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Get Lit: To Self-Publish or Not with Dharma Kelleher

Date(s): Thursday, May 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Genre and Form(s): Business of Writing, Community, Publishing
Cost: Free

About this Event

Spirited conversations. Literary culture. Usually every first Thursday at Valley Bar; online during COVID-19. Get Lit.

This Month: To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish with Dharma Kelleher

That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them?

With increasing frequency, traditionally published authors are dipping their toes into publishing their own works, some walking away from traditional publishing altogether and creating their own personal imprints. What new opportunities does self-publishing offer to authors? Does it create power for authors who may have been or are still marginalized? Does it maintain power within the larger publishing industry? What are the costs of self-publishing? What are the risks? Should writers organizations, review journals, and awards competitions be open to books regardless of how they are published? Is self-publishing legitimate? What does legitimacy in the context of the publishing industry even mean?

May 7, 2020. 7 pm. On Zoom. Get Lit

Please note: while this event is free and open to the public, you must register through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Space is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Attendance will be capped at 30 guests in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. Registrations do not guarantee or reserve seats. The Zoom link will be sent two days before the meeting. If you have any questions or require different forms of access, please reach out to Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at

About the Author

Photograph of Dharma Kelleher

Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime fiction with a feminist kick and is one of the only openly transgender voices in the genre. She is the author of the Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter series and the Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker series. Her work has also appeared in anthologies and on Shotgun Honey. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the International Thriller Writers, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She lives in Arizona with her wife and two house panthers. Learn more about Dharma and her work at

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