A bookplate is a sticky label-type thing that you stick in your book, if you want the book signed, but:
- Can’t make it to a signing appearance,
- Don’t want to order a new signed book (if you do want to order a signed book, go here for more information), and
- Don’t want to mail me the book to be signed and mailed back (I’m glad to do this).
At upper right is an example of my bookplates that I sign for readers. They are about 2.75 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide (5.0 by 7.5 cm).
SASE or IRC, Please
Bookplates are FREE, but I’d ask you to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with U.S. postage for me to send them back to you. (If U.S. postage is not available where you live, see instructions below for obtaining an International Reply Coupon, or IRC.)
With the SASE or IRC, please include:
- A short note telling me how many bookplates you need, and
- Whether you’d like them personalized as well as signed. (“To Joan Armatrading–” or otherwise inscribed.)
Do bear in mind that the writing area on my book plates is only about 2 inches by 3 inches (5 by 7.5 cm), so there’s not enough room for a huge inscription along with my signature. “Happy Birthday,” or Sláinte! or something of that nature is fine.
My Mailing Address
Send bookplate requests (and your SASE or IRC) to me at:
10810 N. Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85028
International Reply Coupons (IRCs)
In some countries, U.S. postal stamps are not available. The universal postal community has a solution to this problem called International Reply Coupons or IRCs. IRCs are basically a voucher that you may purchase at your local post office which you then include with your note and self-addressed — but not stamped — envelope. At right is a sample IRC from Australia.
Check with your local post office to see if they participate in the Universal Postal Union’s International Reply Coupon program. I can take these coupons to the local US post office and redeem them for the correct amount of US postage which will then be affixed to your envelope and returned to you with your bookplates.
Here are links to more information regarding the IRC program:
This page last updated on Monday, May 6, 2013 a 9:00 p.m. (MST).