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Cards For Ed Vaizey

The GCA is meeting with Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, on December 2nd. We have flagged up to him the importance of the UK greeting card industry as a world leading creative trade and the fact that such mass...

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Festive Friday – Friday 27 November 2015

Festive Friday – Friday 27 November 2015

New 2015 Toolkit and Twitter Campaign Launched Christmas time is a special time of love and caring, family and community, the time when we reach out to spread good will and happiness - and it’s when the Christmas cards start arriving that we begin to feel that lovely...

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Articles and Links

ArticlesRetailer Issue: Head to HeadThis article from PG's sister magazine PG&H discusses online sales from a retailer perspective. What do you do when a supplier that is a staple of your business starts competing with your shop via a direct website - and even...

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Key Stage 2: Hurrah for Ra!

Key Stage 2: Hurrah for Ra!

Art, design and history come together in this ‘Thank you’ card-making project dedicated to the Egyptian sun god, Ra. Children will learn about paper-making, the origins of writing and about Ancient Egyptian culture, expressed through the art and artefacts discovered...

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Primary School Activity Pack

The following theme plans use greeting cards as the stimulus for a range of cross-curricular activities that have relevance for children aged 5 to 11 throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Through participating in the activities children...

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Publishers Looking For Writers

For an up-to-date list of all GCA members who are looking for freelance writers, click here If you are looking for freelance writers, and you are a GCA member, login to the Members Area, go to the 'edit your profile' page, and check the box labelled 'writers...

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Writers Dos and Don’ts

Dos Do your homework. A little time spent researching the market will save you a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run.Do ring up or write to the company prior to sending copies of your work to check whether or not they receive freelance work, what their...

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Writers – Presentation

Verses and Prose Every page of work must bear your name and address. Submissions can get separated or mislaid. Consider the amount of copy publishers receive each week - it can be sackfuls! Your work must be type written and kept plain and simple - no decorative...

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Writers – Payment

This varies so much from publisher to publisher. Ask yourself, are you in it for the money or just the pleasure of seeing your work in print. Most of us, realistically, want both, and it is possible to make a living at this. Punchlines require a special skill and earn...

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Writers – Submitting Work

Make sure you have followed the above guidelines and those of the publisher, if you have them. Don't send more than six samples, or more than can comfortably fit into an A4 envelope. Ensure you have enclosed an appropriately sized SAE, if you wish your work to be...

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Writers – Styles and Occasions

There is a wide range of occasions to write for. When writing for a particular occasion, the copy must be appropriate to that sending situation. Label your work with the sending occasion - even though your writing may make perfect sense to you, it may not to someone...

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Writing for Greeting Cards

We have all looked at cards and thought 'I could do that!' However, it is hard to get a piece of writing published. It is only when you decide to have a go yourself that you come to appreciate that, somewhere along the line, talent and skill actually come into it. So...

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