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Roger J Carlson
02-12-2009, 09:18 PM
Wow. I guess I get to lead this off. :D

I've got a pretty good flair for comic verse -- doggeral, really, and I've written some greeting cards. But I guess I always thought the card companies hired writers in-house, so I never thought to send them anywhere.

My question: Most of the comic cards I've seen are jokes or one-liners. The serious cards often have short poems. Is there a market for short comic poems on greeting cards?

02-13-2009, 01:35 AM
Hey Roger,

It's not something that I've seen during my experience at gc writing. That's not to say it's not out there. I just haven't come across it. The doggeral, however, is a very interesting concept and would be something catchy and innovative to a new greeting card line.

As far as companies with in-house writers, yeah, some companies like Hallmark use strictly in-house. But there are those who like to use freelancers with their in-house, and that's where we come in. It is extremely competitive for us freelancers however, when you think that we're competing with in-house writers and who knows how many freelance gc writers out there. But I guess it's like anything else - competition is game on.

Don't know if I helped much, maybe someone else will have further input on your question.

Deb :)

Ms Hollands
02-13-2009, 09:05 PM
*walks in slowly*

*looks behind her*

*looks all around*

I haven't seen this room before, have I?

Roger, maybe you've stumbled across a good idea. I wonder which companies you can pitch it to.

02-14-2009, 10:16 PM
Hi April! Nope, you haven't seen it before. Brand new room. :)

02-14-2009, 11:06 PM
RJC - if the verse is funny, I can see a company buying one occasionally; but not likely regularly. Most of the humorous card verses are short, but I can find at least one on the web sites that is a longer, if not rhyming, joke.

Andrews McMeel - http://images.ucomics.com/images/amuniversal/cards/20a.jpg

Oatmeal - http://www.oatmealstudios.com/EDCards/Pg1466.htm

NobleWorks - https://www.thehornyrabbit.com/pc-1109-9-baby-names.aspx

High Cotton - http://www.highcotton.com/products/highcotton/large/S171.jpg

Kalan - http://www.kalanlp.com/category.php/Greeting_Cards/Super_Jumbo_Cards

Smart Alex - http://www.smartalexinc.com/products/5034/1.php?page_id=14

Could you mix them in with shorter stuff? It's such a hard market, but humor does pay the most. And of course it doesn't cost much to try.

I guess I really wasn't much help, but didn't want to leave you hanging -


02-14-2009, 11:13 PM
Great posts, guys. Thanks for listing the websites, Peg.

You've got your work cut out for you, Rog!

02-15-2009, 01:49 AM
Great research there Peg! Give it a try Roger - you never know.

Deb :)
p.s. I know that Smart Alex isn't looking at anything from freelancers right now - I touch base with the editor every now and then to check.
p.s.s. Humor does pay the best except for Blue Mountain Arts - they have a pay ladder with freelancers based on number of sales - they start at what most humor companies pay flat rate.

02-15-2009, 07:44 AM
Hi Roger,

I agree with what Peg said, I've sold humorous rhyming verse on occasion, but for the most part it's not sought after. If you're interested, I can PM you a couple examples of humorous rhyming verses that have sold and let you know who they sold to.

Roger J Carlson
02-15-2009, 09:42 PM
Hi Roger,

I agree with what Peg said, I've sold humorous rhyming verse on occasion, but for the most part it's not sought after. If you're interested, I can PM you a couple examples of humorous rhyming verses that have sold and let you know who they sold to.I'd be interested. Thanks.

02-23-2009, 07:53 AM
This may sound off the wall, but if its something you have a talent for, why not start your own card line? People always appreciate humor, and if you paired up with an artist, you could really have something--you could even customize cards for the customer, and sell them online, or have a few different occasion cards and sell them to local shops. I live in a town with lots of artists, and several of them make and sell hand-crafted cards. It's not a fast payday, but it would be your own. Just a suggestion. :)

Ms Behaving
03-13-2009, 01:12 PM
This post is great... you guys have some great suggestions.

03-13-2009, 08:53 PM

Are you familiar with a literary magazine called Light Quarterly? You can see some of the stuff they publish at www.lightquarterly.com

Dunno if they pay anything, but it's a pretty cool journal of comic verse. Some big names have been published there, too.

12-02-2010, 09:44 PM
I agree, although humorus rhyming verse is not the most sought after, there is absolutley $ in it. I did very well with Kalan. So well, I decided to stop doing well for them to do well for myself. I am doing exactly what plaidearthworm suggested. If you can't find a market for your work...create one. There are alot of gc niche markets even the big guys haven't tapped into.