I'm confused about how to use media mail. Two weeks ago, I prepared three packages for submissions. The postal worker asked if I'd be interested in sending media rate since I was mailing books. She asked me about the attached paperwork, and I told her it was my biography and a cover letter. She sort of hesitated, but said it was fine. I didn't mail the packages that day because I wanted to share one of the enclosed manuscripts with my critique group.
Later, when I was ready to mail the packages, another postal worker asked me if the packages contained any advertising. I told her what the packages contained. She said that media rates applied to packages with books only. No cover letters or biographies (considered advertising). Like the postal worker before, she said that she'd allow it, this time, but that media mail could be searched, and if my contents were deemed advertising, the packages would be returned to me. I hesitated, but I was in a hurry. I was trying to get to the airport. If she was cool with my package, I was cool with my package.
Now that I'm back from my trip, I looked at the USPS website. Here's what is says: Media Mail is used for books, film, manuscripts, printed music, printed test materials, sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders consisting of medical information, videotapes, and computer-recorded media like CDs and diskettes.
Who is going to mail any of the above things without, at least, a cover letter? And, now I'm worried that an agent might frown on my having sent a SASE with media postage rates. Grrrr.
On another note: One last complaint about my Vegas trip. We finally got back today — a day-and-a-half later than we'd planned. But, it was too late to use our Lion King tickets. Three ticket, $85-bucks apiece, down the drain. Grrr again.