Each year the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) sponsors the FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers.

Finalists are chosen by publishing professionals and librarians from both within and outside of Florida, and are announced at the President’s Book Awards Banquet the first weekend of August.

"The FAPA award gives a work credibility. It is hard to understand a book from reading the back cover. Awards and reviews give a book a benchmark of excellence.” —James Hockenberry, FAPA 2015 Adult Fiction: Historical Winner for Over There

"... a juried book award lends a certain prestige and legitimacy to a title. Given a choice between a best-seller campaign and a book award, I'd choose the award any day!" —Tara Alemany, FAPA 2015 How to / Self-Help Winner for The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books

"Each and every award helps us to market our books. With this wonderful award, we gained exposure on the FAPA website, which will help to generate more sales." —Lee Ann Mancini, 2015 Children's Picture Book Winner for Fast Freddy

"Having 'Award Winning Author' after my name has helped with getting increased engagement in public speaking, and the public speaking in return helps me sell more books." —Jose Colon, 2015 Education Winner for Sometimes I Dream and The Magic Ice Cream Palace

GUIDELINES:

  • Author or publisher must reside in North America.
  • Acceptable publishing dates for books submitted for the President’s Book Awards will be books published between January of the previous year and May of the awards year. Example: Between January 2017 and May 2018. 
  • Books/eBooks must have a valid ISBN number, and include the year published within the book. eBooks may have an ASIN in lieu of ISBN
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry, although FAPA members receive a discount.*
  • Previous award winning titles of FAPA President’s Book Awards may not be re-entered
  • FAPA board members are able to enter books in the awards competition.
  • eBooks should be submitted in ePub 

JUDGING:

  • All entries in each category will be considered by three judges.
  • Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and multiple other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.
  • Books are submitted digitally. At the time of your submission you will need a complete PDF file of your book to be uploaded and a high quality JPG digital image of your cover consistent with the listed specifications.

FAPA Member, we are pleased that you have decided to display your book(s) in the FAPA booth at the Florida Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando on May 23-24, 2018. We are limiting the number of books accepted, so each book can get adequate exposure to the more than 600 library professionals who will be attending. These books will be for display only – no sales will take place.

According to conference regulations, FAPA members will not be allowed in the FAPA booth. However, it will be staffed by FAPA board members who will make every effort to promote your book(s). If you would like to attend the conference, you can register with the Florida Library Association at http://www.flalib.org.

All books should be sent to Jane R. Wood at the address below by May 11, 2018. A maximum of 5 books may be submitted by one member. You can also include up to 50 business cards, book marks, or post cards, which we will distribute to librarians who express an interest in your book(s).

Books will not be returned to you, but will be donated to the libraries at the end of the conference, giving you additional exposure. 

Send your book(s) with a brief synopsis for each book submitted to:

Jane R. Wood

11802 Magnolia Falls Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32258

If you have any questions, contact Jane at jane.r.wood@myfapa.org

FAPA Member, we are pleased that you have signed up for a one-hour signing slot at the FAPA Author Signing Table at the Florida Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando on May 23-24, 2018. 

The conference is being held at the Caribe Royale at 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. You will be allowed to enter the Exhibit Hall 30 minutes prior to your one-hour signing slot, and remain for 30 minutes after without having to pay for conference registration. Your name will be on a list at the registration table, allowing you to enter the hall.

You will have a 6-foot skirted table at which to sign and sell your books. Bring whatever display items and marketing materials you wish to distribute. You will be responsible for all of your own sales.

Please be courteous of the other authors who will be at your table immediately before and after your time slot. Several FAPA board members will be there and can provide some assistance if you need help setting up or dismantling your space in a timely manner.

Remember, this is not just about book sales, but also about networking and making connections with library professionals from around the state.

If you have any questions, contact Jane at jane.r.wood@myfapa.org.

FAPA Member, we are pleased that you have signed up for a one-hour signing slot at the FAPA Author Signing Table at the Florida Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando on May 23-24, 2018. 

The conference is being held at the Caribe Royale at 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. You will be allowed to enter the Exhibit Hall 30 minutes prior to your one-hour signing slot, and remain for 30 minutes after without having to pay for conference registration. Your name will be on a list at the registration table, allowing you to enter the hall.

You will have a 6-foot skirted table at which to sign and sell your books. Bring whatever display items and marketing materials you wish to distribute. You will be responsible for all of your own sales.

Please be courteous of the other authors who will be at your table immediately before and after your time slot. Several FAPA board members will be there and can provide some assistance if you need help setting up or dismantling your space in a timely manner.

Remember, this is not just about book sales, but also about networking and making connections with library professionals from around the state.

If you have any questions, contact Jane at jane.r.wood@myfapa.org.

$65.00

The ABCs of Book Publishing and Marketing 

April 28

Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) and Tallahassee Writers Association (TWA) are excited to offer this regional event in Tallahassee, Florida. 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. A networking box lunch is included in the experience. We hope to see you there!


LOCATION

DeVoe Moore Center Conference Room, 

150 Bellamy Building, Florida State University. 


SCHEDULE

9:00 Registration

9:30 Session 1: Publishing ABCs -Terri Gerrell 

10:30 Session 2: Book Format & Design - Jane Wood  

11:30 - 12:30 NETWORKING BOX LUNCH

12:30 Session 3: Pre-marketing – Rocky Porch Moore  

1:30 Session 4: Marketing – The book is here. - Mark Wayne Adams  

$85.00 - 95.00

GUIDELINES:

  • Author or publisher must reside in North America.
  • Acceptable publishing dates for books submitted for the President’s Book Awards will be books published between January of the previous year and May of the awards year. 
  • Books/eBooks must have a valid ISBN number, and include the year published within the book. eBooks may have an ASIN in lieu of ISBN
  • eBooks must be submitted in ePub 
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry, although FAPA members receive a discount.*
  • Previous award winning titles of FAPA President’s Book Awards may not be re-entered
  • FAPA board members are able to enter books in the awards competition.
  • Books are submitted digitally. At the time of your submission for a printed book, you will need a complete PDF file of your book to be uploaded and a high quality 300dpi JPG digital image of your front cover. For eBook submissions,  you will need a complete ePub file of your book and a high quality 300dpi JPG digital image of your front cover.


Ends on May 21, 2018$85.00 - 95.00
$85.00 - 95.00

GUIDELINES:

  • Author or publisher must reside in North America.
  • Acceptable publishing dates for books submitted for the President’s Book Awards will be books published between January of the previous year and May of the awards year. 
  • Books must have a valid ISBN number and include the year published within the book. 
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry, although FAPA members receive a discount.*
  • Previous award winning titles of FAPA President’s Book Awards may not be re-entered
  • FAPA board members are able to enter books in the awards competition.
  • Covers are submitted digitally. At the time of your submission you will need a complete PDF of your entire cover (front, back, & spine) to upload and a high quality 300 dpi JPG digital image of your front cover.