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If you want to succeed as a copywriter, Peter Bowerman’s book, The Well-Fed Writer, is a must-read. I’ll confess to owning a dog-eared copy that I re-read at least once a year. It’s one of those books that offers a different lesson every time. One of Bowerman’s main points is the importance of staying in…

Copywriter Publishes Coffee Table Book

True story: I am named for a World War II-era Victory Gardener who fed eight people. Which means that urban agriculture is in my blood. My own garden is in a much more favorable location than Great Grandmother Martha’s Buffalo, New York plot. I’m in Tucson, Arizona, and making the most a miniscule budget. Read…

Collaborative Copywriting Earns Recognition

Since last summer, I’ve been a member of Connect Coworking. It’s a collaborative workspace in Downtown Tucson, Arizona. The Connect blog just featured my copywriting collaboration with a design studio CEO. He’s another Connect member. Quoting from the post, “These kind of connections are so crucial to both expanding and established businesses and freelancers.” Here’s…

Summer Copywriting Includes Eclectic Mix of Projects

Here in Tucson, summer is already happening. Hot weather outside? Doesn’t bother me. I’m still riding my bike and taking long walks. Hot copywriting assignments? Loving those too! Lately, I’ve been writing about: Engineering education Fund raising that benefits veterans Recreational boating I’m looking forward to adding your topic to this eclectic mix. Want to…

Copywriting Website Wins 2nd Place in Tucson Showcase

Yesterday evening, I entered my copywriting website into the Tucson WordPress Meetup’s annual showcase . And it won 2nd place in the Best Presentation category! Here’s a summary of my presentation: In 2015, I worked with an Atlanta-based web developer on a mobile-responsive redesign. We launched last April. Since this is a business website, it…

“I’d write this myself, but I’m too busy!”

Nothing like multiple priorities that add up to more than you can handle. This has happened to many of my copywriting clients. They’re good writers, but they’re overloaded. So they call me. I’ve worked with these busy people on a wide variety of projects, including: Brochures Direct mail pieces Market research Press releases Website content…

From Overhead to Underground

What’s the best part about my job? The variety! As a copywriter, I’m asked to cover all kinds of topics. In the last couple of months, I have written about everything from roofing to worms. What is there to say about worms? If you’re a gardener like I am, you aren’t just talking about worms,…

From Geeky to Eclectic

When I first got into copywriting, I focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. What a geek-out! I covered 3-D printing, research in microgravity, and cellular growth and repair. Then came the client requests: Can you write about school safety? Worm farming? Flannel shirts? Carpentry? Fashion photography? Teaching poetry? The answer to all…

SEO? Or not?

Question from a recent e-mailer: Does my copywriting experience include developing keywords for search engine optimization, aka SEO? Permit me to answer this question with a little story. In a past life, I wrote and published an eBook. The site that promoted my eBook was ranked #1 in Google for several years. What was the…

Top 10 Questions for Copywriting Projects

Why are we doing this? This isn’t an existential question. It’s at the heart of every copywriting project. And it’s a question that leads to this set. Call it the Copywriting Top 10: What can I write for you? Do you need website copy? Words for your brochure? A news release? Or something else? What…

Copywriting for a National Clientele

Copywriting Around America Lately, I’ve been covering topics that range from raised bed gardening to worm farming, and from engineering firm marketing to the psychology of color. In addition to enjoying the wide variety of assignments, I’m having a great time with clients who come from all over the country. So far this year, I…

Copywriting for the Construction Industry

Summer’s latter half has been filled with construction-related copywriting projects. One was for a Phoenix-based company that restores residential and commercial buildings that have been damaged by fires, floods, storms or other disasters. My words will be used in their new promotional folders. The other project is ongoing and involves work for a design studio…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de South Side

You’ve probably seen many photos of El Tour de Tucson – packs of cyclists hurtling past picturesque mountains or cactus-studded deserts. Can’t say that any of them have come from my camera. Why not? Because I don’t have a car! The bicycle is my main form of transportation, and that includes going to and from…

Copywriting Cyclist Writes about Bicycle Riding

Your New Word for Today Poor Dick Quax. He gets into a Twitter debate with two alternative transportation enthusiasts and the next thing you know, his name is a hashtag. Responding to a request for better transport options at a local mall, the Auckland, New Zealand city councillor said, “[N]o one in the entire Western…

Copywriting for Web and Graphic Design Studios

Words for the Web As a copywriter, I work directly with clients. Or I’m a subcontractor. My subcontract work comes from design studios, and it runs the gamut from dancing lessons to solar energy. Then there was the recent copywriting project that broke the mold. The client was the design studio itself. Here are the…

Lessons Learned from 500-Plus WordPress-Powered Blog Posts

Note: This is a summary of the 5-minute presentation that I just made to the Tucson WordPress Meetup Group. Introduction Thank you for coming to the Meetup! My name is Martha Retallick and I’ve been a full-time freelancer since 1994. Along the way, I’ve worked as a web designer and photographer. These days, I focus…

Copywriting Projects Range from Tourism to Education

Summertime in Sizzling Tucson, Arizona! And I’m not kidding about the “sizzling” part. Recent daytime highs have exceeded 110 degrees. What do people do when it’s that hot outside? Stay inside! If our to-do lists include outdoor activities, we handle them early in the morning (before 6:30 a.m. is ideal) or after sunset. Which brings…

Why Clients Hire Copywriters

Why do clients hire copywriters? Because they’re busy! They don’t have time to create content for their websites, brochures, newsletters, case studies, white papers, and other marketing materials. I help clients get these must-do tasks into the “done” column. They also like how I make complex, technical subjects accessible to a lay audience. Here are…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de Tucson 2014

Back to Tucson’s South Side for another exciting finish to El Tour de Tucson. I also shot the 2012 race from the South Side. The winner, Philip Tintsman, broke away late in the 104-mile race and finished miles ahead of everyone else. View my 2014 Tour de Tucson photo gallery…

Bicycle Photography: First Fall Cyclovia

Cyclovia Tucson used to be one of those annual events. And then it became popular. Very popular. The spring 2014 edition attracted 20,000 people to Tucson’s South Side. The first-ever fall Cyclovia Tucson featured the central part of the city. I have a confession to make: I didn’t ride. Not one single pedal stroke. The…

Nature Photography: Monsoon Garden in the Fall

Before this summer’s monsoon season, I lost an entire barrel of spaghetti squash plants. Borers got to them. So, I re-planted the barrel with O’odham Vayo beans. I watered them. And watered. And watered. It was getting to the point of being ridiculous. Was this impressive growth of Vayo bean vines ever going to produce…

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