Sanibel Author/Book Publisher Wins Scholarship



HIGHLAND CITY FLORIDA – May 3, 2010 – Kyle L. Miller, children’s book author and owner of Jungle House Publications, Sanibel Island, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the national IBPA Publishing University.  Offered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the annual two-day event is scheduled for May 24–25 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

"Attending the IBPA Publishing University," says Miller, "will give me the opportunity to learn from some of the most renowned experts in the publishing business.  The knowledge I gain will help me build a more efficient and successful publishing business.  My main areas of interest are publicity, promotion, and bookselling, both on and off the Internet.  I am also looking forward to meeting distributors as well as networking with other publishers."

Miller is a member of both the Florida Publishers Association, Inc. affiliate and the parent group, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).  IBPA provides each affiliate group scholarships for to up to two qualified members who want to grow their businesses.  The FPA Board recommended Kyle Miller, and Dr. Pedro Soto of Dade City, from a slate of five applicants, and the IBPA Board agreed.

The IBPA Publishing University, now in its 26th year, offers courses in all aspects of book publishing.  Topics include traditional aspects of publishing, as well as newer topics, such as ebooks and social networking.  Miller will also attend BookExpo America, the largest publishing event in North America, to be held in New York City immediately following the Publishing University.

"At the BookExpo America I will be taking several courses that will provide strategies for increasing book sales. Some of the courses are, "Designing and Executing an e-Strategy for Authors", "Kids and the eReading Experience", "From Writer to Reader", and bookselling strategies on Amazon."  Miller explains. "I am also looking forward to learning about new strategies in e-marketing and social networking."

Ms. Miller will give a presentation on her Publishing University and BookExpo America experiences to attendees at FPA's 2010 Publishing Ed-U-Conference, scheduled for October 8–9 at the Helmsley SandCastle Hotel in Sarasota.  She will also write articles about what she learned for the group’s FPA Sell More Books!  Newsletter.

Miller's publishing company, Jungle House Publications, was established in 2005 to bring her first children’s book, "DILLO - A Baby Armadillo’s Adventure on Sanibel Island", to the retail market.  Jungle House Publications maintains a focus on wildlife storybooks for children, and has subsequently published "DILLO - The Coloring Book" and "The Mysterious Creature", both written and illustrated by Randon T. Eddy.  Kyle’s next children’s book, "Snowy Pea & the Ghost Crab", illustrated by Randon T. Eddy, will be released in late summer.

Florida Publishers Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit, statewide professional association of publishers, self-publishers, authors and others interested in book publishing in Florida.  It conducts educational conferences, seminars and workshops throughout Florida and is affiliated with the Association of American Publishers, the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Small Publishers Association of North America and the Florida Center for the Book.  FPA is also a member of the Florida Library Association and the Florida Association for Media in Education.  Florida Publishers Association members are primarily located in Florida but includes members nationwide and internationally.

Betsy Lampe, Association Executive
Florida Publishers Association

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