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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, where Linda jokes that “birthing book babies is easier than the human kind.”

Melanie Bishop  

Melanie Bishop


Melanie Bishop (MFA, Fiction) has taught writing or led creative writing retreats in Arizona’s Sierra Ancha Wilderness, at Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti (, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and, now, on the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Bishop writes fiction, nonfiction and screenplays and has taught these subjects at Prescott College in Arizona for 22 years, where she was also founder, and fiction/ nonfiction editor of Alligator Juniper, an award-winning, national literary magazine. Her young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) is currently a finalist for Council of Literary Magazines & Presses’ Firecracker Awards. She was a Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellow (1990-‘91), co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg. Her story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls, has been a finalist six times in the last five years for contests including The Mary McCarthy Prize and the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards.

In 2013, Bishop launched Lexi Services, a freelance editing/coaching business in Carmel, CA. She reviews books for Carmel Magazine and Huffington Post and hosts writing retreats at Vagabond House Inn.

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