GOOD SPIRITUAL WRITING

What is spiritual writing?

Spiritual writing isn't like any other genre. You won't likely find too many short, choppy sentences in spiritual books, nor will the text sound academic. Spiritual prose is lyrical, beautiful writing in the sense that—whether through fiction or fact—it conveys a specific message or point of view. 

This type of writing is not plot driven. It need not tie up every loose end. Its mission is to bring out the truth and meaning of the author's message and give the reader food for thought. 

What then is the role of a spiritual editor?

The role of a spiritual editor is to make sure the author's message is being effectively conveyed. Oftentimes, spiritual writers can be too raw and repetitive to the point of losing the reader's interest. As such, a good editor will focus on tightening "the script" without compromising its message or the writer's voice.

What advice can an editor offer a spiritual writer?

Put all your being into articulating exactly what you wish to say simply and concisely. Keep it interesting. Readers "disengage" when too much nuance or context is provided. Long passages of exhibition, opinion, and repetitive information make readers lose interest and promote negative reviews.

Once all your words are out and down on paper, edit...edit...edit...and put your manuscript away for a couple of weeks, or so. Then—whether you are planning on using a professional editor (or not)—return to edit some more. Also, make sure your publishing platform includes Amazon's "Look Inside" feature and that the content displayed (in the "Look Inside") does your book justice. Even if readers don't purchase your book directly from Amazon, they will still go there (first) to read the material in the "Look Inside." 

How difficult is it to get a spiritual book published?

For first-time spiritual authors, self-publishing will likely be the best option. A self-published spiritual book can have a long life online. My first book, The Power of Twin Soul Love, published in 2014, sold thousands of copies and continues to inspire new readers. 

Self-publishing, however, is a process. It requires knowing a fair amount of information about how it works.

Affordable self-publishing consulting was not available when I started out; if it was, it would have saved me a lot of grief.

Knowing what to do and what to look for in a self-publishing company—from how your royalties will be calculated and disbursed to how or who is going to market your book—is, needless to say, paramount to your success as a spiritual author.

©2018 Mary Dunlop

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FEES AND SERVICES

Mary can help you with your book, story, or article. She is providing these services specifically for spiritual authors interested in self-publishing, or spiritual writers who wish to polish their manuscripts before submitting to a press. Instead of charging by the hour, or per word, like many freelance editors, Mary is offering the following editorial and consulting services at flat rates.

Developmental Editing – In a developmental editing process Mary will look for critical problems in the manuscript. She will bring your attention to issues with character development, setting, plot (if necessary) and dialogue. She will comment directly on your manuscript via Microsoft Word to show you what you need to work on. You will also be provided with a letter called an editorial review that will go into more detail concerning any problems your manuscript might have. Within a four week period you will receive your manuscript, containing editorial comments and suggestions, along with the editorial review.
Rates:
Manuscripts from 0 – 20,000 words:
Developmental Editing: $350
Manuscripts from 20,000 – 60,000 words:
Developmental Editing: $600

Copyediting – In a copyediting process Mary will look at style and consistency and will correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Using Microsoft Word, she will indicate all proposed changes in your digital manuscript, which you will receive within a four week period.
Rates:
Manuscripts from 0 – 20,000 words:
Copyediting $300
Manuscripts from 20,000 – 60,000 words:
Copyediting: $500

Self-Publishing Consulting
Covering areas from choosing the best self-publishing company
to building your audience and selling your book online...
Rate:
$60 / session

Forward Review - Objective review of your book which—with your permission—will be published on the popular Facebook Page: Twin Flame Reunion (currently over 34,000 members). You will also be able to use this review on your book jacket and in your own marketing efforts. 
Delivery 4-6 weeks, following digital manuscript submission.
Rate:
$200.00
Please note that Mary cannot review a book she has edited. 

Discounts and sliding scales are available.

If you are interested in any of these services, please contact Mary; see Contact Us for details.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR

From a young age, as far back as she can remember, Mary Dunlop has been a student of spirituality and metaphysics. She has studied and explored many spiritual paths, including Zen Buddhism. Mary is a self-described Metaphysical Christian. She incorporates the principles of meditation in everything she does.

In October 2014, Mary released the best-selling book The Power of Twin Soul LoveDepicting her own spiritual experiences against the backdrop of a fictionalized story, she emerged a successful writer of metaphysics, twin souls, and energy. Mary examines the concepts of how spiritual energy works and that all we have to do to live the best possible version of life is to follow the energy's flow. Her works speak of the love that exists for every human soul.

Mary has also written spiritual articles for Tiny Buddha and Elephant Journal.

Her latest book, Betsey's Retreat: The Power of Twin Soul Love Book II, is available at Amazon.com and all Amazon online stores.

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