The Postmaster General wants to raise the cost of a first-class stamp by at least 4 cents. Thankfully he doesn't want to do it until 2006, but by then he'll probably want more.
The constant raising of stamp prices causes a vicious circle. The post office raises stamp prices, people find ways to communicate without sending mail, the post office's budget goes down and they have to raise prices again. Then the whole thing starts over again.
I don't know about you, but I hardly ever mail anything anymore. I've even cut down the number of times I go to the post office to 2 or 3 times a week. About the only thing I get in the mail is bills now anyway. Who's in a hurry to see them?
Instead of mailing checks to pay bills, I have as many as I can paid through my savings account or automatically with a credit card. It saves me time and money.
Most of the stamps I use are on SASEs (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes) that I include with scripts I send to agents. When I receive the SASE back, I know it's bad news. I know this because if it was good news, they would've called me to tell me about my six-figure advance on my script sale, they wouldn't have sent me a letter.
I put an article (http://MoviesMoneyandMore.com/HighHopes.html) I wrote about a phone call I received from a production company on my website if you'd like to read it. This is closer to what I would hope would happen, but ... well, just read it for yourself.
If you've never gotten a rejection letter from an agent, you don't know what a treat it is. Here's an example of what to expect:
Dear No-Talent Hack,
I usually have to read at least 30 pages before I get disgusted with a script. In your case, it only took 5. I would thank you for saving me time, if those 5 pages hadn't been so dreadful to read.
Have you considered reading a book on screenwriting?
Not knowing what else to do with it, I tried to line my birdcage with your screenplay, but it was so bad my parrot didn't even want to crap on it. In the end I had to send your script to the dump where this awful thing belongs.
Have a nice day,
Okay, so maybe I exaggerated a little. Rejection letters from agents are rarely this nice.
It just seems that 41 cents to get a letter like this is too much.
The US Postal Service website is located here: www.usps.com.
Rocky Ramsey publishes Movies, Money and More, A humorous site featuring movie reviews, entertainment news, save/make money and more. You don't know what you're missing if you don't take a look. http://www.MoviesMoneyandMore.com