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Excellent addition to any copywriter's library

  • Aug 8, 2009
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I've been writing ad copy off and on for a bit more then five decades - and books like this are a part of every copywriter's arsenal. When you're sitting there, stuck for the right word, books like "Words That Sell" are great to have at hand.

They should be used as idea starters. Just browse them and sooner or later inspiration will strike. I strongly suggest having a library of books of this kind. I still have and use one I bought decades ago called "15,000 Useful Phrases". Compiled over 80 years ago, it was recently republished and is available through an Amazon seller.

"Words That Sell" is laid out by topic or category, such as "competitive", "informative", "sensory-qualities" and so on. The categorization is intelligent. Most of the words and phrases will be familiar: don't look for originality or novelty here. What you're looking for is catnip for your own personal muse . . . word after word, phrase after phrase, while you mull your problem over in your head. The "eureka" word or phrase is here or in one of the other books from your collection. Just let go and let the synapses fire.

The fun begins with "Words That Sell". Let yourself go, take the chore out of inspiring yourself. Browsing through "Words That Sell" is a tonic for your mood.

Most of that last paragraph was grabbed from "Words That Sell". A very worthwhile addition to your wordsmithing library.

Jerry

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More than 6,000 words and phrases that make the difference between "yadda-yadda-yadda" and copy that sells

Looking for a better way to say "authentic?" Words That Sell gives you 57 alternatives. How about "appealing?" Take your pick from 76 synonyms. You'll even find more than 100 variations on "exciting." Fully updated and expanded, this edition of the copywriting classic is packed with inspiration-on-demand for busy professionals who need to win customers--by mail, online, or in person.

  • More than 75 lists of powerful and persuasive words and phrases, including 21 new lists for this edition
  • Cross-referencing of categories to jump-start creative thinking
  • A crash course in basic copywriting techniques
  • Helpful lists of commonly misspelled words, confusing words, pretentious phrases to avoid, and more

Roget's is fine for writing term papers and letters to the editor, but when it comes to the business of writing copy that translates into sales, there is no substitute for Words That Sell.

Find the perfect words and phrases to win over customers

Grabbers that get attention:
No-risk offer * One day only! * No strings attached! * What have you got to lose? * All the right ingredients * Inside information * Do you enjoy...? * Leap into...

Descriptions and benefits that create appeal:
Irresistible * winning * zesty * huggable * satisfying * You'll fall in love with...* Your ticket to... * king-size * Gives you the power * baby-soft *

Clinchers to win over your customer:
Reap the ...

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ISBN-10: 0071467858
ISBN-13: 978-0071467858
Author: Richard Bayan
Genre: Business & Investing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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