How to Mail a Book on a Tight Budget

Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“How to Mail a Book on a Tight Budget” by Joan Y. Edwards

I set out the other week to send a reviewer a copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. I couldn’t believe the costs with FedEx and UPS…almost $15.00. Not within my tight budget.

I read where bubble wrap that allows books to move around wasn’t good, but wrapping the book tight in bubble wrap would be good…protect from water. Another person said that cardboard that stapled the book down around the edges where it couldn’t move was good. I didn’t want to have to buy a lot of products to keep around the house.

Office Depot had small bubble wrap containers (between $1.00-2.00), but they were larger than my book so the book wiggled around. However, FedEx had recycled cardboard envelopes (Yesterday’s News® Padded Mailer) of different sizes. Size #2 for about $1.29 was one that fit my book. It fit great: not too loose, not too tight. Goldilocks, just right. It self-sealed. I wrote the mailing address and return address right on the envelope. I went to the U.S. Post Office and mailed it for $2.11 media mail which included a tracking number. Now that was my kind of bargain. The reviewer who received the book said it arrived in great shape. Hip Hip Hooray!

I think most packages don’t have to sit in the rain. If you’re worried about that, you couId put a layer of bubble wrap around your book to protect it from water.

Below are three resources with more hints to wrap and ship a book. How do you ship books? Please share in the comment area.


And the Winners Are: Aidana WillowRaven, Andrea Ball, Marcia Ann Radaker Collins, and Niki Masse Schoenfeldt

“And the Winners Are: Aidana WillowRaven, Andrea Ball, Marcia Ann Radaker Collins, and Niki Masse Schoenfeldt” by Joan Y. Edwards

Between April 19, 2016 and May 31, 2016 I compiled a list of people who helped spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, in person, on blogs and websites about Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive:

Great Readers, Reviewers, Authors, Illustrators, Websites, and Blogs

Here is a list an alphabetical listing of those I know shared with others.

1.    Aidana WillowRaven
2.    Andrea Ball
3.    Andrea Dawn Brummett
4.    Ann Eisenstein
5.    Barbara Lunow
6.    Bonnie Bartel Latino
7.    Carol Baldwin
8.    Catherine H. Armstrong
9.    Cynthia Vestal
10.    Dana Roberts
11.    Deborah Allmand
12.    Deb Hockenberry
13.    David Lee Bragg
14.    Emma Shipes
15.    Gretchen Griffith
16.    Janet Meyer
17.    Janet K. Brown
18.    Janis Silverman
19.    Jennifer Jordan
20.    Joan B. Reid
21.    John Magoteaux
22.    John Snow
23.    J.Q. Rose
24.    Karen Tomas
25.    Kathleen Burkinshaw
24.    Kathy Kusior
25.    Kim Kilbarger
26.    Kristina Stanley
27.    Linda Andersen
28.    Linda Collier
29.    Linda Vigen Phillips
30.    Lorrie York Hackett
31.    Louise Bradford Blanks
32.    Marcia Ann Radaker Collins
33.    Marie Lunow
34.    Megan Vance
35.    Melanie Robertson-King
36.    Mimi Milford
37.    Mollie E. Chewning
38.    Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
39.    Roy L. Vestal
40.   Sabrina Campbell Colvin
41.    Sandra Warren
42.    Shawn Simon
43.    Sheri S. Levy
44.    Susan Bergdorf Magoteaux
45.    Susan Hornbach
46.    Tracy Campbell
47.    Vivian Zabel
48.    Woody Schlier

I told you I was going to choose one winner. I couldn’t do that. There are so many of you who have helped me that I asked to choose 4 winners. Here they are:

First was #1 Aidana Willow-Raven
Second was #32 Marsha Ann Radaker Collins
Third was #38 Niki Masse Schoenfeldt
Fourth was #4 Andrea Ball

Each of these four people won a 1000 word manuscript critique, an interview on my blog, or a 15 minute phone call to talk about life goals and brainstorm ways to reach them.

Congratulations to all the winners. May God bless each of you who have helped spread the word about Joan’s Elder Care Guide.May God also bless each person who has bought a copy of the book! I hope it helps each caregiver who reads it to remember to take care of themselves, too.

Do something fun to celebrate you!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: “Got Left Over Research and Photos? Put Them in a Photobook” by Sandra Warren

Reblog: “Got Left Over Research and Photos? Put Them in a Photobook” by Sandra Warren

Nonfiction authors understand the frustration of doing tons of research for a book and then having to whittle it down for publication, often leaving awesome facts and photos on the cutting room floor. This happened to me recently after finishing the book We Bought a WWII Bomber. I kept thinking there must be something I can do with all this wonderful extraneous material.

To read the rest of Sandra Warren’s post, go to 


Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: 4RV Publishing: Two New Books Added to 4RV Library

Thank you to 4RV Publishing for announcing Joan’s Elder Care Guide by Joan Y. Edwards and Ghostly Visions by Penny Lockwood in the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News.

April 30, 2016

4RV Publishing announces the release of two new titles in May 2016: Joan’s Elder Care Guide, a nonfiction book by Joan Y. Edwards, and Ghostly Visions, a Tweens & Teens Imprint by Penny Lockwood.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive gives  caregivers ways to meet the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of elders to promote healing, well-being, and survival…

To read more, go to the following link:


Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: Aidana WillowRaven’s “Joan’s Elder Care Guide Cover Art and Design”

Thank you to Aidana WillowRaven for the wonderful cover art for Joan’s Elder Care Guide and for posting an article about how you created it on your blog.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Aidana WillowRaven’s blog: Joan’s Elder Care Guide ~ cover art and design for Joan Y Edwards (@joanyedwards) and 4RV Publishing(@4RV)


As many of my readers know, my primary income stems from commissions from small publishers, plus indie and hybrid authors. One of those small publishers (4RV Publishing) was crazy enough to adopt me as the art director several years ago, then added VP of Operations to my resume, and now they can’t get rid of me.

4RV‘s latest release, Joan’s Elder Care Guide, happens to have a cover by yours truly. As AD, the majority of the books released pass my screen for layout, however, most of the covers or illustrations are not created by me, but by the 4RV team of artists…

To read more, go to the following link:


Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: Melanie Robertson-King “Joan’s Elder Care Guide”

Thank you, Melanie Robertson-King, for posting a Book Blitz blog post about Joan’s Elder Care Guide. I appreciate you helping me spread the word so that it can get into the hands of caregivers who would benefit from reading it.


Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive gives you, the caregiver, ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to promote healing, well-being, and survival…

To read more, go to the following link:


Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Reblog: Linda Martin Andersen’s “Blog Blitz”

Thank you, Linda Martin Andersen, for putting a blog blitz about Joan’s Elder Care Guide on your blog. I appreciate you very much.

May 11, 2016

A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “Blog Blitz” by Linda Martin Andersen

Over at the playground…it was a warm, breezy spring day.  Kites soared above, people hurried along the walking track, and children played.

Jamison waved and ran up to his friend Bradley when he and his family entered the park…

“Come meet my grandma,” Bradley called.  “She lives with us, now.”

Jamison hurried over and spoke to Bradley’s Grandma, who pushed a walker. Then he and Bradley rushed off to the swings.

“How does your mom know what to do for your Grandma?” Jamison asked.

“She’s reads lots of books.  There’s one she carries with her.  She says everybody should read it.”

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards


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