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Just a little background on the project...

Just a little background on the project…

What am I trying to build?
I want Shepherd to feel like you are browsing the best bookstore in the world.
I love walking around the bookstore and browsing different shelves until something grabs my attention. I think that is poorly replicated online. I want to help readers bump into books that they would otherwise not find. Not only by related topics but in some unorthodox ways.
And, I want to help authors meet more readers. Authors illuminate our world, take us on faraway journeys, and entertain us. There is a growing trend that authors have to become their own marketing team. That concerns me because it takes time away from writing and is very hard to do. My long term goal is to help authors market themselves and give them more time to write.
We are launching the beta in Spring 2021. I started on this project full time in mid-December 2020 and I am having a blast. I love talking to authors and I am excited about helping them meet more readers! Right now I am working with an amazing developer and we just finished the beta of the backend.
Who am I?
My name is Ben Fox and I am an entrepreneur who LOVES to read. I can remember the exact moment when I learned to read. I was trying to read “The Snow Baby” by Margaret Hillert and jumping from word by word. There was this magical moment where the words became alive and it all clicked. It was one of the most amazing feelings in my life. I started Shepherd in celebration of reading, books, and the authors who make it all possible.
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