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PERSONALISING YOUR STORY – an additional outlet

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.

Wacky Wordage No 15 – Soupilifications by J.R.Poulter, illus by Mattias Adolfsson

House Tree Lower by Mattias Adolfsson

House Tree Lower by Mattias Adolfsson

Soupilifications by J.R.Poulter

“Soup”, said the little bird up in the tree,

“It’s SOUP they want to make of me!”

O> O> O> O>

“Disgusting!” the parrot replied, but he lied.

He’d helped brew the stew of the others who’d died.

O> O> O> O>

The little bird looked at his trembly wee feet

And went , Tweeeeeeeeeeeeeet….”

O> O> O> O>

“Alas, ‘tis sad,” the parrot sighed,

“Come sit on the branch here, by my side.”

And the parrot preened, stretching his wings out wide.

O> O> O> O>

“You have big wings, I could curl up and hide…”

The wee birdy twittered. The parrot obliged.

That was the last that was heard of wee bird.

O> O> O> O>

So here’s a tip for you or whoever,

Birds of a feather should NOT stick together

If one of them’s on the menu ever!

Wackily whimsical wordage No. 9 – Dandelion Down – banner by Constance Wong

Dandelion Down, banner by Constance Wong

Dandelion Down, banner by Constance Wong

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

All uncurled!


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

Once again,

She longed to leap!

Wacky Wordage Number 7 – “Pandamonium” – inspired by Joy ‘Stewy’ Steuerwald

Joy Steuerwald's Panda

Joy Steuerwald

Pandamonium! By J.R.Poulter

Panda’s contemplating

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]

Wacky Wordage Number 6 – “The Catattooist” – This one is Nick Harris’s fault!

Nick Harris's Catattooist

Nick Harris

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

And more….




EVER ask

For a rat


One swipe of his claw

And you’re gizzard to maw

Laid out

Like a taxiderm’s mummy!

Wacky Wordage No. 5 – Self Portrait of Mattias Adolfsson

Solf Portrait of Mattias Adolfsson

Self Portrait of Mattias Adolfsson


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

In pink!

And then there’s yellow

Well that ‘s a tad mellow…

Black’s back,

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…]

Wacky Wordage – Number 1- Mattias Adolfsson’s responsible for inspiring this

'Let's Form a Queue', by Mattias Adolfsson

[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!


Oh dear……

The piggle has peedled himself with fear….


Now, where’d they all go?

How should I know!?


Nothing’s doing,

No one’s queuing,

Just piggle on his own boohooing,


“I weedely wodely wunt be awone!” *


Go home!


[*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. ]

Wacky Wordage – Number 2- nonsense poem by J.R.Poulter + Mattias Adolfsson’s “Doodles”

Oh, Come A Bummer Do!

'Doodles' by Mattias Adolfsson

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…


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!