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4 Days Until Our Guinness World Record Event! Pre-order your copy now!

That’s right! Just 4 more days left until our Guinness World Record event for our CEA Greatest Anthology Written anthology of 108 short stories by 108 writers from all over the world! This is big! Can you feel it?!

Two witnesses will be joining us for the event this coming Saturday to make sure we conform to all the regulations as set out by Guinness World Records. We will have 300 copies available at R350 each. Considering that it is an A4 sized volume of 540 pages, with 108 astounding short stories, and the same A4 size volumes of 250 pages is more expensive at retail bookstores (over R400!!)…

OUR VOLUME IS A STEAL!!!

So please make sure you don’t miss this massive event taking place right here in Cape Town. If you are worried that the books will be sold out before you get there this Saturday, you can head on over to our Order page and place a pre-order for a copy to be kept aside for you.

Remember, these are the event details:

Parow Library, c/o Mcintyre St and 1st Ave,, Parow, 7500

Saturday 17 March 2018, 10:00 – 12:30

We will have local writers at the event to sign copies should you wish to have them signed, and you will be able to place orders for any of our other books available for sale. Hope to see you there!

 

 

CEA Through the Dark Volume 2 Horror Anthology Writer Roster Complete

About a month ago, we announced that our Anthology collections are available to view and submit for. We’ve had a vast amount of responses over the various genres. Our chart below shows just how active the submission requests have been over the various genres.

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And with that we are pleased to announce that the horror anthology, CEA Through the Dark Volume 2 is complete with a full list of writers. The following writers are set to be featured in the upcoming anthology.

  • Shaun M Jooste
  • Andi Hodgetts
  • Grannd Kane
  • Macaylin Govender
  • Dan Allen
  • Kevin Damen
  • Duane Ratswander
  • Alex Gates
  • A Christina Portillo
  • Robbie Jackson-Keenan

We look forward to working with these horror writers and reading through their short stories. We have a tentative publishing date planned for April / May 2018, but will have a more concrete date closer to the time.

The fantasy anthology, CEA Past your Reality, almost has a complete roster of writers too, with only a few places left. We have opened team chat channels for the anthology so long as we prepare to start with the fantasy program.

If you would like to submit to any of the open anthologies, feel free to visit our submissions page. Also, visit our Twitter feed and Facebook page for further news.

 


 

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South Africans Can Order the Guinness World Record Anthology of 108 Stories Directly From Us

We’ve recently discovered that, despite our best marketing, South Africans are still not aware that CEA Greatest Anthology Written, our world record anthology of 108 short stories, is available here in South Africa. Celenic Earth Publications is a publishing company based in Cape Town, with distributors available to send the volume anywhere in South Africa.

Many have been wanting to buy our volume, but thought it was only available internationally on Amazon and other global leading outlets. We’re happy to remind you that this is not true. We have local distributors, which means you will save on shipping costs and not have to wait for your copy to arrive.

So if you’d to order locally, just head on over to our order page for CEA Greatest Anthology Written, go down to the Paypal or Payfast options (payfast is faster for us to process), and click on the buttons to order your copy.

We sell our A4 550-page volume directly at R300 per copy, which is a major discount from the R500 the book stores will be selling it for because of their markup prices. Also, the current Guinness World Records 2018 book out now is priced at R360 at retail stores for 256 pages, so in comparison our volume is a steal!

If you have any queries for bulk orders, kindly email us for us to prepare a special payment link for you.

 


 

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2018 Celenic Earth Anthology Schedule and Submissions

Last year, we had an ambitious start to our anthology line-up when we created a monthly schedule of anthologies to be published. This was just before Guinness World Records approved our attempt at a world record for Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories and things got a bit crazy at the office. The Anthology listings were placed on hold.

This year, we want to approach this with more style. All anthologies are open for submissions, depending on which genre you are aiming for. Anthologies will be published based on demand and number of writers available, and we will continue to call for submissions until we have met our quota per anthology.

If you’re interested in having a look at our anthology collection, you can visit our Submissions page at the details. Please complete the Contact Form on that page if you’d like to discuss a certain anthology in detail.

PS, we are still busy planning the revamp of our website to include all the divisions now under Celenic Earth Publications. We want to present the ultimate experience. More details on that to come soon.


 

 

 

 

CEA Greatest Anthology Written With Its 108 Short Stories in 1 Volume Is Nominated for Best Anthology Awards 2017

When CEA Greatest Anthology Written was released in October, we knew it would become an instant success. Not only is it up for a Guinness World Record for the Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories, but it was also nominated for the Shirley Jackson Awards. And now, CEA Greatest Anthology Written has been nominated for the Best Anthology of 2017 in the Preditors and Editors Awards.

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That makes two awards nominations in 2 months!! We’re sure there are many more to come in 2018, but for now we are ending 2018 with a glorious bang. Even though a nomination is great, we would love for you to vote for our Anthology in the awards. As it stands, CEA Greatest Anthology Written is topping the standings, and we would dearly love to keep it that way. So if you would like to help, please visit the Preditors and Editors Anthology voting page and give us a click.

We will keep you updated with standings on our social media platforms every week, so be sure to follow us on social media (the buttons on the bottom of this site’s page) and don’t miss out.

CEA Greatest Anthology, CEA Through the Dark and Hegis’ Grasp Accepted for Shirley Jackson Awards

In the middle of last month, a correspondent from the Shirley Jackson Awards for horror and psychological thriller contacted us to enquire as to whether we would like to submit any of our 2017 publications for the 2017 Awards. We had a fine look through the guidelines and requirements and found that three of our publications fit the bill:

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Just a few moments ago we were notified that these publications have been accepted for consideration. CEA Greatest Anthology Written and CEA Through the Dark are placed within the Anthology categories, while Hegis’ Grasp is placed within the Novelette category. Each of them have horror and psychological thriller elements, making them our most suitable candidates for this award.

Here is some more information on the awards:

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

The Shirley Jackson Award will be voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards will be given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

 

You can also read here for the list of jurors that will be doing the judging. Here’s wishing our publications the best of luck in these awards!

 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

 

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Major Site Revamp, Anthology Submissions, and Other Changes coming soon

Earlier in June this year, when we were still young and innocent, we set out an anthology schedule that we were determined to stick to. If we had followed that, we would have had seven anthologies published by now, which would have included the anthologies for crime, hardboiled noir, Writers without Boundaries #2, Erotica, LGBT, CEA Through the Dark #2 and a special Halloween anthology.

And then the Guinness World Record attempt was approved in July and all that changed. Our primary focus changed to finding 100 writers, accepting all the stories and getting everything ready to publish.

Further to that, we shifted from a publishing label to a registered publishing company , the difference of which is all finely spelt out in our country’s Company Registration Act and which we will not get into here. But what that meant for us was that we could branch out to other divisions, and not just focus on books, although very soon you will see that all our divisions are still primarily focussed on our books, whether they be adaptations or soundtracks to accompany our books or movies.

Celenic Game Studios was the first branch in CEP to effectively start up, even though we have yet to give it a presence on the internet. The media and press section of CGS was the first to be established, and AIR Entertainment was born, with actor, writer, guitarist and singer (to name a few talents) Andi Hodgetts owning and running this section with actor, writer, guitarist and singer (to name a few talents) Shaun M Jooste.

Celenic Game Studios has also partnered with Salty Goal Productions to start developing games in the future, while we also were approved to develop games for various platforms such as Steam, Unity, Android, PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox. These of course are all in preparation for things to come, as our sole focus was still the Guinness World Record.

AIR Entertainment in itself has been established successfully, growing quicker than any of us could have expected. The team and site are approved media contacts for many game developers and publishers, some of which only accept elite news sites. Developers brandish the team with game review codes for various platforms quite readily now, and AIR has been approved for its own Reddit community and a featured presence on Feedly.

And all this during a trying time when the main focus was a world record. Which means that, now that the anthology is published, we can shift more focus to our other divisions and put some things into place. And the first of these is a major website revamp. This site will play host to all the divisions, which means we have to change how posts are presented completely. We want to register this site with its own domain soon, hopefully by the end of November, which is why we want all the divisions available in one site.

You will not recognise this site when it is all done.

And when this site is done, you will see the strong community we are building, where book writers can get involved with games, or game writers can get involved with film, or novels get turned into films or games, etc. 2018 really looks promising right now.


 

ANTHOLOGIES: THE FUTURE OF

We mentioned earlier that we had presented a schedule of anthologies to be published. We are changing our strategy slightly. Instead of booking anthologies for months to come, hoping to meet our own deadlines, we are simply going to have an open call for all 2018 anthologies soon. It will be open until such time that we have obtained sufficient writers per anthology (aiming for at least 10 per volume), upon which time we will set deadlines and then decide on publishing dates. We would still like to ensure at least 1 anthology a month to be published, but we will rather wait until we have our writers tied in and stories submitted before we agree to anything.

Having said that, even though calls will be open for writers to select which anthologies they would like to write for, we will not be publishing any further anthologies for the rest of 2017. We’ve had a good start for a publishing company that has only started up, and now is the time to start planning properly for next year.

So watch our posts for the next few days. A new site, the opening of all anthologies, and also a new writer that will be signing up with us for a new trilogy he is writing…. very exciting times ahead.

 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

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CEA Greatest Anthology Written now available locally through Groep 7 Drukkers Distributors

We have signed up with Groep 7 Drukkers to distribute CEA Greatest Anthology locally, specifically in the northern South Africa areas like Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. This is because they are based in Pretoria, which means quicker shipping and delivery times for those of you in that area.

Those of you in the City of Cape Town and surrounds can still order directly from our site, as per our ordering page:

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Groep 7 is already registered with bookshops like Exclusive Books and Bargain Books, so we’re hoping to have our books in these shops soon enough. So if you’d like to order from our national distributor, please visit their site below:

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Director: Celenic Earth Chronicles

Pretoria FM Radio Interviews Us On Our Guinness World Record Anthology Attempt

On Friday 20 October 2017, we were interviewed by Pretoria FM about our Guinness World Record Anthology attempt. We were fortunate enough to obtain a recording of that interview and stream it on our site.

The interviewer asked questions in our Afrikaans language, while I responded in English for all of our followers and readers overseas who do not understand Afrikaans. Also, just beneath the stream below, we have transcribed the questions into English, for you to follow more easily.

 

 

Questions in English (rough translation):

Pretoria FM: Welcome to the afternoon broadcast, and a writer and publisher from Cape Town has accepted the challenge to beat a Guinness World Record for the Most Authors Contributing towards an Anthology of Short Stories. Shaun M Jooste is in the last stretch to beat this record and we have the wonderful opportunity to speak to him straight from the Cape.

Good afternoon, Shaun. It’s lovely chatting to you.

Shaun:  Good day there. How are you doing?

Pretoria FM: Fantastic thank you. I think it’s going a bit better with you as you can see Table Mountain.

 

Question 1: How is it going with this record attempt of yours?

Shaun: A bit stressful but going well thank you.

Question 2: It’s probably a very complicated process?

Question 3: So you had to get as many writers as possible to contribute to this anthology of short stories. How many did you need?

Question 4: And how many have you sold?

Question 5: Fantastic. So can our listeners also obtain copies and help to realise this record attempt?

Question 6: How does one go about doing that?

Question 7: And what type of stories is contained within the book?

Question 8: Oh that’s awesome. It’s actually a very good christmas present for someone who really enjoys reading.

Question 9: So one can buy it online at celenicearthpublications.wordpress.com, is that right?

Question 10: And then once you order it, is it delivered or how does it work?

Question 11: Shaun, as soon as you have broken this record please let us know. We would definitely love to chat to you again

 

Keep us updated. Thank you Shaun. Goodbye.

That was Shaun M Jooste, he is the owner of Celenic Earth Publications. You can buy this book of 108 writers online right now, celenicearthpublications.wordpress.com . Wow! We hope they will break this record; they must sell 1000 copies so that the record can be verified.

 

And that was our awesome radio interview. And in case you missed it, you can click on the book image below to read more about our anthology, or click on the yellow button to order a copy now and help us break the world record.

 

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Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

 

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Exclusive Books Launch Cancelled; Online Launch Proceeding

In a strange turn of events, Exclusive Books have advised us that due to further considerations, the planned book launch event for 14 October 2017 at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre has been cancelled. We have attempted to find out what these considerations consisted of, but are not receiving any further information.

Based on the discussions we’ve had with the branch earlier this week, we can only surmise that this has to do with the fact that Exclusive Books do not feel comfortable publishing an anthology of short stories by relatively unknown writers. Translated = Exclusive Books only supports projects that promises them profits for their commercial business, and their business has nothing to do with the writers themselves.

Fair enough. They are a business after all. I just wish they could have made this decision sooner rather than later and now disappointing everyone that was looking forward to the launch. Be that as it may, we are proceeding with the online launch on 14 October 2017 with our official distributors. We will also be pursuing other physical book launches with some of our other contacts in our network and will keep you informed.

Keep an eye out on the 14th for releases online all over the world!

 

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