2020 FAPA Conference Speakers

Author Steve Berry

Steve Berry will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s FAPA Annual Conference in Orlando. Steve is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 20 novels. His books have been translated into 41 languages with 25,000,000 copies sold in 52 countries.


Brenda M. Spaulding

Brenda Spalding

Award-winning Author & Publisher at Heritage Publishing US

1:00 – 2:15 PM – Friday

Choice for the Independent author

Award-winning author Brenda M. Spalding is a prolific author with children’s books and several adult novels. She has won awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the National League of American Pen Women.

Website: www.heritagepublishingus.com

Tina Wainscott

Author & Literary Agent at The Seymour Agency

1:00 – 2:15 PM – Friday

Confessions of a Literary Agent – How to impress an agent (and not annoy or scare them off)

We hear that if you want to sell to a medium or large publisher, you need an agent but that getting a good agent is harder than landing a publishing deal. And that’s not far from the truth. Finding one of these rare birds to partner with can be tough, and Tina shares tips on researching, vetting, and querying to safely and effectively navigate this tricky and crucial process. Questions welcome!

 Website: https://theseymouragency.com/

Tieshena Davis

Best-selling Author and Publisher

2:30 – 3:45 PM – Friday

Think Like a Bookpreneur: Ways to Monetize Your Book Beyond Traditional Sales.

Tieshena Davis is the bestselling author of Think Like a Bookpreneur, creator of the Indie Author Legacy Awards (IALA), and the founding publisher of Purposely Created Publishing Group, an international award-winning firm specializing in author branding and development. She appears widely at professional events, teaching audiences how to leverage writing to advance their business and career goals in competitive environments.

She was recently awarded 2017 Medical Moguls Academy “Faculty of the Year”, honored as Prince George’s County Maryland Top Forty Under 40, and recognized by Examiner.com as “ 2015 Best of the Best in Publishing.

Tieshena’s advice has been featured in The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Publishers Weekly, Forbes.com and other numerous media outlets. She is a graduate of Yale University’s Book Publishing Executive Program and an active member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Website: www.publishyourgift.com

Brian Jud

Author, Book-Marketing Consultant

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Friday

How to Sell More Books More Profitably (with no returns)

Brian Jud is the Executive Director of APSS formerly SPAN. He is also the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books. Brian offers commission-based sales of books to buyers in non-bookstore markets.


Website: www.bookapss.org

Chris Gibson 

Best-selling Author & YouTube creator

4:00 – 5:15 PM – Friday

Social Media for Authors 101 (Beginners)

Chris lends his experience in publishing and marketing expertise to his clients.  Having self-published several of his own bestselling books and creating the businesses that supported them, he is able to create publishing and book launch plans that get his clients the rare top-ranking positions in market places such as iTunes and Amazon.

As well as his early background as an Executive Vice President of Marketing for several Fortune 100 companies, he is also an internationally-known and respected holistic health and lifestyle expert with four bestselling books on effective alternative healing: Acne Free in 3 Days (1,000,000+ copies sold). Chris is a sought-after expert in the self-publishing and e-publishing market and has been regularly featured on television and radio where he shares his direct experiences helping people live healthier lives. He currently has a very successful presence on YouTube and other social media platforms.

Website: www.youtube.com/chrisgibsonlive and chrisgibsonlive.com

Pierre Alex Jeanty

International Best-selling Author & Social Media Influencer

4:00 – 5:15 PM – Friday

Social Media for Authors 201 (Advanced)

Haitian-born Pierre Alex Jeanty, the author of HER.Ashes of Her Love and HIM, is an international best-selling author, publisher, and author consultant/educator who is dedicated to helping people find direction in their relationships through his poetry and inspirational books, as well as helping other authors and publishers thrive in both the writing and online branding industries. His dedication spans free resources for authors, online courses, mentoring programs, and one-on-one consulting.

Pierre became a full-time author in December 2014, launched Jeanius Publishing, LLC in 2016, and created a marketing agency dedicated to helping authors thrive in the self-publishing world in 2020. He is a Facebook marketing expert and influencer on several social media platforms.

Website: pierrejeanty.com


Eddie Price
Award-winning author 

8:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Saturday

Take It to Your Readers

Eddie Price is an international award-winning author of historical novels, illustrated children’s books, and a sports history book.  A retired history teacher from Kentucky, Price is now in high demand as a speaker/ presenter/ performer.   He represents the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua program and Speakers Bureau, performing at numerous historical sites in the United States, Canada, and England.  These events provide the perfect platform for selling his books.   “Widder’s Landing” and “One Drop–A Slave!” have garnered tens of thousands of readers, and have sold at frontier reenactments, historic encampments, pioneer festivals and national celebrations in state and national parks, historical and genealogical societies, arts councils and museums.   His children’s programs with their safety themes are popular in elementary schools throughout several states.   Eddie and his wife, Mary live in Hancock  County Kentucky.  He has two daughters, Sheena and Breanne.

Website: www.eddiepricekentuckyauthor.com

Lorna Owens

Member of the FL Bar Entertainment Section & International Public Speaker

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Saturday

Common Legal Issues for Authors and Publishers

 Jamaica-born Lorna Owens is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Law and has operated her own law practice since 1993, practicing in the area of criminal law and entertainment law. She has represented major clients in negotiating management contracts, distribution deals, recording contracts, performance contracts, and advised them on advertising and marketing.

Website: LornaOwens.com

April O’Leary

Founder of O’Leary Publishing & Host of the I’m Booked Podcast

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Saturday

Increase Your Sales with Three Simple Book Launch Strategies 

April O’Leary is the Founder of O’Leary Publishing and the author of six books. She is committed to creating books that exceed the industry standards for her aspiring authors. Because of her knowledge of the industry trends, and her team of seasoned professionals, their titles frequently achieve top rankings on Amazon. She a member of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and is a judge for their national Benjamin Franklin book awards contest. She is also the host of the I’m Booked podcast.

Website: www.olearypublishing.com

Julia S. Demkowski, MBA, CMC

Founder of the Boot Camp Series – Fitness for Your Business

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM – Saturday

Success by Design: How to plan for or grow a successful business in the publishing industry.

Julia is a leading business expert and founder of the Boot Camp Series – Fitness for your Business.  Her 30 years of professional experience includes strategic planning, financial and business analysis, organizational development, and executive coaching. She helps business owners and executives discover the fastest path to Productivity, Efficiency, and Profits.

She combines her MBA and over 30 years of professional experience to teach business owners and executives to develop and implement strategies for improved performance, growth, and profitability. She also is a trusted adviser to companies seeking effective strategies to streamline business operations, control cost, eliminate waste, and successfully manage by objectives.

Julia currently serves as a Director, Institute of Management Consultants USA and is Chapter Treasurer and past Program Chair for IMC National Capitol Region (IMC NCR).

Website: www.stanfordmc.com

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