Monday, May 14, 2007

More on postal rates

For those of us that send out manuscripts via snail-mail, and a lot of markets still require that, there's a bit of sticker shock with the new rates.

For oversized envelopes, it used to be 63 cents for the first ounce and then 24 cents for each additional ounce. They've now changed that. It's now 90 cents for the first ounce and 17 cents for each additional ounce. So, if you're sending off a novel synopsis and the first three chapters, you probably will save some money, but for shorter manuscripts, it's going to cost more, and for the first couple of ounces, it's pretty significant.

One other thing, the post office doesn't have a 90 cent stamp yet. It would require some weird combinations to make it work. It used to be that you could stick a first class stamp and a post card stamp on the envelope and you'd have 63 cents, but that's no longer the case.

Couldn't they have come up with a more logical way to make this work?

Still, all things being equal, I am looking forward to the new Star Wars stamps. What can I say? I'm a geek!

6 comments:

Marva said...

I bought my 80 2-centers to cover my 100 roll of 39s. Auto bill pay and on-line pmts keep my consumption way down. I rarely send out paper ms. I'm wondering how nice the couple I have out with their 39 cent SASEs will pony up the extra 2 cents to reject me. One from February and one from early March. Why do I suspect I'll never hear from them at all?

J Erwine said...

I'd say that at least half of what I send out is still sent via snail-mail, so this is going to be a bit painful...

Ian said...

You collect Star Wars then? Cool. I'm looking forwards to those stamps as well. My wife thinks I have too much Star Wars stuff, which does not seem possible and for some reason she is unable to understand that.

J Erwine said...

Ian-When I was a kid I collected everything from the first trilogy, but unfortunately, I lost it all in an apartment fire.

Ian said...

Most of what I had when I was a kid vanished for various reasons, but in High School I got back into collecting and now my collection dominates the house.

You commented about how I must have a tolerant wife. Getting away with as much as I do with my Star Wars collection very much shows that to be true. Although she did know what she was getting into when she hooked up with me, so it really is all her own fault.

I think I might just throw up a blog about my collection today. Feels like a good day to do that.

J Erwine said...

There's a part of me that wouldn't mind getting back into collecting, but I would need a really good job to be able to afford it, and I haven't been lucky enough to find one of those yet.