Syd Wachs

Copy Editor, Copywriter, Ghostwriter, Photographer, Writer

I write about creativity, travel, coffee, and identity. 🤘🏽

I’m Syd Wachs (they/them), a full-time Story Coach / Fiction Ghostwriter and the person behind the online creative hub, Videmus.
I write about living a creative life as a digital nomad, coffee culture, and queer/creative identity.

Since 2008, I’ve been working in the literary and visual arts industries. I’ve written for clients based in over 15 countries, ghostwritten for USA Today and Kindle bestselling authors, and have created visual and written content for companies across the globe (like Discovery and Huffington Post).

I'm nonbinary, so LGBTQ+ issues are an important topic for me.
Originally I'm from the US; since 2012 I've been living around Asia (primarily in Hong Kong). I'm currently based in New Zealand, and love writing about travel whenever the opportunity arises.
Content Types
Ebook, General Photo, Interview, Website Copy, Blog Post, Email Newsletter
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Atlanta, GA, USA|English

Published Content

3 Easy Tips for Impressive Smartphone Travel Photography

The days of lugging around your heavy camera are over. Here's how to shoot professional photos using only your smartphone.

September 2nd, 2019
Who Created the Flat-White Coffee? A War Between New Zealand and Australia

The flat white has caused a decades-long argument between New Zealand and Australia, both claiming to have originated the coffee beverage. As its popularity has spread around the world, the question still remains: who really created it?

August 16th, 2019
Why I Was So Impacted by Eugene Lee Yang’s Coming Out Video | Southern Culture + Being Queer

Eugene’s coming out video, aptly named “I’m Gay,” holds a slow-burning power that sticks like pine sap. I just can’t get it off, and I’m absolutely not upset about it. In each scene of Eugene’s video, represented by a different color and designed as a different chapter in his life, every emotional element was reflected with crystal clarity.

June 25th, 2019
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks

A series I wrote for one of my ghostwriting clients has recently made the bestseller list on Amazon's "LGBT Fiction" Kindle store category.

October 30th, 2018

I designed the campaign for TLC's "The Flying Winemaker" event, "Rosé Revolution" and also did their event photography in 2015.
18 Ways to Make Your Workspace More Inspiring | Videmus | Ebook

Cubicle? Home office? Nomad? Wherever you are, your workspace should INSPIRE your creativity. And guess what: this is POSSIBLE without spending any money or taking up physical space. Using myself as a case study (I was a nomad for almost 7 years), I've compiled 18 pro tips about making your workspace one that propels your creative work forward, no matter what.
Affirmations for the Creator: "I Am Thriving Creatively." | Ebook | Videmus

This little book of affirmations is for you if you’re having a tough creative moment—or anytime you need a boost.
Self Care for Creators: Daily Guides + Ebook | Videmus

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in my years of doing creative work, it’s that a lot of us tend to get caught up in whatever task we're doing and make that a priority instead of our own self-care. Sound familiar? Yeah? This guide is for you.
Goodbye, Writer's Block! The Creative Rut Survival Guide | Videmus

In order to stay in the flow of creation, we need to approach our healing holistically. This ebook is your guide for that.
Blog Post
Have You Ever Thought About WHY We Read / Write / Create?

" We read to know we are not alone." I think what resonated with me the most about it is how none of us want to be alone. You know the kind of alone I'm talking about—not the "I'm chillin' by myself tonight and watching old Disney Halloween movies" type of alone. That deeper kind of alone. The one that hits you in the ribs like you've just been emotionally body-slammed by a gorilla.

November 9th, 2018
Blog Post
To the 4-year-old Creator

Little One, the world needs more creators like you. Always create. Make dandelion necklaces. Make pictures in the earth with your hands. Scribble the stories, speak them, write them, shout them. Move your body and dance. Create new foods that explain how you feel. Grow your garden just as you will have it. Respect others, but never apologize for your creativity.

July 21st, 2016
Product Photography
Art Journal: A Peek Inside My Process

This project was birthed through the use of antique books, especially those with deteriorating or thin pages, re-binding them, and gluing pages together to make a thicker paper on which I paint. I used pages from other antique books, reading hundreds of pages and clipping phrases and paragraphs entirely at random with no connection to each other, and arranging them in a way that does, in fact, tell a story. I never planned out how it will look or what the words would convey at the end. It was as much a surprise to me as it is to the viewer, and each section is open to interpretation. This particular book, Hidden Pearls by Abbie Benton Bonsteel, was published in 1925. Many of the inner pages are from other books, but some original contents I decided to keep if they hooked my eye during construction.

January 5th, 2017
General Photo
Troglodyte: Portrait Photo Series

trog·lo·dyte noun ˈträ-glə-ˌdīt- a person living in seclusion- a person unacquainted with affairs of the world

February 10th, 2017
General Photo
Kinchin: Portrait Photo Series

kin·chin (noun): a child.Origin: 1690–1700; German Kindchen, diminutive of 'kind child'
Blog Post
I Am Not A Label

The moment I realized that finding a label for every area in my life was more damaging to my health than healing, I decided to stop.

October 12th, 2017
To All My Wonder Women Who Are Feeling Traumatized Right Now

My "Dark Portraits" photo is the featured image of this article published in light of the 2016 US election.

November 15th, 2016
Blog Post
Writing Without Credit: What Is Ghostwriting?

I answer the FAQ about ghostwriting books: how I got started, whether I get credit, who my clients are, and why someone might hire a ghostwriter.

November 30th, 2018
Blog Post
Book Review: “Misery” by Stephen King

Paul Sheldon wakes up in a strange house, hooked up to an IV and with his shattered leg held together by rods and bolts (or something equally horrific). This is only the beginning.

March 25th, 2019
Blog Post
For the Creative Who Feels Lost

Most of the time when we think of challenging ourselves to break new ground, we associate that with blood, sweat, and tears, and not necessarily with being “gentle” with ourselves.

March 28th, 2019
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