Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Prose to Print: Writing Greeting Cards

I'm not ready to blow out the Christmas candles yet. Here's one more post for this Christmas season . . .
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.
Eva K. Logue

Last year I wrote an article about Christmas Card History and recently posted it at my Something Olde blog.  It got me thinking.  Christmas is over this year, but it's not to early to start thinking about writing for Christmas in the coming year.

If your like me, you've received some great Christmas cards through the years.  Some depict the true meaning of Christmas so nicely, some are sentimental, and some are just plain funny.  How many times have you said to yourself, "I could write something like that."  In the past, I've actually made some handmade cards for various holidays with my own prose for a few close family members.  For years I've said I'd write up a few sentiments and submit them.  I haven't got around to it.  I'm going to make it one of my goals for this year.

The greeting card business is a huge writing market, and it's not just for Christmas.  Writing greeting cards can be a source of income without requiring a lot of time.  So, I checked the Internet and came across a few articles on the topic.  Perhaps they'll motivate me.  Or you!  

How Writing Greeting Cards Can Give You a New Perspective

Greeting Card Guidelines

Greeting Cards: Writing that's Short and Sweet

How To Get Paid Writing Simple Greeting Cards 

Writing Inspirational Greeting Cards

Writing Greeting Cards

Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind;
Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.
Helen Steiner Rice

From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another.
The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.
Emily Matthews

With the passing of the Year
May your Sorrows disappear
And New Year's Morn with
all its Pleasures
Bring you Health and
many Treasures.

Have you ever written greeting cards? Would you like to? I'd love to hear about your experiences.  Or share a little sentiment for practice.


  1. Thanks for the links, Carla. I've been interested in writing greeting cards but wasn't sure how to get started. I'll have to read these articles.

    Whenever I buy my mom a card, I look for one with a Helen Steiner Rice poem. Mom loves those so much that I bought her a complete book of poems for Christmas a couple of years ago.


  2. Ooh, that's a great idea! Thanks! Definitely something to think about!

  3. I love Helen Steiner Rice, my Nana loved her, too.

    These links are very helpful. I think it will be good submission practice for me and perhaps help build my confidence. At least I'm hoping.

  4. Thank you for the links. I will be checking them out. Have been meaning to look into this, and this will be the push I need:)
    Happy New Year!

  5. Hi Carla!
    I do hope your Christmas was merry and bright :)

    I have thought about writing greeting cards. For several years now in fact. Thank you for posting these links. I will be checking them out!

    Here's to a safe, happy and prosperous new year!

  6. I love Helen Steiner Rice as well. I buy her calendars all the time. I never thought about greeting cards.

  7. Hi Carla -

    My late husband always bought me Blue Mountain Cards. I submitted to them, but met with rejection.

    Maybe I'll give greeting cards another try someday.

    Susan :)

  8. Thank you for your post. This has given me renewed energy to look into for new goals this coming year. (And your blog is a blessing!)

  9. I'm glad this post has given you all a wee bit of inspiration! If any of you submit any cards please be sure to let me know how it goes!

    Susan, perhaps you should give it another try. You never know. It just may not have been the right timing.



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