So, You Want to Write a Spirituality Book?

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An acquisitions editor, a literary agent and a book editor walk into the Jesuit Media Lab. They all have a background in publishing spiritual classics. They’re all determined to find the next great spiritual writer. And they joined the Jesuit Media Lab for a two-part series entitled, “So, You Want to Write a Spirituality Book?”

Meet the Panel:

Keely Boeving is a senior agent at WordServe Literary, where she has worked since 2015. She began her publishing career in New York at Oxford University Press, and she has also worked as a freelance editor. A Colorado native, she and her husband live in Denver with their three children. Keely is passionate about partnering with authors to develop books that connect with readers, find success with publishers, delight our imaginations, and create real change in the world. She represents a wide range of genres and subjects in both the general and Christian markets, particularly in the areas of literature and the arts, theology, health and wellness, spiritual formation, and the intersection of faith and culture. You can find her at www.keelyboeving.com and on Twitter @KeelyBoeving.

Gary Jansen is the executive director and director for new products and acquisitions at Loyola Press and 4U2B Books and Media. Prior to that, he worked at Penguin Random House for 25 years, where he was the editor on several New York Times bestsellers. Gary is also the author of several bestselling books, including the memoir Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the NightThe 15-Minute Prayer SolutionStation to Station, and the multi-award winning MicroShifts: Transforming Your Life One Step at a Time. His illustrated children’s book, Remember Us with Smiles, which he co-wrote with his wife Grace, won the 2023 Christopher Award in the Books for Young People category. His latest book, Meditations at Midnight is available on March 19, 2024. Find Gary at garyjansen.com.

Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening FriendshipThe Art of Spiritual WritingSmall Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.