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Building Shepherd - Slowly but surely...

2,155 authors have turned in a book list for Shepherd or committed to writing one (amazing as always 😃). (note - I had the wrong number last week)

October 1st to October 15th
Catching up on publishing :)
Serita is the new part-time editor I hired last week and she is doing an amazing job. We have ~300 book recommendation lists we are working to edit and send onward to authors to review. I think we will catch up by early November at the current rate.
Serita has been a big help as editing was taking a lot of my time. This frees me up to spend more time on new features, testing, and marketing.
Bookshelf and search preview + ETA
The search feature is being implemented now and is starting to look really good. I think it will be ready in another 6 weeks. I am hoping to launch the search feature, topic pages, and the new front page in early December. But that is pretty aggressive and I’ll have a better idea next month.
Here is an example of the search feature in action (not all data is accurate as still implementing results/cosmetics):
Searching for a favorite book to see what options come back...
Searching for a favorite book to see what options come back...
What shows up when Sapiens is picked to help people find places to browse...
What shows up when Sapiens is picked to help people find places to browse...
Topic search example, this is powered by the new topic feature we built.
Topic search example, this is powered by the new topic feature we built.
What else is going on?
Tomorrow we are driving to my favorite city in the world, Valencia Spain :). We are going to stay there for a few months now that things are looking really good just for a change of pace (plus the winter weather is very nice).
Have a great weekend,
Thanks, Ben
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