Shepherd: Browse for Books
Love to wander the aisles of bookstores? Shepherd.com is a fairly new website where you can browse books by topic.
More than 8,000 authors have shared five of their favorite books around a topic, theme, or mood on the site. Shepherd makes it easy to find the books they recommend through a book you already love, an author you adore, or a Wikipedia topic that interests you.
You might want to check it out.
Shepherd for Authors
How does Shepherd work for authors? They feature the author and one of their books, along with five books recommended by the author around a topic or theme, along with why they recommend each of those books. Then Shepherd promotes the author, their book, and their book list throughout their website and marketing channels.
If you’re an author, choose a topic, theme, or mood in an area related to your book. By making recommendations, readers will get acquainted with your voice/personality, which may interest them in you and your book.
I’ve created a list for all three “Leora books.” I’ll list the books I chose, but please go to the website to read why I picked them.
My list: U-505 by James E. Wise, Jr. Typhoon: The Other Enemy - Capt. C. Raymond Calhoun Crosses in the Wind - Joseph James Shomon LST 388: A World War II Journal - Robert Von Der Osten and daughter Barbara Von Der Osten Soldiers' Stories, Vol. II - Myra Miller
Joe Dew: A Glorious Life - Elaine Briggs This is Grant Wood Country - Joan Liffring-Zug Cinderella Man - Jeremy Schapp (boxing) WPA Guide to 1930s Iowa - Federal Writers Project The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
The Horse Whisperers of the Anaconda - Allen Rizzi An Old Settlers Story - Larry Dean Reese Pioneer Girl - Andrea Warren Two Sisters' Secret - Diane T. Holmes Three Little Things - Patti Stockdale
Later this year, Shepherd.com will launch a way to promote your book by sharing three of your favorites for the year. I’d enjoy getting in on that one.