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.

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. All category winners receive their medal, a digital certificate, and 10 medal decals at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet. FAPA issues a press release announcing the winners that can be sent to the media and used on an author’s website, blog, and on social media.

For 2018, eligible books may be entered in forty-three categories. There are also two separate cover design categories. Discounts are available for Early Bird Submissions. The Early Bird Submissions deadline is February 28, 2018. The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018.

“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 most recent regional workshop was a half-day event held in Northeast Florida. The theme was “Writer to Author—DIY Book Publishing and Trade Secrets for All Genres.” The workshop included presentations on identifying your audience, traditional vs. indie publishing; book layout and design, and marketing and social media. FAPA partnered with the Amelia Island Book Festival.

Please check here or subscribe to our newsletter to be notified about our next regional program.

FAPA Annual Conference and President's Book Awards Banquet

Each year, FAPA holds the premier educational and networking event for authors and publishers in Florida.

The 2017 FAPA Annual Conference was held August 4th and 5th, 2017 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 Brian Jud, Sheri Stauch and Jennifer Swanson, shared their expertise and a variety of tools needed to flourish in this evolving publishing environment. You can see more information about the 2017 conference here.

On Saturday evening, August 5, 2017, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association announced the 2017 FAPA President’s Book Awards Medalists at the Book Awards Banquet where 150 authors in 43 categories were celebrated. This annual event brought together the Florida publishing community to honor these award-winning authors and publishers. Photographs taken at the event are now available for viewing and downloading at FAPA Conference 2017.

The 2018 FAPA Annual Conference is scheduled for August 3-4, 2018.  We will be returning to the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.  the 2018 FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet will be held Saturday evening, August 4, 2018, following the close of the conference.

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