“How did you come to be president?”—Anna Faktorovich, PhD Interview

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.

IMG_5042Rewards 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!

 

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Outgoing FAPA President

How did volunteering make a difference?

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 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 nearly 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 to book festivals invited me to share publishing knowledge I gained through the FAPA organization. My personal network of publishing professionals also grew through educational events, social media, and annual board retreats.

As my term as FAPA President comes to a close, I’ll 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!

FAPA President’s Letter: February

February is “Love to Read Month.” A holiday designed to inspire the love of reading in children. If you’re not a children’s book author, this is not much help, or is it.

Question: “How can I keep readers engaged all year?” Answer: Give readers a reason to celebrate reading.

Most people are familiar with the standard holidays:  Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.  What many of us don’t realize are the numerous National U.S. Holidays in-between. There may be a holiday just for your readers!

My favorite example is Jane R. Wood’s book, Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess, and a Buried Treasure. Jane promotes her book annually on Talk Like a Pirate Day. During September she not only increases awareness for this book, but her entire series. Could you use holidays to promote your book?

Readers annually choose topics associated with holidays or seasons. That’s why Christmas books are not popular in July. Finding holidays involves planning. The reward to planning may be repeat success annually.

I believe many FAPA members can benefit from celebrating their books throughout 2015. Jane R. Wood is a FAPA Board Member. Connect with FAPA members online and in person to learn something new!

Mark Wayne Adams,  2015 FAPA President

Meet Mark Wayne Adams, Award-Winning Author/Illustrator/Publisher

Mark was inspired to chase his entrepreneurial dream in the 3rd grade, selling drawings to classmates. Creating books and inspiring others has always been his passion. Mark’s ability to produce quality illustrations at a fast pace and dedication to mentor others has made MWA, Inc. both successful and unique. In the past five years, his authors have won over 50 book awards and he continues to create new, successful products annually.

Mark contributes his talents and time to the community locally and nationally. He promotes reading and writing via public speaking engagements, book signings, and participation in book events from Florida to the Northeastern United States. He has been recognized through the Kentucky Governor’s School for the ArtsKACo (KY Assoc. of Counties)FAPA BoardSCBWIIBPA, and national book awards. He also volunteers his talents to the Kids Need to Read annual calendar and donates books to various organizations.

Mark’s Published Books

Mark’s Book Awards

Mark’s Associations & Affiliations:

★ Official judge of the Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award 2013–2018.

★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Board Member to President 2009–2017.

★ Independent Book Publishers Association  Since 2008.

★ SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) since 2009.

★ Storytellers of Central Florida members range from novice to professionals.

★ Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni — 1988

 

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FAPA President’s Letter: January

I’m the illustrator of forty children’s books, author of three, and publisher of twelve in six years. Today’s readers require immediate entertainment both socially and through new books. Writers and illustrators are morphing into publishers to meet the demand. I’m one of them.

The publishing education is morphing too. Facebook groups, Twitter, LinkedIn, and publishing blogs are real-time learning. Social media following isn’t enough for a modern publisher. Conferences and social events are necessary too. The best information is shared through interpersonal relationships.

I participate in both regional and national book events like Book Expo America, Decatur Book Festival, Readers’ Favorite Awards, and FAPA Conferences. I also travel four months each year as a public speaker in schools and professional organizations throughout the southeast. I learn a great deal through these professional social experiences. Until I’m asked a question, the knowledge is mine.

The same is true for the FAPA Board Members. They bring the professional experiences that benefit members no matter the social platform. Be sure to connect online and in person.

Mark Wayne Adams,  2015 FAPA President