Since I had some stories that were really unmarketable by me in any traditional form I could think of -- fantasy folktales, when one only has three of them, are a very narrow niche -- I decided to see what could be made of them. I commissioned a cover by the extremely talented haikujaguar
, whose site is Stardancer.org, prodded at the stories for a while, and eventually... The Bear Prince
The Bear Prince (and other fantasy folktales) is a collection of three folktales from a fictional universe. When small magics are real, what stories do parents tell their children at night? What tales do storytellers spin, so their listeners will toss them a few coins? Find out, in "The Bear Prince," "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool," and "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight."
(Note that the middle story contains language that may be inappropriate for Earthly children.)
I am, even now, considering if I want to tweak the middle story to make it suitable for Earthly children. The kids of the fictional setting would have no problem with it, but it is just one line and it does adjust which categories and tickyboxes I use, and the other two stories don't have that issue.
(Edit: Alas, I have compromised Artistic Integrity to woo the tickybox. The change is being uploaded now.)
When I have determined if I'm going to make that change or not, I'll authorize it for other venues, such as B&N's Nook-store, and the Apple iBookstore.
Word-count is a bit over 6,000 words. 35% of the book is available as a sample. Cost for the whole thing is $0.99, so that it can appear on the Apple iBookstore. I would have chosen a different price (probably more like 49 cents), but Apple won't go that low.
I am very excited to present this ebook to the world!