Are you great with words that make people smile, cry or laugh? If so, why not use these tips for writing greeting cards freelance style? Jean Scheid tells you how to do it!
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Why Greeting Cards?
Long ago, when I began my freelance writing career, there I sat in front of my TV watching the ABC show 20/20. On the show, they offered up a website called Staff Centrix and the creators of the website who delve into the underworld of write-at-home jobs to see if they’re legit.
Simply scroll down the menu on the right and click on “Writing/Editing" jobs. On the Writing/Editing jobs web page, they usually offer around 60 picks to choose from, and you can tell right away which jobs are geared toward freelance writing for greeting cards—they are clearly indicated.
Let’s take a look at some of the websites offered that do indeed offer legit jobs for writing greeting cards freelance style!
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Avanti Press has been producing greeting cards since 1980, and a visit to their homepage will give you an idea of what they expect from their writers and illustrators. Once you’ve had a chance to browse around, since it’s hard to find, click here for their Submission Page to send examples of your work! Don’t forget to include great contact info.
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Blue Mountain Arts
At Blue Mountain Arts they seek writers who are also philosophers, and they don’t encourage greeting cards that offer up rhyming messages. If you click on the link above, you can send them an e-mail and asked to be sent their editorial guidelines and submission rules—don’t forget to browse the card section to get an idea of what they’re looking for. You can even enter a poetry contest, if that’s your game.
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Wishing Well Studios
Another company that seeks writing greeting cards for freelancers is Wishing Well Studios. From the link, you’ll see where to send greeting card verses; and if you’re an illustrator, there’s a link for that, too. Headquartered in the UK, they’ve been at it since 1996.
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7 Tips for Success
You can find many other places to submit your greeting card writings as a freelance, work-from-home job. First, especially if you’re new to freelance writing, read the article How to Start a Freelance Writing Career. Here you’ll find tips on how to search for freelance writing jobs on places like Craig’s List and Freelance Writing Gigs.
Other things to keep in mind if you feel like writing greeting cards the freelance way are:
Submissions – Make sure you proofread your submissions—even read them aloud or have someone else check for errors. Most spell checkers don’t catch everything.
Read the Guidelines -- You won't land a job writing greeting cards if you submit a novel or too many verses,especially if that's not what they want. Read the guidelines and follow them to the letter.
Qualifications -- Include any experience you have in poetry or writing that could sway a greeting card company to hire you.
Contact – If you receive a specific e-mail from a greeting card company and they require additional information or training—don’t pass this up or put it off—you will lose the job.
Deadlines – If you are hired as a freelance greeting card writer, make sure you adhere to deadlines. This is absolutely imperative if you want to keep the job you just landed!
Salary - Don't be afraid to ask about what each company is offering as far as pay. This is an essential part of your greeting card writing career, so ask!
It’s not hard to find writing greeting cards freelance jobs, but it may take a little research on your part, including submissions, waiting for a response and ensuring that what you submit is top quality.