Today’s guest is Maria Hill, author of the self-help book, The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide for Finding Your Place in the World. Maria is the founder of HSP Health and Sensitive Evolution. She is a lifelong explorer of the sensitive experience and the challenges of bridging the difference between sensitive and non-sensitive people. Her interest in wisdom traditions, and new developments in the understanding of patterns of human behavior and living provides a unique perspective about the value of the sensitive trait and the needs of highly sensitive people.
Having only been given a name for their unique nature a few decades ago, highly sensitive people, or HSPs, are finally able to identify their traits and connect with one another in new and beneficial ways. In her book, The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World, Maria Hill illuminates the path to self exploration and discovery for HSPs. Drawing on work of HSP expert Dr. Elaine Aron’s “DOES” model, Hill paints a vivid picture of the world as seen through the eyes of a highly sensitive person. She traces the roots of HSPs back to the earliest civilizations by following the evolutional framework of Spiral Dynamics as laid out by Don Beck and Chris Cowan. In doing so, she reveals the shifting roles of highly sensitive people in societies throughout the ages and exploring what the future holds as the culture shifts to a more HSP-friendly stage. Along the journey, Hill provides key insights and tools like the Whole Self framework of Bill Plotkin for highly sensitive people to take control of their lives and embrace their sensitive natures. With the guidance and resources contained within this book, HSPs can begin to discover and nurture their true potential.
Dorothy Thompson: Can you tell us about your publishing experience?
Maria Hill: My book, The Emerging Sensitive, is my first book, self-published using the publishing service of Bookbaby. I am very happy with my experience with them. I provided the edited manuscript and they did the cover and interior formatting. They also offer an extensive distribution service so that your book is sent to major book outlets including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo etc. Their publishing service let me focus on actual marketing rather than some of the technicalities of getting my book into distribution channels. I think as a first time author it is important to get as much support as you can because there is a lot to learn about publishing a book.
D.T.: What can you tell aspiring authors on their quest to be published? Any advice?
M.H.: There are two ways to publish: traditional publishing house or self-publishing. A traditional publishing house has credibility which helps to get visibility for your work. Self-publishing can be a faster way to get your book to market but you have to do more of the marketing yourself. I like the idea of getting a book into the marketplace quickly. I think that self-publishing services have developed to the point where they offer a lot of support for a new author. I understand that publishing houses will pick up self-published authors with successful works so self-publishing can help you gain visibility in the publishing industry.
I believe that you need to develop a platform for your writing or subject matter in order to be taken seriously as an author. My platform is my online website, Sensitive Evolution, which provides a full suite of information and services for highly sensitive people. I think it is a good idea to develop your online platform while writing a book or even beforehand. Not only will it put you in contact with your market but you will be able to develop ideas for writing from it and may be able to use some of your online material in your books.
D.T.: Where can we find you on the web?
M.H. My website is Sensitive Evolution. It has been developed over a 6 year period and includes a library, blog, free app, my books, a newsletter and courses. Stop by for a visit!