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The Copywriter’s Handbook, Third Edition: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing Copy That Sells

Posted on June 05, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

The classic guide to copywriting, now in an entirely updated third edition
This is a book for everyone who writes or approves copy: copywriters, account executives, creative directors, freelance writers, advertising managers . . . even entrepreneurs and brand managers. It reveals dozens of copywriting techniques that can help you write ads, commercials, and direct mail that are clear, persuasive, and get more attention–and sell more products.
Among the tips revealed are
• eight headlines that work–and how to use them
• eleven ways to make your copy more readable
• fifteen ways to open a sales letter
• the nine characteristics of successful print ads
• how to build a successful freelance copywriting practice
• fifteen techniques to ensure your e-mail marketing message
is opened
This thoroughly revised third edition includes all new essential information for mastering copywriting in the Internet era, including advice on Web- and e-mail-based copywriting, multimedia presentations, and Internet research and source documentation, as well as updated resources. Now more indispensable than ever, The Copywriter’s Handbook remains the ultimate guide for people who write or work with copy.

“I don’t know a single copywriter whose work would not be improved by reading this book.” –David Ogilvy

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3 to “The Copywriter’s Handbook, Third Edition: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing Copy That Sells”

  1. Compay says:

    Review From an SEO Guru & Web Developer If you want to improve your writing skills for print or the web, this is the book that you need to own. This book is all steak with the fat trimmed off, powerful tips and techniques with absolutely no fluff.While some of the techniques included in the book aren’t unique to copywriting guides, Bly offers his own effective spin on them. In the first 60 pages alone, you’re treated to a goldmine of tips on writing effective headlines and crafting easy-to-read copy. Bly tackles copywriting methods for direct mail, catalogs, brochures, websites, and even press releases. Unlike most books on copy, Bly provides great advice on writing for TV commercials and radio spots.As a Search Engine Optimization guru, I found Bly’s take on writing web copy to be extremely refreshing, even if it wasn’t new information to me personally. I loved that this was probably the only copywriting book that actually stresses finding the balance between writing copy that sells, and copy that is search engine friendly. Most web design books don’t discuss copywriting, and most copywriting authors have no knowledge of writing for search engines. Bly certainly did his homework.This is an excellent guide for writing copy, especially if you’re writing for websites. This book is probably the best investment that you will ever make.

  2. Dark Helmet says:

    The best nuts and bolts guide for writing effective ad copy This book is mainly geared towards people wanting to learn hard sell direct response advertising. Sales letters and web advertising are its main focus. There are chapters on other forms of advertising such as brochures and white papers, but IMHO there are other more effective books on soft sell methods.As for the comments dinging the Bly on his comments about creative advertising… Yes, there is a place for creativity in advertising, but the creativity should never obscure the main purpose of advertising, which is to sell products. As a copywriter, your job is to write the words that get people to pull out their wallets and buy. Are there ads that are both effective and creative? Of course. However, for a copywriter, effective should always come before creative. Never forget that you’re playing with other peoples’ money, and advertisers want the best bang for their buck.Note that there have been some revisions for the 3rd edition. The section on computer equipment have been removed. No big loss there, since by definition the technology would be outdated by the time the book went to print. The chapter on freelancing has also been omitted, since Bly devotes an entire book to freelancing, Secrets of a Freelance Writer.

  3. Stacy Karacostas "Practical Marketing Expert ... says:

    Breaks down the basics of writing killer copy Before I started my own copywriting business years ago, this one was my first books on the subject. And I still refer back to it periodically. Bob Bly is a copywriting legend who is well-known for making the fundamentals of writing great copy easy to understand. Whether you’re thinking about a writing career, or just need to make your marketing materials more effective, this is the perfect primer for anyone who wants to learn how to write to sell!

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