Writing Spiritual Books: A Bestselling Writer's Guide to Successful Publication [NOOK Book]

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The burgeoning interest in writing and spiritual growth, spurred on by books such as Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones has helped to establish writing books as a mainstay in the book business. At the same time, spiritual and personal growth books grace bestseller lists across the nation. Perhaps not so surprisingly, there is a cross-fertilization between people who are interested in personal and spiritual growth and those who are ...

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Writing Spiritual Books: A Bestselling Writer's Guide to Successful Publication

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Overview

The burgeoning interest in writing and spiritual growth, spurred on by books such as Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones has helped to establish writing books as a mainstay in the book business. At the same time, spiritual and personal growth books grace bestseller lists across the nation. Perhaps not so surprisingly, there is a cross-fertilization between people who are interested in personal and spiritual growth and those who are interested in writing.

In Writing Spiritual Books, Hal Zina Bennett will take the writer by the hand: first, he will help illuminate and focus on the spiritual experience; then Bennett shares tips and secrets on the craft of writing, organization, and style of spiritual books; and finally, he will address the practical aspects of finding an agent and publisher, complete with a resource section.

Including both anecdotal and prescriptive material gleaned from the Hal Zina Bennett’s work on over 200 successful projects–-for both publishers and individual authors—their will be writing exercises, exploratory questions, and other practical guidance, Readers will be taken through the entire process of writing books for the spiritual and personal growth markets.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577318262
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 390 KB

Meet the Author

In addition to having over 30 published books of his own, most of which are in the spiritual and personal growth area, Hal has helped over 200 other authors and publishers develop successful books. As a writing coach to bestselling authors such as Sakti Gawain (The Path of Transformation), Judith Orloff, MD (Second Sight), Phillip McGraw (Life Strategies), Jerry Jampolsky, MD (Five books), Cherie Carter-Scott (If Life Is A Game, These Are the Rules), Michael Samuels, MD (The Well Body Book) and many more.

Hal’s own books include: Write From the Heart: Unleashing the Power of Your Creativity; Spirit Animals and the Wheel of Life; Zuni Fetishes; Lens of Perception; Follow Your Bliss; and Spirit Guides.

Hal’s client list has included publishers such as Hyperion, Warner Books, Celestial Arts, J.P. Tarcher, Putnam, New World Library, Broadway Books, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Avon, William Morrow, Red Wheel/Weiser, Fairwinds, Beyond Words, Hay House and more.

His website is: www.halzinabennett.com

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Easy to read and inspiring

    I came to "Writing Spiritual Books: A Bestselling Writer's Guide to Successful Publication" via another how-to book by Deborah Levine Herman and understand why Levine-Herman spoke so highly of both this book and its author, Hal Zina Bennett. While this book is intensely geared for non-fiction spiritual writers, there is much to be gained for spiritual fiction writers too. The practical guidance on how to approach writing a book is easy to read and digest, well set out and highly informative. Any writer, no matter what your genre or level of writing skills, will find something of practical use between these pages. However, where Bennett comes into his own, is in the spiritual nuggets tucked away amongst the facts and figures of how to write spiritual fiction that editors will publish and readers will buy. My personal favourite is his description of the act of writing as a spiritual experience: "Writing takes us deeper into ourselves, into a place that is beyond the demands and constraints of our egos. At its best, language can produce what the ancient Celts called "thin places," that is, places or moments in life when the curtain between physical and spiritual worlds is swept aside, allowing us to peer out, past everyday reality, and catch a glimpse of the Divine. It's here that we feel the full impact of our spiritual identity." This reminds me of the trance dances of the San shamans: writing can be a doorway to the other world beyond the real and it is there we will find our inner self. With his unpretentious and friendly style, wide knowledge and his willingness to share what he knows with others, Hal Zina Bennett has created a book that should guide and sustain many an author on their personal incredible journey of writing. (This review is for the eBook edition)

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