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My First Sale by Jaci Burton

You’ll have to forgive me, but I didn’t realize that it was Friday until about three minutes ago. My nose has been in a book since yesterday and I have been reading it non stop. I think my Thursday and Friday melded together in my mind. Essentially, this could be sub titled, Jane’s An Ass, Part the Third, But She Can Blame It on a Book.


But here’s the First Sale Story of Jaci Burton. I’ve been a bit hard on Ms. Burton in my reviews but she still comes around. She wrote me an email telling me I should read her May release, Wild, Wicked, & Wanton, because she’s convinced that I am going to fall in love with her writing, someday. Happily (as all romance stories should end happily), I did enjoy Wild, Wicked, & Wanton and would recommend it to someone looking for a hot (you should read it with lots of ice on hand) contemporary romance.

Jaci Burton’s official bio is that she is an award winning author writing paranormal romance and erotic romance for Bantam Dell, Berkley, Samhain Publishing and Ellora's Cave. She spent over 20 years in corporate life until she was lucky enough to live her dream of becoming a writer. Sadly, her husband still thinks she should to do dishes, laundry and bathe the dogs.


I've always considered that I had two 'first sales' –" my first ebook sale, and my first mass market paperback sale–"because in my mind they're completely different, yet both 'firsts' in my life.

In 2003 I made my very first sale to Ellora's Cave, an epublisher. After reading their books, I had written a story targeted specifically for that publisher, submitted it, and four days later received an email saying they wanted to buy the book. In that email was their welcome letter and a contract.

I was stunned and utterly ecstatic. I was published! I ran outside where my husband was doing lawnwork and told him I was a published author now. Then I grabbed his hands and jumped up and down on the grass. Yes, I'm that corny. It was such an exciting moment for me, because I'd been writing for two years, had completed several manuscripts, submitted to several New York publishers, but hadn't been able to break through to New York.

When I found Ellora's Cave books, I felt I had a found a home for the heat level of my writing and I was so excited.

For the next couple years, I was perfectly content writing for Ellora's Cave. But in the back of my mind, I knew that someday, I wanted to try New York again. And in 2005, I lucked out, found an agent I clicked with, and submitted a couple proposals to her. She shopped a proposal called Demon Hunters, and several publishers really liked the proposal –" so much, in fact, that the book went to auction. Within a few days of the auction, Bantam Dell came out the highest bidder and bought the book. It was a whirlwind for me, because I had signed with my agent in May and she had me sold to New York by August. Kind of a surreal experience, one that took my breath away, but was truly the dream moment in my writing career. I was going to have a mass market paperback! Woo hoo!

I'm very, very lucky to have so many of my dreams come true.

Now I just need to hit a bestseller list and then I can retire. Heh.

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. Shiloh Walker
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 14:00:08

    she's convinced that I am going to fall in love with her writing, someday

    Hope springs eternal with us writer types. ;o)

    Say, Jane… you know I have this book… *G*

    And Jaci, darlin… I can totally see you jumping up and down in the yard while your man just stands there and smirks.

  2. Angie
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 15:57:14

    I think Jane just wanted to taunt us with the fact that she has an ARC of a Nora book. Jane, I will have to hurt you if you do the same with JD Robb books. Actually, I’d probably cry.

    As for Jaci’s first NY sale story, what she doesn’t tell you is the utter belief she had that that particular book would never sell. That what she’d written was “crap” (direct quote) and that we (her friends) and her agent clearly were off our rockers by thinking she had a great thing going with SDI. She doesn’t tell you the utter agony for us all of waiting while not one, but three publishers expressed interest in her book she thought was crap. And how we all cried with her when she sold because dammit, it’s not crap. We love it when we’re right. I’ll bet she wasn’t too upset about being wrong this time, either.

  3. Charlene
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 16:14:30

    Jaci, you’d better not retire when you hit a bestseller list. *g*

  4. Sybil
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 17:23:08

    hmmm I don’t think I wanna see angie cry… but no hurting jane. It is dirty work but some people have to do it.

    bbbbbbbwwwwwwwwaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh/// sorry where were we?

    Jaci is a great author and has written many a book I adore. And I hate to say it because it has nothing to do with her writing or why I like her books but…

    She is also such a very kind person you want her to do well. She is a professional in the industry who helps to give romance the name it should have. As well as she seems to be one to support the community. And by that I don’t mean boycotts those naughty sites that dare not like a romance and le gasp gives negative reviews.

    I mean she seems to be supportive and willing to give back of herself. You want to like her books because of those things. LOL of course it doesn’t always work out that way. But what do you do.

    And hell she puts up with Angie. ;)

  5. Lucinda Betts
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 18:03:00

    Hey Jaci:

    Congrats on those first sales, and you’ve got great book covers!

    Kudos to you for writing your “first sale” story for DearAuthor! Takes balls after you have a bad review. (Not that those are hard to get here!) I’m still toying with the idea myself.

    I loved Surviving Demon Island, btw.


  6. Jaci Burton
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 18:44:40

    Jane – What a lovely intro. Thank you so much! (And I’m still grinning over you liking Wild Wicked & Wanton)

    Shiloh – Yeah, you’re right about my hubby…he smirked while I hopped up and down.

    Angie – I so forgot about the ‘crap’ part. lol. And yes, I was wrong. Thankfully you and my other pals were there through the process to hold my hand. :-)

    Sybil – I’m totally blushing over all the nice things you’ve said. And Angie will tell you that she has to put up with me. ;-).

    Lucinda – Thank you for reading SDI! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And I have always found the folks here at Dear Author gracious and welcoming, whether they’ve liked or not liked the books i’ve written. I enjoy participating in conversations here, and of course not everyone is going to love my books, so I’m totally fine with that, too. :-)

  7. Shiloh Walker
    Apr 21, 2007 @ 13:01:35

    snicker… Jaci… I knew it. ;)

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