Monday, August 21, 2006

And It's Off...

My requested partial is officially off in the mail, winging it's way across the Atlantic. I have the hardest blooming time at the post office. I always forget stuff. I even make a list of what to do so I won't forget and still I forget!

This time, I forgot to write "Requested Material" on the envelope. Which since it says as much on the cover letter, I'm hoping isn't that big of a deal.

Speaking of envelopes, I discovered today, that something I thought was well known, may not be so well known. So I thought I would share. The post office provides these great envelopes for FREE. They're tyvek. I learned about them when an agent requested a partial and I sent it in and when she requested the full, she told me to put it in a tyvek envelope provided by the post office. They're made of this waxy material and nearly indestructible. There are domestic and global envelopes.

Not only are they free, but you can order a big bunch sent to you at home, for FREE! You just go to www.usps.com and then navigate your way through the maze till you find them and click order.

Thank goodness I've got my next project under way, because otherwise I'd be sitting here biting my nails. Crikes.

So now I have two questions... One feeds into my insecurity. Is it a big deal that my sub sent to Richmond doesn't have "requested material" on it? And, what's the best way you've found to make the wait easier?

April

12 comments:

Tempest Knight said...

Oh, I didn't know about those tyvek envelops. I have to check them out! As for your questions, I'm afraid I don't know since I've never had to submit anything through snail mail.

JENNA said...

I always Tyvek. For fulls, you can global priority and they provide the box!

Does Requested Materials matter...eh, it's over. It will probably take an extra two weeks or so to get to.

The wait gets easier?

Stephanie Bose said...

Congtrats on getting it out the door! Way to go! And don't stress about the Requested Materials thing. I agree with Jenna. Won't make a lot of difference.

The wait... well, it's been almost 7 months my ms has been at MIRA. And it still sucks. Ugh. How do I cope? Seriously, I try my best to just not think about it. In the grand scheme of what I see as my writing career, this wait is a small thing and part of the process. Keep writing : )

DJ said...

Good Luck! I'm putting special Cajun gris-gris on your partial that helps protect it from all negative waves.

Karen Erickson said...

That's cool about the free envelopes. I haven't sent anything via snail mail in either, but I'm gearing up to do so here soon...

:)

Michelle said...

Don't sweat the requested material part. Richmond always requests partials (they like to read chapters instead of queries), and it will likely be read within 3-4 months. Then they'll request the full (positive thinking) and if you're very lucky, they might put in a compliments slip. That means it bypasses the readers and goes straight to the editor's desk. Best of luck!!

Tessa Radley said...

Good luck, April! My fingers are crossed for you!

Tessa

Shelli Stevens said...

What?! They're FREE!? I just bought a crapload for like $17. Grrrrr. Do the full manuscripts fit in them though? HMmmmm.

Shelli Stevens said...

Oooh and GOOD LUCK ON THE SUBMISSION!!!

April said...

Thanks, everyone for the well wishes and reassurances! The gris-gris is sure to help, dj ;-)

Sarah L. Castleberry said...

I've learned about Tyvek through the RWA "contest circuit". Everyone requests the entries in Tyvek...

Best of luck!! So exciting!

Stacy Dawn said...

Free envelopes from the Post office??? wow, definately not up here.

Awesome on getting your stuff out there!! Good luck.

As for the waiting, it's going to be long so yeah, bury yourself in something else ASAP and get excited over it.