Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Forczak.
Amelia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was always a writer. When I was a kid, I used to create my own newspapers with current events and original stories, and sell them to my family for a dollar or two. I went to school for journalism but I decided to go into marketing because so much of marketing revolves around creating content. I really wanted to write books, and I was trying to figure out how I would fit that into my life when it sort of fell into my lap. I was in my mid-twenties, and I was working in the marketing department of a consulting firm. Our CEO was approached by a literary agent to write a business book. He wanted to have his own book, but he didn’t have time to do the writing. I volunteered to interview him and get his story on paper, and the book ended up becoming a New York Times bestseller. I realized I loved writing books and wanted to keep doing it, so I started a side business doing writing and ghostwriting, called Pithy Wordsmithery. Since then, I’ve moved my business full time and I’ve ghostwritten seven books, including four bestsellers.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A big struggle for me has been overcoming “imposter syndrome.” I love writing and I know I’m good at it, but I have Irlen Syndrome, which is basically like dyslexia. Irlen is caused by the way your brain processes light waves. I read and write letters backwards and in the wrong order, and I’m so bad at spelling, sometimes I can’t even get words close enough for spellcheck to understand me! Luckily, I have prescription glasses that help my vision, but they don’t totally correct it.
It used to make me feel really self-conscious. I’d think, what if my client finds out I’m essentially dyslexic and thinks I’m not a qualified writer? But that fear really just made me work harder to be awesome at what I do. Everyone has some type of struggle, and what matters is how you deal with it. Instead of letting this one thing define me, I use it as motivation. That said, I also know my limitations. I have a freelance proofreader who reads every single thing I publish for myself and for my clients. And it’s no big deal because honestly, everyone needs a proofreader.
Please tell us about Pithy Wordsmithery.
So, I actually have two businesses! Most of my time goes toward running Pithy Wordsmithery, which is a marketing content agency. We specialize in working with authors and aspiring authors to help them build their businesses and thought leadership. We do website content and design, email marketing, blogs, general marketing strategy, and more. We also help people with all stages of the book writing process, including ghostwriting, editing, and best-seller strategy.
I’m proud of how happy my clients are with our work! About 90% of our business comes from referrals. We focus on doing an awesome job every single time, and we hope our clients will pass our name along to their networks.
In addition to Pithy Wordsmithery, my side hustle is modeling. I’ve been doing it for more than 15 years, and it’s a great balance with writing. Writing can be reclusive work, whereas modeling is the opposite. Both are fun and challenging but in different ways.
I’ve done all kinds of print work, runway shows, and commercials. I’ve worked for Google, TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Mercedes-Benz, basically every major department store, and a bunch of other clients. I had a baby eleven months ago so I’m not doing as much modeling as I used to, but (surprisingly!) I’m still getting booked. I even got to model with my baby for a nursing ad when she was six weeks old. That was super fun!
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Playing in my high school’s jazz band. We were really good! We got to leave school to play paid gigs, which was always really cool. Our class would vote on how to spend our profits, and it was usually on parties where we would challenge each other to eat the hottest hot sauce. There was always ice cream to cool your mouth down after!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @ameliaforczak
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameliaforczak/
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