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Posted October 6, 2009
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Great book for entrepreneur
This is a highly valuable book. It has helped me to write website content, marketing letters, and postcards. Also, I refer to it for general inspiration and to get back on track. It is well written, humorous, and easy to follow. As a bootstrapping entrepreneur I appreciate the help.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2005
A must-read for anyone who wants to write great copy
There are plenty of how-to books on how to write copy, but I can¿t think of one that¿s as helpful and informative as Jonathan Kranz¿s Writing Copy for Dummies. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to write great copy ¿ and is also an excellent refresher for experienced copywriters who wish to re-invigorate their copy by taking a little time to review the essentials. The primary advantage of this book over other copy manuals is that it¿s not written expressly for individuals who wish to make writing copy their profession. Rather, it¿s also written for business people who don¿t necessarily want to be professional writers, but who need to write copy as part of their business responsibilities. As a result, it¿s an especially invaluable resource for small business owners who don¿t have the budget or inclination to hire a pro¿and who, instead, take on copywriting responsibilities themselves. Kranz covers the full range of copywriting venues, whether it¿s direct mail, e-mail, advertising, PR, web sites and/or collateral. And in every instance, he clearly and expertly elucidates the keys to writing great copy¿with how-to tips, pointers on what to avoid, nuts and bolts technical advice, and writing exercises that enable the reader to turn thought into action. Throughout the book, Kranz displays a welcome wit that nicely complements the wealth of factual information that¿s included¿for example, he writes, ¿Telling is for journalists, teachers and stool pigeons. Copywriting is about conducting business, not distributing information.¿ Kranz also uses analogies to good effect¿at one point, comparing the emotional logic of a good direct mail letter to that of a fairy tale. I¿ll leave the full explanation of the comparison to Kranz¿but it¿s one of innumerable places in this book where you find yourself saying, ¿Yeah, that¿s an excellent point.¿ The author also references writing for different types of businesses¿and gives pithy examples for hypothetical businesses such as Sugar Daddy¿s Car Wash, Round Table Books, Empty Nest Realty Group, DataPlus Oscilloscopes, Danny¿s Donuts, and so on. All told, I give this book the highest marks. Sometimes, readers need a ¿how to¿ primer on how to select the best ¿how to¿ books. My advice: If you want to learn how to be an effective copywriter, make this the one ¿how to¿ book you absolutely read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2005
A valuable resource for all business writers
I first came across a recommendation for this book on a business writers newsgroup, picked it up several days later, and have referred to it often over the past few months. I've always found the Dummies series useful, and this book is no exception. Mr. Kranz states right up front that the book can be used in a number of ways, and there is certainly no need to read it from the very beginning straight through to the end. Instead, readers can pick and choose from those areas where they feel they need help (i.e., press releases, catalogs), and the advice and resources offered will prove very helpful time and time again. I especially appreciated Part V: 'Looking at Special Copywriting Situations' where Mr. Kranz discusses certain situations I have not seen talked about in similar books, and to me that section in itself makes the book worthwhile. Dave Rakowski Allentown, PAWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2005
An Invaluable Resource
I was thrilled to discover this amazing book! As a small business owner I have to write a lot of advertising and promotional copy. Copywriting isn't my only responsibility and it's not something I was trained to do. Like a lot of business people I've learned to do my best. An advertising agency executive recently recommended Mr. Kranz's book to me. I found it to be brilliantly organized and insightful. Getting started on a writing assignment is often the hardest part of the process. After having read this book and absorbed the lessons and advice my writing has vastly improved. I use the book as a spark to get started and refer to it when I get stuck or need specific pointers. Not only has my writing improved but my new ad and promotional copy has generated better response from my customers and prospects. I recommend this book to anyone that writes advertising and promotional copy. Keep it on your desk along with your dictionary and thesaurus. I guarantee that it's worth the investment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2004
You won't need osmosis
This is not a book that you'll want to put under your pillow hoping to absorb the wisdom between its pages-- you will actually read and love every page of it. This is not a book for your bookshelf--it won't make it that far. It is a book that you're going to keep open on your desk, probably eventually with coffee stains and dog- earred pages. Yes, it's that good. It's takes the mystery out of copywriting and helps anyone (especially time- crunched entrepreneurs) craft effective, smart copy. Jonathan covers it all, from copy purpose and structure to the frequently not discussed reasons why copy (and the people writing it) often miss the target. I picked up this book thinking that it would simply help me improve my writing--it changed the way I viewed my marketing. A fully comprehensive marketing book that should be the foundation of any marketing effort. No matter your level of marketing confidence, you'll find excellent information, plenty of a-ha moments, and a chuckle (more like a few) as Jonathan covers just about any topic related to copywriting. A must-have for any marketer or entrepreneur!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2004
Outstanding, comprehensive overview of copywriting
Jonathan Kranz's book is an absolute delight to read. It's as comprehensive as any book on copywriting I've come across, and I've read quite a few. What really compelled me to buy it was that the author covers so many different kinds of copywriting assignments, gives incredible details into how to write each kind, and touched on the political/nonprofit/educational sectors that interest me. When I saw the book in the bookstore and scanned through it, I couldn't believe it. It was like it had been written just for me! I especially enjoy Kranz's lighthearted, conversational and engaging style. I'll keep the book close by my side as an indispensable reference while I pursue my own copywriting business. Kranz has written the bible on copywriting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.