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					Greeting Cards: For In-Between Freelancing

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Summary:
"U.S. consumers purchase approximately 7 billion greeting cards each
year, generating nearly $7.5 billion in retail sales." *

Have you ever wondered who actually writes all of those greeting cards
you purchase? Sure there are staff writers who may develop themes and
specific greeting cards. However, there are numerous freelance writers
who have received checks for the use of one or more of their greeting
card ideas.

"There are an estimated 3,000 greeting card publishers...


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Article Body:
"U.S. consumers purchase approximately 7 billion greeting cards each
year, generating nearly $7.5 billion in retail sales." *

Have you ever wondered who actually writes all of those greeting cards
you purchase? Sure there are staff writers who may develop themes and
specific greeting cards. However, there are numerous freelance writers
who have received checks for the use of one or more of their greeting
card ideas.

"There are an estimated 3,000 greeting card publishers in the U.S.,
ranging from small family-run organizations to major corporations. GCA-
member publisher companies account for approximately 95 percent of
industry sales." *

With so many greeting card publishers it is easy to see that this may be
a market worth looking at. Many freelance writers who have sold ideas to
greeting card companies find the idea a profitable means of using their
downtime.

When these writers find themselves without a pressing deadline or if they
have a few moments to spare, they will often jot down a few creative
ideas. When they accumulate dozen or so ideas, they send them onto a
greeting card company for consideration.

"The exchange of greeting cards is one of the most widely accepted
customs in the U.S. There are cards for virtually any occasion or
relationship, and they are widely available. Approximately 100,000 retail
outlets around the country carry greeting cards." *
Greeting card companies often pay $25-300 for accepted original ideas.
One of the best ways to match your idea with a publisher is to conduct
some research of your own. For instance some card companies only accept
non-rhyming poetry while others only accept humor. Some want
inspirational thought while others deal in the cliché.

"Nine out of 10 Americans say they look forward to receiving personal
letters and greeting cards because cards allow them to keep in touch with
friends and family and make them feel they are important to someone
else." *

The majority of the publishers in the greeting card industry will not
provide online submission guidelines, but will supply them to you with a
self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Find a publisher you like, check
out their website and ask for submission guidelines. Expect significant
rejection, but know that the ideas did not take much time to develop
during a time when there were no other pressing deadlines. Then when an
idea is accepted you have the knowledge that this is an easy add on to
your existing freelance writing structure that resembles fishing, but has
a prettier end result.

* Statistics provided by The Greeting Card Association