But it will, hopefully, show you what life as a copywriter is like – whether you’re only just discovering the role, or have the pencil-withered finger-bones of a seasoned pro.
It’s a collection of thoughts – good and bad, wise and silly, broken and jubilant – about what surely is the most pleasurable, and most peculiar, way to earn a creative living.
Credits: Beth Marchant (edit/production) & Ollie Mines (voiceover)
What good folk have said about it:
“Packed to the gunwales with witty observations, valuable insights and timeless advice, Copywriting is… is a warts ‘n’ all interrogation into the different lives, minds and worlds of copywriters today. Perfect for junior writers and experienced wordsmiths alike, it’s an inspiring, entertaining and addictive read.”
Gyles Lingwood, Author of Read Me
“Andrew writes a love letter to copywriting. Not a how-to, but a how and why we write. For copywriters, it puts our sometimes inexplicable thoughts and behaviours around writing into wonderful words. For non-copywriters, it’s a beautiful account of the parts of the process you don’t see or understand. This is a book I’ll read again and again.”
Vikki Ross, Copy Chief
“The book I wish I’d read when I was starting out as a copywriter, why is it so late?”
Sue Higgs, Group Creative Director
“Copywriting is... wonderfully enigmatic, if this book is any indication. By drawing attention to the more intangible elements of our craft – with references ranging from Philip Larkin to Lethal Weapon – Andrew has put together a treatise quite unlike anything else out there. And perhaps unsurprisingly, it comes packaged in an effortlessly eloquent turn of phrase. I wish I’d written it.”
Ryan Wallman, Creative Director, Head of Copy & Author of Delusions of Brandeur
“What to write about a book on copywriting? I read it (in one sitting). My mind wandered (a good thing according to the author). I learned two new words (eremitic and sesquipedalian). I searched up two of the sources (and plan to go back to the many useful-sounding ones). I think you should read this book (at least once a year, for the rest of your life).”
Diane Young, Co-founder & CEO of The Drum
“I counted three unintentional rhymes in the last two pages. You are not Tupac. You are, however, a creative oddball which is why I like you. And why I love this book.”
Giles Edwards, Creative Director & Founder of ...Gasp!
“If you love losing yourself in long copy, dip in!”
Jane Evans, Creative, Activist & Keynote Speaker
“Copywriting is as troublesome a word as it is a profession. It is, as you’ll discover in Andrew’s excellent book, a great many things. But it is also not a thing. It is a contradiction, a shared illusion. In truth, there are just different combinations of words and sentences. Some persuade you to feel something, some don’t. What makes Andrew’s book so enjoyable is that the words and sentences he combines to describe our shared illusion are so effective, they might just persuade you it’s real.”
Glenn Fisher, Author of The Art of the Click
Andrew Boulton is a copywriter and lecturer in creative advertising.
He has written for brands and agencies across the UK and far beyond (some very big ones, plenty of tiny ones) and writes a copywriting column for The Drum. He can grow a beard, but it’s not great.
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