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Monday, November 28, 2011

What is and should you join?

(All this week I'll be posting about the new online bookstore that nobody's heard of called

Introducing Celery Tree
It began when I realized how much writers like to gather, meet (even virtually), read and review each others books, assisting in promotion and even buying their books.

I thought, What we need is a central location where we can gather, network, post reviews, and also sell our books. Somewhere that doesn't take a huge cut of the profits, that puts more money into the hands of those who actually create the books we love to read.

I was fortunate to find some talented people who got excited about the concept and donated their time and talents to designing, programming and making it a reality. We might have been crazy to think we could make a difference with our little website concept but at least we had fun being crazy together.

I'm super excited to finally see the realization of that dream. is now live! I like to think of it as an online village for writers and their books.(So maybe the dream won't truly be realized until the village is populated....but at least it's built!)
The more writers who join the more they benefit, because is designed to be a united front, a community. Things like this take awhile to catch on, but the more people posting and linking to it, the faster it will happen. I'm only one person and could use some help to spread the word!

If you want to help, please post this button on your blog and link it to Below the button is a summary/list for copying and including in a blog post if you would like. Anything you can do to get the word out about this innovative online bookstore!


1. Those with published books to sell (print and/or ebooks).

2. Those who believe in the pay-it-forward philosophy of authors supporting authors. 

3. Those who don't mind paying a small membership fee for the privilege of being part of a supportive, ad-free community. (Free memberships available for a limited time.)

4. Those who want a place to interact with others, post reviews, network, and to sell their books all in one location.

5. Those who believe in writers receiving fair pay for their work.

If this sounds like you, then go to and click JOIN.  More information can be found on the Celery Tree blog, Twitter account, and Facebook page.


  1. Hi Karen ..thanks - great news .. to be amongst author friends .. I'm unpublished and have taken advantage of your free membership for a year - great idea .. gives me a chance to get drafting.

    Congratulations and a very happy membership and time ahead for CeleryTree publications with its members .. cheers Hilary

  2. Sounds like a fabulous place. I'll tweet you!!

  3. Will blog about it this week or next! :)

  4. Looks like a great site, Karen! I'm currently crazy busy in work, but I'll take a closer look when I get a chance.

  5. Sounds like such a good idea (if only I had something to sell there)
    I'll definitely help out with some promotion (even though I really, really hate celery!)

  6. Karen, so pleased to see this is up now and running. What a fabulous idea!

  7. Karen, I'm still available for promo if you need it.

  8. I just ordered Farm Girl from amazon. Can a non-writer/non-member visit Celery Tree and buy member's books? If so, I'm sorry I missed the opportunity. But at least I will get the book and I'm so looking forward to reading it.

  9. Inger, Yes anyone can buy books from Celery Tree, and I hope many people do, because the authors/publishers will earn a higher percentage than they do from Amazon. But I'm happy you bought Farm Girl! I hope you enjoy it!

    Karen, I can use all the help I can get! In fact I hope that all the authors who join and many others get excited about the idea and spread the word. I'll email you :)

  10. Whoop! Definitely a great idea and I'm sure I've signed up.

    Have a lovely week my dear!

  11. Good luck with this endeavor. It sounds amazing. I don't have any books to sell but I've been clicking around to learn about the authors and their books. I'll find a way to get the word out there on my blog :)

  12. Sounds neat! Going to check it out now. :)

  13. You've been working on this for such a long time - congratulations!

  14. Alex, So right! I think I first announced the idea when your book just came out, and now your second one is coming out. But we did it! We wanted to make sure it was right. Hopefully it isn't old news LOL.

  15. Hooorah for Celery Tree!!!! May your village grow into a city, a whole country and more! How exciting!! Take care

  16. The site is super! I checked it out about a month ago. WTG, Karen

  17. The website looks beautiful. It sounds like a great idea.

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  18. It's a wonderful concept and a beautiful, friendly, site. I don't have anything published but I will read. Shannon

  19. What a great idea. Hope goes from strength to strength.

    I'll Tweet you..

  20. I think CeleryTree is a great idea! Wish I had a book out already :-)

  21. Ditto the above. Should I wait until I have a book out?

  22. You have convinced me to check out your links:))