FAQs

How did you get started writing for kids?

I have an overactive, creative, imagination. I’m serious! Ideas are constantly swirling in my head.

Then one day, a few years ago, I read an article about independent authors and how they write full-time and even make some money at it, and something clicked in my brain. I thought to myself, I should try writing a novel. And so I did.

When I began, I had no plan, no story idea, no outline, nothing. I just sat down and wrote. My goal was to write 10-30 pages per day. I allowed the story to develop, created characters that I felt would be interesting, and voila, 40 days later, I had written ~60,000 words and an actual novel with a clear start, middle, and finish, lol. It was a romantic mystery which I self-published the novel on Amazon called Third Eye Watch.

My plan had been to keep writing and publishing but I never got around to it. [I even pulled Third Eye Watch off from Amazon after a few months. I had planned to revise it and then republish it. But that was a bad idea…never ever take a book down cause as an indie author, it’s very difficult to go back and reedit a book when you’ve got so many other book ideas.]

Then earlier this year when I found out I was going to be a grandma, I decided to write a children’s book for my first grandchild.

That’s how the very colorfully illustrated Emma & Friends series came to be. Now I have one book in the series published and a dozen more written, and on their way to be illustrated and prepared for publishing.

P.S. I’m also writing books in other genres so please stay in touch.  All my books will be available on my website for purchase.

Where do you get your story ideas?

Story ideas are all around us – in the news we watch or read, in the conversations we have with people, in nature, and in our relationships. I’ll usually hear or read something and think, “wonder how I could weave that into a tale.”

I’ve realized that since I’ve begun writing, the story idea generator in my head works non-stop, 24×7, lol.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is seeing my characters come to life.

Do you write longhand, on a computer, or another way?

I only write on the computer. However, when an idea comes to me in the middle of the night, I do record them in a voice message.

Where do you work?

All over the home –  in the family room, outside on the deck, in my bedroom…anywhere I can write the ideas coming to my head.

Do you have any writing rituals?

The only ritual I follow is writing daily, even if for a few minutes.

Do you have any advice for people who love to write? How about people who don’t?

Whether you love to write or not, the most important thing for writers to do is READ. Read everyday, everything, and every free minute you have.

I’m a voracious reader and I read at least 20-25 books each month. Because writing is the best teacher so it’s important to read.

And anyone wanting to become a writer, just as important as reading, is writing.

You have to schedule a time to write every single day, no matter if ideas are swirling in your head or whether your mind is blank.

And regardless of how half-baked the idea is, it’s important to put it down on paper or computer. And just keep writing….fast, without stopping, and without editing.

Don’t delete any of your writing – save it even if you don’t use it.

And the more you write, the easier writing becomes and over time, practice does make perfect!

Where can I order your books from? Do you offer signed & personalized copies for gift-giving?

All my books are available in print and E-Book form at www.nipashah.com/shop.

And yes, I’m happy to send a signed and personalized copy which will be gift-wrapped at no extra cost to you. All you have to do is email me at nipashahmi [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know the personalized message to include.

FAQs from Teachers/Parents/Librarians/
Book Clubs

Free downloadable materials and tools are available on my Schools/Libraries page.

How do I schedule an author visit?

I love meeting readers and writers of all ages. I’m available for interactive presentations and story times customized to meet your needs. I’m a frequent presenter on topics of empowerment and leadership.

When you’re ready to chat about scheduling a visit, please e-mail me.   

FAQs from Fellow Writers and Others

I’ve written a children’s book. What now?

Congratulations!!

The first thing I would do is get honest critiques of your manuscript from friends and family and even people whom you don’t know so well. That’s an important first step in getting published. Then revise and rewrite your book until you’ve incorporated all the ideas and fixed all the errors.

When you are ready with the final version, send out your manuscript to publishers and gauge their interest or choose to self-publish your book on Amazon and printing copies that you can sell yourself.

Do you donate books to charity?

Yes. I do. I’m also open to schedule author events in conjunction with charity events that make fit the theme of my books.

If you would like to write to me about a specific charity or author event in conjunction with a charity, then let’s talk.

Tell me more about your Publishing Services

If you decide to self-publish, you’ll be in need of many services. These include everything from editing and layout design to cover design and printing.

You will need to print copies of your book to give away a few and to sell the rest. By coming to us, you’ll save over 50% off in printing costs without sacrificing quality.

To receive a quote on any of our services, simply email us and compare before you choose another provider.