Raves + Work with Me

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I am so excited about the release of Aditi Khorana’s debut novel, Mirror in the Sky, that sold at auction for a significant 2-book deal. 

“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 the upcoming Mirror in the Sky (Razorbill/Penguin, June 2016)


All of my clients have the same ache:

To break in. To get read. To know that their message matters. Helping them, helping you, is my life’s work.

But because of my own writing deadlines, and commitment to my Carmel retreaters, I no longer have time for private consulting/ editing for people who haven’t been to a retreat. But Danielle LaPorte and I have created the ultimate book plan, which is super affordable, and something you can dig into right NOW. It works, too! Book babies are being born worldwide.

(Free to all Carmel retreat participants.)

Plus, for only $25 a month, you can join me in my Beautiful Writers Group membership community for access via monthly Q&A calls, publishing expert interviews (only heard here), and a thriving members-only site where you get daily inspiration and connection with supportive, talented writers.

“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

121 First Dates“I am eternally 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 her acknowledgment section of: 121 First Dates (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 7.38.12 PM“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, Spring 2015)

“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, 2014) in the acknowledgment section of his book.


“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, April, 2012)


nyt“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, Nov. 2011). New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller

“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, 2011)

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“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, Jan. 2012)

nytimages“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)

“Linda Sivertsen always gives me such great ideas!”

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

“Linda Sivertsen—my guru and mentor extraordinaire. I have only the universe to thank for getting us together in Carmel, and the rest is history. Your friendship, guidance, and mad writing skills, along with the blueprints on how to write a winning book proposal, were the defining moments for this project. You are an incredible support to writers everywhere and one of the finest women I know.”

— Julie Colvin, author of A Cure for Emma (Norlights Press)

“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)



— Deborah Heneghan, Closer Than You Think: The Easy Guide to Communicating with Loved Ones on the Other Side, with Linda Sivertsen (Conari Press). From the pages of her book:

“I had no idea what to write about, but I took Linda’s book proposal course and then traveled to her mystical moun­tain writing retreat where, while talking about my sister, she not only ‘saw’ this book before I did and outlined it for me—but she helped me sell it and is now my coauthor!”

“Linda heard me speak in front of a room full of cops, told me about the book she envisioned me writing, and then wrote my proposal, called a publisher and got me a publishing deal. Oh, yeah—then she cranked out my book in 12 weeks! All I can say is that I loved every minute of it, and can’t wait to work with her again!”

—Bobby Smith Ph.D, with Linda Sivertsen The Will to Survive: A Mental & Emotional Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals and the People Who Love Them


“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

10_small“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 [currently interviewing agents]

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