Q: What are your specialist tech areas?
Mona: AI/ML , NLP
Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?
Mona: I presented my talk at AWS Re:Invent 2020 on Intelligent document processing using AWS AI services . I have been publishing multiple AI/ML Blogs on interesting use cases around Amazon Textract, Amazon Comprehend and Amazon A2I. I have also published a research paper which got awarded from AAAI and published on Amazon Science. Packt team reached out to me for writing a book and its my passion to provide solutions to challenging problems using AWS AI/ML. I reached out to my co author of several AWS AI/ML blogs and discussed this opportunity with him. We both agreed to write a book on NLP as there was not many resources available to help customers across various verticals. We both have been extremely grateful for this opportunity and our passion is to provide solutions using this book. We want every organization to use AI/ML with no ML background or infrastructure experience.
Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?
Mona: Researched online for any book guiding customers on using NLP with AWS AI services
Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?
Mona: Challenge was writing itself. I started building out architectures first and then code around it. Then final writing used to happen. Another challenge was finding datasets.
Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?
Mona: Its a serverless AI/ML technology and I see lot of stratups or big enterprises using these AI services to quickly get started on their complex use cases. soon.
Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?
Mona: There is no other book in market talking about how you can solve business problems by just using AWS AI services and with no ML experience needed.
Q. What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away from the book with?
Mona: Using AWS AI services, complex business problems can be solved without any prior ML experience.
Q. What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?
Mona: Keep learning and re:inventing.
Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?
Mona: Many, I have published 19 AWS AI/ML blogs you can find references in the book or in my LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mona-mona/
Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?
Mona: Yes we have provided references in the further reading sections.
Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?
Mona: Yes , the journey was too quick and too helpful. Packt team has been amazing with maintaining deadlines, providing high quality feedback and getting us published in less than 6 months.
Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?
Mona: Writing has been my passion so far. Its my motive to bring the latest solution out for customers and developers to solve their specific business problems. I enjoyed my weekends writing.
Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?
Mona: Do enough signposting to keep your readers engaged.