I ran across this random article about 13 Things Your Mail Carrier Won't Tell You. They're pretty good to know, but the one that really caught my eye was number four:
4. Media Mail is a bargain, but most of you don’t know to ask for it. Sending ten pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $5.89, compared with $16.77 for Parcel Post. Besides books, use it to send manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just don’t include anything else in the package.
Cool! I can get a good deal when I send books through Media Mail - which I had never really heard of before. But what else caught my attention? One word: manuscripts. It's pricey to send your manuscript to publishers, but apparently not as pricey as I'd thought.
Also, with me doing all the promoting of my book, I'll be responsible for sending copies of my books to reviewers as well as giveaway winners. This will definitely save me some cash.
So keep all this in mind if you're sending your work to publishers or even a CD of pictures to your baby's grandparents.