For any copywriters out there, what are some good ways to learn the skills for this career? What are some ways a beginner can start out doing this?
Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door. As a copyrighter, you should have a excellent understanding of grammar. There are also different style guides that different publishers tend to follow, so it’s good to have an understanding of those, too.
Copywriter in what field? Advertising?
College degree – probably in advertising/marketing. English would probably also work, but I bet they’d want marketing classes in there somewhere. Then an internship or entry level job.
What about copywriting in the field of fiction?
Do you mean copy EDITOR? They again likely prefer a college degree – probably English – and then it probably starts as an internship. Actually, it probably starts as a copyediting position with a nonfiction publisher in Kansas. A crap job in a crap place – but experience on your resume. Then once you have legit experience, you start moving in to fiction.
All jobs in fiction publishing have two things in common:
- They’re very competitive.
- They pay shit.
That sounds… very depressing.
What is copywriting, then? Is it like ghostwriting?
It’s writing advertising copy – like ad copy, jingles, bulk mail, etc.
People go into publishing because they love books. Passion drives them.
i second all the above, but a maybe-interesting anecdote from someone who came at this unconventionally: i’m a copywriter for a software company. i don’t have a marketing degree. i joined the company as a software developer, but noticed their copy needed work and i didn’t enjoy my developer role so i mentioned my MA in creative writing and my passion/skill with the written word, and just asked for a job. they made one for me. so there’s always a way!
@Lavalamp14 if this is what you’re asking about then it depends on the company. I’m a copywriter/copyeditor for an e-commerce website. My degree is in psychology but I was originally an English major so I had many English classes in my background.
You have to have good grammar, spelling, and basically be skilled in anything you’d learn in an English class. It’s also very marketing-based so a marketing background is helpful, or psychology because it helps with getting in the minds of your customers.
I didn’t do an internship or anything like that, I applied for the position and got it based off of my interview and a writing sample.
My first job was in a touristic marketing outfit. They realised I could write, so I ended up writing the newsletter, teh promo texts. From there I graduated to press releases, media liaison and long career in communications. Social media specialists are very much sought after, and if you have to run a company’s blog you also have to do a lot of writing and editing.
And you might actually get paid a decent salary…
Nothing wrong with doing a publishing internship - I did one at a non-fiction press. No pay at all, but work was interesting.
Still, I decided not to go that way.
Let’s jump out of the box on the count of three, two, one!