Early on, I listened to a podcast that I LOVED! Two authors talking about the creative process with an easy back-and-forth from years of friendship. I was in heaven! But before I could sit down with my cup of tea and settle in for a good listen, it was over. I swear it couldn’t have been longer than 15 minutes.

Huh? Where’d you guys go?

Don’t leave me yet, I was just getting juiced! Come baaaaaaaaack!

Yeah, I know. Get a life, Sivertsen.

But seriously. I wanted so much more. More candid talk about the writing life. More motivation to step into (and over) my fears. More stories of hard-won successes and priceless failures. More insider details and virtual connection…  real writers honing their craft and living the dream in the real world.

For the past few months, Danielle LaPorte and I have been asking ourselves if we should take our celebrity writer interviews (from The Beautiful Writers Group) out from behind the closed doors of our membership group, and into the wide world of iTunes. Then I remembered that long-ago podcast that ended so abruptly, and knew we had to do it. I called Danielle and that was that. We’re doing an iTunes PODCAST!

This feels like a natural and FUN next step, for us and for The Beautiful Writers Group. Danielle and I love having (and sharing) these bestselling author conversations more than you know.

And, good news! If you’re already a BWG member or want to become one, we’re cutting the monthly membership fee in half. That means, instead of $50 per month for our ongoing expert how-to interviews (these differ from the “celeb author” ones on the podcast), Q&A calls with Danielle and me, participation in our private/active writers group on G+, and access to our writing resources, you only pay $25:)

Here’s why we made the decision to cut the price of membership: For a writer, listening to a successful author talk about her experience is like getting a shot of artistic adrenaline. We want that for everyone, not just the people who can afford it.

Head over to iTunes and check out the line-up. We’ve got Liz Gilbert, our generation’s “Mark Twain,” talking about the inherent magic of language, embracing the sacred “No,” what it takes to have the things you say you want, and to sex or not to sex on book tour. Ha. Liz has an extraordinary way with words (but you knew that) and a rich perspective on what it means to share your magic with the world. Her eighth bestseller, BIG MAGIC is nothing short of brilliant and we’re elated to have her with us.


We’ve also got Martha Beck! This interview is so full of magic it’s not even funny. Except that it is! Martha’s passion for writing (and life!) is infectious, and you’ll quickly see why she’s so prolific (recently completing her 10th book, in the midst of a very full artist life that includes world-class painting). Listen as Martha shares some of her best “shortcuts” to attaining more magic in your life, including details of her “integrity cleanse,” the best advice she’s ever been given (summed up in two words), the ultimate marketing strategy for any creator, and what the “rocket ride of rapture” means for your productivity. Buckle in. Her ideas are lightning fast.

For more inspiring interviews, follow the Beautiful Writers Podcast here on Soundcloud or subscribe on iTunes. And for access to our thriving community of writers, coaching calls and more, visit TheBeautifulWritersGroup.com.

Other interviews include: Dani Shapiro (about the day Oprah called three years after her book was published and Dani nearly blew her off!), Sarah Manguso (about how on the first day of her poetry MFA, she got a humbling piece of writing advice that’s guided her work ever since), my dear friend, agent Laura Yorke (on what she looks for in a query letter), Jillian Lauren (about her defining moment as a writer long before she wrote her bestselling memoir Some Girls), and Gretchen Rubin (about knowing and working with your own creative wiring).

These exchanges have been key to helping me complete my own personal Goliath project this month. (Now it’s all about putting the mascara on the eyelashes, my favorite part.)

For our official (yay!) and FREE Beautiful Writers Podcast on the iTunes store, go here.

Of course, Danielle and I would be so grateful if you’d take the time to leave a review if you like what you hear. To help us build momentum and traction and all that good stuff.

Big love!



P.S. Friends don’t let friends write alone. If you could use some creative juice, come hang out with us in the BWG for the cost of a few lattes a month.

P.S.S. Got a favorite author you’d like us to interview? Let us know in the comments below and we just might be able to make it happen:)

P.S.S: quickie update: Made #6 podcast on iTunes (arts). Thanks to everyone who’s listened and cheered us on!
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