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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt


Our Mission

IMAGINE new possibilities. BELIEVE in giving back. INSPIRE the spirit. 

Our Book Series

  • Our coloring books include quotes, sayings, and proverbs as well as magical designs of animals, mandalas, geometrics, and more. There are more than 1,500 pages of unique designs for all ages to color from Samantha Snyder of Doodle Art Alley.
  • Our puzzle books include 100 favorite crossword puzzles and 50 rewarding acrostic puzzles. There are now more than 600 puzzles that are engaging and entertaining from puzzle master and Tribune Media syndicated columnist Charles Preston.
  • Our quote books share more than 2,000 inspirational quotes on topics including gratitude, humor, success, wisdom, and more.

"AKA Associates is a premier publisher of word game books in the acclaimed acrostic puzzle book series."

-- Midwest Book Review

Our Story

Kathleen Welton is an award-winning editor, publisher, and writer. She is currently Publisher of AKA Associates.

She has served in a variety of editorial and publishing roles including Senior Editor for Dow Jones-Irwin, VP & Publisher for Dearborn Trade, VP & Publisher for IDG Books, and Director of Book Publishing for the American Bar Association. 

Her book projects and publishing programs have been recognized with numerous awards including:

  • Benjamin Franklin Award (Gold Winner) for Editorial Excellence for the non-computer ...For Dummies series (IDG Books)
  • Benjamin Franklin Award (Silver Winner) for100 Essential Modern Poems by Women (Ivan R. Dee) 
  • Mom's Choice Awards® (Gold Recipient) for Doodle Art Alley Books (AKA Associates) 
  • USA Book News Award (Winner) for The Little Book of Humorous Quotes (AKA Associates)
  • USA Book News Award (Finalist) for The Little Book of Gratitude Quotes, The Little Book of Horse Quotes, and A Season for Everything (AKA Associates)

Kathleen graduated from Stanford University with a BA in both English and Italian.

She is enrolled in the Feature Film Writing program at UCLA Extension and is working on her second screenplay "Queen of Hearts." Her first screenplay "Born to Dance" has been honored as follows in 2021: 

  • Official Selection, First 10 Pages Screenplay Competition
  • Quarterfinalist, Chicago Screenplay Awards
  • Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Animation Screenplay Competition
  • Honorable Mention, Kinodrome International Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival
  • Quarterfinalist, Creative Screenwriting Animation Screenplay Competition 

She is an avid advocate for beaches, birds, and wildlife.