Post Mailing

Some apas (and particularly quarterly apas) – FAPA, for example – allowed members to post mail their apazines to the membership. In this term, the word “post” is used in both its meanings – as in via the mail and as in after the actual FAPA mailing was sent out. Although FAPA had a membership of 65, the members had to send 68 copies of their zine to the Official Editor for distribution or, if they post mailed, the three extras had to be sent to the OE anyway. In this way, if a bundle got lost in the mail, members could request one of these extra copies; if there was no need to do this, the extras would be offered to newly-invited members or, when not needed for either of these purposes, they would be auctioned, usually to those who remained on the waiting list. Post-mailing was most often done when an editor needed to meet minac requirements and did not have enough time to get the 68 copies to the OE by the mailing deadline. The OE would acknowledge the previous mailing’s post mailings in the club’s official organ – in the case of FAPA, The Fantasy Amateur. Other quarterly apas, like SAPS, did not allow post mailings for credit; if minac requirements were missed by the mailing deadline, the member was dropped for lack of activity. SAPS also did not acknowledge post mailings in its OO, The Spectator, and further had a no-prior distribution rule, so fans who circulated their genzines via SAPS had to wait to post them to their regular non-apa readers until after the SAPS mailing deadline.

Contributors: Dr. Gafia

from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
(Speer) - After each FAPA mailing, there are usually some publications that missed the boat. These may wait for the next mailing, but most of the time the publisher has the mailing manager send them to each member at the publisher's expense, or does it himself. In the latter case, when the official mailing is unexpectedly delayed, these "post"-mailings may actually be premailings. If official material is mailed out late, late publications will be included with it, and the expense is borne by the treasury. Despite some objections, publications sent out late to all members are considered part of the official mailings for purposes of laureates, activity records, etc.