FAPA Annual Conference

FAPA Annual Conference

Each year, FAPA holds the FAPA Annual Conference, the premier educational and networking event for authors and publishers in Florida.  The 2019 FAPA Annual Conference will be held on August 2 and 3, 2019 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in Orlando.

The 2018 FAPA Annual Conference was held on August 3rd and 4th, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This exciting networking and educational event offered two days of sessions with a focus on The Business of Publishing.  Industry leaders, including Charles Todd, Lisa Black, Angela Bole, and Dianna Collier, shared their expertise and a variety of tools needed to flourish in this evolving publishing environment. For the first time, the conference featured a pre-conference workshop and an onsite bookstore where FAPA members and book award medalists could sell their books.

Save the date on your 2019 calendar for this great opportunity to learn, network, and grow your business!


2018 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 are also two separate cover design categories. FAPA awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to finalists in each category. 

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the 2018 medalists were announced at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet.  Please join us in honoring this year’s winners.

“Winning FAPA’s 2017 President’s gold medal award in Adult Fiction for my novel, Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars, was an incredible honor that presented an amazing marketing opportunity in book reviews, print, radio and TV media exposure and author events of all types. The glossy medal identified my book as a winner and validated what I had felt ever since I wrote the words ‘The End;’ this book was special. I was now and forevermore, an award winning author.”
T.L. Williams

FAPA 2017 Adult Fiction Gold Medalist, Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars

FAPA Book Catalog

2018 FAPA Book Catalog

The FAPA Book Catalog offers authors and publishers who are members of FAPA a cost-effective way to promote their books throughout Florida and in the national market. This four-color catalog is distributed to bookstores, libraries, at a minimum of three regional festivals, and at all venues where FAPA has a presence.

An electronic version is available here on the FAPA website and can be sent to your key contacts. Ads in the electronic version will contain a link that will connect potential buyers directly to the website URL of your choice.


Member Deals and Discounts

FAPA members receive exclusive Deals and Discounts from our Vendor members.
These include deals for:
  • Education & Coaching
  • Editing
  • Cover Design & Graphics
  • Publishing
  • Production & Distribution
  • Marketing & Promotion
IBPA Publishing University
Regional Workshop

Regional Events

Regional events are offered for the benefit of our members and others in the publishing industry in Florida. We invite you to register for events offered in your area and of interest to you in your publishing journey.

Our most recent regional event, The ABCs of Book Publishing and Marketing, was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at FSU in Tallahassee.  This event was being co-sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association (TWA). Presenters Jane R. Wood, Rocky Porch Moore, Terri Gerrell, and Mark Wayne Adams conducted a fact-filled, informative day. Topics included current trends in publishing styles, publishing options for authors, industry standards, and book marketing strategies both before and after publication.

Check back here and sign up for the FAPA newsletter to find out about future events,


IBPA Publishing University Scholarship

As a FAPA member, you can apply for a scholarship to IBPA’s Publishing University Scholarship Program.  This annual program provides IBPA members interested in advancing their publishing program the opportunity to apply for a complimentary ticket to IBPA’s Publishing University.
IBPA Publishing University

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