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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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Broken Crayons Still Color

Shelley Hitz | Christian Author and Speaker

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This is the Broken Crayons Still Color podcast with your host, Shelley Hitz. Each episode contains an inspiring story of HOPE and HEALING in Christ. Many times what we see as our biggest regrets, failures and mistakes become what God uses the most in our lives. God is able to transform our brokenness into something more beautiful than we can even imagine. He takes our mess and creates a masterpiece. You see, broken crayons still color.
 
Welcome to the Alive and Active podcast where CJ and Shelley Hitz help busy Christian women just like you integrate your faith and fitness. The Keep in Step with the Spirit episodes will help your mind, body, soul, and spirit as you move your body and listen to God’s Word. The Scripture Stillness episodes will include short 5-minute Biblical meditations to help you calm your heart, calm your mind, and connect with Christ though His Word. Are you ready to be healthy and whole? If so, we invit ...
 
Illuminate can be defined as “light up; decorate with gold, silver, or colored designs; help to clarify or explain.” Our aim in this podcast is to help you find your way in life through the light of God’s Word. Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” As we dig into the Bible together, we’ll find our lives becoming more illuminated in every area. Join CJ and Shelley Hitz as they share insights from scripture that apply directly to our lives today. ...
 
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In Luke 1:5-38 we see two different people visited by the angel Gabriel. Each was presented with something impossible which would be accomplished by God. One was a priest who had an extensive religious experience. The other was a teenage girl who had very little life experience, let alone religious experience. Ironically, it was the one with extens…
 
Get access now here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/secret/ It’s hard to believe it, but… …CJ and I just finished our 70th book. It’s called, “Kingdom Writers” and it’s been in the works for almost 2.5 years so it’s soooo good to finally be birthing it into the world. Yay! Are you in the process of writing, publishing or marketing your book? If so…
 
The goal of a media kit is to have one place where people can find your information. This can be used for guest blog posts, podcast interviews, speaking engagements, etc. When the media calls and/or when opportunities open up…will you be ready? Enjoy this short episode that is an excerpt from a recent Media Kit Workshop we hosted for Christian Book…
 
There are so many decisions when self-publishing or independently publishing a book. In this episode, you’ll learn one mistake to avoid when working with graphic designers who create your book cover and/or interior formatting. This episode was inspired from a question from Christian Book Academy member, Nancy, and we hope it helps you as well! Down…
 
Do you want to write a book but you're just not sure how you're going to fit it into your schedule or if you have time to actually do it? Keep watching because in the next few minutes I'm going to share with you three different ways to finish a 10,000-word book. I see writers getting stuck in the stage of trying to write their first draft. What I h…
 
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: 1. The easy path Jennifer Nelson discovered to finally become an author 2. The easy path Jennifer Nelson discovered to finally become an author 3. How Jan Cox gained both freedom and control …
 
In this story of Jesus healing a blind man in Mark 8:22-26, it seems as if this was a two-part miracle where the blind man’s sight was gradually restored. After Jesus lays his hands on the man’s eyes the first time, the man says he can see people but they look like trees walking around. So Jesus places his hands on the man a second time and complet…
 
As the holidays approach I want to share 5-holiday sales strategies you can use to sell more books. BOGO deals Offer an extra digital bonus for those who buy your book during a certain time. Put together a gift-giving guide for your target audience as a PDF download. Sell a book bundle. Sell bulk orders If you’d like the workshop I taught on this t…
 
When you self-publish or independently publish your book, you need to make the decision about which format you will publish your book in. Some options include eBook, print, full-color, audiobook, translations, and large print. It depends on your audience, how well your book is selling, as well as your budget and the time you have to invest. Learn m…
 
In this episode, Shelley answers this question from Christian Book Academy member, Stephanie... “How do we balance our author life and regular day-to-day job life? When and how do we know to take the step of quitting our job to move into focusing more on our writing author life? I feel I am not focused enough on writing because of my other job. Wha…
 
“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” - 2 Kings 4:2a (NLT) Have you ever been in a situation where it was difficult to make ends meet? When there was more month than money? Where the butter was spread way too thin on that slice of bread? Running on fumes and coasting into the gas station is a regular o…
 
Do you have fear of marketing your book because you wonder what other people will think of you? Do you worry that they will think you are being self-promotional, greedy, or prideful? If so, you’re not alone. In this episode, we have some encouragement for you regarding marketing. “What you do is between you and God. What other people think about wh…
 
In this episode, we have some encouragement for you regarding publishing a book that has Biblical undertones without being too preachy. This was a question asked by someone during our 2021 Kingdom Writers Conference. Did you miss the conference? If so, you can still get all 15 presentations as well as 13 bonus training in the all-access pass here: …
 
Do you ever struggle with anxiety when you sit down to write? Does it stop you and keep you moving forward on your book? In this episode, we have some encouragement for you when you face resistance. This was a question asked by someone during our 2021 Kingdom Writers Conference. Did you miss the conference? If so, you can still get all 15 presentat…
 
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8 (NLT) On February 5th, 2017, things looked pretty bleak for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl Fifty-One. By the middle of the third quarter, they found themselves down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons. No team had ever come back to win a…
 
Disappointment is part of every writer's journey but when used the right way it can help you find your target audience, clarify the message God has equipped you to share, and expand your platform. This was the first recording with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith for the Kingdom Writers Conference. We had some bizarre tech issues and so he graciously re-re…
 
Many people want to write and publish a book but feel they don't have the time to succeed. Learn productivity principles that will help you accomplish your writing goals regardless of how full your calendar is today. This was the first recording with Dr. Tim Riordan for the Kingdom Writers Conference. We had some bizarre tech issues and so he graci…
 
We are the Priestly Pens in the author of Life as we are writing our books. However, does your “pen” ever feel dry? If so, enjoy this encouragement today which is an excerpt from the kickoff presentation of the Kingdom Writers Conference. Did you miss the conference? If so, you can still get all 15 presentations as well as 13 bonus training in the …
 
“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT) In his classic book, Miracles, author C.S. Lewis gives us a wonderful illustration of Christ representing a pearl diver in search of hidden treasure. It’s a beautiful pa…
 
What a fun month of celebration this has been! This month marks 10 years since I took the big, scary step of faith of quitting my physical therapy job (and a regular income behind) to be full-time in our ministry and business alongside my husband CJ. And we just finished our first-ever Kingdom Writers Conference. WooHoo! Thank you to everyone who j…
 
Can you believe it? This month marks a decade since I resigned from my physical therapy job. We have been working full-time in our business and ministry since that day. Honestly, it hasn't been easy. There have been so many times we wanted to give up. But God has provided what we needed and He has brought us to the place where we are today. One of …
 
If you haven't heard yet, September 2021 is an incredibly special year for CJ and me. It marks the 10th anniversary of taking that big scary step of faith for me to quit my physical therapy job and getting a regular paycheck. CJ was already working full-time in our business and 10 years ago I took that crazy step as well. We have been two full-time…
 
This year we wanted to do something a little bit different for September it is the 10th year anniversary since I quit my physical therapy job and went full time in our ministry and business with my husband. This is a significant milestone for us. We have been leading Christian Book Academy now for 6.5 years, mentoring writers for over 11 years and …
 
Have you had failures in your life? If so, it’s a good indication that you’ve taken some risks along the way. A few notable “failures” John Creasey received 743 rejection slips from publishers before one word was published. He eventually published 560 books and sold over 60 million copies Michael Waltrip lost 530 races before winning his first NASC…
 
Do you want to harness the power of partner promos by borrowing someone else’s audience? If so keep listening as this is one of the fastest ways to grow your audience and sell more books. My name is Shelley Hitz and I’m here with my husband CJ Hitz. We have been coaching authors for over a decade helping you reach more readers with your message by …
 
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