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Joanna Alonzo

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Joanna Alonzo last won the day on May 2 2018

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  • Birthday 01/20/1987

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  1. Hello! I'm looking for a few more beta readers for my Christian Second Chance Romance Novel (cover is attached). This is the book blurb: This is a story About making music, And touching the supernatural. About creating art, And embracing the radical. About taking risks, And rejecting the typical. About choosing love, And forgiving the prodigal. This is the story of childhood sweethearts, Nolan and Serene, Who painted and played glimpses of heaven, Lost themselves in all the fame and wonder, And found themselves still longing to be together. The novel will be available for beta reading by the end of the month. If interested, kindly fill out this form: Beta Reader Agreement.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. *raises hand* Indie author here. I write Christian fiction in the contemporary romance and fairy tale retelling genres. I eventually want to write a fantasy series though. Still working on my world. Joanna Alonzo www.joannaalonzo.com
  5. I was at a point when I'd basically given up on my writing. I didn't think I could do this anymore. My first novel sank like a rock. I was discouraged. A lot of negative thing happened to me and my relationships because of my writing. December of last year, I went on a fast just to seek God and what He wanted. In that season, I found Chris Fox's books. He's not a Christian and some of the content of his books are definitely not clean (he refers to drug use several times). Anyway, I read 5000 words/hour and devoured the rest of his books after. Since then, I relaunched my novel and my devotional. Worked on my short story to turn it into a novelette. Wrote a novella and a novel. All in the span of four+ months. I've launched four books since January and will launch another novel this month. I'm basically building my backlist and having fun with it. And I hope in my heart that in a year or two, I can make a decent income out of this. I'd recommend Chris Fox's books to anyone who wants to make a career as an indie author.
  6. Which equates to career suicide. Lol. I'm not sure there's a way to thrive as an indie author without help from a pretty influential chunk of a diverse and large writing community. O.o Her once loyal readers are refunding books. Those who were initially supporting her are now incredibly quiet about the issue. Sigh. Praying she comes to her senses.
  7. I honestly think that if she doesn't do something to turn this around, she'll end up being known as a meme or cautionary tale that equates to career suicide...
  8. I think this article explains a lot on why this is escalating into such a huge deal: https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/05/05/cockygate-faleena-hopkins-has-registered-a-trademark-on-cocky-and-is-using-it-to-threaten-other-romance-authors/ Gah! Can't believe this controversy sucked me in...
  9. It's gotten to the point where people are threatening to drop out of conferences where she's a speaker. Her author friends are coming to her defense (thus, group shutdowns; also, protection from lawsuits in case it gets ugly). But screenshots of her notoriously one-starring books in the same genre as hers are coming out, and people are willing to go to court to fight her trademark. I honestly find it fascinating, but I'm also here scratching my head coz I know for a fact that I most likely will never use "cocky" in any of my book titles.
  10. The internet (or at least the indie author community) has gone mad over this. Lawsuits are about to get filed. The creator of the font she used on her titles says he never approved any trademark using his font. Huge author groups are shutting down for the weekend to keep people from talking about it. It's crazy.
  11. I have a cover designer friend who has met the person (she said the author is actually a lovely and sweet human being). It makes sense from a business perspective, my friend said. BUT I think the concern here is being able to trademark a common word and prevent every other author from using it. That brings about major concerns. My series is entitled The Sacred Scarred. Can I now trademark the word, "Sacred" and prevent everyone else from using it in their books in the name of protecting my brand? It's dangerous because it's a precedent for other authors to do the same. But don't listen to me. I have no idea when it comes to legal matters. This is just how I understand the problem and why it's a thing right now. Gah. Lots of drama in the indie author community lately.
  12. I currently write Christian contemporary romance (with a hint of fantasy and the supernatural). I market primarily to a Christian audience, but have had non-Christian readers who basically leave reviews and say, "I don't usually read religious books, but I didn't mind this." I think this is the power of fiction, especially when you show and not tell. It's like seeing a Christian life lived out instead of hearing a sermon about it. I was mortified when someone in Goodreads showed interest in my book (Calysta and the Beast), because I checked out her profile and she reads mostly erotica and loves 50 Shades of Grey. I thought she might expect that the content of my book is the same, but then she started promoting even my freebie, Crazy Jenna, which says right off-the-bat that it's a Christian Friends-to-Lovers romance, so I'm now wondering if she actually enjoys my stories even if it's not what she would normally read. So to answer your question about how to market to a non-Christian market: 1. Write compelling fiction? Especially focus on authentic characters. (I've had readers tell me that they don't really like my writing style, but they care so much about my characters, they just have to read on.) 2. Write more books. (I hated this advice when I was starting out. It took me three years to finish my first novel, and now you're telling me that I can't market it without writing more books? It does get easier though. I'm now on my fifth book, and it's been slow and steady, but I'm getting more traction now. Your books market your other books is the prevailing mindset behind this. Also, the more you write, the more you shape your brand.)
  13. In celebration of the month of Mother's Day, 23 authors offer 23 romance books that celebrate Mother's day and feature relationships between characters and their mother. (By downloading a book, you sign-up to the author's mailing list.)
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