Dear Agent Manners,
When sending a full MS, or indeed, anything that’s too large for a tidy 9X12 inch or 10X13 inch clasp envelope, what is the preferred enveloping method? Should we be scavenging appropriate sized boxes, or would a Jiffy envelope do? Help me, Agent Manners, you’re my only hope.
You’d Never Know My Dayjob Included Being the Shipping Manager, Would You? in Michigan
Dear You’d Never Know:
Agent Manners advises this: Pack the manuscript in such a way that it survives transit in roughly the same quality as when it first departs your desk. And remember page numbers on the off-chance the packaging fails and the post office repacks it in one of those stamped plastic envelopes (not that Agent Manners has ever received an unpaginated manuscript the postal service mixed up…. no….) The priority boxes, free for the taking at the post office, or a sufficiently sized jiffy envelope, and a few rubberbands should do the trick.