New Release: “Blachart”, Book 1 in the Galaxii Series – 2018


I’ve been writing stories basically since I could hold a wax crayon, and this book is in that respect a milestone for me. Why? Well, you may ask that question, but the answer isn’t a simple one.

While you may recognize the name of this book, “Blachart“, you won’t recognize the cover! If you read it before, and were to read it again now, you would notice a few changes. For one thing, there are illustrations in color (eBook versions), and while the plot remains unchanged, the flow of events within are more refined and there is a good deal more story to it. The book is also a good deal longer than it was before – nearly twice the length as a matter of fact. This is book 1 in The Galaxii Series, titled “Blachart“, and the new version is now available via Lulu.com and Smashwords, and should be through their networks of retailers too, shortly. 

I started working on the foundations of what would become this story when I started high school in 1986. Back then, it was called “The Red Star”, and it featured the some of the same characters, and the story plot was unrecognizable. By 1988, the basic plot had evolved into the story of a starship Captain rescued from being marooned in space, and the introduction of the formidable Corsairs – and a character then called Black Heart. By the time I’d finished high school in 1991, and been drafted into the army, in January 1992, I had a rough idea where I wanted the story to lead. But life was hectic, and tended to get in the way.

Eventually, in February 1998, I finished the last rough draft, then still in hand-written form! And then it lay fallow for some time longer, while a lot of other things unfolded in my personal life, in terms of gender identity, self-discovery, and career. In 2003 I finally typed and edited that draft on a PC, and launched into the modern way of writing novels. It was far easier and faster to type and edit on a PC than doing rewrites of my books by hand!

In 2005, after years of struggling to find a publisher to take on Blachart, I first self-published the book in its original, most basic form on Lulu.com, and then ran several updates over the intervening years in content and cover. In the meantime, I’d also published several of its sequels.

In 2005 and 2007 I created new covers for The Galaxii Series in its entirety.

When I was picked up by a so-called ‘traditional publisher’ in 2014, Blachart was the first book they re-released. By the time it was released in 2014, Blachart was around 49,600 words long! Apparently that’s not very long by today’s standards, but to put it into perspective, most novels by the great Terry Pratchett are only around 50,000 words long – and I always felt that if it was good enough for him, it was good enough for me! That aside, if a story can be told well in whatever space of words, then that should be good enough too.

But as I do so often, I digress; For a number of years since 2016, when I went indie again, I’ve been working on later books and new projects. Several weeks ago, since finishing editing and publishing of most of my parent’s works, I took a look at the channels through which my books have been distributed – and decided that I should also place my titles at Smashwords to gain access to their distribution network also. Smashwords have different publishing formatting requirements to Lulu though, and and so I had to reformat the entire manuscript to meet their technical specifications! It looked daunting at first, but I’m a quick study and in the end it wasn’t as hard as I initially thought.

While I was at it (the most dangerous words known to humanity) I spotted a couple of editing errors left over from my “traditional” publishing days, and set off to check the whole manuscript for more. This sparked off another edit, and then I added a little bit here, and a little bit there… and before I realized it, a drastic complete rewrite was underway!

I evaluated each sentence. I added a stack of more material… back-stories and extras that would enrich and enhance the overall experience of what I had envisioned as the Galaxii Series! Two weeks later, the Smashwords Edition of Blachart was finished! Then I designed a fantastic new cover which would also form the basis of a template for the entire Galaxii Series. I also decided to include some illustrations in the book, to make it more attractive. I’m pretty sure I succeeded!

Read more about this book: Plot, synopsis etc [SPOILER ALERT].

 

 

See also:

About The Galaxii Series

Now, at over 84,000 words, Blachart is available via Smashwords (eBook) and Lulu (eBook and Print). I will also be updating the Lulu Ebook and print versions to match, soon.

Order: Paperback (Lulu) / eBook (Lulu) / eBook (Smashwords)

Details:

  • Published: Fifth Edition, May 10, 2018
  • Pages: 250
  • Words: 84,098 (Flowing Text eBook)
  • Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
  • Dimensions (inches): 6×9″ tall (US Trade)

Cheers! I’m off to start working on the redraft of “Demonspawn” 🙂

 

 


CHRISTINA WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! A few good words go a long way! Please leave your REVIEWS on Amazon, AnobiiApple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Bol, Book Depository, eBookMall, FictionDB, Fnac, Foyles, Goodreads!Indigo, Kobo , Lulu, Lybrary, Nook, Smashwords, Takealot, 24 Symbols – or wherever you see Christina’s books – or just send her an email via the Contact form!


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