Yesterday was a pretty interesting day for a lot of reasons…day off, walk in the park and a visit to the library in my new town with my guy, a pretty solid scope of work finished, and some delicious food…but the biggest thing about yesterday was that I finally went to the post office to get some of my books mailed out. Now, that might not sound like a big deal to a lot of people…most people, for that matter, but it was a huge stepping stone for me. I’ve never done anything like this before, and I can get some major, major social anxiety (as in, even got into a little tiff with my guy about it) about the smallest, stupidest things if I’ve never done it before. I have this paranoia about going in there, creating some unspoken societal faux pas that I was unaware of, and making the lives of everyone around me a little more annoying. I know it’s a little ridiculous, but it can be overwhelming, which is why my books have been sitting on the living room table for nearly a month now.
So milestone reached, I now am a gazillion times more familiar with the act of mailing my books out to people. I knew it wouldn’t be cheap, but I’m still a little uncomfortable with the price and definitely paid a little more due to my ignorance. Apparently, just a few ounces can make the difference between a $6 package and a $10 one, so those flat-rate boxes are going to be my best friend when sending more than just one book, and still might be more cost-efficient when sending out just one, when you factor in the cost of the envelopes I originally bought.
Ah, well. Live and learn, and about seven people will be getting packages with my books in them. Tomorrow, I’ll send out the rest, and that’s pretty freaking awesome. Even better, I understand what it entails a little bit more, so I’m looking forward to potentially more little walks to the post office to send my work all around the country. One step closer to having this whole business down! Whoo hoo!
You need to be sending those by media mail! It’s much less expensive!
I…don’t know that that is.
See? Ignorance. Social faux pas. I do things wrong because I don’t know any better, and I come up looking like an idiot.
I do some shipping here at work, so I know most of the different ways to ship. If you’re shipping books, manuscripts, etc. you can use a class called media mail. It’s about the cheapest class you can use. The package IS subject to being opened and examined by the post office to make sure it really is media, but that doesn’t happen that often, and they tape it back up if they do. It will save a lot of money.
So…do you just go in and say, “I’d like to send this via media mail?” Or do you need to do something special to be able to do that?
Yes!! This is exactly what I was thinking! I think it’s just a flat rate of $3.99 to ship the package…
Yes, I think you would just tell them that. I have Postal software here at work, but if you’re taking it to the post office, you just need to tell them it’s books and you want to send them by media mail. They may ask to see it.
I…am definitely going to have to try this. Thank you! I would have never known that option even existed.
And even the bystanders can learn from it! =D So glad I visited here today! =D
Wahoo on the little trip that was a big step! You’re rocking this!
Hope all is well! I have been reading your âSoullessâ e-book and I LOVE it! Not the usual type of book I read, however, it is amazing. I only seem to have time to read before bed and am savoring it page by page. Not sure if you have my address to send me your books, but, here it is! 940 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577. I canât wait to have it my hands!
Let me know when you are ready for me to design the next cover. I have some ideas and especially since I have been reading your book. Keep me posted!
Have a wonderful weekend. I love your daily blogs!