Wall of Fame

David Chapman

AWAI Member Since: 2003
Age: 54

What’s your current occupation?

Writer

What’s your former occupation?

Truck Driver

What was the first project you landed?

A health food and vitamin website, a private investigations business, and a mutual fund client newsletter … all at about the same time!

What are your current projects?

I recently published my first book, The Man Who Carried a Drum (Civil War letters of an ancestor). Now, I’m busy marketing it, while researching my next book, a “spiritual adventure story” set in the 1800s.

What has been your proudest copywriting moment?

When AWAI selected my copy to help promote the copywriting program – and sent me a generous check!

What’s your favorite niche to write for?

Health food and vitamins

What is your income goal for this year?

$100,000

What’s your writing routine?

Writing made me a morning person; much of my best work is right after waking. I like to work intensely for 2 or 3 days, then do other things for a few days before I come back to revise and edit my copy.

Please give us an example of how your life has changed since becoming a copywriter.

The best part for me is the profound mental and emotional transformation of being the author of my own successful life, not just a “worker bee” who slaves his life away, paycheck-to-paycheck.

What success tip would you like to share with your fellow writers?

Learn to accept criticism and rejection as valuable feedback – not a personal attack. Every “failure’ holds hidden keys to your future success. (I know, it sounds corny, but I SWEAR it’s true!)

When did you realize you were living the copywriter’s life?

When I realized that millions of people out there really DO need my skill with words – and yes, writing WILL provide me with a better, happier life than the world’s best “job.”

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