Word for Word Readers!!
I pulled up my last Word For Word, I was shocked to see it was dated
July 3, 2002. My best intentions of writing a monthly column for
greetingcardwriting.com somehow went astray. Those of you who subscribe
to the Bizymoms newsletter know
I'm capable of writing a weekly column in my capacity as Vice-President,
Coordinator and Online Instructor for our e-classes there. So it seems
rather bizarre that I can churn out a column week after week, but
somehow have trouble doing one per month.
excuse-and it's a lame one-is to quote that old saw: Time Flies When
You're Having Fun! And besides writing greeting cards, teaching at three
excellent online locations and hearing from people across the country
and around the world, the fun was really capped in October, when, as
many of you know, I received a call from the executive producer at NBC's
The John Walsh Show. (Here's the link to The
John Walsh Show episode I was featured on!)
Now some of
you may associate John Walsh with hosting TV's popular America's Most
Wanted. So did I. I was, therefore, somewhat puzzled when approached to
make a guest appearance-I had a few overdue books at the library, true,
and I recently had run a light that was more pink than yellow, but these
didn't seem like adequate offenses for a stern John to say: "If you
have any information regarding this woman..."
John Walsh, I
was told, had a new hour-long TV show spotlighting different segments of
America-positive ones as well as ones where we could stand some
improvement. They were planning a segment on Moms who stayed at home to
run their own business and I had been asked to participate.
days later (including three trips to Fed Ex and a hastily-shot video by
my terrific neighbor, Steve Stemberger), I got the word. I was flying
into New York City to be a guest on "The John Walsh Show."
I was met at
the airport and driven to the hotel. The next afternoon, I found myself
sharing a limo to Rockefeller Plaza with Julie Aigner-Clark of Baby
Einstein fame. That afternoon, I shared the stage with some of the most
wonderful women I've ever met. You can read about them in the Archives
on http://www.johnwalsh.tv. The
show was originally aired on October 17th and again on Christmas Day. We
have several photos posted on our Home Page as well.
writing greeting cards in 1986 on my dining room table with my 1971
Smith Corona Selectric. At that time, had someone told me that
eventually I'd be invited on national TV to talk about greeting card
writing, I would have said "Yeah, right."
pulled my tongue out of my cheek and now with a big thumbs up, I now
say, "Yeah! Right!"
greetingcardwriting.com news, I have a new booklet in my NFBB series.
Entitled, "I'm Takin' Names: A Writer's Guide
To Mystery Shopping," this 7,700 word booklet gives you
step-by-step instructions on how to get started in the "uncover
world" of mystery shopping. So what exactly does mystery shopping
have to do with writing greeting cards?
surface, not much. But scratch below the surface just a bit and words
like "observant," "deadlines,"
"assignments," "succinct written summaries" that are
common to both, link the two together. If you're someone who spends too
much time in front of a computer, taking a break at the local mall, and
getting paid for it, seems too good to pass up. Read more about this
newest offering in Books & Stuff.
latest windfall is your unexpected gain. I received boxes of greeting
cards-3-D and musical-and I'm having a fire-sale of sorts. This won't
last forever and there are some stipulations, but if you're looking for
some greeting cards at a more-than-reasonable price, again, check out my
Books & Stuff for details.
Melanie and I
are in the process of a complete update. Check back often as we're
bringing you new features-including a page devoted to my online teaching
sites and how to register for classes-as well as updating our tried 'n
In that vein,
say hello to Robin Prevade, in our Getting To Know You
section. Robin has been a real life-saver for me; a former student (from
just 2001), Robin has gone on to sell her verses, not only in greeting
cards, but those alternate products that are so closely related to
greeting card writing. When my schedule became too hectic, Robin stepped
up to the plate to fill in for my "live," Community College
course. I am not surprised that her first set of evaluations were
glowing; her students love her and I love her. You'll be positively
inspired by this lady, who is as modest as she is talented. You can also
take a peek at one of Robin's verses in our In the Spotlight
want to recommend a new book, just out: Cartoonists'
& Illustrators' Trade Secrets by Northern Ireland's Robin
Hall. The focus is on what the title says, Cartoonists and Illustrators,
but there is also a section on greeting cards and I was honored to be
asked by Robin to write a feature on "The Essentials of Greeting
Card Writing." When someone of Charles Schulz' caliber recognizes
Robin's cartooning method as "one of the best [I've] ever
seen," you know that it has to be informative and innovative. Both
this book and Robin's previous book, The
Cartoonist's Workbook, are available through Amazon.com.
realized that I've talked about two "Robins." Can this mean
that spring is getting nearer?
heartfelt thanks to everyone who writes and shares with me their plans
for a future that includes greeting card writing. I love hearing from
all of you; Mel and I are thrilled by the fact that over 60 countries
have accessed the site. Thanks to everyone for making
greetingcardwriting.com the #1 site for greeting card writing