Rebecca Pillsbury is an award-winning writer and ghostwriter specialized in business and personal development books and memoir. She has been recognized for her ethical approach to writing celebrity memoir, using vulnerability to exhibit strength and humor to remind readers not to take life (and fame) so seriously.
Rebecca is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and inspirational entertainers reach new heights in their careers, so their audience grows and more lives transform.
I’ve known I was meant to be a writer since I was eight years old; I was entering short story and poetry contests since I could pick up a pen. I studied communications and creative writing in college, only to graduate and not be able to find a paid position in the field. Like many artists, I gave up and found a day job—only dabbling in writing for personal pleasure.
I’ve had many jobs in my life. I could tailor a resume as a non-profit, music business, or pet care professional. I even spent a few years co-owning a Spanish language school. But none of these positions satisfied my soul—at least not long-term.
It took entering a writing contest in 2013—the first I’d entered since high school—to bring me back to my calling. I wrote my first full-size manuscript, a memoir, and was awarded one of the top prizes in the Transformational Author Experience international writing contest. I knew I had re-discovered my purpose.
I began researching all I could about self-publishing. I enrolled in numerous online trainings and live workshops. I hired professional editors and designers to turn my manuscript into a publish-ready document. One year after I wrote the first word of the manuscript, I had my first published book in hand.
I thought it was smooth sailing from there. But I would come to find out that the hard part hadn’t yet begun—at least for me. The writing and publishing pieces came natural to me; ideas and execution are my strengths. Public speaking and other extroverted marketing endeavors, however, are not. Though the book reviews were extremely positive and affirming of my skill set, sales were modest. Maybe I hadn’t quite figured out my calling after all.
I went back to the drawing board, only this time I didn’t do it alone. I hired a business coach to help me clarify my niche. The result became Duende Press. My area of talent and expertise is transformational writing. My greatest strengths are active listening, intuition, and organization—all of which make me an excellent interviewer, researcher and writer of this genre. I am able to access the soul of an individual and their story, and manifest it into a book that engages and inspires.
Some of my clients have become international bestselling authors. Others – who prior to working with me had difficulty getting one book out of their head – hired me again to complete their second and even third book. There’s magic in this journey.
If you are a life or business coach, inspirational entertainer or entrepreneur who wants to publish your transformational story but lacks the time, expertise, or desire to do it yourself, contact me for a free consultation. I look forward to hearing your story!