Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make Part 2

2. Creating Cards For Your Enemies

One publisher told of a woman who had submitted verse on the topic of sexual harassment in the work place. She had messages such as: “Boss--don’t touch me again or you’ll go to jail!” and “Sexual harassment is a crime--Don’t do it again.” One has to ask who would ever buy this type of card? And on what occasion? If you were being sexually harassed by your boss, the last thing you’d probably do is go out and buy him a greeting card! Rather, the human resources department of your company should be your first visit. Another common mistake writers make is insulting people. Jokes about women and their weight, age, breasts or sex life may come across as tasteless and offensive. Remember, the main reason people buy greeting cards is to send them to friends, not enemies.

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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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