I got the idea for Celerytree.com from seeing the amazing online support writers have for each other, especially in buying books from one another. I thought there needed to be a way to organize this social media phenomenon to help us all make more money doing what we love-- writing books. I blogged about this last year in a post, It's Time to Unite our Villages and Sell More Books.
Why do we need a village? A central location for authors?
Authors are engaging in social media in record numbers because a) writing comes easy and natural for them b) writing is a lonely job and this is an excellent social outlet that works with their routine and c) most are desperate to get attention for their books and increase readership and sales.
The problem is that all this social networking is time consuming and tedious, taking time away from creative writing and producing new books. What we need is a one-site-fits-all website, where we have our author and book profiles, links to our blog and other social media sites, forums to meet and talk to each other about our similar issues, as well as a place to buy and sell books. See? One stop does it all!
Celerytree.com will be that gathering site to network and buy books-- a worldwide community of published authors getting to know each other through blogs and buying books, reviewing, forums, and generally supporting the process of writing.
An author quote: "I bought 15 books at the ..........Conference. Most of those are not in my genre. Most I bought because I met the author and wanted to show my support."
Celerytree.com will be like a big, ongoing author conference where even the most inexperienced first-time novelist will have the opportunity to be seen.
Currently the site is preparing to launch with an enthusiastic group of authors and an assortment of exciting books from various genres. Follow the Celery Tree blog for more information and updates. And I must thank N. R. Williams, a fantasy author who inspired this post. She said, "I'm a member and not sure I understand it!" So we are linking to each other today for our C posts. Thank you Nancy!