12.11.2005

Postage increase on 1/8/6

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.

13 comments:

waylander said...

Is there any change in airmail rates? I'm currently using 80c stamps for my SASEs

Miss Snark said...

I added a link to the post office site so you can investigate. Looks like the short answer is yes, but the long answer "how much" varies.

Sonarbabe said...

Oh man! I sent out my full in October. I had no idea about the $.02 jump. Oops. Well, with any luck, the woman I sent to will follow Miss Snark's lead and cut me some slack since it's in January I'm supposed to hear back from her.

Brady Westwater said...

For the ever growing record... there is no such expression as... 'chap my saddle'. The proper expression is 'chaps my ass'. It is a condition developed when one's tenderfoot butt has been unwisely exposed to a saddle. This condition is NOT, however, transferable from one's butt to one's... saddle. Saddles are generally considered to be insentient objects.

asdf said...

sh*t, sh*t, sh*t. Yes, the airmail rates are going up. And I just had someone send me 50 bucks worth of 8o cent stamps from USA. This is SO annoying. Miss Snark, will agents who don't take email queries ANSWER via email instead of an SASE?

Miss Snark said...

growing record indeed.

"chap my saddle" is a perfectly good phrase, combining as it does the sensibility of "chap" the verb and "chaps" the noun and since what you use to perch IN your saddle is your ahem..ass...it makes perfect sense.

Next thing you know, you'll be correcting the grammer in Elvis Presley songs.

"You are nothing but hound dog, crying all night".

Woof.

Brady Westwater said...

Taking this monumental dispute to the Lord God GOOGLE - "chap my saddle" has exactly.... ZERO.... hits while "chaps my ass" has... 18,800 hits.

Woof!

Miss Snark said...

Lord God Google indeed.

ClearlyLGG is missing, AT THE VERY LEAST...MISS SNARK'S BLOG!!

Three THREE references,just today.

Chap this, saddle bum!

Brady Westwater said...

For those not familiar with UK vernacular - in England - bum means... ass. A rather quite clever play on words.

Now one might question the wisdom of poking sharp sticks into the rhetoric of the mistress of all that is evil - i.e. - the CRAPOMETER - just days before its arrival on the isle of Manhattan, but as a appreciator of all things saddle, chaps and... asses.... I feel I need to defend their collective honour.

Miss Snark said...

don't you owe some one a screenplay?
shouldn't you be fondling your keyboard?

The crapometer has made a brief stop in Kansas to consult with the Intelligent Designers before waddling home.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the wise up bucko sticker, isn't it true that you must use a NY return address if the letter is postmarked in NY? I thought that was one of the new security measures. I used to use my own return address on my SASE, but then had someone correct me on that. What to do?

Sal said...

Regarding the wise up bucko sticker, isn't it true that you must use a NY return address if the letter is postmarked in NY? I thought that was one of the new security measures. I used to use my own return address on my SASE, but then had someone correct me on that. What to do?

The mismatch between return address and postmark is one of the characteristics the USPS advises you to look for when you're checking your incoming mail for "suspicious" letters or parcels.

Being as the return address on the mail Miss Snark will be sending you is yours and matches the address on the envelope, you (or your housesitter while you're wintering in Abaco) should realize that the mismatched postmark is nothing to fear.

Shouldn't you?

KillerYapp said...

Ha!!