Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Even a nobody can make 50,000 sales!


No Easy Road by Patsy Whyte
Patsy Whyte, author of No Easy Road
So says unknown Scottish author Patsy Whyte (57), whose gritty memoir, No Easy Road, has spent over a year in the Kindle best-seller charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

And nobody is more surprised at the success of the book than Patsy herself.

"Kindle has made it all possible," she explained. "When I first wrote my book, I made a conscious decision to publish it myself rather than waste time - possibly even years - trying to get a mainstream publisher interested.

"I'm glad I did even although I only ever expected to sell a few dozen paperback copies at most. After all, I'm a nobody. Who wants to read about a nobody?"

But everything changed when Patsy 'discovered' Amazon's Kindle wireless e-reader.

"Of course, I knew about it. But I didn't take any of it too seriously. I thought Kindle was nothing more than a fad which would quickly pass out of fashion. How wrong can you be!"

Not only did Patsy realise Kindle was an avid reader's best friend, Amazon also made it incredibly easy for any would-be author to turn their manuscript into a file which could then be downloaded onto any Kindle device within seconds.

"Best of all, it was all free and I made money into the bargain, too, for every download. Incredible!"

If Patsy found the whole Kindle publishing process easy then so have thousands of other authors right across the world. The competition is fierce, conceded Patsy.

"That's why I spent a few months promoting my memoir online on various Kindle, book and author forums. But the effort was really worth it.

"I can still remember the feeling of pure joy at the end of 2010, just a couple of days before Christmas, when No Easy Road first crept into the best-seller list."

Patsy's memoir is still selling well even after 18 months in the charts. To date, No Easy Road has had more than 50,000 sales.

However, a note of caution is in order, says Patsy.

"When your book and maybe your personal thoughts and experiences become public property, criticism is bound to follow. You won't be able to avoid it.

"Accept both the good and the bad criticism gracefully. You can't please everyone. It simply comes with the territory."

No Easy Road tells the story of Patsy's life as a young child and teenager growing up in a children's home in Aberdeen, Scotland. One of a family of 10 traveller children, torn apart by the state in the 1950's, Patsy recalls a childhood scarred by years of mental and emotional abuse, prejudice and hatred.

Patsy left the home at the age of 15, angry, naive and ill-prepared, but with a will to survive which would be tested to the limit. She rubbed shoulders with the rich and powerful and the poorest in the land, and drifted into a world of violence, prostitution and drugs which almost claimed her life.

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