FAPA Annual Conference

2018 FAPA Annual Conference

Each year, FAPA holds the FAPA Annual Conference, the premier educational and networking event for authors and publishers in Florida. The 2018 FAPA Annual Conference will be held on August 3rd and 4th, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. This exciting networking and educational event will offer two days of sessions with a focus on The Business of Publishing.  Industry leaders, including Charles Todd, Lisa Black, Angela Bole, and Dianna Collier, will their expertise and a variety of tools needed to flourish in this evolving publishing environment.

Discounted Early-Bird Registration is now open for the 2018 FAPA Annual Conference.  Purchase your tickets before May 31, 2018, to take advantage of the great discounts.


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 may be entered in forty-three categories. There are also two separate cover design categories.FAPA awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to finalists in each category. Winners are announced by email and listed on the FAPA website in early July.  The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018. 

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the 2018 medalist will be honored at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet.  All category winners receive their medal, a digital certificate, and 10 medal decals. 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

2018 FAPA Book Catalog

The 2018 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 will be distributed to bookstores, libraries, at a minimum of three regional festivals, and at all venues where FAPA has a presence.

An electronic version will also be made available 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.

Only authors and publishers who are members of FAPA or 2017 FAPA President’s Book Award Winners can submit a title or titles to appear in the 2018 FAPA Book Catalog.


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
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 next regional event, The ABCs of Book Publishing and Marketing, will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at FSU in Tallahassee.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association (TWA).

Whether you’re a first-time author, an experienced writer, or a publisher, The ABCs of Book Publishing and Marketing will put you in the know for today’s rapidly changing publishing industry. Join presenters Jane R. Wood, Rocky Porch Moore, Terri Gerrell, and Mark Wayne Adams for a fact-filled, informative day. Topics will include current trends in publishing styles, publishing options for authors, industry standards, and book marketing strategies both before and after publication.

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