As a ghostwriter and collaborator, many of the books I have co-authored don’t bear my name. The first few here do, however. Right on the cover. No hiding in the shadows (or on title or acknowledgment pages).
My First Born – Lives Charmed
Lives Charmed: Intimate Conversations with Extraordinary People (HCI, 1998): came to me in a dream. I was a professional dog walker in LA, where my life was a reality show before there was such a thing. I had a front-row seat to some big-time drama—i.e. watching a skyline of fires from a client’s balcony during the riots; taking care of Brandon Lee’s cats the night he was killed on the set of The Crow; getting hired to housesit while clients went to rehab, and being invited to Nicole Brown Simpson’s Gretna Green home just before her death led to the trial of the century. (Weird fact: Knowing my then-husband and I had lived in several celebrity homes, Kato Kaelin asked me if I thought he should take the guesthouse gig Nicole was offering. “Don’t do it,” I instinctively blurted out. “You tend to get embroiled in the dramas of whomever owns the big house.” Of course, Kato didn’t take my advice.)
My job was blissful, too—exercising in gorgeous gardens and neighborhoods with happy dogs all day–and taking care of mansions. Hello?! With this crash course in success, I saw what worked and what didn’t. And, did I ever see people create incredible good fortune, physical and financial freedom, and spiritually fulfilling lives in this City of Angels. (Not to mention, it was just plain FUN walking the dogs of people like Kirk Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, and Paul Williams.)
“A life charmed, how appropriate… a story of influences and odds beaten. Jiminy Cricket couldn’t say it any better.”
Jim Huber, CNN
“Lives Charmed is one of the best books I’ve ever read!”
Glenn Meehan, Entertainment Tonight, NBC
“From dog walker to celebrity biographer. I’d say Linda Sivertsen has a charmed life, too!”
Kym Douglas, E!
“Linda Sivertsen’s story is truly a magical one… and her intimate conversations are truly extraordinary.”
Leeza Gibbons, The Leeza Show, NBC
“A charmed life: Ever wonder how some people manage to live such perfect lives? Well, Linda Sivertsen went looking for answers for her new book, Lives Charmed…”
Extra, NBC, in a two-part segment on the book
“My interview with Linda Sivertsen was one of the best I have ever done.”
Arnold Palmer, golf legend
“What Sivertsen’s subjects have in common, surprisingly, is a genuine desire to use their celebrity status for the good of the world at large…”
Mary Alden, The Taos News, NM
By Linda Sivertsen (me) and Tosh Sivertsen (my then 17-year-old), Simon & Schuster
GG received multiple awards and supportive press (Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Family Circle) as green issues finally became both hot and cool. Get the inside scoop on the biggest issues affecting our planet, with dozens of tips on how to shop, dress, eat, and travel the green way. Included are interviews with teens involved with fun, innovative green causes that show how being environmentally conscious can be a natural part of a teen’s life—and their generation’s contribution to turning things around. It doesn’t matter if you can’t vote or drive. Your efforts—big or small—contribute.
“Every generation thinks they want to change the world. If the latest generation is serious about it, Tosh and Linda provide the blueprint. This book is deep and yet fun and smart and filled with great tips, facts, stories, and interviews. Every school needs to have Generation Green as part of their curriculum!”
Ed Begley, Jr.
Living with Ed, for Discovery’s Planet Green
“This guide is packed with tons of tips for becoming eco-chic…”
By Linda Sivertsen (me) and Danielle LaPorte
A book is always more than just a book. Much more. Writing a book could direct the course of your career for the rest of your life. It could lead to infinitely important connections, multiple revenue streams, spin off products, international relations. It could send more business your way. It could pay for a trip to Tahiti or just pay the rent. It could change one person’s life for the better. It could start a revolution. You need a plan. Your Big Beautiful Book Plan features never-before-shared book proposal samples from top authors that landed six-figure advances, attracted top literary agents, and changed lives (both the authors’, and their readers’). This is your behind-the-scenes view into what grabs an agent’s attention, what captivates publishers, and the logic of a book plan that grows your career. And it works–lots of book babies have been birthed via the top publishing houses. Yay!
The Will to Survive: A Mental and Emotional Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals and the People who Love Them
By Dr. Bobby Smith (with Linda Sivertsen)—one of the leading law-enforcement speakers in the world. Bobby was a dedicated Louisiana State Trooper when he was shot in the face and blinded by a wanna-be cop killer.
One of the greatest blessings of my life was being Bobby’s eyes to write. He shared stories I’ll never forget… about how even the most pure-hearted cops struggle to keep their hearts open amidst so much pain. Imagine, you love a neighborhood and move into it with your wife. But on your rounds, you see things no one should, and suddenly the area is no longer a haven in this man’s mind. He comes home from work and his wife, smiling, says: “How was your day, baby?” Does he tell her the truth? If he does, how will she handle his reality? Will she lose her sense of optimism and wonder? If he silences his words and tries to handle his stress alone, it’s to his mental and emotional detriment. Cops have some of the highest suicide, substance abuse, and divorce rates. And sometimes–rarely, statistically–they snap. This book aims to prevent that, and I couldn’t be prouder.
The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
By Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS magazine
Published by Vanguard Press. I’m in awe of how many people this New York Times bestseller has touched. Based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny, there are no gimmicks, hyperbole, or magic bullets here. Just little, everyday decisions that either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve your desires.
Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want
By James Ray (with Linda Sivertsen)
Published by Hyperion, this New York Times bestseller capitalized on James’ popularity in the movie The Secret, and as a media darling. Broken up into the Five Pillars of Wealth: Financial, Relational, Intellectual, Physical, and Spiritual, James teaches that without these five pillars, you might be rich, but you’ll never be wealthy. The irony was that several years after we finished this book, James found himself at the lowest, most inharmonious point of his life—the details of which make up a portion of the mess in my upcoming memoir, My Midlife Mess.
Closer Than You Think: The Easy Guide to Connecting with Loved Ones on the Other Side
Do I Look Fat in This? Get Over Your Body and On With Your life
By Rhonda Britten, Dutton
As an Emmy-winning Life Coach on the daytime reality show Starting Over, Rhonda Britten has helped countless women befriend their bodies—first by encouraging them to face and accept what they see in the mirror, and then by empowering them to make healthier decisions about their weight. Too many of us hide our bodies or, even worse, abuse them. We let image control our lives and make decisions for us. Yet, it’s possible to stop seeing our bodies as objects of shame and to find the freedom we need to love ourselves fully. (If you’re new to Rhonda’s work, I suggest starting with Fearless Living. We worked on the proposal for FL together, and the resulting book launched her powerful publishing/TV career, and remains Rhonda’s most popular book.)
Magazine work + more…
To see some of my magazine work (‘specially my cover stories for Balance magazine)
GG didn’t win the Green Earth Book Award of 2009, but was named an “honor book” that year at Salisbury University.