Renee GarrisonHave you ever crafted the perfect manuscript only to discover a typo after it was printed?

You are not alone.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Medieval scribes were notorious for botching their illuminated manuscripts and used paint tricks to hide their errors. But for a big mistake – for example, when an entire line was dropped – the monks got quite inventive. In a 13th-century Book of Hours at the Walters Museum in Baltimore, an English monk solved the problem of a missing sentence by writing it at the bottom of the page and drawing a ladder with a man on it, pulling the sentence by a rope, to where it was meant to be.

Fortunately, that did not happen in any of our 2022 President’s Book Awards submissions! The finalists are listed below. I am indebted to Chairman Bruce Ballister, “Judge Wrangler” Rob Jacob and all of our distinguished judges, who have earned some well-deserved sleep.

Congratulations to all of our medalists. I look forward to meeting you at the President’s Book Awards ceremony on Saturday, July 30, at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. It takes place during FAPACon 2022, so make your reservation today and plan to attend.

Don’t forget our “Practical Tips for Authors” webinars continue on Thursday, June 2, with Brenda Spaulding discussing “Audio Books.”

Renee Garrison,
Florida and Authors Association.


2022 FAPA  President’s Book  Awards Finalists

                                      (Winning titles are listed in alphabetical order.) 

Adult Fiction: General

A Boundless Place – Pamela Stockwell

Thoughts and Prayers – Lee Anne Post

When I Last Saw You – Bette Lee Crosby

 Adult Fiction: Historical

Journey To Eden -John York

The Devil’s Bookkeepers Book 3: The Noose Closes

Mark Newhouse

The Fault Between US – Bette Lee Crosby

Adult Fiction: Mystery/Suspense

December of the Dark Sun – John Chaplick

Mister Manners -L. C. Bruce

Scattered Legacy – Marlene Bell

Adult Fiction: Thriller/Horror

Phantom of the Beach – David L. Maurer

Tales from the Eerie Canal: 22 Stories of the Delightfully Dark and Creepy

Barbara Rein

The Archer’s Thread – Noel Zamot

 Adult Fiction: Romance

GLISSANDO: A story of love, lust and jazz – Debbie Burke

The Ansgar Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection – Aleksandra Layland

 Adult Fiction: Sci-Fi

All Things in Time – Eric Martell

Hall of Skulls – Jamie Eubanks

The Betrayal: Book 1 of 3 in the Blue Lotus Project – Doug Dorsey

Adult Fiction: Fantasy

Animal Lab – Bob Zeildman

The Book of Shadow – Bruce Blake

The Unintended Traveler – Richard Wayne Johnson 

Adult Fiction: Anthology/Collection

Liberty Terrace – Madeleine D’Arcy

When Women Danced With Trees – Maria Brown

Wraiths in the Cloisters: Nine Dark Tales for Sunny Days – John Prince

Adult – Non-Fiction – General

Florida’s Rivers: A Celebration of Over 40 of the Sunshine State’s Dynamic Waterways

Doug Alderson

Pirates of the Florida Coast – Robert Jacob

Stoves & Suitcases: Searching for Home in the World’s Kitchens

Cynthia Bertelsen

 Adult – Education

Pirates of the Florida Coast – Robert Jacob

Things That Keep Me Up At Night – Marie McKenzie

Trusting Your Child’s Teachers: At Times You May Disagree

Susan Fay Ryan

 Young Adult – Fiction

Blight’s Requiem – Kari P.H.

Vacations for the Young and Adventurous – Wiliam Schepens

Young Adult – Non – Fiction

What Is Coronavirus? How It Infects, How It Spreads, and How to Stay Safe

by Sabbithry Persad

Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Zilcemi’s Healer, Fire’s Mistress – Rebekah Aman

Middle Grades 6-8

My Family Secret: The Holocaust – Mark Newhouse

Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away  With It  – Susan Koehler

The Adventures of Surf Dude: The Dog of Ochlockonee Bay – Zelle Andrews

Children – Grades 3-5

Adeline in a Gymnastics Jam – Martha Louise

Harry Saves Wreck – Robert Ernst

Nel Adora And The Swamp Witch – Emily R. Baker

Children: Grades K-2

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!3 (An Underwater Adventure) – Jayne Rose-Vallee

Martin the Mouse in a Haunted House – Richard Ballo

The Little Girl Who Lost Her Sleep – Victoria Ashton

Children: Picture Book

Success – Ruthie Godfrey

Twas the Night Before Christmas…A First for Gus – Sherry Roberts

The Little Monster – Sheri Fink

Children: General

SPARKY’S RESCUE: A Place to Call Home – Deborah Burggraaf

The Golden Rule Coloring Book – Sherrill Cannon


Relentless: Homeless Teen to Achieving the Entrepreneur Dream – Natasha Miller

Slue Foot: A Black girl grows up in Midwest America – Margaret Edwards

We The Presidents: How American Presidents Shaped the Last Century – Ronald Gruner

 Cookbook/Home & Garden

Meatballs & Lefse: Memories and Recipes from a Scandinavian-American Farming Life

by Cynthia Bertelsen

Coffee Table Book

Explore & Color San Francisco Chinatown – Bibi LeBlanc

Florida’s Rivers: A Celebration of Over 40 of the Sunshine State’s Dynamic Waterways

Doug Alderson

Pirates of the Florida Coast – Robert Jacob


Master Your Exit Plan: Sell Your Business, Preserve Your Legacy – Chris Vanderzyden

Practical Sustainability: Circular Commerce, Smarter Spaces, and Happier Humans

by Corey Glickman and Jeff Kavanaugh

The #PACE Process for Early Career Success – Mark Zides

Women on Top: What’s Keeping You From Executive Leadership? – Deb Boelkes


Badass Advocate: Becoming The Champion Your Seriously Ill Loved One Deserves
by Erin Galyean

Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream

by Gustavo J. Gomez, Ph.D.


Ask The Wind – Mahnaz Badihian

Sojourners – Andrew Jarvis

The Places That Hold -John Davis Jr.


Chasing Rabbits – Rodolfo Del Toro

Faith Unshaken – Mary Ann Weakley

Relentless: Homeless Teen to Achieving the Entrepreneur Dream – Natasha Miller


Rise and Shine: Reclaiming our Rightful Place – Ann Marie Acacio

Salt & Light: The Complete Jesus – Jonathan Geoffrey Dean

Fitness / Sports / Recreation

A Short Walk on a Long Trail: A Couple’s Sauntering on the Vermont Long Trail

by Jane Blanchard


Grief 50 Questions and Answers – Richard Ballo

Heart Disease & Hypertension: Vitamin Therapy for a Healthy Heart – Bryant Lusk

Stroke and Aphasia Recovery: Metaphors Help Us Mend – Thomas G. Broussard, Jr


The Florida Motel – Jay Gilbert

 Political/Current Events

America in Crisis: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump

by Marsha Shearer

Eternal Vigilance: Guarding Against the Predatory State – Ralph L. Bayrer

The East River Ripper: The Mysterious 1891 Murder of Old Shakespeare

by George Dekle


Self-Editing for the Successful Pre-Law Student – Elizabeth Coursen

Cover Design – Adult – 

The End of Dreams – Bruce Graham

Pirates of the Florida Coast – Robert Jacob

Cover Design – Juvenile 

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!3 (An Underwater Adventure) – Jayne Rose-Vallee

Malcolm Gets An Invitation – Valerie Crowe

The Little Monster – Sheri Fink

Children’s Book Illustration

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair!3 (An Underwater Adventure) – Jayne Rose-Vallee

Lulu the Beaver – Bethany Gano

Malcolm Gets An Invitation – Valerie Crowe

A Word from Member Services

In that our members are scattered throughout the state and the rest of the country (and even into other countries), one of the few networking opportunities we have aside from the actual conference is through our website Directory.

This is where you can see other authors, publishers, cover artists, editors, and illustrators. This is where you can contact them via their website or other info provided.

But that is only IF everyone participates in filling out a profile. If not, it looks like a vast wasteland, and renders this tool useless.

I have been weeding out members who lapsed years ago, only to find out they didn’t remember getting a renewal notice. I’ve contacted several to ask that they look in their spam folders, and sure enough – there they were. 

So, I am asking everyone to do two things:
1. Check your spam folder for anything from FAPA and tell that folder, “Hey! This is not spam.”
2. Please go to and click on “login” and get to the Directory. Add your profile picture, something in the background to get rid of the generic greenish / yellowish blob with an open book, a short bio (Usually 100 words or less to tell someone why they should connect with you), your website address, and you can upload as many as THREE of your book titles. Got more than that? Great! You can add those to our bookstore by using the bookstore request.

One final thing: If you are not already in the Facebook Messenger Group FAPA Member Forum, please use this link to ask to join. It is one more way to get involved and connected.  I have invited a bunch of you via email over the holiday weekend, but just in case, use this link:

Having trouble with the directory or anything else associated with your membership? 
Don’t get frustrated and quit. Contact me at
I’m here to help. 

Upcoming Contests & Industry Events

July 7-10 SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL.

September 21-25 Novelist Inc Conference, TradeWinds Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL

The 621 Literary Reading Salon is a space for writers at every stage of their journey to gather, share, and connect. The Salon is hosted by 621 Gallery in Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

Poets & Writers has a well-organized list of conferences and residencies. You can search by event type, state, and admission.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs has a directory of over 300 conferences, centers, and retreats.

Publishers Weekly keeps a list of key conferences and book fairs, worldwide. The list is ordered chronologically.

Poets & Writers Local is an app that lets you search for conferences near you.

Shaw Guides lists local, regional, national, and international writing conferences. Organized by month.

Writing Day Workshops are full-day “How to Get Published” writing events that happen all around the United States throughout the year.

Marco Island Writers focuses on helping local writers grow in their craft through networking and resources. Store Is Open!

The Store is more than just books! Looking for supplies for your publishing business? Gifts for the authors in your world?

Support your FAPA members and FAPA by shopping at the FAPA STORE.

For FAPA members who are in good standing, you can add your books hereAll sales are fulfilled through Amazon.


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I want to hear from you! Our newsletter is designed to publicize your good news! It doesn’t have to be long – just a few sentences and perhaps a photo. If you released a book, have gotten a great review, won an award, are doing an interview, book signing, or other events, we want to share the news. Thank you!

Cheers to your good writing!

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