Postal Poverty

One of our biggest expenses is postage and the USPS is raising their rates this month. When we started the press it cost $1.42 to send a book media rate. Right now the rate is $1.59 but they’re raising the it to $2.13. 54 cents may not sound like much but it adds up. We send out a lot of review copies. So far this year I’d estimate that we’ve sent out over 200 ARCs, not to mention contributor’s copies for anthologies. At these new prices it would have cost $100 more. So I think we are going to have to get even more selective about where we send review copies. It’s too bad more reviewers won’t accept PDFs, though I understand why they don’t.