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Card Review Turnaround & Holiday Card Lead-Times
Feb 13th, 2009, 1:54pm
 
Hello,
Here are a few new card tips to make things go more smoothly for everyone.
 
CARD REVIEW EXPECTATIONS:  
In general, please expect cards to be reviewed within 4 weeks, however during peak periods it can be longer.     Current review time is 8 weeks (updated: 8/15/13).
 
HOLIDAY CARD LEAD-TIMES:
When creating new Holiday cards start early.  It's best to submit Holiday cards at least one month before the Holiday is upon us to allow for review time and for search engines like Google to pick up new card data.  Ideally holiday cards would be submitted 3 months in advance of the holiday.
 
Cards submitted just a week or even days before the actual holiday, with the exception of special requested cards, have for the most part missed the window of opportunity for sales that year.  That is not to say that orders are not placed close to or even after the holiday but sales begin up to a month before the holiday and the bulk of sales occur two weeks before the holiday.
 
For example, in order for a card to arrive by Valentine's Day on 2/14 it should to be ordered by 2/6.  Valentine's Day card sales the week of 2/9 were significantly slower compared to the week of 2/2.
 
FAST TRACK REQUESTS:
When you need a card approved ASAP, specifically for special custom requests, time sensitive private cards and series concept review please check Fast Track Review during the create a card process:
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/forum/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1213303986
 
Note, fast track is not to be used to expedite holiday cards that have been submitted too close to the holiday date.
 
Thank you!  Smiley
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Reply #1 - Feb 13th, 2009, 2:04pm
 
Great Info, especially regarding search engines. - Will make a "Note-To-Self" !
 
Have a Lovely Valentine's Day,
Wink Tanya
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Reply #2 - Feb 13th, 2009, 2:13pm
 
Quote from Tanya_134335 on Feb 13th, 2009, 2:04pm:
Great Info, especially regarding search engines. - Will make a "Note-To-Self" !

Have a Lovely Valentine's Day,
Wink Tanya

 
Hi Tanya, glad that is helpful!  Smiley
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Reply #3 - Feb 13th, 2009, 2:58pm
 
Mindy,  I have two pending now #370382 and 370381, it seems like forever, but just 2 or 3 days now.  I usually never have to wait this long.  Would the problem be the category?  "Save the date"  I did not know where to place these as they are reminders to change your clocks forward for daylight saving time.  Just for fun cards, I thought I would try.
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Reply #4 - Feb 13th, 2009, 4:07pm
 
Thank you Mindy.
 
Sher    Smiley
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Reply #5 - Feb 13th, 2009, 11:04pm
 
Smiley Hi Mindy and thank you. It is always helpful to know the little things and knowing thast most sales occur two weeks beofre aholiday is helpful, especially I feel to newbies like myself.  
 
Hope you have a great Valentines Day!
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Reply #6 - Feb 14th, 2009, 7:05am
 
Hi again,
 
My note on this thread above; I received this message:
"This card may be resubmitted after the following issue(s) are fixed:  
We have not approved your card for your chosen categories. Nothing in the image/art nor verse of this general card speaks to the specific occasion. Year Specific - its an occasion that recurs each year perhaps it belongs in Save the Date - general "
 
However, when I look for that GENERAL sub category it doesn't exist.    
 
 
 
 
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Reply #7 - Feb 14th, 2009, 7:11am
 
Quote from Myrna_134142 on Feb 14th, 2009, 7:05am:
Hi again,

My note on this thread above; I received this message:
"This card may be resubmitted after the following issue(s) are fixed:
We have not approved your card for your chosen categories. Nothing in the image/art nor verse of this general card speaks to the specific occasion. Year Specific - its an occasion that recurs each year perhaps it belongs in Save the Date - general "

However, when I look for that GENERAL sub category it doesn't exist.  

LOL, too funny!  Grin Maybe they meant to say, just use "Save the Date", and not use a sub-category under that. But, I'm like you, I would have looked for the sub-category they asked for!
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Reply #8 - Feb 14th, 2009, 7:48am
 
Thanks, Mindy, for the good info!
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Reply #9 - Feb 14th, 2009, 9:20am
 
Oooops!  Kathy, you may be right, I resubmitted under just "save the date" so maybe that is what they meant.   I am such a dummie!
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Reply #10 - Feb 14th, 2009, 9:58am
 
Nah, I would have thought the same thing!   Wink You should have seen what I thought they were talking about on another thread! Boy, did I embarrass myself there!  embarrassed
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Reply #11 - Feb 14th, 2009, 5:22pm
 
Thank you so much Mindy this is hugely apprecated, saves me biting my nails and fretting and then going off on a monumental tantrum Smiley so huge thanks this is mega handy  kiss
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Reply #12 - Feb 14th, 2009, 6:11pm
 
Thanks Mindy, I really appreciate you keeping us current as to "Happenings in the Universe".  You are very helpful and informative.  
 
I make a motion that Mindy gets a raise....awe, what the heck, let's give everyone a raise!!!
 
CoolLinda Grin Shocked Wink Cheesy
 
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Reply #13 - Feb 16th, 2009, 6:27pm
 
Quote from Linda_132742 on Feb 14th, 2009, 6:11pm:
Thanks Mindy, I really appreciate you keeping us current as to "Happenings in the Universe".  You are very helpful and informative.  

I make a motion that Mindy gets a raise....awe, what the heck, let's give everyone a raise!!!

CoolLinda Grin Shocked Wink Cheesy


 
A raise?!  Wow, that would be great, thanks Linda Wink  Hmm, I've suggested it to the powers that be and they told me to add it to the notorious "wish list", item #274  Wink  
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Reply #14 - Feb 16th, 2009, 7:06pm
 
ROLMAO, Mindy.....................Linda
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Reply #15 - Mar 3rd, 2009, 5:18pm
 
Hello Mindy,
 
Thank You for your reply.  I appreciate your help!
Sorry for the inconvenience.
 
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Reply #16 - Mar 6th, 2009, 12:03pm
 
hi mindy
sorry can't seem to find the button to start a new thread, or a new post.  but i'd love to stop receiving daily updates to this forum via email.  my question, where are the forum settings , and is there a setting to stop getting these updates on new topics in my emails?
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Reply #17 - Mar 6th, 2009, 12:37pm
 
Hi Tom and Welcome to GCU.  If you don't mind, I'm going to call you 'New Tom' (rather than Joe-Tom  Cheesy) as we have a Tom already, who is very active here.
As for the notifications of forum postings, just click on Notification above and you should be able to check or check the postings you would/would not like to receive.
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Reply #18 - Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:58pm
 
Here is an update to the Fast Track Review request process:
 
NEW FAST TRACK procedure:  You no longer need to send an email to the card review team to request a Fast Track review.  When you are creating your card on Card Image Details you'll notice a check box after the "Categories" that is to indicate a Fast Track request.  This will indicate your request to our Review Team.  As usual this should be used selectively and only for cards that are custom requests by shoppers.  In fairness to all artists we will monitor the use of this new Fast Track setting and will not tolerate any abuse.
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Reply #19 - Jun 23rd, 2009, 4:34pm
 
Excellent and useful info.  Thanks GCU and Mindy!
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Reply #20 - Mar 9th, 2010, 5:32pm
 
An update re: the card review process:
 
With advanced planning the card review time should not be an issue.  We are seeing about a 7 day review time which really isn't that long unless you've been with us since the early days when cards were approved in less than 24 hours.  
 
Ahh, those were the days!   Wink  BUT those were also the days when we were getting less than 100 new cards a day (we're hitting 1,000 a day lately), didn't have FastTrack, didn't check for typos, could not return for edits and declined cards were "rejects", etc.  We have come a long way since then and all for the better.
 
Recent feedback from a new artist hits the nail on the head:
By the way, you must have spoiled many of your artists with instant turnaround . . . A week to get a card up and running is not excessive.  The process must maintain integrity for the buying public. ONLY really good products can appear on your site. Or we all suffer.
 
Important - it is NOT all about speeding up the review team.  Artists play a BIG part in improving the process and have a responsibility of due diligence.  Many artists are submitting less than perfect cards and relying on the reviewers to catch careless mistakes.  It is not reasonable to submit cards created with a low level of care and poor attention to detail AND expect quicker reviews.  It is also not fair to the conscientious artists whose cards get delayed in the queue as a result.
 
Actions to take before submitting your cards:
1. Familiarize yourself with the GCU Wiki page (http://wiki.greetingcarduniverse.com)
2. Use the template to insure details are within the 1/4" margin
3. Check & double check all grammar, spelling, typos, word usage on cover and inside verse.  If it's not your strong suit then enlist your spouse, partner, roommate or friends to proof for you
4. Choose category(ies) thoughtfully & carefully
5. Add only accurate and descriptive keywords, do not include misleading or unrelated terms
6. Create a descriptive & unique card title that is meaningful at a glance
7. Be aware of image rights issues that may apply to your creative
 
Do not submit your card until you are confident that it is a quality product.  This is where artists can clearly be part of the solution.  
 
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Reply #21 - Nov 23rd, 2010, 1:38pm
 
** update effective immediately **
 
Change in Review Practices:
The reviewers will no longer FIX titles or keywords that are less than optimal as this slows down the review time and penalizes the savvy artists that have taken the time to educate themselves and submit cards with well termed titles and keywords.  We will not delay these card but will approve w/ comments suggesting where improvements can be made.  
 
We will continue to NOT approve cards with errors, but will no longer take the extra time to make it more marketable.  That is each and every artist's job.
 
 
 
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Reply #22 - Nov 23rd, 2010, 1:55pm
 
Quote from Mindy on Feb 16th, 2009, 6:27pm:
Quote from Linda_132742 on Feb 14th, 2009, 6:11pm:
Thanks Mindy, I really appreciate you keeping us current as to "Happenings in the Universe".  You are very helpful and informative.  

I make a motion that Mindy gets a raise....awe, what the heck, let's give everyone a raise!!!

CoolLinda Grin Shocked Wink Cheesy



A raise?!  Wow, that would be great, thanks Linda Wink  Hmm, I've suggested it to the powers that be and they told me to add it to the notorious "wish list", item #274  Wink  

 
 
 
Hey, at least it is on the list!   lol omg..lol  
 
I like this process but i am sure i will be one of the "fooy"  ppl cause i have a terrible time finding the correct categories  for one and then to improve appropriateness finding a second one.  It's just me as i can't easily know what reviewers think vs me.   ugh!  Also, am terrible with inside notes.  double ugh!
 
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Reply #23 - Nov 23rd, 2010, 2:38pm
 
Hi, y'all,
 
I am one who really tries to get the category correct, but there are times the rules appear to change.  Don't blame reviewers, but there are some idiosyncrasies that crop up that I could never pre-guess.  For example:  A Christmas card "From our house to yours" being relation specific and only allowed in one Christmas category (the from our house...), and not also in another Christmas category.  It held me up for a couple days.
 
A lot of my cards don't easily fit a specific category, so there are times I do the best I can and let them fly.  Most times they are okay.
 
The reviewers must be under terrific pressure to get cards done and out, and they do catch my occasional, could-be-embarrassing errors - much appreciated!  Saved my butt a few times :>)
 
I only want to say that things are not always beautifully transparent if one just spends the time to look.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
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Reply #24 - Nov 23rd, 2010, 4:06pm
 
Hey Carol,
 
I'm sure we all go through that once in a while, sometimes it's just the way it is, when we feel that our cards just don't 'easily' fit into a specific category. So, yes, thank goodness for our reviewers who continue to strive to help us!  
 
Happy Thanksgiving to you too, and everyone!
 
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Reply #25 - Nov 24th, 2010, 1:45pm
 
We understand that the sheer number of categories and our finicky rules can be overwhelming  Shocked so we will continue to be involved with those and provide guidance.
 
This change is specifically addressing "keywords and card titles" that we will not put the extra time into improving for artists.
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Reply #26 - Nov 24th, 2010, 3:08pm
 
Quote from Mindy on Nov 24th, 2010, 1:45pm:
We understand that the sheer number of categories and our finicky rules can be overwhelming  Shocked so we will continue to be involved with those and provide guidance.

This change is specifically addressing "keywords and card titles" that we will not put the extra time into improving for artists.

 
 
A wise and fair choice to help streamline the process.  Mindy, perhaps you could give the reviewers a 'quick link' to the forum posts you have made which clearly explain the Title and Keyword issue then if, as you suggested, they simply make a comment to improve these areas a link to your posts could be provided.  I think its a great way to free up some of the reviewer's valuable time.  
 
It absolutely should be the artist's responsibility to learn enough about how search engines use keywords and titles to make their cards marketable.  It is the same process on ANY site they have their work and it is part of making the decision to sell your designs online.  No other site does this work for the artist.  You either learn how to properly identify your product so it will be found or it will float around in cyberspace and never be seen.  
 
Your little birds are ready to fly!  Grin
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Reply #28 - Dec 6th, 2010, 9:42am
 
I am a new artist and have 88 cards still waiting for review after 2 weeks. I realised the 3 - 7 days in GCU advice was likely to be longer in the run-up to Christmas but was concerned something was wrong - or I had done something wrong.  I contacted GCU twice by e-mail and still have not had a reply or acknowledgement.  I have other cards to set up but do not want to do this until I know the first ones were ok ( I only went ahead with them as many are for Christmas) so last week I resorted to phoning GCU from the UK to make sure nothing I have done is holding up the process.  To say the person I spoke to was less than helpful is an understatement.  No checks were made and I was told it would take OVER two weeks and that even if approved would take some weeks to be found on the searches therefore they would sell NEXT year (so the delay is not relevant).  Even though I was surprised by this information I remained polite yet seeking clarification she hung up on me!  I called again (more expense) and she denied hanging up on me but gave no explanation to why the call was cut or any apology and seemed quite smug that the cards were not being reviewed and I would get no sales.  
 
I thought GCU was the best place for my cards after much research but am beginning to think I have made a mistake especially with such poor artist's customer service.  You might say this is not the norm but what else am I to think when its been all I have experienced.  
 
Couldn't GCU at least send an email or display an index by artist or card number so you know where you are in the queue and can see the system is working and you are moving up the queue.  At the moment it just feels like they are in a black hole.  Or just display the current approval waiting time.  Then GCU would not get unnecessary e-mails or phone calls (esp from new artitsts like myself) leaving them more time to carry out the reviews and help speed up the process.
 
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Reply #29 - Dec 6th, 2010, 12:16pm
 
Quote from FIONA_146836 on Dec 6th, 2010, 9:42am:
I am a new artist and have 88 cards still waiting for review after 2 weeks. I realised the 3 - 7 days in GCU advice was likely to be longer in the run-up to Christmas but was concerned something was wrong - or I had done something wrong.  I contacted GCU twice by e-mail and still have not had a reply or acknowledgement.  I have other cards to set up but do not want to do this until I know the first ones were ok ( I only went ahead with them as many are for Christmas) so last week I resorted to phoning GCU from the UK to make sure nothing I have done is holding up the process.  To say the person I spoke to was less than helpful is an understatement.  No checks were made and I was told it would take OVER two weeks and that even if approved would take some weeks to be found on the searches therefore they would sell NEXT year (so the delay is not relevant).  Even though I was surprised by this information I remained polite yet seeking clarification she hung up on me!  I called again (more expense) and she denied hanging up on me but gave no explanation to why the call was cut or any apology and seemed quite smug that the cards were not being reviewed and I would get no sales.  

I thought GCU was the best place for my cards after much research but am beginning to think I have made a mistake especially with such poor artist's customer service.  You might say this is not the norm but what else am I to think when its been all I have experienced.  

Couldn't GCU at least send an email or display an index by artist or card number so you know where you are in the queue and can see the system is working and you are moving up the queue.  At the moment it just feels like they are in a black hole.  Or just display the current approval waiting time.  Then GCU would not get unnecessary e-mails or phone calls (esp from new artitsts like myself) leaving them more time to carry out the reviews and help speed up the process.

Best wishes
Fiona

 
a reply to your posting has been made here:
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/forum/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1291659274/2#2
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Reply #30 - Dec 6th, 2010, 7:50pm
 
Quote from Mindy on Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:58pm:
Here is an update to the Fast Track Review request process:

NEW FAST TRACK procedure:  You no longer need to send an email to the card review team to request a Fast Track review.  When you are creating your card on Card Image Details you'll notice a check box after the "Categories" that is to indicate a Fast Track request.  This will indicate your request to our Review Team.  As usual this should be used selectively and only for cards that are custom requests by shoppers.  In fairness to all artists we will monitor the use of this new Fast Track setting and will not tolerate any abuse.

 
 
Hi Mindy
 
I only just read this post so I may be a bit behind the times but just to clarify when you say not to send an email for fast track...are we still posting our fast track pid's on the forum where you post the wanted card?
 
Thanks
 
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PS I think you all do a fab job here no matter what griping comes along.  Cheesy
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Reply #31 - Dec 9th, 2010, 1:01pm
 
Quote from cheryl_133782 on Dec 6th, 2010, 7:50pm:
Quote from Mindy on Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:58pm:
Here is an update to the Fast Track Review request process:

NEW FAST TRACK procedure:  You no longer need to send an email to the card review team to request a Fast Track review.  When you are creating your card on Card Image Details you'll notice a check box after the "Categories" that is to indicate a Fast Track request.  This will indicate your request to our Review Team.  As usual this should be used selectively and only for cards that are custom requests by shoppers.  In fairness to all artists we will monitor the use of this new Fast Track setting and will not tolerate any abuse.



Hi Mindy

I only just read this post so I may be a bit behind the times but just to clarify when you say not to send an email for fast track...are we still posting our fast track pid's on the forum where you post the wanted card?

Thanks

Cheryl

PS I think you all do a fab job here no matter what griping comes along.  Cheesy

Hi Cheryl,
Thanks for the kind words - always appreciated Smiley

Correct you do not need to post the pid#'s of a custom card on the cards wanted forum thread.  Many still do which is fine but it is not necessary.

Many artists in their haste to get the card submitted quickly do forget to set the FastTrack box.  For those times artists do and should drop an email to the review team with the pid# to let us know there was an "oops" and you need it FastTracked for the request.

Hope that answers your question. Smiley

 
Hi Cheryl,
Thanks for the kind words - always appreciated  Smiley
 
Correct you do not need to post the pid#'s of a custom card on the cards wanted forum thread.  Many still do which is fine but it is not necessary.
 
Many artists in their haste to get the card submitted quickly do forget to set the FastTrack box.  For those times artists do and should drop an email to the review team with the pid# to let us know there was an "oops" and you need it FastTracked for the request.
 
Hope that answers your question.  Smiley
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Reply #33 - Mar 27th, 2011, 12:26am
 
Hi Mindy,
 
Thanks for the info!  I am new to GCU and my first card was approved right away and the last two I created have been pending for a while now (I think a week or two).  My first card came back with edits to fix but I am holding off on the card right now as I want to post the other two first.  Could this be holding them up from being reviewed?
 
Please let me know your thoughts when you have a chance.
 
Thanks!
 
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Reply #34 - Mar 27th, 2011, 8:26am
 
Quote from Crystal_145229 on Mar 27th, 2011, 12:26am:
Hi Mindy,

Thanks for the info!  I am new to GCU and my first card was approved right away and the last two I
Warmest Regards,
Crystal

 
Hi Crystal...Welcome to GCU!  Just thought I'd chime in here with a bit of info for you until Mindy has time to respond.
 
A new store's 1st card is always approved quickly and no, you holding off on making the changes will not hold up your other cards.  Reviews are taking 2 to 3 weeks right now, so I wanted to suggest that before you put too much time into uploading cards that may need to be fixed as well...that you check out these tutorials and info so that when you submit your next batch of cards they 'slide right through approvals'  Grin
 
The GCU Wiki has a lot of good info you'll find that here:  
http://wiki.greetingcarduniverse.com/index.php/Main_Page
 
GCU University is new and there are some great video tutorials there:  
http://wiki.greetingcarduniverse.com/index.php/GCU_University
 
One of GCU's best selling artists have put together some great info here:
http://www.squidoo.com/gcu101
 
And something GCU just added that I don't think has made it into the Wiki yet is our new MARGIN PREVIEW.
You'll find this tool on the Manage Card page after you've created a card.  Just under the Text Box, if you click on  Margin Preview a window will open and give you clear indication how your design fits. This gives you a chance to move text or important elements and fix the card before the reviewers get to it.
 
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Reply #35 - Mar 29th, 2011, 3:25pm
 
Quote from Doreen_137017 on Mar 27th, 2011, 8:26am:
Quote from Crystal_145229 on Mar 27th, 2011, 12:26am:
Hi Mindy,

Thanks for the info!  I am new to GCU and my first card was approved right away and the last two I
Warmest Regards,
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Hi Crystal...Welcome to GCU!  Just thought I'd chime in here with a bit of info for you until Mindy has time to respond.

A new store's 1st card is always approved quickly and no, you holding off on making the changes will not hold up your other cards.  Reviews are taking 2 to 3 weeks right now, so I wanted to suggest that before you put too much time into uploading cards that may need to be fixed as well...that you check out these tutorials and info so that when you submit your next batch of cards they 'slide right through approvals'  Grin

The GCU Wiki has a lot of good info you'll find that here:
http://wiki.greetingcarduniverse.com/index.php/Main_Page

GCU University is new and there are some great video tutorials there:
http://wiki.greetingcarduniverse.com/index.php/GCU_University

One of GCU's best selling artists have put together some great info here:
http://www.squidoo.com/gcu101

And something GCU just added that I don't think has made it into the Wiki yet is our new MARGIN PREVIEW.
You'll find this tool on the Manage Card page after you've created a card.  Just under the Text Box, if you click on  Margin Preview a window will open and give you clear indication how your design fits. This gives you a chance to move text or important elements and fix the card before the reviewers get to it.

Good luck to you!!

 
Yes, excellent advice from Doreen, thanks Doreen!
 
Go ahead and make those edits to your first card.  It's likely to get acted on quickly, sooner than your others, and at least you'll have that card in your store.
 
The wiki and video tutorials should save you a lot of time and frustation so reviewing them is an excellent idea.
 
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Reply #36 - Oct 6th, 2012, 12:10pm
 
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I am totally new so forgive me if this is a I-D-10-T error. With as slow as the start up seems to be for newbies like me that have Christmas cards waiting to be approved such as my PID 971337
 would it be wise to put it into our private gallery for selling by ourselves this year and then taking it off the private gallery and reloading it to be approved say in January?
 
I wish a newbie was able to have just one card fast tracked when they sign on just so they have something to put in their store.  It's so lonely in there.
 
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Reply #37 - Oct 12th, 2012, 1:18am
 
Quote from Donna_201431 on Oct 6th, 2012, 12:10pm:
Mindy,

I am totally new so forgive me if this is a I-D-10-T error. With as slow as the start up seems to be for newbies like me that have Christmas cards waiting to be approved such as my PID 971337
would it be wise to put it into our private gallery for selling by ourselves this year and then taking it off the private gallery and reloading it to be approved say in January?

I wish a newbie was able to have just one card fast tracked when they sign on just so they have something to put in their store.  It's so lonely in there.

Thanks,
Donna
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Welcome Donna!
Yes, the waiting time is hard. GCU is a popular place ...you wll find the wait is worth it. This is one site where the pay will begin rolling in.  
May i suggest that you visit the wanted forum? You will see requests from customers and GCU that are needed right away. The requests are great stimulation for creativity. they also are able to be fast-tracked. So, you will only need to wait a couple of days before your cards begin to fill your store. When you are creating your card there will be a spot at the bottom to check for this purpose. You also must state in the box note to reviewer that you are replying to a request in the wanted forum.
Hope this helps ! Cool
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p.s. I realize i did not answer your question about the private gallery...i will let a more knowledgeable person answer you on that one.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #38 - Oct 12th, 2012, 5:43am
 
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May i suggest that you visit the wanted forum?

 
Thanks Sandy, I have been watching these.
How long do we have from when a request is added to the wanted forum? Is it a week or is it only like 24 hours? What is the turn around time or # of ideas they need before they let the customer know to come and look again?
 
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Reply #39 - Oct 12th, 2012, 8:14am
 
Quote from Donna_201431 on Oct 6th, 2012, 12:10pm:
Mindy,

I am totally new so forgive me if this is a I-D-10-T error. With as slow as the start up seems to be for newbies like me that have Christmas cards waiting to be approved such as my PID 971337
would it be wise to put it into our private gallery for selling by ourselves this year and then taking it off the private gallery and reloading it to be approved say in January?

I wish a newbie was able to have just one card fast tracked when they sign on just so they have something to put in their store.  It's so lonely in there.

Thanks,
Donna
http://artist.greetingcarduniverse.com/zenphotographicscards


 
Hi Donna,
 
Welcome to GCU!
 
Putting a card in your private gallery that has not been through the review process, does allow you to sell yourself, but here is the downside:
 
~ If your goal is to populate your storefront, Private Gallery cards won't show up there.
 
~ No review means that if there is an issue which was in your control as the artist, i.e., spelling, grammar, image quality, image rights, etc - that cause the customer to return the purchase then you the artist rather than GCU gets hit with the cost.
 
~ Private gallery cards are just that private.  They are not and when not approved, ever will be available in the marketplace.  So you will just have to create them again and wait through the review process in order to get them into the public marketplace.
 
The Private Gallery is for making a custom card for a customer or family member.
 
Be patient ... I know it's hard, but just keep making cards every day if you can and before you know it, cards will be coming into your store on a daily basis.
 
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Reply #40 - Nov 3rd, 2012, 1:10am
 
If the review time is up to 4 days, I've been waiting a while on the following cards:
974755
975173
977105
 
I put these designs in about a week back.  embarrassed
Hoping they'll be up in time for Thanksgiving / Christmas  undecided
 
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Reply #41 - Nov 3rd, 2012, 8:49am
 
Quote from LD_131511 on Nov 3rd, 2012, 1:10am:
If the review time is up to 4 days, I've been waiting a while on the following cards:
974755
975173
977105

I put these designs in about a week back.  embarrassed
Hoping they'll be up in time for Thanksgiving / Christmas  undecided

Thanks for the info Mindy  

 
This is an old thread ... review times are pushing 3-weeks this year  Smiley
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Reply #42 - Jan 3rd, 2013, 7:26am
 
I've had cards in the cue since before December 14th that haven't been reviewed.  I want to add more Valentine cards, but don't want to waste my time if they won't hit the store in time.  Any advise?
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Reply #43 - Jan 3rd, 2013, 8:10am
 
Quote from David_211227 on Jan 3rd, 2013, 7:26am:
I've had cards in the cue since before December 14th that haven't been reviewed.  I want to add more Valentine cards, but don't want to waste my time if they won't hit the store in time.  Any advise?

 
Hi David,
 
Designers should work a minimum of 3-months and preferably 4 to 5 months in advance of a holiday in order for your designs to be available in the marketplace in time for early shoppers.  You need to get your cards time to not only get approved, but to work their way up in searches.
 
For example, right now you should be working on holidays for April - June.  
 
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Reply #44 - Jan 3rd, 2013, 12:23pm
 
Quote from Doreen_137017 on Jan 3rd, 2013, 8:10am:
Quote from David_211227 on Jan 3rd, 2013, 7:26am:
I've had cards in the cue since before December 14th that haven't been reviewed.  I want to add more Valentine cards, but don't want to waste my time if they won't hit the store in time.  Any advise?


Hi David,

Designers should work a minimum of 3-months and preferably 4 to 5 months in advance of a holiday in order for your designs to be available in the marketplace in time for early shoppers.  You need to get your cards time to not only get approved, but to work their way up in searches.

For example, right now you should be working on holidays for April - June.  

Hope that helps  Smiley

 
Correct, review times are currently 3+ weeks.  Right now you should be thinking Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduation ...
 
Although that's not to say that you shouldn't submit Valentine's Day cards now.  Some artists find themselves the most inspired when in the moment so don't let us stop you.  They just might not get approved in time for the holiday or early enough to benefit from search engines finding them.
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Reply #45 - Apr 18th, 2013, 1:43pm
 
April 18, 2013 - I did not note how long ago I had submitted 5 designs. It seems like weeks and weeks ago. There was difficulty with the 'note to reviewer' non-negotiable field, since I had no idea what was up with that.... There does not seem to be a submission date showing anywhere with the design. How can I track this or even find a response from reviews in my email (possible spam/junk folder)? It would have been nice if there had been more info about why the note to reviewer needed to be used - at least a link to info about it. I had not a clue to its purpose. It made no sense. And only proved frustrating. So now, how do I find out how long the review process takes. Product id #'s 1055921, 1055911, 1055899, 1055881, 1055867.... One of these may have been an accidental resubmit/double submission. Thank you.
 
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Reply #46 - Apr 19th, 2013, 7:37pm
 
have the checks been mailed out my shows pending ?
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Reply #47 - Apr 19th, 2013, 8:13pm
 
Payments generally go out approx: 30 days after the end of each Qtr.  At least that has been my exp. here over the years.   Cool
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Reply #48 - May 1st, 2013, 1:34pm
 
Quote from Catinka_133492 on Apr 18th, 2013, 1:43pm:
April 18, 2013 - I did not note how long ago I had submitted 5 designs. It seems like weeks and weeks ago. There was difficulty with the 'note to reviewer' non-negotiable field, since I had no idea what was up with that.... There does not seem to be a submission date showing anywhere with the design. How can I track this or even find a response from reviews in my email (possible spam/junk folder)? It would have been nice if there had been more info about why the note to reviewer needed to be used - at least a link to info about it. I had not a clue to its purpose. It made no sense. And only proved frustrating. So now, how do I find out how long the review process takes. Product id #'s 1055921, 1055911, 1055899, 1055881, 1055867.... One of these may have been an accidental resubmit/double submission. Thank you.

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Most of our fields have a ? graphic next to them.  If you do a mouse rollover a little window will appear with help text.  I know the Note to Reviewer does have this.
 
Another good resource for you on this field is our blog (be sure to subscribe to the blog), two related articles here:
http://gcucommunity.com/2012/11/19/dash-of-inspiration-note-to-reviewer/
 
http://gcucommunity.com/2012/10/03/nuts-and-bolts-note-to-reviewer/
 
And here on the forum as this field is now required:
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/forum/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1361573345
 
BTW we have on our to do list to add a "submit date" to cards for artsits' reference.
 
Lastly, right now reviewer time is around 4 weeks.
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Reply #49 - May 3rd, 2013, 3:26pm
 
I think my batch above  took 8 weeks to turn around, not 4. It just came thru about  a week ago.  
 
I thought I had checked those question mark graphics, tho not until after I'd finally gotten the first card to submit. The verse writer does not work on my old computer, but at least I had a message to put in the note to reviewer. I will check it again, but it did not seem very clear even once I did understand.  
 
Was finally able to put verse in the cards by using another device...
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I signed up in march and have yet to have any of my cards accepted or declined all are still pending
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Reply #51 - May 7th, 2013, 5:54am
 
This probably seems obvious, but until GCU creates an automatically recorded submission date, here's something any artist can do: create your own list of submission dates so there is no guessing. I started doing this in March.  
 
FYI, cards I submitted on March 17 were reviewed May 6, a period of 50 days (about 7 weeks).  
 
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Reply #52 - May 7th, 2013, 6:42pm
 
Stacia - yes, good idea to keep record of submission dates. Lesson learned! I was finally able to track down when I had submitted. Though I said elsewhere that it had been 8 weeks, it was 7 weeks for me as well.
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Reply #53 - May 17th, 2013, 4:06pm
 
Quote from Stacia_208183 on May 7th, 2013, 5:54am:
This probably seems obvious, but until GCU creates an automatically recorded submission date, here's something any artist can do: create your own list of submission dates so there is no guessing. I started doing this in March.

FYI, cards I submitted on March 17 were reviewed May 6, a period of 50 days (about 7 weeks).


 
We will soon be adding the "create date" to your cards in Manage Cards for your reference.
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Reply #54 - May 17th, 2013, 10:52pm
 
I'm not a good record keeper but I have had extremely long waits. I don't feel like creating any new designs because I can't even remember where I left off in inspirations to design new cards. This is more than discouraging. I don't think we should be advised so frequently about how to keep up with what cards to design for what holidays when we have to wait months and months to get anything approved.  This long wait kills any incentive I can tell you that.
 
Also, when reviewers finally get to my cards, the pattern has been to review a few and not the lot that is waiting.  If a card is rejected for any reason (and there certainly are many these days), does this set me back to the end of the line again?
 
I have been here for quite a few years and I feel that without any conversation with reviewers, without any ability to find out what is really going on, this whole process is more than degrading and frustrating.  I'm at my wits ends.  At one time, I really liked the whole idea of cards that were "different".  Now, it seems there are fewer and fewer designs that are original and more and more cards that are relationship specific, more and more blah blah artwork.  Sure wish many of the changes would settle down and be better for the "artists" who really believe a card is a keepsake and not just a marketing gimic.
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Reply #55 - May 18th, 2013, 7:18am
 
Quote from Mindy on May 17th, 2013, 4:06pm:
Quote from Stacia_208183 on May 7th, 2013, 5:54am:
This probably seems obvious, but until GCU creates an automatically recorded submission date, here's something any artist can do: create your own list of submission dates so there is no guessing. I started doing this in March.

FYI, cards I submitted on March 17 were reviewed May 6, a period of 50 days (about 7 weeks).



We will soon be adding the "create date" to your cards in Manage Cards for your reference.

 
 
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Reply #56 - May 18th, 2013, 2:18pm
 
I'm working on other websites because I want to begin advertising by the end of the month, so I have plenty to do for the other sites which keeps me busy and not focused on how long it takes to get cards reviewed. Shocked   I'm not ready to give up on GCU, but of course, I dropped the habit of creating a card a day because of the wait time.  undecided  I have 10 pending, but I've created another twenty cards that I will begin to upload.  Everyone says don't give up, so I'm not going to.  Optimism reigns supreme!   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Reply #57 - Jun 11th, 2013, 8:26pm
 
move along, nothing to see here!  Grin
 
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P S I made an oopsy so this post has been edited.  cry
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Reply #58 - Jun 12th, 2013, 3:47pm
 
Quote from Mindy on May 17th, 2013, 4:06pm:
Quote from Stacia_208183 on May 7th, 2013, 5:54am:
This probably seems obvious, but until GCU creates an automatically recorded submission date, here's something any artist can do: create your own list of submission dates so there is no guessing. I started doing this in March.

FYI, cards I submitted on March 17 were reviewed May 6, a period of 50 days (about 7 weeks).



We will soon be adding the "create date" to your cards in Manage Cards for your reference.

 
Yipee!  Card Submitted date now in Manage Cards, see announcement here:
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/forum/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1370645205
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Reply #59 - May 16th, 2014, 3:30pm
 
Good news!  Card reviews are tracking at about 2 1/2 weeks right now  
 
A big thanks to the card review team for their diligent work and to the artists who are taking more care in their submissions!    Together this is making a big and enjoyable difference  Grin
 
Although review times are relatively short, believe it or not, now is the time to start designing & submitting Fall & Winter holiday cards ... Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.  
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