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Joanna Alonzo

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  • Birthday 01/20/1987


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  1. Joanna Alonzo

    Let's Practice Writing Your Bio

    Oh and here's the bio I have on my website (my short bio): I'm a dreamy-eyed author, a walking paradox, and a fascinated creative who believes that God is the Greatest Storyteller of all. This is the bio I have on my Amazon Author Page (and pretty much everywhere else, I think): Joanna Alonzo is a walking paradox. She is a beautiful, albeit messy, mixture of thought and emotion, expressed in the form of hopefully readable - and relatable - stories. She is a kingdom kid, who looks forward to being a writer and storyteller even when she reaches heaven. She is passionate about the unreached, about those who have yet to know the Love she found in the arms of the Almighty. She is intrigued by the world and its people, who day by day, continue to convince her that God is the greatest Storyteller of all.
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    Let's Practice Writing Your Bio

    Just read the comments on Page 2 and saw that you already posted a bio of your own, but I'm submitting my suggested @Alley bio anyway!
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    Let's Practice Writing Your Bio

    My dear friend, some of the stuff here is actually incredibly endearing. "Alley is a romance author who is well-acquainted with mud. A roll-up-your sleeves, we're-get'in-dirty kind of girl, she's not afraid to write heroines who like to hunt and fish and may or may not have been shingling houses since they were ten. Still, in every woman is the divine desire to be sought after and romanced, and this is where her tomboyishness crosses paths with her feminine heart: that sacred crux between the strength and bravery of women and a God Who invites us to come, come away with Him..." Something like that. Sorry. I had to jump in with a random bio, because I really enjoyed reading your non-bio.
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    Expectations Vs. Reality - Indie Author Edition

    Thank you for the kind words. That means a lot. I have a lot to learn and a lot of work to do before I can even start dreaming of best seller lists, but thanks for the bump of encouragement. I needed that.
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    Expectations Vs. Reality - Indie Author Edition

    Wow! So selfless. May everything go smoothly for you and your family!
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    Expectations Vs. Reality - Indie Author Edition

    You're moving? Off to where? I once prayed for God to unsettle me, and now, I feel such a yearning for some level of settledness (not getting any younger). Doesn't look like it's gonna happen any time soon.
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    Expectations Vs. Reality - Indie Author Edition

    It's going better than I expected (not expecting much, since this year is really a 'building my backlist' type of year). I've made more this month than I have the past four months, but am still in the double figures per month. My goal is to make three figures a month by September, but I'm not sure if that will happen, because I haven't been writing and I'm in the middle of another big move, so... (scratches head).
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    Expectations Vs. Reality - Indie Author Edition

    I LOVE that! Couldn't have said it better myself. I just might quote you on that. A lot. I'm actually pretending that this is my first year in business. Last year was a dream-turned-nightmare. Lol. This. I think most authors put way too much pressure on that first book. I know I did. It's too much. I think it's always better to think of our writing "career" as a marathon, not a sprint. Or in the case of your analogy, a long ladder with possibly several frail rungs.
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    Input Requested

    Just saw this. Thanks for the mention, @suspensewriter! @Swimkick I'm not sure you're getting the gist of what self-publishing is. Either that or I'm not entirely sure what a self-publishing company is. I don't know if you still need this info, but here's my understanding of the publishing industry as it is now... There are three ways you can go when you want to get your book out there. 1.) Traditional Publishing - A publishing company publishes your book for you and you receive royalties (less than 10%, I hear). A reputable publisher would also give you an advance (though from what I hear, this rarely happens anymore). The publisher chooses your cover, provides your editor, etc. You may need an agent if you're going for The Big 5 publishers. Going for a small publishers is still trad. The rule of thumb is this: You don't pay the company anything to publish your book. Not a cent. You don't buy your own books to "help" them. You don't shell out money at all. The publisher shells out the money; in exchange, they get majority of your royalties. 2.) Vanity Publishing - You go with a vanity press. You pay them to publish your book. They usually have "packages" for you to choose from when it comes to editing your work or designing your cover. Some of them don't ask for money upfront, but they do ask you to buy a certain number of your own book to "help" them. I haven't exactly met an author who was truly happy with their choice to go with a vanity publisher. My own encounter with one (Westbow) was very... irritating... because of their aggressive marketing strategies. I wouldn't go for this option. Ever. 3.) Self-Publishing (or as I prefer to call it, Indie Publishing) - This is what @suspensewriter is referring to. You have full control. You choose your cover from your choice of cover designers (there are some amazing ones out there, depending on your genre). You hire an editor. You have full control. It's a lot of work. Not gonna lie. I understand why some people would prefer to just go for a vanity publisher who will take care of everything for a price, but for me, self-publishing has been such a rewarding experience, even if I'm still in the trenches trying to figure out how to climb my way to success while helping others succeed as well. (We're better together. #ThisIsHowYouIndie) Hope this somehow helps.
  10. I think a lot of started dreaming of becoming an author, and being the imaginative creatures that we are, we do have that mental picture of what it would be like to write a book and have it published. Those who've been here a while (*cough* @lynnmosher *cough*) probably remember how gung-ho I was when I first joined this forum. I just finished my first novel and I was on a crossroad: Trad or Indie? I had such huge expectations for my book. It was a Christian Beauty and the Beast retelling and the live-action version of the Disney movie was just about to come out. I had no clue what I was doing, and I think I didn't really understand all the hard work it took to succeed as an indie author. I expected that one book to be my ticket out of I don't know... poverty? Lol. I had the wrong expectations. In hindsight, my book didn't really do as bad as I thought it did by indie author debut novel standards. But I thought I was a failure because I had wrong expectations. To the indie authors out here who've been at this for a while now, what advice would you give to those who are just starting out? What should we expect?
  11. Thanks for this, Lynn! I think (hope) my website is now compliant. Followed instructions by you and Sir @Easton_Livingston. Here's to praying that I don't get sued.
  12. Joanna Alonzo

    Beauty & the Brute

    Book 2 of The Sacred Scarred Series Is he the beast she learned to love? Is she the beauty he won over? How can a beauty and a brute get to happily ever after? When Brendan shows up to her sister's wedding, Calysta realizes who he was all along. After he abandoned her, can she still find it in her heart to love him even if this version of him scares her more than his beastly self ever did? Brendan knows he is a stranger to her world and longs to be a part of it. However, the more he spends time with her, the more her secrets unravel before him. Will his old habits return to reject her brokenness or is he indeed the new man he so desires to be for her? Find out what happens to Brendan and Calysta in this story about second chances and how one sometimes needs to give it even to those who don't deserve it.
  13. Joanna Alonzo

    Question About An Article I Read

    How did it go? What did you eventually decide to do?
  14. Joanna Alonzo

    Warning: Another Word Trademark War

    At least the trademark of "cocky" applies only to romance ebooks. The trademark for "rebellion" covers an insane amount of merchandise, not just games. They're talking books, merchandise, movies, any form of downloadable material, etc. Twitterverse is tagging Disney to get in on this. --- The huge difference between the two though is that the brothers who are trying to trademark "rebellion" seems to be a lot more (*cough* sane *cough*) open to dialogue than the author who trademarked "cocky".
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    Chris Fox

    My dream is to be able to do that AND earn a living from my writing to supplement what God is calling me to do, so we're different in that sense. The mentality of Chris Fox and his tribe is definitely along the lines of treating writing as a business (check out the 20BooksTo50K group on Facebook). I love what Mark Buchanan said: "The work of our hands by the alchemy of our devotion becomes our worship to God." I definitely think that about my writing. It's my passion, my ministry, and yes, my business. More than all of that, it's my worship to a God Who created me to be a writer. Because it is a form of worship unto Him, as a passion, a ministry, and as a business, my desire is to make it as excellent as I could possibly make it.

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