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Once you’ve completed writing a promotion, most of the hard work is over. But there is still one more critical step to make sure your copy is as tight as it can possibly be.

The step I’m referring to is… the editing step.

As I’ve mentioned before, a great way to edit is to read your copy out loud. Just print up your letter or email or landing page and read it out loud, by yourself, in a room where there are no distractions.

Rough spots will stand out because you’ll “stumble” if the writing isn’t perfectly clear.

Now, as you read through your copy (both quietly and out loud), you need to be asking yourself a series of specific questions. These questions will focus your mind so that you can make your sales copy as smooth and persuasive as possible.

Here are the questions:

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Learning how to write bullets may be one of the most important copywriting skills you ever learn. This is because bullets often do all the “heavy lifting” in a sales letter. They’re the words that penetrate your buyer’s natural buying defenses. They’re the words that sell.

I’ve heard many direct marketing experts explain the importance of bullets this way: “You want to write as many hard-hitting bullets as you can because sometimes just one bullet will persuade somebody to buy.”

I know this is true… because I’ve experienced it myself. I remember reading a sales letter for a Nightingale-Conant product. The letter was probably 80% bullets. As I read through those bullets, one or two of them really hit me. The bullets addressed something I really wanted to learn.

Then, as I kept reading, I began to think, “How could I not buy this product??” This is the best possible response you could ever hope for: When your prospect can’t imagine life without your product. He has to have it.

With that in mind, here are my methods for bullet writing. What I share here is not necessarily “the right way.” It’s one way. It’s the way I do it. So here it goes…

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