Book Update & Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

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ashley | One of my favourite things about being a book blogger is the connections I’ve made with certain authors and the front row seat I have to their writing journey from the point I receive an advance copy, to the day that the final issue is released. Last year, I read a book called Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton. This was a complicated and strange read, but the content was really important and the book itself stood for a great cause; author proceeds were donated to a child abuse prevention program in West Virginia.

Since receiving the advance copy, Robert has kept in touch about the publishing process of his book and some of the various transitions it has taken since it’s first release. Since I felt strongly about the importance of the book, I wanted to post about some of the new additions to shine another spotlight on this piece of work.

  • The book cover was changed to emphasize that it is a children’s story for adults with a science fiction backdrop.
  • A new blurb was written based on input from independent book reviewers.
  • Some of the stronger language was toned down, the political allegory was strengthened, and a formatting error that affected the internal dialogue in the ARC was fixed. 
  • The early tragedy is now tied much better with the subsequent comedy and satire in the final edition. A new closing line was added to the story which reflects the optimal resolution in real life child maltreatment cases, as seen by a retired children’s psychotherapist.
  • Since Donald Trump has become a household name worldwide, the political allegory in the story is much more obvious than when first reviewed. Fifteen months ago, I found this part of the story silly. Of course, almost nobody predicted the rise of Donald Trump into political power or the current events in the news. Times have changed and Robert hopes that funding for community-based programs, such as for child abuse prevention, is not threatened in reality. With all that’s happening in politics now, that’s his personal prayer — protect the kids, preserve the funding to help them. Here’s a press release that talks more about how Rarity from the Hollow predicated the rise of Trump.

Rarity from the Hollow has a Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy feel, but an undeniably important undertone that is all too close to home these days. It’s an important read for many reasons and this final edition shows this even stronger. The final edition of Rarity from the Hollow was released on November 3, 2016.  The eBook version was released on December 5, 2016.

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