Words that Teach, Words that Heal

Secrets of Self-Help and Spirituality Writing

A live 4-week Interactive ONLINE Course for authors...and those who want to be!

Hilary T. Smith, Senior Editor, Hierophant Publishing

This-four week LIVE, online course is taught by Hilary T. Smith,
author, and senior editor at Hierophant Publishing.

In these sessions Hilary will teach you …

Here's what you can expect from this skill-building and transformational online course:


The Pain Point & The Promise

All great self-help books identify a clear pain point, then give readers the tools and techniques they need to solve it. 

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Identify your book’s pain point
  • Craft compelling promises in response to your book’s pain point

  • Leverage your unique credentials as an author to further refine your pain point and promise

  • Write a compelling introduction for your book

We will look at examples of pain points and promises from successful books, and discuss the importance of establishing a strong personal connection to your topic.


Delivering On The Promise

Once you’ve made a promise, it’s time to deliver! This week, we’ll look at the various ways that self-help and spirituality authors deliver on their book’s promise. 

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Write great anecdotes, thought experiments, and parables
  • Incorporate research, exercises, and worksheets into your book

  • Deliver on your book’s promise ethically and responsibly.

  • Breathe new life into time-honored advice.
  • Identify a blueprint for your book.

We will analyze examples of how successful books deliver on their promise, and discuss several classic blueprints for self-help and spirituality books.


Finding Your Voice

As a self-help or spirituality author, you are not only entertaining and informing your readers, but acting as a teacher, coach, guide, or friend. It’s important to choose a voice that you’ll be happy to sustain through your following books, as well as in any future classes, workshops, or retreats.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Choose a voice that feels authentic to you
  • Refine your voice so it delights your target audience

  • Plan for sequels, workbooks, journals, and other spin-offs from your original book

  • Turn your existing class, workshop, or retreat into a book—or turn your book into a class, workshop, or retreat!

We’ll look at how successful self-help and spirituality authors developed a voice which is instantly recognizable, and discuss the importance of choosing a voice which translates well across mediums.


Self-Help Stumbling Blocks
and How to Overcome Them

As you draft your book, you are almost certain to run into common stumbling blocks unique to this genre.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Use personal stories without turning your self-help book into a memoir
  • Give your tools and exercises wide applicability

  • Ensure your book stands out in a sea of similar advice

  • Generate materials to flesh out thin areas of your manuscript

  • Use your pain point and promise to give your book the tight
    focus it needs

We will analyze the ways that existing self-help books reach a broad audience, and consider how to give your book wide appeal.

some bestselling books from hierophant publishing edited by hilary

Class Dates

March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th, 2024
8pm - 9:30pm Central Standard Time
This 4-week master class begins Thursday, March 21st, 2024, and continues for four consecutive Thursday evenings. Class time runs from 8 pm-9:30 pm CST
*Don't worry if you cant attend every class live, as all sessions are recorded and you will have 6 months to review them as many times as you'd like.

Registration Pricing

$199 - Early Bird Discounted Registration Price Through March 1st

$299- Late Registration Price March 2nd and after

Full Access Pass

Per person
$ 199
  • Full Access to the live classes
  • All video replays good for 6 months

2 Payments option

FULL ACCESS - Per person
$ 99
  • Full access to the live classes
  • All video replays good for 6 months

We will email you links and course materials!

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Meet Hilary T. smith

Hilary T. Smith is the Senior Editor at Hierophant Publishing, where she helps beloved authors like don Jose Ruiz bring their self-help and spirituality books to life. She is also an off-grid homestead dweller, a meditator, and an essayist."


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