An organic approach to writing the book of your heart
It's not how many pages you write. It's how much of you goes onto the page.
Writing can be beautiful when you work with what's in you. Listening to yourself brings this beauty to the surface. Being listened to enables you to listen to yourself when you write. Which may be what your deeper Self has been wanting all along.
When you develop a book, you get to pay really close and wonderful attention to yourself, see what comes alive, and follow that road as it unfolds in front of you.
"It's a beautiful thing to listen to yourself. Then you write your own book." — Sherif Baba
CONTACT DETAILS: Location: Oakland, California, USA / Phone: (510) 465-3935 Pacific Time / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Consultations: in-person, by phone, or by Skype
WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR BOOK-WRITING JOURNEY?
You have a partly written manuscript that you stopped knowing what to do with, stored somewhere on your computer.
You are in touch with a special focus of healing, used fruitfully with your clients.
You have years of wisdom about what heals the psyche, spirit, body to impart — but nothing down on paper.
Your own life's journey calls to be set down in writing.
You have an idea of what you might want to write a book about, but nothing written.
You have no idea, but you have an inner urging.
Whether you're called to write a nonfiction book (e.g., based on your professional experience and insights), a memoir, a work of fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry, essays, an article, or even a website that truly reflects you, I can help you bring forth a manuscript that will illuminate your understanding, bring creative fulfillment, and translate directly from your deep heart to the hearts of your readers.
Bring forth the book of your heart.
Enjoy the healing of being listened to, received, and valued — for yourself as well as what you're writing.
Learn to trust your intuition, and your own creative ways.
Discover how to draw from the infinite well of your essential being through book-writing.
Write in your own way, pace, and voice.
Fulfill yourself creatively.
Bring forth a book that you love.
Emerge with a publishable manuscript.
Enjoy the option to continue with me throughout the self-publishing process (or engage my recommendations re: traditional publishing)
BENEFITS FOR THE WORLD:
The world is waiting for your book, even though it doesn’t know it yet. Your readers need the healing medicine that only you can give. And you need the opportunities the world will offer you once your book is in print.
Reach a great many more people with your book than you can by talking one-to-one
Build your credibility as an expert in your field
Use your book as a lead-in to workshops, seminars, speaking engagements, products, and more
Make new friends and widen your circle of loved ones
Heal the world through your boo
FYI: It’s also fine if you want to write a book purely for your own sake, and not to share with others (initially, or at all). The process and rewards are the same.
Want to write something other than a book? See the “Writing from the Deeper Self” page.
And if you’re a therapist or other healer who wants to write a book — well, there’s a page for this too. See “Book Writing for Therapists”
Contact me to discuss your and your book's needs.
I offer monthly packages, hourly rates, and, depending on the current state of your writing, some flat fees.
Contact me to schedule your complimentary exploratory session, so you can get a sense of how well I understand you and can help you.
If you are ready to give yourself to the book of your heart, we will come up with a payment plan that works for both of us.
A Caring Way to Write a Book
When you think of writing a book, what comes to mind? Frustration? Self-doubt? Self-sabotage? And the big one, procrastination? Do you relate to the (dated) movie images of writers at their typewriters, madly typing away, only to rip the written page from the platen, ball it up, and throw it into the (overflowing) wastebasket?
Imagine that instead of working against yourself, you could find your natural creative ways, say what’s in you to say, actually love the process, and emerge with not only a publishable manuscript, but also more of yourself than you initially were aware of when you began. With Writing from the Deeper Self book development, you can.
Listening your book into being is something that we do together.
Not only are you not in this process alone, but my ability to listen to you deeply allows you to relax and listen to yourself in a trustworthy way.
All this enables us to step onto the path, trust what unfolds (even if it seems to lead somewhere other than your analytical mind initially had in mind), and find its true shape. In this way, the process of "Writing from the Deeper Self" — as applied to developing a book — not only helps you to end up with a book, it also is a journey worth taking in its own right.
The Genesis of the Vision
For many years, I worked in the book publications field, with publishers as well as authors. Often, I was entrusted with a manuscript written by a real person (whom I usually didn’t know), and asked to make it conform to book-writing conventions. This meant not only making the book read well and flowingly, with clear structure and organization, but also to make it read like the other books in its genre. And so I did.
But even when the publisher and/or author praised my work, something felt off to me. It took me awhile to realize what: the person writing the book had been eclipsed behind the conventions.
Think about it: something calls you to write a book. You’re nervous . . . you’re unsure . . . doubts aplenty rise up, clouding the place inside that wants (perhaps needs) to write this book. In your heart of hearts, what you want is a safe way to bring forth what’s in you, no matter what the subject or genre. Even if you’re an expert in a very complex field, the truth is that without you, there would be no book — no understanding, no appreciation, no unique illumination. What so often goes unnoticed is the person who is writing the book. (I bring light to this subject in my book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You.)
When I say that the person writing the book goes unnoticed, I don’t mean a confessional of personal biographical details — unless you are writing a memoir (and even then, there are ways to do itr that bring the larger arc of your life into compassionate relief). I mean that the person you are — how you see, how you feel, your perceptions, your wisdom . . . really, your inner being — is what will bring your book to life in a way that’s both uniquely yours and speaks to others universally.
Eventually, I decided to stop helping authors conform to conventions that masked rather than gave the gift of their true being, and instead to find ways of bringing the treasures inside a person into their writing, both for their own fulfillment and to raise the bar on books out in the field. And that’s how Writing from the Deeper Self — and my version of Book Development — came to life.
Your Treasures, Made Visible
My vision comes from what the Divine is said to have said:
"I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known.”
By listening deeply to yourself — and being listened to by someone who can hear, cherish, and guide you through the journey and the book-writing process — you get to unearth your hidden treasures and bring forth a book to give to the world. What could be more fulfilling than that?
“There is a voice that doesn’t use words: listen.”
“We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
Isn’t it time to bring forth your hidden treasures — safely, lovingly, cherishingly, adeptly — by writing a book with my support?
"Anyone who has the pleasure of working with Naomi will encounter the joy of discovering many hidden gifts and treasures in their work and, perhaps more importantly, in themselves." — Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD
"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
I offer a complimentary 1/2-hour consultation by phone or Skype to explore the book that's knocking on the inside of your heart. Let's explore what's gestating inside you and see how I can support you to bring it forth.
Why Book “Development"?
There's a big difference between writing a book as an assignment, and developing a book.
When you write a book as an assignment (even if you assign it to yourself), you often have to contend with internal "shoulds" and try to meet some external bar established (even if only in your own mind) by others.
But when you develop a book, you get to pay really close and wonderful attention to yourself, see what comes alive, and follow that road as it unfolds in front of you. Book development (at least, as I envision and hold it) is a living, breathing process of finding out what's in you and offering relevant, evocative ways to bring it out. When something "develops," you notice what's alive and growing within you, and you work with that.
If you think back to the pre-digital photography process of "developing" film, you get the picture. The film is shot in light, but the prints are developed from the negatives in a dark room (literally called "a darkroom"). There's a magic in watching the prints slowly develop in the developing solution — the paper is blank, at first; then, a bit of indistinct form shows; then more, then more, until finally the image becomes clear: "Oh, it's the tree I photographed by the hillside on a windy day!"
Developing a book is something like that. There's a desire in your being to bring forth something that matters to you, but in the beginning it may not be all that clear. Rather than give up, or force a predictable outcome (which starting with an outline tends to do), it's much more true to what's inside you to draw out just as much at a time as what's willing to show itself, and no more. Then, what has shown itself begins to show other, related possibilities.
You may prefer to start by writing the Introduction and then Chapter 1, and so on. And I certainly will work with you that way, if you do. But it's also possible to develop a book out of sequence, as your deeper Self brings you realizations and inspirations that arise in the moment; even if you currently have no idea where they belong, you trust that they do belong. Then, you write as you're led; and at some point, enough of a picture emerges that suggests an authentic and workable shape for your book.
At this point, I may tell you, "The thread that links what you wrote here ____, and here ____, and here ____ suggests that all this comes together in a 'Part I.' That means there will be a 'Part II,' and maybe even a 'Part III' and 'Part IV.' Let's see what, of the writing you already have done, falls into these parts. Then we'll see what are the missing pieces, so you can be with them and see what wants to fill them and connect them." Then, your analytical mind and your holistic mind work together, and writing your book is a deep creative adventure. The end result reads sequentially – Chapter 2 follows Chapter 1, and so on; but its creation, its development, happened in a more simultaneous, attuned way.
How I Can Help You
As a Book Developer, I bring to the wonderful people who work with me over 30 years of experience in the publications field as an editor, writer, and consultant. At the same time, I also bring an attentive, compassionate listening, so that clients know in their bones that they are not in this alone; that they will be heard, and their deep desires will flower as a completed, publishable book.
These two streams of support enable people who seek a deeper way to bring forth the book of their heart to be heard, nurtured, and guided – even transformed – by the process.
As your Book Developer, I bring to your service my:
Nurturance ~ Intuitive abilities ~ Depth ~ Professional training as an editor working with authors and publishers on books ~ Incisive analytical skills and logic ~ Successful track record working with clients on their books (see below) ~ Award-winning editorial skills ~ Education, undergraduate and graduate, in literature and in transpersonal psychology ~ Artistic training and gifts ~ 3rd-generation writer ~ Lifelong fascination with/study of the creative process ~ Spiritual dedication ~ Trust in my clients’ own deep knowing, inherent creativity, and potential to flower.
All this enables you to step onto the path, trust what unfolds (even if it seems to lead somewhere other than your analytical mind initially had in mind), and find its true shape. In this way, applying "Writing from the Deeper Self" to developing a book not only helps you to achieve a publishable book, but it also is a journey worth taking for its own sake.
A great benefit of writing a book in this way is that you become so intimate with yourself that what's on the page then reverberates with your readers in a similar, kindred way. Writing a book can be many things, including a help for your career and business, and a help for the world; but in the actual process of writing, it can be a mirror of the soul. And in our culture, I think this is what we are most hungry for.
It’s not how many pages you write. It’s how much of you goes into the page.
Reviews and Some Client Successes
"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
“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
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. Let's listen to you together.