Befriending Your Bookseller! A Program Sponsored By Sisters In Crime of Central Virginia

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Are you an author? Or just interested in the behind-the-scenes of the bookselling/writing world?

As publishing, writing, and bookselling go through rapid change, so do all the rules of technology, profitability, and etiquette.

We invite you to this open meeting of Sisters In Crime (Central Virginia Chapter) to talk about everything you want to know about Fountain Bookstore's current policies for partnering with authors and how they compare to other indie bookstores, chains, online retailers, and others. This will be an open, respectful conversation from which all can benefit!

Topics Covered Will Include:

  • how (and when) to approach an independent bookseller about carrying a book in their store
  • the economic realities authors, booksellers, and publishers face when selling books
  • ways booksellers and authors can help each other be successful
  • simple ways authors can make themselves indie-friendly (and common pitfalls that immediately turn booksellers off)
  • newer tools for authors that are indie bookstore friendly and make economic sense

We are all here to learn, so please bring your suggestions and experiences (good and bad) with a focus on finding solutions. This event is free, but registration is required. 

Fountain Bookstore owner Kelly Justice will be in conversation with Kristin Kisska, suspense author and Programming Chair of Sisters In Crime - Central Virginia.

Masking is requested at this event for attendees.

About your speakers:

Kristin Kisska used to be a finance geek, complete with MBA and Wall Street pedigree. A member of the James River Writers, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Kristin is now a self-proclaimed fictionista.

Her short mystery story, “The Sevens” was included in the Bouchercon's Anthony Award-winning anthology, MURDER UNDER THE OAKS (2015). “A Colonial Grave”, which is a murder mystery set in Colonial Williamsburg, was included in VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES: VOLUME II (2016). Her third short story, "Wine and Prejudice" was published in the FIFTY SHADES OF CABERNET mystery anthology (2017). Her psychological suspense short story, "To the Moon and Back", was featured in the eclipse-themed mystery anthology, DAY OF THE DARK (2017). Her short story, "Czech Mate" was included in Malice Domestic's anthology, MYSTERY MOST GEOGRAPHICAL (2018).

In spring of 2019, two more of Kristin's short stories were published: "Snowbirding" in the Agatha Award winning Malice Domestic's anthology, MYSTERY MOST EDIBLE and "Unbridled" in DEADLY SOUTHERN CHARM. Her short story of historical suspense, "Prelude" was published in LEGENDS REBORN (2020). Her short story of suspense, "Swiping Right" was released in the booze-themed mystery anthology, MURDER BY THE GLASS (September 2021), and "Vendetta By the Sea" was published in VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES III (February 2022). 

When not writing short stories, suspense novels and historical thrillers, Kristin can be found on Facebook and Instagram at KristinKisskaAuthor, and Tweeting @KKMHOO. She's a contributing blogger at the crime fiction blog, She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.

Kelly Justice bought The Fountain in January 2008 after managing it since 2000 and she has been a professional independent bookseller since 1989.

Kelly has served many terms on the board of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and has served as president of the same organization twice.   She works often with the American Booksellers Association serving on various committees and is a regular speaker at bookseller gatherings on topics ranging from brand building to utilizing the newest technologies for bookstores.  Kelly is also on the advisory council for for 2022.

In 2019 she was one of three American booksellers awarded a  Booksellers Without Borders fellowship to the Turin Book Festival where she addressed Italian booksellers on the topic of Amazon's effect on the American bookselling market and the potential threats posed by Amazon on international markets in the future.  She also toured Italian bookstores of all kinds and met with booksellers, publishers, and media representatives to talk about challenges in the book industry common to both countries.  

And she drank a lot of Aperol cocktails.  

She loves to talk to folks about books, audiobooks, the book business, food and bev, business and management theory (a real geek about that, actually), cats, overproduced action movies, and life in general.  Just ask!!

She's an omnivore of a reader, rarely refusing to at least try reading any category of book. Unfortunately, we also suspect she eats them.

For more on Kelly's history with Fountain and Fountain history in general, see this great article in Richmond Magazine online!

Event date: 

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 11:00am

Event address: 

1312 East Cary Street
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA 23219