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A Rose Blooming in Publishing

Interview with publisher Naomi Rose

by Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune,

Dec. 15, 2010

A ROSE IS A ROSE is Naomi Rose, a courageous woman who's seeking to blossom as an independent book publisher in the age of the Internet.


With book sales dropping and book stores closing, this Rose of Oakland is one entrepreneur, who hopes for a book that will pay her office overhead. Her first release by Rose Press is Healing Civilization by Claudio Naranjo, which blends perfectly with her plan to publish books that deal with healing.

"Do I think of myself as courageous?" she said. "I don't feel that way very often. Periodically, I say, 'What have I got myself into?' It seems so difficult and expensive. Some people were wonderful, some people were not wonderful.

"There are so many pieces to it. But it's the inspirational part of publishing that keeps me going. I keep re-inspiring myself."

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Creative Careers
in the Arts 

Interview with Naomi Rose

by Molly Anderson-Childers

for Creativity Portal

Molly: Can you tell our readers what first inspired you to create The Portable Blessings Ledger: A Way to Keep Track of Your Finances and Bring Meaning and Heart to Your Dealings with Money, and how working with that book can impact their financial situation?

Naomi: The Portable Blessings Ledger came to me during one of those lulls that self-employed people sometimes experience. I had been writing a longer book on the subject of bringing money and compassion together called The Blessings Ledger. And, as can happen with long works-in-progress, I was feeling frustrated. The book was taking so long to write; yet, I didn't want to rush the writing process and complete it prematurely.

At the same time, I wanted to share the essence of what I had learned from writing that longer book about connecting the inner life with money — a frequently thorny and, in my eyes, essentially unexplored topic — so that readers could put these lessons into practice in the world right now. It came to me to take "just the cream" of the learnings from The Blessings Ledger and put together another, related book. I wanted readers to be able to quickly grasp the concept, be inspired by modeling stories from my experience, and take The Portable Blessings Ledger out into the world and have their own experiences transforming money into a blessing.

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