Daring to share


Now that I’m getting ready to field test my stories with some local children, I thought it was about time I posted a sample here and invited feedback.

So here is the first story of the five I have written so far.

Remember, the idea is to publish picture books, so that readers will ultimately have a fully illustrated book to enjoy. Right now you will have to use your imaginations.

Please be honest in your comments, but be constructive.




Ginny Giant



The Dragon


Helen Earl


There’s a Dragon in My Soup!

Ginny Giant sat down to tea:

Her favourite soup – ham and pea.

Her mother went to get some bread

“Careful, it’s hot!” her mother said.

Ginny sipped; but what’s this she’s found?

Something big and hard and round.

Ginny frowned, “That’s not a pea!”

“What is this inside my tea?”

As she looked, the round thing broke

And out of it came a puff of smoke!

“A dragon’s egg!” hear Ginny whoop

“There is a dragon in my soup!”

“Now don’t be silly, Ginny dear

What would a dragon be doing here?”

“The backstroke, mum, if I’m seeing it right

He’s really cute, but he gave me a fright.”

“Eat your tea, stop playing games.”

“Come see for yourself, he’s blowing flames!”

Her mother looked, and sure enough

The dragon gave another puff.

The dragon climbed from Ginny’s bowl

By using her spoon as a pole

He flapped his wings to get them dry

But though he tried, he couldn’t fly.

“Well, I never!” Mrs Giant said,

“He’s wearing a peapod on his head!

I wonder how I brought him home?

Dragons are not known to roam

Up in the mountains they survive

Where they are left alone to thrive

I’ve never seen one in the trees

Let alone in soup with peas!”

“He’ll never get back on his own

He’s only young; he needs a home.

Can I keep him? Let’s ask Dad

He’ll be the best pet I’ve ever had!”

Mrs Giant shook her head,

“I’m not so sure,” her mother said,

“A dragon would be hard to tame

And there is danger from his flame.”

“I promise, I will take great care,

To part with him I cannot bear.

“I’ll call him Sweetpea, my new friend,

We’ll stay together to the end.”

When Mr Giant got home that night

He was greeted by the strangest sight.

“Goodness gracious, look at that!

A baby dragon, with a peapod for a hat!”

By Helen Earl


My Picture Book Stories


I have written a series of 5 (so far) stories which I’d love to have turned into children’s picture books.

They collectively form The Adventures of Ginny Giant and Sweetpea the Dragon

As of January 2014 I am seriously looking into getting them published.

I am connecting with authors and publishers on Twitter.I’ve always loved reading, and have been writing fan-fiction for over 20 years. Writers are my kind of people!

I have followed links to sites and posts giving advice.

I have already started to follow some of this advice. Hey, I’ve started this blog!

  • I haven’t had my stories illustrated. I can’t draw myself and all the articles I’ve read suggest that publishers like to assign their own artists.
  • I’ve registered the copyright on my stories with an online site. This is to protect me from copyright theft by members of the public at large as I move to the next stage: doing market research.
  • I am arranging to ‘field test’ the stories with some children I don’t know.
  • I am looking at the ‘who’ and the ‘how to’ of getting a literary agent.
  • I am researching children’s picture book publishers. So far the one I’d most love to carry my books is Little Tiger Press. I adore their books, and they fit best with the ‘vision’ I have for how I’d like my stories to look.
  • I am looking ahead to new titles I can add to my series. I have a long list of ideas and intend to make sure that amidst the process of trying to publish the first five, I don’t forget to write more!

Wish me luck!