Make Money From Home Writing Greeting Cards

If you enjoy writing, what about checking out the greeting card market? Having your work published on a greeting card is a huge delight! It can be quite rewarding and does not require an extensive amount of time.

Writing greeting cards is different from other types of freelance opportunities. You don’t have to spend hours researching a topic. Nor do you have to have to worry about such things as SEO (search engine optimization) or finding the perfect keywords. You simply need to be able to write short, catchy text that is marketable and memorable. So what’s next . . .

Go Shopping

Every greeting card company has its own unique mission. Go shopping and spend time at different kinds of places that sell greeting cards: book stores, grocery stores, specialty shops, museums, florists, pet shops, etc . . . wherever you can get your hands on greeting cards. View a large variety. Be sure to turn the card over to check out the different publishers.

What’s Your Style?

Think about which voice suits you best? What is your style? Are you a person who would be good at writing inspiring types of messages? Are you great at writing about love and happiness? Do you have a sarcastic side? Do you enjoy making people laugh? Would you like to write humorous messages with a twist? One liners? Or maybe you would be great at writing sincere cards expressing sympathy and such? Or cards specifically for birthdays or holiday occasions? Think about your ideas also being printed on items such as magnets and bumper stickers. Get a feel for what interests you most and take notes.
Important Books All Writers Should Keep On Hand

Simply browsing through these books, not necessarily for their intended purpose, can generate a flood of new ideas!

1) a dictionary

2) a thesaurus

3) a rhyming dictionary

Generating Ideas

Ideas are EVERYWHERE! Greeting cards are a way to communicate. Listen to verbal and non-verbal communications around you. You may get an idea when you go for a walk in your neighborhood. Or maybe when you are sitting at a doctor’s office reading a magazine. What feelings and thoughts come up when you are around loved ones? Did something funny happen today that could be turned into an idea? Did you give someone a compliment today? Put your feelings into words for a greeting card.

Brainstorm! Let your mind wander. And write, write, write your ideas down!
Common Greeting Card Themes

  • Thank you
  • Congratulations
  • Affection
  • Happy Birthday
  • Love
  • Encouragement
  • Apology
  • Advice
  • Sympathy
  • Bon Voyage
  • Get well
  • Thinking of you
  • Admiration
  • Missing you
  • Motivation
  • Appreciation

Greeting Card Markets and Guidelines

As with any writing market, each has a specific set of guidelines to follow. To get you started, I’ve compiled a list of some greeting card companies that are currently accepting submissions. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of avenues for writers in the greeting card industry. Each company that I chose to list includes a link to their specific guidelines. If information regarding payment was obtainable, it has been listed below. I’ve also included whether or not the company accepts email and/or online submissions.

Carefully following the company’s guidelines will increase your chances for success.


Pays $300 per poem for worldwide, exclusive rights and $50 per poem for one-time use in a book.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Email submissions accepted.


Pays $50 per idea for exclusive rights.

Publishes (outrageous and sexual) adult humor.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Email submissions accepted.


Produce of greeting cards, gift bags, etc.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

No online submissions.


Pay $50 per slogan for exclusive rights.

Producer of novelty buttons, magnets, bumper stickers and more.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Online submissions accepted.


Producer of beautiful outdoor related cards.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Email submissions accepted.

>>>KALAN (SubmitFunnyStuff)

Pays $75-$150 for exclusive rights.

Producer of wholesale novelty products, mainly distributed at Spencer Gift Stores.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Online submissions accepted.


Pays $25 for non-exclusive rights.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Online submissions accepted.


Producer of greeting cards and note pads.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

No online submissions.

>>>RECYCLED PAPER GREETINGS (An American Greetings Company)

Looking for artwork AND written words together. Will not accept one without the other.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

No online submissions.
Keep In Mind

The average person will decide in just seconds if they want to buy a particular card. It must instantly catch their attention.

Did You Know?

  • The custom of sending greeting cards dates back over 500 years ago and is traced to the early Egyptians who conveyed greetings on papyrus scrolls and to the ancient Chinese who celebrated the New Year with messages of good will.
  • The oldest known greeting card still in existence today is a Valentine card from the 1400’s. It is on display at the British Museum.
  • This new wave of social expression caught on with Europeans during the 1400’s. Of course, all greeting cards were hand-delivered at that time.
  • In 1840, greeting cards became popular with the invention of the postage stamp. A greeting card could be sent for one penny. In addition, enhanced printing methods were coming about. Click HERE to learn about the Penny Black ~ the first postage stamp.
  • Louis Prang is known as the father of the American Christmas card. He opened a lithographic shop with $250 in 1875 and published the first line of U.S. Christmas cards.
  • Vintage greetings cards are highly collectible.
  • American Greetings Corporation was founded in 1906 and is the largest producer of greeting cards in the United States.

Acceptance and Rejection

If your ideas are accepted, this is certainly time to be proud and celebrate!

If your ideas are rejected, do NOT give up. Do NOT take it personally as there are many reasons a submission may be rejected.

Of course, rejection doesn’t feel good. But it is part of the wonderful business of writing.

Best wishes!

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