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The First Place To Check For Greeting Card Submissions

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Post by billcartoons on Wed 19 Oct - 17:12

As not all greeting card companies accept cartoons or humorous art for their various lines, I've sorted out some who do. Typically a submission consists of 6-12 images, appropriate to the needs of the card company (provided within the pages detailing their submission process) either electronically or through conventional mail. The method I find most user-friendly to those I'm submitting to is to take the images and place them into a PDF document, then attach that (if the guidelines say it's okay to do so) to an email. Most greeting card companies understand that you are running a business, so simultaneous submissions are okay. If they find something they're interested in, they'll ask you if it's still available. If so, congratulations! You've just made your first sale! In the United States, where we'll start, an advance is offered and a percentage of net sales, typically ranging between 4 to 7%. Given enough sales over time, even in a difficult economy, a living can be made. Just remember, it's a VERY competitive market, and rejections are just part of the process, so get yourself on a regular submission schedule, and provide only the best samples of your work. The art directors are very skilled and will quickly delete your emails if they only receive half-hearted and unprofessional material. Best of luck, and feel free to ask any questions. With that, here you are:

US Greeting Card Companies:

Oatmeal - http://www.oatmealstudios.com/Artist'sGuidelines/AG-Pg.htm

Marian Heath - http://www.marianheath.com/Docs/MH_Submission_Guidelines_2011.pdf

Recycled Paper Greetings - http://www.recycled.com/artists.htm

Nobleworks - http://www.nobleworkscards.com/submission.html

Comstock - http://www.comstockcards.com/guide_base.htm

Design Design - http://www.designdesign.us/download/guidelines.pdf

Cardmakers - http://cardmakers.com/submissions

Designer Greetings - http://www.designergreetings.com/pages/jobs.html (pays flat fee)

RSVP/Sellers - https://www.rsvp.com/faq.php

Smart Alex - http://www.smartalexinc.com/pages/artist_submission/124.php[url][/url]

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Post by Simon Lake on Wed 19 Oct - 17:16

I've always liked the look of http://www.comstockcards.com/guide_base.htm

I've been meaning to submit some stuff to them for a while.

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Post by billcartoons on Wed 19 Oct - 17:18

That's great - I should've mentioned that as well - please feel free to add to this database. The more we work together as cartoonists, the more we all benefit.

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Post by Simon Lake on Wed 19 Oct - 17:24

I think these guidelines would suit Leah down to the ground...

http://www.comstockcards.com/art_guide.htm

By the way, where is she? Seems I have to do everything. lol!

(Nice resources Bill)
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Post by Kathy on Wed 19 Oct - 18:01

Quick question - do you need to write the sentiment or greeting that goes inside the card, or can you just do the front image cartoon?
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Post by billcartoons on Wed 19 Oct - 20:14

Hi Kathy - the majority ask only for the art - some may seek your input for an interior sentiment, but I haven't experienced that much.

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Post by Kathy on Wed 19 Oct - 21:20

Thanks so much, Bill!
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Post by Kathy on Thu 20 Oct - 1:33

Another question - I've got a couple cartoons on Zazzle as cards. Should I pull these if I decide to try submitting them? (I've only sold one, and can certainly put them back up later.)
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Post by LeahG on Mon 24 Oct - 21:55

Simon Lake wrote:I think these guidelines would suit Leah down to the ground...

http://www.comstockcards.com/art_guide.htm

By the way, where is she? Seems I have to do everything. lol!

(Nice resources Bill)

Less of your moaning!! Smile flower I have been working morning noon and night on my website which is almost but not quite there. I am trying to improve page load speed, seo and the way the gallery features work. I'm learning a fair amount about wordpress plugins that's for sure. I do check in here daily though...even if only to lurk Smile

I may start a section for discussing websites for cartoonists and things of that nature because promoting onself online isn't very effective if one has no website! Smile

Meanwhile this new line of forums Bill and Simon is magnificent, excellent knowledge base!! Thank you.
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Post by LeahG on Mon 24 Oct - 22:03

I just sent a feww of my xmas card designs (the gag ones) to that link re comstock, nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that!!
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Re: The First Place To Check For Greeting Card Submissions

Post by Simon Lake on Tue 25 Oct - 1:56

Thought that would be right up your Alley. Just a bit concerned about you submitting stuff that you've already Published online or whatever. Maybe one should consider doing stuff for them that's original and specifically aimed towards their specs?


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Post by Kathy on Tue 25 Oct - 14:36

I wondered about submitting designs I already published on Zazzle...decided to try making new cartoons, and if they get rejected by all the card companies, put them on Zazzle at that point.
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Post by LeahG on Wed 26 Oct - 13:50

I am not worried about fact they're published, everywhere I've published them so far I can remove them if they decide they want them. They're not in my zazzle shop just here and on my website, facebook etc.

I don't think the toons I sent are hardcore enough, they want 'adult' material and the stuff I've sent is very tame. Smile
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Post by Billtoons on Wed 2 May - 15:35

I haven't been around much recently, but I thought I'd chime in here and relay some of the experiences I've had with the questions mentioned above.

I wouldn't worry at all about previously published material, including what's on Zazzle, as long as you don't have a contract for that specific image with another greeting card company. As they only license greeting card rights, the image remains available for other licensing categories, such as calendars, print media, etc. And don't take the images off Zazzle, even those you have on cards, until you have an offer from a card company. You've only submitted material - they haven't yet accepted it and until they do, why not keep the piece working for you?

Additionally, I wouldn't just send to one card company. As long as your material is in the vein of what they publish, I'd submit to numerous companies, particularly the ones with the best royalty rates and sales reach. It's a fierce, competitive market, and if you submit to one at a time, waiting months between submissions, you'll grow old far faster than your business will grow revenue. In my experience (Hallmark UK being the exception), they will ask if the image is still available, knowing that they are not the only company you're submitting to - it's taken for granted.

Best of luck, and keep us informed of your successes!

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Post by Kathy on Thu 3 May - 3:02

Thank you , Bill! I got sidetracked with another project, but just finished it so I'm back to working on some cartoons for cards. I plan to include the one on Zazzle when I'm ready to submit.

I was wondering if you have a name or number system for your cartoons, to help keep track of what you have done with each one. I'd think you would want to document it, or you could lose track among the hundreds (!) of published cartoons you have :-)
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Post by Billtoons on Thu 17 May - 13:47

That's a really good point Kathy. I have over 700 Spectickles Cartoons as well as a couple hundred Pandemonium Cartoons and then a couple hundred (and a dozen more every week) new Business Cartoons - all out there with card companies, magazines, and other licensing uses. I have inventory numbers - it would be impossible to track otherwise. It's also critical to track what rights you've granted for each design too - that could result in some ugly situations if not kept up to date.

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