Direct-Response Copywriting: How to map out your sales letter, from scratch

In general I’m more of a creative than anything else.  If I didn’t have to work, I’d spend my time pursuing my creative hobbies full time.  I’d be playing guitar, drawing (in pencil) and taking pictures.

And those are just the creative things I’d be doing.  While I’m dreaming here, I can add reading, bass fishing, and hanging out with my wife and kids and traveling to the list as well.

See, there’s no way in hell I’ll ever have enough time to do all the things I want to do — even if I literally never worked a stitch.

So I’m going to come back for a second time around, just so I can clear up all the to-do’s on my list.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

And see, I’m fortunate in that I approach my business similarly.  I look at myself as an artist, and copy is my creative media.  I paint the canvas with words instead of a paintbrush.  And it’s all a fun game to get your buyers to like the picture you’ve created.

And the ones that like it form your fan base, for whatever particular picture or industry or trade you’re working in.  They show you they are fans, by buying from you.  And the ones that don’t like the picture, aren’t in your marketplace.  Simple as that.

This makes your life a lot easier and takes the pressure off you so you can focus on the creative.

See where I’m going with this?


Because each of these creative processes share a few things in common, including writing sales letters.  Each of these medias rise or fall primarily on the strength of their one over-riding purpose.

In a sales letter, that overriding purpose – which is sort of like the ‘religion’ of that particular sales letter – is the big promise you’re making.

Before you sit down and write anything, you need to come up with the one BIG huge benefit or promise you’re trying to convey.  Many times, this is delivered in the product’s name itself (like my book, for instance, “How To Make Maximum Money With Minimum Customers”).  But other times, when you’re selling a service that doesn’t have a proprietary name or function, you have to convey this one big promise in your copy.

And here’s how you get your buyer or your prospect, to take the action you want (to buy or to opt-in to your lead generation system):  you create an emotional whirlwind inside of them, that milks their greed glands to the point where they want this promise to come true for them, more than anything else in the world at that frozen moment in time.

Remember, nothing happens unless you have a big promise.  Of course you’d better deliver on that promise or that’ll be the very last dollar you ever see from that person, but… that’s another e-mail for another day.

Now go sell something, Craig Garber

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About the Author

Craig GarberAuthor of "How To Make Maximum Money With Minimum Customers, " and publisher of Seductive Selling - an offline marketing newsletter currently read in 15 countries, world-wide. In a nutshell, I do two things: 1. I show you how to attract a reliable, steady stream of pre-qualified leads who are ready to do business with you NOW... 2. And I increase your net profits and cash-flow, by increasing your customer, client, or patient value -- often, dramatically. How do I do this? By developing, and helping you implement, unique, personalized lead generation and marketing strategies... using compelling sales messages that push your customers emotional buy-buttons. I've worked with over 300 clients in more than 104 different industries, since March of 2000, and I really enjoy what I do. I'm a stable, reliable, happily married family guy with three kids who loves life and always follows through on my commitments and promises. I love to listen to music, workout, read, travel with my family, take pictures, and go bass fishing. I always say "Yes," when it comes to good cigars, good books, and good coffee :-)