Are you a copywriter?
Want to be?
I did a little freelance copywriting whilst I was in between studying and honestly, writers in this field can sometimes be undervalued or feel a little isolated. There are many reasons for it but I think the main two are that not everyone understands the role and it’s rare to work in large groups as copywriters – you tend to work with other ‘creatives’ but not often with other copywriters.
I’m writing about this because I was lucky enough to stumble across a fantastic website and community of people, [well I think it’s more than that] sort of by accident… and I wanted to share it with anyone out there who needs it.
Who are they? What do they do?
[disclaimer: I’m not being paid or coerced into writing this – it’s purely my personal experience and thoughts! 🙂 ]
Let’s start with what is a copywriter:
noun: copywriter; plural noun: copywriters
a person who writes the text of advertisements or publicity material.
This is what comes up when I put ‘copywriter’ into Google. It’s a basic definition.
Copywriting has many faces and there are many ways to do it, you can specialise in one field (for example, medical writing) or write for many different areas. You can also freelance or work for a larger company. However you want to do it is really up to you and the available opportunities out there, the important thing is the first step is research.
Now I mentioned earlier that I came across Procopywriters by accident, and that’s true, I was researching other copywriters to see how they marketed themselves and I came across some profiles on Twitter that lead me to the ProCopywriter’s website.
So why is it so good?
Well, firstly it’s a space where you can look around, read relevant articles and keep up to date with the copywriting industry, this includes a jobs board which is invaluable!
A great starting point to set you on your way.
Secondly, they offer a rather cheap membership [in comparison to other ‘societies’ or groups’] and you can make yourself a professional profile page, advertising yourself and your services through their Copywriter Directory.
Thirdly, it’s a community. There are FAQ’s, blogs, and in my experience, it’s a welcoming community and very supportive and writers new and seasoned!
As a bonus, they have even set up their own conference Copycon
– check out their Twitter page here
for more info.
If you want to be a copywriter, or you want to meet and talk to others, this is the place for you.