My dad mentioned the letter for the first time to me a couple of years ago. I had already been a full-time writer for several years by then. It’s kind of a long story, but my parents were very strange. He said something in passing about me being a writer saying, “Well, I guess it makes sense that you like writing after what your college professor said.”

That caught me off guard. As far as I knew, my parents had never had any contact with any of my professors. When I asked what he was talking about my dad told me about the letter and how they had thrown it away because I didn’t need to see it. (Maybe I should write about this full story sometime.)

As far as email writing guides, I have not found anything I love. I have mostly used classic copywriting techniques combined with some research about things like spam triggers and ideal subject line length. I test everything and over the years have developed my style and techniques from that.

Copyblogger.com used to have a lot of great stuff about emails that I read and absorbed. I’m not sure if it is still on their site or not, but it’s worth searching their archives.

One thing I would avoid is the email course by AWAI — it’s super expensive and not very useful.

I write a Medium story a while about writing cold emails to land freelance clients. that might be useful:

I have a partial draft of a small business email marketing guide that I think about finishing every few months. Maybe, it’s time to go back and look at it again…

Sorry, I can’t be more helpful.

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