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Tips and Tricks: Star Submitter

April 2, 2013

You Can Be a Star … Submitter!

Every card submitted at Greeting Card Universe goes through a review process to ensure the design meets GCU’s submission and marketability standards. Of course, this takes time – up to 6-8 weeks sometimes. It’s hard waiting to learn the fate of new designs. Will the be Accepted? Declined? Returned for Edits? Or will the remain Pending a while?

Is there a way to speed up the waiting time? Yes. If you want your cards approved quickly, you should work toward achieving Star Submitter status.

What’s a Star Submitter? An artist who achieves this status may Fast Track all cards, gaining expedited reviews.

Who Chooses Star Submitters? The Review Team nominates artists whom they believe fit the criteria below.

How Do I Become a Star Submitter? An artist must show – consistently – that their card designs meet marketability standards and conform to GCU’s submission guidelines, contain no spelling or grammatical errors and avoid mistakes such as design elements over the margin and trim lines, use correct and relevant keywords and categories, create good titles, and basically do everything right from the get-go. To become a Star Submitter, learn the rules. Study the GCU Wiki. Understand the guidelines and standards. Make certain your images and verse fit the occasion.

What Do I Get As a Star Submitter? Expedited reviews. All cards are Fast Tracked, so you don’t have to wait weeks for your new cards to be approved.

Who Can Become a Star Submitter? Anyone! If you apply yourself – that’s the key. Star Submitter status is a reward for artists who have invested their time into mastering the “art” of GCU.

How Do I know When I’ve Become a Star Submitter? When you’re in the process of uploading your card, you’ll see text already in the Note to Reviewer field that says: “I am a Star Submitter so please expedite the review of this card.” Don’t delete the note!

Star Submitters must still follow all Submission Guidelines. They must also continue to include links to website/TOU of any 3rd party elements in their designs.

So if you want faster review times, reduce the errors in your card designs, don’t make silly spelling mistakes, stay in the margins, and learn (and apply) the Submission Guidelines. And perhaps one day, you can be a Star Submitter too!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2013 2:53 pm

    How does one know when one has passed from standing patiently in a long waiting line to the wonderful realm of being a star submitter? Seriously … that is something I would LOVE to have happen! Is an official notice given? If not, what is the method for being accepted? That is, how many consistently well created cards need to be approved before this status is given to an artist at GCU? Thanks for any insight you can give!

    • April 2, 2013 3:09 pm

      I don’t know if you receive a formal statement from GCU, but if you upload a card, you’ll see the Fast Track is automatically checked and there’s a note in the Notes to Reviewers field that states you’re a Super Submitter.


      • April 2, 2013 3:12 pm

        Okay, thank you, Corrie! That’s very helpful! Is every submitter periodically reviewed? Can one “returned for edits” card ruin one’s chances for a while? I’m just curious as to how they formulate their criteria.


  2. April 2, 2013 3:15 pm

    I don’t know. I’m not sure it’s ever come up, at least not to my knowledge. I’d imagine, though, that if a Star Submitter began making a lot of mistakes or ignoring the standards and guidelines, the status would likely be withdrawn.

    • April 2, 2013 3:27 pm

      Not to belabor the point, but what I’m wondering is this: I have recently had a spate of cards being readily accepted without any errors. Then, two were returned for edits for minor things. Does that mean I have to start all over again, so to speak, to create a “perfect submission” record? I am hoping not, since being granted this status would make a HUGE difference in the time and effort I would put towards my GCU store.

  3. April 2, 2013 3:28 pm

    Sounds good … I need to play at GCU a little more … it’s always a thrill when I get a sale with you!!!! Thanks GCU for this opportunity!!!

  4. April 2, 2013 3:32 pm

    Joyce, I have no idea. You may have better luck asking your question on the GCU Forum.


  5. April 2, 2013 3:43 pm

    Okay, Corrie! Thanks for your help; I will ask on the Forum.

  6. April 3, 2013 12:22 am

    Here is the original forum post on the Star Submitter program:

    When awarded a congratulatory email is sent to the artist.

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