Instead of an SASE (i.e., an envelop), is it acceptable to send an SAS-POSTCARD?

Sure. Just don't put "check this box" and offer four stupid responses like:

1. Not right for me
2. Really not right for me
3. Left me cold
4. Left me calling on Dog for an end to my suffering

I'm not a fan of the postcard cause I think they get lost more easily than letters, and there's less space to write anything if I'm so inclined (see 1-4 above).

The cost difference is fifteen cents per unit, so I'm not sure what the benefit is but I'm not going to sneer sardonically at a postcard. I save all that for "Miss Snark the Video Game".


Anonymous said...

How about the "Manuscript of ___ arrived on ___" postcards? I've heard some editors say they're okay, and other sneer at them. I do like a little assurance that my manuscript actually did arrive (I've had several that didn't), but not at the cost of cheesing off an editor.

Anonymous said...

When the agency wanted a partial with a query, I'd send it priority where I could trace it (free if you print the label from the USPS web site). This way, I'd know it arrived and wouldn't run the risk of cheesing someone off. I figured priority works well because it arrives like regular mail--no signing for it--and has the added benefit of being traceable.


One of my first queries was sent back to me with a hand written note (rejection, but it contained more than the canned stuff). If I hadn't included a SASE, then I wouldn't have gotten it, so I personally think the 15¢ is worth it.

Brenda said...

Yup, what writerious said. I've not heard of them being sent in place of the SASE, but as a follow-up.

Anonymous said...

My problem with the postcards, is that anyone can read it. Let's say, the agent writes 'You stink', and the postcard gets into my neighbours mailbox. Embarassing.

HawkOwl said...

Totally agree with anonymous. In fact Canada Post loses so much mail that I send all my important mail via Xpress Post, which is the same thing: tracking number but no signature. Money orders, manuscripts (if I sent manuscripts, which I don't), legal letters. And everything that's not important, I just email. I haven't sent regular mail in years.

Anonymous said...

I've had priority mail with tracking number not get scanned on arrival. That's nerve-wracking, especially when you're sending something for a deadline and you then wonder if you should send it again and cheese off the recipient, or email to follow up and cheese off the recipient, or take a chance it really arrived (etc etc.)

In my experience, editors who fail to reject you in an SASE also fail to return a follow-up SASP. They're too good to let you know you weren't good enough for them. :-)

And finally, I have received rejection letters two weeks after the postmark date, razor-bladed open and taped back together. Clearly delivered to the wrong house. Someone in my big heartless city knows I may not already be a winner. ;-)

The postal system is based on some level of trust it not always deserves.

Anonymous said...

Waaaay too much energy involved in this decision. Send the SASE.

Why waste your time thinking about this at all? They want an SASE, send an SASE.

It's almost as if you're going out of your way to stand out, just an eentsy bit. Let your writing do that for you. Meanwhile do what the person you are asking to do something for you asks.

Just send the SASE.