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The Copywriter's Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing Copy That Sells Paperback – April 4, 2006
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About the Author
Robert W. Bly is a freelance copywriter specializing in business-to-business, high-tech, and direct advertising. He is the author of more than sixty books and has appeared on CNBC and CBS's Hard Copy. He lives in Dumont, New Jersey.
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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.
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 No big loss there, since by definition the technology would be outdated by the time the book went to print.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.
The Copywriter's Handbook will break down the anatomy of what's behind writing a good ad and how to construct good ad copy that sells products. Many copywriting books will tell you to use a bunch of techniques, but never explain the how or why about it. This is why there's so much inconsistent, bad ad copy proliferating. The author helps you understand why you must follow certain principles of constructing ad copy, and why certain techniques work. If you buy this book and actually read and comprehend what's in this book, you will learn how to write better ad copy.
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It covers certain topics that aren't as relevant in today's advertising as before. Aside from that, it's an excellent reference and guide for copywriters!Published 1 day ago by Karla D.
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This book has it all! I have this book on my kindle, but bought the actual book as a guide to go back... Read more
This is a great book. I read and am applying each day. It covers everything from headlines to sales letters to ads copy to direct mail, to email marketing and even writing for the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book a week ago. I am wanting to pursue copywriting and doing the AWAI copywriting training. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm just reading it now. easy to understand and very interestingPublished 1 month ago by kathy blake