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Giving Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have helped me get my copywriting business off the ground this year.

I’d like to thank AWAI and all its staff, for providing fantastic training materials and support for anyone with a desire to learn how to be a copywriter, whether for the direct mail, online or B2B markets.

A big thank you to Monica Day of Copy Protege, who mentored me this summer and helped me hone my skills and gave me confidence to pursue this business.

I’d like to offer my gratitude to all of my clients who put their faith in me, especially Kathleen Hawkins of WOAMTEC, and Jennifer Lee & Leah Turner of Creating Your Masterpiece.   These wonderful women have been among my strongest supporters, repeatedly taking the time to refer my services to other people.  You are the best!

Finally, I’d like to thank my family for putting up with my long hours at the computer and at networking events, and for taking good care of our pets while I was away at AWAI’s Bootcamp a few weeks ago.

I hope everyone can spend time with the people they love today, giving thanks for all the blessings God has given us.

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2009 FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp & Job Fair

I’m so excited! I’m heading to AWAI’s 2009 FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp & Job Fair this week  – my first visit to this annual event, and it should be a great experience. Here’s a look at what’s in store:

Copywriting giants  Herschell Gordon Lewis, Clayton Makepeace, and Michael Masterson, (just to name a few) will be there offering insights into lead writing, direct mail package components and research.  Steve Slaunwhite, Ed Gandia and Pete Savage will talk about the B2B market – how to get clients and keep them. 

I’m especially looking forward to meeting with my mentor, Monica Day, a former graduate of AWAI who has had a successful copywriting career working with such notable companies as Nightingale-Conant and divisions of Agora Publishing. Monica and her partner Krista Jones run Copy Protege, an e-newsletter for beginning copywriters. They also work with individuals and small groups in the Copy Protege Mentoring Program.

Capping off the event is the AWAI job fair, where attendees will have a chance to meet and network with a wide variety of companies who need copywriters to succeed in this difficult economy.

I’ll be sure and fill you in on what I learn after I get back. I’m sure it will make for some informative blog posts! Stay tuned…