Local author pens kid's spinoff

By Geoff Lee

June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

BOOGERS, ESCARGO, ET. AL. Ann Campbell poses with her fourth and newest children's book. MIKE D'AMOUR LLS PHOTO

Ann Campbell has self published her fourth children’s picture book titled, snot, snails and salamander tails, in lower case.
It will be on sale soon on consignment at Lloyd Wine Outfitters, Verses, and the Lloydminster Museum for $13 a copy.
The Lloydminster senior said the book is a spinoff tale about a troll derived from The Three Billy Goats Gruff Norwegian fairytale.
“He’s still trying to eat the billy goats like he was in the original story,” said Campbell about her storyline.
The troll, she said makes stew every day from the snails and the salamanders that are in the river, and craves a goat in his diet.
“But, he also has a runny nose and a cold, so that’s where the title came from,” she said.
The book is illustrated by Marianne Harris of Red Deer, and targeted for kids ages three to seven.
The demographic market fits her past, teaching kindergarten to Grade 1 for roughly 23 years in Lloydminster and Kitscoty.
“It sort of gives me a connection to the kids,” she said.
“Sometimes I get to go into classrooms and do readings; I like reading to kids—I did it for years, and I still like doing it.”
Campbell worked with FriesenPress, an on demand print company for self-publishers to produce a first run of 300 books.
“It’s expensive to self publish a book, so you can’t afford to do it very often,” she said.
She says she has lots of stuff written for a future book.
Her dream is to get picked up by a book publisher with mass distribution, but she said that’s extremely difficult to do.
“I absolutely love writing; it’s a very rewarding thing to do for yourself,” said Campbell, who added she worked on her current book for two years.
She said eventually you also want to share it with other people by publishing it, but she believes big name-book publishers make it next to impossible.
Campbell said they get thousands of manuscripts a year, and publish just a few.
“It’s very competitive; that just makes you go through the self-publishing route,” she said.
Campbell says her writing has become a small business, with her books for sale by mail order on her ivycottageink.com website.
Her website notes show she was born and raised in Lloydminster and is married to her husband Rob.
The couple has three sons and four grandchildren.
When she’s not writing, Campbell does a lot of volunteering in the community.

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