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International Publishers: Have your books published and sold in South Africa

We have always been proud of the fact that even though we are based in South Africa, we have been able to publish work from writers all over the world, and have them available anywhere in the world.

However, a problem has been identified in the South African market. When South Africans want to order books from online stores such as Amazon, the shipping costs are usually more than the price of the books themselves. If they are lucky enough to find the books in our local bookshops, the prices are so high compared to local writers, that they are dissuaded from purchasing them.

No matter where they order it from, it is just too expensive.

This creates a roll-on effect for the publisher. Not only can their books not succeed in the South African market, but they had to reduce their royalties just to lower the retail price of their books.

And this is where we come in. Being based in South Africa, we are able to offer a publishing arrangement where we assist in bringing your books to South Africa, online and in bookstores, in a way that makes it cheaper for the readers and brings in more royalties for the writers.

We would love to represent you and your books here in South Africa. And in order for us to present this offer to you, we invite you to visit our International Relations page, where we set out our services and where you can complete and submit a query for our consideration.

So if you would like to know more about making your books more available to South Africans, feel free to let us know.

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New Zealand Writer John Irvine Signed Up for Publishing of his collections and stories

We have some wonderful news to share. One of our Guinness World Record writers, for a short story in CEA Greatest Anthology Written, has signed up to have his work published by Celenic Earth Publications. John Irvine hales from New Zealand, and we are so pleased to have him as part of our team.

John actually signed up with us a few weeks ago, but we have slowly been getting things in place before we made any form of announcement. John’s work was with a previous publisher before, but has decided to change to working with us instead. By doing so, we have permission to not only publish his future work, but to republish all his previous work too.

For the moment, the entire collection to be published are as follows:

Pre-published:

  • Anomolous Appetites
  • Blood Curry
  • Man of Stone
  • Rat atouille
  • Bucanneers, Sonneteers and Spittoons
  • Fast Friends Forever
  • You and me and cancer makes three
  • Two Voices

Ready for publication:

  • Roo Tales
  • Stoned
  • Haunted Horror
  • Frog Spawn
  • Disquiet

In the Wings:

  • Fur, Feathers and Feelers
  • Exotic Places
  • Musings on Death and Life
  • Ships in the Night
  • Handwoven

We are very excited to begin this new journey with John and releasing these books as soon as possible. Currently we are finishing up Man of Stone for his approval and are anticipating releasing it within this month. Look out for our pre-order announcement!

And here is a quick word from John on Man of Stone:

Man of Stone

Genesis…

Although I fiddled with rhyming poetry over the years it was only when I returned to NZ in 1996 from a 29 year holiday in Australia that I began to write in earnest. This came about in the traditional manner… love poetry for a girlfriend. Terrible stuff really.

However, it morphed fairly quickly into observational stuff and I began to get a “feeling” for what I was doing. I met a woman on the Internet in a writer’s group who was living in Greece and after a quick trip there to meet up she decided to move to NZ. This English ex-pat was the trigger for me… this novelist/writer and embryonic poet inspired me to take stock of what I was doing and I blossomed at
age 60.

A few years flashed by and I was submitting globally to online magazines and ezines and on fire. In 2005 I decided to approach a publisher in NZ with a view to publishing a collection and my Muse must have had a few drinks because the first publisher I offered my work to loved it and contracts were signed. A friend’s daughter, an art student, did some illustrations for it and soon I was a published poet.

Man of Stone was a minor success, but alas the publisher closed shop and that was the end. I wasn’t experienced enough to attack the world with the book, so it has been languishing for years now. Lucky me again… South African Publisher, Celenic Earth Publications , so we are off and running!

Thank you, Shaun Jooste!

It is a pleasure John! This is what we do. Assist writers in getting their word published and read around the world!

And finally, here is an interview done with John which we were given permission to share on our Youtube channel, with some words about John beneath it.

 

John Irvine was born on October 14th 1940, in working class suburb in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Life as an only child was often lonely, more especially for a “fat kid” with no father, in spite of close family ties and an encouraging mother. His mum says he began writing poetry as a child. None survive, probably just as well!!

It was a conventional childhood and adolescence, with all the usual desperate issues associated with a post-war, testosterone-loaded young man. Girls, drinking, cars…nothing changes except the size of the cars. Working at 15 years old with no academic qualifications meant limited career options, and eventually, after an early unsuccessful marriage, the lure of Australia drew him to that marvellous country. There, on a working holiday that lasted 281⁄2 years, he drifted like a leaf on a fickle breeze. He
saw a lot of the Outback from the seat of a motorcycle or from behind the wheel of an old 4WD Nissan Patrol, accompanied for twelve of those years by his beloved dog/companion, Mr Mo.

He worked at employment as he found it—selling cars, cooking, crewing on cruising yachts, managing businesses, farming and even a brief stint in Papua New Guinea operating a jungle resort. After a return to New Zealand at the end of 1996, and the cold realisation that at 56 years of age he was unemployable, he began to write. First there was love poetry, then, as time dribbled by, he began to take a retrospective look
at his own life. Since meeting up with an English-born woman from Greece on the Internet 15 years ago, he has been writing short (flash) stories as well, mainly horror.

They now share an idyllic life-style on New Zealand’s picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, living in a small rural community surrounded by hills and the ocean.

He hopes to die peacefully one day without warning and minimal leakage.

Welcome to the CEP family, John!

 

Header Image Photograph courtesy of:

Wilma Pucci
Colville
New Zealand

 

You can order your copy of our World Record 108 short story anthology here!

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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

Author Lynette Greenfield’s Radio Interview, Lulu Guest Blog Interview and So Much More!

 

Australian Lynette Greenfield is really rising in the author ranks. She has had very busy months, from the American Book Expo, to announcing a film being adapted from her latest novel, and now several interviews taking place after each other. She has been offered a chance to be a guest blogger on Lulu itself.

One of the interviews was on the Lulu Blog, which you can read right here. Lynette opens up about several topics, such as where she finds the time to write while being a wife and mom, her involvement with the Guinness World Record Anthology  that we launched yesterday, her work with musicians and artists, and her teaching with disability kids.

As a special treat, Lynette has approved Celenic Earth Publications streaming her interview with American radio station, Paperback Radio. We are therefore proud to bring you this interview here below. Lynette has also made a video with images of the interview if you’d prefer, which we’ve placed beneath the radio stream below.

We hope you enjoy it and learn a lot more about this wonderful author and what is still to come.

 

 

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

 

Exclusive Author Interview: Sensational Lynette Greenfield

A few months ago I did an article on the American BookExpo for another site that we are no longer affiliated with. The books at that time were revealed by Goodreads to be coming out soon. I had included a short video on a book signing being done by author Lynette Greenfield as part of the expo.

 

We wanted to know more about this sensational author and reached out to her. We were blessed when she informed us that she would love to share more details on her writing and novels. So I sat down with her and presented her with a few choice questions.
Also, we had a special announcement to make at the end of the interview.

The interview was enjoyed by so many all over the world that we have chosen to reprint it.


 

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LYNETTE GREENFIELD

1. How long have you been writing, and how many books have you published?

I actually remember the exact day I introduced creative writing into my life, as a self-soothing tool, because it was the day my father died from a brain hemorrhage when I was twelve years old. His death hit me really hard and while I was never truly close with anyone else in my family, it still broke us apart for a long time, in a way that words can only begin to describe. It was a quiet time for me, a confusing time, and in a way, I was quite lost. But writing gave me the clarity I needed. I had a way of describing the pain, analyzing it and dissecting it so that I could begin to try and find myself again. That way of writing has resulted in six poetry editions, four romance/drama novels, and four children’s books. Fourteen in total, with much more to come.


 

2. What started your passion for becoming an author?

I actually never thought of becoming an author until I had so much work that I needed a way of compiling all of my poetry into a neat format. Once I saw what they looked like as an actual book, I was hooked. Then, once I realized my publishing potential, I became excited. And now that I am immersed in the thick of the publishing world and all of the incredible opportunities that come along with it, I’m totally addicted. I’m in love with that satisfying moment when you hold the final draft in your hands after so much hard work. It is an exhilarating and empowering high, I wish everyone could experience.

 


Lynette Greenfield (55)

3. Who or what are your inspirations?

For me, it’s a combination of both who and what. I’m intensely moved and inspired by people who want, then actually act. It doesn’t matter if you’re a race car driver, an architect, or a dog walker. If you have a passion and if you wake up and can’t think of anything but fulfilling that dream, then actually spend every waking hour making it happen, I take my hat off to you. As an example: two artists who inspire me are the street dancers, Les Twins, the French brothers who I came across on YouTube years ago. Back then, no-one knew about them, but I still watched in awe as their passion for dance radiated and made me want to do better with my own dreams. The world knows who they are now because they never stopped working and striving to achieve. It’s people like Les Twins, with drive and positivity, who are my inspiration. My hope is that I am motivating others out there, maybe not on the same level, but certainly in the same way.


 

4. You recently attended the American Book Expo in New York City. Is this your first expo appearance?

New York was my second Book Expo. I also attended the Expo in Chicago in 2016. They were both amazing. At both events, there was just as much anticipation that, at any moment, I might meet that one person who could change my life.


Lynette Greenfield (61)

5. On your Facebook page, there is an image of the book signing at the Expo. I quote “One of the greatest days of my life!” Share with us in detail what it was like for you.

Yes, I said that! It really was. I didn’t think I could feel any more excited than I had at my first Book Expo in Chicago, but surprisingly, stepping into the very beautiful, very large, Javits Center in New York City, was almost indescribable. Chicago was the beginning and meeting fans was amazing, but the crowd in New York was the amplified version. This time, fans arrived with books in hand, waiting to meet me and have a photo with me. My books were gone before my allotted time at the booth and I made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. I honestly felt like it was the moment I had been waiting for in my literary career.


 

6. You look so calm and collected. Was it that easy to hold your composure?

When you know that where you are is where you’re meant to be, nervousness has no chance of survival. Here’s the thing, I write about very personal experiences that I feel I can deliver without reservation because my novels evolved from poetry and an exclusive, deep, expressive way of thinking. And while it may seem strange to some, that I have an ability to stand tall behind a novel without my knees buckling, what they don’t realize is that it is actually the book holding me up.

My new novel, The Day it Rained Forever, is about gang rape, but it is also about survival and self-preservation. Now that I have a family of my own, and people in my life, and around the world who I influence, the subject matter is more important to me than ever. I don’t necessarily have an interest in changing the world, rather, for my fans and for my kids, I want to make the right choices when it comes to setting an example.

I was raped by four men who used a video camera, but I found a way of turning that into a story of strength and of moving forward, and I am extremely proud to share it with the world. And love the idea that it will be left as a legacy for my kids, to show them that speaking out doesn’t always have to be aggressive or self-damaging. There are ways of making a point through speaking out and hopefully helping others along the way.

The Day it Rained Forever


 

7. What other projects are you working on at this point?

I am currently writing two novels as well as my seventh poetry edition, all at the same time. I’m also collaborating with a US Artist and Producer to create a soundtrack for my latest book. We’re working together on the lyrics. I’m excited about this project because it gives a portion of my work a different dimension. I hope to have it completed by the BEA in 2018 in New York, so I can give copies away at the book signing.


 

8. In our discussion, I learned that you are from Melbourne originally, but I believe you are still in Australia? Do you often travel the world for book signings?

I lived in Atlanta for a while but decided to move back to Australia my home country in 2009. I just couldn’t live without some of my creature comforts, like vegemite! In terms of work, I’ve only traveled to the United States for the Book Expos and Book Cons so far, but talk of possibly attending the BEA in the U.K. has been on the table in discussions with my manager this year.


 

Lynette Greenfield (16)

9. You also mentioned that while studying for a Sound Engineering Course at JMC Academy you met the guys that did the soundtrack for the Matrix!!?

I have always had a very strong interest in collaboration and in finding ways of exploring other genres as ways of expressing myself. Music is just one form and a few years ago I decided to take a course in Sound Engineering. It was such an enriching experience and I learned so much about music and the dynamics of the programs around it.

And yes, while I was there, I met the guys who worked on part of the soundtrack for the Matrix. I was lucky enough to be shown their actual recording for the film and it was extremely motivating. Over the years I’ve actually met and connected with a lot of amazing people in various creative industries. In the early years, around my poetry number book two or three, Keri Hilson the singer/songwriter contacted me online and our discussion about making it in our fields was really encouraging.

But it’s not always famous people or people who end up being famous, who play an important motivational role in my life. There are also influences such as friends and people I hear of who push limits and move forward regardless of the roadblocks ahead. There have been a lot of outside influences in my life, but growing up, ultimately, I only ever had myself to lean on. When my father died, emotionally, I lost my mother as well. I had to go out on my own and find my way and I never had any guidance, but that also meant I never had any restrictions.

Life has a way of pulling you down and trying to convince you that you’re not enough when you’re struggling the most. It constantly tells us that we can’t achieve our goals, no matter how small they are. But by turning grief, sadness, confusion, loss, and hopelessness into something creative and complete, I feel like my past has actually helped me arrive here, and here, is where I feel grateful, calm, and full.


 

Lynette Greenfield (6)

10. You seem to have other interests outside writing then. What hobbies do you have when not working on a novel?

I am not working on a novel, but when I do force a break, I am generally working on something either related to my novels or working in general. I have a side business baking party/celebration cakes and cupcakes. I also have four children and two of them are on the Autism Spectrum, so I am heavily focused on therapy and homeschooling. I am always asked by friends and family ‘How do you do it?’ but in a strange way, keeping busy, keeps me focused.


 

SPECIAL FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

And now it’s time for the special announcement. Just this morning after polishing off this interview, Lynette and I have gone into an agreement for me to adapt her novel, The Day it Rained Forever, into the film. I will be creating the script for the adaptation and the pursuing leads in the film industry to have it produced. I already have one in mind, but will announce here on Celenic Film Studios when it when it becomes official.

You can read more details on this book here 


 

So make sure you follow Lynette Greenfield’s official website, Twitter feed, Soundcloud , and Facebook page to be kept up to date with her work.

 

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

Submissions for the Guinness World Record are officially closed

And that’s it! The deadline for submissions into the Guinness World Record is officially passed. We have already reached our 100 story goal as indicated yesterday, and all the extra stories are being kept in reserve in case we can still fit them into the one Volume, as required by Guinness World Records.

Now…our hard really begins. We have been editing and confirming that each story is fit for the anthology and meets requirements up to now. With establishing CEP as a registered company and creating new divisions, Celenic Game Studios establishing a new game development partnership with Salty Goal Productions, establishing AIR Entertainment as our own gaming news outlet, and yesterday being invited to join a community of game developers so that Celenic Game Studios can offer involvement, assistance and advice…. It has been a busy month.

And it is about to get busier. We would have liked to compile the Volume as we received the stories, but this became a momentous task and distracted us from the submissions being received. Now that submissions are finally over, we have two weeks to compile all the stories into their respective genres. As sponsors contribute to pre-orders and donations, we will be updating the novel with the list of sponsors in the Acknowledgments section of the volume. Remember, you have until 20 September 2017 to pre-order if you want to be listed as an official sponsor in the volume and in the video credits of the actual launch event. You will still be able to preorder after that, but we have to have the final complete volume submitted by then so that it can be ready for the launch on 30 September 2017.

So please pre-order while you can! Our site is the only way to pre-order in a fashion whereby you can be listed as a sponsor. Amazon or other online platform pre-orders do not share buyer information with us, so we cannot take any information from those pre-orders to place in the anthology. Emailing us to say you have preordered from Amazon will also not work… You can only pre-order from us directly to be acknowledged as a sponsor for the record.

For your convenience, we are once again placing the pre-order links here. Thank you so much for the support we have already received and all the interviews that are currently streaming in. We really appreciate it!


 

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. 5 of these donations equate to the printing of 1 Volume.

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NOVICE SPONSOR

R100: Pre-order a digital copy. 2.5 of these orders equate to the printing of 1 Volume

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MASTER SPONSOR

R250: Pre-order a paperback copy of our Guinness World Record anthology for yourself. 1 of these orders equate to the printing of 1 Volume

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HERO SPONSOR

R250: Donate a copy to the Guinness World Record Launch Event. 1 of these orders equate to the printing of 1 Volume

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LEGENDARY SPONSOR

R500: Pre-order your own copy and Donate a copy to the Launch Event. 1 of these orders equate to the printing of 2 Volumes

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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 Records Approves CEP’s attempt at an Anthology Record!!

We have some fantastic news!! In April, we put in a request for an attempt at a World Record for the Most authors contributing to an anthology of short stories. Yesterday, we were informed by GWR that the request has been approved and that we may proceed in our attempt to break the current record of 50 writers.

Not wanting to leave any chance for someone to beat us soon after our victory, we have set the bar at 100 writers, although we can obtain more than that if possible. 100 is just the minimum for our record.

In order for us to officially break this record, we need to do a live event here in South Africa on the day that we attain the record. This means that we will be doing some live photography and filming. We are busy in negotiations for a location for the event, but all details will be announced once it is officially established. The GWR have also offered to have an official GWR adjudicator available at the event.

We are also in discussions with our partners for some sponsorship towards the events, so we are hoping to have some of their merchandise available at the site. The next few weeks will be spent meeting with local newspapers and radio stations to officially cover the event.

At the moment as this article is being written, the second day after the request was approved, we already have 33 writers in our official closed FB group meant only for the record writers. We also have a separate official facebook page for the event.

If you would like to be part of this record breaking achievement, please let us know in the comments on this site, on the official twitter feed, or on the facebook page. The story can be any genre or theme, as long as it is between 3000 and 8000 words, and only one story per author. The deadline for final submission is 31 August 2017. You need to be part of the Facebook group to be accepted as an official writer for this anthology where all details and info are managed.

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Author Shaun M Jooste enters his novels in the Smashwords July 50% Sale

Smashwords have opened their July Summer / Winter sale for readers all over the world. Authors were given the opportunity to enter their books into the sale and have their books listed at less than the retail price.

Author Shaun M Jooste’s novels were submitted and have been accepted. This means that his epic fantasy series, Celenic Earth Chronicles, and his horror novel, Silent Hill: Betrayal, will be on sale at 50% of the retail price.

More detail can be obtained at his blog.

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CEA Past your Reality Fantasy Anthology #1 – Released Date: 19 June 2017

We are proud to announce that our latest upcoming anthology, CEA Past your Reality Volume 1, will be released on Monday 19 June 2017. Five authors have been working hard at getting their stories to us, and we’ve been working on editing and cover images these last few days, that it really feels like an anthology earned!

If you would like to pre-order the ebook so long, you may do so on Amazon . The paperbacks and ebook distribution on other platforms like Smashbook and Nook should be out at the same time, all things going well.

As a bit of a tease, here are the authors and their stories within the Fantasy Anthology:

  • Dean Clark – The Battle for Home
  • Karl Taylor – Broman the Vegetarian
  • Sarah Beth James – Carnival of Fear
  • Janika Hoffmann – Calling Winds
  • Shaun M Jooste – Dreams of Change

As you can see, it features two authors who have individual books published by CEP already, namely Dean’s ‘Hegis’ Grasp‘, and Shaun’s fantasy trilogy and Silent Hill novel.

The next pair of anthologies that we will be focusing on is a Noir Anthology and a Crime Thriller Anthology, set for release end July 2017. We will also be gauging the interest in two other genre anthologies, while working on CEA Through the Dark Volume 2 and CEA Writers without Boundaries Volume 2. More information to follow at a later date.

Finally, we are extending our Sci-Fant competition for lucky winners to win free ebook copies of CEA Past your Reality. Entries will be open until the book is published on 19 June 2017, so make your way to the competition page for more details.

 

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