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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 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 . . .  “Book Mama” and Beautiful Writers Podcast cocreator 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.

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Linda Sivertsen is 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-four years, she’s 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).

Linda’s a midwife of 6- & 7-figure book deals at her bi-monthly writing retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, profiled in CARMEL magazine. As the host of the top-ranked Beautiful Writers Podcast on iTunes since 2015, Linda interviews her publishing idols about how they show up day after day, year after year, book after book. Her 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 ... She’s received wide coverage on her app, and been featured on Inc.; Forbes.com; Glamour.com; MarieClaire.com; and in The Motley Fool’s “10 Best Podcasts for Women.” To go from Idea to Done to Sold, read Linda’s blog at BookMama.com (given a “Best of The Web” nod from the Daily Muse).

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Writing Retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join Linda 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. 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

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!


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