courses and she deserves to have people enroll in the longer courses, like this one. She puts a LOT of time and effort into everything she does. She must be a super pro at time management because she writes, designs and builds her website, helps other writers, creates courses to help writers, manages a blog and her site, and is constantly updating and upgrading her site. She is amazing. I have already taken a couple of her classes and have several of her course books on writing.

This particular course teaches writers how to get the left and right brains to work together instead of fighting each other. (Boy, do I ever need that one!) I have a perfectionist brain when it comes to myself, and it keeps me from finishing what I start because I want to fix the flaws right away. Alas, I will have to study her books for now and download the worksheets. Still, that’s better than nothing. And her website is a place for writers to interact with each other (if they can find the time).

So if you are a struggling writer, or want to improve your craft, check out Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways website. May also be listed as Writer’s Bootcamp.