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    WELCOME -greetings resources & FAQS

    Welcome!

    THE FOLLOWING THREAD WAS WRITTEN SOME TIME AGO, SO I'M NOT SURE ALL THE INFO (LINKS, ETC.) ARE UP TO DATE.

    If you’re new to greeting card writing, this forum is a good place to start.

    Look through the previous pages and posts here and you'll find all kinds of helpful and interesting info. Take advantage of the search feature on this site (it's located towards the top of the screen).


    Where do I begin?

    I highly recommend reading Sandra Louden's tipsheet at
    http://www.greetingcardwriting.com/Tipsheet.htm


    How do I find markets?

    Suggestions by batyler65 (aka Barb):

    You can also write directly to the companies and request writer's guidelines. Enclose a SASE with your request.

    Some of the giant companies (Hallmark) use no freelance work. And others (frex: American Greetings) use very little.

    Assuming you are US based, the Greeting Card Association has an online presence: http://www.greetingcard.org/gca_publishermembers.html

    Some companies have websites. Others just list addresses. A caution: The e-mail addresses listed in this site tend to be for sales, not writers. When in doubt, send a postal request for writers' guidelines. In a lot of cases, I've found that I can google a company name and find a website even when one isn't listed on the GCA page.

    If you want to save yourself loads of legwork, our wonderful board host Jenna Glatzer (Hi, Jenna!) has compiled a wonderful e-book packed with market information and contacts. You can get a copy here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/ebookstore/funstuff.htm

    Jenna's updated version 4/27/05:

    www.jennaglatzer.com/EbookFunstuff2.pdf

    (No, I don't get kickbacks for peddling the book. I have been freelancing in the greeting card industry for eleven years and I consider it to be the best market book for this.)


    Suggestion by Torin:

    You can also go to Writer's Market and subscribe for one month to check the markets. They list greeting card companies with contact information for everything from Blue Mountain to Ephemera.


    Links

    Here are links to some helpful articles about greeting card writing.

    http://www.absolutewrite.com/special...s.htm#greeting

    Specifically Unspecific Greeting Cards by Jenna Glatzer


    Good luck!

    ETA: IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE INFO ON THIS THREAD, PM ME, CASSIE88 OR COMOD, DEBBY (CABRIA).

    POST ANY QUESTIONS IN A NEW THREAD.


    Thank you.

    Last edited by James D. Macdonald; 04-02-2012 at 07:12 AM.

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