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Linda Sivertsen  

Linda Sivertsen

 

Award winning, bestselling author, magazine editor + book proposal doctor, agent con­nector, idea-fairy, and huge-hearted cheerleader of creativity for writers of all genres—every gold-plated publishing dream. In addition to authoring & co-authoring eight books—including Closer Than You Think (April 2012, Hampton Roads), Generation Green (Simon & Schuster), Lives Charmed (HCI), and the NY Times bestseller Harmonic Wealth (Hyperion)—Linda’s ghostwriting, coaching, & curatorial talents are sought after by Emmy & Oscar award winners, business leaders, and celebrity clients in Los Angeles, and around the world. Her work has been featured on CNN, E!, Extra, & in the NY Post, New York Times, Family Circle, Teen Vogue, and the Huffington Post.

Linda grew up in the Silicon Valley and spent many holidays with her family in Carmel. A devoted environmentalist, she raised her son in a solar-powered cabin that she and her then-hus­band built from the soil up in a forest of northern New Mexico—rooftop rainwater catcher, and all. She completed one of her books while living 100% off-grid, on a stretch of 365 acres that she and her family saved from poachers. Her environmental writing and activism have been endorsed by The Sierra Club, honored by the National Green Earth Book Awards, and recognized by Earth Island Journal for “raising the stakes & raising hope for a world with a future.”

When she’s not helping writers land 6- and 7-figure book deals at her legendary writing retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Linda can be found hiking the hills around Los Angeles with her man and their two dogs, swinging her nine-iron on the golf course, riding their horses, or perfecting her latest raw-food creation. Find Linda at www.BookMama.com, where Linda jokes that “birthing book babies is easier than the human kind.”


Melanie Bishop  

Melanie Bishop

 

Melanie has been full-time faculty in creative writing for twenty-one years at Prescott College, where she is also founder and editor of Alligator Juniper, the college’s award-winning, national literary magazine. Melanie holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona, and was awarded a  screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Writers’ Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. The Makeover, a screenplay written during the fellowship year, later went on to place in America’s Best Screenplay Competition.

Melanie has published fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American and Family Circle. A memoir, Some Glad Morning, is forthcoming from http://www.outpost19.com/;  a young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, is forthcoming from Torrey House Press; and a story, “Trina Comes Home,” is in the current issue of Potomac Review. Her short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls, has been a finalist five times over the past three years: The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards, the Doris Bakwin Award, the Tartt Fiction Award, and Hidden River‘s Eludia Award.

Currently, Melanie spends fall semesters teaching in Prescott, Arizona, and the rest of the year writing, teaching, and leading retreats in Carmel, California.

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