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Shepherd – Discover the Best Books

Posted on: December 7, 2022

A number of my writer friends have joined this wonderful site, https://shepherd.com/ This is a way to promote books with a similar theme as well as your own. Also, a perfect way to look for good books to read. So it is great for readers and writers!

This is my page. I’m delighted with how it turned out. Please check it out and let me know what you think.


I am very impressed with this site. This is what they have to say:

When it comes to books, human recommendations are always better than algorithms. 

6,000+ authors have shared five of their favorite books around a topic, theme, or mood. And we make 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. For example adventure, https://shepherd.com/bookshelf/adventure

Here’s more info from the site:

Authors pick their 5 favourite books around a topic, theme, or mood they are passionate about, along with why they recommend each of those books. Then, we feature the author and one of their books alongside that list forever. And we promote the author, their book, and their book list throughout our website and marketing channels.

The topic, theme, or mood you pick should be in the same area as your book. Then the readers who visit your book list will be equally interested in your book. And, by making book recommendations, you are showing them your voice/personality, which gets them more interested in you and your book.

It’s a fairly new site, since April 2021, and they are improving it all the time. I found them to be very professional and easy to work with.

Did I mention, it’s free for a writer to list their book? https://forauthors.shepherd.com/

52 Responses to "Shepherd – Discover the Best Books"

I have a submission to Shepherd on my list of things to do. I need to get cracking on it!

It was on my list for quite awhile too. But I’m glad I finally put something together.

Darlene, this sounds like a win – win to me. It is a great idea.

It really is. Glad you liked it.

It seems like a win-win for you and Ben Fox/Shepard. Congratulations! All the very very best in this outreach venue.

Thank you, Rebecca. It is innovative folks like you and Ben that help creatives, like us writers, get the word out. I for one appreciate that. xo

Looking forward to hearing more about this innovative initiative!

Thank you for the recommendation, Darlene. Need to look into it

That’s great! It took me a while to choose the books and do my write up but the instructions were clear and easy to follow.

I like this idea, Darlene. I’ll definitely be listing mine – thanks for the heads up!

Great! Happy to spread the word.

Coming back from clicking on the link to say “Hi” and “Thank you,” Darlene!

It’s a great site, isn’t it?

I’ll check it out. I’m always interested in spaces to chat with writers.

I like the site and once you’ve created your page, there isn’t a lot you have to do besides promoting it. on social media.

What a wonderful site. Thank you for sharing it with us.

A great place to find books that suit your taste.

Thanks for the tip, Darlene. I’ll check out the site. Your page looks great, by the way 🙂

Thank you. Glad you like it.

I read about this on someone else’s blog recently. Thanks for sharing your page.

Thanks, Pete. Hope you are having a great birthday!!

Thanks for the information, Darlene. This sounds like a great idea, and Congratulations!

Glad you found it useful. xo

I like your Shepherd page, Darlene. I think Amanda in France fits right in with the other books you chose.

Thank you, Priscilla.

I agree, Darlene. I love this site and have created a page with my book recommendations. I think this is one to watch as it continues to grow! Thanks for sharing.

I checked your page and I like it. It is a good site and I like how it is laid out.

Wonderful, Darlene, and you have featured two of my favourite children’s books in your five.

I believe they are Anne of Green Gables and Pollyanna. My favourites as well.

Yes, those are the ones. I would have added Emily of New Moon and The Secret Garden.

All very good books. I wanted to include some modern books as well with strong female main characters. So readers would have a choice. xo

I hadn’t heard of this site before, but like the easy search platform they use.
Thanks for the information, Darlene.

You’re welcome, Jacquie. I like to spread the word of sites I like. xo

Sounds great! I will check this out!

Thanks! It is an interesting way to get the word out to potential readers and share books similar to yours.

Thanks for putting this site on my radar. I loved that you picked Anne of Green Gables as one of your choices as the best children’s adventure books featuring a strong female protagonist. Even though it was written over a hundred years ago, it still stands up.

I know. We have 5 generations of Anne of Green Gables fans in our family. It is timeless.

Darlene, thank you for highlighting this. I will check it out!

Happy to spread the word. xo

What a great idea! I’m headed over to check it out.

It’s a great resource for teachers looking for books on a certain subject.

Thanks Darlene. You are the second person I’ve heard about this site from. May be time to check it out. 🙂 x

I had heard about it from about three writers so thought I would give it a try. I think you would like it.

On my list for the new year. 🙂 x

Wow that’s nice looking forward to knowing more

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