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Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:55 PM »
 I live in Canada and want to send my work to a U.S publisher. They require S.A.S.E for a response, my post office doesn't have stamps for things coming from the U.S back in to Canada. I know there's international reply coupons. Anything else? What do others do?

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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 06:23 PM »
I think you can buy stamps through the US Postal Service website.

Yep, you can!  I'm in Canada too, and that's how I would get US stamps.  :)
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 08:36 PM »
Thanks! That is definitely what I'm going to do then.

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Edit: When I tried to order it said "Not accepting international orders at this time." Any one else have this issue? Any suggestions?
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 11:47 PM »
Can you buy US stamps on Ebay? Not collectable, just regular stamps?

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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2011, 05:43 AM »
I actually already tried Ebay and couldn't find any. Who thought getting stamps would be so difficult.

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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2011, 06:39 AM »
You can get something called "International Reply Coupons" at the post office in Canada. https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/PG/manual/PGintreply-e.asp

They are expensive, so you probably want to just include a business envelope and mark the ms. itself as disposable.


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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2011, 06:52 AM »
When I tried to order it said "Not accepting international orders at this time." Any one else have this issue? Any suggestions?

Yikes!  It's been a few years--I guess they stopped.

There are theoretically IRCs available, but I've heard that they can be difficult to use and I've never gotten them myself.  When I first started submitting and the USPS didn't sell stamps online, I would just ask a friend in the US to pick up a pack for me and send them a check or Paypal money in repayment.  Maybe you could do the same? 
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2011, 07:31 PM »
Regarding IRCs - In my experience, I have found that publishers don't like IRCs much. Are they any trouble to redeem, I wonder? I have sometimes had them returned to me. (I am way over in Australia.) Plus not all postage outlets sell them any more.

Ordering stamps via US post sounds like a good option.

By the way, I don't know if this is really acceptable but, when US publishers ask for return postage now, I advise them in my cover letter to let me know their response by email and to please dispose of any rejected material in the recycling. I haven't had any complaints yet, although I have only tried this once or twice.
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2011, 08:09 PM »
Publishers don't like IRCs.

When I needed U.S. stamps, I would stock up whenever I crossed the border. You can ask an American friend to send you some.
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2011, 02:45 AM »
Getting the US postage from abroad is almost impossible anymore! The USPS website won't send them internationally, and IRC's aren't available in every country (and publishers don't like them...).

My only suggestion is to ask someone in the states to buy stamps and send them to you (after you send them the money to do this, of course!). Whenever I run low, I have my mom send me some.

Publishers/agents (some already know this, of course!) really need to understand that sending SASE's isn't really an option for everyone and that with the current state of technology, email just makes more sense.

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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2011, 01:37 PM »
I used to advise people outside the US to get IRCs, but these days, and I say this as an editor who has read thousands of slush manuscripts over the years, I don't see the need of it.

Many of the larger houses have a policy of not responding if not interested; for smaller companies, who actually do return submissions, I think the suggestion to ask for an email reply is a good one.
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2011, 07:48 PM »
I'm leaning towards asking for an email response and if that doesn't work I have some friends in the U.S, so I'll get one of them to send some stamps.

Thanks for all the great suggestions! :biggrin:

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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2011, 08:23 PM »
Just remember that first class stamps aren't enough to mail to Canada.

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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2011, 09:58 AM »
I used to advise people outside the US to get IRCs, but these days, and I say this as an editor who has read thousands of slush manuscripts over the years, I don't see the need of it.

Many of the larger houses have a policy of not responding if not interested; for smaller companies, who actually do return submissions, I think the suggestion to ask for an email reply is a good one.

Harold, Many countries don't offer IRCs -- I live in the Netherlands and spent a couple years in Ireland, and IRCs are completely unheard of in both of these countries.
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2011, 07:07 PM »
Harold, Many countries don't offer IRCs -- I live in the Netherlands and spent a couple years in Ireland, and IRCs are completely unheard of in both of these countries.
Yes, I've heard that, and that's one reason why I tell people you don't need to include them. (I've had a similar experience to yours--all countries that are part of the international postal agreements are supposed to offer them, but in practice they aren't available other than by special order or from main post offices in selected cities...)
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Re: Getting U.S Postage for S.A.S.E
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2012, 11:09 PM »
I go to a stamp collector shop and buy the latest US stamps there. It was always way cheaper than the $15US UPS wanted to charge to deliver stamps to Australia, anyway (must have really heavy stamps up top).

Often tho, I just point out to the publisher that I'm overseas, stamps are not readily available, and ask if they can please recycle the manuscript and reply by email. If a publisher wants your manuscript they will do that. If they don't want your manuscript you may have to assume no news is bad news (which I assume anyway after a few weeks).