Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


For Our Members Who Publish Independently


SCBWI members at all membership levels have access to the benefits below which are designed to assist authors and illustrators in creating and marketing their independently published children’s book.  


To receive updates and information about SCBWI’s self-publishing programs and publications, members should go into their member profile and click the box that says, “Independently Published.” Associate, Full, and PAL members who check this box will receive notifications about programs and publications specifically geared towards members who publish independently.  





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SCBWI is an Organizational Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). One of ALLi’s missions is to provide its members with up-to-date information on self-publishing service providers, publishers, editors, book designers, etc. Their Watchdog Desk keeps an eye out for scammers and their ratings database flags the rip-offs and points out the valuable and worth-the-money providers.  Membership in SCBWI comes with access to the ALLi Watchdog Desk Database. Click on the link above to access.


Independently Published Book Launch Marketing Grant


A $2,500 grant to help members with the promotion of their newly self-published work. Two grants are offered annually. One grant is reserved specifically for a book creator from an underrepresented community.


Independently Published Pre-publication Grant


A $2,500 Pre-Production Grant for a member who would like to self-publish but needs help offsetting the costs.


The SPARK Award


SCBWI members who have a newly self-published book are eligible to apply for this annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route. The winner receives $1000, Spark Award seals to display on their book, the opportunity to teach a digital workshop about their publishing journey, and the opportunity to attend any SCBWI conference of their choice tuition-free.


Tri-annual Member Magazine About Self-Publishing


SCBWI members can download digital copies of The Indie Author Magazine, a publication from the Alliance of Independent Authors that is chock full of information on publishing independently. 


Participation in SCBWI’s Recommended Reading List for the Month of July 


July is “Celebrate Self-Published Books Month,” and our Recommended Reading List will focus exclusively on Independently Published Books. SCBWI Members who self-publish or publish with a publisher not on our PAL list of publishers can promote their books on the list.


Promote Your Book through SCBWI’s  BookStop Campaign


Access to SCBWI Member Illustrators Willing to Be Hired to Illustrate Your Self-Published Book 


The searchable SCBWI Illustrator’s Gallery can provide you with a list of illustrators willing to work on self-published projects. 


The Essential Guide to Self-Publishing Books for Children 

This guide is a comprehensive look at all aspects of self-publishing. It offers a nuts-and-bolts look at the seven stages of publishing; details the various self-publishing platforms; discusses marketing, promotion, subsidiary rights, and sales; and outlines models for making a living as an indie author.


Self-publishing Webinars and Sessions in SCBWI’s Digital Workshops and Conferences