Doing it yourself can bring big rewards and big challenges. Navigating both writing and publishing your book can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Learn from the experiences of self-published authors as they discuss what worked and what didn’t, including a realistic look at expectations.

The latest in James River Writer’s Writing Show series, Great Expectations: The Realities of Self-publishing, on Thursday, January 30, at the Camel, features three self-published authors.

Recap by Joanna S. Lee

David Kazzie’s debut novel, The Jackpot, has sold more than 11,000 copies since last January and spent nine days on Amazon’s Top 100 Kindle Bestseller List, peaking at No. 34. Rosemary Rawlins is the author of a memoir, Learning by Accident, which will be released in March. Leila Gaskin is the author of Hot Flashes and several short stories. Bill Blume, author of Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter, will moderate. The second half of the panel will welcome questions from the audience.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Camel
1621 W. Broad St., Richmond
Ample parking available in the Lowe’s parking lot across the street (Lowe’s and the Camel have a parking sharing agreement).

$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 students, or $80 Writing Show Season Pass (9 shows)





bod_leila_gaskinLeila Gaskin is a Senior Executive Administrative Assistant with MeadWestvaco. She’s also a member of the James River Writers and the author of several short stories including horror, speculative fiction, science fiction, and urban fantasy. Hot Flashes is her debut novel.



bod_david_kazzieDavid Kazzie is a lawyer and novelist. His self-published debut novel, The Jackpot, has sold more than 11,000 copies since January 2012 and spent nine days on Amazon’s Top 100 Kindle Bestseller List, peaking at No. 34. He is the author of several short animated videos, including “So You Want to Write a Novel,” which have more than 2 million YouTube hits. He is represented by the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency.


RosemaryRawlinsreformatted3Rosemary Rawlins is the author of Learning by Accident, a paperback she originally self-published. Skyhorse Publishing picked up her book, and will release a hardcover edition with photo spread in March 2014. Rosemary blogs weekly for, an award-winning WETA multimedia site, and writes for Brain Injury Journey magazine. She serves on the VCU TBI Model System Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Commonwealth Neurotrauma Advisory Board, and is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA Virginia).


Bill BlumeBill Blume is the treasurer for JRW’s Board of Directors and also served as chair for the board in 2013. His young adult novel, Tales of a 10th Grade Vampire Hunter, was released last year. His short stories have appeared in various fantasy anthologies and online magazines. Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County and is a former television news producer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of South Carolina.





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