Posts Tagged: copy

Reader Request: Where Did You Get That?

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Reader AK e-mailed me this tough question:

I get a lot of compliments on my outfits at work, and I love my style. So what’s my problem? I get asked almost daily, “where did you get that [scarf, necklace, boots, sweater, bracelet, watch, purse]?” The questions are coming from my female colleagues, who are also friends. I have a really hard time answering this question depending on who’s asking. There are some people who ask simply as a conversation starter, and I don’t think they really intend to go out and copy me. There are others who immediately hop online to try to find the item, some going so far as to buy it. This bothers me because I spend a lot of time finding the perfect pair of black heeled wide-calf tall boots –I don’t want to see them on three other people in my office. Sometimes I lie and say “Marshalls!” knowing they won’t brave that store (which I love). read more

Originally posted 2014-01-16 06:15:14.

Ghostwriter, Editor, and Copywriter for Hire!

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Oh, friends, I am SO excited to announce that a freshly re-designed SallyMcGraw.com is now live* and brimming with details about the work I’ve been doing lately!

While the blog is still a huge part of my workload, most of you know that I write for a variety of other sites and publications, too. Over the past year, I’ve begun taking on more ghostwriting, editorial, and copy writing work, and have found these behind-the-scenes projects to be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding. I hold a degree in creative writing and have more than 12 years of experience in marketing, communications, and editorial work, so collaborating with clients is second nature to me. Although I specialize in non-fiction books and book proposals, I’ve taken on everything from artist statements to online courses. read more

Reader Request: Designer Inspired Items and Knockoffs

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Reader Jane Jetson emailed me with this fascinating question:

I am wondering about knock offs. I am not referring to counterfeit or “replicas”. Those are illegal and look terrible anyway. My friend bought a huge “Prada” bag downtown and I cannot imagine people think it is real. There is no way she or anyone I know can purchase bags in the thousands of dollars.

I was looking for a tote bag for a long flight. I bought this bag and liked it very much.

I later read a reviewer say she liked it better than the “original.” The original is a Longchamp bag which costs over $100 more. I just cannot see paying that much for a nylon bag. I was vaguely aware of the Longchamp bag and was not looking for something similar at a lower price. I just wanted an attractive bag. I do not like wearing labels and realize that many designers simply license their names to lower quality products and do not have much involvement with the actual production. I am OK with that too but something about showy labels rubs me the wrong way. I have labeled goods such as ray ban and northface so I am not completely opposed. My question is, what about knock offs? Will someone see my bag and presume I bought a lower grade (and perfectly legal) Longchamp copy or that I have a nice bag? I don’t know where this begins and ends. I am not seeking out copies but I am not that familiar with all the handbags in the expensive, fashionable handbag universe. I also think that certain styles just become popular and are part of the general look and not necessarily a knock off. read more