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Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for Celerytree.com

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!

48 comments:

  1. That sounds awesome. Off to follow Celery Tree.

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  2. Great idea. I'm now a Celery Tree follower!

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  3. That is a great idea! I agree with the support idea. How many other professions support each other as much as writers. Even though we are technically in competition with each other we are constantly trying to help each other succeed and move forward. It is an amazing community to belong to.

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  4. Awesome idea! I like the name, too.

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  5. Interesting idea- I'm going to check it out. thanks for posting about it.

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  7. No surprise you'd mention Celery Tree today! Glad it's going well.

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  8. Oh cool - I'm so heading over there just as soon as I've finished this. - great post - Here from the A2Z Challenge stopping by and I think I'm gonna follow!. http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/04/z-blogging-challenge-april-2011-c.html Shah. X

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  9. Following Celery Tree as well. :)

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  10. sounds like a great idea. I'll look into it.
    Jan Morrison

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  11. It's such a great idea, Karen, and a wonderful C word!

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  12. "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"

    I love that! Looking forward to learning more about Celery Tree :-)

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  13. What an awesome idea! I'll be keeping an eye on this.

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  14. Wow, this Celery Tree idea sounds awesome, Karen. :)
    It also sounds potentially very expensive...
    Thanks!

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  15. Fab idea! I look forward to finding out more about it!

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  16. Yay for Celery and Trees and double yay for the CeleryTree!! Take care
    x

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  17. Excellent idea! I have also purchased books at conference just to support the author. Luckily, either I or my kids loved them all. I'm off to check out Celery Tree. Love the name, BTW. I have a thing for trees. :)

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  18. What a great idea to capture the online/social media movement! Off to follow Celery Tree!

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  19. Great idea! I have some author friends I'm going to share this post with!

    Thanks for visiting my blog today! I'm following you now, too. :-)

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  20. Great idea and I'll check it out.

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  21. "Like a a big, ongoing author conference." Very cool.

    Sincerely,
    An enthusiastic author. ;)

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  22. Hi, Karen,
    What a marvelous idea! I will be checking it out, thank you very much.
    Ruby

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  23. This is an amazing idea, glad I came upon your blog today! I'm looking forward to following.

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  24. I'm no author although I've "written" blog posts ever day for well over two years now. But I do know what you mean by the support thing. An author in my home town self published and I bought his book. It was all about zombies and stuff. Gory and graphic. Next exactly my cup of tea. But I own a first edition signed by the author and that feels neat.

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  25. What a great idea - will go to the site once it's launched, just for a look see (as not a published author ...)
    Best of luck with it
    All best
    Karla

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  26. Celerytree is definitely something that interests me!Stopping by from the A-Z Blogging Challenge - glad I did :)

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  27. Great post, this is great for all the writers. I will become a follower to celery tree and to your blog. Thanks for sharing this. =)

    http://tigeronmybookshelf.blogspot.com/

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  28. What a fantabulous idea! Kudos for coming up with it, and better yet, for following through on it. Sounds like a real winner.

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  29. What a great idea and how nice of you to offer so much support to your fellow authors. I looked up the site and will keep in in my blogroll.--Inger

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  30. that is a great idea, look forward to its launch.

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  31. Fantastic! Im going to go check it out.

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  32. Huh. I've never heard of celerytree before. Thanks!

    I'm a new follower from the A-Z Challenge. Nice to meet you!

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  33. I know a lot of us are stoked for Celery Tree! I'm definitely one of them. I think it's great what you are all doing. It's going to really help out a lot of people!!

    Bring on the awesome baby!!!

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  34. About two thirds of the books I've read in the past year have been written by people I've "met" on Twitter, so I think Celery Tree is a fantastic idea and a great way to bring everyone together. Well done, Karen!

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  35. Great idea, and well done for publicizing it here as part of the A-Z Challenge. I'm more a person-who-writes than a writer, but I have aspirations and the site sounds like exactly the kind of resource I need!

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  36. Looks like Celery Tree is doing really well, Karen. I'm so glad. It's a great idea.

    Jai

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  37. What a fabulous idea. My husband has often commented he has never seen a more supportive of one another group.

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  38. What a terrific idea! I'll certainly be keeping an eye on the Celery Tree blog from now on! Thanks for stopping by my blog today too - have a wonderful April :)

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  39. Fantastic idea. If you ever want to spread the word more, Writers' Ally is always available to prompt.

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  40. A fabulous idea! I'm off to check the blog. Thanks so much for sharing a great 'C' post. Happy Tuesday! :o)

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  41. Great idea, I wait to see it launch! :)

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