Greeting Cards: A Gateway Craft

8 Mar

It comes as no surprise that most people feel they can write/illustrate a children’s book. Don’t not discourage these fine believers, as outsiders aren’t conscious of the inspiration, reading, writing, disciplined revision and marketing necessary to be published. Luckily, children’s writers have an organized system of submitting their work unlike musicians who need to be ‘discovered’ by a talent scout.

Regardless, if you are feeling overwhelmed by the process and aren’t yet ready to overdose on publishing in the children’s market, may I suggest a gateway craft.

Greeting Cards.

By no means is penning a greeting card an easy task. You have to be poetic, romantic, or sincere. But most of all you must speak in unique voice with clarity delivered with poise and sensitivity to a wide audience.

Greeting Cards can function as a savvy segue to picture books because both are all about the page turn and require a punchline or twist. The pay may be nominal, but if accepted you earn a notch on the belt and can still proclaim yourself as a published writer.

To take a peek into the world of writing for greeting cards pay a visit to the following sites:

Artist & Writer Submission Guidelines for Card Companies from Kate Harper’s Blog

How-To Greeting Card Writing Websources

Breaking into the Greeting Card Market by Sherry Ma Belle Arrieta

Greeting Card Association’s Writer Page

Sandra Miller-Louden’s Greeting Card Writing Dot Com

How To Get Paid Writing Greeting Cards

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: