About

My name is Stephan Mathys.

I am a direct-response copywriter first and foremost. That means I specialize in those timeless “junk mail” classics that nobody admits to reading, but are a staple of nonprofit fundraising efforts.

I also provide services (still to nonprofits) for newsletters, blog posts, grant writing, autoresponders, e-mail campaigns, etc. If you need something with more than 3 words in it, just ask.

Why nonprofits? Because I believe in the mission more than the money. I could write for just about any organization and make it sound nice, but if I focus on nonprofits that are interested in making the community better, that are saving animals and natural spaces, that are supporting arts and artists, then I will know that I’m leaving the world better than I found it

 

I am a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This means I’ll adhere to the Code of Ethical Standards and Principles in everything I do.

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I am AWAI Verified, which means that I have

grasped the concepts of writing sales-generating copy, such as …

  • The proven principles of effective headlines, leads, full sales letters, emails and more.
  • How to instantly grab attention, connect with prospects, and drive ACTION — whether it’s to order a product, request more information, or donate to a charity.
  • How masterful copywriting can make a massive difference in marketing success.

 

My education outside of copywriting includes two years teaching mathematics in Indianapolis and sixteen years working as an actuary. My professional history includes data segmentation, analysis, and presentation, so if you need insight on the best way to view customer data I’m happy to help.

I have completed product development, process improvement, and implementation projects, as well as finding all the little nits to pick along the way.

 

AWARDS:

1995 – Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, Triway High School, Wooster, OH

1999 – Wabash College Glee Club Leadership Award, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

2003 – Best Use of Computers, Antiquity in Their Midst, Society of Actuaries Speculative Fiction Contest

2007 – 2nd Best Overall, Condemnation of Fate, Society of Actuaries Speculative Fiction Contest

2011 – Best Application of Forecasting & Futurism Methods, The What Ifs, Society of Actuaries Speculative Fiction Contest

2013 – Most Interesting Actuarial Career of the Future, Calibration, Society of Actuaries Speculative Fiction Contest

2013 – Best Application of Forecasting & Futurism Methods, Calibration, Society of Actuaries Speculative Fiction Contest

2015 – Winner, Wisdom (?) of the Crowd, 2014 Forecasting & Futurism Contest, Society of Actuaries

2015 – Parasite Publications Character Award scholarship, Odyssey Writing Workshop, Mount Vernon, NH