More About the Author
Jacie Rider was married in 1988 and for twenty years, she was a corporate recruiter and trainer with her own company. Her first book Onions, was accepted in major retailers, including selective Wal-Marts.
Jacie Rider returned to her childhood passion of writing in February, 2003 & has since written a total of 24 books. Prior to being published, Jacie had grown a network of readers to 53 people of all ages, sexes, and reading genres. Tracking feedback from these readers, she rewrote the books and shaped them into fantastic stories that kept her readers wanting more.
After 6 years of submission packages coming back unopened from traditional publishers & literary agents, she had snagged the interest of a literary agent in Toronto who suggested Onions be professionally edited so that she could take to a traditional publisher. It was a long and expensive task that took more than a year to complete with an editor she obtained through the Canadian Author Association. By the time she submitted the manuscript to her office, the agent had taken a year off and left the country.
While awaiting her return, Jacie's sister and biggest fan died suddenly. The months that followed were hard for Jacie, whose grieving had overshadowed her drive for writing & blurred her ability to visualize her success. Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Each night, she would sit with her laptop for hours and try to push herself through, but she couldn't. A part of her dream had died that day with her sister & she no longer believed in her dream.
It wasn't until she heard a special song on the radio (Natasha Bettingfield's Unwritten) that the fog began to clear. The lyrics jumped out at her 'Staring at the blank page before you...." For the first time in months, she could visualize her success & the stories that had gotten lost in her fog of grief. When the song finished, she changed the channel and to her amazement, it was playing again. When it finished, she changed the channel and found it again and again. By the time she got home that evening, she had heard it a half dozen times & she felt as though it was her sister giving her the love and support to redirect her back to her dream.
So on a whim, she self published her first book Onions (paperback only) in February of 2009. In her first year, she had 3 successful book-signings, including one at Wal-Mart where 200 copies were sold, putting her in the best seller section for two promotional periods.
Her success wasn't without work. From getting bookstores to carry the book to writing her own commercials; she did everything on her own. She had quickly learned that being self-published is a difficult & sometimes unrewarding route that left her rethinking her decision to get it out to the world. So when the agent returned to Canada at the end of that year, Jacie was eager to talk to her. The agent explained that she had retired and then referred her to an agent in New York City, who was closed to submissions till 2014.
Jacie was faced with the prospect of starting from scratch, maybe with one of her other books. It wasn't an idea she relished, recalling the thousands of packages she had sent out in the past that came back unopened or not at all. She knew she needed to stand out from the rest but was at a loss at how to do it.
So in 2012, she auditioned for the Television Show Dragon's Den. She knew that she most likely wouldn't get a deal, but she wanted the exposure that the show could provide her and maybe some help from the Dragons to point her in the right direction. So, she pitched for funding to publish 10 of her 24 books. The audition went fairly well. She had won 3 of the 4 votes, but was told that in order for her to get on the show, she would have to show that she first has tried to get investments and she would also have to physically show the books.
This was a challenge for Jacie, because none of the books were copy-written, they were simply stories in binders. So she started at Jacie Rider campaign on indiegogo for funding, which she knew would most likely fail, and then she copy-written the books and uploaded 9 unedited books onto Kindle. She bought a kindle reader and put all the books on it and then returned to Dragon's Den auditions in the Spring of 2013. She was turned away and told that writers are not being accepted onto the show, because there are so many people like her out there.
Despite her small successes in publishing, she was just one pebble in a sandy beach full of people who 'believe' they can write books. Jacie decided at that point to let the world see those 9 other books + Onions which were sitting on Kindle waiting to be read. So she ran her first campaign in May 2013 & since then, has had 14,000 downloads through her own marketing.
Reviews have been positive, but like the books, not without flaws. Because 9 of the 10 books are unedited, she knows that she will never see true success without a traditional publisher or literary agent, nor will she be respected in the literary community as a professional writer. So after returning to the drawing board, she has landed an Literary Agent that is now shopping for a traditional publisher that will do her books justice and make her a household name in mystery.
Reviews from Barnes & Noble paperback Onions
Couldn't put it down!
This book is extremely well written! With each chapter there was a new twist or turn that simply contradicted the way I anticipated what would happen next. The characters seemed to come to life. The intensity continued to build up as I flipped through each page. I would highly recommend this book to family and friends and look forward to reading many more books written by Jacie Rider. I will never look at onions in the same way! JB
Jacie Rider DID IT!!!
A toatlly compelling read. One of the best page turners I have read in years. The suspense leaves you in a comfortless, strange hold. Jacie Rider is quickly becoming my author of choice. -Dianne B
Truly engaging plot and characters!
This was a book you hated to put down. The characters were well developed and interesting. Claire James is a strong character that many women can identify with. The plot was convincingly twisted and had me hooked from the beginning. Is there a sequel?
I have read Onions
I read Onions in its infancy and it took me 3 nights. I needed to know what happened as things progressed. It captivated my imagination each night, wanting to know what was going to happen. Sometimes I was correct but then events took a real twist and there I was again trying to piece things together. Then it happened. THE END. I finally knew and everything made sense. That should be the real essence of good writing, and it was in this book. Thouroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one. -John
Hi my name is Julie-Ann Jordan and I am a student at Yorkville University and this is in regards to a book I read called "Onions".. First let me say I really don't have time to read a book unless it is in regards to my studies.. My sister introduced me to the book and said I had to read it.. I told her don't have time.. she promised me I won't be able to put it down. so o.k maybe if I have time... well what do you know, had an english essay to write on anything, even a book we might have read.. and BOY OH BOY.. I could not put it down, ONIONS is a must read.. I have others in line to read the book, who couldn't wait because of the hype surronding the book at school went out and bought the book.. .. LOVED IT!! can't wait for the movie...
Jacie - I'm a student at Georgian College & one of my classmates used your book for a report and told me I should read it. So I bought a copy and finished it over the weekend. I wanted you to know what much I enjoyed it. I loved the characters, story, and the way you kept me guessing. You're a true story teller & I look forward to your next book!
Jacie-I read your book while in South Africa. What a great read. I really enjoyed the plotting and the mystery along with a womens version of sexual enjoyment. I have reommended your book to a few people, especially those who showed an interest in it. You are a very talented lady and I hope you continue to write good books. -Bob H
Ok I read your book in 2 nights LOL, I was pissed that sleep and work got in the way. Jason began calling me anti-social hahahaha It was AWESOME!!!! Totally could be a movie, just wait Oprah will be calling :D
The Real Deal
You are the REAL deal, sweetheart. The characters and story line...always a surprise... and intelligent, well thought out. I loved Nick and Claire...she reminds me of..you. And, the romance...that's hard to do well. I felt like I was her...it passed the 'bubbly sensation' test, time after time lol.
Dear Jacie - I was a skeptic when it came to reading your book because I heard you did it on your own but you are talented and I'm so glad I read it! Now that its over I feel like I want to read it all over again! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!!!!!! FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!! Tracy L.
Give me more
To write about the erotic...is usually in your face..raw. You wrote so purely. I'm not expressing myself so well...it's still fresh and hard to express. I just loved it. It will be by my station @ work and will be shared with many. I'm so proud of you.... More! -D.M.L.
This morning after 3 days I finished the novel "onions" by jacie rider. who is not only a childhood friend but a facebook friend of mine. the book is phenominal! a must read! the plot thickens with each page, and I found that I could not put it down.- Bill Shea
I thought this was an excellent read, I couldn't put it down. Every time you think you have it figured out,,,, another twist to keep you guessing and reading. The characters were so real that they grabbed a hold of you and wouldn't let go. I've read many suspense books, especially "The Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark, and this was right up there with her and in some cases, it surpassed her. I totally loved it, will pass it on to others and look forward to more by Jacie Rider!!! Thank you for three days of fun, suspense and excitement!!! Laura
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