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About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (October 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930722370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930722378
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hal is the author of more than 30 successful books--fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recent book is Backland Graces: four short novels.

Books in his writing series include:
Write Starts: Prompts, Quotes & Exercises to Jumpstart Your Creativity
Writing Spiritual Books;
Write From the Heart;
Writing With a Collaborator.

His fiction includes:
Spirit Circle: a Novel of Adventure and Shamanic Revelation
White Mountain Blues
Backland Graces

His spiritual non-fiction books:
Spirit Animals & The Wheel of Life
Zuni Fetishes: Native American Objects/Meditation, Reflection & Insight
The Lens of Perception: User's Guide to Higher Consciousness
Spirit Guides: Companions & Mentors for Your Inner Journey
Follow Your Bliss: Finding Your Right Livelihood & Calling
Inner Guides, Visions & Dreams: Field Guides to Inner Resources
The Well Body Book, with Michael Samuels, MD
Be Well, with Michael Samuels, MD
The Holotropic Mind, with Stanislav Grof, MD

Hal enjoys writing reviews of books,likes books on creativity, personal growth, Earth-based spirituality, and is an avid mystery reader. He's a personal writing coach who has helped over 200 writers develop successful books.

He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, creative writing program, and holds advanced degrees in Holistic Health Sciences and Psychology. In addition to writing his own books, Hal offers his expertise as a writing coach, ghostwriter, editor, and in rare cases, co-author. His client list has included bestselling authors Phil McGraw (Life Strategies), Gerald G. Jampolsky (Change Your Mind, Change Your Life), Judith Orloff, MD (Second Sight) and Shakti Gawain (Path of Transformation.)

The author lives with his wife on a small lake in northern California with four cats and a large organic garden.

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"Perhaps the greatest lesson any of us has to teach as an author is to touch our readers in such a way that they can remember their spiritual identity, and we do that as much by the relationship we establish with them as by anything we say about a particular subject. Put simply, the quality of the relationship we establish with our readers may well be our greatest message." - From the book

Have you survived unusual life circumstances and thought, "Boy, I could write a book!" Or perhaps you've written some articles and reviews, and your readers have told you "You need to write a book!" Maybe you've experienced the creative stirrings deep within your soul, feeling "I've got a book in me...*somewhere*."

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, writing coach and author Hal Zina Bennett gives you the tools to make successful publication a reachable goal in his book Writing Spiritual Books. From knowing your mission to finding models to follow, mapping out your book to creating a solid proposal, Bennett inspires potential authors with insider tips, friendly advice, and helpful resources.

Writing Spiritual Books boosts confidence, largely by affirming that there are many approaches--and many formats--for writing New Age, self-help, self-improvement, or "spiritual" book. From biography to memoir, visionary fiction to channeled material, the author gives examples from published books from well-known authors to show readers exactly how--and why--they work.

Bennett emphasizes that "writing a book can never be a waste of time, whether it is ever published or not", and maintains that tenacity and the act of writing itself can be a rich reward.
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This book practices what it preaches, giving you examples and lots of clarity about how to write a good spiritual book. I particularly like the resources section in the back - gives you lots of orientation about how to get agents, publishers, etc.
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This book was laid out in a wonderful way. I could read from the beginning or look for something in other chapters that was of interest to me. The fun part was the mind mapping. I found that an interesting and useful way to figure out what kind of focus, types of chapters and topics of my potential book. I bought it for the reason I would like to write and publish my own book. This book provided clear and easy ideas for layout, what to write to capture the attention of my potential reader and the joys and pitfalls of writing a book of any kind. My book at the end may or may not be a spiritual one but that doesn't matter- Writing Spiritual Books: A Bestselling Writer's Guide to Successful Publication, provided solid information for any genre a person might consider writing.
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I write spiritual fiction while this book is mainly targeted at non-fiction writers. However, I bought this book because it lists publishers interested in spiritual writing. I ended up reading it from the beginning to the end and then looking back at specific chapters. The writing style is personal and at times almost spiritual. For example: "...our real credential are found within, in the journey from self-recognition to recognizing our oneness with all sentient beings - particularly those who read, of course." (from the book)

This book conveyed the expectation of a spiritual non-fiction reader, with practical advices which could be translated to fiction writing. "...if we're to succeed in our efforts we must offer our readers knowledge that has been tested through our own life experiences..." "More than that, we have to get them down in such a way that our readers can take them in with the same enthusiasm, depth, and excitement the author intended."(from the book). I found myself revising the plot of my book when looking at the story through the reader's eyes.

I loved this book and will keep consulting it through the long process of writing / publishing my own.
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"Writing Spiritual Books: A Bestselling Writer's Guide to Successful Publication" is a profoundly helpful book. I am in the early stages of writing a book called "The Seven Stone Path: An Everyday Journey to Wisdom". I was on Amazon one day compiling a list of publishers who publish spiritual, self-help books and I stumbled upon this title. I bought it. That action has been the single most important step I have taken so far.

While the entire book is excellent, of particular usefulness was chapter five, "Mapping Out Your Book". It spoke to me right at the place where I was stuck. I had a title and I had all chapters titled, but beyond that I'm afraid it was a bit of a blur. Today I have eight 11x14 sheets of paper spread out on a table (one for the Introduction and one for each of the seven chapters) and I'm have a delightful time following my nose as ideas "magically" drop down into the right places. Wonderful bubbles and connecting lines are steadily filling the papers, and with each addition I feel an undeniable momentum welling up.

This book is the gasoline for the fire in your belly. Let it take you from inspiration to publication.
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