Helping you bring forth the book* of your heart, and experience deep fulfillment in the process
Services: Writing from the Deeper Self ~ Book Development ~ Book Writing for Therapists ~ Editing & Proofreading ~ Self-Publishing Consultation ~ Illustration ~ Creative Midwifery
Products: Rose Press books ~ Enhancements for Writers ~ Naomi Rose Arts ~ and more . . .
(* or other creation)
Encouraging your flowering
Guiding “budding” and experienced writers since 1987
Yes, I know that we all dart through websites like a hummingbird seeking sustenance, as speedily as we can. But this site is designed for you to find nourishment within yourself ~ not only through the help I offer that you may wish to receive, but also through the site itself. It’s a place for you to delve deep, explore, and enjoy the lush scent of what’s possible for you: perhaps a heart’s desire fulfilled. So allow yourself the time and space to journey through these pages, smell (what else?) the roses, and see what calls to you; what has your name on it.
If the inner life matters to you,
then the expression of your inner life deserves to be correspondingly deep, true, and beautiful.
Express your deep heart in some tangible, shareable form.
Uncover wonderful creative qualities in yourself in the process.
When your product (whether a book or other work) emerges out of a journey of self-discovery and wholeness,
the inner treasures you bring forth enrich not only your grateful recipients but also yourself.
And you heal the world from the inside out.
Write the book of your heart? Bring forth a tangible expression of some other heart-wish or idea? Of course! If it's in you, you have to bring it out.
You may need what I can bring to you — but even more importantly, you need what you can bring to you. You just need a trustworthy way to see it, hold it, treasure it, shape it, and share it.
I'll help you mine your inner treasures and bring them into the world as a book, other written work, or pretty much anything else that's knocking at the door of your heart.
I'll even help you get your book into print.
And much more.
Whether it’s a book or some other form of writing,
or some other creation waiting to come into form,
you deserve more than to just make yourself produce a product. It’s most fulfilling when the final product reflects (rather than ignores, obscures, or cosmeticizes) the uniqueness and dimensionality of the person who birthed it.
That’s where I come in.
As a Book Developer with over 30 years in the publications field, as well as a lifelong fascination with the creative process and psycho-spiritual development, I can help you make this journey in a way that will nourish you enroute, and bring your project all the way from spark to finish.
In working with me to create something that matters to you, you can:
Write a book (my specialty). Nonfiction, fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and more — the Writing from the Deeper Self approach works with pretty much all genres.
Write in some other format — an article, a web page, a brochure, a handout, and so on.
Explore in a different art form, such as art or music (the roots of the creative process are the same).
Bring forth an invention, a business, a social benefit, and more. The deep-listening process works to spark your trust, guidance, and inspiration, no matter what the specific focus.
This works because the the process of listening to yourself in collaboration with me brings your unrealized treasures to the surface. Once these gifts from within have made themselves known to you and the path to making them tangible starts to unfold, you can put them together in any way that feels right. And ultimately bring them into the wider world.
You don’t need to “have it all together.” It’s a journey of discovery; things will make themselves known. There is so much to enjoy in this process.
And you don’t have to do it alone.
Come, let’s begin.
I’m here to encourage your flowering.
"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 consultation so you can explore what's knocking on the inside of your heart and see how I can help you bring it into a resonant form.
“Naomi Rose has provided unwavering support, profound mirroring, and has gently guided and encouraged me 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 to Naomi’s soulful, loving, supportive, and wise guidance.”— Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD, author of a book on intergenerational Jewish healing
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Check out my SERVICES and PRODUCTS, below.
Browse and savor. See what speaks to you.
Take a step towards giving yourself the gift of your own deeper Self and making a difference in your own life and in the world.
(1) Writing from the Deeper Self
A holistic approach to uncover your inner treasures through writing (Applies to any form of writing)
Writing can show you to yourself in longed-for ways, and give your readers a reflection of who they are. When you give yourself completely to the process — not just with your mind but with all of you, your heart, cells, and breath—everything cooperates; and you wonder in amazement, “Did I write that?” This unique and sacred approach to writing offers you doors into the land you long to re-inhabit. Then, what you share with others (if you wish to) calls them home, too.
(4) Editing & Proofreading
Because your writing deserves the most professional fine-tuning treatment
Editing: A truly helpful editor does more than head off typos at the pass: s/he makes the difference between a book that is readable and one that is dispensable, and ensures that your best intentions come across to your readers.
Proofreading: Proofreading isn’t a luxury—it’s a crucial part of any written presentation. A proofreader’s detailed sweep through your writing can make the difference between being taken seriously and being immediately dismissed, since mistakes, typos, wrong words, etc. make a poor impression on your readers.
(7) Creative Midwifery
Helping you discover and bring to life what wants to be known
If the urge to bring something other than writing into form is knocking on the door of your heart, you know it won’t let you go until you start bringing it to life. Then, as soon as you start taking it to heart, it supports you. Together, we can find out what wants to be birthed in you—an artistic work, a business idea, a vision clamoring for details—and bring it out in a way that feels natural to you and adds value to your life.
(2) BOOK DEVELOPMENT
Listening the book of your heart into being
(Writing from the Deeper Self applied to writing a book)
“Book Development” allows your book to develop organically, rather than from some one-size-fits-all template. It is based on who you are, where you are within yourself, and what you long to accomplish. As I help you listen to yourself deeply and trust what comes, enthusiasm, creativity, and inspiration supplant anxiety, and you can’t wait to give yourself to the writing process. When you are done, you have a vibrant, publishable manuscript—and a door into the next chapter of your life.
(5) Self-Publishing Consulting & Mentoring
With a bit of help, being your own "indie publisher" is definitely within reach
Self-publishing has so much to recommend it! You can make your book just the way you want; you can publish within weeks or months of completion; you get to keep all the net profits; and you get to join a growing swell of “indie publishers.” I can help you navigate this worthy but complex journey. Option 1—Engage me to teach you how to do it yourself. Option 2—I can coordinate all the pieces for you. Option 3—Choose what you want to handle, and leave the rest to me.
Some Clients Share Experiences:
“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 and is still 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.”
— Rahima Warren, MFT (ret.). Author, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy trilogy: a fantasy novel of the healing journey. (See the Rose Press page for details.)
(3) Book Writing for Therapists
Because a great listener like you deserves to be heard far and wide (Book Development applied to healers and their ways of knowing)
As a person of depth who believes that wholeness is not only possible but also a birthright, you have valuable insights to share about the human journey. By mining the depths of your own heart and experience in a book, you expand your healing influence beyond the therapy office, touch your readers in the deepest places, and enhance career opportunities. Your adeptness with listening and connecting threads of meaning makes you a natural for this healing approach to book writing.
Translating the image in your heart into art
A line drawing in black-and-white or color may be the perfect way to bring your book, business, family album, etc., to life. Since a picture equals 10,000 words, you can add value, appeal, warmth, and even branding recognition with an illustration custom designed to suit your esthetic and your needs. My training as a visual artist makes this a collaborative process. You tell me what you want, I come up with a sketch, you give feedback, I integrate your wishes—until you cry (in delight, of course), “That’s it!”
“Working with Naomi has been a total delight. Not only is she able to deeply listen to me and fully grasp my ideas and intentions but she is also wonderfully talented at helping me clarify and plan out the structure and scope of my book. Her understanding and support of me combines with her own great insight and makes her an outstanding and inspiring midwife for creative process.”
— Kathy Carlson, MA, Ph.D., MFT. Author, The Flame at the Tip of the Candle: Interconnectedness as Seen through the Lens of War
“You are indeed the creative midwife, Naomi, and you have a unique way of always inspiring those with whom you come into contact — every time! Writing is a lonely venture, with few mentors willing to urge you on. I am immensely grateful for the time that you've so generously gifted me with, and I'll cherish that forever."
— Olga Lopes, writer
Ready to get started with your complimentary consultation?
Wondering who I am? Here’s a little about me.
And right afterwards, a taste of our PRODUCTS to help you experience writing as a wonderful way to connect with yourself.
About Naomi Rose
As a child, I was blessed to be read bedtime stories hand-picked by my parents, as well as told original, on-the-spot stories by my radio-script-writing father. His tender, mythic imagination and resonant voice helped keep my imagination afloat. My mother wrote short stories; and between them, I was privy to transporting worlds, including those offered by the contents of their bookcase.
Fast-forward many years to my adult career: For over 25 years, I have worked in the publications field on both the front and back ends—on the front end (for publishers, authors, businesses, and nonprofits) as an editor, proofreader, publications consultant, and independent publisher; on the back end, and as a book developer working directly with authors. I am consummately professional; my work has graced the pages of books, magazines, journals, and online articles and websites; and I have won awards for my work.
I am also a: Mother ~ Wife ~ Artist ~ Musician ~ Entrepreneur ~ Friend ~ Mystic ~ Cook (non-professional) ~ Cat lover ~ Lover of nature, and swimming in natural waters ~ Lifelong learner ~ Developing human being (my Author keeps trying to get through to me; sometimes, I get it)
In addition, I entered into graduate studies in transpersonal psychology to find my way back to the innocence of childhood; resuscitated my own yearnings for expression through writing, visual art, and music; and integrated all this into “Writing from the Deeper Self” — to help us bringing forth our “hidden treasures” and so bring beauty and healing into the world.
My educational credentials include: * Art major, High School of Music and Art, New York City / * BA cum laude, English Literature, City College of the City University of New York / * MA, English Literature, University of Connecticut / * Graduate studies in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University (Orinda, CA) / * Graduate, Suluk West (2-year program in Sufi studies) / Ongoing Sufi psychology and healing studies with Taj Inayat Khan, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Gayan Macher, Devi Tide, and others / * Graduate, “Psychology of Performance” class through Juilliard (EdX) / * Entrepreneurial studies with Mark Silver, The Heart of Business / * (Always) More to come . . . .
My teaching credentials include workshops on Writing from the Deeper Self, taught through: * The Association of Transpersonal Psychology / * Writers’ Connection / * Private workshops
My awards include:
* Thumbtack Elite Service Award for “Best Editor in the San Francisco Bay Area,” 2015 and 2016 / * Listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who of American Women for editorial and writing contributions
The following products are uniquely designed to help you with writing a book or some shorter work. With so much information on the craft of writing (valuable, to be sure), what gets passed over is the inner experience of writing — how to be with yourself in an attentive, nurturing, listening way. These products encourage a conducive inner atmosphere so that you can shift into a receptive state of consciousness, connect deeply with yourself, and — like looking into a clear reflecting pool — bring forth your hidden treasures. (And perhaps a different medium of creating calls to you. These products may help there, too.)
One such product that may be particularly helpful is my book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You (see Rose Press books). Browse them all; see what interests you.
(1) Enhancement for Writers (from the Rose Press Collection)
Products to enhance your experience of writing
Writing doesn’t have to be a self-alienating struggle; with the right atmosphere and supports, it can bring you closer to yourself. The Rose Press Enhancements for Writers Collection includes carefully curated Flower Essence Remedies to bring you through all the phases of book writing. And it bestows inspiring fragrances to help you delve within for written treasures. Yes, literally fragrances . . . plus flower essence remedies to help you through the creative cycle . . . audio meditations to ease you into creativity . . . and much more. Once you allow yourself this nourishment, you won’t want to write without these uniquely designed and curated products.
(2) Rose Press
Books to bring your home to yourself (a publishing house for your inner garden)
Rose Press books live in your heart like an eternal time capsule, releasing their healing medicine as you need it. Mirrors to the soul, marvels of excavation revealing the vast treasures hidden within, they sweep you up into their remarkable worlds, leaving you with the passage of that journey in your bones and the fragrance of that atmosphere still hovering invisibly near. This is our vision: that in taking these books into yourself, you discover who you truly are, and they open your heart like petals opening to the light. Our series are: (1) The Creative Process; (2) Healing the World from the Inside Out; (3) Money and the Inner Life; and (4) The Poetry of Ordinary Life.
(3) Naomi Rose Arts
A taste of what I draw from within myself to help bring out the artist in you
Visual art . . . Music . . . Writing. I have been blessed with at least three branches of the creative tree -- and on this page I get to share them with you. I hope they will give you deep enjoyment and cause for reflection, and perhaps even spark the beautiful expression of your own gifts. The Art page includes my illustrations, including my "Mother and Child" series, and nature photos. The Music page shares songs and reflections on music — including aspects that can help you with your writing. And the Writing page includes some of my writings for your reading enjoyment.
And there’s more.
Explore Deeper takes you “Behind the Scenes, drawing back the curtain on the mysteries of the creative process. “Deep Listening & Conversation” connects you with listening, the heartbeat of authentic creation, and recorded conversations on great topics in which good listening takes place. “For Readers” offers a virtual nook for you to ease into and (re-)discover what’s so wonderful about reading.
Naomi Rose Arts not only includes my art products, but also reveals the quality of sensibility characterizing my own works of art (illustration + music, in addition to writing) from which I draw when helping you bring forth your creative expressions.
Articles span the creative process, book writing, and much more.
Resources include my recommendations, free stuff, meditations to connect you with deep writing, and more.
So look around, and then look some more. You know — stop and smell the roses. You’re sure to find something to encourage your flowering.
“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to the world all its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise we all remain too frightened.” — Hafiz (trans. by Daniel Ladinsky)