Friday, January 20, 2012

It Takes A Village To Raise A Child, And To Support Writers: Author Ann Best

Ann Best PhotoBlogsphere is an amazing community where those involved share, help and support one another’s endeavors. With that in mind, I’m delighted to welcome author Ann Best here today to talk about a wonderful new village created to help writers.

Born in 1940, I’m old enough to remember villages. I was raised in a small city (Salt Lake City) that was kind of like a village where you knew your neighbors and felt a sense of community. 

I felt like I was in a community when I rode the streetcar and chatted with people, most of them my neighbors. I felt like I was in a community when I went to the library that was only a mile and a half from home. In good weather I walked to it or rode my bicycle.

I miss these communities of my youth, especially now that I’m mostly housebound with a disabled daughter; now that I spend most of my waking time in front of a computer.

Is there a community--a “village”--somewhere in Cyberspace?

celerytreeThere is! It’s called Celery Tree, a place where writers, published and unpublished, can meet; where readers can find good books. Of course they’re not free, but if I buy from Celery Tree I’m supporting the authors in a way that I can’t on the large Internet sites.

And like that brick library of my past, Celery Tree has an inviting exterior with its bright and cheery logo. The exterior was so inviting that I wanted to open the door. Which I did, and discovered that we can dialogue with each other. Unlike a library where we have to speak softly, on Celery Tree we can shout our words and no one will shake a finger at us.

I hope you’ll stop by and digest some Celery today. Its enzymes are good for the body.

And books are good for the soul.
To learn more about Celery Tree you can follow its blog tour at these stops next week: 
* Mon, Jan. 23: Promo Post @ Ann Carbine Best's Blog.
* Tues, Jan. 24: Promo Post @ Author Karen Walker...Following The Whispers.
* Wed, Jan. 25: Promo Post @ Nicki Elson's Not-So-Deep Thoughts.
* Thurs, Jan. 26: Promo post @ The Alliterative Allomorph.
* Fri, Jan. 27: Wrap Up @ Coming Down the Mountain and @ Celery Tree blog.

In addition, Karen Gowen will be available at to answer your questions about during the Big Blog Tour. Feel free to email Karen about any questions you may have at this time on joining, registering, buying books, submitting books or any other issues. 

For additional information check out the Celery Tree blog, Facebook Page, Twitter account, and of course, the website itself which is You can also get the Celery Tree button to display here.

If you’re a writer, Celery Tree is a great place to promote your books. If you’re a reader, it’s a great place to find new authors and intriguing reads. Thanks so much for stopping by today.


  1. Mason - Thanks for hosting Ann.

    Ann - So nice to see you here! Thanks for letting us know about Celery Tree. It looks like a great place to visit.

  2. Communities in real life are so rare now.

  3. Ann, thanks for joining us today and sharing about Celery Tree. It is a wonderful village.

  4. Margot and Diane, thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Ann, thanks for sending me over here! Mason, I like it!

  6. Mason and Ann, thanks for an informative post. I keep meaning to pop over to Celery tree but keep forgetting!

  7. Wow, Mason and Ann, what a fabulous post about a fabulous concept.

  8. Yay for Ann and her lovely memoir!! Having read it, I thoroughly and most highly recommend it to everyone. She is a poet and writes beautifully!! Also KarenG is just amazing! I wish her Celery Tree all the best!!

    Take care

  9. Community is important! In the real world, I find it in my church, and here I find it through blogging and the IWSG. Really happy for everyone involved in Celery Tree - it's needed.

  10. I live in a small town so I know many by face or name. We do chat when we meet up.

    I also have a community of writers I hang out with. Been part of that group since 2007 and met many over the years. It's precious to me.

    Celery Tree sounds interesting. Didn't even know about it.


  11. Celery Tree sounds like a great community. Thanks for sharing it with us, Ann!

  12. What a pleasant surprise to see your smiling face here, Ann :)

    Hi, Mason!

    Y'all have a great weekend.

  13. I really like the idea of Celery Tree. It does sound like a village!

  14. Mason, nice to meet you! Thanks for sharing this site and all you do~
    Ann, nice to meet you, too~

    I so wanted to move into the library of my childhood. It was made of stone, had a fireplace and amazing oak shelves. I have wonderful memories of my fav haunt. I'd always find a new journey to take home!

  15. Community is important! Ann thanks for sharing information about Celery Tree.

    Hi Mason!

  16. Great blog and guest post. I heard about Celery Tree awhile ago and had checked it out but this is a good reminder for me to go check it out again!

    Thank you.

  17. Villages are charming and hard to find these days --at least in my area. I love the Celery Tree. It's a great place to shop for books.

    Thanks for the post Ann.

  18. Hi Ann and Mason .. excellent and interesting back story - isn't the blogging world fantastic - with a few innovative people around like Karen of Celery Tree.

    So right Ann .. and I'm in there as a member (for now) .. cheers to you both .. Hilary


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