Are You Writing for Spiders?
Because Edelston was so protective of Mel Martin—paranoid that some direct marketer might discover his name and phone number and offer him a writing job—he would never reveal his name. As a result, Martin received no Axel Andersson Certificates of Excellence. Every time I did my Axel Awards slide show, I was forced to talk about "Marty Edelston's mystery copywriter."
Mel Martin died in 1994. His legacy: a powerful copywriting technique that made it possible for Martin Edelston to build a $125-million-a-year business and an extraordinary oeuvre of direct mail that continues to generate profits well into the 21st century.
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