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 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.
Read more about Best Practices for Authors Who Want Thier Book in Bookstores from the Huffington Post.
Power Forward is the perfect story for young sports fans about balancing the ideal amount of school and play. I especially enjoyed this book because it featured a young Pakistani boy and his family going about their lives as Americans. Filled with sibling banter, school-work, home-cooked meals, and family-drama, this is a book that I would give to a young reader who wants to see themselves in a story as basketball fan or as a Pakistani-American. - Jessica