“Rarity from the Hollow” reboot update

The final edition of Rarity from the Hollow was released to Amazon on December 5, 2016. For a limited time, the eBook version is on sale for $2.99 at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017REIA44/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk

A sale on the paperback version began yesterday: https://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/dp/190713395X/

Author proceeds contribute to the prevention of child maltreatment: http://www.childhswv.org/ A listing of services that are supported can be found here: https://chocolatepages.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/book-spotlight-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/comment-page-1/#comment-2331

About “Rarity from the Hollow”:

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Managing rejection

I’m taking the plunge and putting some work out there. Publishing is the goal for me.  I’m looking for a nibble from either an agent or a publisher. I’d be happy with either, as the immediate aim is to move my work up to the next level. Let’s face facts: writers write, but authors publish.

In order to improve my chances, I recently attended a ‘how to pitch’ workshop with Writers Victoria (a really useful day!). I’ve also been reading any and all, articles and blogs from publishers, agents and other writers to glean what I can from their experiences.

As part of the process I have:

  • rewritten my pitch
  • prepared a nifty synopsis
  • updated my author bio
  • double checked my manuscript to make sure that it is at submission standard
  • made a list of places to apply to
  • checked their websites to determine what their individual requirements are
  • found out to whom to address my inquiry (check websites, annual reports and more importantly look at the ‘acknowledgement’ sections in similar books, you’ll find the publishing team members included)
  • drafted a cover letter/email
  • sent off three inquiries

Results so far: Two rejections. One outstanding. Sounds like a downer. But these have been different from previous rejections. Instead of standardised emails (or nothing at all), I’m receiving personalised ones – including one with actual advice (really!).

What next?

  • Keep checking and re-checking my application materials
  • Apply to another set of businesses
  • Remember that the rejection is not a rejection of my writing (I have enough independent feedback now to know that my writing is of industry standard)
  • Monitor the feedback – it may be a case of industry folk not being able to sell my work, at this point in time
  • Don’t give up!