Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make # 4 & 5

4. Using Too Many Adjectives

Are you falling for the myth that, unlike book publishers, greeting card publishers really like adjectives? Eliminate all unnecessary adjectives from your verse. Adjectives slow the reader down. It makes them feel like they’ve just stumbled over a big, gray, hard, lengthy, endless, tiring rock.

5. Putting Too Much Syrup On
Are trying to emulate flowery feelings? It’s best to stick to feelings that you know. Otherwise, you come across as superficial and inauthentic. If you are a male writer, you might not want to specialize on verse about the joys of motherhood or the trauma of PMS.

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Also see:


Booklet on 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make A list of 7 things to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers.

Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, articles, card samples and other current resources. 20-page booklet and 2,300 words and 8 Pages of Card Samples.

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