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Muse Monday: Mailing Tips

muse mondaysWelcome to Muse Monday!

Every Monday, I’ll write a post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse, or whatever strikes my fancy to write regarding the craft of writing. I’ll also include a Linky. Link up YOUR post about writing, or the muse, or frustrations with the muse, or excitement about the muse — ANYTHING to do with writing and the craft of writing.

Mailing Tips

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  I enjoyed a much needed break from blogging, but I didn’t stop writing!

I sell a lot of autographed books through the mail — especially over the Christmas holiday.  When I first started selling them, I tried to figure the best way to do it, the best way that would keep me from having to run to the post office every-other day.

I looked into online postage sites, but those charge a fee for their services and I don’t really sell enough to justify paying a fee.

After researching it, I figured the most economical way (aside from going to the post office and mailing media mail, which is an option if a reader chooses) is to use the USPS website.  There, I can create a label that has the postage printed right on it.  You also get a discount for using this service verses going to a brick and mortar post office building.  The only downside to that is that you have to do First Class, Priority, or Express mail.  You can’t do media mail.

But, in my researching, I discovered Flat-Rate Priority Mail.  Whatever you can fit into the envelope costs one price.  Once I send more than one book, it is SUPER cheaper to ship it with the flat-rate price than with the priority price.  Plus, as a bonus, they provide free envelopes and I can save my supplies.

Like I said, going to the post office and paying media mail would ultimately be cheaper, but if you consider time and trouble, the extra two dollars to do it online from my computer and paying with Paypal just works for me.

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