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Top 10: Greeting Card Writing
Greetings to all and to all ...
By  Char Milbrett

M
y birthday comes during the month of June. This year I am turning 44. I doubt I'll have a party for myself, but, that week my son graduates from high school, so we'll have people over for that.

My husband and I recently stopped having large crowds of people at our house for birthday parties. Over the years, we had friends and family over for birthday parties. It was usually 33 people by the time you counted all the kids and adults. My children blew out their share of candles over the years and received many birthday cards.

I still remember a time when I was a child, 37 years ago, inviting my entire 2nd grade class to my home for my birthday party. It would have been a great day, except for one small detail, which ended my party getting off the ground. I neglected to inform my mother! As two children arrived at my house, my totally surprised and disgruntled mother was at the door, explaining that there was no party and they didn't have to leave their gift because she didn't know anything about it.

I didn't know that she was supposed to cook the food and what not. I was just a kid. I still remember the doorbell ringing. I still remember that day because I spent it with Mom and Dad instead. Birthday cake was always angel food cake with marshmallow frosting and sprinkles, and ice cream. Over my lifetime, I saved some of the birthday cards I received. Greeting cards are something that one should never take for granted.

The Top 10 Resources for writing this month are greeting cards:

Greeting Card Writing Articles & Resources
So you want to learn how to write greeting cards or break into the business of writing for major greeting card companies? Well, you're certainly not alone, and the need is great!
http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/greeting.cards.shtml

MyMommyBiz Greeting Card Writers Business
There are many aspiring greeting card writers, but most just do not put this dream into reality. You must be able to write verses and lines suitable for a greeting card, whether it be for a birthday, anniversary, or "just because".
http://www.mymommybiz.com/ideas/greetingcardwriter.html

Tipsheet
One of the reasons I started this website on greeting card writing is due to the “famous” tip sheet.  Starting out as a few paragraphs written individually to countless people who inquired about this unique genre back in the early 1990s, it had evolved to over six pages—sent to the 75 + weekly inquiries I received—and still receive—in my e-mail box. And while I still cherish and welcome the individual e-mails people send to me with their stories, I felt it was time to streamline.
http://www.greetingcardwriting.com/Tipsheet.htm

Greeting Card Association
The Greeting Card Association (GCA) is the trade organization representing greeting card and stationery publishers, and allied members of the industry. GCA’s principal objectives are celebrating, promoting and preserving the traditional of sending greeting cards, to represent the industry before government and regulatory agencies, to serve as an information service center for its members, and to monitor trends and developments that may impact the industry.
http://www.greetingcard.org

Moira Allen's Writing-World.com
A comprehensive list of resources and poetry articles for greeting card writers including items such as "Breaking into the Greeting Card Market", "Getting Your Greeting Card Line to Market" and "Going for the Knockout Punch(line)".
http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/index.shtml

Greeting Cards at Writers Write
Links to greeting card publishers and related resources.
http://www.writerswrite.com/greetingcards

Greeting Card Writing Industry Resources
So, you find yourself pursuing the greeting card racks at your local drugstore, shaking your head and thinking, "I could do better than that!" Many card companies work with freelancers and pay very good money for simple humour or rhymes, but this is definitely one area where you have to do your homework first before trying to submit card ideas. If you're really in tune with the market, though, and can grasp the "me to you" that is inherent in every card, you can make some decent money in this field. And, it's perfect for stay-at-home-moms or others who wish to or need to work from their house. The purpose of this site is to collect some of the best greeting card writing resources on the Internet.
http://www.onecountrylane.com/greetingcards.htm

Commercial Printing Guide
Tips and resources on creative the perfect greeting card.
Sending greeting cards is an effective way for a business to satisfy and maintain customers. Cards create a strong relationship with employees which results in higher efficiency and can communicate in writing that you care about your customers which can lead to additional sales. Business greeting cards can be used as follow-ups to visits, meetings, referrals, important dates and holidays.
http://www.commercial-printing-guide.com/greetingcards.htm

Blue Mountain Arts
Blue Mountain Arts is always interested in reviewing writings suitable for publication of greeting cards. They are looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person.
http://www.sps.com/

Hallmark Cards
This site offers a full set of ideas on cards, wording and examples of cards they have published in the past. To get a good solid feel for what traditional greeting cards are like drop by their idea center.
http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/article|10001|10051|/HallmarkSite/Ideas/|ideas

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