Grumpy Grammarian, Autumn Tompkins, is our guest for the 134th episode of The Copywriter Club Podcast. Autumn has been a member of the club almost from the beginning. And she’s shared her editing and proofreading advice with anyone who asked. Now we took the chance to ask a few questions about her business. Here’s most of what we talked about:
• how she went from ink slinger to grumpy grammarian
• her business rules that keep her from being miserable
• the difference between copyediting (art) and copywriting (science)
• the impact of spending 7 months in the hospital and how she dealt with it
• how she uses music to inspire what she does—and her copywriting mix tape
• the resources—her personal master class—she’s used to learn copywriting
• living with muscular dystrophy and what she’s learned from it
• the fine line between grumpy and bitchy and the need for lightheartedness
• her editing process and tips for doing your own copy editing
• the 5 mistakes she sees copywriters make over and over
• a few tips for improving transitions in your copy
• her 3 favorite rhetorical devices and why they work in copy
• how she finds clients and what her packages and pricing look like
We also asked Autumn about her copy edit school and the 5 components she teaches her students. To get hear everything that Autumn has to say, click the play button below, or download the episode to your favorite podcast app. Prefer reading? Scroll down for a full transcript.
The people and stuff we mentioned on the show:
Copy Edit School
The Grumpy Grammarian's Guide to Copy Editing
The Copywriter Club Facebook Group
The Copywriter Underground
Intro: Content (for now)
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