Wow! We’re back from FAPAcon 2022, the annual conference of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
Five of our authors won medals.
And our brains are overflowing.
Held in Orlando, we learned more about topics such as podcasting, author blogs, social media, book covers, and marketing. John gave a presentation on page design and fonts. The keynote speaker was Craig Pittman, an award-winning environmental reporter who kept everyone engaged with his incredible stories.
A number of sponsors, including Hallard Press, had tables promoting their services and products that would be of interest to publishers and authors.
There was no lack of networking. The Friday evening event on The Verandah brought attendees together for drinks, snacks, and lively conversations. Informal get-togethers and conversations over meals and drinks at the Book Awards Reception saw old friends and new acquaintances making deals, getting help, and setting up future get-togethers.
The high point of the two-day event was the presentation of medals at the President’s Book Awards Celebration on Saturday evening. Outgoing FAPA president Renee Garrison and incoming president Robert Jacob handled the presentations.
Five Hallard Press authors won medals in five of the 30 categories. Congratulations to each of you:
Ann Marie Acacio—Religion/Spirituality
Rise and Shine: Reclaiming Our Rightful Place
Barbara Rein—Adult Fiction: Thriller/Horror: BRONZE
Tales from the Eerie Canal: 22 Stories of the Delightfully Dark & Creepy
John Prince—Adult Fiction: Anthology/Collection: SILVER
Wraiths in the Cloisters: Nine Dark Tales for Sunny Days
Slue Foot: A Black Girl Grows Up in Midwest America
Marsha Shearer—Political/Current Events: GOLD
America in Crisis: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump
Click the link to access any of the winning books on Amazon.
Books from several countries were entered in the competition and included winners across the US as well as from Canada and Ireland.
The next FAPA Presidents Book Award opens for submissions in mid-September. We’ll keep you informed.