Of stories, poetry and tiny tales: For Rafaa Dalvi, small is big
Harbouring an immense passion for story writing, Rafaa Dalvi started out with not many resources at his disposal. He was writing micro tales and individually they were great as stories but appending them all in a book was tough. He recalls how he had to sit through every detail to make sure the book achieved the success it deserves.
He's immensely thankful and appreciative of all achievements that his efforts have mounted to. It is what kept him moving forward with his passion, and he went on to write two more volumes of Small is Big in the following two years. When asked about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Rafaa went on to speak of the influence and inspiration behind his joining it in the year 2017. He was assured of the transparency and ease of use by his friends who had been using KDP for a while. Rafaa felt relieved after joining as he knew he would be able to self-publish his work.
Holding on to hope...
Rafaa asks passionate writers and storytellers to hold on tight and never give up! Going through hard times himself, he recollects the numerous rejections he has had to go through in his journey as a writer. KDP was a breath of fresh air for Rafaa, as he was unwilling to publish his book via a vanity publisher. Rafaa was delighted after joining KDP, because he recollects his experience with rejections in the past that had him reconsider his style of writing. No traditional publisher was willing to take the risk of publishing micro tales, stating how the market would only welcome long forms of writing with open arms.
After much research, reading author testimonials, FAQs, evaluating the pros and cons of the available options, Rafaa zeroed in on KDP as his best option, took a leap of faith and submitted his manuscript. He was overjoyed to receive the confirmation mail within 72 hours.
A change most welcome
Rafaa speaks of his journey with KDP, from publishing his first book Small is Big - Volume 1 in December of 2017, to writing two more volumes of Small is Big in the upcoming years has been transformative, to say the least! As of today, Rafaa has published three books on KDP. With time, he went on to realise the wide range of benefits that come along with Amazon KDP - the promotional strategies, the wide target reach that boosted sales figures. His books were picked for Amazon deals and Prime Reading, which led to their discovery and higher sales.
Knowing that his work is being enjoyed by readers across geographies, that readers connect with him via Instagram, telling him of how it has impacted them and made them feel, all of it brings him a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
A Message for upcoming authors...
Keep reading. Keep writing. Even if you stop, start again. Writing anything is better than nothing. And write the book you would like to read but have not found yet.
Besides his three volumes of ‘Small is Big’, which are collections of 100 micro tales, Rafaa Dalvi’s short stories have been published in numerous anthologies such as Curtain Call (editor), Kaleidoscope, Myriad Tales and many others. He is the recipient of Indian Bloggers League Booker Prize 2013 and the runners-up of Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest 2019 in the English short format category (2,000-10,000 words). Currently, Dalvi is working on a flash fiction collection, a short story collection and his poetry collection titled “Black Book of Love” (co-authored with Samudrika) is in the editing stage and should hit the bookstores within a year.