with Naomi Rose
HELPING YOU WRITE THE BOOK OF YOUR HEART
As a Book Developer, I provide you with a wealth of professional expertise — and much more. I also offer you:
a nurturing, collaborative relationship . . . inspiration and encouragement. . . a process of creating that’s native to you . . . cultivation of your inherent artistry . . . the opportunity to end up with a publishable manuscript that you love (and can self-publish, if desired).
NAOMI ROSE: ENCOURAGING YOUR FLOWERING
Guiding “budding” and experienced writers since 1987.
Because it's not how many pages you write. It's how much of you goes onto the page.
"What Naomi does superbly is to evoke the creative and articulate in each person who works with her, to such a degree that each one is surprised at his/her own talent for expression." — Gay Luce, co-founder (with Jean Houston), Nine Gates Mystery School
When you develop a book, you get to pay really close and wonderful attention to your deep self . . . see what comes alive . . . and follow that road as it unfolds in front of you. You have it in you, and I can help.
NOTE: If you have not yet looked at the “Writing from the Deeper Self” page, please go ahead and do that. A lot is explained there about this way of writing. And Book Development, as I practice it, is largely Writing from the Deeper Self as applied to writing a book.
Once you have that information in your awareness, then come back and read this page. Because if you have a book in you, then Writing from the Deeper Self will be a beautiful and meaningful way to go about making this dream come true. Especially for someone like you, who values the inner life.
It’s a blessing to have a book in your heart wanting to be written
It’s a calling that wants to be honored. You will benefit in numerous ways — including personal, spiritual, social, artistic, and financial — by writing it.
It’s so thrilling (and sometimes a bit nervous-making) to be “claimed” by the desire to write a book. One day the idea comes to you, and the next thing you know:
It won’t go away (even if you keep pushing it away).
It wakes you in the middle of the night (knowing full well that your usual daytime responsibilities, preoccupations, and distractions are offline for now).
It whispers (or maybe shouts), “Write me! You need to write me!”
So maybe you listen, and maybe you don’t. Other things come to the forefront, and the book-of-your-heart recedes.
But if and when that happens, something in you feels off. Like some unifying force, some central channel, has been lost sight of. And every now and then returns the faint refrain, “Ah yes. The book. Hmmm.”
I know, because this has happened to me. An idea for a book — a more than idea, a calling — claimed me, inspired me, and at times overwhelmed me. I didn’t know how to start it — I wasn’t sure what to put in it — sometimes I felt inadequate to rise to its promise. I would shelve it and go on with my life; but my life lacked a certain something — a vibrancy, a feeling of being on the exact right path, even with all its unknowns. “Well, when I have time,” I thought. But then I didn’t make the time; and the music of the book calling me to write it dwindled into a tone I could barely hear.
I thought I was out of the woods; I didn’t have to write it, after all. But around the edges of my consciousness I could sense the disappointment — of the book-seed; of myself; of That Which Calls Us. And I knew that I was not honoring what had honored me to create it; to bring it forth from the invisible into tangible manifestation in a way that only I could do.
So I began. Warts and all. I took my own advice about writing from the deeper Self. And lo and behold, the very act of saying “Yes” to what had called me began to tune me up, like a rusty instrument being reconditioned by a master player. It wasn’t that I automatically knew what to write, or that every paragraph was deathless; but I knew I was on the right path, and that saying yes to it was rewriting my own life in a way that really mattered to me. I felt connected to something beyond me that included me. This book-in-progress (which you can read on the Behind the Scenes page on this site) has turned out to be my teacher, my friend, my guide, my mirror, my opening into longed-for worlds.
It can work this way for you, too. You do yourself a service by honoring this call. Because the book that’s calling you (even if you can’t yet make out the details) can only be written through you. Even if a hundred other people wrote about the very same topic, your book would come out in a way that’s unique to you. So when a book calls you, it’s really you that it’s calling.
“I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known.” — attributed to the Divine
While it’s true that wonderful things can happen from having a book out in the world, the true purpose of writing a book is for what you receive from writing it. Something happens in you — with you — for you — that’s only possible because you have allowed what is in you to become known to yourself. When you become deeply known to yourself, you open that same door for your readers.
“It always surprises me when I receive a call from someone who has said they have read my book and want to work with me. This is what pleases me the most. Without the book, I could not have reached the number of people who are now able to learn about Essential Speaking. Naomi, thank you for listening to the heart of this book. It was inside me, and you welcomed it into being. Giving birth to books that heal is certainly your calling." — Doreen Hamilton, PhD, author, Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice
It’s time to write the book of your heart. I can help you. Together, we can listen your book into being.
“It is a beautiful thing to listen to yourself. When you listen to yourself, you write your own book.” — Sherif Baba
Where are you now in your book-writing journey?
Maybe at this point you have:
Or a bunch of notes towards a book — jottings assembled in a Word file, journal, or loose-leaf binder (or still just in your head).
Or pieces of a manuscript (in multiple alternative versions).
Or a complete first draft (if so, congratulations!).
Or a later draft.
Or simply an idea of what you want to write.
Or no idea at all — just that pesky, persistent, holy calling: “Write me! Write me! You need to write me!”
You have shown your good faith towards your book through this response — even by being here now, reading these words. It shows that your book continues to speak to you.
Even if you don’t have all that much to show for it yet — even if you don’t yet know how to get from where you are to a completed publishable manuscript that you love — something in you has signed on to write the book.
And your book has shown its good faith to you. It hasn’t forgotten you. It keeps calling you. It has a desire to come into the world through you. And it has a desire for you: it wants you to write it from your deeper Self.
And that’s what your deeper Self wants, too.
“ There was a deep knowing that there was so much I needed to express, and that urgency was called a book. [After a time] it went from inchoate to ‘This is absolutely possible. I’m going to do it!’" — Merle Jenaii Gold, author, The Moon, the Hare, and the Pearl: An Intuitive Guide to Psychotherapy
Letting Your Book Develop
When you were a child playing, you probably didn’t have a whole checklist of things to make sure got included. You were just exploring, seeing what happened as you followed your interest.
You didn’t say, “I really should make something more useful with these blocks than a tower” as you eagerly piled one wooden block upon another and watched them rise.
You didn’t think, “These are just stick-figures of my parents, I’ll never be any good at this” as you applied one color of crayon after another onto the drawing paper.
You didn’t stop yourself from singing a favorite song with the admonition, “So what? It doesn’t count; I don’t know how to read music yet.”
Maybe sometimes you loved the result and sometimes you didn’t — but the experience was the main thing. And as studies now show, the adult ability to innovate, create, and follow through is an outgrowth of this early innate ability to let things develop.
This is a good deal of what I mean by the phrase, “Book Development.” It’s not that you don’t bring your adult discernment and thinking to the process; you can have ideas about what you want the book to be and do, and even plans (to the extent that this serves you). But the primary motivation for your writing, in this case — the fuel behind its activation — is what interests you from deep within. When you write a book from the deeper Self, you are essentially following your interest. And if we work together, you can trust me to help you discern where this is organically leading; how the threads weave together, what the whole cloth is starting to look like.
Scary? Not as much as you might think. As long as you’re following your interest and your heart’s call, something in you will know better than your analytical mind alone what to do, where to go. You may at times feel like you’re out on a limb, only to find yourself just inches from fertile, fruitful ground. (And there’s definitely a place for your analytical mind, as well.)
To “develop” a book is not about fulfilling an assignment. It is a concentration — an art — a practice of paying attention. You become your book’s gardener, and the light upon the plant, and the nutrient-rich soil, and the air the book breathes.
There is no one “right way” to write your book. There is only the way that feels true for you. And when we collaborate to bring forth the book of your heart, that’s what we seek to find out, together.
Listening Your Book into Being
Everyone longs to be listened to for real. And we long to be able to really hear ourselves. Then the heart softens, allowing what wants and needs to be said to surface to consciousness and onto the page.
Writing a book from the deeper Self is a profound way of being listened to — both by yourself and also by me. There is a magic in having two committed people be tuned into the invisible field from which all creation comes, on your behalf. Then, what may have felt overly mysterious (as in, “But what is it? How can I even begin to grasp it?”) makes itself available to you as your participation in the Mystery. You will know it when it happens. You may even feel like bowing to that which you are serving through your writing. Which is also serving you.
“I am so honored that my book has been of value to you. I have felt very seen by you. We all yearn for that.” — Merle Jenaii Gold, author, The Moon, the Hare, and the Pearl: An Intuitive Guide to Psychotherapy
Having worked with all sorts of people to bring forth the books of their heart over many years, I know that this is possible. That wherever you are now with your book, this intimate way of working with it can guarantee your success. Not only in the long run — not only once you start getting responses from grateful readers, and more — but even as you are in the process, writing the book, finding out who it is, what its nature is, what it wants to grow into.
“Naomi Rose is a great listener, as well as very skilled with drawing out people's latent creativity. She's extremely perceptive and encouraging with people who are wanting to write a book and need support. She helps writers get to the deeper places with their writing.” — Ralph Dranow, author, A New Life: Poems
You Don’t Have to Do It All Alone
Imagine that in writing a book, you could:
💮 Find your natural creative ways, say what’s in you to say,
💮 Actually love the book-writing process, and
💮 Emerge with not only a publishable manuscript, but also more of yourself than before you began writing.
When you engage me to work together with you to bring forth the book of your heart, you will be receiving:
💮 Over 30 years’ professional experience in the publications field as a book developer, editor, writer, consultant, and independent publisher.
💮 A lifetime’s dedication to the deeper Self, and how it shows up uniquely for each person. My studies in transpersonal psychology, spirituality, subtle sensing, and more, support this. In addition to listening to you, I also note how the emerging pieces of your writing are pointing towards a whole; and this helps me guide you as to the next steps on the path.
💮 A literary background since childhood (both parents were writers, and I hold an MA in English Literature). I listen to you with a wide-bandwidth antenna for how what you’re wanting and saying can translate into book writing that fits your nature, and also can stretch your capacities.
💮 An intimate understanding of the creative process, based on my experience as an artist in 3 media — writing, visual art, and music. This can also help to evoke your own artistry as you write. The beauty in you can come out through your writing. And this can inform your sense of who you are in a wonderful way.
💮 Friendliness and helpfulness. You are never just “a client” to me. I bring my heart as well as my mind, training, intuition, spirit, and artistry to your creative needs and your being. I am dedicated to nurturing and supporting you to have a good, true experience of writing your book, and to cherishing you as the person doing the writing. If I am successful, you will feel cherished, inspired, and increasingly confident as an author and as a creative being — and that your book can make a difference for you, your readers, and the world.
💮 Commitment to your success.I also am here to help you accomplish your goal of writing and completing a book. The process is essential — I don’t believe in ignoring what’s inside you in the interest of “producing” a book — but bringing your creation to completion is also essential. Not only so that you can move into the next phase of bringing your book to the world, but also because it matters for you. As an entrepreneur as well as an artist, I know this aspect of the journey as well, and will support you in moving through the process all the way to “The End.”
“Naomi Rose was an invaluable partner on the journey. . . . She shared my vision, and was genuinely excited about getting this book out into the world. She offered the support I needed to create the book that I dared to dream was possible! The book is now changing lives, and finding its way into homes and hearts around the world.” — Barbara Hanneloré, author, The Moon and You. Finalist, Indie Excellence Book Awards; Silver Award, Living Now Book Awards
💮 The option to take the next step together. Once your manuscript is complete, you can enlist me to guide you through the next phase of the process: editing and publishing your book. So you have the option of working with me from “Spark” to “Finish.”
“I just wanted to thank you for your help in the early part of my book development. You really helped me to listen more deeply for my soul’s calling in what I was writing, to share more of my experiences and heart. I thought you would enjoy knowing that the book finally got birthed into the world. I am getting really, really good feedback on it so far. Thanks for your wonderful work with authors like me.”— Deborah Welch, PhD, author, Forgiveness at Work
If you wish you could write a book in a way that gave you back at least as much as you put into it, if not more, you might like to work with me. Together, we can listen your book into being.
"I felt heard, in a very strong initial way. It's different from trying to write on my own, because it feels like what I'm doing is being done in relationship." — Shirley R. McGinnis, author, Sometimes Love Is Enough
Take the First Step
I offer a complimentary 1/2-hour session by phone so that you can find out if the book of your heart will be served by our working together. You will come away with more clarity and, likely, more enthusiasm for what’s possible than when we began our conversation.
I reserve a certain number of openings each month for this purpose. I invite you to take advantage of this offer.
For my packages and rates, click below:
“When I began this process, my deepest yearnings were twofold: one, that the words expressed would be a true expression of my soul; and two, that in the process of writing I would find and deepen my relationship with my creativity, and myself. Naomi has been a precious guide in both respects. I have come into relationship with my deepest creative self, after a lifetime of longing and disconnection from it. This gift beyond measure, I attribute to Naomi’s soulful, loving, supportive, and wise guidance.” — Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD, Four Worlds Therapy; author of a book on healing intergenerational trauma
You also can join my mailing list. It’s an easy way to get a sense of me and my work, and of your own book-writing capabilities.
You’ll receive encouraging, helpful materials from me — from unique book-writing inspirations and encouragements, to practical publishing tips, and more.
And as a special gift, you’ll receive a downloadable excerpt of Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You.
“Naomi's book has been a solace and a reminder that I do have something to say. We all do. I began to thrive on her encouragement." — Shelley Klammer, Author, Collage for Self-Discovery.
AND WHEN YOUR BOOK HAS BEEN COMPLETED . . .
what's on the page will reverberate with your readers in a kindred way, because you have been with yourself in such a deep way in the writing process.
As you bring your book out into the world, you may reap many benefits, opportunities, and blessings (e.g., for your career, branding, financial income, and your impact on the world). But perhaps none is as touching as to receive a spontaneous letter from a reader saying, “I felt I knew myself through your book in a whole new, deeper way. . . .”
“I felt that you were speaking from the heart, seeking to be of service from the sincere desire to assist, not to indoctrinate or impress. And I felt that you and I were having a conversation,” wrote writer Sarah Beaber after reading my book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You. “Thank you for sharing your ideas and caring with the world through a book. I learned things, I felt understood, and I grew increasingly inspired as I turned the pages."
💮 “Through being deeply listened to, I am starting to hear myself. Because of that, my relationship to writing has shifted to a level that will grow beyond the book project and inform the rest of my life. The book has become a bonus and I am grateful.”
— Clare Goodwin, Author, Gifts of the Mandala: A Guided Journey of Self-Discovery
💮 “For a year and a half and three hundred pages later, Naomi has been my gifted guide.
"A great boat woman, she takes her seat quietly at the helm, and listens in a way that always inspires what is waiting to be known, said, and written to come forth. Practically skillful and mindfully soulful, she is helpful at every turn and around all the stops and stages in the process of book making. But mostly, she is the best kind of friend, and that’s really what it takes.”
— Prema Nihan, Author, River’s Grace: Navigating the Sacred and Mundane in Motherhood
💮 “The purpose of writing was to share with a wider audience the transformational work that I was doing with individuals and groups. In my workshops on authentic speaking, I knew how to guide people to their inner voice and speak from the heart. However, when writing, I was not able to tap into the clarity, strength, and power of my own inner knowing.
“Naomi provided the warm and inviting space that I needed to speak about my work and listen to the words as they emerged from within. She listened to my words before they were even shaped. She was fascinated with my ideas as I shared them with her, and this receptivity validated what I wanted to write. She showed me how to write from my deeper Self.
“Naomi, thank you for listening to the heart of this book. It was inside me, and you welcomed it into being. Giving birth to books that heal is certainly your calling.”
— Doreen Hamilton, PhD, Author, Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice
💮 “When I decided to dive into all the notes I had collected and really turn my outline into a book, Naomi Rose was an invaluable partner on the journey.
“She understood what I wanted to say, and made sure that my thoughts flowed smoothly. Her grasp of the book extended from the overall vision down to the details, and even in small ways—by completing a phrase or rearranging a sentence or paragraph here and there—she created an appealing whole out of the many ideas I had to share.
“Her insights and her gift for understanding my message raised my confidence so much. She shared my vision, and was genuinely excited about getting this book out into the world.
“The book is now changing lives, and finding its way into homes and hearts around the world. She offered the support I needed to create the book that I dared to dream was possible!”
— Barbara Hanneloré, Author, The Moon and You: A Woman’s Guide to an Easier Monthly Cycle. Finalist, Indie Excellence Book Awards; Silver Award, Living Now Book Awards
"When I began this process, my deepest yearnings were twofold: one, that the words expressed would be a true expression of my soul; and two, that in the process of writing I would find and deepen my relationship with my creativity, and myself. Naomi has been a precious guide in both respects.”
"She has provided unwavering support, profound mirroring, and has gently guided and encouraged me, again and again, to write from the place of my true and authentic self. In the process, I have come into relationship with my deepest creative self, after a lifetime of longing and disconnection from it. This gift beyond measure I attribute in large part to Naomi's soulful, loving, supportive, and wise guidance. Her intellectual capacity is also profound: she understands and helps me give voice to complex intellectual and conceptual concepts, as well as deeply personal and spiritual ones. She is a truly gifted teacher and guide. Anyone who has the pleasure of working with her will encounter the joy of discovering many hidden gifts and treasures in their work and, perhaps more importantly, in themselves."
— Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD, author of a book on intergenerational healing (in progress)
IF THE BOOK OF YOUR HEART IS WAITING TO COME INTO BEING, CONTACT ME TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES.
Take me up on my offer of a complimentary consultation. I reserve a number of spots for this purpose. Let's listen to you together.