Book Synopsis "I own every writing book ever written, and Linda Sivertsen has done the near-impossible: given writing itself a personality . . . Her stories are cinematic, hilarious, heartfelt, and pitch-perfect--with energy and punch, so often lacking in nonfiction."
--Terry McMillan, #1 New York Times bestselling author From the host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast comes a heartwarming, how-I-made-tale from a working writer you've never heard of, and inspiration and advice from the legends you love. This book gives aspiring writers and seasoned literary veterans a look into the lives of iconic authors and answers the burning question, "How did they do it?!"
As a young writer in Los Angeles, Linda Sivertsen was hungry to be more like her literary idols. Fame and fortune seemed to happen so easily--and so fast--for them. But how exactly did these bestselling authors bust through all the obstacles and deliver, day after day, year after year, book after book?
When her questions remained unanswered by multiple how-to guides, despite how her writing career was now thriving, Linda decided to go straight to the source: her favorite storytellers across numerous genres. So, Linda co-created the Beautiful Writers Podcast
, where she began interviewing authors for the secrets behind their careers--and, without realizing it, began building a platform of eager listeners who wanted to learn from their shared idols. With more than two million downloads, Linda's podcast has since become a bright beacon of inspiration for writers at all stages of their journeys.
Now, in Beautiful Writers: A Journey of Big Dreams and Messy Manuscripts--with Tricks of the Trade from Bestselling Authors
, Linda shares--and expands on--the best of advice and storytelling from the podcast and follow-up interviews with literary greats, including: -
Terry McMillan -
Cheryl Strayed -
Tom Hanks -
Van Jones -
Jenny Lawson -
Steven Pressfield -
Elizabeth Gilbert -
Anne Lamott -
Mary Karr -
Seth Godin -
Abby Wambach -
Martha Beck -
Marie Forleo -
Lee Child -
Patricia Cornwell -
Dean Koontz -
Maria Shriver -
Dr. Jane Goodall -
Sabaa Tahir -
Tomi Adeyemi -
Ann Patchett -
Dani Shapiro -
Danielle LaPorte -
Tosca Lee -
Joy Harjo -
Wrapped around the page-turning, magical, and wonderfully relatable account of the highs and lows of her own career writing bestselling, award-winning books for herself and others, these stories from the trenches are packed with suspense, laugh-out-loud humor, and raw honesty. Their passion and wisdom will help aspiring writers avoid common pitfalls and energize career authors with a treasure trove of writing insights from their peers. Beautiful Writers
is a love letter to reading, writing, and to everyone who reads and writes. It's the book Linda wished she had when she was starting out. Beautiful Writers
will become the evergreen companion for creatives everywhere. Write on!
About the Author Linda Sivertsen
, author, ghostwriter, and coauthor of eleven books (including two NYT
bestsellers), is the host of the top-rated Beautiful Writers Podcast
and mentor to thousands of writers online and in-person. She pushed through all manner of rejection to realize her dream to write bestselling books AND help save trees and fragile ecosystems. (Linda's a Forest Stewardship Ambassador, and this book is printed on FSC paper, with a percentage of sales going to their nonprofit.) With the added fun of broke-ness, death, and divorce, readers will find Linda uniquely qualified to support them through any blocks.
Linda and her work have been featured widely in the media, including Forbes.com, The New York Times
, Extra, TeenVogue
, CNN, HuffPost
, Glamour, Los Angeles Times, CARMEL
magazine, and on the TEDWomen stage. She loves micro-blogging about all things writing (and dogs and horses!) on social media and blogs regularly at BookMama.com from her ranch office in Scottsdale, Arizona.