Freelance Options

The mechanics of sending out freelance material for consideration by greeting card publishers is rather simple. Companies prefer submissions to be sent in batches of ten to twenty card ideas. Each idea should be typed in dividually on a 3x5 index card. Some will even accept handwritten ideas, but the writer looks amateurish doing it that way. If you want to be respected as a pro, look like one. On the back of each card, put your name, address, phone number, and an ID code number for each idea for quick reference.

The codes help organize your files, because you'll have a lot of submissions going out all over the country at one time. But be forewarned, simultaneous submission of the same ideas to different companies is a major mistake! Can you imagine how thrilled they'd be if two bought the idea and published it? You might need a lawyer. Because of the long time delay, however, you can't write just twenty ideas, send them out and wait for an answer. You'll need to contact other publishers with additional ideas you didn't send to the first. The sales price runs anywhere from $25 up per acceptance, so you'll need volume to make even postage and mailing costs.

Keep your submissions moving. Don't get discouraged after a few rejections and toss them in the attic. Persistence is the name of the game. And just because you're new in the business, stop fearing that a company will copy your ideas before sending them back with a canned rejection letter. They're looking for reliable sources. And if you're close to the mark, they might send along a rejection letter with some helpful advice—and encouragement.

If they give you advice, take it. But more often they will return your batch with no personal note, even though their rejection may be for no better reason than they're overflowing with birthday messages to grandma, and that's what you sent. You'll never know, and they won't answer your calls or letters to explain why. Even asking them is unprofessional.

These days, greeting card publishers are more leery of unknown writers than ever. What they fear most is a lawsuit from some amateur who spots a published card with an idea similar to one he claims he submitted four years previously—and he's screaming "thief" from his lawyer's office. It's hard to prove or disprove these claims. Most of all, it's expensive. Many lawyers instruct their publishing clients to return all unsolicited material unopened. Sounds logical, until you try to figure out how anyone can be sure what's inside an unopened envelope. Solicited material results from a favorable reply to your original query letter by a specific editor who will give you a name and sometimes a box number for submissions.

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