As a young girl writing love letters, my 150th podcast guest
always had an inkling she'd be a writer.
It's funny though, that although Linda Sivertsen was always
obsessed with books, she didn't think she was smart enough to write
As she grew her dog walking business, she contemplated something
more. Then she had a series of dreams and felt like she'd been
tapped on the shoulder to write books.
But how? She didn't know anything about it! (I can totally
relate. But anything is possible.)
She didn't stop there. She learned the rules. (Sounds like
curiosity to me.)
Hmm, she thought, "It can't be that hard - I'll figure it
Turns out that she became really good at writing for others, and
at book proposals because she kept getting rejected.
And then she kept being asked to help others write their
proposals (through connections).
She learned, and researched, then she shared with those
inquiring, and eventually found herself with a thriving book
How'd she do it? Through dogged effort. And with these
thoughts in mind.
- Each little successful moment builds momentum, which creates
- If you stick with it long enough, you'll have more wins.
- Because it's not always a clear path, you need to know what you
love and follow what you love (joy). Without that
fuel you won't continue.
- You can't escape it, if you're meant to do it.
Thankfully Linda learned all she did. Because now there are many
more people being shown the beauty of writing a book, and on their
way to changing the world with their hearts and their art.
As Linda told me during our conversation, "I don't do it half
Thank goodness for that!
And so many of the themes in our conversation are related to my
book chapters. Imagine that?
More about Linda:
Linda Sivertsen, “Book Mama,” is in LOVE with books—reading,
writing, and selling them. Her titles have won awards and hit all
the lists as an author, co-author, and former magazine editor and
ghostwriter. But her driving force has been to publish sustainably.
Naïve and optimistic enough to believe in magic, she’s on a mission
to save forests via her role as a Forest Stewardship
Ambassador. When she’s not fostering literary love
matches on her Beautiful Writers
favorite stop for writers on tour), writing, and
midwifing books at her Carmel or virtual
writing retreats, Linda can be found on the back of a
horse or running with her dogs. She and her husband live on their
ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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