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

Exciting new signed books!

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Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1) Cover Image
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Harry Potter Audiobooks through Libro.fm

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The fantastic follow up to McGee’s first Ryan Quinn adventure for middle grade readers will keep your adrenaline high, your heart thumping with suspense as the pages fly by. Ryan is once again teemed with his funny sidekick, Danny, a kid computer genius “aka” hacker, as well as numerous others. Ryan’s last adventures didn’t really include his parents, who are members of a secret Emergency Relocation Committee, who help at-risk people get out of their countries to safety. This time, Danny and Ryan are in a fictional African country trying to help old ERC friends and their parents are in the middle of the action with them. Reading the 1st adventure is not necessary in this high octane thriller for action-adventure fans. Perfect book for Rick Riordon, James Patterson or Stuart Gibbs fans. - Maureen