The Writing Show

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Pencil by Sheri Blume


Pencil Advice from Kelly Justice on making a great impression with bookstores


The panelists will discuss:

  • How to get your writing into bookstores
  • The best ways to get customers to buy your books
  • What promotional ideas will make booksellers love you …
  • … and pet peeves to avoid when dealing with booksellers
  • Learn which trends are thriving and dying


Bill BlumeBill Blume is a fantasy writer whose short stories have appeared in various anthologies and online magazines. He’s also the creator of the online photo comic “The Wildcat’s Lair.” Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County in Richmond, Virginia, and is a former television news producer. He’s previously served as a board member of James River Writers and in 2007 he chaired JRW’s annual conference. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina. His latest short story, “The Big Sneeze,” has just been released as an ebook.


Kelly JusticeKelly Justice is the owner of Fountain Bookstore, a locally owned independent bookstore in historic Shockoe Slip. She is current president of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and serves on the technology advisory council for the American Booksellers Association.



Kat SpearsKatarina Spears has worked in the non-profit and museum field for 20 years. Her current position is at the Library of Virginia Foundation and has her managing gift shops at the Library, the Virginia State Capitol and an international online store. She also works to organize author appearances, book signings and literary events in the Richmond region and beyond.


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