Friday, July 11, 2014

Mark Wayne Adams - FAPA Fall Conference Presenter

Florida Authors & Publishers Association's Fall Conference is fast approaching. Authors and pulblishers will enjoy a line-up of industry professionals who will be presenting valuable information throughout the 2 day event. 

JLBCP is proud to be a member of FAPA, and encourages authors and publishers to take a look at all FAPA has to offer.

It's time to introduce FAPA Fall presenter, Mark Wayne Adams.


Mark Wayne Adams has illustrated over thirty children’s books in six years winning numerous children’s book awards. His work experience includes Walt Disney World Company, SeaWorld Orlando, Art Director for GSI Architectural Sign Company, and store manager for Sprint Print, Inc. Mark is now CEO of Mark Wayne Adams, Inc. and serves as President Elect for the Florida Authors & Publishers Association.

During Mark’s dynamic session: Children’s Book Design: Fun & Function learn about the fun and practical uses of Picture, Juvenile Fiction, Middle Readers, and YA books.
  • Construction: Print requirements, terminology, hardbound vs. paperback, covers, jackets, and more.
  • Supplemental Materials: Book activities, coloring pages, teacher resources, and more.
  • Merchandising: Creating products from the illustrations: CafePress, print and digital versions of books, translation, etc.
Mark Wayne Adams

Mark Wayne Adams can be reached at or via email at mwa_Inc@ Follow him on Twitter: @markwayneadams

Join Mark Wayne Adams for his presentation: Children’s Book Design: Fun & Function.  Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa1200 N Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062  •  (954) 782-0100

Mark your calendars for one of either three workshops: Children’s Book, Fiction Writing, or Non-Fiction Educational Sessions, Friday, August 8th. The FAPA’s Fall Conference 2014 on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 offers another educationally rewarding day. Florida Authors & Publishers Association invites attendees to register for the 2014 FAPA President’s Awards Banquet held Saturday night, August 9th. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JLB Creatives Publishing Cover Reveal: Cats & Mice, Twice as Nice! By Amy Sellers

JLB Creatives Publishing is proud to reveal the cover for book two of the Miss Amy’s Rhyme Time Collection.

Cats & Mice, Twice as Nice!

Cats & Mice, Twice as Nice! is a collection of whimsical rhymes and art by the multi-talented Amy Sellers. This is a book you and your children or grandchildren will love to read again and again.

The entire collection of books in Miss Amy's Rhyme Time Series:
Available now!
Book1: Snorts, Paws, Tails & Claws!
Book 2: Cats & Mice, Twice as Nice!

Coming soon!
Book 3: Can Angels Do Loop Dee Loops?
Book 4: Whooo's Coming to Dinner?

About Amy Sellers
Amy has been inspired to create art her entire life. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. In 2002 Amy became interested in creating children's books. She was inspired to help her son and many other children diagnosed with autism. In October 2011 she opened her first retail art gallery, Amy Sellers Art Gallery, in Mount Dora, Florida.

She can still be found in her gallery creating realistic, impressionistic, or whimsical art for all to see. The Amy Sellers Art Gallery is located in The Renaissance Building at 411 N. Donnelly Street, Mount Dora, Florida.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Kite #Kites #Caribbean #Water #Beach
This week's photo takes us to Disney's Castaway Cay 
Janet has titled this photo, "A Splash of Color"

Cool Fact: This photo was selected by CBS Money Talk to use in one of their articles.

Happy Creating!

On Wednesdays we're posting a photo taken by our CEO, author Janet Beasley to help inspire authors, painters, musicians, and other awesome artists. We've titled the new feature, "Spark Your Creativity." How did we come up with this? Read on...

When Janet isn't hard at work in the literary world, you'll find her and her husband kayaking the crystal clear, spring fed rivers of Florida. Janet's second passion next to writing is photographing nature as they glide through the serene settings these rivers have to offer. She and her husband also enjoy traveling the US, so you'll also be seeing some of Janet's
photos taken from hikes and journeys she and her husband have done nationwide. She has used her photos time and again for her own inspiration when it comes to many of her stories, and decided she would like to share the same inspiration with the literary and arts world.

And not to worry if you're not inspired this week, come back each Wednesday to catch a glimpse of what could "spark" your next amazing piece of work. And if you don't want to wait until next Wednesday, we'd like to invite you to visit our JLB Creatives Photo Gallery on Flickr where the photos are always free to download and use as book covers, business cards, wallpaper, etc. All we ask is that you give credit where credit is due - perhaps by something as simple as adding a credit link to the JLB Creatives/Janet Beasley Flickr site in your book or on your presentation. 

We hope you enjoy our new Wednesday feature, "Spark Your Creativity." And we want to let you know, if a photo inspires you to write a story that you would like to have considered for publication by JLB Creatives Publishing, be sure to visit our website at where you'll find our company's history, be introduced to the publishing team, discover our Submission Guidelines, and may submit your work for consideration.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet FAPA Fall Conference Presenter Jennifer Swanson

Excitement is building as the Florida Authors and Publishers Association Fall Conference is approaching. If you've not been introduced to the association and/or the conference we invite you to visit Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA)  to have a look around. Today we are featuring the literary expert, Jennifer Swanson, who will be presenting at this year's conference taking place in Pompano Beach, Florida Aug 8 - 9. 


Jennifer Swanson was born in Illinois but moved to Florida in 1996, and has been living in Jacksonville ever since. She is an award winning author of over 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. Her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, The Moms Choice Awards, and The Dove Foundation.

“My goal with my all of my books is to encourage a child’s imagination to soar. Whether it’s by showing the science of tiny microbes living in your teeth or taking on them on adventures with two intrepid pet detectives, I want children to know that reading is fun! Stimulating the imagination of a child is a great way to get a reader for life.”

Jennifer has a B.S. in Chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy and her M.S. Ed. (K-8) science from Walden University. She is presently employed as a middle school science instructor by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Learn more about Jennifer at her website: www.

During the Specialty Non-Fiction Markets session, Jennifer will share strategies from other successful children’s authors, and lead a discussion: 
  • Work-for-Hire educational publishers
  • Specialty Non-Fiction Markets
  • Marketing and Selling Non-Fiction to Schools 

Jennifer Swanson
Mark your calendars for:
  • Friday August 8th, either of three Friday workshops: Children’s Book, Fiction Writing, or Non-Fiction Educational Sessions.
  • Saturday, August 9th, FAPA Fall Conference
  • Saturday evening, August 9th, 2014 FAPA President’s Awards Banquet.  
Date:  August 8th and 9th, 2014!
Program Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062  •  
(954) 782-0100
Florida Authors and Publishers Association annual Fall Conference is coming. We offer two exciting days of conferences and professional development sessions designed to provide authors and self-publishers with the tools they need to SUCCEED AND MAKE MONEY!  Register Now!
Vendors and Sponsors can complete a Sponsor & Vendor Application now and advertise to FAPA attendees until the conference. Read more about Vendor/Sponsor Advertising Guidelines.

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