Thursday, May 25, 2006

Eileen talks about the financial basics of POD poetry books.

Since my first POD title was an anthology and I promised 2 copies per contributor and there were 88 contributors (including several international contributors) -- my numbers were higher.

What I learned:

Books that have numerous contributors -- offer 1 copy. I know that sounds cheap (it did to me, that's why I offered 2) -- but aside from having to pay for double the books -- POSTAGE became a big deal. 2 books weigh more than 1 pound. Packages over 1 pound have to be sent either priority mail or book rate (which takes WEEKS, possibly months). Two books don't fit in the priority mail flat rate envelope -- so the postage varied by destination. It really added up -- more than tripled my postage budget - a major blunder on my part.

Oh well, I know now.


At 9:44 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said...

Why not send each contributor 2 packages at book rate? Double address labels can't be as expensive as upgraded postage.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Reb said...

Contributors were antsy enough having to wait the 3 or 4 days it took me to address the packages. Book rate meant they would have received the books over a month after others received their purchase copies. It was made clear that having to was a few days to a week longer wasn't acceptable.


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