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.
This utterly delightful debut picture book tells the relatable tale of Lola Dutch, who just is TOO MUCH! As in goes overboard with enthusiasm, goes beyond the boundaries of sense, as in borders on catastrophes along with her 4 funny sidekick friends – Pig, Crane, Gator and Bear. The expressive watercolors and delicate pencil art are literally bursting with joy and energy from the page, as is Lola Dutch herself. It is a book you could hand to a grandparent with a knowing, sly smile………”I think you may know someone like this”. Can’t wait for more Lola Dutch adventures from husband and wife team of Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright. Bonus appeal: Endpapers that turn into play scenes using the included paper doll cutouts of Lola Dutch and Bear! - Maureen