How to Mail Promos of Your Designs to Card Companies



If a card publisher does not accept design submissions digitally, here are some tips for sending your designs the the U.S. mail.

A simple, inexpensive way to reach out to different card publishers, is by compiling a a folder of your designs. Make a practice of doing research, selecting your ideal companies, and then mailing out a packet periodically. Try to Include the following items, and remember to put your contact information on every item in the folder.


1. Any articles or ads about you and your art.

2. It's nice to show a photo of your cards in a group on a shelf. If you don't have a card rack, visit a local store and see if they will give you permission to do a quick photo of your cards on 'their' shelf. Give them your samples to keep as a thank you gift before you leave.

3. Glossy pages with photos of your card line. Include 3 or 4 of these sheets if possible. You could put a different "family" of designs, with the same look, on each sheet. (Christmas, Spring, Pastels, etc). You can also include an artist statement or short resume in this section.

4. Real card samples.

5. Glue on business card (versus sticking it in tabs). They won't fall out and it looks more attractive.

6. Instead of typing up a formal introduction, paper clip a handwritten note on card stock. People are more likely to read a quick personal note rather than a long intro letter.

7. If possible, include a CD of your card images. Label with name, contact information, business name and card line theme (floral, humor, birthday, etc). Put these in jpeg or low resolution formats, so they don't get accidentally forwarded by email and then printed by someone you don't know.
















It's easy to make a sticker, or glue on a piece of paper onto the front of your folder to make it look attractive. You don't have to pay to have them printed. Print a dozen from your computer.

Use a glossy folder, and avoid flimsy thin paper folders. Also avoid folders with spine clips, unless you plan on converting your folder into a book style portfolio.

If you have a lot of design ideas, and don't want to flood your folder with too much paperwork, you can scatter cards on the table, photograph it, reduce the size and print it out on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of glossy photo paper.




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Cards: What to Write About

So what is the best way to create greeting card verse? Imagine yourself sitting at the kitchen table across from you best. Ask: What kinds of things do we care about? What is crazy but funny about the world we live in today? Grocery store lines, day care, politics or jobs can all be strong topics to write about.

Research as shown that the text on a card is the most important factor customers consider when purchasing a card, the price and art are secondary.

Just like reaching across your kitchen table to hold a friend's hand, writing greeting card verse is the same. The only difference is that you are reaching across the world and touching complete strangers with your words.

Inspiration, love, hope, sympathy and gratitude expressed on cards, come from the heartfelt words of a writer, an important person in the greeting card business.
(photo credit: salvagenation)








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CARD WRITING


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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Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make Part 7



7. Haven't Read Guidelines

Most greeting card submissions are rejected for a very simple,
avoidable reason: The writer did not read the guidelines. For
example, some guidelines state that all card verse must be submitted
on index cards and be under twenty words. If you submit a lengthy
poem on a sheet of paper, this shows the publisher you have not taken
the time to request and read the guidelines.



Also see:



CARD WRITING


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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Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make Part 6

6. Being Too Literary

Remember to write like you talk. Avoid being too poetic, using
cliché's or going to great pains to be grammatically correct.
Eliminate words like 'whom' or 'alas.' Avoid obscure technical terms
or lengthy words. People just don't talk that way. Think about how
you talk to your best friend. It's better to be casual than formal.


Also see:



CARD WRITING


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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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.

(photo credit: grzegorz)






Also see:



CARD WRITING


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.


Thanks for helping to support this Blog



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Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make Part 3

3. Limiting the Market

Make sure you are not limiting your marketability. Consider the
following Mother's Day verse: "A Mother's Kindness to her Son is
Immeasurable. Happy Mother's Day." The verse has already limited the
market to the 'son' being the buyer, the 'mother' being the recipient,
and the 'time' of year the card is sold being only Mother's Day. But
what if the verse was edited to read: "A Mother's Kindness is
immeasurable."? Now the card can be sent from any person, to any
mother, and not just the sender's mother, and it can be sent at
anytime of year including Mother's Day, a mother's birthday or everyday.

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