Greeting Card Writer

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Having a career as a greeting card writer is fun!

How many times have you been out looking for the perfect birthday card and found yourself cracking up right there in the store? Or maybe you wanted to tell someone how much you care about them but don't know how to say it. Then you see a card and pick it up. As you read, you realized that the card says exactly what you wanted to say?

How great is that? To be able to help people express their feelings and make a difference in someone's life. Is it a great way to make a living? You bet it is, but it's not easy.

You will have to write some really good verses for greeting cards. You will also have to love making greeting cards. If you love it, you will have creative writing ideas flowing freely. Not all the time, but a lot of the time. Then you can start to focus on getting some good freelance writing assignments and begin to make money writing! A great place to begin looking for assignments is Elance. Jobs are posted daily.

There is a lot of competition out there, so if this is what you want to do, there are a few things you will need to know.

What are the most important things a greeting card writer needs to remember?

You guessed it!

Christmas Valentine's Day Hanukkah Easter Mother's Day Father's Day Rosh Hashanah Halloween Yom Kippur New Year's Day Passover St. Patrick's Day Groundhog Day Thanksgiving The Holidays!

Why?Because half of all card sales are for the holiday's and you will want to be sure you don't miss out on this lucrative opportunity.Should you just write holiday cards? Oh, no!

Here are some other very popular traditional card sending occasions that every greeting card writer needs to think about.

  • Birthdays...of course!
  • Sympathy
  • Support And Encouragement
  • New home
  • Thinking of you
  • New job
  • New baby
  • Get Well
  • Friendship
  • Grandparents Day
  • Thank you
  • Graduation
  • Cheer
  • Love And Romance
  • Alternative - divorce, getting a raise or promotion, and all kinds of congratulations.

The most important thing a greeting card writer should remember is that you need to have fresh ideas and short, to the point messages. Not older-than-dirt, worn out clichés and sappy sentimental sayings that everyone has done before. Most people, like the greeting card companies, are looking for ideas they haven't seen a million times before. So, get that imagination fired up and get creative and original!

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The great thing about the greeting card industry is that it is so varied. Whatever your interests, whatever your personality, whatever your talent, you can use it to create great cards.

Is the greeting card business just for writers? Not at all! Artists and photographers can use this opportunity to show their work. Many of them team up with writers to create a unique and profitable line of cards.

There are many paths you can take to get into this business. Today, there are more ways than ever before, and as long as you have a plan, and the motivation, you can make this work.

Some things to think about before getting started.

  • Will you find companies who want your cards?
  • If you will be writing for a company, check their website for ideas on what they are looking for...and give it to them.
  • Will you make your own greeting cards and start your own company?
  • Brainstorm ideas for various types of greeting cards. (ex: cards for dogs or dog owners.)
  • List occasions when you would send cards. (ex: cards for dogs - when would you send a dog a card or when they might send one to you!)
  • Decide on a style for your greeting card line. (ex: cartoon, photographs, sketch, etc.)
  • Find an artist to work with, if you will need one.
  • Decide where and how you will sell your cards. Work for a company, produce your own, freelance?
  • Will you specialize? Humor, serious, dirty?
  • Name your line.
  • Iron out ideas.
  • Write.Deciding to be a greeting card writer comes with many options and before you get started writing, it's wise to make some decisions.

    Confused? Well, don't worry about a thing! We will talk about all your options and then tell you how to implement them!We will give you all the information you need, so relax.


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