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Linda Sivertsen
Want a STELLAR 2021? You've probably heard me say that I don't make a big move w/o consulting the stars via my little sis, Love Is In The Stars Carol Allen, one of the top Vedic astrologers (& love coaches!) in the country. ✨💜Her predictions are so spot on that I've learned over the decades to ignore her at my peril. For instance, she has picked EVERY one of my #carmelwritingretreat dates for the past 10 years, making sure the planet of writing, Mercury, is happy, and ditto for Venus, the planet of Love and the Arts. They're dreamy. But the one time I didn't listen to her when I wanted to host a quickie weekend retreat in Lake Arrowhead--"The stars are terrible. Don't go near that mountain!"--goodness, was it a hot mess. A freak snowstorm left one retreater (the amazing #AneseCavanaugh) stuck in a snowbank close to midnight (my guy saved her and, thankfully, we still laugh about it). The fridge broke, spoiling gorgeous food. The house alarm blared for no reason over and over, and one of the retreaters couldn't stop crying. We had to sage the house to breathe. Ha. I now do as Carol says. My FAVE thing is to ask for dates for my clients when they're pitching agents or publishers, often resulting in auctions (shout out #RhondaBritten & her 4-day bidding war, signing w/ Putnam for #FearlessLiving). Since you don't have my sis on speed-dial, you can order the next best thing--a personalized calendar that gives you the inside scoop on when to "lay low" & when to "go for it" when it comes to timing for anything. It highlights your best, mediocre, and worst days for money, love, launching something, traveling safely, selling or buying property, navigating retrograde planets and eclipses. You name it. I adore my calendar, and I'm pretty sure she thought of it to shut me up because I was always calling, saying, "Can you look at my chart and give me a good date for ____?"Sister's offering a "fire sale" for the New Year, dropping the price for the digital version from $124.97 to $39.97 (68% off, the biggest discount she's given in 20 years, in honor of these challenging times). 💜“I love, love, LOVE my calendar! I look at it every day, & it's always right on." ~ Arielle Ford, bestselling author of The Soulmate Secret"Dangerously addictive... wildly predictive..." ~ Lauren Frances, love coach and author of Dating, Mating, and Manhandling"The calendar is fabulously helpful, and I love it. I've used mine daily for years. Run, don't walk, to get yours!" ~ Chellie Campbell, financial coach and author of The Wealthy Spirit and Zero to Zillionaire and From Worry to WealthyOrder before Jan. 31st to get the discount! https://bit.ly/2Y2Pn3Y ... See MoreSee Less
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Linda Sivertsen
"I'm glad I'm not competitive," Elizabeth Gilbert said when listing her dear friend Marie Forleo's assets and calling her a "quintuple threat" before adding how incredibly loyal, decent, and giant-hearted she is. It's with that kind of feel-good sisterhood that we kick off this first episode of the Beautiful Writers Podcast for 2021. 💜 Two #1 New York Times bestselling authors, celebrating their healing from the same major surgery, their recent paperback releases (Marie's Everything is Figureoutable and Liz's City of Girls), jaw-dropping manifestation tips, warp-speed book proposal-wrangling, and a chopping-block editorial practice that Marie's book and Glennon Doyle’s Untamed benefited from that may leave you sprinting for your delete key. You mean there are secrets to opening your page-turner? Holy smokes. But don’t take my word for it. “Auntie Liz” is layin’ it down and you'll want to take notes. Also to be had? A whole lot of laughter, good-natured swear words, and light-hearted wisdom. Because it's a new year, and isn't it high time for lightness and brightness as you communicate with “the soul of your book”? I thought so, too. Amen, and happy 2021!Listen on iTunes http://apple.co/3pcFXPc, or on beautifulwriterspodcast.com for all the links. 🎧Write on,Linda (aka Book Mama) xo #beautifulwriterspodcast #elizabethgilbert #marieforleo #cityofgirls #everythingisfigureoutable #thebeautifulwriterslife 📚 ... See MoreSee Less
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Want a STELLAR 2021? I💜getting dates for my clients when they're pitching agents or publishers. It’s magical. A per… t.co/lw4nxR24Gb

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Jaw-dropping manifestation tips, warp-speed book proposal-wrangling, communicating w/ “the soul of your book."✍️… t.co/HcvQOwlltW

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@jennsutkowski @GilbertLiz @marieforleo @PRHAudio @portfoliobooks @riverheadbooks Ah! Thank you. It was a blast. Posts soon! 😘

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@AneseCavanaugh Brilliant work! 💙

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