Did you know that there are companies that hire people to write greeting cards? It may sound surprising for some, but yes, the job does exist and we are going to share with you some of the companies that offer such an opportunity.
According to data published online by the Greeting Card Association, it says that “Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year,” and that the “annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated between $7 and $8 billion“.
Furthermore, it has been found that “nine out of every ten households buy greeting cards each year,” which means greeting cards are still in-demand.
In fact, according to the United States Postal Service (USPS), the greeting card mail volume in the United States has grown in 2018, which actually has been the case in the last four years.
If you come to think about it, there is a growing demand for greeting cards in the country despite the fact that almost everything has gone digital. But you know, to be honest, nothing really beats to the fact that mailed paper greeting cards are still the sweetest (which we thought perhaps is the very reason why there are still a lot of Americans that sends them out).
Anyway, given the demand for greeting cards, it is not surprising that the industry continues to seek and hire people to write greeting cards – which actually is a good thing because it means more opportunity for those who have a passion for this kind of job.
If you are one of those people who love writing letters and thought you are a good fit for this kind of job, well, then, you are in the right place – because as mentioned earlier, today, we are going to share with you some of the companies that hire people to write greeting cards, at the same time, we are going to share a few tips on how to actually make it in this kind of job.
If you are ready, then, let’s start —
TIPS ON HOW TO START WRITING GREETING CARDS
In this section, we are going to provide you some essential tips on how to successfully start writing for greeting card companies.
But before that, here’s a quick video from eHow on how to actually write a greeting card:
First of all, to be able to succeed in writing for greeting cards, you have to have the following skills:
- Excellent written communication skills
In some cases, you also have to be humorous. Earlier, we mentioned some companies that focus on creating humorous greeting cards. So, it makes sense to have humor especially if you are working for those companies, right?
Now, apart from these skills, it is also important that you identify your niche. Are you good at writing sweet verses, humorous verses, etc?
Once you have identified your niche, it’s easier to write for greeting cards — needless to say, it’s easier to look for the right greeting card company for you.
Also, before you even apply or submit your work to a greeting card company, make sure to check the company’s work first. This will give you an idea of what type of messages in a particular niche will actually work.
Now, if you want to stay in this kind of profession for a long time, it is best to constantly update your writing skills, your writing styles, and also, make it a habit to pay attention to your surroundings as it could give you the inspiration you need to be able to create greeting card messaged worthy of publication.
Also, practice writing often. You may also consider practicing writing devices like rhymed and meter verse, metaphors, similes, allusion, as well as imagery. These will definitely make a certain degree of uniqueness into your work.
COMPANIES THAT HIRE PEOPLE TO WRITE GREETING CARDS
We’ll go straight to the point first —
In the next few lines, we are going to share with you some of the companies that hire people to write greeting cards. If you want to work as one, you definitely have to check out this list.
Please note that we picked what we thought are some of the bests in the greeting card industry. So, here’s a quick list before we dig deeper into each of them:
- Avanti Press
- Blue Mountain
- Calypso Cards
- Comstock Market Place
- Greeting Card Universe
- Noble Works
- Oatmeal Studios
- P.S. Greetings, Inc.
- Warner Press
As Avanti says it, “We Take Funny Seriously”. Well, we thought they’re really pretty serious with that because definitely, this greeting card brand has one of the most unique and memorable greeting cards out there.
Avanti is an American brand and is known to “celebrate the good times shared” as well as the American people’s “profound love of family and friends with heartfelt copy and a little something extra on the back of every card” printed.
With Avanti, customers are assured of high-quality products with uncommon value. Also, it is undeniable that the company’s vibrant designs as well as fun texts or verses are the reasons why their customers from all over the world are attracted to their cards.
Although currently, the company has a full roster of verse contributors, the company is definitely open for people to send in their contributions, and hopefully, be considered in the future.
If you are interested to share a couple of your work to the company, you may do so by mailing it to the address below:
Avanti Press, Inc.
155 W. Congress, Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48226
You may also send it digitally. You simply have to go visit their website and click “Careers”. From there you will find “Writing Submission Form”. Please note that you will be asked to provide your name and email address.
Blue Mountain is comprised of a “unique community of artists, writers, musicians, marketing and technology professionals” who are all dedicated to providing its customers with fun and imaginative card designs as well as an engaging site experience.
The company is committed to designing every card with its customers in mind. Although they have a printable card option, the company also offers e-Cards for people who want to opt to send greeting cards digitally. In addition, Blue Mountain also offers postcards and gifts like gift cards and digital games.
If you are interested to write greeting cards for them, you can definitely do so. The company continuously looks for highly original as well as creative submissions on various topics like family, friendships, love, as well as philosophies. If you want to know more about this writing opportunity, just head on to the company’s website.
In one way or another, you probably have already seen some of Calypso’s products in specialty stores in the United States or in Canada.
Calypso is known for publishing and distributing contemporary greeting cards, as well as related gift products that are sold — as we have mentioned — in specialty stores in the country and in Canada.
What we particularly like about this company is the fact that is it is a woman-owned business founded and managed by Nocky Burton who is a veteran of the greeting card industry.
Furthermore, an additional fact about the company is that it specializes in developing, producing, marketing, and selling cards.
To be able to write greeting cards for Calypso, all you have to do is head on to the company’s website.
Before you even send anything, especially if you are not that familiar with the brand, make sure to check and ensure that your work fits it. Also, make sure to take to read the Submission Guidelines to give you a full grasp of what the company expects from greeting card writers.
Submissions may be done through email at [email protected], or you may send via mail at:
Calypso Cards, Inc.
Rising Sun Mills, BH101
166 Valley Street
Providence, RI 02909
Comstock Market Place
If you are someone who writes humorous greetings, then Comstock Market Place is perfect for you.
Comstock Market Place is known as an “adult-humor” greeting card company. It’s definitely an ideal place for people who loves humor and fun.
The company’s designs basically feature outrageous to risque humor. And guess what? The company pays $50 for a gag line idea. A very good amount of money, right?
If you think you have what it takes, and that you have lots of humorous verses in mind, then all you got to do is send your writings over to [email protected] or you may also send your work through mail at:
Comstock Market Place
1433 Union Street
Sparks, NV 89434
Meanwhile, for ideas and more information, you can head over to its official Facebook Page.
By the way, as mentioned on its website, you got to expect a response from Comstock Market Place within 8 to 10 weeks.
Greeting Card Universe
Greeting Card Universe is known as the world’s largest card store with a wide range of cards designed by the company’s hand-picked community of artists.
Greeting Card Universe basically offers cards for any occasions — whether it be big or small triumphs, trials, celebrations, holidays – name it, they have it.
What we truly appreciate about this brand though is the fact that it was founded by a mom named Mindy S. Rosso-Gaemithe. Well, it’s technically like a husband and wife baby but the wife took the greater job/role in the business, which we thought really kept everything together.
One thing noticeable about Greeting Card Universe is that its submission process is different. You have to create an artist account, and when you design your card by simply uploading an image and then writing the message on the card.
After that, all you need to do is sit back and relax and wait for your card to sell. You can earn up to $0.35 for every paper card sold, which is cool, right? There’s actually a scope to earn more.
Also, we appreciate the fact that the company is so willing to help that if you need high-quality stock images to be able to come up with your card design, you can use the company’s Stock Card Creation absolutely for free.
Noble Works says it loud and clear — they are a greeting card company that is all about “funny and as irreverent, crass and as inappropriate” as they can be.
The company’s goal is to “resuscitate a card industry that for years has been putting us to sleep with their dull, sweet sentiments”.
The company offers both retail and wholesale options, which is great especially for people who want to get into selling greeting cards.
Noble Works has definitely had what it takes to be known for being the greeting card company that it is today — after all, they have years of experience on their shoulders. Imagine, they have been around since the 1980s way beyond e-Cards were born.
It’s also nice to know that it is a family-owned business, which means it is a treasure.
Anyway, if you are interested to write greeting cards for the company, all you have to do is visit their website, and then fill in the form (wherein you will be asked for some personal information), hit the “Submit” button to receive the NobleWorksCards’ art submission guidelines.
When submitting verses, make sure to limit it only to 20. Also, please note how much you are paid for your work varies. So, we highly recommend asking first to be sure.
Here’s another greeting card company whose main business is to make people laugh through their cards. Guess what? They’ve been successful at doing this for more than 40 years already.
No wonder why Oatmeal Studios have become one of the top humorous greeting card companies not just in the country but all over the world.
Since the beginning up to this day, Oatmeal Studios continue to create “unique cards that feature bright, colorful artwork and on-the-mark humor”.
Currently, the company has already produced more than 300 designs, as well as frequent new releases covering various occasions.
What we particularly like about this brand is that its cards are manufactured here in the U.S. using recycled papers and vegetable-based ink!
Now, if you think you have what it takes to write greeting cards for Oatmeal Studios, just head on to their site on how to submit your work.
With Oatmeal Studios, you could earn $100 per purchased idea.
P.S. Greetings, Inc.
P.S. Greetings, Inc. is probably one of the oldest in the greeting cards industry.
With over 80 years in the industry, this company has definitely had what it takes to be a leader in creating innovative greeting card designs for all occasions.
If you have been wanting to share your gift of writing by writing greeting card verses, you got to consider P.S. Greetings.
If you want to try your luck, go ahead and send your writings via snail mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope to this address:
5730 North Tripp Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60646
RSVP is actually a division of Sellers Publishing, which is a family-owned company that is located in Portland Maine.
Sellers Publishing as a whole “thrives on creativity, tradition, and fun,” which is also pretty much obvious when it comes to their greeting card collection.
Similar to the most greeting cards on our list, RSVP basically has a card for any occasion — some of which might be pretty while others are silly.
RSVP continuously looks for fresh talents when it comes to writing, and if you are one, then, this might be your chance to get into this kind of industry.
On its website though, RSVP specifically listed down what they are looking for when it comes to their pool of writers. To be considered for the job, you have to be:
- Emotionally Inspired
- Clever and Original
- Current in tone, terminology, and expression
Unfortunately, it is not stated how much you can earn from writing greeting cards. However, some said it varies depending on industry standards.
If you are the type of writer who does better with writing sweet verses or messages, then Viabella is perfect for you.
To be honest, of all the greeting card companies we have in our list, Viabella is probably the most feminine.
Viabella has been in the greeting card and stationery business since 1941, which means it has already built its reputation and credibility in the industry. Needless to say, it has already gone through the test of time.
Over the years the company continues to find new talents (both artists and writers) to create new products.
If you want to try out and see your chance, just send your writings to [email protected] or you may send it via snail mail to this address:
9 Kendrick Road, Wareham, MA 02571
Warner Press is a greeting card company that is known for producing boxed greeting cards that “inspire, encourage, and uplift”.
The company’s overall theme for its greeting cards is not surprising because of the fact that it is actually the publishing house of the Church of God. Thus, for obvious reasons, their faith reflects in their products.
If you think your writings qualify what the company is looking for, go check their website today and see if they have an opening.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON WRITING GREETING CARDS
That’s it! Are you surprised by the many options you have? Well, as we have mentioned earlier, these are just a few of the many companies that offer greeting card writing stints.