The death of KDP Select freebies and an important request for help on my new offer.

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Hi all,

Just a quick post today. I don’t have enough knowledge to really delve into the situations with freebies, only my recent feedback. I’m sure someone with their own smoking jacket and writing trousers has done far more in depth research into the situation, I’ve just got a little bit of my experience to share.

As you all know, I’ve given away a lot of books over the last year or so; almost two hundred thousand units to be precise. I probably won’t be doing many more of the Kindle giveaways as it’s becoming less and less worth it for me. While there were what we in the industry call ‘bouncebacks’ – which is a jump in sales after the freebie finished – it was worth me doing as it not only got word of the book out, it also generally covered the cost of getting the book out there, cover, editing etc. Sometimes even leaving a meal out for the wife and I after.

This was a high point. Something I've aimed for since I started.

This was a high point. Something I’ve aimed for since I started.

This was never going to last forever and we work with what we’ve got, so, I’m trying a new tack, I’m using Countdown Deals, which allow me to lower the price of a book to as low as 99p and still get 70%. Something that is normally only allowed if you price the book at £1.49 or higher. You can also raise the price as you go through the seven days allowed in countdown deals. I’m happy with 70p a copy for my books though so they have remained at 99p throughout.

The results have been good. In January, February and March I have reached the top 200 more times than I can actually remember and been in the top one hundred a few times too. The highest being number sixteen (albeit for about an hour) at the end of one of my Countdown Deals. That was with a Boxset so I’ve decided to see if I can beat that and have put together a bigger boxset with everything I’ve written in. Well, not everything, but damn near. I’ve decided to The Complete Pete at 99p or 99c depending on where you are, for a week. It’s all the books I wrote in 2012/13 and a short story.

So now’s the time to grab any you haven’t got already. If you feel like ‘tipping’ me for any of the others you’ve had free, then you won’t hear me complaining.  Although don’t feel you have to if you have them all, that would be pointless. It’d also be a good chance to help me out in seeing just how far I can get in the charts before the new countdown deal goes the way of the freebie and becomes pointless.

Sharing is always a big help, so if you could share this page on your wall/feed/lunchbreak, I’d really appreciate it.

Here’s to a good promotion.

All the best,




Included in this are:


The Diary of an Expectant Father: not only is Graham Peterson unlucky in his choice of careers, he’s also been terrible with women throughout his adult life. That changes when he meets Alison, but within a month of meeting her he gets the news that he’s about to become a father for the first time. ‘The Diary of an Expectant Father’ charts the months leading up to what should be the happiest day of a young couple’s life, but with a relationship so new and a career so bad, can Graham keep everything together for the sake of his unborn child?

The Diary of a Hapless Father: charts those first three terrifying months of parenthood. With all the angst and fear of a new father, Graham needs to pull his socks up if he’s going to become the father he always dreamed he would be. This book is for all those who have been through early parenthood or just want to know how a man deals with all those things.

Dating in the Dark: sometimes love just pretends to be blind: Jason is unhappily single and will do anything for a date. With a face not even a mother could love, he comes up with the only thing he thinks will work: dating a blind woman. However, to do that, he needs to pretend he’s blind himself. Will Jason be able to fool both his blind date and her best friend? With everything to play for, Jason faces the biggest challenge of his life, and nobody – especially not him – can see how it’ll all turn out.

Bride and Gloom: sometimes love is better off blind: in ‘Dating in the Dark’ Jason Harding fell in love with Emma and in this book, they decide to get married. But from getting a suit tailored to his short height to trying to keep a lid on his best man’s plans for a wild weekend in Liverpool, he faces a struggle if he’s going to make to the wedding without having a full nervous breakdown. Will Jason make it to the church on time, in possession of both his eyebrows and, of course, the rings?

The Village Idiot Reviews: written entirely in the form of product reviews, we guarantee you’ve never read a book quite like this before. Hilarious and wholly original, ‘The Village Idiot Reviews’ pokes gentle fun at the more obscure corners of your favourite e-commerce sites – and introduces the most bonkers set of countryside dwellers since ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.

The Office Idiot Reviews: we have to work with all sorts of idiots every day – every office has them. Read about the trials and tribulations of this idiotic workforce as they explain their recent life events through their reviews of the things they’ve bought.

The Idiot Government Reviews: we’ve all seen the news over the last few years, watching in wonder and disbelief at the situations the people entrusted to run the country get themselves into and then proceed to lie their way out of. Just imagine – and this won’t be hard – that they were so stupid that they wrote reviews of the items that got them into or out of their latest bit of trouble and posted them online.

More Village Idiot Reviews: it’s been a year since their last outing and Brian, Ethel and Father Frederick are back with more village idiocy. Catch up with the latest antics of Pete’s bonkers set of countryside dwellers, again written entirely in the form of product reviews.

Noang-Lish: is Pete’s almost award winning short story.


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