5.10.2007

Why Miss Snark Hates Postage Increases-Reason #1

Miss Snark,

I sent a partial to an agent, and I didn't take into account the postage increase on May 14th. If she sends me my SASE after that date, my stamp won't work. What should I do?

We've laid in a stock of penny stamps for this. Generally I put stamps on SASEs that don't have the new postage particularly if I've been a slacker and held on to something too long.

If you don't hear back in 30 days of course, write again and include an envelope with the correct postage.

Really smart queriers bought FOREVER stamps to put on their SASEs. The Forever stamp is the correct postage no matter when you bought it or use it It only works for #10 envelopes with a few pages at most, I believe (ie you can't put it on an catalog envelope for the return of 30 pages).

I hate postage increases.

Thanks though for reminding me. I better get the slush pile dealt with this weekend to beat the deadline.

15 comments:

Denise said...

Read my mind! After honing my query letter to a razor-sharp point, to whit I can now sing it to a showtunes beat, I finally sent it out to half a dozen agents last week. Only to realize that they'll have to add postage to the SASEs, something I thought Miss Snark would roundly denounce. Thank you for setting my mind at rest. Until I think of the next thing to obsess about...

alisa said...

Wow. The post office is celebrating my birthday with a postage increase. Grrr. :D

Mario said...

Another way to deal with this is for authors to put their own address as the return address on the SASE. That way, if there is not enough postage, the envelope will come back to your local post office where they will hold it for you until you pay the shortfall.

Don said...

On the flip side, I've got a short story out with a SASE that I sent in January. The estimated response time passed two weeks ago, but I figure I'll be justified in sending them an e-mail if I haven't received a response by Monday,

Molly said...

Actually, really smart queriers are going to know that stocking up on "forever" stamps is a losing proposition unless they do so immediately before the next rate increase. Inflation moves faster than the post office.

snarkfodder said...

There was a post on this over at The Rejecter's blog recently. One commenter, named "the mailman," (4th down) seemed to know what he was talking about when he explained the reasons for it.

http://rejecter.blogspot.com/2007/05/postage-alert.html

Travis Erwin said...

Okay, I hate to admit this. Especially given Miss Snark's feelings for the good 'ol US Postal Service, but I am one the the few the proud, the disgruntled ... A Postal Worker.

Fret not fellow queriers. If an agents drops your SASE into the mail and it is a few pennies short of full postage (the same can be said about most of us postal workers by the way) it will still get delivered as postage due. You will get a nice little envelope telling you how much money your kindly postal carrier had to spend out of his own pocket to ensure your form rejection letters arrival at its proper destination. Because we all know nothing good ever comes in the mail.

Actaully that's not true, I got a lovely little rejection letter just this week that smelled of lilac petals, vanilla, and just a hint of hope.

Anonymous said...

Not true, that nothing good ever comes in the mail--I got a request for a partial in my SASE. Unfortunately, I was never able to contact the agent when I got another offer of representation--no response to two phone calls, a fax, and an email to the agency site. Oh well!

canwag said...

I got smart and bought two booklets of "Forever" stamps yesterday. Now all I need are query letters to attach them to... and, of course, a finished novel (sigh).

Manic Mom said...

THat's motivation to hit the slush pile. With the amount of queries you get, those two-centers will add up!

Anonymous said...

Didn't you guys have a postage increase earlier this year already? I'm just waiting for the first postage decrease, but of course those never happen.

sky said...

Molly said: Actually, really smart queriers are going to know that stocking up on "forever" stamps is a losing proposition unless they do so immediately before the next rate increase.

I just checked usps.com and the forever stamps are currently going for $0.41, so it looks like that saving-two-cents window has just closed!

WandererInGray said...

*wonders*

Since all my queries have my address on both the "to" and "from" sections ... will they get returned anyway even if they don't have correct postage?

:P

ERiCA said...

Also, it's good to note that the Breast Cancer stamps have *always* been forever stamps. I buy these on general principles (B.C. unfortunately runs in my family) but it's good to know that you never have to add 2 cent stamps with them. Plus you're helping a great cause!!

Kristin said...

I sent out several queries in early April...I new about the postal rate increase, asked my local USPS branch for the 'forever' stamp. And guess what they told me?

"Oh, that's not coming out until May."

Argh!

I was hoping most SASEs would get back to me, but I'm still waiting on a few. I hope other agents are as kind as you are, Miss Snark, and add those penny stamps.

Fie on the post office!