You Can Earn Money Writing Greeting Cards

Learn how to make and market greeting cards when freelance writing for card companies.


| January/February 1977



Greeting Card

Writing greeting cards can be an easy way to earn extra cash.


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Step inside a drugstore or gift shop and take a look at all the greeting cards. Obviously, there's money in the card business ... and whoever writes the verses and gags that appear on these preprinted missives must be getting a piece of the action. But who are those people? And how did they "break into" card-writing?

Well, as I've long since learned, most greeting card publishers rely on freelancers to supply most of their ideas ... and the only qualifications needed to become one of those freelancers are imagination and a sense of humor. When I found out how good the pay was, I immediately decided that I met both requirements. Quite possibly you do, too.

Make Extra Cash by Writing Greeting Cards

Please let me qualify that statement about the "good pay" just a bit. I don't know anyone who's become rich — or even comfortably well-to-do — as a freelance greeting card writer. (The money's not that good.) Still, the constant flurry of $10, $15, and $25 checks you're likely to receive as a part-time card poet can pay the rent (and then some), if you're able to churn out fresh ideas regularly.

The best money is in studios (those long, slim cards that pack a humorous hello). Originally, the studios were aimed at a somewhat sophisticated audience, meaning that quite often the greetings were rather risque. Nowadays, only a few companies actually solicit bawdy gags ... the rest — if they use such material at all — want it to be subtle and "in good taste."

There are studio cards for all occasions: birthdays, friendship (almost anything goes here), get well, anniversary, holiday greetings, etc. Some publishers read seasonal (holiday) ideas year round ... others have a definite schedule. You can write to the various companies to learn their requirements.

Although most card firms pay around $25 for a studio idea, the rate of remuneration varies. Really big outfits—like Hallmark?can afford to (and do) fork over $50 or more, while smaller companies pay as low as $10.

deb
11/30/2015 4:11:32 PM

is this still a way to make some income? do you have any names to start out with to send to? do you address your card to anyone in specific so it is seen by the correct person? thanks I need any kind of income


usta.ciftci.7
2/3/2014 1:19:28 PM

Hello All, I would like to thank Carol for this bullseye targeted work. Really informative source to gain benefit. For me, as an ordinary person who spends some significant time with internet, I'm chasing for online additional income opporunities. Of course trying to stay away from scams. Personally I think that affiliate marketing is still valid way to gain some extra cash and already selling some internet goods. There are also other ways. But each website generally focuses on only one. However you can check http://www.find-tr.com . There are several opportunities there. Good luck to everyone.


lou62
10/29/2013 12:32:03 AM

Try reading a current edition of the Writers Digest...plenty of tips from actual writers, and you can also check out the Graphic Artist Digest as well for lists of companies to submit your work too. I usually get them through my library, as buying each new issue would be too costly and wasteful, for me..


earl
10/28/2013 7:57:33 PM

How do I get addresses for the card companies to submit my ideas?






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