I'd like to thank you for your VERY blunt book: The Road Warrior.
The three things that stood out for me are:
A- Your thorough analysis of the human nature at the beginning of your book i.e. learn on your own, you're on your own or figure it out for yourself. I try to analyze why people settle down for less than they can really do, and can't seem to find an answer. Don't tell me: "It's fate." Fate doesn't obligate you to not improve on your income, when doing an extra one or two things to a client will guarantee you more money, and more achievement.
B- Your insistence that it takes the same effort and skill to sell for the big companies as it takes to sell for the small companies. Be it a Fortune 50 or a Fortune 5,000,000, it's the same process.
C- Your story with Ms. Thumble and how "co-workers" hate someone being better than them!!
The book is good and blunt.
However, the objection chapter needs more details. Also, the tips scattered throughout the book needs to be integrated into the text.
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2. Avoid hard to read fonts. Graphic designers understand the nuances of a font or as some call a typeface. Some are easy on the eyes while others are almost impossible to read. Perhaps you’ve seen the name of a business written in Old English and all caps. Most fonts are not designed to be displayed IN ALL CAPS. We are trained to read that way. There are guidelines that graphic Designers use to ensure your website is readable.
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It’s not good advertising unless it sells.
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What is an Advertising Copywriter?
We work with the creative team to produce ideas and the words that go into advertising. It must be compelling, state of the art and good enough to motivate your customers to go out and buy whatever it is you are selling.
According to Prospects.ac.uk - the UK's biggest graduate careers website with more than 2.3 million monthly browsers, an Advertising Copywriter responsibility includes:
1. You simply can’t write compelling copy without years of study and experience.
Sure, you can write stuff, may even have a college education where you wrote theme papers. But writing the words (copy) to support an expensive advertising campaign to make your business succeed is a fine art. Even English majors aren’t automatically qualified to do it. Yes, many copywriters have degrees in English, but that is only a foundation. A copywriter has to understand what works and what doesn’t. Because if you can’t communicate successfully with your prospective customers, it doesn’t matter how good your product or service is, you will fail. You may know your product or service inside and out but do you know what matters to your customers.
At LoudEgg, we do more than crank out generic copy so we can move on to the next project, we study your company and seek out the unique selling propositions that will make you stand out from the ever-growing crowd of competition you face. And that takes work, time and skill.
2. Advertising is selling.
Our Senior Copywriter, Mike Swedenberg, has 45 years’ experience in advertising, sales and marketing working for Fortune 50 companies both domestic and international.
Combined with Joe Maracic’s 15 years’ experience in Advertising design, LoudEgg you can receive the creative solutions that rival the big agency shops on Madison Avenue at a fraction of the cost.
3. What is the difference between a Feature and a Benefit and can you use one without the other in your advertising?
If you don’t know the difference between the two or how to employ them effectively, you can waste a lot of money on your advertising with little to show for it.
A feature is something your product does. A benefit is what that feature does for you. Here is an example:
A new smartphone has an NFC feature. Well, so what? How does that benefit you? The answer is NFC or Near Field Communications lets your smartphone transmit data to other devices in your vicinity. It allows you to share files, photos and music with others nearby. You can even use it to pay at many stores and restaurants. And that is the benefit to you. Many smartphones have this feature but some don’t. That’s a big benefit a WOW factor, but the feature has to be explained or readers will gloss over it not seeing what it does for them.
We never assume the customers know the benefit of all of the features that your product or service offers.
4. How do you compel your customers to buy?
Have to ever watched an infomercial about a new gadget that solved a nagging problem you had?
I had a leaky skylight at home and the cost of having a roofer fix it was expensive. I was watching TV and saw this new product advertised that could solve my problem for about seven dollars. It was a spray can that applies a rubber coating to stop leaks. The spokesman cut a large hole in a row boat, fitted the opening with a screen mesh then applied the spray. He was able to float the boat because his product made it waterproof. I sprang from my easy-chair, raced to the hardware store and bought a can. I applied to my skylight, let it dry and the next day, I aimed my garden hose at it full blast. It worked as advertised. That was five years ago and the window has yet to leak.
Can you create that kind of ad for your product or service?
5. Can you boil it all down?
Are you able to condense a five-page product information sheet to an effective headline and 40 words of copy with the right photo to compel your customers to take action and buy what you offer?
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1. What is the supreme law of the land?
¿Cuál es la legislación nacional suprema?
2. What does the Constitution do?
Sets up the government
Defines the government
Protects basic rights of Americans
¿Qué hace la constitución?
Establece el gobierno
Define un gobierno
Protege derechos fundamentales de americanos
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
We the People
La idea del gobierno autónomo está en las primeras tres palabras de la constitución. ¿Cuáles son estas palabras?
Nosotros la gente
4. What is an amendment?
A change to the Constitution.
An addition to the Constitution.
¿Cuál es una enmienda?
un cambio a la constitución.
una adición a la constitución.
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
The Bill of Rights
¿Qué llamamos las primeras diez enmiendas a la constitución?
La Declaración de Derechos
6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? (You need to know one answer)
Petition the government
¿Cuál es un derecho o libertad de la Primera Enmienda? *(Hay tres respuestas correctas, necesita saber uno)
Peticion al gobierno
7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
¿Cuántas enmiendas la constitución tiene?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
Announced our independence (from Great Britain)
Declared our independence (from Great Britain)
Said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
¿Qué hizo la Declaración de Independencia?
Anunció nuestra independencia (de Gran Bretaña)
Declaró nuestra independencia (de Gran Bretaña)
Declaro que los Estados Unidos están libres (de Gran Bretaña)
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
Pursuit of Happiness
¿Cuáles son dos derechos en la Declaración de Independencia?
Búsqueda de la felicidad
10. What is freedom of religion?
You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
¿Cuál es la libertad de religión?
Puedes practicar cualquier religión, o no practicar una religión.
Larry Brooks spells out the core components of storytelling in his book Story Engineering - Writer's Digest 2011. He is a bit long-winded and loves to use analogies, but he makes a convincing case for following his program. I recommend this book for my writing students and anyone else sick of receiving rejection letters.
For anyone interested in getting their great American Novel published, two of my classes are about to begin at Queensborough Community College. 21 1/2 Things to Know before Publishing a Book, How to Publish an eBook and How to Publish a Book in Print on CreateSpace.
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I'm almost hesitant to post this blog because I get push back and venom form fellow writers. I was asked to read the first few pages of a novel and I stopped reading. The writer began with a weather forecast and the "gentle flakes of brilliant white snow floating down BLAH BLAH BLAH ---But here you go.
Never begin your story with weather – a writing taboo examined
From author Roz Morris on Nail Your Novel:
So I started reading The Rapture by Liz Jensen, and she begins thus:
That summer, the summer all the rules began to change, June seemed to last for a thousand years. The temperatures were merciless: thirty-eight, thirty-nine, then forty in the shade. It was heat to die in, to go nuts in, or to spawn. Old folk collapsed, dogs were cooked alive in cars, lovers couldn’t keep their hands off each other. The sky pressed down like a furnace lid, shrinking the subsoil, cracking concrete, killing shrubs from the roots up…’
It’s weather. Or is it? I rather liked it, so why does she get away with it?
1 It’s interesting
Weather is usually not interesting. Most of the time in real life, weather is a conversational gambit used by those who wish they had something better to talk about. It’s throat clearing. It’s asking for permission for a conversation. It’s perhaps a plea for the other person to think of something less dull to talk about. In writing, it’s often a hesitant moment as the writer wonders exactly how to introduce everything. ‘Er, there was a blue sky…’
But here, Liz Jensen has made extraordinary weather. It’s hardly even weather, in fact – it’s a dangerous setting, a war with the environment that makes living perilous. It skews the familiar – like that off-kilter opening from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four:
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
The three words you need to delete from your writing regardless of fiction or non-fiction are SO, VERY and SUDDENLY. All they do is slow your readers down and make you look like an amateur writer.
Trust me on this one. "Very" and "suddenly" are useless modifiers. Find better ways to engage your readers. "The horse ran very quickly" could be "The stallion galloped."
The word "so" is a crutch word that offers nothing to your writing. "So, take what ever seat you wish so we can get started." Consider this: "Take whatever seat you wish, we need to get started." Note how the latter commands authority.
As an exercise, rewrite the following sentence and eliminate those three horrible words. Please post your solutions : So Frank ran into the room very quickly and suddenly stopped so fast it was comical.
Thanks and keep writing,
With so many books out in print, it seems impossible difficult to come up with original ideas but everyday hundreds of new books are published. Whenever I come up with ideas, I'm always second-guessing myself, assuming that it's not even worth attempting because it's probably already been written. Do you know of a website where you can type in a brief summary of your idea to see if it has already been written/published? Thanks in advance! - Jonathan Abrahams
I'm not aware of any such websites but it's not necessary to have one. According to Christopher Booker, there are only seven basic plots in the whole world -- plots that are recycled again and again in novels, movies, plays and operas. Those seven plots are: 1.Overcoming the Monster, 2.Rags to Riches, 3.The Quest, 4.Voyage and Return, 5.Rebirth, 6.Comedy and 7.Tragedy.
My analogy is there is only one way to make pancakes but hundreds of recipes, buttermilk being my favorite and chocolate chop being my wife's. So pick a plot and write your own version.
Stop worrying and start writing.
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