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I received a nice message from copywriter Stephen Marsh this week, which sums up exactly what the aim of The UK Copy Call is. He wrote: “Just a quick note to say: I don’t usually go in for most of the ‘people talking about being copywriters’ stuff that seems to be out there right now, but UK copy call 25 was great. A decent chit-chat about copy without the thinly veiled ‘Don’t write another word…

I’m just coming to the end of a long week of meetings and presentations here in Baltimore. It’s been great to catch up with so many friends on this side of the pond and meet so many new people. I’ve met marketing experts, copywriting legends and best-selling authors… And, as ever when I make the trip over here, I’ve been able to learn a ton of new stuff about the cutting edge ideas that are…

One thing that struck me recently is how confused some people are about the kind of copywriting I do. You see I recently sponsored the ProCopywriters Conference in London (#CopyCon17). It was an interesting day, happily spent in the company of 200 or so professional copywriters. You may well have been one of them. If so, you may have even seen me doing my best impersonation of a professional conference attendee, loitering weirdly in the…

It’s been a while… But I’m glad to be back in touch today with a very exciting opportunity for you. As you may know, for many years now I’ve worked with a company called Agora. For those who don’t know about Agora – it’s an international publishing business that was built out of the direct mail days of old by a very clever chap called Bill Bonner. If you don’t know the name Agora or Bill Bonner…

The North of England is a wonderful place… I write to you today from a pleasant pub on the Heaton Moor Road just outside of Manchester. The taxi from the station cost less than the minimum fare in a London cab… The beer is brought to my table with plenty of change from a fiver… And people have just as bad teeth as me. It’s refreshing. Alas, I’m here on band-related work, finishing off an album I’ve…

I was recently asked to do an interview by a young guy in Germany who’s looking to start his own online Internet marketing business. As I’m grateful to the many people who accept my own interview requests, I happily agreed to spare an hour to take a Skype call with the chap. Indeed, if anyone ever wants to pick my brain for their own site, feel free to get in touch – I’m usually happy…

If you work in copywriting, there’s probably a copy of The Copywriter’s Handbook somewhere near you… Maybe it’s in that drawer you’ve not checked for a while… or hidden on the shelf between the Ogilvy, Hopkins and Schwartz… heck, it might be right next to you, acting as a coaster. Point is: this book is everywhere. And so it should be. You see, its author Robert W. Bly – or Bob, as he’s better known – is one of the most respected copywriters…

Hello! Just wanted to post a quick note from my travels, which I’ll hopefully follow with some extended thoughts soon. Indeed, I’m working on a new piece at the moment all about understanding the importance of emotions in copy. Ironically, this seems to be the main focus for many of the speakers at this year’s AWAI Copywriting Bootcamp, which I’m here in Delray Beach, Florida to attend. In the past two days I’ve seen direct…

As the rain pelts down outside, we take our seats in the main hall. I guess this is what they call a buzz. To me, I’m not so sure, it’s more of a warmth. A glow maybe? It might just be the lights bouncing off the wood-lined walls. Maybe it’s that most people have a day off work. But I think it’s more than that. Looking around I get the sense others feel the same. This isn’t just an online platform…

It takes a pretty clued-up guy to help turn a tiny spare bedroom start-up into a hugely successful, nine-figure business that employed over 200 people… That said – you and I both know copywriters are pretty clued-up folks, right? US copywriter Brian McLeod certainly proves that. After co-founding one of the most successful product development companies in America, these days he runs FastEffectiveCopy.com, along with his business partner David Garfinkel. I caught up with him…