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The Robert Collier Letter Book Paperback – July 30, 2013
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About the Author
The author of over a dozen books, Robert Collier was decades ahead of his time in writing down ways for man to improve his lot in life. He wrote "Secret of the Ages" during an active and successful life developed upon basic ideas which opened up new vistas of living for countless multitudes of people. Brought up to be a priest, he worked as a mining engineer, an advertising executive and a prolific writer and publisher. The Robert Collier Letter Book earned Robert Collier the distinction of being one of the greatest marketing minds in history. It is currently available in translation in Japan. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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You should, however, muscle through the entire book at some point if you're a serious copywriter or even if you hire copywriters on a regular basis. I have personally adopted a number of ideas from Mr. Collier's copy over the years and have seen great results from the copy.
I've also read a lot of other copywriting books and attended the seminars, yada yada, but I gotta tell ya - as far as value for money and stuff I actually use .... this is pretty much all I ever needed. To give you an idea, I've been marketing online and off for over 16 years and I've seen the great majority of the "greats" work. So this is high praise.
I recommend it to everyone in my entrepreneurs' inner circle group and really anyone that wants to understand how a good offer is constructed and how you get people to pull out their wallets and buy immediately.
Oh and one final thought. While the book is available in electronic formats, don't bother. It's too big and too much of a reference book to be manageable in electronic form. I'd pick up a paper copy even if you don't normally do paper books.
Make sure you get the authentic copy of your book from Robert Collier Publications. What a difference it makes to have a properly published
Here are the *good* ISBN numbers:
You can type those into the Amazon search bar and they will come right up.
Avoid the "Important Books" published version at all costs!
So what should you expect when reading this book?
Gary Halbert makes the point repeatedly, in different ways and places, that if your message is true, and good, and contains real value, then you don't need to obsess about the 'quality' of your medium to convey that message. He says essentially "If some guy hands you a crumpled up note that he pulled out of his pocket, and on it it says 'Your wife just gave birth to triplets', you're not going to dismiss this because it came on a crumpled up piece of paper."
This point is worth bearing in mind when you order and read this book. The message itself is unparalleled, still accurate after almost 100 years, even though few people are probably selling rain coats via printed sales letters any more. Everything important is in here, and anyone who wants to call themselves a professional copywriter (or in-print salesman to quote Halbert again) should read, and re-read, and then re-read this book.
Now, about the editing and typos. The other reviewers are right - they're everywhere and something distractingly so. I think whoever has printed this new version had some scanning software that read and re-typecast the text for this edition, and the software repeatedly injects odd symbols or letter combinations in the text, and puts the spacing of paragraphs and text at odd intervals. Sometimes it's hard to tell where his examples of sales letters end and where his commentary on them begins because there is very little body formatting to suggest it.
But you know what?
What he is writing about is so important, so valuable, and so helpful that you should STILL buy this book and swallow it whole, maybe even adding your own formatting notes to make sense of it yourself.
The Greats are right - this IS one of the best books ever written on copywriting and direct mail, up there with Claude Hopkins "Scientific Advertising".
You should just deal with the fact that a crumpled, hand-scrawled note has delivered you the good news about your triplets. If you're too short-sighted to understand that this is in fact how and why good sales letters succeed, then you really don't understand what copy-writing is all about.
It's really just a big swipe file. Collier narrates you through his career in copy writing. He gives the mindset behind the copy he writes.
One thing I'd like to point out that I didn't see any other reviewer touch on: his sales letters always have just as much power in the offer being made as in the persuasive power of the body copy. In every letter he asks the reader to try the product out free of charge for a week. If you like it, keep it. If not, send it back on our dime.
He really takes the notion of making it easy for your prospect to buy to another level. In the Gary Halbert Letter I once read that the offer is much more important than the copy. The Robert Collier Letter Book bears witness.
P.s yeah, the formatting is screwed up. Whatever program they used to transcribe the text did a port job throughout the book.
I first purchased the book on Kindle. Frustrated with bad formatting, I bought the physical book only to find out it has NO pages numbers. I was going to reference this book is some articles I was writing. I guess so much for that.
The book, however, is a valuable resource for those interested in copy writing.
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