Bring that book in you to life!
Magic happens when you stop trying to do it all alone.
Hello you… beautiful, passionate, vision-driven creative! Welcome to The Beautiful Writer’s Group — a membership community to support you from IDEA to DONE. I’m Linda Sivertsen, and I founded this group with Danielle LaPorte as a place for writers to have access to fellow writers wrestling with the same challenges. I knew how isolating and intimidating publishing could be without comrades in the trenches.
The goal was to share decades of experience to make your path easier. What transpired was surprising: members RAN with the platform. Blogs, books, plays, poems, and screenplays were born. Businesses, too. Members celebrated the connection. Thank you emails came flooding in, as did photos of in-person meet-ups (see below). We learned so much from our members and their posts and shares; they became our eyes and ears–everywhere–in this industry we all love. What started as a way to give back became a radical win-win-win.
Of course the Beautiful Writer’s Group lives online, but that doesn’t stop members from meeting up on phone, Skype, or in their respective cities. (There is never any pressure to bond, by the way. Many of our members just want to quietly watch what others are doing from the sidelines and learn from the cutting-edge industry trends and articles members share in our private Facebook group. They listen to the Expert Interviews and recorded Q&A calls at their leisure, which is awesome!)
Empower yourself! In this FUN, 6-minute audio excerpt from one of our 1-hour Expert Calls (see additional snippets below), you’ll hear how we bring members hands-on, cutting-edge info they can use instantly.
We recently celebrated one of our original members, Steph Jagger for her book release, Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery. You guys, no one has worked harder or has a bigger/funnier heart than Steph! She is proof that with determination, a clear plan, and enthusiasm, BIG book dreams do come true–even for first-time, unknown authors.
Steph diligently set up phone and Skype calls with members here in the BWG to find her “wolf pack,” as she calls it. (She explains how she did it, with details of her book deal, in an interview with me for the Expert series in our archives.) Check out what Steph said here soon after going to New York to meet with publishers and signing her significant book deal…
“Four months ago, I was plugging away in a lonely little silo thinking, ‘This might be a self-published book.’ Two months ago, I sat in a coffeeshop with another woman from The BWG and daydreamed. And now?! To deliver my final manuscript to my PUBLISHER in the next 8 weeks! Following that: Linda’s Carmel Writing Retreat for book number two! After all of this, I simply wouldn’t consider not going. I feel so much love for Linda and this group that you wouldn’t even believe how much… not even if you saw it!”Steph Jagger | Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery, Harper Wave, 2017
I LOVE how members make this group their own and create community and magic for each other. (Writers are the most heartfelt, creative people!) One of my favorite things is supporting our authors at their book signings. Going to see Steph at Pages in Manhattan Beach with other members, and celebrate afterward, was a most goosebumply experience. This stuff never gets old!
And, when a BWG member sitting beside me at the signing showed me what Steph had written about our group in Unbound (see below), I could barely keep it together. #Humbled #Grateful #Beyond . . .
From the Acknowledgment Section:
“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…” “To the members of the Beautiful Writers Group, past and present, you’re the best cheerleaders a girl could ever ask for…”Steph Jagger | Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery, Harper Wave, 2017
My wish is that you’ll feel at home here, and create (and receive) your own magic. Use our resources and cutting
And, may you find this–and our seriously super FUN and thriving private Facebook group–a place to celebrate your wins (big and small), discover your voice, your tribe, and your confidence. And take your book(s), blog, or biz to the next level. You never know when the advice, experience, or a resource posted by a member will change your life. It happened to me, recently, in a really big way and feels nothing short of heaven sent!
Why a membership group? Because trying to envision a book, and then write it, edit it, find an agent, get it published, and market it as a one-person show can make you feel really, really alone. Not to mention burned out and slightly crazy pants. But writing and world-changing isn’t meant to be a solitary endeavor. In fact, it’s better with a tribe — richer creativity, flatter learning curve, faster results. More sanity. And laughter. At least that’s what many of our members–including self-formed subgroups and accountability buddies–have told us.
Forget apathy, excuses, overwhelm, or writer’s block. This is consistent. Your refuge. Whether you struggle to carve out even 15 minutes to write before your day gets nuts; you’re blessed to have built your life around your sacred writing time, or more commonly, your world is an up-and-down-mish-mash of the two extremes, we feel ‘ya and it’s all here. Whether you’re a blogger, submitting articles to magazines, self-publishing your first manuscript, or going for a full-on traditional book deal (with an advance!), this is your place to refuel and breathe vitality — and compassionate accountability — into your writing life. All for only $25 per month.
“Before joining BWG I was a solo writer, committed to the “idea” of writing, but never with the time to prioritize it or let it be what it wanted to be. Since becoming a member I’ve clarified my book idea; found my inner circle of sacred writing sisters, and learned more about the publishing process than I ever thought possible. This super supportive group and the ridiculously informative (and often hilarious) expert interviews alone are worth the small membership fee—but having access to Linda’s beautiful brain (and even more beautiful heart) on the coaching calls—well that’s beyond words.” #icantevenCasey Erin Wood | BWG Member, Writer + Intuitive Coach
“They say a certain energy drink that tastes marginally like magic markers “gives you wings,” but The Beautiful Writers Group is the true wings-giver! Joining BWG is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made — right up there with marrying my husband and finding my chiropractor. Life changing! Thanks to BWG I have a gorgeous group of writerly soul sisters who support me and keep me accountable. Where a lot of my friends couldn’t quite empathize or celebrate with me around writing, BWG has continually made up for it big time — super enriching! Without BWG I would not have a (I think pretty great) draft of my first book being expertly edited, several other books outlined, publishing and agents and the business demystified, and so much more it would sound hyperbolic if it were not all totally true. Oh — confidence, too. And the coaching calls? Full of synchronicity, major depth, and practical advice I never would have found anywhere else. It is no wonder it’s a soul-fueled, get-your-butt-in-the-chair, support-the-crap-out-of-each-other love-fest, because Book Mama (and BWG Mama) Linda Sivertsen just might actually be magic.”Jenn Sutkowski | BWG Member, Author, Columnist
“Thank you for the support, love & wisdom, ladies. Proposal, here I come!!! Feeling oh-so-grateful. I could seriously shout from the rooftops how much this group has changed my life! LOVE you, BWG-er’s. xoxo.”Carly Butler | BWG Member
With The Beautiful Writers Group, we all get to E X P A N D. Reach more dimensions with:
more inspiration for your creativity
more strategies for building your platform
more inside knowledge of the marketing & publishing industries
more expert opinions on all facets of online and traditional publishing
more resources — from tech to print, coaches to colleagues
more encouragement to express and hustle your genius
more community for insight, cheering and morale
Sound practical, and aspirational? It is. If you’re ready to devote yourself to your writing and get it out into the world, join us!
Both options can be given as gifts!
“I’ve always been a writer, but didn’t always carve out time to actually write. I figured at the very least, signing up to be a part of the BWG would help me be accountable to more than just myself. Well, it turns out the group provided much more than the accountability I was seeking. It was a place where I found other passionate creatives who often shared similar struggles as me. It was a place where I could listen to advice and stories from established authors. It was a place where I could receive meaningful responses to my questions from Linda and Danielle. It was a place where I got to give & receive feedback from a place of deep love and support. It was a place where I rediscovered the voice within me that had been quiet for so long… it was a place that helped me return to me. And for that I’m eternally grateful.”Nic Strack | BWG Member, Blogger, Host of Perspective Perspoctive, Coach
“Applause, Applause, & Encore Applause!!!… My soul has called out for this writer-creative-artist connection for years.”Cynthia Komlo | BWG Member
“I normally shy away from online writing groups; their quality is usually spotty… My first requirement is that I’m around serious writers. Because that’s the only way I get better. BWG has met that expectation and more! Within 6 months I became a completely full-time writer and manifested $36,000 and . . . this is the best part . . . I get to say I’m a writer when people ask so what do you do? BWG has played a pivotal role, providing a level of professional and personal growth I never could have imagined. Six months ago, an e-mail promising nothing less than magic flew into my inbox. Now I know, it wasn’t an exaggeration: magic really does happen here.”Cynthia Linderman | BWG Member
You’re going to LOVE the Beautiful Writers Group if you:
- Are a writer — online, offline, or in the pages of your journal — ready to go pro or go public. And even if you’re not sure if you’re ready, this is the place to get clarity and insights from fellow travelers who are living the dream (really).
- Long to be part of a tribe of writers working toward similar goals.
- Are overwhelmed or just plain lost and want to take your momentum from dial-up to high speed.
- Need answers, contacts, inspiration, buddies, + cutting-edge direction. Yesterday.
- Feel your stomach turn when you think of platform building and pitching your gifts—support + expert help would be so nice!
- Stepped into this game for the sheer love of it — the way writing makes you feel, the thrill of the finished paragraph.
- Are “this close” to finishing, but need some extra zaz to carry you over the finish line.
Support from a community of writers does wonders…
Case in point, the aforementioned Steph Jagger. Here’s her “Wolf Pack” of bestie writing buds. She also found the support and connections to get a great literary agent too, who walked Steph into the biggest publishing houses in New York, resulting in a multiple 6-figure book deal with HarperWave (an imprint of HaperCollins). The electrifying part for the rest of us? Steph shared the play-by-play with us in the group–and in an hour call for members (in our ever-expanding library)–which allowed us all to feel that we were right there with her in those publishing meetings.
Does any of this light you up? Ya? We love when that happens.
“The more I look around this community and see what we’re all up to, the more I feel we should just call ourselves Super Heroes and be done with it. I mean, honestly, folks, have you SEEN the topics we’re taking on as a group? Have you SEEN the brilliant minds, FELT the beautiful hearts, HEARD what we’re individually and collectively going through to bring love, light, inspiration, and a hope into the world?”Nancy Polend | BWG Member
“Glorious! This is exactly what I needed and what continues to be my dream for gleanings in BWG. I loved hearing you both in conversation with Dani J. Shapiro. She is one of the true honest writers. As a memoirist who digs, but still knows she could dig deeper, Dani Shapiro got me. Thank you. Thank you.”Patti Hall | BWG Member
What you get as a member of the Beautiful Writers Group:
Monthly group Q & A with me, Linda Sivertsen (and an archive of all of my past calls with Danielle LaPorte, co-founder). These coaching calls are a blast, and where my brilliant cohosts and I have the great fortune of being asked every book writing, publishing, and marketing question under the sun. Some of my favorite authors and experts co-host these calls with me, using a brainstorming format to give you our best, most intuitive and honest feedback for your project(s). This is where we share personal discoveries and “aha” moments going on behind the scenes in our writing careers. Ask me/us to riff on whatever’s tripping you up: committing to a book idea; writing the perfect query; promoting your writing; finding an agent, building your platform… anything related to your writing and publishing life = fair game. Share your website address, too, if it’s relevant. We love to support you in any way we can on these calls. Members say things like, “Whenever I listen to your calls I feel like I’m with old friends,” and “Like magic, I always get what I need,” and “I listen to them over and over again and hear something new each time!”
Our audio downloads with bestselling authors (of novels, non-fiction, memoir, self-help, even poetry) and insider chats with literary agents, lawyers, and publishing/marketing experts blow my mind–and I’ve been in this game for decades. We’ve got a library of these MP3s, including all of our Q & A coaching calls, waiting for you to listen to NOW, with more on the way. In addition to the interviews published on the Beautiful Writer’s podcast, as a member you get exclusive access to an ongoing series of expert interviews (mini-classes) that are not available to the public. Experts share how to do everything from up-level your book with the incredible power of Beta Readers; develop a successful workshop and media platform; navigate Amazon.com (did you know you can sometimes get 1-star reviews deleted?!) and other booksellers; how to best pitch and choose an agent; get endorsements; build your list, and the oh-so-pesky wrangling time issue when loved ones are pulling on your pant legs…
Access to our AMAZING private community on Facebook, where you’ll have a blast sharing resources; discussing the biz of writing and publishing; get inspired by countless things members post; bounce ideas around, and celebrate the journey. Together. We promise you’ll love it. Waiting for you there are BRILLIANT, big-hearted, active members who are so supportive of what their fellow members are up to you’ll hardly believe it. Get near-immediate feedback on something you’re working on–a new title, part of a pitch/query letter, cover design, tag lines, and on and on it goes…
Our own Resources List to help you wrangle all the details of making a book happen, hone your craft, and stay inspired. The talent here is a Godsend.
Bonus content. We love dishing up surprises, including interview takeaways, publishing resources we stumble upon (or create), and more.
WANT A PREVIEW OF OUR EXPERT INTERVIEWS?
Janice MacLeod, New York Times bestseller author of Paris Letters
Tim Grahl, seasoned book marketer and author of Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book
Rhonda Britten, Life Coach and author of Fearless Living
Make your magic happen.
Join The Beautiful Writers Group for just $25 per month. Or get one month free with our annual membership!
Both options can be given as gifts!
Because coaching with Linda is not currently available to anyone who hasn’t already been to one of her Carmel Writing Retreats, The Beautiful Writers Group coaching calls are a rare opportunity for you to ask Linda anything you’d like regarding your creative career!
ABOUT LINDA SIVERTSEN
Linda Sivertsen is the co-creator (with Danielle LaPorte) of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, and the author/co-author/ghostwriter of 8 other books (2 New York Times bestsellers). She is also the creator of The Boyfriend Log iPhone app—the first-ever daily relationship tracker (because love can get complicated and clarity is queen!), and co-creator of the top-rated Beautiful Writers iTunes Podcast (interviewing bestselling authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Dr, Brené Brown, Seth Godin, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Steven Pressfield, Martha Beck, Dani Shapiro, Mary Karr, Leeza Gibbons, Gretchen Rubin…). Other hats include: proposal doctor, author whisperer, editor, agent connector, idea-fairy, and huge-hearted cheerleader of creativity for writers of all genres and every gold-plated publishing dream.
One of Linda’s greatest passions is helping aspiring authors birth their books (and ultimately land book deals) at her dreamy Writing Retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea. She’s living her creative writing fantasy-life, and wants to help you claim yours. You can find Linda at BookMama.com (named Best of the Web by the Daily Muse), TheBoyfriendLog.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram—her latest guilty pleasure. Or, picking foxtails out of her socks up on a mountain somewhere with her man, horses, and dogs.
As Linda is first and foremost a writer herself (who focuses the bulk of her “extra” time supporting her Carmel retreat writers), she has no way of envisioning how long she will be free to run this group. So if this appeals to you, by all means jump in while the opportunity lasts!
“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…There are very few people who can do what she does, and we’re always elated with her results!”Arielle Ford | best-selling author & former book publicist to 13 #1 New York Times bestsellers
“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.”Aditi Khorana | author of MIRROR IN THE SKY
“Linda Sivertsen is a champion for writers! GREAT energy, GREAT intuition, GREAT heart, GREAT knowledge of publishing!”John Assaraf | author of two New York Times best-sellers
How do payments work? Are there refunds? Can I cancel any time?
Like most memberships, the payments are automatic each month so you don’t have to think about them. You can cancel at any time. Bear in mind that there are no refunds for months you’ve already purchased. (Cancellation is easy and the instructions are on the member site FAQ.)
What if I can’t listen to the call live?
If you can’t listen to the call live, it’s all good! We’ll post a link of the recording in our private Facebook group, and it will stay available in the call archives on our site as long as the membership is in existence. Also, all questions are submitted ahead of time in the Facebook group, so you’ll have an equal chance to get your question answered whether you listen live or not.
When are the monthly calls?
Usually at noon PST on the second Thursday of the month. We post all dates + times on the membership site and always send out a reminder ahead of time. And, of course, we send a link out in case you miss it or want to listen to it at a later date.
Will I get step-by-step advice on how to write a book?
The BWG is a membership community filled with tips, insights, and support, and you can get answers to your specific questions through each month’s Q & A coaching call, but it’s not an online course, so it doesn’t include A-Z how-to on writing a book. For more in-depth, hands-on coaching, think about joining Linda for a Carmel Writing Retreat. Or, if you’re looking for an excellent guide to creating book proposals that help you land publishing deals, consider Your Big Beautiful Book Plan.