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Greeting Card Writer

Find out how to make extra money as a greeting card writer

My brother-in-law has a tradition of making home-made cards for every family birthday celebration.  The cards are amazing.  They are all hand-drawn in pencil ( he is a busy dad and Father after all) and they are all reflective of the current state of our lives, with a funny (no, let me be honest, more like a sarcastic) twist.

If you have someone in your family like that, then feel free to pass along this post on how to make extra money as a Greeting Card Writer..



Billions, yes billions of greeting cards are sold per year in the U.S. alone, I mean, who hasn't heard of Hallmark, right?

For those of you with a funny wit and great articulation skills, this may mean a great way to put some extra money in your pocket.

I had no idea until I started researching this niche, that there were so many greeting card companies out there.  That simply means that there are LOTS of opportunities for you to make money!







Here are 15 companies that are often on the hunt for a good Greeting Card Writer:


 

1.  Freedom Greetings


This company has two postings on their site, one for sales distributors and the other allows for freelance art, editorial and creative submissions via their website.


http://freedomgreetings.com/about/workingforfreedom.php


2.  Gallant greetings


This company is also not looking for freelance greeting card writers at this time, but when they do, similar to Hallmark, they do accept some long term writers.

http://www.gallantgreetings.com/contact.cfm




3.  Avanti Press


This company is one of the largest distributors of greeting cards in the U.S.  Right now, they are not accepting submissions  for greeting card writers, but it never hurts to keep an eye on this site as well, or just send them a submission, in case they are looking for new writers.


http://www.avantipress.com/submit/submissions/writing-submission




4.  Com Stock Market Place



This company's niche is in Adult humor, so please be aware of that.  They do accept submissions regularly and pay up to $50.00 for accepted submissions.


http://comstockmarketplace.com/guidelines.php



5.  P.S. Greetings


This is a seasonally (mostly Christmas) based greeting card company.  They only accept submissions if they are sent with a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Payment depends on the individual's submission.


http://www.psg-fpp.com/creative_guidelines.htm





6.  Smart Alex


Funny, offbeat but tasteful... that is how this company brands themselves.  This company also specializes in adult humor but they are not as bold as Comstock. They also require that you send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission.

http://www.smartalexinc.com/pages/artist_submissions/124.php




7.  ShoeBox Cards

Come on, who doesn't love a good shoe box card?

If you think you're funny enough to write one, then check out :


http://www.shoeboxblog.com/Freelance/Rules.html


The company does request you send 5-8 of your ideas with sketches to match.









8.  Blue Mountain Arts

I see job leads  most often coming from this greeting card company. This is more of a family friendly brand and they specialize in deep and articulate thoughts, they prefer no rhyming, religious or humorous writings.


They pay $300 per poem for the exclusive rights to your greeting card.

Score!

http://www.sps.com/help/writers_guidelines.html



9.  Ephemera


These are the cards that have the joked about former and current president's if you know what I mean (basically a lot of political satire).  Think that's a great fit for you?

Then I encourage you to send in your slogan.  If accepted you'll get a cool $50.

http://www.ephemera-inc.com/writers-guidelines



10.  It Takes Two



Not much info on this one, though they do have a spot for anyone to submit their entries on the website.


http://ittakestwo.com/artists.html



11.  Hallmark   


Ok, so this company is a little different simply because of how HUGE they are in this marketplace.  Rather than offer on time freelance work, they offer careers for writers.

If this is something that might interest you then you can apply here:

http://corporate.hallmark.com/FAQs/FAQ-Inventors






12.   Oatmeal Studios    


As you can probably tell by their name, they don't take themselves too seriously.  Even better, they are accepting submissions, yay!


http://oatmealstudios.com/html5/pages/writers_guide.html





13.   American Greetings


Another biggie in the industry, you can imagine that they are overwhelmed with inquiries about submissions.  They don't take very many submissions anymore, in fact they mostly do interviews with possible candidates, but it might be worth it to try to get an audience with them because of the great exposure they offer.




http://corporate.americangreetings.com/contact.html





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