BookExpo was once a group of traditional publishers with a sprinkling of indies. As an expo attendee from 2008–2017, my observation of traditional publishing is stagnant content published with a 1950s business model. A new world of publishing has evolved due to the contagious enthusiasm of indie business models.
Indie publishers not only bring new and original content, but publish it well. This has created a shift within hybrid to self-publishing businesses, offering authors once unattainable reviews, awards, and national marketing opportunities.
In 2017 BookExpo changed their name and limited indie inclusion. The expo suffered in size and attendance. Ingram Content Group is now one of the largest BookExpo exhibitors, offering workshops at BookExpo like “How To DIY Publish.” Robin Cutler, an upcoming FAPA Annual Conference speaker, participates in Ingram’s growth and is a resource in FAPA’s vision for members’ success.
—Mark Wayne Adams, SYP Kids Creative Director & FAPA Past President
Faktorovich: How did you come to be president and board member of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association? For how many years were you a member before you were elected/ nominated to the presidency? Were you actively volunteering your time and energy for the association to make your candidacy? What would you recommend to somebody new to an association that wants to attain these positions?
Adams: For over five years I’ve served as a Board Member for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA). From day one, I brought the same drive and vision used in my publishing business. My main concern was, how much time would volunteering take?
During my terms as VP of Communications to the President, I illustrated over 30 picture books. 15 of those were published for other authors. My marketing efforts included more than 90 school visits each year, encouraging over 100,000 students annually to write and illustrate books. Creating and marketing books while serving as a board member had challenging but manageable moments.
Rewards to volunteering began with the creation of annual conference sessions, and grew into implementation of new programs like the BookExpo Display Opportunity and the national FAPA President’s Book Awards growth. Writers’ conferences and book festivals invited me to share publishing knowledge that I gained through the FAPA organization. My personal network of publishing professionals also grew through educational events, social media, and annual board retreats.
I remain active in the organization as Past President—mentoring future board members and members. My goal has always been to make a positive impact on FAPA through guidance and encouragement. Unexpectedly, FAPA positively impacted my publishing success. Volunteering was the greatest reward!
Read the complete interview with Mark Adams, Award-Winning Illustrator with Anna Faktorovich, PhD
Congratulations to Linda Smigaj, Eddie Price, and M.W. Adams! Their books: Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!, Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series, and OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters, were selected as medalists in the 2016 Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President’s Awards. Gold, silver, and bronze medalists will be announced at the 2016 FAPA President’s Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Hilton Orlando/Lake Buena Vista Hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The awards banquet follows FAPA’s Annual Conference: Capture Your Publishing Dream. Over a dozen publishing professionals including Eddie Price will speak on topics from intellectual property to niche marketing. The annual conference not only open to FAPA members, but also authors and publishers nationally. Hotel reservations can be made at FAPA’s group rate of $126.00 at Hilton Orlando/Lake Buena Vista Hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Once again, congratulations to Linda Smigaj, Eddie Price, and M.W. Adams!
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