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Science Fiction Screenplay ‘Space Drifter’ Seeks Film Options and Sale for Production

In 2015, the science fiction feature film screenplay ‘The Space Drifter’ was submitted to the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition by author and screenwriter, Shaun M Jooste. It was nominated for the best feature film screenplay by the judges, with the following comment:

Sci-fi is notorious for being difficult when it comes exposition. However, you have created a world with solid bones and great potential.

Following on the successful nomination of the film screenplay, we are now seeking representation in either the optioning of the script for a 12 month period or the sale of the screenplay.

The screenplay’s logline also won the 2017 Logline of the Year award on the Wild Sound Festival site for the for the CRIME/MYSTERY Festival. The details of the submission was as follows:

Title: The Space Drifter 

Written by: Shaun M Jooste 

Type: Feature Film 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure 

Logline: A woman is found drifting naked in space, with no memory of who she is, how she has destructive abilities or why she is immortal. She sets out to find an imprisoned space drifter like her, only to be hunted by those terrified of who they may be…. and who they may become. 

If you are looking to produce a space travelling science fiction film with a hint of fantasy, we would love to hear from you and your offer. There are some special effects in the script, with at least 3 major locations, but we will share more details on this with those of you who show your interest.

You can read the logline and a brief synopsis on the Wild Sound Festival site , Stage 32 profile and on the screenwriter’s blog. If you would like to know more details or indicate your interest, please complete the form below:

 

 

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Science Fiction Short Story Anthology Open for Submissions

We’re breaking into the New Year with a call for submissions! Last year, we published CEA Into the Beyond Volume 1 in ebook and paperback, which was the debut science fiction collection. We had several new writers featured in that volume, and the anthology did relatively better than the others.

We are now preparing for the second science fiction anthology, with a few writers already writing about at their stories. We are extending an invite to anyone who would like to be part of the anthology. We need about five more writers to be considered for acceptance into the volume.

So if you’re into science fiction and love writing short stories, we would be happy to hear from you. We have a Writer’s Agreement that is standard with all our writers, and a basic summary to the agreement can be read here below:

  • No writers or publishing fee;
  • Royalties split between publisher and writers;
  • Writers retain copyright to their stories, while publisher retains right to entire volume;
  • Stories of up to 10,000 words accepted, preferably sent in MS Word format for easy transfer into anthology working document;
  • Any sub-genre of science fiction is accepted, as long as it is science fiction;
  • Each story will feature a cover image and a writer bio;
  • Must be willing to join our Discord channel where we discuss all book publishing details;
  • Option to become a member of the Celenic Writers Guild for further writing opportunities.

So if you see chance to have your work published in our anthology, feel free to contact us with the form below. We are looking at a deadline of 15 February 2019 and would like to start as soon as possible.

 

It’s a New Year, and Our Publishing Site has a New Look!

Welcome to 2019!! And welcome to our new website!

We’ve been threatening to redo our website ever since we expanded our business model last year. We moved from simply publishing books to, well, so much more. Our site still only showed books that we published, and much of what we had taken on as a company was lost to the audience.

Well, no more…

As you can see by our menu bar, we do so much more than publishing books now. We have spread across much of the writing industry, incorporating other entertainment media such as games, movies, music, and also included writing news, opportunities and training.

You may think that we have taken on so much more, but we’ve actually been managing all these divisions over the last year. All we have done is increased efficiency by bringing it all together and managing it under one roof.

Our home page explains everything we do now, but for ease of reference, here are our branches within Celenic Earth Publications:

  • Celenic Book Publishers: publication of novels, novelettes and short story anthologies, mainly fiction, as well as adaptation of games or movies into books.
  • Celenic Game Studios: partnering with game developers to supply writers for game stories, as well as adaptation of novels or movies into games. CGS also releases news on games and the gaming industry, namely on AIR Entertainment.
  • Celenic Film Studios: partnering with movie producers to supply screenwriters for film scripts, as well as adaptation of novels or games into films.
  • Celenic Music Studios: partnering with music producers to supply lyrical writers for songs, as well as integration of music into films and games through our partners.
  • Celenic Comic Central: publication of comic books, comic strips for magazines and newspapers, and celebrating comic developers around the world.
  • Celenic News Publishers: key focus on news with regards to writers and the writing industry, with a focus on newsletters and magazines.
  • Author Mentor Studios: training writers and developing their skills further.

 

Feel free to browse our website. We will be updating our social media in the next few days to incorporate all our branches, as well as releasing new logos for our new brands, so watch our for news on that.

Final note: We are aware that the site may not spread over the width of computer screens at the moment, but our techies are on it!

Happy Holidays!!

Yes, it is that time of the year again where we get to unwind and prepare for the next year ahead. It has been quite a year for us, being the first full year we have been in business.

And with that, Christmas is around the corner, and the holiday that so many of us will get to enjoy. We also keep in mind those that still need to work during this time, and many of those that cannot enjoy the holidays due to some difficulty that they are going through.

This brings to mind our charity fundraiser, which we are doing for our local orphanage. We are putting together some books for the orphans, who have a small library, but not enough books for everyone to enjoy. And since we are primarily a book publishing business, we would love to get some literature together for them.

If you would like to know more about this initiative, please click on the link: Holy Cross Orphanage Christmas Book Collection.

We would also like to announce that Celenic Earth Publications is closed for the holidays. You may still see some advertising and promotions, especially with Christmas around the corner, but all Submissions are closed for now. You can still submit for next year on our Submission page, but we will only be attending to those when we reopen on Monday 14 January 2019.

We sincerely hope you all have a fantastic holiday season and remember, we might be closed for business, but the books in our Library are for sale all year round. Our distributors will make sure you still receive our books. 

May you have a Happy Christmas, New Year, and any other holiday you may be celebrating!

 


Shane Pace’s ‘The Adventures of Johnny’ Now Available at an Online Store Near You!!

We have a brand new author in our midst! Over the last few months, we have been working with our new writer, Shane Pace, in finalising his very first fantasy fiction book, The Adventures of Johnny. And we are happy to announce that Shane is a fellow South African, Cape Townian, which makes us so very proud.

 

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The Adventures of Johnny tells us a few tales over a number of chapters about a young boy named Johnny. It will very much appeal to the younger generation and teenagers today, who very much have an active imagination. It is very reminiscent to the Chronicles of Narnia, in the way the adventures unfold in each chapter towards the climax of the story.

If you are a fan of magic, mystery and action, and so very young at heart, then this book is perfect for you. We will be spending the first few weeks of 2019 getting the paperback in our local Libraries, as well as libraries in the United Stated, United Kingdom and Australia. If you would also like to see copies of this in your library, give us a shout in the comments and we will see what we can do.

For now, feel free to visit our page in order to discover where you can buy this wonderful gem.

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Black Friday Ebook Sale! 25% of all Ebooks!

Welcome back to Black Friday! It is that time of year again where we celebrate Christmas early by buying tons of products at a discount price. And for our products, you don’t have to stand in line!

We are having a massive sale on all of our Ebooks! From Author Shaun M Jooste’s collection of fantasy and horror novels, to our very own short story anthologies, to the fantasy and horror books of Dean Clark…they are all on sale.

So head on over to our Smashwords profile page, have a look at our selection, and choose which ebooks you will be taking virtually home today. Remember, this is a 1 day sale only, so make sure to buy it before the sale ends tomorrow!!

 

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Our Second Fantasy Anthology has been released!

Today marks the auspicious day that our CEA Past your Reality Fantasy Anthology Volume 2 is released! It is one that we are rather excited about. Our fantasy books and anthologies in our Library have always done well, and we are sure this new anthology will do just as well if not better.

The Ebook and Paperback is now available on Amazon. We are awaiting approval from our other expanded distributors, and as soon as they are available we will make our page available for you to be able to order from them.

It has been a pleasure as a publisher to work through these stories for this collection. These are really great tales told to you by nine fantastic writers, some of whom are already well-known published authors on Amazon.

So go ahead and order your favourite version of the anthology today!

 

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Here are the writers and their stories that you expect to find inside:

Cynthia and Roy C. Booth– No Good Deed Goes Unbetrayed
Donna Marie West – Dorothy and the Orbs
Grannd Kane – Stranger’s Shadow
Angelique Pacheco – Psychedelic Mystery Solvers
Natalie Rivener – A Snake for Argannon: A Scroll of Yrthull’s End
Ryhen Knight – Odin is Coming
Shane Porteous – A Hard Kill to Swallow
Vittorio Leonardi – Wand

If you have pre-ordered and received your copy today, kindly let us know what you though of it.

 

Our Second Fantasy Anthology is available for Pre-order!

Celenic Earth Publications is happy to announce that our second fantasy anthology is finally available for Pre-order! We have been working hard the last month to finalise our second fantasy collection, and we hope that it will bring as much success as the first CEA Past your Reality volume did, outselling all our other anthologies except for CEA Greatest Anthology Written, our world record anthology of 108 short stories.
CEA Past your Reality 2 cover

Right now the pre-order of the ebook is available on Amazon while we set things up with our other distributors. Both the ebook and paperback will launch on Monday 12 November 2018. So make sure you don’t miss out.

Here are the writers and their stories:

Cynthia and Roy C. Booth– No Good Deed Goes Unbetrayed
Donna Marie West – Dorothy and the Orbs
Grannd Kane – Stranger’s Shadow
Angelique Pacheco – Psychedelic Mystery Solvers
Natalie Rivener – A Snake for Argannon: A Scroll of Yrthull’s End
Ryhen Knight – Odin is Coming
Shane Porteous – A Hard Kill to Swallow
Vittorio Leonardi – Wand

We will be setting up the CEA Past your Reality Volume 2 page shortly, and will let you know once you can have a look at it and order directly from us or through our distributors online, from anywhere in the world!

 


 

 

Spring Paperback and Ebook Giveaway: Celenic Earth Chronicles Epic Fantasy Trilogy

Our first book giveaway at the end of Winter went very well. We received a great number of responses, for which there was one paperback and nine ebook winners for the CEA Greatest Anthology Written volume.

And now with Spring upon us, it is time for our next giveaway. This time, it is not just one volume, but three books that we have up for grabs!! That is right, we are offering 1 set of the epic fantasy trilogy, Celenic Earth Chronicles, to one lucky grand prize winner, with nine winners each obtaining the Legendary Decennial Anniversary Ebook edition, with all three volumes in one complete volume!

The Celenic Earth Chronicles is the first epic fantasy volume in the Shadowolf book series by Author Shaun M Jooste. It follows the adventures of the hero, Shadowolf, on a planet where magic is found in all of nature, specifically with the five elements of Wind, Water, Fire, Earth and the human Spirit. Taking inspiration from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist, and Stephen R. Donaldson, it is a world rich with magical creatures, powerful lore and rich mysteries that only epic fantasy can provide.

If you would like to know more about each volume, feel free to visit our Library pages:

  • Windfarer (first published 2007, republished 2015)
  • DragonRider (first published 2008, republished 2015)
  • Sadgi (first published 2015)

 

So if you would like to take part in this competition, simply subscribe to our Newsletter. We are aiming for subscriptions up until 30 September 2018. And if you are already subscribed, just comment on our Facebook page under the relevant post that you are and would like to take part, and we will be sure to include you.

 

Celenic Earth Chronicles giveaway

Winners will be notified of their prizes on in the beginning of October 2018. Entries from anywhere in the world are welcome.

 


 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

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Director: Celenic Earth Publications

Joint Owner: AIR Entertainment

Author, Screenwriter, Poet: Blog

GameWriter: Antreya Studios; PeaHead Games; Celenic Games Studios (coming soon)

Second Horror Anthology CEA Through the Dark #2 Released!!

For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the release of our next horror anthology: here it is!!

We are proud to bring you our next selection of horror short stories from some new writers. Some of these writers were featured in our world record anthology, Greatest Anthology Written. And Andi Hodgetts brings us Part 2 of Stonehurt, following the introduction to this scary tale from the first CEA Through the Dark Volume!

Here are the writers with their stories:

  • Andi Hodgetts – Stonehurst Part 2
  • Grannd Kane – The Dwarven Mask
  • Dan Allen – Urges
  • Robbie Jackson-Keenan – Gares End
  • Alex C. Gates – Drowning
  • Kevin Damen – Slumberless
  • Macaylin Govender – Weird Book
  • Duane Ratswander – The Rat Crisis

Feel free to visit our Horror Anthology page to see the collection, or visit the book’s page below:

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Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

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Director: Celenic Earth Publications

Joint Owner: AIR Entertainment

Author, Screenwriter, Poet: Blog

GameWriter: Antreya Studios; PeaHead Games; Celenic Games Studios (coming soon)