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“Linda is pure magic. With her rare combination of keen editorial insight, unparalleled knowledge of the industry and relentless optimism, she’s the kind of writing coach and friend a writer can only dream of. She’s also a little psychic – only a few days before my debut novel MIRROR IN THE SKY was picked up by Razorbill/Penguin, she sent me a text with a picture of the perfume Terra Nova, the original title of my manuscript. ‘Found this in my bureau today,’ she said. ‘It’s gonna happen soon!’ And of course it did.

Linda believed in me when I didn’t, knew just when to encourage me to push through roadblocks, and when to offer a sympathetic ear. She is endlessly empathetic, fun to work with and has the ability to see exactly what you’re trying to execute in your writing – even when you don’t. I feel endlessly grateful to be a beneficiary of her big thinking and incredible talents!”

Aditi Khorana, author of Mirror in the Sky (Razorbill/Penguin)

Steph graciously writes on her acknowledgment page of Unbound:

“To Danielle LaPorte and Linda Sivertsen for creating the Beautiful Writers Group. I cannonballed into that community with gusto and it changed my life. Linda . . . my dear sweet Linda, you turned closet doors into literary Narnia. I am grateful for everything you’ve done for me, and I am grateful for everything you’ve done for so many women like me.”

Steph Jagger, author of Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery (Harper Wave)

“We call Linda the ‘Author Whisperer’ because of her seemingly magical ability to uncover the book in a person that wants to be written–often before they’ve even seen it. Like a midwife, she delivers a writer’s core message and brilliance onto the page, in the style agents, editors, and readers are searching for. I have witnessed Linda work her Author-Whisperer magic for years. There are very few people who can do what she does, and we’re always elated with her results!”

Arielle Ford, bestselling author & former book publicist to 13 #1 New York Times bestsellers

“Linda’s writing makes you stop, smile and remember your dreams. It will move you to action and inspire your soul, making you feel that you’re not alone. I see why people open up to her and why so many love her… I only wish I had read her work sooner.”

Tom Squitieri, USA Today

The Workplace Engagement Solution“Linda had an enormous amount to do with my getting this book deal. We’ve known and supported one another for 15 years and I came to her this time asking for her support in becoming a better writer and getting back into the publishing industry. The insight and education she provided helped me elevate my every standard of what it means to be a great writer and getting my message across with clarity and eloquence.

Linda is a master in helping others ‘get it.’ She is a fearless truth teller, and delivers it with such humor and light-heartedness that I hear every word. She once scrawled: ‘You shit brilliance, but forget the DETAILS!’ across one of my manuscripts. Linda is loved by so many people because of her spirit, kindness, fierceness, and clarity. She is always committed to my best. To everyone’s best. We did it, Mama!”

David Harder, author of The Workplace Engagement Solution (Career Press, Summer, 2017), and The Truth About Work

lovefornoreason“I’ve known Linda for over a decade, and she’s always at the top of my list when people ask me for a recommendation of writers. And, she’s a fabulous woman!”

Marci Shimoff, NY Times bestselling author, Love for No Reason, and Happy for No Reason (Free Press), and featured teacher in The Secret

“I am et121 First Datesernally grateful to my book angel, Linda Sivertsen, who gave me notes on the book and who helped me connect with my agent. You have everything to do with the success of this book.”

Wendy Newman, from the acknowledgment section of: 121 First Dates (Atria/Simon & Schuster)

secretsofpleasurableweightloss“Linda Siversten was an integral part in me getting my dream book deal–6-figures from a publisher who totally gets my vision and is behind me in every way. It’s clear as day that this wouldn’t have happened without Linda. For that I owe her deep gratitude, for the rest of my career as a published author.”

Jena la Flamme, author of Secrets of Pleasurable Weight Loss (Sounds True Publishing)

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 12.31.54 PM“To the author Linda Sivertsen who encouraged this project when it was just the story of a memory in my brain some twenty plus years ago. She wrote about this in her first book and has been a dear friend ever since.”

Guru Singh (CreateSpace) in the acknowledgment section of his book

FireStarterSessions“Proposal doctor Linda Sivertsen was the best cheerleader a weary author could hope for.”

Danielle LaPorte, from the Acknowledgments (GREAT, FULL) section of her book, The Fire Starter Sessions (Crown Archetype)

thecompoundeffect“To my writing muse and collaborator, Linda Sivertsen, who helped pull out the stories and references from my past and give my process order and coherence.”

Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS magazine, from the Acknowledgments section of his book, The Compound Effect (Vanguard Press), New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller

The-Education-of-Millionaires“I, like Linda, craft book proposals for others (as well as author my own titles). When I’m too close to my work, I call Linda. In a few short hours with my latest proposal, she zeroed in and suggested edits/additions that radically upped my game. Within days, I’d signed with one of the biggest agents in the industry. Days later, I had a six-figure deal with Penguin’s Portfolio imprint, one of the top business imprints in the country. These results were astonishing to me. I couldn’t be more thrilled or appreciative to have Linda (with her quick instincts, generous heart, and big talent) in my tribe.”

Michael Ellsberg, Forbes.com columnist, and author of The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late (Portfolio/Penguin)

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wabisabilove“To Author Whisperer, Linda Sivertsen your magical ability to reorganize words and sentences is always amazing. Thank you for always being there for me.”

Arielle Ford, from the Acknowledgments section of her latest bestselling book, Wabi Sabi Love (HarperOne)

thenormalbar“Dear Linda. Thank you so much for your insightful editing of my proposal. Please have anyone call me about your services. I will hands-down rave about you! Who would have thought that adding, deleting, and moving around sentences would make such a big difference? The expertise you brought to the table was incredible! The advice you gave me, honest and invaluable. I’ve met so many first-time and established authors who think their work is ready to be shown when it’s not. Hiring an expert and top-notch editor is a very small investment in the big picture. If an author isn’t willing to make the investment in their writing, why should an agent or publishing house?”

Chrisanna Northrup, author, The Normal Bar: Where Does Your Relationship Fall? (Random House)

thefuturist“Linda Sivertsen always gives me such great ideas!”

Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times film writer & regular contributor to Time magazine, Cosmo, andVanity Fair online, and author of The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron (Crown)

big-fat-lies-women-tell-themselves-ditch-your-amy-ahlers-paperback-cover-art“To Linda Sivertsen, the book proposal coach filled with love and light, thank you for your words and advice and for pushing me to dig deep.”

Amy Ahlers, from the Acknowledgments section of her book, Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves (New World Library)

“Linda Sivertsen, you’re the best book proposal writer/coach ever! As a bestselling author and legal expert on CNBC, you’d think this proposal stuff would be easy for me. But it can feel way more difficult than law school or taking the bar! You came in and immediately knew what to do with my proposal—moving things around, rewriting sections, and envisioning a bigger vision for this book than even I imagined. I’m so grateful. I’ve been searching for you for a very, very long time!”

Alexis Martin Neely, America’s Personal Family Lawyer and CEO of The Family Wealth Planning Institute

“Linda, I’m midway through the Steve Jobs bio you referenced on your blog, and for all his brilliance, one thing I haven’t heard him talk about yet is how important it is to surround yourself with people who love you, believe in your vision, and will go to the mat for your dreams. I’ve felt blessed and lucky for every moment of our time together, and I see how you’ve cultivated a uniquely radiant way of loving your clients’ book babies into being. I think the project we’re working on together is as close as a man can come to giving birth. Thanks for being my midwife!”

Matthew Taylor, Memoirist

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It means so much when literary agents or editors at publishing houses tell us WHY they're a No and not a Yes. I'd much rather hear the reason why a person's passing on me than the ambiguous, "It's just not right for our list." 😶That said, it takes a lot of time to respond to writers, much less with an explanation. So, I never expect it, but it's always appreciated. 🙏My worst rejection? That came for my first book. "Seems to me the book would be better as a magazine article." Fabulous. I'll just take this 400 pages and whittle it down. Yeah, not helpful. 😕My favorite rejection? "I'd like to see more of you, more expert Linda, and less wisdom from others." Hmmm. I've been mulling that one over for a while now. #mademethink 🧐What feedback's helped you the most? 😇#beautifulwriters #bookmama #bookproposalmagic ... See MoreSee Less
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The spelling gods are way into trickery, I've decided.😜 It's a wonder any of us get anything written! (And this is coming from an editor!) My beloved Mama was an incredible book editor who proofed her boss's biology textbooks at Stanford University. "The human eye is not trained to catch mistakes," she used to say. True that. And yet, it gets easier with practice. Plus, READING OUT LOUD. Goodness does that ever help. Online word checkers like Grammarly and ProWritingAid are magical, too. (Not an ad, just a fan!) What word stumps you every time? Share the madness, and we'll all feel smarter. 🤓Happy Friday! #bookmama #funwithwords #grammarly #prowritingaid ... See MoreSee Less
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