Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Celery Tree: A Site for Authors With Books to Sell

The lovely writer and editor Karen Jones Gowen over at Coming Down The Mountain: A Writer's Blog has a new venture I'm excited to share with you all: celerytree.com.  In Karen's own words:

Celerytree.com came about because I know how hard it is to market and sell books. One day in 2010, this idea came to me: Why not build a website where authors support one another by agreeing to buy a modest amount of books from other authors each year.

If enough people join up, it can grow geometrically and make a real difference. 100 members buying 6 books a year is 600 books purchased from those 100 members. 1000 members buying 6 books a year is 6000 books purchased from 1000 members. 10,000 members is 60,000 books purchased from 10,000 members. You get the idea, right?

The more members we get the more books our members will sell, yet each member only has to ever buy 6 books a year, although most will buy more than 6. The more members sign on, the larger the pool of books and book buyers will be.



I like people with big ideas and I particularly like those who execute them.  Since I am guilty of saying 'Wouldn't it be great if...' and not doing a darn thing, I'm thrilled to support Karen's idea.

I hope you will hop over to the site and see what it's all about.  If you have any questions, Karen asks that you e-mail her directly at: karen@celerytree.com (that's the kind of gal she is, always making sure you're in good hands.)

8 comments:

  1. Hi Melissa! thanks for the post! I tweeted about it and posted it on the Celery Tree Facebook page. Here's to one big idea that I do hope catches on!

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  2. Now you are doing something about it!

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  3. Hi Melissa .. good to see you here .. looking forward to Monday's post and finding out about Brooklyn .. sounds like Celery Tree will be a real success .. cheers Hilary

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  4. This is a great idea. I can't afford to buy everything I read. I check a lot out of the library, but committing to a certain number would make the idea of buying more books a little less overwhelming.

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  5. Sounds like a brilliant way for writers to create a sort of co-marketing venture. Cool.

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  6. What a great idea! By supporting our own 'co-op', we make our writing marketable and attractive. Like it a lot.

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  7. I'm an agent of big ideas. I'll have to check this out.

    I've been a stranger to your blog. Looking to fix that. :)

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  8. Great idea and I look forward to hearing how it turns out. Helping people get out of obscurity is a good thing.

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