On the eve of the Sri Lankan New Year, I decided to schedule the kindle free book promotion of my short story collection – Waves, for these two days.
Waves is a short story collection of my early writing – most of the stories were written during my undergraduate years at Peradeniya university. It is a collection of 10 short stories exploring moments in peoples’ lives that causes different responses akin to the movement of waves.
Two of the short stories from this collection has been included in two anthologies: ‘The Gaze’ in Contemporary Short Stories of the SAARC region 2012 and The Cuckoo’ in Kaleidoscope 2: An anthology of Sri Lankan English Literature (2010).
As I was considering reprinting The First Step in 2010, I decided to share the short story collection as well and self-published it. Again as in the case of ‘The First Step,’ based on the feedback I received from readers of the first 100 copies of the books, I decided to make the collection available on Amazon for anyone who might be interested in reading the slim collection of 10 stories.
Having self-published the books, I did not consider marketing it or promoting it as I felt it was sufficient to make the books available online. However, I came across a blog that was primarily a book review site that I happened to like. On an impulse, I contacted the Indian blogger and Samarpita agreed to read and post her review on her site. After reading the collection, she connected me with some of her fellow book reviewing bloggers in India. Their reviews are available on Words’ Worth by Samarpita and Leo’s A Bookworm’s Musing.
Apart from that instance of soliciting a book review, I have not promoted the book. As Amazon does offer the option of holding a free book promotion, I decided I might as well make use of the promotion tool.
So, Waves will be freely available for downloading to your Kindle reader or your computer on April 13th and 14th (as amazon.com runs on Seattle Washington time, the promotion will be activated from Sri Lankan time 1p.m. on April 13th to 1p.m. on April 15th). I invite you to download the book during this promotion period and if you do, please do post a review on either Amazon or Goodreads.
- Title: Waves
- Author: Ahila Thillainathan
- Paperback: 128 pages
- ISBN-13: 978-9558535097
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc (July 19, 2012)