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Friday, December 10, 2010

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: OUR VILLAGE HAS A NAME!!

Was it really three months ago that I wrote about uniting our villages and selling more books? I was ready to go on that project *what do I know about how long a website takes to go live?*  I'm still ready to go, but I've had to learn patience. From the second this idea came to my attention, I knew it was exactly right for me and many other writers like me. I am SO eager for the village to be built and populated with awesome writers and their books!!

AND NOW WE HAVE A NAME!!!! AND A LOGO!!

The name is Celery Tree LLC, or celerytree.com for short. Why this name? From the @Celery_tree twitter feed:

"Why celery? --it's everywhere & often overlooked. Why tree? --it grows & spreads until the world takes notice."

 Like the common, ordinary, hard-working, underpaid, barely noticed WRITER!!  Like most of us!! I mean really, the JK Rowlings & Stephanie Meyers & Stephen Kings you can count on the fingers of one hand per decade. 

The rest of us aren't celebrities or best-selling authors-- those of us blogging, twittering & facebooking our time away, trying to promote ourselves and our work and get a readership for the books we write in our spare time when we aren't on social media, or raising our families, or working at our day jobs that pay the bills.

We need a hand up, and here it is!! 

Announcing celerytree.com--



And the concept behind this new website for authors is simple: It's a gathering place to network, market, and sell your books all from one location. This celery tree needs a giraffe nibbling on its leaves, but I guess I can't have everything my way.

The idea is to start up with 100 authors, and there's still room! If you are interested, email membership@celerytree.com for more details. Meanwhile, keep up with updates and progress on the website through the twitter account @Celery_tree.

I'm currently doing the social media and membership for the site, but not sure how long I will before turning it over to someone else. I'm finding it interesting to tweet for a company. I keep having to hold back my normal personality. I tweet, delete, tweet, delete-- haha it's pretty lame, but I'm catching on. So see you over there!

And I'll also blog about it occasionally, so keep following for continued information and updates! Things are evolving, like where to fit in authors of ebooks only, and how to accommodate small publishers who want all their authors on board, and authors outside the U.S., and those who want their books shipped by distributor, and so forth. Celery Tree LLC wants to do things right, to make it simple for the author, and make it work for all of us. 

Can you tell I'm excited? It's getting closer people, and I can't wait!
 

36 comments:

  1. wow! the things I miss on twitter. this sounds interesting, Karen.

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  2. Def have to start to twitter! This sounds great - wish I had a book to flog!

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  3. I would love to join. If you want me. But, in the meantime, I'm taking your cute logo and putting it up on my blog.
    CD

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  4. Nice and as soon as I hear celery I immediately think of the wonder pets saving the day.
    Congratulations, its good to finally see your baby coming to life.
    First of all the Lettuce series in the summer and now celery tree, you are not trying to persuade me to eat my greens are you?*I see you Santa's secret spy*

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  5. Joanna, I wonder if anyone would get the connection between lettuce & celery LOL. The whole idea was to announce the name back then, like tossing celery in the salad, but I wasn't allowed to give out the name until now. But the lettuce contests were still really fun!

    Clarissa, Yay for putting the logo up on your blog!! Me too! And as soon as your book comes out, you must join!

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  6. Sounds cool! I joined on twitter and look forward to reading all the news.

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  7. Very cool, Karen! I've been buying my bloggy friends' books. :)

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  8. Sharon, Everyone is so supportive we just need a more organized vehicle to do so. That's what celerytree.com will be.

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  9. Perfect name...good luck. I shall dream of the day I can join.

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  10. This seems fun! And your excitement really rubs off :) Congratulations!

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  11. Congrats on this amazing accomplishment! I will look forward to joining when I publish my cookbook! Wishing you the best of luck! Cheers!

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  12. Good for you, Karen. One day I hope to join you over there!

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  13. Karen, I'm not on Twitter, but this made me smile anyway. Thanks for all you do!

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  14. Congratulations - it all sounds fabulous!

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  15. Oh congrats! It sounds like a MOST needed site. I'll grab you logo and put it up but, be patient. Time I'm short on this month. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  16. Awwww I hope you find a giraffe to nibble on this beautiful celery tree!! What a brilliant name! Congratulations on finding this village and making it happen!! Yay!! Good luck and all the best with your growing village! Take care
    x

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  17. This is a lovely idea. Wish I had a bood to sell...someday, I hope.

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  18. Love the name of the site! Awesome idea :)

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  19. Sounds fantastic Karen. Congrats and best of luck.

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  20. What a good idea. Best of luck with it. Can't wait to watch it grow.

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  21. Congratulations! Jen says ten cheers for the GREEN logo. We both love it! May the celery grow and grow!!!
    Ann Best, Long Journey Home

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  22. How exciting! I'll have to check it out!

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  23. I'd love to join too. I will take a look and send the email. Koodoos to you for coming up with this. Most excellent.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  24. This is a fantastic idea. I think we'll especially need something like this as we move to e-books. So count me in. Like the name.

    Giraffes are awfully elegant, if not understated.

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  25. Super idea! I love the name and the energy it suggests.

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  26. Karen, you have every right to be excited. So glad everything is finally coming together!

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  27. Brilliant idea, karen. That name is so "green and tasty and powerful." Nibble, nibble from your giraffe.
    Fabulous Sunday to you xo xo

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  28. Hi Karen .. great name .. and have fun .. Hilary

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  29. This is such a great idea! I want to read more of my blog friends' books, and this will help me find them more easily. Thanks!

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  30. Yay! Congrats, Karen - I saw it on Twitter! I think it's such a good idea.

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  31. Karen, this is such a great idea. When I say "you're full of it," I mean great ideas. Okay?

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  32. Squee for Celery Tree! I'm very excited for you and for us, Karen!

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  33. Congrats on getting it up and going!! Celery Tree = awesome name!!

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