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My mind is a mess. I mean, literally, a mess. There are too many ideas in there. Bits and bobs lying about all over the joint. Send help. Send a cleaner. Send a shrink. It’s like someone ran into a library with a barrel of explosives and let rip… There are pages everywhere. Ideas strewn across collapsed shelves. Quiet librarians shivering in corners, desperate to speak up but too shaken to speak clearly. I doubt…

If you’re a copywriter wondering which books you should ask for this Christmas, or if you’re searching for the best books to buy a copywriter… Help is at hand. Here you’ll find five recommendations that will help inspire and influence anyone who writes to sell. In fact, influence is actually the title of the first pick… Influence by Robert Cialdini Most copywriters will have read this. I have. In fact, I’ve read it a couple of times. But before too long I’ll…

We drop straight in this week to a brief chat I had over the bank holiday weekend with copywriter, networker-extraordinaire and all round nice person, Vikki Ross… GLENN (GF): OK, let’s forget all this copywriting event stuff for a moment and let me ask you a very important question: what’s your favourite capital letter? VIKKI (VR): That’s an easy one… it’s ‘V’, of course. GF: Of course, I should have known. To be fair, it’s…

“Were you two trying to kill me?” This is what Drayton shouts at me across the room. There I am, loitering at the back of an AWAI copywriting conference in Florida a few years back with my good friend, Mike Ford. We’re chatting waiting for the first speaker of the day to come on. But, all of a sudden, looking somewhat green around the gills – and, to be fair, so am I at this…

Where did the 30-day trial period come from? Seriously – if you know, please comment below and tell me. If you’ve written copy for online products or services, no doubt you know the 30-day trial well. Or maybe, if you’ve written for a product or service that’s being sold on Clickbank or some other joint venture website, you’ve probably come across its older brother: the 60-day trial. To be honest, I’m fed up of both.…

Another copywriter has been amusing my girlfriend! But it’s OK. There’s nothing dodgy going on. In fact, if you’ve ever seen the famous copywriter Drayton Bird give a talk, you’ll already know he’s a charming old sod.And irreverent too, which is probably why I get on with him. (I guess our shared appreciation of swearing helps too.) I’ve seen him speak a few times now. But over in the US recently, it was the first…

A somewhat crime-heavy reading list this month! But that’s the thing with many crime novels: they’re often such easy reads that when you read one, you want to read another. It’s for this very reason that I think it’s worth dipping into the genre every now and again to look at what makes them so easy to read. Naturally, if you can emulate that reading ease in your copywriting, you’ll be on to a winner.…

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…

A free report for you here, which will hopefully provide a lot of insight into the world of copywriting. I’ve collected together five of the interviews I’ve done with top copywriters from around the UK. Inside the report you’ll find the thoughts of three young freelance copywriters – Dan Adams, Stephen Marsh and Alastaire Allday – who are all doing great work right now… And you’ll hear from two highly-respected industry stalwarts – Drayton Bird and Andy Maslen…

Drayton Bird wants me shot… I’m not sure if he’s aiming for a fatal wound or if he just wants to ‘see me dance’ as per the poker scene in Goodfellas. Either way, it’s not every day that a legend of the copywriting industry issues a bounty on your head. So, what happened? Well, as usual, it’s my fault… I asked too many questions. After the popularity of my previous expert interviews with the likes…