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How to Make Money Online Writing Poetry

Updated on December 3, 2015
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Make money online Writing Poetry for Greeting Cards

Make money from you poems

If, like me, you are scratching your heads about just what to do with those poetic masterpieces lazily snoozing on HP. Scratch no more, it is time to wake those suckers up, banish the Zzzs and welcome the sound of cha-ching, cha-ching!!!. That's the sound of making money.

Make money by writing greetings cards

I recently had a little wander through some local outlets selling greeting cards, and I must say, the poems I read were, to put it mildly, bland, dull and rather uninspiring. I left feeling I could do better.

And so I decided to look at the possibility of writing poems that will actually earn some money. I have been told often enough, that there is no profit in writing poems. However, I write because I enjoy writing and sharing my poems, as do most poetry writers on Hub Pages. However, while my motivation for writing poems was never about makIng money, how cool would it be, to earn money by doing something that we enjoy doing? But where to begin? I hear you ask.

Research ways to Make Money

Doing your research is a must, take a look at the greeting card market before you get started, this will save you time in the long run. You have to aim at the right genre for which you are writing. Keep your research organised, so as not to get confused with your level of contact with each publisher. You may want to create an Excel spreadsheet, (see video) with details of the addresses of publishers, their guidelines, websites, submission date and contact details.

Not only will this save you time, but it will also help you avoid embarrassment later on down the line.
A good place to begin your research is at your high street card shop, have a wander around look at the type of cards that are most popular.

Check the back of the card for publishers name, make a note of it and draw up a list of various publishers. The smaller publishers may pay less, but also have fewer competitions and are much more likely to give you the opportunity to show what you can do.

Check out niche shops, like craft stores, hotels, and restaurant gift shops, anywhere that sell greeting cards, these type of places may give you the names of the smaller publishing companies that you may not find in your high street shops.
Visit greeting cards trade fairs, this could be a good way to meet different publishers all in one place, and to get an idea of the best ones to pitch.
Mains types of greeting cards are:-

  • Traditional Cards, usually, metered and rhyming poetry, these are the most technical poems to write and therefore mainly done by in-house writers.
  • Contemporary Prose Cards, for the more sentimental poetry
  • Humorous Cards, this can be poems with a clever use of puns often funny poems, these types of cards are the most popular, freelance writers most often write prose cards.

Trade fairs in the UK

  • Home and Gift, in Harrogate In July
  • Spring Fair, Birmingham NEC. In February
  • Autumn Fair, Birmingham NEC September
  • Top Draw, Earls Court in January and September
  • London International Card Show, Business Design Centre in May. If you live outside the UK, do a Google search in your area, to find out where the best places are to get information and start earning.

When you have completed your research, this will be the time to contact your chosen publishers. Most publishers will have their guideline on their websites, if not, write to them and request one.
Include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your request, and remember, DO NOT submit any work or ideas without first reading the submission guidelines.
It is important to follow the publishers instruction explicitly, they may request that not only do you send a self-addressed large enough envelope, with the correct amount of postage but may also ask that you keep you submission to under 100 words.

The poetry marker is competitive, bear in mind that as far as the publishers are concerned, time is money, and they receive many applications, sorting through them can be time-consuming. Most publishers will disregard those who do not follow the instructions correctly.

The E-cards market is a growing niche for greeting cards and a good way to earn money, like the other card publishers, they to have their guidelines listed on the sites, and like the others, you will need to review their content and guidelines carefully before submitting you work to start earning.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Barry, thank you so much for reading my hub, much appreciated. If you leave a link to your poems I will be happy to take a look. Good luck with the poetry writing and sale, I hope you found this hub useful. Take care now, my best to you.

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      Barry Smith 2 years ago

      Dear Sir or Madam

      My name is Barry Smith and I am a Cerebral Palsy suffer, down to me having this I am on befits. You might be thinking I liked to stay at home playing computers game all day not me I am doing a part time Computing course at my local College, and help people where I can. In my past time I liked to write poem, I would like to sale some to make myself a bit of cash, can you buy one off of me?

      Barry

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Scriptamanent, Thank you very much for the visit and comment, I wish you much luck with the poetry, it's certainly worth a try.

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      scriptamanent 4 years ago from Sandy , Utah

      It is a great way for poets to share their passion with the world. I have always thought of writing greeting cards. Great hub. Thanks! :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Olde Cashmere, Thank you so much for the visit and comment.

      I hope you'll find it useful. Best wishes to you.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      This is an intriguing idea tobusiness, thank you for sharing this. Voting up, and rating awesome, and interesting :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Vinaya, very nice to see you, of course you're right, poetry doesn't make money on HP, but I have to admit, I love sharing and getting feed back. However, if we are prepared to put some work into it, we can earn a little with E-books and cards. Thank you for stopping by, my best to you.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I always believed publishing poetry online will never fetch money, that's why I have stopped publishing poetry on HubPages.

      Thanks for the head ways.

      Regards

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kashmir, I'll certainly give it a try anyway. Thank you for the visit and comment.

      All the best to you

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A great and interesting idea to make some money online with your poetry. Hope you make some good money with your awesome poems.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Eddy, so very nice to see you back, thank you for the visit and comment, I hope it prove to be useful.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A very well informed article and I save for future reference.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Angelo, exactly my point, thank you for stopping by, my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, Yes I'm counting my millions already :)... I'm not looking to earn millions, but it would be nice to know that people are prepared to pay for your work. Whether we make money from affiliates or sell direct we are all trying to make a little extra, wouldn't it be lovely to see your work shared and appreciated?

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mhatter, $200/mt is still $200 more than we will be making on HP.

      I'm just saying, there are alternatives to burying your hard work.

      Poems are for sharing and it's a plus if you are able to make some money from them. Many thanks for the visit and comment, my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      girishpuri, thank you for the visit and comment, yes it is difficult to make money from poems, but since many of us love writing them, we may as well look at ways to get something back.

      We won't get rich doing it, but it will do better than sitting on HP gathering dust.

      Take care now, my best to you.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      You are right but it's very difficult to earn on internet through poems, useful hub.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. For me getting 1 ebook published was hard enough. Twitter s working for me right now; Still I make less than $200.00 a month.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, tobusiness - you of all people should be a millionare in just a short while with all of your fabulous poetry. This is an excellent idea. You have written a very insightful hub here and very detailed indeed. We can say we knew you when, but just remember us, your Hubbing buddies. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      cool idea for doing something with our poor languishing poetry.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mama Kim, much appreciated.

      My best to you.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I agree with you 100% My husband and I always joke how my hobbies are better than his because I at least make a little money doing them ^_^

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mama Kim, thank you for stopping by, I'm not saying that greeting cards is going to make us a fortune, but these days every little bit helps, and if people are prepared to invest a lot of time and effort doing the work, it would be nice to get something back.

      Even the small amount we make here on HP counts. But it isn't just money, for the people who writes, it is the great feeling we get when we see our work out there.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I wish you all the luck and fortune in this new endeavor of yours ^_^ Great hub for anyone interested ^_^ I know you and a few others that are shoe ins for this type of work!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, wow... such class, you are exactly what is lacking in the greeting card industry, :) by the way, how much money do your poems make on HP? Always nice to see you.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      a very good hub.. I won't make much money selling greeting card poems.. I lack the style picture one of my cards.. ( So sorry your husband died.. but hey at least you can sleep on either side of the bed now.. ) Huh? what do you think? do I have it?

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, you are the most poetic writer on HP, so don't play coy. :) I'm looking at alternatives, Just experimenting my friend, just experimenting. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And for those of us who do not have a poetic bone in our bodies, we will stand on the sidelines and cheer you on, Jo, as you find success in this genre of writing.

      Great suggestions as always; now, if only I could write poetry. :)

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