- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470051248
- ISBN-13: 978-0470051245
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adweek Copywriting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Powerful Advertising and Marketing Copy from One of America's Top Copywriters 1st Edition
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A fun and authoritative guide to writing masterful copy
Great copy is the heart and soul of the advertising business, whether it's for print, television, radio, or any other medium. In The Adweek Copywriting Handbook, legendary copywriter and ad man Joseph Sugarman provides proven guidelines and expert advice on what it takes to write copy that will entice, motivate, and move customers to buy.
Sugarman walks you step by step through the entire copywriting process—from getting prepared to researching products and markets to getting ideas down on paper and polishing them to a brilliant sheen. He explains the vital elements that make great copy and explores the emotional triggers that convince consumers to buy. Sugarman gives you all the tools and tactics you need to write the same kind of effective selling copy that has brought him fame and fortune.
For anyone who wants to break into the advertising business, or ad pros who just want to get better at what they do, this is the ultimate companion resource. Complete with real examples of high-quality copy for various media, this practical and authoritative guide will tell you everything you need to know to write great copy—and get ahead in the cutthroat world of advertising.
"Sugarman is a living legend and by-God genius at writing copy that sells. This book is his masterpiece. It reveals all of his hard-earned secrets. The writing is riveting and the wisdom is worth gold. This is the best book on copywriting in the entire history of marketing."
—Joe Vitale, author, There's a Customer Born Every Minute
"There are a lot of great copywriters, but Sugarman is the best. He knows how to build a story and close a sale."
—Richard Thalheimer, President, The Sharper Image
"[Sugarman has] a real talent for promotion and writing advertisements."
—Albert Gore, former Vice President of the United States
About the Author
Joseph Sugarman, author of the bestselling Success Forces, is known throughout the advertising world as a copywriting legend and role model. His ads have moved millions of customers to reach for their wallets, and his JS&A Catalog was once America's largest single direct mail catalog of space-age products. He has given copywriting seminars throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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For example, Peter Bowman's "Well Fed Writer" book took my ability to understand freelance writing and what people need to a whole new level. It immediately led to my Permaculture Magazine article, which in turn taught me that I don't really want to write magazine articles for a living, along with a lot of other useful ideas. Kelly Enger's book "Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets for Freelance Success" was another such book, and led to some great contracts and a reputation that gets better with each new client.
Sales, however, has always been my weak point. I couldn't sell pocket warmers to Eskimos. I've had to rely on my portfolio and testimonials to secure clients, as well as a solid web presence that no one much reads, but which validates me to prospective clients. But selling myself? I've never been able to do it well. However, I recently stumbled across a book that had a profound effect on me. In the first five chapters, something just gelled in my mind. I was suddenly flooded with ideas, and excited about possibilities, the way only a handful of books have done before.
THIS is that book. At almost $13 for the Kindle edition, you can bet I did a lot of reading up on it before I bought it. I had it in my Wish List for a few months, and would look at it on Amazon every week or so, debating it. I bought it a while back when I was a bit flush, but I didn't read it right away. I was in-progress on two other professional books and a fiction trilogy, so it took a while to get to it.
And when I did finally get around to reading it, by the start of the 5th chapter I knew I should have read this thing a long time ago. What a difference it could have made when I attempted long-form sales sites! Or when I put my old freelancing web site together (now long dead).
If you have any need for direct response sales, even peripherally like I do, I can't say it enough: "Buy this book."
THE ADWEEK COPYWRITING BOOK by Joe Sugarman is a "must read". I believe, however, you will gain more value from this incredible book if you use this as somewhat of a "second phase" of your copywriting education. That's not to say Sugarman's book is difficult to understand. It's not. There are just some other things you need to learn and understand first.
This book is brilliantly laid out in a step-by-step, easy to follow format with wide margins for lots of notes. Sugarman takes you through the process of actually writing copy from beginning to end. The emphasis here is on print advertising, but the relation and application to any other form of copywriting is easily discernable. The brief final section of the book even covers writing for other types of media.
Sugarman is a great teacher. This book pulls largely from the training seminar Sugarman taught for many years. Only you get the $2,000 seminar for the price of a book. What a deal!
Chief among them:
- his take On Selling the concept above all else
- creating the right selling environment for your offering
I'm not sure how.
This book is written from the point of view that all ads will be full-page print ads in magazines, newspapers, and mail order catalogs. There's nothing about writing for the web. There's certainly nothing about writing effective ad copy in 140 or 300 characters, common limitations on social media and websites.
I learned to recognize these lengthy come-on ads years ago. Maybe decades ago. Catchy headline, a subhead, and paragraphs where teasers abound, coaxing you to read the whole thing before finally getting to something useful. Like the price. Or the time commitment. Now when I start reading an ad in this style, I immediately skip down to the last sentence to see if it's worth reading the rest of the ad. Usually, it's not.
These kinds of ads may still work on late night infomercials, but I don't they have any effect on younger people or people who read. No one has time for this anymore.