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Personalising your story by J.R.Poulter
Are you seeking an additional paying outlet for you work?
A personalized version might be the answer!
Various companies take the illustrated text for children’ stories and modify them to create a ‘personalised’ version. The company will do the personalizing for you but, in my case, I chose to submit my own ‘personalised’ version’. Some of my ‘personalised’ books are coming out with Frecklebox, who have also published personalised versions of books by friends.
Having a ‘personalized’ edition does not prevent you from still seeking out publication of your original text. Contracts are non-exclusive.
If you are publishing with a small company, they might be interested in adding the option of a personalized version of your story for sale digitally.
How do you do it?
“The little boy clapped his hands gleefully! The thing in the grass glittered up at him in rainbow colours. He tried to grab it! “Oh!” he exclaimed, the beautiful thing had moved, just out of reach…” [JRP]
Becomes: “Edward clapped his hands gleefully! The thing in the grass glittered up at him in rainbow colours. He tried to grab it! “Oh!” Edward exclaimed, the beautiful thing had moved, just out of reach…” [JRP]
For rhyming stories, a refrain can be added in to provide the ‘personalised’ element. An example from an upcoming ‘personalised’ version “Ten Little Heroes”, a picture book with a counting element, illustrated by UK illustrator/animator, Alex Slack:
FOUR Little Heroes flying to the moon,
One said, “I’m Space-man!
See you SOOOooon! ”
Oops a doops, a whoopsie there!
Mike to the rescue! Mike is here!
Once you have the hang of the text conversion process, you might choose to offer personalized versions of your digital books [e.g. on the App Store, Utales.com, Kindle, Nook, Adobe Digital editions, etc], or self-published children’s books from your own website/store.
Dandelion Down by J.R.Poulter 08
A little bit of feather fluff
Stood up on its tippy toes
To see the way the wild wind blows.
It stretched so high, a little puff
And the dandelion down
Was blown around
Wherever the wind chose!
It danced upon its tiny feet
Across the flowers beds and street.
It twirled and whirled!
Whole worlds unfurled,
Fern fronds and rosebuds
It danced until the arms of earth
Reached for the child that it gave birth.
Dandelion seed swirled softly down
To cuddle deep into the ground.
When she awoke from winter sleep
She laughed in the sun then
She longed to leap!
Pandamonium! By J.R.Poulter
Where his belly button’s at
He thinks it’s moved, but it might be
That Panda’s getting fat!
He’s also found his toes are all
Slipping fast from view
Underneath an overhang
That’s made of Panda too.
He’s got a taste for honey
When he should be eating greens!
Didn’t listen to his Mummy
Hid his bamboo shoots and beans!
He has to exercise he’s told
Or he will get so big,
He’ll be just like a roley ball
And look more like a PIG!
Come on Panda, Panda do
Have a waggle, waggle, wiggle,
Wag your tum and bottom too!
Waggle, wiggle, wiggle, jiggle,
What a giggle!
You join too!
Come ‘n join him, join in wiggling!
It’s more fun when there are two
To wiggle jiggle giggling,
Even MORE when there’s a few!
Panda’s dancing! Panda’s dancing!
Do you fancy dancing too?
Come’n join him! Come’n join him
There’s room for ALL of you!
Oh dear, the floor is sagging
From the stompy bompy feet
The foundations are all caving in
SCRASH! We’re in a heap!
Oh that was fun!
Let’s go some more,
But better do our dance
I fell in love with this introspective little Panda and thought I’d bring him out of his shell – Joy thought that was a good idea too! This was the result!
Joy’s website is http://joystewy.com/illustrations.cfm
This poem and illustration feature in a book we are preparing for Sharing Books [www.sharing-books.com]
The Catattooist’s Claws by J.R.Poulter
The Cat Tattooist has the claws,
For executing what he draws.
He has the inks and, yes, I think
The dark imagination!
You needs be aware
He’s the stuff of nightmares,
With a black sense of humour
As sick as a tumour….
He’s not what you’d expect,
But you have to respect
A cat with such skill and precision!
His needle nails click,
Cut, colour and prick
The lines in designs
And colours so fine
Your back is one ‘hell’ of a vision!
ANYTHING you can dream
He can draw so it seems!
Dragon jaws, tiger claws
Vampire fangs, all those thangs
For a rat
One swipe of his claw
And you’re gizzard to maw
Like a taxiderm’s mummy!
REFLECTION UPON THE SELF PORTRAIT OF MATTIAS ADOLFSSON, by J.R.Poulter
Nice shade of Blue!
Do you do other Hues too?
A puce or vermillion
Could look like a Million.
Heliotrope’s a nice shade
But a bit prone to fade….
Just tan is so boring,
Common White isn’t scoring
Can you really bare to be inked
And then there’s yellow
Well that ‘s a tad mellow…
At least on the fashion track.
I do think blue
Looks good on you!
Would you colour me too?
[This is brave stuff – he has also done a selfportrait as a merman, or is it being half eaten by a sharkodile? I might have to do a wacky wordage on that one too…]
[Illustration by Mattias Adolfsson]
The Queuing by J.R.Poulter
What shall we do?
Let’s form a queue!
You cannot form a queue right here
Because it’s not to anywhere!
What’s it matter what it’s for?
It’s better than standing round being bored!
Me to the front.
No that won’t do!
You behind me.
What, can’t you see?
Well goodness me gracious
You’re NOT efficacious!
NO need to swear,
The piggle will hear!
The piggle has peedled himself with fear….
Now, where’d they all go?
How should I know!?
No one’s queuing,
Just piggle on his own boohooing,
“I weedely wodely wunt be awone!” *
[*Loosely translated piggleese – “I really and truly am awf’lly alone and I don’t want to!”]
Mattias has an utterly wild and wonderous blog [http://mattiasa.blogspot.com/2008/07/stekare.html] on which this funny sketch features. It was too good to pass up – I HAD to write the story in the picture – sort of uncontainable verbalaging! The result was the humorous poem appendaged on to Mattias’ artwork [Yes, Mattias did have first peak – just in case it freaked him out of his creative space. ]
Oh, Come a Bummer Do! © J.R.Poulter
Sifting salted peanuts
In between their teeth,
It’s the ooby gooby men
Who’ve come to cause us grief!
Ickle them, tickle them,
Pickle and prickle them!
Bum tiddlee um tum, bum bum BOOOO!
Run, run quickly
The traffic jam’s ickly stickly!
The oobie goos spread it too thickly
And now we’re all slushing in ooh!
Bum tiddlee um tiddlee,
What are we to do?
Alas, the iggle piggle
Nottle wattling where he wiggled
Came a proper cropper,
Went a whopper head o’ topper
In the ooby gooby gooo.
Bum diddlee um, ummm, Oh BUM!
When he went bumpty, dumpty,
Piggle thumped um up complumply!
He squashed the ooby goobies,
Squished them into blobs of doobies…
Now we’re FREE OF OOBY GOOBIES!
Diddlee um, diddlee bum, BOO HOOO!
Another trawl through the marvelous mayhem on Blog Mattias [http://mattiasa.blogspot.com/2008/07/stekare.html] found this – “Doodles”– the Bum caught me eye – no, don’t even try and deny that you see it – then came the refrain “bum tiddlee um tum bum bum!” If you don’t do something about a niggly little nonsense like that it will drive you nuts – so I gave way and “Oh Come a Bummer Do!” is the result….
Dragon Party started in similar vein – I was on a bus and the phrase came to mind “drooling dragons dribble by”. I dare you to deny extended life to a phrase like that – it HAD to be poemated!