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Writing Spiritual Books: A Bestselling Writer's Guide to Successful Publication Paperback – October 11, 2004
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About the Author
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A source of valuable information. It is not written from a Christian perspective and I didn't like that. I had to make adjustments because was somewhat "new age".Published 13 months ago by Michael Blackwood
Good Item! Fast Shipment! Smooth Transaction! I Highly Recommend!!! A+++Published 19 months ago by Alan Makowski
A must read for anyone who is a writer or desires to write spiritual books. Excellent workmanship! Bennett's writing is clear and motivating.Published on June 30, 2014 by Aggie4OSU
Fills a unique purpose for those of us who are working on memoirs with a spiritual twist. Has good advice in the back, too, with sources for publishers and agents of... Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Ellen Berman
There are few books that really help when you are considering including "spiritual aspects" of a novel. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by C.A.Lutes
This book encompasses every aspect of writing spiritual books. From defining your audience, to outlining, writing proposal and submitting to publishers. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Shaman Elizabeth