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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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What does it look like to worship God through our writing? Read: 1 Kings 7:13-22; 40-45 Huram was an “extremely skillful and talented” craftsman from the area of Tyre in Lebanon who was commissioned by King Solomon to help enhance and decorate the temple. After reading about the precision and detail of Huram’s work, we see that he was a man who glo…
 
Email marketing is such an important part of a long-term marketing strategy for authors and yet one most avoid. In this training, Shelley shares 11 ways you can grow your email list as an author. Here’s the list: Option One: Strategic Partnerships Podcast Interviews Guest Blog Posts Social Media Takeover Social Media Swap Solo Email Swap Option Two…
 
Do you have a book that you’ve started but you’ve struggled to finish? If so, today we want to share with you three ways to renew your commitment to write so you can click the publish button. Ready to dive in? 1. Remember the reason you write. What is your why? When you have a strong purpose behind your writing, it will help you overcome the resist…
 
Do you want to find peace in your writing? If so, CJ has some encouragement for you today from the Word of God that will help to bring calm to your chaos and peace to the panic when it comes to your writing. Kingdom Writers have access to a peace that can’t be manufactured through human means. It’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit. “I pray that God, the …
 
Zechariah 4:10a My small beginnings as a runner after reading a book by Dean Karnazes After coming out of an 80 year Babylonian exile and having the glorious temple that King Solomon built be reduced to rubble, it was now time for God’s people to rebuild a new temple where Yahweh would reside and be worshiped. To the younger generation, this was a …
 
One way to launch a new book is by using Amazon’s KDP Select program. This program launched in December 2011 and I first enrolled one of our books in the program in early January 2012. The program is no longer as effective as it was in 2012, but we have still seen success with our books as well as the books of other authors. Why Free? When you are …
 
If you have published blog posts, podcasts, videos, or have given presentations; you may already have content you can use for your book. Take a moment to look over the content you have already created to see if you can repurpose it and include it in your book. For example: Podcasts and videos can be transcribed. Presentation slides can be used as p…
 
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13 (NLT) Kingdom Writers have access to a joy that can’t be manufactured through human means. It’s something that we’re given by the Holy Spirit We …
 
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer …
 
Turn Your Passion into a Platform Are you one of the many people who long to ditch the cubicle and go to work for yourself, on your own terms? What's holding you back? Self-doubt, fear, technology challenges, the feeling that there are already too many other people doing what you want to do? It's time to face those things head-on and transform your…
 
We talked about publishing short Kindle books last month. If you publish short books, I recommend creating a Kindle series around your main topic. Your series title can be related to your main topic. Then, each small book can focus on a specific problem within that topic. Publishing a book series helps you build authority in that niche; people will…
 
Since taking up running over 13 years ago, I’ve (CJ) learned the importance of a proper warm-up. Whether I’m preparing for a key speed workout or long run, my rule of thumb is to keep the first two miles nice and easy. Rather than forcing my legs to move faster in the beginning, I simply put one foot in front of the other and allow my legs to gradu…
 
As writers, there are things that can stand in the way of seeing the breakthrough of finishing our book. Sometimes there's an absolute desperation on our part. There are times we can get a little crazy after exhausting all other options. But when we encounter Jesus, breakthroughs are possible… Mark 2:1-12 Imagine the testimony of this paralyzed man…
 
When you write a new book, one thing I want you to consider is how to set your book up for bulk orders. What are bulk orders? Typically these will come from groups, organizations, or companies that will want to order multiple copies of their books for book studies, gifts, to include in a subscription box, etc. Include a Reader’s Guide I recommend c…
 
There are so many reasons to write short Kindle eBooks. Personally, I have been writing this type of book for many years and people enjoy reading shorter books. We are all busy and we all have a lot to do. Therefore, if I can find one book to read quickly, get my question answered, and move on, I’m a happy camper. A short book is easy for your read…
 
When you are in your writing zone, you are using the right side of your brain. This is the creative part of your brain. Whereas when you are outlining, researching, and editing you are using the left side of your brain. This is the logical part of your brain and also where your inner critic resides. Therefore when you try to write and edit at the s…
 
This episode was originally recorded inside our Christian Book Academy group as live videos. However, we wanted to share these teachings with you. Today's topic is: 3 Lessons from Habakkuk We hope this episode encourages and inspires. We have a free gift for you. One of the most important foundational things is to have in place as a Kingdom Writer …
 
This episode was teachings we did to begin our Virtual Writing Retreat in January. However, we wanted to share these with you. Today's topic is: Free at Last As Kingdom writers let us have a freedom mindset. It’s time to move forward with our writing and the messages that God put on our hearts to share with the world. We hope this episode encourage…
 
This episode was teachings we did to begin our Virtual Writing Retreat in January. However, we wanted to share these with you. Today's topic is: Big Brave Steps In order to write your book and then to market it and share it with the world, it requires a lot of really big, brave steps. We hope this episode encourages and inspires. We have a free gif…
 
Welcome to this month's Expert Interview. This episode is an interview with Alisa Keeton on how to market your book in a God-honoring way. Today's topic is: Tips for Marketing Your Book in a God-Honoring Way We are thrilled to have Alisa Keeton. She is a wholehearted pursuer of God’s love. As a more than twenty-seven-year fitness professional, Alis…
 
This episode was originally recorded inside our Christian Book Academy group as live videos. However, we wanted to share these teachings with you. Today's topic is: Pray Hard, Work Hard: A Jumpstart for 2021 We hope this episode encourages and inspires. We have a free gift for you. One of the most important foundational things is to have in place a…
 
This episode was originally recorded inside our Christian Book Academy group as live videos. However, we wanted to share these teachings with you. Today's topic is: Darkness has an Expiration Date “Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever...The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a…
 
This episode was teachings we did to begin our Virtual Writing Retreat in August. However, we wanted to share these with you. Today's topic is: Staying on Mission People may be very persuasive to try to get us to do what they want us to do. That's why we need to spend time w/ God alone and hear from Him. He will let us know what our purpose is and …
 
Welcome to this month's Expert Interview. This episode is an interview with Thomas Umstattd on how to grow your author platform with podcasting. Today's topic is: How To Grow Your Platform With Podcasting We are thrilled to have Thomas Umstattd. He has helped authors for over a decade as a literary agent, marketing director, and radio show host. He…
 
This episode was teachings we did to begin our Virtual Writing Retreat in August. However, we wanted to share these with you. Today's topic is: Preparing Our Hearts to Write Many times, we feel like a jar of dirty water after it’s been shaken. We need time to settle and become still before the Lord. We hope this episode encourages and inspires. We …
 
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