Aspiring Authors & Illustrators

How Can I Get Published?

Bookstores are at the last stop for a book before they reach a reader. There is a long chain of people that support each book published. If you are looking at publishing your book we recommend reading this article from Penguin Random House about the process and browsing the resources below. 

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. 

Our recommended production + distribution alternatives. Print and ebooks Blurb and Lulu. For audiobooks Author's Republic and Scribe Media. Information courtesy of

Print and eBooks


Helps self-publishing authors create, print, promote, share, and sell their own print and eBooks. Learn more about Blurb


Explore Lulu as a source that offers guides and templates to self-publish, print, and share print or digital books. 

Ingram Spark

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


Author's Republic

The Author's Republic helps authors, publishers, and rights holders share audiobooks to a network of global retailers.

Scribe Media

Try Scribe Media as a publisher that helps authors write, publish, and market books outside of traditional publishing routes.

Best Practices

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

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