The Life and Times of Readers and Writers of Children’s Short Stories, Vol I

The Life and Times of Readers and Writers of Children’s Short Stories, Vol I

Next Gen Stories – Connecting Authors and Readers of Children’s Stories

Welcome to the first edition of our blog, The Life and Times of Readers and Writers of Children’s Short Stories. In this edition, we discuss the mission of Next Gen Stories and feature an author on the platform and one of their stories.


Next Gen Stories was launched to create an online marketplace for parents to see the latest children’s short stories from a wide range of authors. Site visitors can preview and download stories, like or comment on the stories, share their comments through social media, and cast a vote for another chapter. When choosing and downloading a story, parents can personalize the stories with their child’s name as one of the characters. In addition, parents can signup for a weekly newsletter that highlights new stories, popular downloads and featured authors. Visitors that sign up for a $36 membership get 3 stories per month.

The mission of Next Gen Stories is to provide a platform for parents with a library of children’s short stories that expands daily and authors with a place to share their short stories for children. Next Gen Stories is the only marketplace designed specifically for children’s short stories. Its intuitive interface and focused offering allows parents to find fresh stories their children will love for as little as 99¢ per story from what will soon become the largest collection of children’s short stories on the web.

Aspiring and established children’s authors can share their stories on Next Gen Stories and develop a following. Anyone who has ever written a story for a child and would like to share it can post a story. Aspiring authors can hone their skills, build a following and even attract a publisher.

Through a simple submission process, authors can submit their text, insert images and designate character names that parents can change before downloading. Authors can share their stories with the world and build an income stream. Next Gen Stories reviews submissions to ensure that they meet our basic guidelines. Once approved, stories are posted to the site for readers to preview and download for as low as 99¢ per story. Revenues are split with the author and royalty payments are distributed monthly.

This Week’s Featured Author:

Byron Bennett

Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, entrepreneur and finance professional. I started writing short stories to read to my daughter who lives in Ko Samui, Thailand over Skype. After several years of writing, I've built a collection of short stories that I would like to share with children and parents around the world.  I hope that you enjoy them and provide feedback and suggestions for new ones.

Byron Bennett has published 43 stories so far and all of them have high ratings including:

The Unicorn Adventure (4 of 4) - The Adventures Of Princess RiverStar (Ch. 33)

As Princess RiverStar raced around the corner, she saw her mother and father waiting at the foot of a rainbow like bridge. The bridge led across a smooth flowing river to a lush green pasture filled with thousands of unicorns grazing. As she climbed down off of her unicorn and was about to ask her parents where their unicorns were, her unicorn disappeared in a brilliant flash of light. Her amazement was tempered by understand when she saw a flash of light in the vast pasture. As she greeted her parents, they confirmed what she had guessed. The next challenge would be to find their unicorns in the pasture. They didn’t have to wait long before Princess BrightStar joined them. After her unicorn disappeared into the pasture, the bridge started to glow. They moved to walk across the bridge but found their way blocked. As they were discussing how to proceed, their diamonds started to pulsate softly in a slow rhythm. Holding their diamonds in their hands, they started walking across the bridge again. This time they were allowed to proceed. But, halfway across the bridge, it vanished leaving them falling towards the water. They experienced a moment of panic before they realized that the water was another portal and they were now standing in what seemed like the center of the pasture. In every direction that they looked, they could see thousands of unicorns. How were they going to find their unicorn in all them? My diamond is still pulsating softly said the Queen. Maybe it will get brighter as we approach our unicorns? She held out her hand and started walking in a wide circle. As she was halfway around the circle, her diamond began to pulsate brighter and faster. Laughing she ran in the direction of her unicorn, leaving the others to find their own way...


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