FAPA2020 Book Awards Submissions

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 authors and publishers. This year we have opened the competition from North America only to the English speaking world. We hope to encourage entries from all who share our complex and wonderful language.

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.

2020 Submission Guidelines

  • 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 2018 and April 2020.
  • Books/eBooks must have a valid ISBN and include the year published within the book. eBooks may have an ASIN in lieu of ISBN.
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry.
  • 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 PDF format.
  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Entries received before midnight January 15, will qualify for a $20 discount.

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GCWA 2020 Writing Contest

GCWA

WRITING CONTEST 2020

Gulf Coast Writers Association 2020 writing contest opens October 1, 2019.
Writing Contest is open to GCWA members and the public — adults 18 and over, youth 11 to 17

writing contestPrizes by Category — Fiction, NonFiction, Poetry, and Children’s Stories

FIRST PRIZE ($100 cash)
SECOND PRIZE ($50 cash)
THIRD PRIZE ($25 cash)

 Deadline:  Postmarked by January 31, 2020

For entry forms, guidelines, announcement, and more go to
https://gulfwriters.org/contest/

How Long Will You Love Me?

by Patti Brassard Jefferson

Whether it’s a question from a child to a parent or an adult to their significant other, that question probably gets asked more than you think…even if it just stays in your head and you are the only one who hears it. Patti Brassard Jefferson’s creative first book starts with the question and each page gives a warm, rhythmic reassurance — “I promise I will love you ’til…” Along the way to the definitive answer, you will see shopping frogs, tanning dolphins and blues-playing bunnies. The sun drives a fancy car, an octopus writes love letters and baseballs grow on trees! (All of these silly characters are also hiding a heart for you to find on each page.) So just how long will I love you? The answer is perfectly clear in this book!

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Jefferson — 365 Bright Ideas

365 Bright Ideas to Market Your Indie Book: An Author’s Practical Guide to Daily Marketing

by Patti Jefferson

You may think you’re marketing your book effectively, but you’d be surprised at some of the research, targeting, and promotion you might be missing. Learn how you can do so much more — even with limited time or finances! Introducing a simple guide for independent authors to do at least one task every day that promotes themselves as authors and their books to readers.

Four ways to choose your daily task:
1. randomly
2. based on time availability
3. based on financial availability
4. start at the beginning and work to the end

Each Task Features:
– time and cost estimates per task
– step-by-step instructions including checklists and Q&A
– results tracking (do more of what brings results; less of what doesn’t)
– calendars to schedule reoccurring tasks
– tips to customize your marketing

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the elephant

“Stories You’ll Never Forget”

Join the showcase of oral storytelling performances. We breath new life into this ancient art of one person sharing a story with another. Tellers tell their tantalizing tales. This is HUGE! Unforgettable! Captivating and fun! Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table. Emcee: Dr. Joel Ying

Fort Myers, Florida

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Alliance for the Arts,
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919

Tickets: $20 non-members / $15 members
Box Office: (239) 939-2787
Online: https://artinlee.org/event/elephantstories/
Featuring: Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Rhonda Brazina, Tashahara Jallad, Christopher Pritchard, Lori Cornelius, Stephen Cavitt, Lisa Leonhardt, Marilyn Graham, Robin Schulte