FAPA President's Book Awards

Recognizing book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production
Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

For 2018, eligible books could be entered in forty-three categories.  There were also two separate cover design categories.  The final submission deadline was May 28, 2018.

FAPA awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to finalists in each category. On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the 2018 medalist will be honored at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet.  Please join us in honoring this year’s winners.

Judging is currently in process. Each category is announced as soon as judging for that category is complete.  See the categories that have been announced so far below.

2018 Medalists

1. Adult Fiction-General

Margaret Ferry by Mary Flynn | Barlemarry Press

Trail of the Warrior by R. H. Pfeiffer | Words In Light DBA FACT, Inc.

American River: Tributaries by Mallory O’Connor |Archway Publishing

Broken Trust+ by George Encizo | Gatekeeper Press

2. Adult Fiction-Genre: Chic Lit

Tree of Lives by Elizabeth Garden | BoseArts

Speaking in Tungs by Karla Jay | Book Circle Press LLC

Dancing With Dandelions by Zelle Andrews | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby | Lake Union Publishing

Call Me Charlotte by Dana L Brown | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

3. Adult Fiction-Genre: Contemporary/Literary

Eight Moments by Carmen Hendrix | Magnolia Babies Publishing

Four Women by Nikesha Williams | NEW Reads Publications

Morgan’s Revenge by Gerald Radacsy | On-Demand Publishing LLC

4. Adult Fiction-Genre: Historical

So Beware By | James HockenberryHB Books LLC

Another Bump in the Road by TM Brown | CreateSpace

Templars Quest Trilogy: The Lost Ark by Thomas H. Ward | Transcendent Publishing

One Drop–A Slave! by Eddie Price Millers | Mill Publishing

The Heretic of Granada by David Edmonds | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Five Beneath Philly by Susan Bandy | Fideli Publishing

Hollow Vengeance by Tom Richmond | Fideli Publishing

6. Adult Fiction-Genre: Mystery

The Consort Conspiracy, A Covington Family Mystery by Kaye Schmitz | TouchPoint Press

Stolen Obsession by Marlene Bell | Ewephoric Publishing

Pineland Gold by John Mills | Pono Publishing

July’s Trials by A. E. Howe | A. E. Howe

Descent Into Hell by George Encizo | CreateSpace

7. Adult Fiction-Genre: Romance

Off The Grid For Love by Rena Koontz | Soul Mate Publishing

The Flowers of Penruddock by Ronnda Eileen Henry | Createspace

Girl Behind The Veil by Jalpa Williby | Jalpa Williby

Call Me Charlotte by Dana L Brown | Southern Yellow Pines Publishing

A Heart Of Stone by Jean Webb | Distinct Press

8. Adult Fiction-Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

The Final Reality by Stephen Martino | Light Messages Publishing

Cyber-Witch: The Origin of Magic by Eric Martell | IngramSpark

The Oracle (The Cedric Series 3) by Valerie Willis | Battle Goddess Productions

Blood Memory Society by D.A. Field | Giro Di Mondo

9. Adult Fiction-Genre: Suspense/Thriller

The Domino Event by Bruce Thomason & JD (Jacqueline) Hunter (Thomason) | BATJAK Publishing

Wendall’s Lullaby by Kip Koelsch | Self-Published

Blood Memory Society by D.A. Field | Giro Di Mondo

Homeland Burning by Brinn Colenda | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Red Brooklyn by Bob Ieva | Documeant Publishing

Detached - A Novel by Wendy Weiss Halloran | Wendy Weiss

The Cure by Darryl Bollinger | JNB Press

10. Autobiography/Memoir

Salty & Saucy Maine - Sea Stories from Castine by Captain Hank Bracker | A to Z Publishers

7 SHIPS by John Mitchell | LifeStory Publishing

Trauma and Tenacity in Vietnam: A Surgeon’s Story by Mary Jane Ingui | CreateSpace

SUN NIGHT: A Memoir by E.H. de la Espriella | Blurb

This Side of Heaven  by Valerie Staggs  | Total Publishing and Media

11. Biography

Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln by George Dekle | Southern Illinois University Press

Bullets & Babies by Richard Ballo | Tolman Main Press

Transformation: An 80 day journey of Redemption, Renewal and Reformation by Joy Bryan | Createspace

12. Business

2018 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide  by Ginger Marks  | DocUmeant Publishing

The Importance of Soft Skills For Global Managers  by Samanthani Singh  | Trimark Press

365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Books  by Patti Jefferson  | PJ Inx Press

13. Children’s Picture Book Age 0-7

LUCY LOVES SHERMAN by Catherine Bailey |Sky Pony Press

Little Miss Grubby Toes Plays with Fire! by Eddie Price |Millers Mill Publishing

Horses of the Sea by Patricia Gleichauf | Page Publishing

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair 2!  by Jayne Rose-Vallee | Rosevallee Creations LLC

Just Right Family: An Adoption Story by Silvia Lopez | Albert Whitman Co.

Eddie, That’s Spaghetti by Christa Blaney | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

The Do’s and Don’ts by Hayley Rose | Flowered Press

WoW! What a Trip! by Susan M Tarrant | WoW Publishing

14. Children’s Chapter Books Age 5-9

The Cost of Gold: A True Fairytale by Daniel Mault | Kevin W W Blackley Books, LLC

LUCY LOVES SHERMAN by Catherine Bailey | Sky Pony Press

Sailing Away to Nod by Brenda Spalding | Heritage Publishing.US

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair 2! by Jayne Rose-Vallee | Rosevallee Creations LLC

Just Right Family: An Adoption Story by Silvia Lopez | Albert Whitman Co.

NEXT YEAR - Hope in the Dust by Ruth Vander Zee | the Creative Company

Dolly, a Dog, and a Camper  by Kay Whitehouse | VH Publishing

15. Coffee Table Book

16. Cookbooks

No medals will be awarded in 2018

17. Education

Figural Acid Etchings 1870-1970 Book II by Frank J. Consentino Jr. | Maple Creek Media

How Autism Is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA by Mark Claypool and John McLaughlin | Rowman & Littlefield

Let’s Talk Weather, TV Forecasting: Behind the Scenes by Amy Sweezey | Story Farm

WoW! What a Trip! by Susan M Tarrant | WoW Publishing

18. eBook: Adult

Homeland Burning by Brinn ColendaSouthern Yellow Pine Publishing, LLC

Unforeseen Riot by Karen Renee | Karen Renee

19. eBook: Children

The Ansgar Kids Treasury, A Windflower Saga Collection by Aleksandra Layland | Createspace

Fifo 50 States by Hayley Rose | Flowered Press

BLUE–Night Crawlers by Deborah Burggraaf | Protective Hands Communications

20. Fiction: Christian

Christmas Is A Timeshare by Betty Carpenter-Johnston | Two Stone Lions Press

Margaret Ferry by Mary Flynn | Barlemarry Press

Merciful Blessings by N. L. Quatrano & D. K.  Ludas | Two Stone Lions Press

Silenced Song by Gloria Marlow | Two Stone Lions Press

21. Fiction: Juvenile Age 7-12

Golden Skye of Ansgar, A Windflower Saga Middle Grade Novel, and the Short Story “Fly, Percy, Fly!” by Aleksandra Layland | Createspace

One Chance by Sarah Frank | BeaLu Books

Jace’s Adventure at Children’s Hospital by Diane Harper | HayMarBooks, LLC

Principal Mikey by Derek Taylor Kent | Whimsical World

Lost In a Story Beyond Reality and Time by Joseph Krasinski | Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

Mumford the Manatee by Deirdre Mountcastle | Mountcastle Books

22. Fiction: Young Adult

AnnaPolis Summers by Linda Heavner Gerald | Lime Pie Publishers

Crossing the Line by Ellen Wolfson Valladares | WiDo Publishing

Lost In a Story Beyond Reality and Time by Joseph Krasinski | Christian Faith Publishing

The Soldier And The Author  by Linda Heavner Gerald  | Lime Pie Publishers

23. Fiction: Young Adult-Romance/Coming of Age/New Adult

Far Endeavor by Aleksandra Layland | Createspace Independent Platform

Annapolis Summers by Linda Heavner Gerald | Lime Pie Publishers

24. Young Adult-Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy

Mind Candy  by Alvin Mullen (Editor)  | Myriad Paradigm Publishing LLC

Crossing the Line  by Ellen Wolfson Valladares  | WiDo Publishing

25. Florida: Children Picture Book Age 0-7

Forever with Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini | GLM Publishing

LUCY LOVES SHERMAN by Catherine Bailey | Sky Pony Press

Miss Little Bea Sharp by Jessica Rosen | Jessica Rosen

Figley’s Little White Lie by Suzanne Cotsakos | Mutasian Entertainment LLC

Dolly, a Dog, and a Camper by Kay Whitehouse |VH Publishing

26. Florida: Fiction Books for Adults

July’s Trials by A. E. Howe | A. E. Howe

Dancing With Dandelions by Zelle Andrews | Southern Yellow Pines Publishing

Who She Is by Diane Byington | Red Adept Publishing

Call Me Charlotte by Dana L Brown | Southern Yellow Pines Publishing

27. Florida: Juvenile Age 7-12

The Health Is Power League in Attack of ZomBacon by M.R. Street | Turtle Cove Press 

Mumford the Manatee by Deirdre Mountcastle | Mountcastle Books

28. Florida:  Nonfiction Books for Adults

Overdue in Paradise: The Library History of Palm Beach County by Janet DeVries, Graham Brunk, Ginger L. Pedersen, Shellie A. Labell, and Rosa Sophia | Palmango Press

Behind and Beyond the Badge by Donna Brown | Storehouse Media Group

The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969) by Arlo Haskell | Sand Paper Press

Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State by George S. LeMieux & Laura E. Mize | The History Press

29. Florida: Young Adult books (both fiction & nonfiction)

AnnaPolis Summers by Linda Heavner Gerald | Lime Pie Publishers

30. Graphic Novel

No medals will be awarded in 2018

31. How-To/Self-Help

A Beautiful Morning: How a Morning Ritual Can Feed Your Soul and Transform Your Life  by Ashley Ellington Brown | Leo Press

Never Trust a Teacher: Fight to Make Things Right!  by Susan Fay Ryan | Author House

Coffee and Cedar: Finding Strength from Memories  by DH Cermeno | Dog Ear Publishing

32. Health & Fitness

The Health Is Power League in Attack of ZomBacon by M.R. Street | Turtle Cove Press

Stroke Diary, Just So Stories, How Aphasia Got Its Language Back by Thomas Broussard | Stroke
Educator, Inc.

The By-Your-SIde Cancer Guide:  Empowered, Proactive, Prepared by Deborah Gomer | Cunningham House Publishing

Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto: My Battle with Chronic Pain by Victoria Stopp | McFarland & Co.

33. Home & Garden

No medals will be awarded in 2018

34. Humor

Speaking in Tungs  by Karla Jay | Book Circle Press LLC

Seawater One - Going To Sea!  by Captain Hank Bracker | A to Z Publishers

Salty & Saucy Maine - Sea Stories from Castine  by Captain Hank Bracker | A to Z Publishers

Curmudgeonly Yours  by Richard Bonte | Richard Bonte

35. Nonfiction: Adult

Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln  by George Dekle | Southern Illinois University Press

In the Shadow of the Dragon’s Back: A Young American Girl in South Africa during the Early Years of Apartheid  by Rachel Longstaff | Culicidae Press, LLC

Salty & Saucy Maine - Sea Stories from Castine  by Captain Hank Bracker | A to Z Publishers

Behind and Beyond the Badge  by Donna Brown | Storehouse Media Group

The Bull Shark Compendium  by Dr. Jaws | Deep Sea Publishing

The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969)  by Arlo Haskell | Sand Paper Press

36. Nonfiction: Children’s

Let’s Talk Weather, TV Forecasting: Behind the Scenes  by Amy Sweezey | Story Farm

Expedition to the Galápagos Islands  by Grayson Rigby | Salty Paws Publishing

NEXT YEAR - Hope in the Dust  by Ruth Vander Zee | the Creative Company

A Story of Courage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor by Dr. Dolores Burton | Breaklight Publications Inc.

WoW! What a Trip!  by Susan M Tarrant | WoW Publishing

37. Nonfiction: Young Adult

38. Poetry Book

A Penny for Your Thoughts  by Sherrill Cannon | SBPRA

Something Magical in the Soul: A Collection of Poetry  by Walter Schenck | CreateSpace

Comes to This  by Jeff Weddle | Nixes Mate Books

Heart of the Broken World  by Jeff Weddle | Nixes Mate Books

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair 2!  by Jayne Rose-Vallee | Rosevallee Creations LLC

39. Political/Current Events

Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln by George Dekle | Southern Illinois University Press

How Autism is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA by Mark Claypool & John McLaughlin | Rowman & Littlefield

40. Reference

Figural Acid Etchings 1870-1970 Book II by Frank J. Consentino Jr. | Maple Creek Media

The Truth of Jesus’ Life While Reflecting on his Parables and Other Sayings, Part Two by Walter Schenck | CreateSpace

The Bull Shark Compendium by Dr. Jaws | Deep Sea Publishing

The By-Your-Side Cancer Guide:  Empowered, Proactive, Prepared by Deborah Gomer | Cunningham House Publishing

41. Religion

Contending for Christ  by Stephen Lange | Stephen W. Lange

Revive Your Life! Rest for Your Anxious Heart by Pamela Christian | Protocol, Ltd.

Margaret Ferry  by Mary Flynn | Barlemarry Press

The Unspoken TRUTH About Religion  by Dick Johnson | CreateSpace

Channeling the Mothership; Messages From The Universe  by Jerry McDaniel | Wisdom House Books

43. Short Fiction-including short stories

Cousins, One and All: A Jane Austen Fan Fiction Fantasy Romance Novella  by Ronnda Eileen Henry | Createspace

Another Bump in the Road  by TM Brown | Createspace

44. Cover Design-small format (6 x 9 and smaller)

Faithful: An Unexpected Journey to Motherhood by Becky Graham | Redemption Press

The Italian Vendetta by Bob Leva | Documeant Publishing

Taproot by Keezy Young | Lion Forge

The Bait Man by DL Havlin |Taylor and Seale Publishing

Sins of Summer by Linda Heavner Gerald | Lime Pie Publishers

Till Heaven Then Forever by Linda Heavner Gerald | Lime Pie Publishers

Five Beneath Philly by Susan Bandy & Tom Richmond | Fideli Publishing

The Winnower by Susan Bandy & Tom Richmond | iUniverse

45. Cover Design-larger format (Larger than 6 x 9)

Figural Acid Etchings 1870-1970 Book II by Frank J. Consentino Jr. |Maple Creek Media

Cat’s Fur by Bonnie Stanard | Fairview Publishing

Coffee and Cedar: Finding Strength From Memories by DH Cermeno | Dog Ear Publishing

Trauma and Tenacity in Vietnam: A Surgeon’s Story by Mary Jane Ingui | CreateSpace

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair! 2 by Jayne Rose-Vallee | Rosevallee Creations LLC

 

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