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Award-Winning Authors Celebrate!


Diane Harper winning FAPA awards   Laura Godfrey winning 2015 FAPA Award

Congratulations to Get Book Savvy clients Diane Harper (D.W. Harper) and Laura Merrill Godfrey for being recipients of the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards.

Diane’s Lost Twin, an adult fiction book, is a page-turner, and also received an award for cover design.

Laura’s Air Diet Cookbook is a great resource for anyone trying to cook allergy-free recipes.

By the way, France Keiser also won an award for her new Pelican Pete’s Backyard Adventures: Nature Discoveries and Outdoor Fun, and Jane Wood won for her latest juvenile fiction book, Lost in Boston.

These awards are especially meaningful because they are judged by librarians from five different states.

All of the books can be found on Amazon or on the authors’ websites.

Great Learning and Networking Opportunity



Thinking about publishing a children’s book, but don’t know how to do it or where to begin? Get your answers without the Internet hyperbole. Join Frances Keiser and Jane R. Wood at the University of North Florida on Tuesday June 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. More Information & Registration


Children’s Book Week

It’s time to celebrate Children’s Book Week, May 4-10, 2015. Children’s Book Week was established in 1919, and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Some suggestions on how you can celebrate:

  • 2015_poster, Childrens Book WeekRe-read your favorite children’s book and recapture the magic.
  • Read to a child and share the magic with them.
  • Donate a children’s book to a non-profit group that supports literacy.

How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week?

Want National Exposure for Your Book?

You’ve done the creative part – now it’s time to sell that book!ad-fapababy

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association has purchased a booth at the 2015 BookExpo America in New York City on May 27-29, 2015. BEA is the largest book and author event in the country, and the best place for new titles to be discovered.

Members of FAPA can have their books displayed in the FAPA booth for $150 per title. Only 100 titles will be accepted. Ads in the FAPA Display Catalog can also be purchased for as little as $25 by authors displaying their books.

Deadline for books to be submitted and for ads in the catalog is April 15, 2015. For details on BEA and to join FAPA, visit the FAPA website.

Year of the Goat Authors

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It’s the beginning of a 2 week Spring Festival in China and the Year of the Goat (or sheep, or ram.) According to the Chinese Zodiac, goat people are the most artistic. As for the literary arts, some of the well-known authors and poets born in the Year of the Goat include:

1775, Jane Austen, Charles Lamb
1787, Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth
1799, Alexander Pushkin, Honoré de Balzac
1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Thackeray, Horace Greeley
1835, Mark Twain, Raffi
1847, Bram Stoker
1859, Arthur Conan Doyle, Kenneth Grahame
1871, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Marcel Proust
1883, Khalil Gibran, Franz Kafka
1895, Robert Graves
1907, Daphne Du Maurier, Astrid Lindgren, James Mitchener, Dorothy West
1919, J.D. Salinger, Richard Scarry, Doris Lessing
1931, Clive Cussler, E.L. Doctorow, William Goldman, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Tom Wolfe, John Le Carré
1943, R.L. Stine, Sam Shepard, Nelson DeMille, Janet Evanovich, Peter Straub
1955, Geraldine Brooks, John Grisham, Jay McInerney
1967, Laura Hillenbrand, Meg Cabot

Get into the the Spring Festival mood and start the book you’ve been thinking about or take the steps to getting it published.

FAPA Fall Conference, August 8-9

FAPA-LOGOSave the Date – August 8-9, 2014

Florida Authors and Publishers Association Fall Conference

Writing, Publishing and Marketing Books: Maximizing Sales

Hear Brian Jud, Vic DiGenti, Mark Wayne Adams, Patricia Charpentier and more.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott – Pompano Beach Resort and Spa

For details, go to

Sell More Books

Increase Book Sales

Through Niche Marketing


Join Fran Keiser and Jane Wood and learn how to increase your book sales.

Authors generate most of their book sales from their target audiences and niche markets. Identifying your target markets, even before you complete your book, can be immensely helpful in generating future sales. In this class, you’ll learn how to identify, reach, and promote your books to your audiences using creative marketing strategies.

University of North Florida, Herbert University Center
Tuesday, June 16, 6:00–9:00 pm
Register Now

Children’s Book Publishing Panel

FWA book panel offers insights into writing and publishing children’s books

Kid ReadingChildren’s literature is a hot market, but finding success can be a long and frustrating venture for writers. The Florida Writers Association’s (FWA) Ponte Vedra Writer’s chapter will spotlight four authors who followed different paths to success at this month’s meeting on Saturday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library. They’ll tell their stories and answer questions in a special panel discussion program titled, “Writing and Publishing Children’s Books.”

Members of the panel include Jules Coffey-Santella, Frances Keiser, Jennifer Swanson, and Jane Wood. Jules—and like Cher and Madonna, she’s known by and writes only under her first name—has written stories and articles for children’s magazines and authored the middle grade chapter book, Daniel and the Jumbies. The book is based on the adventures of a young boy exploring the beautiful Caribbean Islands and its folklore for the very first time.

Frances Keiser and her husband founded Sagaponack Books in 1999 as the home press for their Pelican Pete environmental books. Frances is the author and husband Hugh the illustrator. She has authored two book series, which have won six national awards, writes a weekly newspaper column, and co-owns, with Jane Wood, Get Book Savvy, an author services company to educate people on publishing and marketing their books.

Jennifer is the author of over 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. She’s received numerous awards, and her books in the “How Things Work” series were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top Ten Books for Youth. She has a B.S. in chemistry from the U. S. Naval Academy, and an M.S. Ed. (K-8) in science.

And Jane is the author of four juvenile fiction books, owns her own publishing company, and uses her experiences as a former classroom teacher, newspaper reporter, and television producer in writing and marketing her books. Because her books are compatible with many schools’ curricula, she is invited to speak at schools across the country.

FWA is a statewide, non-profit organization with over 1,200 members dedicated to the support and networking of both aspiring and published writers in any genre. The meeting is open to members and non-members alike. For more information on FWA visit For more meeting information, email FWA Regional Director Vic DiGenti, at

Finding Other Markets for Book Sales

In our class on Niche Markets we teach authors to get creative in finding other places besides book stores where they can sell their books. Jane recently did a book signing at the CostCo in Altamonte Springs, Florida; and Frances was a vendor at the World Golf Village Farmer’s Market. Both venues provided good visibility for their books, as well as additional sales. Next class on Niche Markets at UNF is June 10.

CostCo book signing, Altamonte Springs (640x480)   World Golf Village Mkt, Fran and Kathy D. (640x480)