Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 44 minutes
First Published: 2014
In our content-driven world, everybody is now a writer. Handley teaches you how to choose your words well so you can write engaging copy that communicates exactly what you want to say. With useful tips, Handley goes beyond grammar to help you improve your craft.
Everybody Writes is a great down-and-dirty book on writing. Handley talks about the mechanics of writing (grammar, etc) but more importantly about what you should be writing. Instead of the formal writing you learned in English Class, Handley teaches practical modern writing used in copywriting and online articles.
Finally a go-to guide to creating and publishing the kind of content that will make your business thrive.
Everybody Writes is a go-to guide to attracting and retaining customers through stellar online communication, because in our content-driven world, every one of us is, in fact, a writer.
If you have a web site, you are a publisher. If you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means that we are all relying on our words to carry our marketing messages. We are all writers.
Yeah, but who cares about writing anymore? In a time-challenged world dominated by short and snappy, by click-bait headlines and Twitter streams and Instagram feeds and gifs and video and Snapchat and YOLO and LOL and #tbt. . . does the idea of focusing on writing seem pedantic and ordinary?
Actually, writing matters more now, not less. Our online words are our currency; they tell our customers who we are.
Our writing can make us look smart or it can make us look stupid. It can make us seem fun, or warm, or competent, or trustworthy. But it can also make us seem humdrum or discombobulated or flat-out boring.
That means you’ve got to choose words well, and write with economy and the style and honest empathy for your customers. And it means you put a new value on an often-overlooked skill in content marketing: How to write, and how to tell a true story really, really well. That’s true whether you’re writing a listicle or the words on a Slideshare deck or the words you’re reading right here, right now…
And so being able to communicate well in writing isn’t just nice; it’s necessity. And it’s also the oft-overlooked cornerstone of nearly all our content marketing.
In Everybody Writes, top marketing veteran Ann Handley gives expert guidance and insight into the process and strategy of content creation, production and publishing, with actionable how-to advice designed to get results.
Quotes from Everybody Writes
Good writing serves the reader, not the writer. It isn’t self-indulgent. Good writing anticipates the questions that readers might have as they’re reading a piece, and it answers them.
The truth is this: writing well is part habit, part knowledge of some fundamental rules, and part giving a damn.
Assume the reader knows nothing. But don’t assume the reader is stupid.
In an online world, our online words are our emissaries; they tell the world who we are.
About Ann Handley
Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, the cofounder of ClickZ.com, a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur magazine and the author of Content Rules and Everybody Writes. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit the author’s website →