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“When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” Book Trailer

One of my AWESOME editing clients from India took it upon herself to create an AWESOME book trailer for my book, “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous.”

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“When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” Inspiration & Major Themes

So, I’ve finally compiled all my sporadic thoughts together to write a preface for my urban fantasy novel, “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous.”

My inspiration for this novel stems from the outrageous injustices black people and other minorities have had to endure in the U.S., and how it has been in the spotlight way too often since at least 2015.

Yes, I am a white middle-class woman, and I am aware of my privilege, but that doesn’t mean I am any less hurt from watching the people I love feel discriminated, ostracized, and unloved by the American people and corrupted police.

I would also like to mention for all those who don’t think the police are at fault, some are and some aren’t. There is good and bad in everyone. It just so happens that the bad are acting out and causing so many unjustified deaths.

This book is an outlet for me to release my emotions through a world I created where the minorities have been hiding for decades due to a dictatorship-like presidency; however, are slowly boiling over until a climax for justice is reached.

There will be powers not known to our world in this one and magic that I hope will make you envious, but the main theme will be the same: Justice.

This book supports #TalkThePOC and also the campaign #ProjectWomanUp.

#TalkThePOC is an all-inclusive movement inspired by FreeTheLGBT and personal experiences. People of color (POC) are greatly underrepresented in Wattpad fiction. This movement aims to help change that through the promotion of equality and the acknowledgment of the existence of various and beautiful ethnicities, nationalities, and cultures. This movement encourages POC characters, whether they be on the side, or in the center of fiction.

My book features beautiful, confident POC in positions of power and as really good friends. It is unfortunately true that characters of color are extremely lacking in Wattpad fiction, and professionally published fiction in general.

Everyone deserves the same opportunities and respect no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they’re from. I am proud to fight back and represent strong and realistic POC in fiction.

For those who know me personally, you also know of my advocacy for women empowerment and gender equality. What I love about #ProjectWomanUp is that it cuts through all the noise most Wattpad writers and readers are familiar with: damsels in distress and unhealthy, possessive relationships.

Those kinds of stories I’ve seen on Wattpad since the beginning (almost eight years now). This type of love has become idealized. It has become a sick definition of what love is, of what teenagers believe real love looks like, and real love is definitely not that!

I want to read (and write) stories about powerful women, who don’t solely rely on men like their lives depend on it. I want to see amazing women working towards a goal to better themselves, whether or not a lover is in the picture.

So, I am also proud to fight back and represent #ProjectWomanUp through Wattpad by portraying strong female characters in fiction.

I wrote more in depth about #ProjectWomanUp in my previous post. Check it out if you’re interested.

I’ve just briefly touched upon the preface of my book in the blog post. To read more of my preface, click here.

And, as always, thank you to everyone for your unconditional support and encouragement.

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“When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” now a part of #ProjectWomanUp

For those who know me personally, you know of my advocacy for women empowerment and gender equality. Well, my latest novel, “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous,” is now a part of something that encompasses just that!

What I love about #ProjectWomanUp is that it cuts through all the noise most Wattpad writers and readers are familiar with: damsels in distress and unhealthy, possessive relationships.

Those kinds of stories I’ve seen on Wattpad since the beginning (almost eight years now). This type of love has become idealized. It has become a sick definition of what love is, of what teenagers believe real love looks like, and real love is definitely not that!

I want to read (and write) stories about powerful women, who don’t solely rely on men like their lives depend on it. I want to see amazing women working towards a goal to better themselves, whether or not a lover is in the picture.

I am in love, and it’s the real kind where there is respect, equality, communication, commitment, and genuine care for one another. I have been in love for almost five years now. It is not possessive, though there can still be times when jealousy pops up. It is not demanding, nor cruel, nor painful. What’s painful is our current long distance situation, but that has nothing to do with the love we have for one another.

He’s my best friend. We tell each other everything. We care for each other, more so like parents at times, if I’m being honest. We want to see each other accomplish great things and just be happy. That is real love. That is the kind of love that should be idealized and written about.

Especially on Wattpad, where, yes, there are authors and readers over 18-years-old, but a great deal of their active 45 million monthly members are underage. They are still trying to figure out who they are during their teenage years, which can be crazy difficult with so much being thrown their way. We’ve all been there; we know.

They should read about real love, healthy relationships, and kind friendships.

People who read experience scenarios they might not possibly ever experience in their lives. That’s one of the many reasons why I love reading and writing, but if they’re only reading negative perspectives of what is the ‘norm,’ they will begin to want that ‘norm.’

There are many variations to this quote, but the main idea remains the same:

“You only know what you read.”

So, I am proud to fight back and represent #ProjectWomanUp through Wattpad by portraying strong female characters in fiction.

A little bit about #ProjectWomanUp:

#ProjectWomanUp is a movement started by Alayna (est. October 25th 2015) supporting the empowerment of woman. Women are powerful people in the real world and it’s only fair that they should be portrayed the same way in literature.

Take a look at my new cover for “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous” with the #ProjectWomanUp sticker and New Adult Reads sticker. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the sticker placements. I am awful when it comes to my internal struggle of keeping things unique, yet also symmetrical.

And thank you again for all your support and encouragement. Without you, it wouldn’t be as worth it for me.

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“Edit like an Editor: A Wattpad Guide to English Grammar, Fiction Writing & Publishing”

I’ve finally taken it upon myself (with the encouragement of my mother) to write an editing, writing and publishing book for Wattpad writers.

Take a look:

Edit like an Editor - Taking Requests

 

Do you find yourself with too many typos? They’re so simple; you don’t understand how you’re not catching them. Grammar and spelling tools also don’t always find your slip-ups.

Is English grammar just not your thing?

Are you a victim of writer’s block?

Do your characters’ personalities fall flat?

Jennifer has compiled this book together through her experiences as a Wattpad editor. She knows what the Wattpad writer struggles with. She wants to help you learn how to not make those slip-ups again and she does so with easy-to-understand writing.

Learn how to edit your work like an editor through these chapters full of detailed explanations, examples, and tips from yours truly.

After reading this book, you will walk away with an understanding of English grammar and will be able to comfortably edit your own work with no doubts.

The end goal for every writer is, of course, publication. Jennifer even has a few tips for you to reach that goal and how to stay on track.

Jennifer has grown as an editor from college courses, textbooks, the Internet, editing others’ work, and editing her own. All references used will be cited so you may also refer to them if you wish to.

A bit about the author: Jennifer has been on Wattpad for over 7 years. She has edited and critiqued other Wattpad writers’ work over a handful of times. Although her editing services are currently closed, you may learn more here.

Highest Ranking #24 in Non-Fiction.

Updates: Every Sunday on Wattpad.com.

Estimated completion date: Spring 2017 (may vary).

Jennifer Gioia. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Check out the cast for “When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous”

(In order of appearance)

This is an in-progress cast list. I will be adding more once more key characters come into play.

Updates: New Story, Editing & Critiquing

It’s been a busy two weeks! I’ve begun editing and critiquing Wattpad writers’ work again.

I’ve also published another story (finally)!

When Dreaming Becomes Dangerous

Mira has two lives: A waking life and a dreaming life.

In the day, Mira writes speeches for Robert Trudy, the mayor of her big magical city, Eron. Her hard work is underappreciated and the city is starting to split right under the mayor’s nose.

But since the unexpected death of her mother, Mira has been having the same recurring dream each night: standing in a white lace gown, underneath a white wicker arch, surrounded by white snow, with a blonde man she has never met a day in her life.

Eventually, Mira starts to see small changes in her recurring dreams. And soon she is able to control her dreams, opening up her mind to a world she never knew existed.

But what happens when this blonde man disappears from Mira’s dreams and dreaming becomes dangerous?

 

Jennifer Gioia. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

The prologue is already posted and I’m in the final edits of the fifth chapter. I will be posting new chapters every Sunday EST.

All the dream sequences will be written in first POV, simple present tense. The rest of the story will be written in third POV, past perfect tense.

Fun fact! This dream is actually a very detailed dream I once had years ago back in high school. Before my current boyfriend (who has blonde hair), I only ever dated guys with dark hair, so the blonde threw me off. Who knows if it was a premonition, but either way, it has always been sitting in the back of my mind, waiting to inspire me.

I really hope you enjoy this. Please let me know what you all think! I am a huge fan of constructive criticism. I don’t have a current schedule on when the next chapter will be posted, so please bear with me. I assure you it will be worth the wait!

Click the following links if you’re interested in me editing or critiquing your work on Wattpad.

Appreciating all the love I’ve received so far!

Wattpad Fiction Critic Service

Part-time, dedicated and patient Critic for original fiction only. – Upon Request

About the Critic: I’ve been on Wattpad for 7 years. I am a college graduate with a love for reading, writing, and editing. My degree is in Public Relations, so I have to be great at writing creatively and grabbing reader’s attention. I also edit for Wattpad writers, but that is another service in a different blog post. If you’d like for your grammar and spelling, among other things, to be edited, please direct yourself to here.

Details: I will only take on a handful of clients at a time. Please message me if interested or if you would like to go on the wait list through here or here.

I do not critique fan-fiction; I probably won’t know much about what it’s based on. However, I critique all other genres as long as they’re original fiction. Also, if you’re writing mature content/smut, I’m pretty familiar with that stuff, and I don’t mind taking on a chapter with that content.

Guidelines: I am looking for a variety of writers. I will only critique one chapter at a time.

So if you’re struggling with a scene, or want to know if what you wrote is realistic and believable, or anything else, I can do that for you.

Please let me know ahead of time if there is a certain area you’d like me to keep in mind while critiquing your work.

If you wish, I can also at the end of each critique, add a paragraph or two on how you can make your story more interesting, add more description, and maybe lengthen it, etc.

Please send me the link to your chapter you’d like critiqued with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your time zone/location around the globe
  • Story title
  • Genre
  • An honest story summary/plot synopsis
  • Chapter to critique
  • What you would like me to focus on
  • If you have a deadline

I will personally message you my critique afterward.

Payment: FREE! All I ask is you mention me in the chapter I critiqued with a “thanks.” :)

If I agree to take on a whole story, then as payment you must mention me in the story summary.

Response Time: My response time depends on how long the chapter is.

Can’t wait to critic some amazing work! :)