Running Goodreads giveaways is kind of expensive, even if the publisher gives you the books for free. It’s the postage that gets you. I used the cheapest option available, media mail, and it was $2.53 per package, times 25, which means over $60. Not a ridiculous amount, but still, not trivial. It’s interesting to me that Goodreads requires print books for giveaways. Ebooks would be so much easier (and free to send).
If you entered and didn’t win, there’s another giveaway coming up in April, for another 25 books. Here’s the tricky thing. I’d like to open it up to international readers, but I’m worried about the postage. There are no media mail rates outside the U.S. Another writer recently sent books to Portugal and it cost her $50 for a single package! If I had to pay $50 for every book in the giveaway, I’d be on the hook for over a thousand dollars in postage!
I need to figure out which countries I can reasonably send books to. Probably Canada, although I don’t expect that to be cheap. I don’t know about overseas. Maybe? I need to find out the rates. It frustrates me that I can’t satisfy international readers without obligating myself to potentially enormous and out-of-my-control postal rates (because I do not know who will win the giveaway books). If anyone has any answers to this dilemma, I’d love to hear them.
In other news, there are two new reviews of Assassin’s Gambit out there: