21.10.10

Dang! I Wish I Would've Known That!!!

As I'm sure has become painfully obvious, I'm learning as I go on this whole promotion business, and it seems I'm always saying, "Dang, I wish I would've known that!" Then it occurred to me...maybe I'm not the only one who didn't know that...perhaps I should share my newfound wisdom.  So  here I am with my most recently acquired tidbit. 

It's quite possible that I'm the very last person on Earth to learn this, but have you heard of the "Book Rate" at the U.S. Post Office (maybe in other countries too)?  It's this amazing thing where you say to your postal clerk "Send this at the book rate," and the postage is magically MUCH less!  For the last seven months I've been paying $5+ a pop to send out copies of Three Daves to contest winners, friends, and book reviewers, but today I walked in, said the magic words, and *poof* $2.38!  Two dollars and thirty-eight cents!!!  Less than half the cost! 

*Inhale* *Exhale* No rant, because I'll consider the money I've tossed away a goodwill donation to the flailing USPS and simply be grateful that I've finally discovered the error of my ways.  And if my mistake can help you, then all the better. Please note that there is a slower delivery time with the book rate---I've heard it can take up to two weeks---but if you've got time to spare, it's the way to go. 

And now, I'm going to go pack for my road trip tomorrow to my alma mater.  Oh, how I hope they still have Tainted Love on the jukebox at Marty's.  Pictures to follow next week. 

Oh, but before I go -- THANK YOU to everyone who's helped me eek out more followers for my Trifecta goal.  I don't want to count my chickens and all that, but I think I feel a (ridiculous) 100 follower contest coming on soon...


P.S. Anyone going to the Florida Writers Association Conference this weekend?  If so, look for Alison Oburia, who will be there signing copies of her romantic suspense novel, Passion Fish.   I promise, meeting her will add a little sunshine to your day.

11 comments:

Marieke said...

Road trip sounds like so much fun!! :D

Joanna St. James said...

yay! and I did not know about the book rate so you just saved my future bank account (for when I get published and hold contests :)
Have fun and looking forward to pictures

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enjoy the trip! And thanks, now I have that song stuck in my head.

Nicki Elson said...

Indeed I hope is is a lot of fun, Marieke.

Awesome, Joanna! I'm glad to know I've helped at least one person.

Everything's better w/ Tainted Love stuck in your head, Alex.

Thank you all for stopping by!

JJ said...

I, unfortunately, must miss the FWA conference this year. I'll be back!

Nicki Elson said...

Aw, that stinks JJ. Keep an eye out for Alison at other FWA events - she really is a sweetheart.

KarenG said...

Ah wonderful wonderful media mail! Just fyi-- get the 75 cents tracking when you do it. Otherwise you have no way of tracking the package if it gets lost, and sometimes media mail is pretty slow. IT's nice to go on the computer and see where it is. Also, don't include a letter with it because it's subject to search and they'll return it to you if they see a letter. Book only. Maybe a book mark stuck (hidden) inside, an invoice is ok too, but no personal notes beside what you might write inside the book.

Nicki Elson said...

Thanks for the tip on the tracking, Karen. Also on no inclusions!

M.J. Nicholls said...

Postage is criminal. Some Amazon sellers make most of their moolah with P&P costs. Ridiculous! (And nice blog, by the way).

lotusgirl said...

Wow. I'm follower 99. I'm feeling sort of Agenty. How's that for an old reference? I learned about the book rate when I was in college. Shipping things cross country was much cheaper at book rate prices.

Nicki Elson said...

Agreed about the postage, M.J. And thanks for your compliment on me blog. :)

Thanks for being my follower 99 lotusgirl! Glad you found out about the book rate in time to save some moolah.