How can I get my poem published in cards?

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How can I get my poem published in cards?
Write poems and sell them to greetings card companies. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Selling your poetry to a greetings card company can be a challenge for beginners. After working through the arduous task of perfecting your poetry, the next step is to learn about the greeting cards publishing world. A little bit of research and preparation can make the difference between getting your verses published and getting a rejection letter. Indeed, taking the time to learn about the basic requirements of various greeting cards publishers is a wise investment of your time.

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    Examine your poem. Figure out what type of poem it is and put it in a category. Some companies prefer rhymed verse while others only accept unrhymed poems. Other companies look specifically for humour or inspirational poems as opposed to seasonal poetry or works that expresses sympathy.

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    Research the market. Publishers vary in what type of poetry they accept. Blue Mountain Arts, for example, only accepts unrhymed poetry or prose that focuses on friendship, love and other inspirational sentiments. Find a publisher that is looking for the type of poetry you write.

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    Choose a small publisher. For those just breaking in to the greetings card market, a smaller company is more likely to choose a well-written poem from a new author than a large established firm with a stable of writers.

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    Follow the guidelines. If a publisher asks you to submit by email, don't send postal mail. Examine the guidelines and follow them explicitly. Place contact information on each page of your submission.

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    Resubmit your work to other companies. If you find that a publisher does not want or need your submission, try other publishers to get your work out there. Be persistent and consider writing in other genres in order to expand your chances of success.

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