Copywriter? Like the kind with the little C in the circle?

I used to tell people I was a copywriter and then they’d look at me funny. I knew they were not hearing the “er” part. Copyright? © Like do you protect them? The explanation was way too long so I started telling people I was a writer and then they’d look at me all googly-eyed. Ooh, like an author? You write for magazines? The newspaper? It was sad to disappoint them with the truth (even though I do occasionally write books and for magazines). So then I started to say I’m a direct marketing writer. Brows crinkled as I explained that there’s a type of advertising writing that is meant to elicit a response from the reader. I write the message for a specific reader. The reader reads the message.