Hello AAPA Friends,
The bundle got mailed out this morning and is making it's way to you. We jumped the number up to 150, so I have a few extra. If you know someone who might enjoy a sample bundle, get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and give me an address, and I will get one in the mail. We might find a new member or two.
I want to remind everyone that you can send your work via media mail, and it is so much less expensive. It falls under the "pages ready to be collated" category. Many people already send their work this way. Another way that people save money on postage is by sending multiple months submissions at once, but who knows how they can be so organized and ahead of the game? Also, using the flat rate boxes is much cheaper than using your own box, and padded envelopes are much cheaper than boxes. I have noticed postage on packages going up so much, that I'm just passing on suggestions to help keep your work coming my way.
The envelope this month was printed by Danny Kelly in Cleveland, with my thanks! Danny always throws in a copy of The Plain Dealer, the terrific Cleveland newspaper, when he mails the envelopes, so he has my husband's thanks too. The next time we're back there, we'll take you out to Old Fashion Hot Dogs and buy you one of the world's best hot dogs in thanks. And thanks, as always, to Ivan for printing the labels, stuffing the bundles, the pleasant conversation, and the endless encouragement. I hope someday to stop telling you about things I WANT to print, and actually be able to show you something I finished!
If you have any interest in making envelopes for a future month, let me know. March and April are covered. It can be a fun format to play around with.
Have a great month. Daffodils are already coming up here, way too early, but it's hard to not be excited by spring, no matter how early it seems to be.
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