Aspiring Authors & Illustrators

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)

This is a great organization that provides advice, meetings, and much more! Once Upon A Time is honored to host the Mingle for our local SFV/Glendale chapter, check the calendar for their next meeting.

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB)

Diversity of voices and stories is important and the grassroots organization, We Need Diverse Books is a great resource for those who are underrepresented in children's publishing. 

Indie-Friendly Publishing Options

We know that there are a lot of options out there to get your book published.  We are not able to carry books from self-publishing platforms that have predatory pricing practices that directly compete with independent bookstores like Once Upon A Time.  Below are two options that are more indie-friendly and support a healthy publishing market. 

Ingram Spark

Ingram is a standard distributor for booksellers all over the country and they are now offering a publishing service.  Check out their website here for more information. 

KOBO Writing Life

KOBO is a e-reader that many independent bookstores like Once Upon A Time sell and offer on their websites.  KOBO offers e-book publishing.  More details can be found here

Best Practices

Read more about Best Practices for Authors Who Want Thier Book in Bookstores from the Huffington Post

Suggested Reading

Books that go BOO!

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt) Cover Image
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Minnie and Moo: The Night of the Living Bed (I Can Read Level 3) Cover Image

Harry Potter Audiobooks through Libro.fm

Staff Picks

Debut novelist J.J. Gesher tells an intimate, grief-filled story about Jacob Fischer - a sometimes wayward, sometimes obedient Brooklyn Orthodox Jew who breaks down after a devastating loss. Slowly rebuilding and rediscovering himself in a small-town Alabama town, Jacob has support from a cast of well-drawn characters - who also have their own demons to deal with. I loved learning more about the Orthodox Jew and the rich history of its sometimes stifling traditions, butting heads with modern sensibilities and realities. This highly readable title, right down to the very last sentence, is a natural pick for book clubs. A strong debut from the writing pair of J.J. Gesher. - Maureen