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The Guinness World Record Anthology has reached 100 stories!!

And there it is, folks. We have done it. As of last night, just before midnight in South Africa, we reached the 100 story goal for our attempt at a Guinness world record for the Most authors contributing to an anthology of short stories. It has been a long 2 months since we started in July, but the team has been great and we have finally reached our goal, 1 day ahead of the deadline.

So now the fun begins. The official launch date is 30 September 2017. This means that we will be putting this giant anthology together in paperback and ebook format, designing concept covers, publishing and setting Amazon pre-orders, setting up the distribution agents, and of course planning for the major launch event. We need to print 1000 paperback copies minimum, and at least 500 hundred of sales must be from paperback, while the rest can be digital. Since the only way we can actually print paperback copies is to have them pre-ordered or sold, that still pretty much leaves us with having to sell 1000 paperback copies.

While we set the anthology up, you can help us reach our record. The only things left to do to reach this record is to publish, print 1000 paperbacks, and then have them sold. Once we sell all those copies, our record can be verified. And there is only one official way to be recognised as an official sponsor at our Guinness launch event and in the actual anthology itself, and that is to pre-order using these buttons below. Any pre-orders we set up through our distributors will not recognise you as a sponsor, as we do not receive information on who buys through online platforms like Amazon.

So if you want to be a recognised sponsor for a Guinness World Record title, please use these buttons below. The final date for official sponsor pre-orders is 20 September 2017, as that is the last day we can update the anthology with any further information, such as the list of official sponsors. We have already received some pre-orders from sponsors, which include individuals, writers, as well as organisations like GameTyrant (our first and biggest sponsor), Salty Goal Productions (official business partner with Celenic Game Studios), Juice Bubble, and Nectar & Ink. Since AIR Entertainment is our own gaming news label under Celenic Game Studios, you can expect a presence for them there too.

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SPONSOR LEVELS

Note: The paperback prices include shipping and are kept as close to cost price as possible to aid us in gaining the required 1000 sales. All emails are captured by Payfast and sent to us, and we will email all sponsors for delivery addresses when the anthology is launched. Ebooks will be emailed on the date of launch.

 

INITIATE SPONSOR

R50: Donate towards the printing for the Guinness World Record Launch Event

Buy

NOVICE SPONSOR

R100: Pre-order a digital copy

Buy

MASTER SPONSOR

R250: Pre-order a paperback copy of our Guinness World Record anthology for yourself

Buy

HERO SPONSOR

R250: Donate a copy to the Guinness World Record Launch Event

Buy

LEGENDARY SPONSOR

R500: Pre-order your own copy and Donate a copy to the Launch Event

Buy

SUPERHERO SPONSOR

We’ve been blessed with sponsors who want to contribute more than allowed by these buttons. For a special donations or greater amount of pre-order copies, please email shaunmjooste@celenicearth.com for a special payment button or link to meet your needs.


 

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Guinness World Record Anthology Update

We have been progressing well with our attempt at a world record anthology. With the current record set at 50 writers, we currently have 112 writers in our official Facebook group. 23 writers have submitted and been accepted into the anthology, and here are their names listed on the official Guinness database:

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And here are the genres that you can expect from the anthology so far:

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We also have a sponsor update. We’ve been receiving sponsors through our pre-order and donation system and in the last few days we’ve obtain so many pledges already. Thank you so much to those that have preorders and also donated to the event. Every pledge counts towards the 1000 copies we need to print and have sold.

We have another month to work on receiving orders and finalising our stories. We will keep you updated as time goes by. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Library for our other books available for sale.

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CEA GAW Guinness Record Anthology Pre-orders and Event Donation

Yesterday, we made a very special announcement that we had started a Jumpstarter (SA version of Kickstarter) campaign towards funding our Guinness World Record event, where we need to print 1000 paperback copies and have them sold before the record can be verified.

We noticed that no one as yet had started making pledges, but we have received donations directly from those who are supporting the initiative. So far, 6 paperback copies have been catered for, 3 as pre-order and 3 as donations, with a few direct messages indicating that more are coming. Yet, they’d rather not pledge on Jumpstarter.

And now we know why. As wonderful as the Jumpstarter campaign is, we’ve been told that many are unsure how to use the site, and also it would be far easier just to EFT the funds to us directly. So the sponsors are there, but they want another means available to help us reach our goals.

We are therefore setting up a pre-ordering and donation system. We tried at first to use Paypal, but learnt very quickly how unfriendly the Paypal codes are with WordPress, and that it is a headache to set it up. We’ve researched WordPress and many community forums, and it seems everyone is having the same problems.

Have no fear. Here in South Africa we use Payfast. It allows South Africans to EFT payments to us effortlessly and safely, while international sponsors can use their cards to help us out. Don’t worry about the Rand value indicated below; the payment will be converted for you by your location, I believe.

These buttons have been made available on our site’s sidebars on some pages too.

 

INITIATE SPONSOR

R50: Donate towards the printing for the Guinness World Record Launch Event

Buy

NOVICE SPONSOR

R100: Pre-order a digital copy

Buy

MASTER SPONSOR

R250: Pre-order a paperback copy of our Guinness World Record anthology for yourself

Buy

HERO SPONSOR

R250: Donate a copy to the Guinness World Record Launch Event

Buy

LEGENDARY SPONSOR

R500: Pre-order your own copy and Donate a copy to the Launch Event

Buy

SUPERHERO SPONSOR

We’ve been blessed with donators who want to contribute more than allowed by these buttons. For a special donations or greater amount of pre-order copies, please email shaunmjooste@celenicearth.com for a special payment button or link to meet your needs.

 

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Jumpstarter Campaign launched for Guinness World Record Anthology Pre-Orders and Event Support

As many of you know, Guinness World Records has approved our attempt at a world record breaking attempt at the Most Authors to Contribute to a Short Story Anthology. The current record is 50 writers, but we have 107 and the total is climbing!

Everything is running smoothly and we have 10% of the stories received so far, with the deadline for all submissions set at 31 August 2017. This gives us enough time to publish, establish the paperback and ebook distributions, and prepare for the Anthology launch event that is expected to take place on 30 September 2017!!! Right here in Cape Town, South Africa.

Of course, the Anthology will be sold throughout the world on our normal distribution channels. Our largest challenge is that Guinness expects us to sell 1000 paperback copies before the record can be verified and accepted. This is to ensure that the anthology remains in circulation, and is not just created for the purpose of breaking the record.

We are doing things to help us to achieve this goal. The first is to sell the ebook and paperback as close to cost as possible until we reach our goal and the record is verified. Thereafter the covers and record details will be included in a special Guinness World Record edition of the book, which will be set at standard retail prices.

We have also launched a Jumpstarter campaign, which serves a three-fold purpose. First, it will allow anyone to start pre-ordering the anthology now already, thereby ensuring that they receive one of the launch event copies. Those copies will still be made available at the event for photographic and video evidence, but will be put aside in a pre-order section and will not be available for sale at the event. Any orders placed through the Jumpstarter campaign will list you as an official sponsor, and we will make sure to put your name at the end of the video in the credits, and within the Guinness special edition of the Anthology.

Secondly, it will allow us to start collecting funds towards the printing of the 1000 copies. Each anthology will cost at about R200 to print, which is the least we need per copy to get the show on the road. On the campaign we’ve allowed for more, so that any unforseen surcharges and logistics can also be covered. We don’t want to leave anything to chance!

Lastly, any Pledges towards books to be pre-ordered will count towards the 1000 print sales we need.

You will see on the campaign that we have five reward levels: Initiate, Novice, Master, Hero and Legendary! It is time to choose your destiny.

This is one of the greatest undertakings we’ve done so far! We really hope you will support us in this endeavour and help us to attain this World Record! If you’de like to pre-order or support us, please visit our Jumpstarter campaign here. There is even a nifty video we’ve put together for the event.

Thank you to those of you who will be supporting us!

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