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Linda’s bio

Linda Sivertsen, “Book Mama,” is in LOVE with books—reading, writing, and selling them. Her titles have won many awards and hit all the lists as an author, co-author, and former magazine editor and ghostwriter. But her driving force has been to publish sustainably. Naïve and optimistic enough to believe in magic, she’s on a mission to save forests via her role as a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Ambassador. When she’s not fostering literary love matches on her Beautiful Writers Podcast (a favorite stop for writers on tour), writing, and promoting Beautiful Writers, or midwifing books at her Carmel or virtual writing retreats, Linda can be found on the back of a horse or running with her dogs. She and her husband live on their ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Beautiful Writers book bio

Imagine you’re at a dinner party with some of the most successful authors of our time: Elizabeth Gilbert, Dean Koontz, Terry McMillan, Cheryl Strayed, Steven Pressfield, Jenny Lawson, Deepak Chopra, Martha Beck, Tomi Adeyemi, Sabaa Tahir, Van Jones, Anne Lamott, Mary Karr, Seth Godin, Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child, Ann Patchett, Tom Hanks . . .  “Book Mama” and Beautiful Writers Podcast co-creator Linda Sivertsen is the host. As she’s sharing her story of the many hilarious, outrageous, and practical things she did to launch her bestselling writing career, your favorite writers chime in with their own anecdotes, leaving you enlightened and newly inspired. The wisdom in these pages will nourish anyone who appreciates the art of storytelling and dreams of living a creative life.

Part coming-of-career memoir and writing success how-to, sprinkled with boxes containing gems of celebrity author advice (taken from Linda’s Beautiful Writers Podcast and follow-up interviews), Beautiful Writers is a love letter to reading, writing, and publishing—the book she wished she’d had when starting out. Destined to become the evergreen companion for creatives everywhere, this book answers the burning question: “How do they do it—day after day, year after year, book after book?”

The paths vary wildly, but Linda’s faith in dreams never does. “If you have the ache, you have what it takes,” she says. “Writing is hard for everyone, but the results are often magical. Trust your desire. We did it—birthed our books into the world. You can too!”

2023 International Book Awards Winner (Business: Writing & Publishing) & 2023 Firebird Book Awards “Speak Up Talk Radio” Winner. Hashtags: #BeautifulWritersBook #BookMamaMusings #LindaSivertsen

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Now, for a little first-person fun: Hi! I’m Book Mama, a magical thinker who believes in your big dreams. Don’t think you have what it takes? I’m a college dropout who put six commas in every sentence and went on to write, co-author, and ghostwrite eleven books (two New York Times bestsellers), forty magazine articles, and host one of the world’s top writing podcasts. 🎙️

My books have won awards, made headlines, hit all the lists, and put me on national TV. I’ve met deadlines at the foot of my parents’ deathbeds, written regularly in the middle of the night as a full-time mom, and delivered chapters to Simon & Schuster AND Hyperion from the fetal position after learning that my then-husband of nineteen years was in love with someone else.

I’ve dropped one of the biggest agents in the biz (without a backup plan) because I wanted to feel more of a heart connection. I walked away from the best book deal of my life b/c the publisher wouldn’t print the book on recycled paper & soy inks (three weeks later, they agreed… phew!). I’ve written for divas and superstars and the humblest spiritual love bugs. And my faith in self-help was severely tested when I was hired to (and did) pen a NYT bestseller with a popular teacher who ended up going to prison.

Good grief, I’ve learned a few things. Most importantly, about rejection. My dogs and I eat rejection for breakfast. When the universe or some VIP publishing exec says, “No,” we get scrappy in our house. And creative.

I’m a book proposal doctor, author whisperer, agent connector, idea-fairy, and huge-hearted cheerleader of creativity for writers of all genres–and every gold-plated publishing dream. In the past twenty-five years, I’ve authored & co-authored eleven books (two New York Times best-sellers), including Beautiful Writers: A Journey of Big Dreams and Messy Manuscripts—with Tricks of the Trade from Bestselling Authors (BenBella Books), the digital bestseller Your Big Beautiful Book Plan with Danielle LaPorte, Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life with her son, Tosh (Simon & Schuster), Lives Charmed: Intimate Conversations with Extraordinary People (HCI), and Harmonic Wealth (Hyperion).

Two of my favorite jams are midwifing 6- & 7-figure book deals at my virtual & in-person writing retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (profiled in CARMEL magazine), and hosting my top-ranked Beautiful Writers Podcast (on iTunes since 2015). I LOVE asking my writing idols how they show up day after day, year after year, book after book.

My work has been featured on CNN, E!, ExtraThe New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the NY Post, the International Business TimesNY PostFamily CircleTeen Vogue, The Huffington Post, and on the TEDWomen stage ... and I’ve received wide coverage on my app, and been featured on Inc.; Forbes.com; Glamour.com; MarieClaire.com; and in The Motley Fool’s “10 Best Podcasts for Women.” Go from Idea to Done to Sold with me live, via one of my online programs, or reading my blog at BookMama.com (w/ a “Best of The Web” nod from the Daily Muse). Because friends don’t let friends write alone. Write on!

Bottom line: I love writers, books, collaboration, dog & wild horse rescue, and beating the odds. Let’s connect. I can’t wait. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

Writing Retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join me in one of the most enchanting artist communities in the world–for sisterhood, synchronicity, and focused, intentional, blissful writing. King beds, ocean views, and gourmet food make scripting your dreams second nature at the iconic La Playa Hotel. It’s HEAVEN! Whether you write in the hotel’s gorgeous gardens, in your cozy room, at the shoreline, or tucked into a local patisserie, the sea air, and ancient cypress trees will flood your senses and get the ink flowing. See why this Think Tank of the most loving order is every writer’s secret (and not so secret) dream and why many people come again and again. Honor your voice, find your people, and sell your book(s). At last.

Contact: For Media Inquiries

For Public Relations inquiries contact Jennifer Canzoneri, jennifer@benbellabooks.com and please CC Kristen Maglonzo at kristen@beautifulwriters.com.

Because of several book deadlines/lifelines, and those of my retreat participants, my schedule is tight and I’m not able to answer all inquiries. If you’d like my support with a book project, see the “Work with me” tab. I wish there were 50 hours in a day! But, I’m fairly active on social media and hope to see you there, and/or in the Beautiful Writers Group.

 

Thank You!

xo

Linda Sivertsen Bookmama with Merry

Want to Write for Success? Insider Tips for Getting Published

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  • The top 3 little-known mistakes I see most new writers make, preventing them from landing that coveted book contract.
  • How to script your Book Proposal’s success so that you land your dream agent and dreamier book deal

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Fun! 🎉 Grateful to be sending these audiobook raffle winner packs out today! 🫶🏻 Big thanks to everyone who entered to support my book’s evolution from paperback to audio—a longtime dream come true. (For you makers out there, it’s easy and feels good to send your digital programs to winners during launches, which we did hours after the drawing. And adding physical gifts makes it feel even more rewarding. 🎁) Watch your mailbox, @tmguccione, @lifeexplorer1, and Marron. I decided to include #beautifulwritersbook along with @rhondabyrne_thesecret & @kellygores’ incredible books because, well, why not? 🥰 xo Write on. Listen on! 🎧

#beautifulwritersaudiobook #rhondabyrne #thesecretmanifestationcards #thesecret #kellynoonangores #healbook
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🎉The Raffle Winners are in! Please check your email if you purchased the Beautiful Writers audiobook and entered to win. For anyone who didn’t win a prize this time around, thank you so much for playing! I am humbled and grateful for your time and good energy, and hope you love listening as much as I’ve loved sharing my story with you. My favorite writerly creation ever. 🥰

PS. I wrote a blog post today about my heartbreak over how my son wouldn’t read my book, but how the audiobook changed everything. 🙏 It’s a fun read if you’ve got a few minutes. https://bit.ly/3xLmvCT (in bio). xo

#BeautifulWritersBook #Grateful #BookMamaMusings #beautifulwritersaudiobook
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I can die happy now. My son loves my book! 🫶Forgive me if this sounds hysterical. The stress has been weighing on me. As a mom, you want nothing more than to protect your kid, and I worried that I had hurt mine by publishing my story, which included scenes centered around his childhood.

Tosh experienced an incredibly stressful period starting on the day Beautiful Writers came out two summers ago, coincidentally, right around the time he read a scene about 1/3 of the way through the book that hit too close to home, triggering a memory from his childhood that he was still wrestling with. “I gotta put it down, Ma,” he said... “I’ll listen to the audiobook as soon as it comes out,” he promised. I was proud of him for choosing his mental health and creating boundaries for himself, even if it meant I had to wait patiently.

However, waiting made me sad for multiple reasons. On the one hand, the audiobook kept getting delayed. Ugh...

I can’t wait to share the rest of the drama with you—son-approved—on today’s blog: https://bit.ly/3xLmvCT (in bio).

PS. Speaking of sharing, I’m doing a raffle in less than 3 hours, at 5 pm PST, for all buyers of my #BeautifulWritersAudiobook who enter. Go to BookMama(.com), enter your proof of purchase number, and you’ll be entered to win all sorts of writerly prizes, including a book consult session with me, access to my #BookProposalMagic program, a year’s tuition for the #BeautifulWritersGroup, and a bundle of copies of Heal and The Secret Manifestation cards in honor of my #BeautifulWritersPodcast celebration episode with Rhonda Byrne and Kelly Noonan Gores. Okay. Time’s a wastin’! Read the blog & I’ll see you in the raffle! 🏆
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Carmel & Virtual Writing Retreats📚

Fun! 🎉 Grateful to be sending these audiobook raffle winner packs out today! 🫶🏻 Big thanks to everyone who entered to support my book’s evolution from paperback to audio—a longtime dream come true. (For you makers out there, it’s easy and feels good to send your digital programs to winners during launches, which we did hours after the drawing. And adding physical gifts makes it feel even more rewarding. 🎁) Watch your mailbox, Tatiana, Laura, and Marron. I decided to include #beautifulwritersbook along with Rhonda Byrne & Kelly Noonan Gores’ incredible books because, well, why not? 🥰 xo Write on. Listen on! 🎧

#beautifulwritersaudiobook #rhondabyrne #thesecretmanifestationcards #thesecret #kellynoonangores #healbook

Fun! 🎉 Grateful to be sending these audiobook raffle winner packs out today! 🫶🏻 Big thanks to everyone who entered to support my book’s evolution from paperback to audio—a longtime dream come true. (For you makers out there, it’s easy and feels good to send your digital programs to winners during launches, which we did hours after the drawing. And adding physical gifts makes it feel even more rewarding. 🎁) Watch your mailbox, Tatiana, Laura, and Marron. I decided to include #beautifulwritersbook along with Rhonda Byrne & Kelly Noonan Gores’ incredible books because, well, why not? 🥰 xo Write on. Listen on! 🎧

#beautifulwritersaudiobook #rhondabyrne #thesecretmanifestationcards #thesecret #kellynoonangores #healbook
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🎉The Raffle Winners are in! Please check your email if you purchased the Beautiful Writers audiobook and entered to win. For anyone who didn’t win a prize this time around, thank you so much for playing! I am humbled and grateful for your time and good energy, and hope you love listening as much as I’ve loved sharing my story with you. My favorite writerly creation ever. 🥰

PS. I wrote a blog post today about my heartbreak over how my son wouldn’t read my book, but how the audiobook changed everything. 🙏 It’s a fun read if you’ve got a few minutes.

#BeautifulWritersBook #Grateful #BookMamaMusings #beautifulwritersaudiobook
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Linda Sivertsen here is some magic 🪄 I listened to your interview with Rhonda Byrne and Kelly Noonan Gores. Then I started delving into gratitude practice and thought “Ooh I should enter Linda’s audio book competition (I’d had the screen shot ready to go for a while) and… I won 🙌 one of the prizes 💃🏿 🌟 🔮

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