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 LitMingle for our local Montrose 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

Harry Potter Audiobooks through Libro.fm

Staff Picks

We all know one of those dogs who just CAN’T keep their paws out of puddles; Percy the Puddle Pug is one of those dogs. Percy lives for finding puddles of all kinds—they are Percy’s pride and joy. But when a storm comes through and causes trouble for some local puddle inhabitants, Percy gets the chance to use his love of puddles for something mighty! This book is a truly fantastic read-aloud, and the illustrations make the story absolutely come alive with adorable puggy, puddly delight! Don’t miss the sequel, Thunder Pug!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel