Amazon ads, climate change, incompetence

Recently, I discovered that Amazon had opened up the ability to advertise on its site for self-published authors who also publish books on sites other than Amazon. Previously, only authors enrolled in KDP Select could advertise. There was no fanfare accompanying this expansion. One day, I went to my dashboard and saw that I could set up campaigns for my two novels, Sunspots and Walking with Elephants. Wow, I thought! This is good. So I ran several campaigns. ROI has been nonexistent or marginal at best. When readers buy Indie books they buy erotica, dystopias, fantasies, and vampire sex. My novels fall into none of those categories. Traditionally published books are sold in more mainstream genres and have a market. So, here I am still swimming upstream. Indie publishing is satisfying in that I can see my work being available in print and ebooks. How I wish that my most recent work can get an agent or a publisher, even an indie publisher. Right now, the queries are out. I’m giving it until the fall. If nothing happens, I will publish it myself and enjoy the self-satisfaction of accomplishment without riches. LOL. My audible book is getting close to being finished. Then fingers crossed that its accepted. It’s been a long process but ultimately fun. Stay tuned.

It has been well-established, we have a fool for a president. We are in the Paris Accord until 2020, so the speech about pulling out yesterday was all show. All it did was make people angry. People such as mayors, governors, countries, and CEO’s of major corporations. The ice shelf in Antartica is breaking apart. This will cause the seas to rise. Neighborhoods in Miami, Florida already flood at high tide. Rising seas will cause the sinking of coastal cities, sinking of islands, and havoc and chaos. Populations will migrate to higher ground in search of clean water and sustenance. This is not going to be my future because I’m already old, but my grandchildren’s future, Trump’s grandchildren’s future. Pence, Bannon, the entire cabinet is made up of old men who won’t be around to witness the carnage. Trump’s  inability to process information makes him a patsy for evil old men and their stupid agenda. America will not be great again when NYC, Florida, California are lost to the ravages of the sea. If humans can slow down of even stop the rising temperatures, we  must act for future generations. Mars is not the answer. Last time I checked there was no oxygen there.

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Pure evil

Yesterday was a day of contradictions. I had a great day. We bought a new TV for our lake house. A very large screen. A smart TV bundled with great streaming movies. We ate breakfast out. Then we came back  to the lake and installed the new TV.

This new TV was where I learned and saw the carnage in Manchester. It is stunning that along side those of us that appreciate the blessing of life there are those that worship death. How did they get so twisted to believe that their message of worshipping death has any purpose? It is striking that there are people attracted to this ideology. This is the direct result of people being brainwashed by religion. They should be taught there is no glory, no reward in the afterlife. In fact, we can not say for certain there is an afterlife. If people weren’t naturally such sheep, groups like ISIS would not take hold. The religious leaders that encourage suicide bombers should be rooted out and made an example.

This religion that attracts this evil marginalizes women. Women that give permission for these horrendous acts are worthless humans and have not evolved into their gender. They remain as ignorant bovine used for their bodies. These women could be a voice for sanity but do not choose to be.

This evil must be stamped out with no mercy. Cut the snake at its head. Engage the religious leaders who promote the positive in their religion to be vigilant about uncovering evil in their midst.

Terrible times.

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Speak Up Talk Radio Network

I just had my interview with Pat Rullo of Speak Up Talk radio podcast. She runs everything on the site and there are different programs to stream or listen to on demand. Topics are varied with health and safety podcasts as well as many more to peruse once you get to the site. She interviewed me as part of the author series showcased on the site. It was great fun and I hope you go the the site and listen to the interview.

Karen Bell Speaks Up About Women’s Roles and Her Books

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My query letter

Ive been sending out my query for my latest book, When a Stranger Comes… with an almost nonexistent hit rate. If I don’t catch an agent or independent publisher, I’m prepared to publish it myself on Amazon. I’m in the midst right now of creating an audible book for Walking with Elephants and the product is pretty good. As soon as I’m done with that, I’ll publish When a Stranger Comes… ACX will have to approve of the quality of the audible book, so I’m not sure if it will pass their minimum requirements, and if not I can sell it myself on my website. So who needs to be legit anymore? Well, it would be nice. But hey, whatever. Anyway, I thought I would post my query letter as an experiment for my myself. I am reaching out to all my readers of this blog to offer any suggestions to make it better. Like crowd sourcing or crowd funding but only for an assessment. Here it is for your feedback.

Satisfying one’s greed can come at a devilishly high cost.
Achieving what you crave can also bring the gnawing and terrifying fear of losing it. For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare. Her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on the bestseller’s list and became an international sensation. The accompanying fame and riches were beyond her expectations. Unfortunately, her subsequent work has yet to achieve the same reception by critics and readers. Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid-list author forgotten and ignored. She vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego-stroking success of her debut. But is she really?
Witnessing an out-of-the-blue lightning bolt whose giant tendrils spread over the blue sky and city streets below her loft window, Alexa doesn’t realize that this vow will be tested as she’s magically  transported to an alternate reality. In this universe, the characters from her books are given the breath of life and she meets publisher, King Blakemore, who just might be the Devil himself. At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. But all too soon, Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. For starters, she finds herself in an iron-clad book contract that changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence. She’s also aided by the forces for good who attempt to remove King’s hold on her. However, King Blakemore is cleverer and more powerful than she or her guardian angels can begin to understand. Playfully, King decides to give Alexa a second chance to save herself from eternity with him and to be free. He offers her the prospect of a rewrite, as most authors do as part of the writing process. Given this chance, will Alexa make the same choices and the same mistakes again?
Alexa, as the MC, is relatable, likable, and vulnerable with a keen sense of humor. Her world is very small because writing is her life and so she is an easy target for entrapment. Her pact with the Devil is an allegory for the evil lurking in our midst. The social decay of modern society with its excessive greed, the ignorance of our political leaders, and our indifference toward the survival of all species from the effects of climate change, among other environmental pressures, are perhaps brought forth by the darkest forces of human nature. When a Stranger Comes… is a fast-paced psychological thriller in 94,255 words. It is written to appeal to a wide audience who enjoy irony, sarcasm, passion, tears, as well as a good laugh. I would be happy to send you the completed manuscript, if you are interested.

Thanks folks for your help.

 

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I remember

I remember what it was like before the ACA. My annual mammograms hit my deductible so it cost me $250. My annual check-up with my gynecologist cost $25 and my annual check-up with my primary care doctor was $15. Nearly $300 every year. Since the ACA, I no longer have to pay anything for preventive medicine. My insurance is with BCBS through my husband’s employer. But all health coverage must comply with the stipulations of the ACA. People think it’s only for insurance bought through the exchanges but that is just plain ignorance and listening to the negative BS hype from the con man-in-chief. Everyone who has insurance from anywhere is protected in this fashion.

I remember reading about horrible cases where a family had a child with a catastrophic illness, leukemia. That family would reach their lifetime cap and never get anymore money from any insurance company, ever again. A family in that situation had to go on Medicaid and to qualify had to lose every asset that they had. Become destitute, to save the life of their child. With ACA, there are no more lifetime caps. The evil GOP wants to cut Medicaid.

I remember, if you changed jobs and had asthma, you could not get your medication covered from your new insurer or have doctor visits covered for months or years because you had a pre-existing condition. I remember having to fight Aetna because they wouldn’t pay for an MRI that showed my daughter’s bones in her foot had fused together as she grew to adulthood because they called it a pre-existing condition.

I remember when doctors working for insurance companies got promoted for devising ways to deny coverage. I remember when my daughter moved back home after attending a university and not being able to be part of our health insurance plan because she aged out.

This is what Trump Republican world wants to take us back to. Anyone thinking it will not return to this is just plain stupid. The GOP has one, and only one, group of people they serve. It is the wealthy donors that support their campaigns. Their new plan cuts taxes for the wealthy. Those sheep who have supported the GOP have been brain washed into thinking the ACA is a disaster. That is a lie. People screaming at town halls to not repeal the ACA is the truth. The disaster facing us is the Trump administration and the Republican controlled Congress. These people are not kind, and not public servants. They get great health insurance that is paid for by us. Yet they won’t give us the single payer they get.

Every other country in the industrialized world looks at the United States as freaks. You cannot live in Germany unless you buy health insurance. Great insurance with no copays, free drugs, free hospitals, free MRIs and other tests, free nursing facilities. Health insurance should be a non-issue. Health coverage should be non-negotiable and yet here we are.

ACA is life line. It is a plan with heart. A plan that cares about helping the average person get the care needed. Move it to single payer to fix it. Not go back to the model where your health is a profit center for an insurance company. We’ve been there. The ACA fixed that.

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