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Hey! I’m Linda Sivertsen: bestselling author, teacher, idea-fairy. I’ve shared my thoughts on Time Debt on the TEDWomen stage, created the first-ever app for tracking the health of any relationship–The Boyfriend Log iPhone appand each month I interview my favorite authors for the top-rated Beautiful Writers Podcast.

Speaking of the podcast, God I love this gig. Each time I get to talk shop with folks like Tom Hanks, Glennon Doyle, and Van Jones, and then see the show hit another “best of” list (like The Motley Fool’s “10 Best Podcasts for Women”Bustle’s Top 20, or The Write Life’s “100 Best Websites for Writers), I feel like I’m living in a dream.

 
 
Linda & Tosh Sivertsen
Linda & Tosh Sivertsen

Birthing book babies IS easier than the human kind. Don’t get me wrong—I love my kid! But Tosh is 6’3″, a film school graduate, and 30 years old (I had him when I was 6, duh). I look back and think, “How the hell did we get here? It’s a miracle we made it out alive!” Ha. Now that he’s grown, this mama finally has more time to write. Amen.

Who’s Tosh’s Mama? I’m a tree hugger book freak. No conflicts there! Basically, I’m constantly attempting to rectify those two passions. (More on that soon.) For the past few decades, I’ve obsessively worked to put feel-good, consciousness-raising work out into the world (on recycled paper whenever possible). It’s rarely been easy, but it’s always felt right.

I’ve been blessed to author/co-author 9 books (2 New York Times bestsellers) and have helped hundreds polish their ideas, craft proposals—with some fast & furious bidding wars—and get their name + books out to the masses where they belong. Not bad, I figure, for a girl who never finished college and used to put six commas in every sentence.

 
Linda at Open Books

For the more formal stuff: I’m an award-winning author, a New York Times bestselling coauthor, TEDWomen speaker (on the topic of Time Debt), former ghostwriter, and magazine editor who midwives books at my sold-out writing retreats in Carmel, California. I’m the co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan with Danielle LaPorte and The Beautiful Writers Group. I’ve been featured widely in the media, including Forbes.comThe New York TimesInc.; Extra; TeenVogue; CNN; The Huffington PostGlamour; the Los Angeles TimesCARMEL magazine, and more. I blog whenever the spirit moves me.

My first book was Lives Charmed: Intimate Conversations with Extraordinary People (HCI, 1998). A decade later, my then-seventeen-year-old son, Tosh, and I coauthored the award-winning Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life (Simon & Schuster, 2008). My prior ghostwriting and co-writing collaborations include Darren Hardy’s New York Times bestselling The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success (Vanguard Press); James Arthur Ray’s New York Times bestselling Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want (Hyperion); Rhonda Britten’s Do I Look Fat In This? (Dutton); and more.

I used the research and personal experience with heartbreak from my divorce memoir-in-progress (My Midlife Mess) to create The Boyfriend Log iPhone app, the first-ever daily app to track the health of your love life. “You can’t change what you can’t track,” and “Love is complicated, and clarity is queen” are two memorable mottos. The app hit #s 1-5 in Paid Apps in multiple countries (including the U.S.) before becoming a free resource for anyone with an iPhone. I’ve heard from hundreds of users about how the app has “saved” their relationships, their sanity, and even their lives.

Raised with a deep respect for Mother Earth, I’ve committed my entire professional life to help others become more mindful stewards of the planet. Lives Charmed showcased leaders in the environmental movement and highlighted celebrities using their fame for global good. Generation Green (printed on recycled paper with soy ink) inspired tweens, teens, and parents to follow a more environmentally sustainable path. I wrote the “Green Scene” column for Delta Airline’s Sky Magazine, which profiled visionaries in environmental sustainability, and was a recurring guest on Leeza Gibbons’ hit radio show Hollywood Confidential for “Green Hollywood” radio spots.

And, the Beautiful Writers Podcast is the gig of my dreams—the job of a lifetime. I don’t know how I got so lucky. I hope you’ll tune in (on iTunes, I Heart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts … and streaming on all American Airlines domestic and international seat-back entertainment systems). Write on! 

I live with my fiancé, Larry, in Los Angeles and Scottsdale with our menagerie of dogs and horses.

 
 

Contact: For Media Inquiries Only

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. I’m also no longer able to advise or work with people privately who haven’t first attended a retreat. I do apologize and 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. Thanks for understanding! xx

Thank You!

xo

Linda Sivertsen Bookmama with Merry

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Baby boy & Mama at sunset. 13 days old yesterday, can you believe it? 🤠 What a blast. I was talking to Larry, Jewel, and myself here, but I LOVE sharing these moments with you guys. Thanks for showing up to share in our adventure! xo #arizonamoon🌜 ... See MoreSee Less
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“How do you get writing done with all those cute distractions?” I get that a lot—a result of flooding my feed with baby horse and puppy pics. 🐴🐶My answer: By getting my most challenging chapters done BEFORE I sold my book. (OMG, this wasn’t always the case, says the gal who once wrote a 120k-word manuscript in 12 weeks for Hyperion. And 80k words in 8 weeks for Simon & Schuster.) ✍️😩Here’s the secret: Write those tricky bits before you shop your book. Outline every chapter in detail. That’s the beauty of a Book Proposal—it forces you to figure out your storylines upfront so you know where you’re going and don’t have to panic. 🥰With 4.5 weeks to go until delivery for my #BeautifulWritersBook, I am still creating original content, of course. I’m still exiting the shower covered in suds to get that memory down before it’s gone. But this is the most balanced I’ve ever been on deadline. So far, no all-nighters. No over-caffeinated days or nights. No #TimeDebt. I've cleared my calendar of anything else that requires thinking 🤪, but I'm living a full life in the process. What a concept! 🥳That’s the benefit of taking your time and working with a freelance editor. Having beta readers test your material even further. And workshopping your chapters with LIVE bodies. I did that, on occasion, in Carmel at my #CarmelWritingRetreats during meals and got the BEST feedback. #HeavenTruthfully, I used to be addicted to the manic energy of delivering books in five minutes. “Oh, you need another three chapters tomorrow? No problem: my husband won’t miss me!” (He did. He bailed.) Those habits took their toll, but I was younger then. And an excellent little Time Debtor. Ha. I am cherishing this pace so much more. 💕 My new motto: Have a life while you write your life. 💡 Give yourself time ahead of time so that when you’re staring down the barrel of four weeks to go, you can enjoy your puppies in the sun. 😎 Can I get an amen?! xo#writeon #bookmamamusings #bookmama #bookproposalmagic bookmama.com ... See MoreSee Less
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