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Welcome to Kingdom Writers where CJ and Shelley Hitz are passionate about equipping and empowering Christian writers of all genres to share their unique gifts with the world. This podcast is filled with spiritual encouragement as well as prayers to help you overcome the resistance you face as a writer. Your story matters! We believe that you have a specific role to play in the kingdom of heaven to impact lives for eternity. And because of this, we will pour out our lives encouraging writers ...
 
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Have you ever struggled with motivation and often feel like you have to force yourself to sit down in front of your computer to write? Well, don’t worry because you are not alone. There are many strategies out there, but in this episode, we talk about the one tool that can help you be more productive in your writing journey. You’ll be surprised to …
 
The third chapter of Ecclesiastes tells us that everything has a season and every activity under heaven has its own time. Yet most of the time, we find ourselves comparing our own season with others; our own tulip with others’ roses. In this episode, we reflect on this and share how to embrace both the beauty and mystery of our own seasons; of our …
 
Your book is finally ready. Hooray! But are you? If you are wondering when is the perfect time to launch your book then fasten your seatbelt and get ready to listen because this episode is for you. Free: 27 Book Marketing Ideas You have finally written and published your book. Yay! Now, it’s time to market and promote it to reach more people and in…
 
You might be wondering how you will share your powerful message with the world. Is traditional publishing really the only option? Is self-publishing truly less “excellent”? In this episode, you’ll discover insights on ways you can get your message to your target audience through self-publishing and why we don’t believe it is any less “excellent.” L…
 
Ever feel that you aren’t making any progress in your writing journey? Have you experienced hitting a wall at times? Well, don’t worry because you are not alone. In this episode, we cover several ways to be consistent in your writing progress and to celebrate each milestone. After all, God has called us to be faithful and consistent in the gifts th…
 
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation.I will be honored throughout the world.” This iconic verse can be directed either to the enemies of God’s people or to God’s people themselves as we’ll take a look at. The verse implies a stoppage of fighting, raging, striving, or operating out of human strength …
 
Marketing sometimes feels hard. I get it! If you’re in a season where marketing feels like a “have to”, a dread or a burden this episode is for you. Free: 27 Book Marketing Ideas You have finally written and published your book. Yay! Now, it’s time to market and promote it to reach more people and inspire lives. Get instant access to our FREE PDF o…
 
Join Shelley Hitz and several authors from Christian Book Academy who will share case studies + tips they've learned along the way. A few things you'll learn: ✅ The one thing that helped Heather Erdmann finally finish her first draft so she was able to publish her first book (previously she got stuck and never finished more than a few pages). ✅ How…
 
Ever feel like your writing journey is going too slow? If so, be encouraged by this episode! It is the small, consistent habits over time that can change your life. Whether you want to improve your health, start a business or write a book, it takes intentionality with your habits. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right tim…
 
Jesus Shows Up – A few post-resurrection sightings Jesus spent 40 days on earth after His resurrection. During this time, He eased His followers’ doubts and gave them direction for the future. Like those original followers, we as Kingdom Writers sometimes feel like we’ve missed something along the way. We had high hopes for books that are currently…
 
One of the best ways to sell your book is to let your customers sell your book for you. Customer reviews and word-of-mouth referrals are powerful. Learn more in this episode of the podcast. Next week we will publicly open the doors to Christian Book Academy. Something new we have launched is a success stories podcast which allows our members to sha…
 
When it comes to self-publishing, is it possible to publish a quality book on a budget? Yes, it is! Here are 3 ways to consider… 1.) Hire the right people Many companies will offer to publish your book for thousands of dollars. Typically it will cost $3000 - $10,000. When you remove the middleman and hire the right people directly, you can save tho…
 
Self-publishing can be overwhelming and expensive. You've done some research and have been praying about the best way to publish your book. However, you have some doubts and hesitations. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. Don’t let paralysis of analysis keep your book as an unfinished project on your computer's hard drive or in your notebooks g…
 
1 Thessalonians 3:9-11Ezekiel 22:30 As Kingdom Writers, we can be people God uses to help fill in the gaps (as Paul says) and also stand in the gap (Ezekiel) in order to help repair a wall of righteousness and plead on behalf of others. Our books and other writings are ways God brings us to others in order to encourage and edify their faith. Just a…
 
This is how I typically do prioritize my marketing tasks, but it will be different for each of you. My first priority: Will it produce income? (Long term or short term? What is the profit margin?) Will it build my email list? (Manual or automated?) My next thought process: What is the least minimum viable product? Done well, yes. But sometimes we d…
 
Publishing is a very vulnerable process, isn’t it? You are putting your heart and soul onto paper for the whole world to see. How do you deal with the fear that comes with publishing? Learn a few ways to reframe it in this episode. Links mentioned: Conquer the fear of sharing your story: https://www.trainingauthors.com/conquer-fear/ Download Your F…
 
In this episode, you will learn several ideas for setting up systems and learning what works best for you in your writing process. Links mentioned: Video on how to organize your computer files: https://www.facebook.com/christianbookacademy/videos/848819582302598/ Writing Wheel free eBook: https://trainingauthors.com/writingwheel/ Move Forward in Go…
 
We typically recommend giving yourself 90 days for each stage of the Kingdom Writers Path at the most. However, we’ve had members publish a book within a month of joining Christian Book Academy. For example, Jennifer Nelson published a book 10 days after enrolling in our membership. It depends on the time you have to invest and the scope of your bo…
 
Many of you have visited the Redwood National Park in northern California. Shelley & I visited that area a few years ago. I remember walking through forests with lush ferns among these gentle giants in all their majesty. Imagine the Creator of those trees! -Redwoods can grow as tall as 400 feet -The oldest redwood is thought to be over 3200 years o…
 
There are three types of book marketing you can do. 1. Free organic marketing (usually takes longer and requires more time) 2. Paid ads (for authors the best platform is Amazon Ads but still requires a learning curve) 3. Partner marketing through strategic relationships (very powerful but requires connecting with others in your niche or those who a…
 
There are advantages to both traditional publishing and self-publishing. I personally have chosen self-publishing (independent publishing) and love it! However, it’s not always the best fit for everyone. Here are some benefits to consider: https://www.trainingauthors.com/the-benefits-of-independent-publishing-self-publishing/ If you want to go down…
 
When you have multiple book ideas, how do you decide which book to write first? Here are a few questions to ask: When you're praying about it, do you get a sense from God which book is first? What do you feel the most passionate about right now? What are your goals right now? Does one of the books line up better with your goals? What are your goals…
 
Psalm 127:1-2 - “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.” Our workaholic society tells us to pu…
 
We believe in the power of being surrounded by like-minded writers in community while you write, publish, and market your book… …even if that community is online. We have been coaching and mentoring writers online for over a decade and have seen the power it has over and over again. Right now, our doors to Christian Book Academy are open. WooHoo! 🥳…
 
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