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Our Guinness World Record Event Was a Great Success

On Saturday 17 March 2018 we held our official Guinness World Record Anthology launch at the Parow Library in Parow, Cape Town, South Africa. It was a spectacular event, with the main focus on promoting Library Week, introducing our local writers, and talking about our company Celenic Earth Publications. If you missed it, no worries: we will be making a video of it shortly and broadcasting it on our YouTube channel. The photography and filming were done by our Director of Photography, Brent Peters.

In the meantime, here’s rundown of what you missed:


 

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The event started off with visitors to the public library. Library manager Jacinta Avontuur was introduced and thanks for the opportunity to hold the event at the Library. She was provided an opportunity to explain what Library Week was all about as well as the program for the week ahead. Celenic Earth Publications was thanked for starting Library Week off with the Guinness World Record event.

Next we introduced an up and coming music band, LittyFam. Artist Jason Paulse was at the event and was provided with an opportunity to speak about the band’s singles and future album. Celenic Music Studios, the music division of Celenic Earth Publications, will be providing full support for the band.

As a final part of the welcome, local writers that took part in the anthology were introduced. We were fortunate to have the following writers at the event:

  • Chantelle Salt
  • Brigette Ronne
  • Alistair Davidse
  • Caroline Reid
  • Theolin Tembo

The event was officially witnessed on behalf of Guinness World Records by Jacinta Avontuur and Chloe Rushovich.


 

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We took the opportunity to introduce Celenic Earth Publications as a publishing company based in South Africa that accepts writers from all around the world, and makes their work available internationally.

For those who do not know, we briefly summarised the main three streams of publishers as follows:

  • Traditional Publishers: those who have a set niche of writers they accept from agents, whom they pay to write certain types of novels and who takes sales royalties until they have obtained their return on investment.
  • Vanity Publishers: those that writers pay to have their books published, but who take no part in sales of marketing of the books.
  • Self Publishers: usually writers who publish their own work, or publishers who assist writers in publishing their own work.

Celenic Earth Publications was proud to announce that it fell in none of the above categories. CEP accepts writers from around the work with no upfront fees, like most publishers do these days with new and unknown writers. The main focus is anthologies where new writers can test their writing in the market.

CEP assists by going through the entire publishing process, and only takes payment from a percentage of sales. In this way, we feel that we have earned the payment and writers don’t have to break their bank just to reach their dreams of being published.

Kenny Bergsma, the author of the popular Flats Justice that was published last year by CEP, was introduced at the event. The details of his novel were shared, as well as his two upcoming books already in the publishing process, Fresh Observations and Questions.

CEP has many programs and activities coming up for the rest of the year, including the start of a craft market for writers, the opening of a bookstore to rival the likes of Exclusive Books and CNA (to name a few) where new writers are introduced, as well the establishment of a non-profit organisation where CEP will go into poor communities to find that writing talent hidden by poverty and assist them in writing and publishing their work. It is hoped that through charitable grants that CEP can open Celenic Writing  Centres throughout the City of Cape Town where potential writers can come in and learn how to write.


 

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It was finally time for the main event. The tables were laden with copies of CEA Greatest Anthology Written, our anthology of 108 short stories spanning across various genres. The history of the application to break the current record of 50 writers published in 1 volume was explained as well as the momentous journey it took to get here. Writers from all over the work too part in the anthology, so it was a global event as well as a global anthology.

Achieving this World Record would be a cornerstone for CEP in the publishing industry. Many other anthologies are also published by CEP, but each one is based on a specific genre. CEA Greatest Anthology Written takes all the genres in one volume, creating a special treat for everyone and their unique reading tastes.

A word went out to thank the sponsors of the event that made it all possible, with the largest thanks being offered to Doctor, physician and investor Scelo Mthiyane, who provided the funding for the printing of the books.

The Order Page was provided to all that attended if they wanted to order online instead of physically at the event, since many arrived at the Library to return books or simply to see what the event was about.


 

Conclusion

After the event, 3 copies of the anthology were handed over to the Parow Library as a donation, so if you are a member of the Library feel free to head on over to rent the book for a few weeks and obtain your taste of literary bliss. We are in process of getting our books in all South African libraries and possibly some libraries overseas too.

We are busy planning for sales launches where you can buy them in the malls. More on this in time to come.

I want to thank everyone that was able to attend and to all those that showed us some great support. It was fantastic meeting you all and introducing our company to you.


 

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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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.


 

 

 

 

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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Parow East Primary becomes a Proud sponsor of our Guinness World Record attempt

As we’ve said so many times before, we are heartily accepting organisational or corporate entities that want to sponsor the launch event that is happening on Saturday 30 September 2017. We’ve had a discussion with the principal of one of our local schools, Parow East Primary, who will be assisting us with spreading the word of the World record attempt to help us build a great crowd for the launch. This will go a long way in creating awareness, since even social media has its limits. You’d be amazed that more people overseas know about this event than locally.

As soon as Exclusive Books amps up the adverts for the launch, you will be sure that everyone in Cape Town and the greater South Africa will realise what is coming. For now, Parow East Primary will be sharing the news of the event with the parents in the school.

We are proud to have them as a sponsor of the event, and look forward to showcasing their school logo at the event. Thank you so much for your assistance!

As another reminder, today is the last day that any pre-orders will be listed as sponsors within the World Record anthology itself. You can click on the book image below to read more about our record attempt, or on the pre-order button to place your order now.

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Kind regards

Shaun Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

shaunmjooste@celenicearth.com

 

 

 

Last Chance to Be Named a Sponsor in our Upcoming World Record Anthology

We are reaching 30 September 2017 very very quickly and the pressure is on. Exclusive Books is busy ordering their paperback copies for all their branches around South Africa in preparation for the launch event whereby we hope to sell over 1000 copies. Once we reach this lofty goal, Guinness will then verify all our evidence for our World Record attempt at the Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories.

And this is your last chance to be named an official sponsor in the World record anthology itself. Tomorrow the volume is being sent to all our distributors for final approval in order to activate preorders on their systems, and we will not be able to edit it further after that.

So if you want to still have your name down in the record book, head on over to our sponsor pre-order page and place your order today. You will still be able to pre-order until 30 September 2017, but no direct pre-orders received after today will be placed in the Volume.

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Our Guinness World Record attempt breaks news in the Sedalia Democrat news for South Massachusetts

Further to our recent news of interviews done in New Zealand on our World Record attempt, more news of our attempt is spreading around the world. The latest breaking news is in South Massachusetts, by a local newspaper called the Sedalia Democrat. They spoke to one of our writers, Madge Hanes Gressley, who gave them the details of our attempt and her story’s inclusion.

You can click on the image below to read the online version:

It is so great that our attempt at this record is achieving what we actually wanted in the first place: helping writers gain more experience and exposure and showing them that nothing is impossible. Even if we don’t manage to break the record, heaven forbid, we have still achieved our primary goal. Congratulations to Madge on this great interview and helping us obtain awareness.

Remember, if you want to be included in the anthology as an official sponsor, you need to pre-order the Anthology by 20 September 2017, the final date we can send the final document for distribution and printing.

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Our Guinness World Record Anthology and Pre-Order Pages Are Live!!!

We have been working hard today to bring you the official pages to read more details on our CEA Greatest Anthology Written Anthology and for you to be able to pre-order. The Anthology page gives details on the Launch Event and the List of Writers with their countries and story titles. The Pre-Order page now not only allows you to pre-order through Payfast, but PayPal as well!! We’ve also indicated various currencies to make it easier to determine what type of sponsor you want to be.

Since these pages already have a wealth of information, we won’t be saying anything further here. Click on the Book image below to read more details on the Anthology, and on the Pre-order button to decide what type of Guinness World Record sponsor you want to be listed as.

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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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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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