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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 9, 2007
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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 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.
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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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