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How you start: An interview on how I got into copywriting

How you start: An interview on how I got into copywriting

Sad news today that the great American novelist, Philip Roth, passed away. I’m a big fan of his work. He’s one of the writers who inspired me to write in the first place. At school, in English literature, I was mostly force-fed old Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy period-waffle that I just couldn’t connect with. […]

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why less is more when it comes to headline copy

Why less is more when it comes to headline copy

If one helping of me a week isn’t enough…good news. I launched a new website last week where you can hear more of my thoughts on things that aren’t so sharply focused on direct response copy. TheGlennFisher.com – as you can tell from the title – is more a resource to find out what I’m […]

May 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Get together with some copywriting bigwigs at Copy Capital

Get together with some copywriting bigwigs at Copy Capital

We drop straight in this week to a brief chat I had over the bank holiday weekend with copywriter, networker-extraordinaire and all round nice person, Vikki Ross… GLENN (GF): OK, let’s forget all this copywriting event stuff for a moment and let me ask you a very important question: what’s your favourite capital letter? VIKKI […]

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to manage all the different ideas in your head

How to manage all the different ideas in your head

Do you ever think you might be going mad? Maybe it’s just me. My fiancée would certainly attest to that. It’s usually a relief for her to leave the house in the morning after suffering a breakfast spent listening to my rambling nonsense. But I don’t think I’m the only one, right? We copywriters are […]

May 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Putting the proof in your persuasive pudding

Putting the proof in your persuasive pudding

A quick reminder before I get into this piece… My fiancée Ruth and I…otherwise known as ‘Gluth’…are running the Great Grimsby 10k this year and raising money for the British Heart Foundation. For the many readers outside the UK who are wondering what on earth ‘Great Grimsby’ is…it’s where I’m from. Grimsby is a small […]

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why it’s important to cultivate your own copy peers

Why it’s important to cultivate your own copy peers

Do you have a couple of copywriting friends in your contacts you can ask to review your writing? In fact, they don’t even have to by copywriters… Your partner…your friend from school…your Dad or Grandma? The key is you have a couple of people who you trust to be open with criticism and won’t be […]

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A typical morning in the life of a copywriter

A typical morning in the life of a copywriter

6.30am – Wake up in hotel in Walthamstow, briefly wonder where I am. Remember I’m in London for meetings. Driving home later today. Realise how much I have to do today. Worry I’m not going to get chance to write an All Good Copy email. Wonder if I could record my day and whether that […]

April 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why I’m not an athlete and an update on my copywriting book

Why I’m not an athlete and an update on my copywriting book

I am not an athlete. I can barely run. About two years ago, I managed to train enough to run a 10k around Richmond Park in London. It was tough. Since then, I haven’t run again. I wish I were fitter. My partner says she doesn’t mind. But still, I wish I were fitter. Everyone […]

April 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
Two-tier research: Write for your reader, not for yourself

Two-tier research: Write for your reader, not for yourself

Before I was born, I didn’t exist, which made it a lot harder to walk the dog. Sorry. A terrible attempt at a Groucho Marx-inspired joke that has nothing to do with what I want to write about today. Or does it? Stand back… Tenuous link approaching… You see, opening with my crap joke there […]

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
You and I: The importance of putting your reader first

You and I: The importance of putting your reader first

What’s the most important word in copywriting? Most people would say ‘you’. When I first started out in the industry, I remember one of the first direct response sales letters I wrote was for a personal finance newsletter. The idea was based around an article about the best ways to ask for a pay-rise. A […]

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