we are way more than just a book shop

about our publishing company

As an indie bookstore, we wanted to bolster indie authors and help them publish books. That’s what this endeavor is all about.

Way back in December of 2015 (yeah, we know that was a while ago), we announced that we were accepting submissions for a brand new publishing imprint launching in 2016. And then 2016 happened. And, well, we all know how that went. We were able to get everything back on track in 2017, and we are finally launching our first set of three books in 2018.

Our goal with this new publishing imprint is to give voice and platform to independent authors and artists. We’re working from a hybrid publishing model, which means that our authors and artists get to keep all the rights to their own works just like with self publishing, but we take some of the profits to help with production, marketing, distribution, and all the behind-the-scenes tasks that make book publishing possible. The model is a lot more lucrative for authors than a traditional publishing model, and they get support and marketing they wouldn’t get if they self published. And we, as an indie bookstore, get to support them and publish books we’re passionate about. Everyone wins! 

So, what’s the absolute best thing you can do for yourself today? Take the day off? Nah. You need money. Soak in a hot bubble bath? Too much work. Sit and stare off into space? Getting warmer.

How about TREATING YOURSELF TO SOME BOOKS? Doesn’t that sound lovely? You could curl up with a nice cup of [insert drink here] and get lost in a world that’s not ours (because let’s face it, ours is terrible). Besides, if you don’t buy these books, you’re probably just going to spend this money on something dumb anyway. It’s not like you’re going to save the world with it. Be honest with yourself, you’re probably going to use it to buy some unnecessarily large cup of coffee or fast food because you didn’t feel like cooking. Don’t spend your money on something dumb like food. Spend it on something awesome like books. 

We truly believe in all three of these books, and we know all of our customers will enjoy them. You can find more information on the books and their authors below. 

our collection


This Gregory Maguire-esque young adult epic fantasy novel takes all the characters you know and love from the classic tale of Peter Pan and reinvents them through a newer, darker, grittier lens.

Captain offers us a fresh view of one of the most feared characters in all of literature, the sinister Captain Hook, and asks us to decide for ourselves who the villain of this tale truly is.

This is a must-buy for fans of Once Upon a Time, Wicked, and retold fairy tales.

Written by Artie Sievers

Illustrations & Map by Meghan Davis

Front Cover Design by Ali Solino

2 Stegs Cover

the two stegosauruses

The awkward stegosaurus and the clumsy stegosaurus are too strange and weird for the other dinosaurs. Can they overcome their own self doubt and work up the courage to speak to each other?

Empowering, inspiring, and relatable, The Two Stegosauruses will warm your heart and show you that no matter how weird you think you are, you are not alone.

This cute story will appeal to fans of All My Friends Are Dead and T-Rex Trying, to kids, and it makes a great gift!

Written & Illustrated by Daniel Glaser

Alligator Bayou Crawfish Cover

alligator, bayou, crawfish

Alligator, Bayou, Crawfish is the most NOLA alphabet book on the market. And yep, we just made “NOLA” an adjective.

From alligators to oysters to voodoo, these are the ABC’s your mom and them taught you.

With New Orleans themed illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, this charming book makes the perfect gift for babies or for anyone who loves New Orleans!

Written & Illustrated by Ali Solino

our authors

artie sievers

Artie Sievers, author of Captain, has been a lot of things: an actor, an Army medic, a carnival dunking booth operator, an arts administrator, a narrator, an author, and a composer. He received the 2017 KSF Artist of Choice Award for his musical The Goree All-Girl String Band. Artie also runs the super popular (read: vaguely known) Instagram account @catsatthemet, where he’s on a lifelong mission to find every single cat that appears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He lives in what the Lenape once called “The Great Maize Land” with his two cats, one of whom is a real girl.

daniel glaser

Daniel Glaser, author and illustrator of The Two Stegosauruses, has created fun experiences for others ever since he started drawing cartoons for his classmates in second grade. A New Orleans native, he graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School while attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) for Visual Art. He attended college at the University of  Louisiana at Lafayette, where he graduated in Computer Animation. Daniel loves to code and build applications that help the daily lives of other people. He currently works as a software engineer when he is not drawing or playing board games.

ali solino

Ali Solino, author and illustrator of Alligator, Bayou, Crawfish, is a former art director and dedicated ice coffee drinker who was born and raised on the West Bank of New Orleans and graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She currently lives in the New Orleans metro area.

Ali is a mom, a wife, and a huge believer in the power of daily acts of kindness. She’s inspired by the little joys of everyday life.

Fun fact: Ali designed the Tubby & Coo’s logo and the front cover of our fantasy novel Captain!

our backers

If you supported this project through crowdfunding, we would like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU! By backing this project, you not only supported us as an indie bookstore, but you also supported THREE independent authors. Our authors will get to keep all the rights to their own works while we help with editing, cover design, distribution, marketing, and all the behind-the-scenes tasks that make publishing books possible. Thank you so much for supporting our endeavor to give voice to independent authors.

general backers

Katie Anderson * Valerie Andrews * Rebecca Autin * Elizabeth Barbin * Allison Becnel * Lori Becnel * Laurie Bolanos * Eric Botnik * Jayne Boudreaux * Patti Bourgeois * Austin Bouse * Thomas Bowen * John Breerwood * Tanner Broughton * Madeleine Broussard * Kimberly Cadena * Debbie Cobb * Caitlin Cooper * Kirsten Corby * Jack Craft * Ashley Daigle * Nicole DeAbate * Renee Delesdernier * Grant Ellis * Jennifer Ferguson * Josephine Frank * Samantha Gatzman * Nathaniel Glaser * Caroline Guerra * Matthew Guevarra * Jon Guimbellot * Katie Higgins * Wendy Delery Hills * Diane Huber * Wanda Hurley * Rachel Koehl * Trilby LaCoste * Katie Lambert * Julie Landry * Ben Lawlor * Kelly Madere * Amanda Maixner * Nancyjo Malone * Constance Mancuso * Haniel Martino * Jerrie McFadyen * April Mok * Donna Moran * Shereen Naser * Gladys Palacio * Sarah Perniciaro * Jason Pollentier * Destinee Finnin Ramos * Roland Ricca * Kanako Richard * Emily Rini * Lindsay Risinger * MacKenzie Sanders * Jenny Schwartzberg * Heather Searles * Billy Sievers * Jeffrey Sievers * Arlette Smith * Louise Smith * Julie Starnes * Allison Tebbe * Stephanie Thibeau * Lauren Thurman * Aaron Tifft * Aaron Weidenhaft

collection & gold level backers

Lora Amsberryaugier

Mark Burlet 

Jason Carpentier

Cristina Cavicchia

Hannah Ha

Emmett Johnson

Linda M. Johnson

Michele Frye

Sean Huber

Tim Maxam

Gordon McClellan 

Jerrie McFadyen

Zachary Mohr

Lindsey Reno 

Platinum level backers

Colleen C. Moore

Bethany & Josh Neptune

William Sievers

stay up to date

publishing updates

  • Unfortunately, we must announce that we have to push back our publishing date for our books. We are having major issues with our printer that are out of our control. We want to ensure that the books are the best quality possible, so we’d rather push back the date and […]

  • Books are still available for pre-order All our books are still available for pre-order through Friday, May 18th, so please help us spread the word! Certain packages and exclusives are no longer available, but folks can still pre-order the books. Anyone who wishes to place orders can do so on […]

  • Now that our publishing venture is fully funded, we will be posting bi-monthly updates showing the progress we’re making on all our books. We thought it might interest our customers to learn more about the publishing process and everything that goes into it behind the scenes. Currently, we are in […]

  • Meet Daniel Glaser, author of The Two Stegosauruses, our dinosaur cartoon book for both kids and adults being released in Spring/Summer 2018! Daniel has been creating fun experiences for others ever since he started drawing cartoons for his classmates in 2nd grade. He graduated Cum Laude from Benjamin Franklin High […]

  • Meet Ali Becnel Solino, author of Alligator, Bayou, Crawfish, our NOLA children’s alphabet book being released in Spring/Summer 2018! Ali was born and raised on the West Bank of New Orleans and graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude […]

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