The Copywriter's Handbook by Bob Bly
Web Copy That Sells by Maria Velosa
Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins
Like I said, I'm well aware of where I stand and I'm not trying to hide the fact that I'm still a beginner. Hell, I've yet to write my first sales letter.
But anyway, here's my question. I know there's not a finite answer to this but I just have to get some sort of idea. How long will it take me before I can start writing copy (as a freelancer) for a living?
This question is ridiculous, I know. How can you possibly know how long it will take me to become a freelance copywriter who can support himself well enough to quit his current job? Well, let me help. Or at least let me try to help. I'm single. I've never worked in the field of marketing or copywriting. I don't have any kids. My rent is cheap. I don't have any debt. My current job doesn't pay very well but I still find a way to live somewhat comfortably. In short: I can survive off less than most people. At least for the time-being.
I'm not looking to get rich. I am looking to work towards my maximum potential. I am looking to do the best possible work for my future clients. I am looking to...work from home (yes, it is one of the draws.).
If I can earn an average income doing this, I will be a very satisfied person.
So, what do you think is realistic? If I work hard, can I expect to be doing this in a couple years? One year? Six months? Just give me your opinion based on your experiences. That's all I'm asking.
Thanks in advance!