I get asked this a lot 😊
We will never charge authors to create a book recommendation list. My goal is to help authors connect with readers, sell more books, and earn more. That is a huge part of why I am creating Shepherd. Amazing books can’t happen without amazing authors.
We see this as a trade, and we work very hard to ensure it is a fair one. The author gives us 45 to 60 minutes of their time to recommend 5 books around a topic, theme, or mood, and we promote them 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.
By the second half of 2023, I will also have a free program in place to help with new book launches. If you are interested in how our business model works, I've got more details here.