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Spiritual Writing and Publishing

This is a group for those who have been called and wish to be published. Moderator Deborah Herman is a mystic, author and literary agent specializing in this material. She hopes this group will be a place of Spiritual manifestation where your dreams can be brought into fruition. 

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WHAT DO THESE WORDS REALLY MEAN?

Started by Jill Celeste. Last reply by Robin Chappell Jan 22. 6 Replies

So this is a Spitiual Writers forum...men and women of goodwill and many words. Using your access to the Cosmic Dictionary of Spiritual Terms....maybe we can help each other understand some of the…Continue

Do you think celebrity psychics have a responsibility to their audience?

Started by Deborah Herman. Last reply by Patricia Herlevi Sep 11, 2013. 10 Replies

Please read this blog I posted on my website about the Long Island medium. I would love to have your feedback about celebrity psychics as well as authors and practitioners. Are there rules? Should…Continue

Raising consciousness through music

Started by Patricia Herlevi Sep 11, 2013. 0 Replies

I hope everyone is well in this group and keeping spiritually active.  I have returned to WAE after a long hiatus in which I launched a transformational astrology blog, Whole Astrology (on blogspot)…Continue

WHAT DOES SPIRIT CARE ABOUT?

Started by jeff herman. Last reply by Tessa Bagatto Apr 14, 2013. 6 Replies

We humans live our lives and experience time. Are we doing all the heavy lifting around here? Does spirit have a role to play, or does it just hand out metaphorical water bottles while we do our…Continue

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Comment by Jeanne Lyet Gassman on April 18, 2014 at 12:50pm

So excited to announce that I have just finished the revisions for my publisher. My novel, Blood of a Stone, is forthcoming from Tuscany Press in the fall of 2014. Set in first century Palestine, Blood of a Stone is the story of a slave named Demetrios who murders his abusive Roman master and escapes to Galilee to create a new life and a new identity. When a close friend exposes his secrets, Demetrios sets out to silence those who could bring him to justice but finds love and redemption instead.

Comment by Martin Vesole on April 9, 2014 at 2:16am

Hi Wayne, I have a somewhat similar book called Sleeping Truth. I couldn't find anyone who wanted it either so I gave up on agents and also decided to give up on publishing companies. Rather than start my own company, however, I am going with Amazon. The one maybe significant difference between us is that you have already published a book and have a track record to present, whereas this is my first novel and I have no track record. If you find someone that likes these kinds of books, let us know. It might help somebody. Sorry that I have no new information to provide.

Martin

Comment by Wayne E. Gustafson on April 8, 2014 at 9:08pm

Greetings colleagues,
Here's my dilemma: I have written what many people have told me is a very good novel. It deals with a biblical theme but from an unusual angle. Its theological perspective is not traditional as it looks at the Exodus story and the Promised Land from the perspective of quality of community rather than geography, theological correctness, or obedience to some divine directive. When I originally tried to shop the book around, I was told that is was very good, but "they" didn't handle this kind of fiction. I formed my own publishing company to get it in print, and it won the silver IPPY medal in 2011. I've sold several hundred copies, so I'm not under water.
I have not been able to find many books in this genre that is a retelling, a broadening, or an imaginative treatment of a biblical or other well known religious story. People with flexible faith positions find the book inspiring, but those who are more conservative might find it upsetting (although that is not my intent).
  More info about Community of Promise can be found at entospress.com.
  I am getting ready to publish a new novel, The Wisdom Weaver, in the fall. This brings together ancient feminist goddess wisdom with the Genesis stories.
  Now, here is my question to the group: Does anyone know where the market for such books might be found? By the way, I am not interested in arguing theology. This is a playful fictional account that simply has the potential to broaden perspective for those who find that a valuable exercise. Thanks for thinking about this with me.
Wayne

Comment by Ramona on December 3, 2012 at 8:30am

Hello everyone,

I would like to share with you my newest short story. Although it's fiction but it's also about the spirit of Christmas which makes it perfect for this group. 

I hope you will have the time to read it and share with me your thoughts. :) Thank you for your time.

Best Regards,

Ramona

http://ramonamattaofficial.wix.com/matta#!untitled/cnec 

Comment by Robyn Opie Parnell on August 20, 2012 at 1:40am

Hi Shelley,

I agree with Jane. Besides finding out if there's a market for your book, you'll also find out if you really want to write a book. Writing a book is a big commitment, takes a lot of time and discipline. Also, you're giving yourself time to learn about writing a book. You do need to learn about the craft (if this is your first book).

You have an interesting story. I'd explore the potential, if I was you, and learn about writing.

All the best. I wish you every success!

Robyn

Comment by Jane Lebak on August 19, 2012 at 10:00pm

Hi, Shelley!

I'd encourage you to write magazine articles first. It sounds like your story might fit with Mothering Magazine, for example. You can also write about mothers who have faced similar situations. After you've published a few magazine articles, you'll have proven there's a market for your work and have established that you can have a platform. 

Once you've got that, you can work on a book proposal and a few sample chapters. A book like Bestselling Book Proposals 101 will help with that.

Good luck!

Comment by shelley colquitt on August 19, 2012 at 9:57pm


I am dipping my toe into writting a book about A life worth living. It is about my daughter. I was told to turn her machines off and let her slip away when she was 3 months 6 months and a year old. I chose to fight for her and now she is 11 years old she is still on life support machines (only at night) she plays the piano, sings goes to school and has sleepovers. how do I write this book? help please

Comment by Jane on July 18, 2012 at 4:39pm

Hi, I am new to the site and loving it already! I am in the middle (chapt 17) of writing my first novel set in 1950's London. My MC has spiritual leanings and secretly helps others in a time when it is dangerous to do so as she still could have been tried for witchcraft at the time. I'm really enjoying crafting each scene! 

Comment by Tessa Bagatto on July 5, 2012 at 8:47pm

Greetings one and all,

I'm working on revising my first historical novel  which is chock-full of spiritual and paranormal elements. It is part of a trilogy that is set in northern Italy where my family (all four sets of grandparents) have lived since the 1600s. I'm gearing up for my second big writer's conference in a few weeks in Seattle and am nervous about pitching to agents. Nothing like pitching to get the ol' heart pumping :-)

I'm signing off now and will read through other comments to get to know you all a bit better.

Ciao, Tessa

Comment by Irene Kessler on July 3, 2012 at 8:05am

Hello to all and I'm happy to be a part of this group. I just finished a novel about opening to spirituality while at a residence in India as a psychologist working with homeless and mentally impaired women brought in from the streets. One editor at Random House is interested and I will be sending my first fifty pages. I will also need to find an agent. Hi again, kindred souls.

 

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