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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MARCH 2013
63
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
Foreign Service Books: Growth in 2012
Foreign
Service
Books, the
AFSA book
publishing
division,
expanded
in 2012 as
a major new book project got
under way. Former Foreign
Service Ofcer Harry Kopp,
the author of
Career Diplo-
macy
, has delved into the
AFSA archives and is writing
a history of the American
Foreign Service Association,
to be published in 2014. Two
more book projects are in the
planning stages.
Inside a U.S. Embassy
con-
tinues to be the anchor pub-
lication for Foreign Service
Books, and the book did well
in 2012. Since publication of
the all-new edition in April
2011, AFSA has sold more
BY SHAWN DORMAN, FORE IGN SERV ICE BOOKS EDI TOR/PUBL I SHER
than 20,000 hard copies
and more than 1,000 digital
copies, bringing the total for
the three editions to over
100,000 copies. Successful
sales led to a second print
run in October. In 2012, the
State Department purchased
another 5,000 copies of
the book for outreach and
recruitment.
In April,
Inside a U.S.
Embassy
received the gold
medal from the Independent
Publishers Book Awards in
the “current events-foreign
afairs” category. The book
also won the bronze medal
from the Axiom Business
Book Awards in the “career”
category. These two awards
illustrate the way that the
AFSA book continues to
serve the dual purpose of
being an introduction to the
Foreign Service and diplo-
macy, as well as a career
guide for those who might
consider joining.
FSBooks was repre-
sented in 2012 at Book Expo
America in New York City
in June, the world’s largest
international event in the
publishing world. AFSA’s
participation at the expo was
sponsored by our distributor,
Potomac/Books Interna-
tional.
Inside a U.S. Embassy
was on display and FSBooks
Editor/Publisher Shawn Dor-
man attended as an exhibitor.
Inside a U.S. Embassy
continues to be one of AFSA’s
most successful outreach
tools. The book can be found
in more than 250 libraries
Inside a U.S. Embassy
receives a gold medal from the
Independent Publisher Book Awards. Pictured here, Editor
Shawn Dorman and an “IPPY” representative at the awards
ceremony in New York City in June 2012.
Inside a U.S. Embassy
on display at the Potomac Books/Books International
booth at Book Expo America in June 2012.
worldwide, including librar-
ies in Australia, Singapore,
United Arab Emirates, Bah-
rain, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece,
Rabat, Poland, Morocco,
Netherlands and Canada, as
well as nearly every state.
The book has been adopted
for more than 50 courses in
the U.S. and overseas, and is
required reading for a num-
ber of courses designed for
military personnel. It is even
available on the
M.V Explorer,
Semester at Sea’s shipboard
campus, a college program
administered by the Institute
for Shipboard Education and
academically sponsored by
the University of Virginia.
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