Here are several articles I've written all on the topic of how to get a sales rep for your greeting card line. Enjoy!
• 8 Advantages of Working With Greeting Card Sales Reps
• Why Stores Like to Work With Greeting Card Reps
• How to Present Your Card Line
• Test Marketing Your Card Line
• Getting Your First Greeting Card Account
• Getting Professional Feedback on Your Card Line
• Pricing Your Cards
• Pricing and Profits: The Tale of 2 Greeting Card Businesses
• What do Reps do?
• Pros and Cons of working with Rep Groups
• Sales Rep Territories
• Greeting Card Sales Rep Contracts
• Are you interfering with your Sales Rep's job?
• Questions to Ask Potential Reps
• How to Work With a Greeting Card Sales Rep
• How to Get a Card Rep's Attention
• How to Pitch Your Line to a Rep
• 11 Reasons Why You Should NOT Send Card Reps to Your Website
• Are You Ready for a Greeting Card Sales Rep?
• How To Find a Greeting Card Sales Rep.
Online Greeting Card Class
I have collaborated with skillshare.com to create an online course on Getting into the Greeting Card Business. The content is based on my experience of working in the industry for over 20 years, and from publishing over 1,000 cards. Class is self-paced with student/teacher feedback on your final project in the gallery.
- The fundamentals of professional card design.
- Transforming art into a greeting card.
- Writing sentiments.
- Making designs "market-ready" according to industry standards.
- Top selling occasions.
- How to turn one card into a larger "collection".
- How to make a card out of any image.
- Handmade cards.
- Where and how to sell cards (including online).
- Licensing art on cards.
- Manufacturing and distributing nationally.
Ebooks by Kate Harper
You can support this blog by ordering Kate's e-Booklets starting at only .99 cents! They can be read on your kindle, ipad, ipod, cellphone, or your computer. Free samples and lending options available. You can also view the list of all recommended greeting card books by a variety of authors.
Get Your Greeting Cards into Stores explains how to sell cards nationwide. Included are detailed guidelines on: How to price cards for a profit, get professional feedback, find sales representatives and follow industry standards. Information is also applicable to gift items, magnets, journals, calendars, collectibles, etc.
20 Steps to Art Licensing is a book about how to license your art to companies that publish greeting cards, or manufacture coffee mugs, magnets, wall hangings, kitchen items, and dozens of other gift items. Learn how to prepare your art, what companies to contact, how to find agents, and what trade shows to attend. Includes extensive resources on social media, copyrights, licensing community groups, and lists of interviews with professional designers.
7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers is a booklet that explains what to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers. Learn how to create a trendy card that reflects the contemporary world we live in, and how to use your own personal experience to create card verse. Topics include: how to avoid limiting your market, when to use adjectives, not creating card for enemies, write like people talk and a list of why card sentiment submissions are often rejected. You can increase your odds of success by 60% just by doing a few simple things. Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, and writing exercises for how to create good verse.
Unusual Ways To Market Greeting Cards, and 22 places to get your designs featured is a booklet on how to get your cards noticed in non-traditional ways. Everything from why you should send cards to your dentist, to how to get a special feature in national publication. Great tips for designers who are starting out and want to get their cards into the hands of people beyond friends and family. Special Section: 22 Gift Industry Trade Publications who seek out new greeting card designs and feature artists for free.
How to Make an EBook Cover for Non-Designers is an illustrated book will show you how to make your own e-book cover, even if you are not a designer. It is intended to help the indie writer who is on a budget and wants to publish and sell their own book in online stores such Amazon.com and the Apple ibookstore. Selling your book in these stores will allow readers to purchase your book and read it on multiple devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhone and many other electronic devices.