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Meet Emilia Fuentes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emilia Fuentes.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
When I graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing, I thought: “Okay, that’s done, now I’m a writer. Got the degree to prove it. Now someone will hire me.” I quickly learned, that’s not reality. I was an adjunct professor and a freelance writer for a while, then I met my first ghostwriting client through a mutual friend. They were looking for a writer to help tell stories from their life. We started working together, and I haven’t looked back.

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?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. In addition to the challenges of the job itself, I find that working by myself, working as a one-woman show without coworkers or a boss to push me, can be really difficult. I’ve had to come up with strategies to improve my productivity. There’s a co-working space in Frogtown where I go when I need to get out of my apartment.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I help people tell their stories. I specialize in the “so what?” questions. For example, this amazing thing happened in your life… so what? Why do people need to read about this and what will they gain from hearing your story? I’m also a highly trained writer and editor, so I work with authors on the structure of their stories, the pacing, their language and word choices, and other more technical aspects of writing. As a fiction writer myself, I bring a lot of creativity to each project. Many people have led fascinating lives or have great achievements to share, but they’re not writers. I infuse art and creativity into their already impressive content.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’m a good listener. I read people well and I genuinely love to hear their stories. I am a little obsessed with story, honestly. Even if we don’t end up working together, I’m always jazzed to listen to their accounts of their lives or their ideas for a novel. I think people pick up on that enthusiasm. They see that I will care for their work as if it were my own, because, in a way, it will be. This is a job to me, but it’s also a passion.

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