Jan. 8, the cost of stamps goes up to 39 cents. What does an agent do come January, when she gets to her piles of queries after spoiling herself on ginned up eggnog...maybe she hasn't gotten to reading some queries from as far back as, uh, November? December? And the SASE has only 37 cents? Do you add a two-cent stamp? Do you toss it to Killer Yapp for dessert? And if you cut people a break, how long do you do it? One month?
Postage increases chap my saddle.
I invest in penny stamps, usually about a hundred. I'll spot you the two cents for about ten days which is my query turn around time. After that, I throw them in the mailbox and let you pay on your end, cause yanno, the increase wasn't exactly embargoed news till 1/8/6.
What REALLy annoys me are the people who put MY address on the return portion of the envelope rather than their own. This means if there is a problem with the mail it comes back to me instead of you. I usually cover it with a sticker that says "wise up bucko". I know people do this so they can keep track of who is responding but a better way is to write something on the back of the envelope.
If you're sending out query letters, use the new rate on your SASE starting 1/1/6. Do it cause you're a pro.
Here's the link to the post office rate sheet for more info.