Attention writers: Postage increase

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 At 2:00 AM

Evidently they don't feel they've done this to us enough in the past ten years, so the United States Post Office is raising the price of postage again.

The rate increase is only a penny and won't go into effect until May. Still, writers should keep this in mind — particularly if you query or send submissions via snail mail. Be sure to either use the Forever stamp on SASEs, or use enough postage in case the editor sends it back after May 12th.

If you're like me, you might also want to stock up on Forever stamps in the meantime, which will apparently continue to sell at the current price until the rate change takes place.

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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

I saw this yesterday too. It's almost like clockwork...every six months to a year, you can be sure that you'll be paying more to mail stuff. Still, considering the price of gas and that the post office still offers door-to-door service, I try not to get too worked up about it.

 
 
Blogger Nikki Says:  

I saw this today on the news and the first thing I thought of was how glad I am that I do my bill paying at least online. Now if only I could convert the hubby!

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Kathy,

I agree, it doesn't bother me too much, though I do think fondly of the days when postage was 27 cents.

Nikki,

I do a little of both myself. Paying online does make it easier, but with certain things I still like to have the paper trail!

 
 
Blogger Michele Says:  

Yes, I saw this too. I agree with Kathy. I thought about the price of gas and the door-to-door postal service and tried to just keep my cool. :-)

Smiles,
Michele

 
 
Blogger Lori Says:  

I heard about this. I guess we're fortunate it's not more!

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Michele,

Hey, you guys are starting to make me sound like a penny pincher -- LOL! I don't care (much), but I think it's good to remind writers to keep this in mind when sending out queries.

Lori,

Yeah, we probably are fortunate. I think they usually raise it by more than a penny. What I think it nice about it this time around is that the Forever stamps will still be good even after the rate increase. If you're smart enough to buy Forever stamps, that means you won't have to stand in line for one-cent stamps -- which, to tell the truth, is my least favorite part about the annual postage rate increase!

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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