About FAPA

An organization for authors, publishers and other professionals involved in the Florida publishing industry

Mission and History

The Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc. is dedicated to providing the highest quality of information, resources, and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession in the state of Florida. FAPA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc., was originally organized in 1983 (then known as the Florida Publishers Group) by Betty Wright (Rainbow Books, Inc.) to provide Florida’s growing group of book publishers with an opportunity for education and networking and to provide its members with a clearinghouse for publishing information. FPG became FPA (Florida Publishers Association) and began with only six members. In 2012 FPA expanded the name to FAPA (Florida Authors & Publishers Association) to include a steadily increasing number of authors within the organization.

At FAPA, we believe that no member should have to go it alone in publishing. We are dedicated to helping members achieve success. Toward that goal, we:

  • Host regional and state-wide educational conferences for authors and publishers
  • Provide opportunities to cost-effectively exhibit at Florida literary events and other publishing conferences
  • Sponsor the annual FAPA President’s Book Awards to recognize excellence
  • Facilitate networking and collaboration in?our member community
  • and so much more!


Independent Book Publishers Association

IBPA is a trade association of independent publishers. Founded in 1983, it serves book, audio, and video publishers located in the United States and around the world. Its mission is to advance the professional interests of independent publishers. To this end, IBPA provides cooperative marketing programs, conferences, online education and advocacy within the publishing industry. IBPA offers beneficial programs and information to all 4,000 member publishers, regardless of their size or experience.

IBPA offers scholarships for FAPA members to the IBPA Publishing University, donates memberships as door prizes at FAPA conferences, provides a forum for affiliate representatives from around the country to discuss ways to improve affiliate groups, and encourages its members in Florida to join FAPA. IBPA even offers FAPA members a healthy discount when they join IBPA.


Association of Publishers of Special Sales

Since 1996, APSS has been committed to supporting authors and independent publishers as a nonprofit trade association. Their mission is to build successful writing and publishing businesses. With 800+ members, Association of Publishers of Special Sales (APSS) runs a wide gamut from one-book self-publishers and authors to firms with more than 800 books in print. APSS’s membership also includes suppliers to the publishing industry. These Sponsor and Associate Vendor Members are resources for the products and services publishers and writers need. APSS provides benefits to its members that will help sell more books, make more money, and raise their standing as experts in their field. APSS is a dynamic, growing organization dedicated to the success of our members.

APSS is a valued affiliate organization for FAPA. From offering APSS memberships as door prizes at FAPA conferences to offering FAPA members a discount on APSS memberships. APSS supports FAPA and offers FAPA members a “Partner” discount.


Board of Directors

The FAPA Board of Directors volunteer their time to serve the FAPA membership. Board members serve for two year terms. Our current board members are listed here.

If you are interested in joining the  Board of Directors, elections are held each year at the Annual Conference. Interested candidates must submit a board member application by July 1 each year. You can download the application form here.

You Don't Have To Go It Alone In Publishing!

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