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When Clichés Work “Like Gangbusters”

I joked in an issue of my e-letter about writing “good,” and got a note from a reader soon after that said… “So there I...

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The Details That Close Sales

Any good copywriter also knows that when you really... really... want to make for a powerful sales pitch, digging into the small details...

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A Surprising Storytelling Secret

I recently gave a Skype interview on how to use stories to make sales. I’m sure you guys know, I’ve talked about this a few...

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“Need to Tell” vs. “Want to Tell”

Dumping a gut full of "want to tell" copy onto the page can feel cathartic. It can make you feel smart. It can make you sound funny or...

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7 MORE Ways to Thank Your Customers Like You Mean It

In the last post, we figured out how to heap lots of “thanks” upon the plates of our best customers. And yet, like a plump...

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What’s The “Big Idea?”

What’s the single toughest secret you’ll ever learn, if you hope to blow the doors off the world of writing sales copy? For all...

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Five Punctuation “Mistakes” You Should Make

Naturally, you don't want to use these recklessly. They're garnish on a piece of prose, spice to make it interesting. And a little...

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Analogies Gone Wild

Analogies can be a powerful tool when used well. But, like a parachute made from a volleyball net, they can sabotage your message when...

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Forgetful? Blame Happiness

According to a recent study published in the "Journal of Experimental Social Psychology," the more positive your mood, the more likely you...

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Sales Secrets from a Novel Writer

Do rules of writing great fiction come in handy when you're writing to make a sale? Conventional wisdom might say no, since sales writing...

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