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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Meet Shalu Sharma author and blogger

I don't do a lot of reviews for children's books hers are worth the read. Shalu has such an in depth knowledge of India and the ability to write the information in an easy flowing book. Shalu has several other books. She is also a successful blogger, take a few minutes and read my interview with her, and gain some helpful tips.
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India for Kids: Amazing Facts About India by Shalu Sharma is an interesting and captivating book full to the brim with all types of information imaginable about India. She covers all topics such as geography, religions, culture, language, clothing styles, Indian epics, weather, climate and so much more. I learned more about India in 30 minutes of reading than I have known in my entire life!

Shalu's words make this a great read for children The sentences are tailored to the readability level of young children, although older children and adults may enjoy this book as well. The book is organized into several short chapters with a font size comfortable for kids. The style of her writing is warm and inviting, don't be surprised if you want to jump on a plane to India after reading.

India for Kids: Amazing Facts About India is a must read for children.

Hindi Language For Kids And Beginners Speak Hindi Instantly by Shalu Sharma is a well written, helpful guide to learners who are interested in learning a new language whether it be for travel purposes, fun, or curiosity this is the book to start with.

Shalu has organized the book into easy to reference groups starting with the alphabet and ending with basic conversation. She has clues as to how to pronounce the words, and at the end of the book is a link to her website where the reader can go and hear the words in order to make sure they are practicing correct pronunciation. She doesn’t throw in any confusing language semantics but strictly sticks to the most spoken words and phrases in the Hindi language.

A most helpful book!

Interview with Shalu

Elle:  Tell us a little about yourself.

Shalu: My name is Shalu Sharma and I am a blogger. I blog about India and traveling to India on my blog ShaluSharma.com. I am also a social media enthusiast. This means that I am trying to figure out
how to promote things on social media, love spending time and interacting on various social media platforms.

Elle: What is your latest writing accomplishment?

Shalu: My latest writing accomplishment is my book called, “Hindi Language For Kids And Beginners: Speak Hindi Instantly” (ISBN-10: 1497535832). This is a language book for children. There are many parents around the world who wants their children to learn Hindi which is the main language of India. This is book for them. Someone who wishes to learn more or a traveler to India will also find the book useful. The book is on Amazon in both the ebook and paperback format.

Elle: What is your inspiration for writing children's books?

Shalu: I am always teaching my children and then it occurred to me that why not write them down for other children. Hence the inspiration comes from my own children and the fact that other children will find these books useful. 

Elle: Tell us a little about any other works you have published or will be publishing.

Shalu: So far I have 9 books published, most of them in both the ebook and paperback format. You can take a look at my Amazon author profile: Shalu Sharma's Amazon author page
I will list the books here for you. 
They are: 
India For Kids: Amazing Facts About India
Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices
Essential India Travel Guide: Travel Tips And Practical Information
India Travel Survival Guide For Women
Essential Hindi Words And Phrases For Travelers To India
Life and Works of Aryabhata
Hindi Language For Kids And Beginners: Speak Hindi Instantly
How To Start A Travel Blog And Make Money
Mahatma Gandhi For Kids And Beginners

Elle: How long have you been writing and blogging?

Shalu: I haven blogging for several years now but writing books is fairly new. I started writing books in 2013. 

Elle:  Besides being an author you are also a blogger. Please give us about your blogs? 

Shalu: I have several blogs. The most important of them all is 
Blog about traveling to India: http://www.shalusharma.com
Blog about my home state of Bihar in India: http://www.bihar.ws
Other than these 2 blogs, I recently started a book promotion website called BookMuni.com which I use to promote books of my own and others who approaches me. My main aim here is to help others by writing my own experiences.
I have some other blogs but I do not spend a lot of time on them. 

Elle:  What was the greatest challenge you faced with publishing your work?

Shalu: To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to format the books. The next was trying to figure how where to get the covers and so on. Once you have figured these out, it’s fairly easy. Promoting the book is far the greatest challenge of them all. Some say that writing is easy; getting people to buy your book is the hardest thing of them all. 

Elle:  Do you have any advice for other indie authors?

Shalu: Promote, promote and promote. Use all possible methods to get the word out. As mentioned above, writing is the easy part, getting customers to buy your book is harder. Why should anyone buy your book, there are so many of them on the Amazon market place. Hence to get people to buy your book is all about marketing. Market hard! I have even detailed how to promote books here from my own personal experience. So keep an eye on the blog. Currently, I am trying Facebook ads and will detail them out soon. 

Elle: Do you have a favorite author?

Shalu: There are a few. But the books from Dan Brown seem very interesting. 

Elle:  You have done a lot of travelling do you have a favorite place to visit?

Shalu: I have traveled to many countries but I find Delhi, the capital of India very interesting. Not because it’s the capital of the India but it really fascinates. It seems to have a lot of history and I love history. 

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