When I first went into self-publishing I met, Gaurav Bhatanager, and his company ePublishingeXperts http://www.epublishingexperts.com through LinkedIn, and I decided that they would provide me with the digital illustrations for my books,’ Rory Gumboots’ and ‘The Reckolahesperus.’ Gaurav has been a friend and mentor ever since.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Gaurav Bhatnagar and I am based in Delhi, India. I am an entrepreneur and have interests in writing, printing, art and IT.
What do you do when you are not writing?
If I am not writing I am taking care of my client’s publishing businesses and playing with my son who is now 7 years old.
When did you first start writing and what was your first book?
My first book is based on friendship and I named it Forever Friends Club. This is a story inspired from my son’s questions when he lost his first baby tooth. It’s been a year since I launched my first book and it’s been an awesome journey to write and now market my book.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I was inspired from my son and so naturally chose to write for kids)
Where do you get your ideas?
I got ideas from my son, his questions and curiosity provides me a fertile ground to run the horses of my imagination.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, with my second book based on yoga.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
My editor told me to follow an outline. I first think a plot and then build a strong character around it.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I was not an avid reader. Writing doesn’t come to me by choice. It happened. I narrated stories to my son and while creating a new story I ended up with my first book “Forever Friends Club”.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Since I was already serving my publisher clients and authors getting my book self-published was not a challenge but marketing is. It’s a huge challenge and after one year I am still working out my ads on Amazon and trying to build a distribution market for my book.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?
I would like to try traditional publishing. I want children across the world read the stories I write but that is not possible with self-publishing. Only a publisher with robust distribution system in place can spread the word about the book.