If you already write poetry and enjoy it, you may be a talented candidate for writing your own greeting cards. In fact, you may be able to make a part time business out of this and bring in some extra cash.
You might consider beginning this process by experimenting with your new project on friends and family. The best way to see if you have a talent sometimes is to test this out on people who will be honest with you. Start by designing some simple birthday or holiday greeting cards.
Decide what occasion you would like to start with. A greeting card prose doesn't have to be long. In fact, making it too long may lose your readers attention. Stick to the simplest lines to keep your audience intrigued. There are so many occasions: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Celebrations, Graduations, Wedding Etc. Choose one topic at a time.
If you plan on considering making some money on your own greeting cards as a business, you should invest in greeting card software, as well as good stock paper for greeting cards. Greeting card software programs are not expensive to invest in and usually there are downloads online that you can test out to see if you like them before you buy them.
It's very important to keep a portfolio folder of your artwork or designs. You can purchase these at craft stores. You can display a sample of each card you design. When you decide you are ready to show your work on the professional level, go through the portfolio and choose your best work.
At your local library, you can get a copy of Writers Market or Poet's Market, which is a huge resource for any writer who wants to get published. Make sure it is a current copy. They probably won't allow you to borrow it outside the library. Write down or use the libraries copier to choose several companies that might need your work. Read all the criteria each company wants as they are very specific in guidelines. You should write to each company first, to inquire if they are accepting any work. They will usually send you their current guidelines if they are accepting freelance work. You should start with at least a dozen companies at first and then keep increasing your contacts. Keep all the guidelines and contact information for each place even if they are not looking for new prospects. You may need a name or contact information at a later time.
Test your greeting cards on friends and relatives that will be honest with you.
Don't be discouraged, if it doesn't happen right away