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"Being able to show gratitude, flow through times of stress, and have empathy for those around you are critical in every aspect of our lives." In You've Got This this week, creative and entrepreneur Amy Suto shares how she's harnessed storytelling and intuitive entrepreneurship, the importance of work/life balance, and her advice for other writers and creators. Don't miss her answers below.
Welcome to another episode of Action and Ambition. In today’s episode, we have Amy Suto and Kyle Cords joining us. Amy Suto is a co-founder of Kingdom of Ink, a ghostwriting service company focused on memoirs and B2B services like copywriting and more! Amy and Kyle are digital nomads and run their business all over the world. They started ghostwriting memoirs for Himalayan Monks and Silicon Valley CEOs. Eventually, they started a business out of it and involved a lot of their writer friends. Tune in to learn more about Amy and her company!
Know and abide by your code of ethics. We all need to create our own code of ethics. How can we be a fair leader? How can we make the right decisions for our companies and collaborators? It can be hard to let someone go or make a change in strategy that ends up shutting down projects. You can’t make everybody happy, and you’ll drown your company by people-pleasing instead of leading from a place of real strategy. I aim to make every decision in a way that will be best for my team and for the future of our endeavors. No one is perfect and capable of having a spotless record of decision making, but in tough situations it’s important to have a North star that can help guide you when things feel chaotic or challenging.
FREEDOM IS EVERYTHING
Overall, our best advice would be to find the thing you love to do more than anything else in the world and turn that into a business. If you run your own business, you’ll be able to have the freedom to travel and do what you love everyday, from anywhere.
Another realization of ours is that you should try to stay in a place for at least two weeks at a time. That way, you have enough time to get settled in, catch up on emails and do some deep work, and then go out and enjoy yourself and the surroundings. As remote workers, we still need to carve out plenty of time to rest and work — even if we’re in gorgeous places!
Internship experience doubles the chance of employees being engaged at work, according to Forbes. Unfortunately, only 22% of college students experienced an internship in the past year (thanks, Covid). Furthering the call for greater paid internships, Harvard Business Review shares a sad statistic: only 43% of all internships are paid. So how can liberal arts majors - especially English majors, or those studying marketing, philosophy, journalism or similar communications-based fields - find paid opportunities? In a market characterized by scarcity, writing for fun and profit seems like a pipe dream - but a new online marketplace is changing all that. In the current job market, interns are looking for creative solutions. Here are five ways to find a position, and write yourself into a new future.
SMALL BUSINESS DIGEST
Amy Suto and Kyle Cords, are providing quality opportunities with excellent pay to freelancers through their new marketplace, Kingdom of Ink? Amy is a TV writer, published author, memoir/nonfiction ghostwriter, and producer of The Last Station along with Kyle. Kyle is a TV writer, podcast producer, and sustainability enthusiast.
Mark Harari's book, Lobster on a Cheese Plate: How To Stand Out, Attract the Best Clients, And Win Every Sale That Comes Your Way, tackles the intimidating subject of market differentiation with great approachability, a sense of fun, and a uniqueness that helps you hone and focus your business for maximum potential.
We are what we create. My work and building the things I cared most about kept me sane, and it is also an exercise in acting on my values and creating things I want to exist in the world. Making podcasts (both scripted and unscripted) for my clients and my company KingdomofPavement.com helped me find connections with collaborators all over the world. I love bringing beautiful audio creations to life because they help us all feel a little less lonely. The other week, I met up with some old friends and we’re going to be collaborating on a tech app, and there’s so much joy to be found in the flow of work, especially work done together to make the world a better place. Everything I do is mission-driven, and I’m lucky to be able to create things that reflect what I care about.
Cheryl Laughlin interviews multi-hyphenate, award-winning thriller writer Amy Suto of Kingdom of Ink—on writing for podcasts, memoirs, and Hollywood 2.0.
Sometimes you just need a different way to flex your screenwriting skills. As it happens, the storytelling talents for features, shorts, TV or web series match up nicely with the writing structures of podcasts and memoirs. Character arcs… callbacks… payoffs… they all guide storytelling, no matter the format.
Plus, podcast and memoir writing can expand your portfolio and personal brand to get you noticed. But how do you make the pivot?
NYU WASSERMAN BLOG
It was 2pm on a Wednesday and I was sitting in a sunny cafe in Paris writing a book profiling a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. I’m a ghostwriter, and as far as workweeks go, this was definitely one of the highlights. The following week, I would be in Berlin writing an article about a photographer and helping a friend with his startup, and then next month I would be back in the US, flying out to see another client at their family reunion that I’d be profiling for another book I was in the middle of. I’m not gonna lie — I was enjoying the jet-setting, office-less world I had created for myself, and it’s been my mission ever since to help others achieve the same thing.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Anyone with a computer and a good grasp of language could potentially run a writing business from home. Amy Suto started six years ago by creating a profile on the freelancing website Upwork and taking whatever jobs she could for $20 an hour. "I eventually found memoir ghostwriting, and that ended up being my favorite niche," Suto says. Now, she travels the world to meet with clients and charges $250 an hour for her work.
While people often think of writers as novelists, there is demand for talented wordsmiths to write everything from blog posts to professional bios, and people can hone their skills by reading as much as possible. "The best way to become a copywriter is to read great copy," Suto says.