Because a great listener like you deserves to be heard far and wide

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"I have felt very seen by you [in working on my book], and that is so much what therapy is about. We all yearn for that." — Jenaii Gold, MFT, Author, The Moon, the Hare, and the Pearl: An Intuitive Guide to Psychotherapy

When you write a book by listening it forth (rather than uncomfortably trying to force it out), you heal yourself and the world.

Your readers receive a living experience of what you wrote about because you were fully there for the writing. That's what heals.

Our world today needs so much healing. And while there are many views on how to more effectively manipulate outer systems, what about the real place where healing occurs — on the inside?

Many people do not yet understand the tremendous power of a conscious inner life to transform not only the individual but the larger sphere in which we all interconnect. But something in them is longing to. They just need help to get to it.

This can be where you come in. You can write a book that reaches far beyond the range of your private healing practice. And this book can help to heal the world from the inside out, reader by reader by reader.

As a person of depth and integrity, who has chosen a vocation founded on the premise that wholeness not only is possible but is our human birthright, you know so much about the healing power of being heard. You practice it with your clients (and others). Perhaps you were the first person in their lives to hold a receptive, healing focus for them, in which they could release their acquired negative self-beliefs and begin to grow into the potentials that you saw in them.

What if you could write a book that the world needs to receive for its deep healing — and do so in a way that places you on the receiving end, this time, similar to how you help your clients? Even a wonderful listener like you can use support in hearing your own heart's call and expression. Translating what comes to you into a book requires a certain kind of sensitivity and skill. As a Book Developer, this is where I can help. 

"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 was wanting 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


WHY THE WORLD NEEDS A BOOK BY YOU

To Put the World to Rights:

Depth is much of what's missing from so much of modern life, and from so many books today. The inherent hunger for wholeness has been subordinated to the desire for techniques, how-to's, and information untouched by wisdom or tenderness. The result of this cultural imprint is that the need to contact and live from our true nature goes unheard and unmeet.

This is where you come in.

Whether your book takes the form of a nonfiction guide to the inner life, a memoir, a novel, poetry, even a deeply considered "how-to," the essential ingredient that will bring about wholeness in your readers is . . . you.

Not just what you have learned, professionally and personally, over your years of experience. Not only your wisdom, your ideas, your prescription for "good medicine." But also who you are . . . and who you are becoming in the process of writing your book.

Your readers will be transformed and catalyzed into the next chapter of their lives by your book. And so will you.

Because of Your Career and Healing Focus:

  • You have a special focus in your healing work that you can be of value to others. You would like to articulate this clearly and compellingly, and make it available to a wider range of people than you can through private practice.

  • You want to spread your healing message, become known for this in the world, and attract more clients through your book.

  • You have something to share that has not yet been written about — at least not in the way you are drawn to do it. You see a need for this focus to be addressed more publicly. Perhaps this is a call for you to do so through a book.

Because of Your Temperament and Sensibility:

  • You’re a contemplative person, and would prefer to articulate your reflections in the slower, more attentive way that writing makes possible than by having to, say, give a talk.

  • You always wanted to be a writer. But perhaps your writing efforts have been limited to professional writing, or personal journaling. Now you are drawn to bring forth that early inner writer and see what wants to come forth.

  • Your life has been a healing journey. At this point, its arc and meaning are more clear. You feel in a position to tell a healing story and contribute to the literature of seekers over time ~ especially in this time.

  • Your career has spanned several decades. At this point, you have ample time to give to writing a book. This might be a good way to use your energies and cull your life’s wisdom.


SOME WAYS YOU CAN TELL A BOOK IS CALLING YOU TO WRITE IT

  • The idea visits you in the wee hours, and won’t let you rest until you do something about it.

  • You already have put down thoughts on paper (or in computer files), even though you aren't sure what they add up to.

  • There are journals (in your closet . . . drawer, etc.) that contain some shareable treasures.

  • Stories, impressions, ideas, vignettes tease your imagination while you're doing something else (like walking, showering, driving, waiting in line).

  • You sense that, despite some possible resistance, you need to write your book in order to bring your life into its next chapter.


IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

Writing from the Deeper Self is different from ordinary ways into writing. It brings forth the larger, deeper "you," and changes how you view yourself and your capacities, as well as your subject. As a Book Developer, I bring to my clients 30+ years in the publications field as well as a deep capacity to receive you. Together, we listen the book that is seeking to be born through you into being.

I offer a complimentary initial session. Contact me to explore the book of your heart.


WHAT I BRING TO YOU

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  • Professional experience in the publications field

  • Sensitivity to the artistic impulse and process

  • Longterm dedication to understanding what heals

(1) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE PUBLICATIONS FIELD

The creation of Writing from the Deeper Self and my work as a Book Developer was a midlife awakening. Previously, I had worked for over 20 years in the publications field as an editor, writer, and consultant helping publishers, authors, businesses, and nonprofits produce quality publications. I worked with such publishers as Ten Speed Press, New World Library, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Ortho Books, and many others.

When the call, “Is this really what I’m meant to do?” came, I began to understand that there was a deeper, more intimate healing substrate to explore in myself and bring to my work with people who wanted to write books.

This professional book experience would turn out to be a solid foundation upon which I could build a more beautiful and satisfying offering. I bring this cumulative experience to the work that you and I can do together.

 

(2) SENSITIVITY TO THE ARTISTIC IMPULSE AND PROCESS

From birth, I was exposed to fine arts from within the family. Both parents were writers; my father was also a visual artist. This upbringing tuned me to the essence and craft of compelling writing early on.

Later, I made my own journey, including an M.A. in English literature, studies in visual art, and experience singing in semi-professional choruses. Blessed by three streams of creative expression, I understand their common roots, and can help you to tap yours.

 

(3) LONGTERM DEDICATION TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT HEALS

My interest in psychology, spirituality, and the nature of the body has been with me all my adult life. I have done graduate work in transpersonal psychology, taken many workshops, attended an extraordinary two-year Sufi school, and more.

All of this enables me to meet you where you are, and help you journey where you want to come to through writing your book, as well as guide you in the book-writing process.

BRINGING FORTH YOUR SONG

If bringing forth your artistry is important to you, we can give it room and attention to come forth. I draw from my own artistry in writing, art, and music to tune to the ways that your artistry naturally functions. As this capacity is attended to, encouraged, and practiced, it strengthens. Then you come to know it, trust it, cherish it, and look forward to it.

As one of my clients put it, “This whole experience of working with you and rejuvenating creativity within myself, I feel has brought me back to life. And part of it is the sheer gratitude that this part of me hasn’t gone away and is still accessible.”

The artistry that’s in you can find you and flower as you write your book. Then the book will carry your song like the wind etched into the river bed, like water etching stone: a legacy of your true being that will last, and come to new life when someone opens the covers of your book and starts reading.

 

 

 

 

AS A THERAPIST OR OTHER HEALER, YOU ARE A GOOD LISTENER, A DEEP LISTENER. You have listened many people into a truer connection with themselves and onto a more life-affirming path.

And in your heart, you know this is not only because of the trainings you have taken and the techniques you have learned.

It’s because of who you are. Your intimacy with yourself. Your gift of listening between the lines to bring forth the beating, healing heart of your beautiful, suffering clients.

How you mirror back patterns and unrealized threads, and give your clients compassion where they may never have known compassion.

How you unveil glimpses in them of exciting new inner capacities. How you open them to seeing themselves through your loving, supportive eyes.

What if you could reach a great many more people throughout the world than you can see in your therapy office, and extend to them the healing that unfolds out of your deep listening?

You can. By writing a book. A book from the deeper Self. And I can help make this possible.

It’s your turn to be listened to, now.

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EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF WRITING A BOOK with my guidance and support:

  • Bring forth the book of your heart.

  • Enjoy your being the one to be listened to exquisitely. (It's your time.)

  • Learn to trust your writing-intuition.

  • Take joy in your innate creativity. Write in your own way, pace, and voice.

  • Discover hidden gifts in your work and in yourself.

  • Transform your relationship to writing into one of deep connection and service.

  • Emerge with a publishable manuscript.

  • Enjoy the option to continue with me throughout the self-publishing process

    From “Spark to Finish,” I can take you all the way through each phase of your book — including writing, editing, self-publishing. You don’t need to keep looking for trustworthy help. It’s right here.


THE HEALING BOOK-WRITING JOURNEY OF ONE OF MY MFT CLIENTS

Here is an example of a book that emerged from a therapist whom I worked with as an editor and book developer: Rahima Warren, MFT.

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Since its publication, Rahima’s trilogy about the healing journey, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy, has since gathered astonishingly grateful reviews from readers for its deep ability to help them heal from trauma.

(And it’s a work of fiction — fantasy, to be specific — so there is no limit on how you can present what’s yours to present.)

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The Star-Seer's Prophecy: an epic fantasy trilogy of the healing journey, by Rahima Warren, MFT (ret.). Available from Rose Press. Naomi Rose, Book Developer

"Spellbinding . . . Fearless . . . Soulful . . . Redemptive"

“Longtime psychotherapist Rahima Warren brings her daring, passionate, and compassionate trilogy to a most satisfying close in Perilous Bliss [Book Three of the trilogy]. 

“If you’re ready to encounter your wounded side, to understand and release its pain, and to walk with it through a more serene future,

then let yourself experience the fiercely potent, healing magic of The Star-Seer’s Prophecy, because it was written for you.” 

— Jodie Forrest, Author, The Rhymer and the Ravens, and The Ascendant

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KIND WORDS:

“You kept me coming back to what’s most meaningful about what I’m trying to do and have done.

“You ask deep questions. You’re with me in that depth and heart and spirit, because that’s right where you are. You stuck with it. You listened. You obviously care. I think you are a midwife and therapist.”

—Lisa Carey, Quilted Journey Arts


“Naomi has had a profound effect on my life by helping me not only create something I’d only dreamed of, but also realize the importance of fulfilling and honoring such a calling.

“To work with her is to experience acceptance, wonder, respect, honor, encouragement, guidance, and complete attention — in essence, the precious and rare gift of love. Love for the potential, beauty, and spirit that is inside me, and all of us.

"In such a presence, those things within naturally flower into a unique, yet universal, offering of a book. Writing this book has become a journey of discovery in the deepest way.”

— Thuy Nguyen, Licensed Acupuncturist, founder, Berkeley Community Acupuncture (Berkeley, CA)


DIRECTING YOUR OWN BOOK-WRITING JOURNEY

You’ve spent so much of your life learning about yourself that this will infuse the writing of your book. What we focus on together is what you want. We make room to bring who you are into the process. We invite qualities you may want to include, or open up.

You already have the really important part — the depth and sensitivity to listening. What you don’t have much experience with yet, you can learn (writing technique, perhaps).

You can profit from my guidance in a variety of areas. It may involve thinking like a writer. Or structuring your material. Or bringing more of yourself into the writing, or finding what connects universally from what you’ve written down.

It may be a question of tone, or atmosphere; of clarity or vision. As you get clearer and clearer on what your book is about and for, its body will begin to show itself — to be revealed from the initial formless, inchoate state.

 

 

 

You already know this territory. It’s a smaller leap than you think to bring your depth and listening into a book, and help heal our soul-hungry world.

And there are many benefits for you, as well. For example:


HAVING A BOOK IN PRINT OPENS EXCITING DOORS FOR YOU IN THE WORLD

There’s no doubt about it: having a book in print is an empowering support for any professional. Once you are an author, your message is taken seriously by people who never heard of you before.

With a book establishing your platform in the world, you can “go global”:

  • Reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of readers with what you want to share

  • Enjoy wonderful opportunities for your work to be known (such as interviews, speaking, teaching, and much more)

  • Attract pre-screened clients into your practice

  • Make new friends and widen your circle of loved ones. Attract kindred colleagues, collaborators, and friends

  • Increase your financial income directly, through book sales

  • Increase your financial income indirectly, such as through teaching, speaking, and subsequent products aligned with your books (e.g., online courses)

  • Help to heal the world through your book


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 specific idea, but you do 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 you, fulfill you creatively, and reverberate from your heart to the hearts of your readers.

A great listener like you deserves to be heard far and wide.

Let's listen to you together.


WHY I CHOOSE TO SPECIALIZE IN WORKING WITH THERAPISTS AND OTHER HEALERS

Because I love how therapists and other healers go deep, look for meaningful connecting threads, find light in the darkness, and give their all to the process. All of these qualities predispose people who have chosen a healing field to move naturally into writing a book from the deeper Self, and my collaborative approach to Book Development.


  THE NEXT STEP —

Contact me to discuss your and your book's needs.
I offer a complimentary half-hour exploratory session by phone or Skype, so you can get a sense of how well I understand you and can help you with your book.

If you are ready to give yourself to the book of your heart, we will decide on those logistics that work for both of us.

 

THE PROCESS

The heart is the eloquent organ, so the process of listening your book into being is a process of being attuned to your heart and hearing what it wants to say.

Now of course, the mind enters into this picture. We need to formulate what we want to say, to give context, to hold the textures of an emerging story or embodied idea so that what you write makes sense and is communicable.

A willing intellect can help focus and structure what you want to write. The ability to put things into perspective . . . to compare and contrast . . . to develop a thread so that it builds and weaves the whole-cloth picture your soul seeks to open to and depict — all this is greatly helped by a well-honed mind.

But this listening is the essence of it all. The words come out of listening.

So where do we listen from, in writing a book? We start with the call that persists.

The Call That Persists

As you undoubtedly know from your healing work, the truest, tenderest place within us can feel shy when asked to come forth. It’s so much easier to send some adapted part forth into the limelight — even on paper. The “No sweat!” part, or the part that knows how to make a distracting fence of ideas so that no one can see us behind them.

This is much of what we have gotten used to in “producing” writing for others to read; to put our best foot forward, to look good on paper. There are places where this is called for. But not in the book of your heart.

That tender place within wants to come along for the long-term relationship of a book, where you will be sitting with it, contemplating it, trying things out, maybe starting down one path and then finding yourself on another.

Even more, that tender place within wants to sing us open — to be behind the Great Work. So the call that persists is the one we listen to.

In the beginning, sometimes it’s not all that articulate. What they call “inchoate,” which Webster defines as “being only partly in existence or operation; formless.” How do you write a book from there?

But if it were all in existence already, it wouldn’t need you to bring it forth. You are here to write your book into existence.

This is not a “write by the numbers” situation, not a commercial process (though it will eventually be a commercial product). This is a sacred act of creating that only you can do.

Happily, you don’t have to do it alone. We listen to what wants to be born, together. Together, we help you bring forth its light. 


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And just for fun, a label from a bottle of ale that I found (and purchased) at my local Trader Joe’s:

“THERAPIST PALE ALE

No appointment necessary.

This hop-centric imperial IPA treats you to a heavy dose of hops that won’t leave you bitter. Have a seat (you’ll need one) and leave your worries to the Therapist.”


Appreciative Responses from Clients with Books in Print

 

From Larry Decker, PhD

Author of:

THE ALCHEMY OF COMBAT: Transforming Trauma in Combat Veterans

A Guide for Therapists, Family, Friends, Loved Ones, Colleagues, and Others Who Care. 

“Naomi Rose took my manuscript and turned it into a book! I can't even begin to thank her enough.”

Larry Decker, PhD. (Foreword by Karl Malantes, author of Why We Go to War.) Published by Suluk Press (imprint of Omega Publications)

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From Doreen Hamilton, PhD, Speaking Circles

Author of:

ESSENTIAL SPEAKING

The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice

"The purpose of writing this book was to share with a wider audience the transformational work [about authentic public speaking] 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 showed me how to write from my deeper Self.

“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.”

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From Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD

Author of:

CARRYING JOSEPH’S BONES

Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma

"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 and 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.

"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."

(Forthcoming) 

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From Rahima Warren, MFT (ret.)

Author of:

THE STAR-SEER’S PROPHECY (An epic fantasy novel of the healing journey)

Book One: Dark Innocence / Book Two: Fierce Blessings / Book Three: Perilous Bliss

"It's been really wonderful working with Naomi. She is so kind and supportive and gentle and appreciative, yet perceptive of the places where my book needed improvement, from commas to emotional nuances. Her faith in my book has been very important to me in keeping my inner critic at bay. She has inspired me to honor what I have written by doing the work necessary to bring it into the coherent and beautiful form it deserves."     

(Published by Rose Press)

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From Clare Goodwin, Psychosynthesis therapist

Author of:

GIFTS OF THE MANDALA

A Guided Journey of Self-Discovery 

"Unconditional positive regard and presence are two qualities that every good therapist aspires to. When achieved, the counselor becomes a healer. What a delightful surprise to find that Naomi Rose excels in these attributes. 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."

(Publisher: Balboa Press / A Division of Hay House)

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 From Shelle Goldstein, LCSW, PA

Author of:

BLOSSOMING BEYOND THE DESERT

Reflections on the Passover Seder as a Journey Towards Freedom, Healing, and Wholeness

"As a therapist, I know how grateful my patients are when they feel genuinely understood, not just their processes, but their essence. I didn't know I could feel the same way with a book-developer! But working with Naomi, I felt that and more.

“I too am profoundly grateful for her skillful way of bringing out the best in her clients and, mostly, for her humanity. She provided me with a sense of being understood, helped me clarify what I wanted to convey, and organized the material so that it began to have more structural integrity. Her comments and suggestions reflected my intentions, and her questions inspired me to go deeper.

“Naomi shared with me a feeling of deep appreciation of my work, both the content and those passages where her 'breath was taken away.' That some of my writing touched her so deeply gave me a sense of confidence to trust my heart to speak its truth."  

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BOOK DEVELOPMENT FOR THERAPISTS AND OTHER HEALERS

NAOMI ROSE, MA: ENCOURAGING YOUR FLOWERING

From Claudio Naranjo, MD

Author of:

HEALING CIVILIZATION

Bringing Personal Transformation into the Societal Realm through Education and the Integration of the Intra-Psychic Family

“I owe the present edition of my book to Naomi Rose, to whom I am indebted. An experienced editor and writing coach helping people find their own depth through self-expression,

“I trusted that she would be the right person to revise my manuscript. She was moved by its content and not only was grateful for the opportunity to read it but also expressed the wish that she might be of further help in its becoming known to the English-speaking public [through publication]. I like the idea of having my book produced with such maternal care and deep appreciation.”

(Foreword by Jean Houston, PhD). Published by Rose Press.

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 From Barbara Hanneloré, Women’s Way Moon Cycles

Author of:

THE MOON AND YOU

A Woman's Way to an Easier Monthly Cycle

{Finalist, Indie Excellence Book Awards; Silver Award, Living Now Book Awards}

“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. Thank you so much, Naomi!”

(Publisher: Bell House)

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 From Earlene Gleisner, RN, Reiki Master.

Author of:

THE SPIRIT BUNDLE

"If you ever need an expert second opinion and a gentle hand to help you with your manuscript, I highly recommend Naomi Rose.

“The scope of our work together was to have her give me an overview of what she thought of my second novel, The Spirit Bundle. She pointed out possible chapter reconstructions, the need for embedding character or scene descriptions earlier in the book, general syntax corrections, and much more.

“Those kinds of improvement strategies might have threatened some authors. Naomi presented each observation with supreme respect for my creative process and my author’s sensitivity to correction. Most everything she offered me has profoundly increased the quality of my tale. I am profoundly grateful for her knowledge and her caring for this project.”

(The Spirit Bundle is the second book in “The Sacred Bundle” series)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"It's a beautiful thing to listen to yourself. When you listen to yourself, you write your own book." — Sherif Baba 

If this feels like the time for us to listen to you together to bring forth the book of your heart, contact me.

Because a great listener like you deserves to be heard far and wide.