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Forget your fancy ideas, they’re nothing without value

Forget your fancy ideas, they’re nothing without value

The local shop in my village has finally figured out the perfect marriage of impulse purchase and value. There I am… Waiting for the assistant to pack my stuff and ring it through the register… And I notice them… Four Kit Kats for £1. I know I shouldn’t. But four… FOUR… for just £1. That’s […]

September 29, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Time management tips for direct response copywriters

Time management tips for direct response copywriters

Copywriting should be fun. It should be challenging too. But if you’re finding it too challenging, it’s wearing you down or it’s taking up too much of your time… You’re probably doing something wrong. So here I want to give you some tips on how to better manage your time as a copywriter. Most of […]

September 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
The C.I.A. secret for identifying good ideas

The C.I.A. secret for identifying good ideas

Before you write any piece of copy, you need to figure out if the idea you’re writing about is any good. If your idea sucks ass, your copy will suck ass. Worse: A bad idea will make it even harder to write the suck-ass copy, which is just dumb. Why spend extra time writing bad […]

September 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Let Your Reader’s Imagination Run Free

Let Your Reader’s Imagination Run Free

Your reader is often better at creating stories for themselves than you are at creating stories for them. Ugh… There’s a chewy sentence! Hardly the most engaging, right? So, thanks if did you chew through it and got to this one. Indeed, despite that sentence being a total mouthful, I do think it’s the most […]

September 10, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
New copywriters make this ONE mistake all the time

New copywriters make this ONE mistake all the time

You can’t prove that your exciting new product works before you’ve proved that it’s exciting in the first place. Think about that. Because it’s a flaw with long direct response copy that I see over and over. Too soon a copywriter will start trying to prove a product works before they’ve proved to the reader […]

October 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
An Open Invitation to all UK Copywriters

An Open Invitation to all UK Copywriters

It’s been a while… But I’m glad to be back in touch today with a very exciting opportunity for you. As you may know, for many years now I’ve worked with a company called Agora. For those who don’t know about Agora – it’s an international publishing business that was built out of the direct mail days […]

April 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Why you should sit on your arse and read more

Why you should sit on your arse and read more

Hurrah! I’ve finally got a chance to relax and take the time to say hello. More than that, I want to share some thoughts that I’ve been having since I attended a writing retreat in France last month. But before I do anything… I should apologise: I’ve been out of action for a little while. […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Why top copywriters add another string to their bow

Why top copywriters add another string to their bow

The North of England is a wonderful place… I write to you today from a pleasant pub on the Heaton Moor Road just outside of Manchester. The taxi from the station cost less than the minimum fare in a London cab… The beer is brought to my table with plenty of change from a fiver… And people […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Helpful advice for copywriters: an interview with Glenn Fisher

Helpful advice for copywriters: an interview with Glenn Fisher

I was recently asked to do an interview by a young guy in Germany who’s looking to start his own online Internet marketing business. As I’m grateful to the many people who accept my own interview requests, I happily agreed to spare an hour to take a Skype call with the chap. Indeed, if anyone […]

August 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
“I don’t want to have to use this gun”

“I don’t want to have to use this gun”

Imagine you’re living a roguish life as a bank robber in the Wild West… You drift from town to town ‘sticking-up’ the local bank… You’re damn good at it too. Just yesterday you moseyed on in, stuck your gun in the bank teller’s face and delivered your usual “this is a stick-up” line. The teller […]

August 3, 2014 | By | Reply More