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My First Sale by Dionne Galace, Blogger Makes Good

Dionne Galace has been blogging about books since June of 2005. She writes funny, funny reviews, fake blurbs, and commentary on the covers of books in the romance genre. I’ve spent many an hour on her blog reading her entries while tears of laughter streamed down my face. When she shared with me that she had sold a story to Samhain called, Skin to Skin, I was thrilled for her and demanded that she share her story of how she felt when she made her first sale. You can buy “Skin to Skin” today. May the Force Be With You, Sister Dionne. Write on.

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mycover.jpgWhen I sold my first short story (that would be Skin to Skin to Samhain), I didn’t want to tell a soul. I couldn’t. It was something I wanted to keep to myself for a while. I wanted to savor it. I wanted to wrap it around myself and roll around in bed with it. I sat down in front of a mirror in my underwear and watched my mouth move as I repeatedly said to myself, “I just sold my first short story. I am officially an author.” I think I did this for an hour. No, that can’t be right. I got the email from Sasha Knight fifteen minutes before I had to leave for school and spent the first five minutes jumping up and down and shrieking. Then I IM’d my BFF Syd and we shrieked and giggled about it on Yahoo Messenger for about five minutes, then I called Tim on my way to school and blew out his eardrums.

As soon as I got to school, I told everyone who would listen. And then I felt like an asshole. A braggart douchebag. I felt this way for about ten seconds, then thought, “Fuck you guys, I’m published! Woo-hoo!” I had a midterm that day and hadn’t studied as much as I should have and was pretty sure I flunked it (Yes, I did), but I couldn’t even care! I WAS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR! And then I called my mom and the first thing she said was “How much?” Oh, wacky Asian mothers! As soon as I got home, I sent a mass email to my buddies (namely: Jane, Sybil, Mick, Candy, Lili, Karen, and Mrs. Giggles). I couldn’t keep it to myself. I couldn’t be like The Fonz about it. I had to tell the world.

It was the first time in my entire life that I didn’t feel like a total slacker. I had never won anything before. I imagined some beleaguered editorial assistant going through the slush pile who was ready to slit her own throat, when she picked up my manuscript, thought it was the most brilliant thing she had ever read, and practically tripped all over her own feet trying to get it to the acquisitions editor. But that’s not how it happened, either. I sent the submission directly to an editor –" it was an open call for a summer-themed anthology –" who just happened to think that Skin to Skin was pretty kickass (thanks, Sasha!). Anyway, that was the beginning of my transformation from Dionne Galace: Aspring Author to Dionne Galace: Published Author –" which, I have to tell you, is pretty damned cool.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Mrs Giggles
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 05:40:35

    Dionne Galace is going to take over the world, no?

  2. Jennifer McKenzie
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 07:35:11

    Very cool. LOL. I took all that stuff about hugging it to herself seriously and wondered “Wow, I can NOT relate to that”. But then, I realized she was joking and did the squeeing blow out eardrums stuff. THAT is what I do.
    Great post and congrats to Dionne.

  3. TracyS
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 08:52:07

    I went over and read the excerpt. Ummm yeah, I bought the story! Had me hooked, had to find out the rest!!

  4. bam
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 09:15:23

    Thanks mucho, you guys. Thanks, Sister Jane!

    I am just so happy today… even though Dreamhost decided today of all days to kick me in the nuts.

  5. Heather (errantdreams)
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 10:19:46

    I am seriously looking forward to reading this! I know I promised my husband not to keep buying so many books, but uh… he can cope. :) Grats bam! And so sad to see your hosting provider screwed you over today. :(

  6. EC Sheedy
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 16:25:14

    I loved your post, Dionne (Bam), because the day was gray for me until you shared your enthusiasm.

    Yeah . . . selling your work is a big-time, unforgettable blast. It is absolutely not a day to be cat-cool. May this sale be the first of a trillion!

  7. Ann Bruce
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 17:25:14

    Congrats! Payday was Wednesday, so I’ll be swinging by Samhain shortly.

  8. Karen Scott
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 05:42:06

    I can say that I knew you when you were just an LKH obsessed, pretty-boys-loving, virgin hero addictee. I kinda like that.

    Congrats beeyotch!

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