SHOULD I GIVE UP? - Shipping too expensive for Indiegogo campaign



  • Why not integrate amazon publishing? I have never used it, but I have hear some good things about it. 🙂
    https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/


  • SVS OG

    @Geoffrey-Gordon I've been asking around crowdfunding forums as well and they also suggested using print on demand amazon KDP or Ingram sparks. I'm a bit apprehensive though because I feel POD makes the book a bit impersonal. I'd like to include a handwritten thank you note to all books sent to backers but I can't do that with POD. Of course, if I don't find any other cheap shipping alternative, POD is my best bet.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz I hear you, I am new to this world. But perhaps for your first book it would be ok, it may not be a bad idea to get published and recognized. Then when your book does well use that as a social proof example to try something different. I would love to see what root you go, as I have only written my first book, I still have to illustrating it. 🙂

    Furthermore, my illustration skills are not as good as yours, so i have to learn first then I can only illustrate.


  • SVS OG

    @Geoffrey-Gordon yeah, but getting traditionally published takes years. plus, I'll be creating a collection of classic fairytales book. I don't think publishers will be interested with that. My best chance of getting this book out into the world is through self publishing.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz Will Terry experienced the same thing with his crowdfunding campaign. When he found out the shipping cost would be something along the lines of $50 per book (for international shipping), he sent out a note and was completely honest and transparent about it. Gave supporters the option of changing their pledge for an ebook version which was cheaper and, of course, didn’t come with a high cost of shipping. I don’t recall if he had realized this after his campaign ended or right before.

    I really don’t understand why shipping is so high. I sell a thin, light book, for $20 but mailing it overseas costs over $10.


  • SVS OG

    @danielerossi yeah, I remember that one. I ordered a hardback. I was willing to pay the shipping fee just to get a souvenir from Will. I hope people will the same for my book. But I don’t have that strong a following tho. 😭



  • Is it possible to get a partner in US ? so that you ship things in bulk to him/her, and then he/she send out for you. US domestic shipping for book is not expensive. Depends on the weight, 1 lbs is 2.80 ship in office, or only 2.10 if one prints shipping label online and drop off in office. You may also want to pay this person, but if it is a friend, things would be much easier.


  • SVS OG

    @idid i’ve been looking in partnering with a fulfillment service provider or maybe family but nothing has panned out yet.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz Yeah I was heartbroken, too. I really wanted the book but I’m unemployed right now so ebook will have to do. At the very least, the content will be the same 🙂



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz Maybe you can use POD service and send to your buyers a handwriting thanks note by regular mail, just a thought 🤔


  • SVS OG

    @Hector-Sandoval-Ormeño Hi! Yeah, I was considering that too. However, sending cards from the Philippines to America or Europe cost about $4. If a backer will order the POD book and I'll send them the card separately, they'll have to pay for 2 shipments. It's still a bit impractical. However, if they ordered more extras like art prints, book marks, pins, etc, and I send these rewards separately, then I guess the added shipping fee will be justified.

    I'm considering that if backers only ordered the book that they won't get a note. I don't know if people will like this but this does seem like my best option yet. If I can't find a better solution, I'm going this route.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz I was thinking that the cost of the thank note would be free for the buyers of physical copies but if the cost is too high for the profit margin obviously is impractical 😓


  • SVS OG

    @Hector-Sandoval-Ormeño I'd love to give it for free but I'm already not earning anything from the books. i don't have money to spare. I honestly don't know where I'll get the money for shipping if not from the backers. $4 can add up if you have multiple backers.


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