The Cursed SASE

A quick vocab lesson before we start:

Query Letters are what I am sending to literary agents to ask (thus the “query”) if they would consider representing my manuscript.  A SASE is a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope, which accompanies the snail mail queries so the agents can send their responses back to me on my dime.

Now that you know the terminology, time for the tale.

In the first round of my query letters, one of them was returned to me marked as “undeliverable.”  After I got over my brief wave of disappointment, I opened it up and took out the SASE.  I figured I might as well save it and reuse it in the next round. 

I sent it out again this round, as one of the three SASEs I included in snail mail letters.  The old one had a holiday stamp, while the other two had “forever” stamps with the Liberty Bell on them.

If you read the title of this entry, you can probably guess where this is going. 

Another letter came back, again marked as “undeliverable.”  When I opened the envelope and saw the same SASE with the now very out of season snowman stamp, I couldn’t believe it.  I cut the stamp off to put on a bill and threw away the envelope.   It isn’t just athletes who are superstitious.

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