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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 ...
 
Play on Words presents the POWer Half Hour; 30-ish minutes of artists, writers, and performers discussing their craft, their work, and where they're from. Your host, Ryan Alpers, pairs recordings of live performances with in studio interviews with the artists, writers, and performers to explore the creative process. Please comment, rate us on iTunes and follow us on Sound Cloud! Thank you!
 
The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Real Princess and a host of other wonderful tales which form so much a part of childhood are part of Andersen's Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen. This volume contains eighteen selected stories. Some of them are old familiar friends, while others maybe new to some readers, but all of them equally enchanting and enthralling. Today, these stories are known almost everywhere in the world and have been translated into hundreds of l ...
 
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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 …
 
What is SEO? Why do authors need it? How does SEO help me sell books? These are just a few questions we’ll tackle today. Join us in the live chat at 10am EST to ask your own questions. 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit our website: https://christianindiewriters.net/ Learn more about the hosts... Jenifer: …
 
Do you feel discouraged or burnt out by your writing journey? Do you want to connect with other writers who understand your goals and pain? Do you need some time to get away from life, refocus on your goals, and connect with God? Perhaps what you need is a writing retreat. We have a special guest today who is going to help us understand what a writ…
 
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…
 
Do you know the difference between a book blurb and a synopsis? Or how long a blurb should be? Listen in as we discuss the difference between a blurb and synopsis, discuss examples of blurbs and more tips for self-publishing. Want more on Blurbs? Episode 43: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7AqxuXGPEE 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.…
 
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 …
 
Writing a book doesn’t need to be hard for many writers. All you need to do to write faster is learn how to get out of your own way. Our guest today is cofounder of Girl Defined Ministries and author of several books for young girls, including Girl Defined and Love Defined. Kristen Clark, welcome to the Christian Publishing Show! GirlDefined.com ht…
 
What is self-publishing? Listen in to our conversation about ‘back matter’ and why indie writers should master these valuable marketing pages in the back of their self-published book. Sprint: The sound of thunderChristian Indie Writers
 
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 …
 
How do I write a novel? This is one of the most common questions writers ask. They ask it as they get started, they ask it after they finish their first book, and sometimes they ask it after writing half a dozen books. When writing a novel, there are four essential pieces you need to include–four pillars that will help your novel stand up to critic…
 
Are you superstitious? Did you just knock on wood? Throw a little salt over your shoulder? Today we talk about these crazy little rituals and how they help us shape our books but also help us get our butts in the chair. Join us and share your own in the comments below. 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit ou…
 
Would you like to get more done without exerting as much energy? That’s exactly what having a system will help you do and what we are going to talk about today. My name is Shelley Hitz and I’m here with my husband CJ Hitz. We have been mentoring writers for over a decade helping you self-publish your books in multiple formats using our publishing m…
 
There are two ways to get better at writing. One is to practice writing, so your first drafts are better. The second is to learn how to edit your first drafts into better second drafts. It is common for some beginning authors to feel like the second draft is different, rather than better. This doesn’t need to be the case, however. You can learn how…
 
The Holy Bible tells us that ‘Love is Kind’ but how often do we follow that advice? As a self published author, are you kind to yourself? Are you kind to your characters? Listen in on our conversation as we explore what the word kindness really means, and then share your writer's advice and self-publishing tips with us in our live chat or in the co…
 
What could happen if you devoted just 15-minutes a day to your writing? Keep listening over the next few minutes to this encouragement that when applied can help you finish writing your book. My name is Shelley Hitz and I’m here with my husband CJ Hitz. We have been mentoring writers for over a decade helping you get your books out of your heads an…
 
A famous writer once coined the term “Patience is a virtue,” but that advice is hard to follow. As a self published author, how important is patience? Listen in on our conversation as we explore patience and the writer and then share your writer's advice and self-publishing tips with us in our live chat or in the comments below. 30 Days of Writing …
 
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…
 
In this episode of the podcast we share a behind the scenes tutorial. We just took new photos for our business and have some headshot tips and tricks to share with you and your self publishing journey. 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit our website: https://christianindiewriters.net/ Learn more about the h…
 
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…
 
Many times Christian writers think that once their book is published, then they can minister to people. But they have it all backwards. You can and should start ministering to and blessing people right now, and your book will be an overflow of that ministry. We have a guest here today to talk to us about how books can be used to complement your min…
 
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 …
 
Are you tired of getting distracted every time you log in to one of your Facebook author groups? Are you sick of feeling discouraged by the spammers and trolls who lurk in the depths of the group? Are you hesitant to trust the information shared in Facebook groups because you don’t know if it’s reliable? Do you wish there were an easier way to conn…
 
Writers are a special group of people who sometimes need help getting into their creative mindset. Our discussion about our own habits and some tips will help you get into your creative space. 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit our website: https://christianindiewriters.net/ Learn more about the hosts... J…
 
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 …
 
“The first page of a book sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” –– American crime novelist Mickey Spillane When you write a novel, you want your readers to be so thrilled by the ending of your story that they immediately buy your next book. And then they tell all their friends about it. But if your ending flops and your readers are …
 
Save the Cat Beat Sheet is a popular way to outline your novel, even if you are a pantser, but there are even more ways to plan your novel with beats. Come listen! Today's sprint prompt: I Survived Writing Camp 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit our website: https://christianindiewriters.net/ Learn more ab…
 
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’ve decided to bring your print book alive by turning it into an audiobook, choosing your narrator could be the most important decision you make. Join our chat and help us think through the process. Today's sprint prompt: “Where did I put my glasses?” 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit our website: h…
 
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…
 
Perhaps you’ve considered writing Bible studies for your local church, or maybe you’re interested in writing Bible studies for publication. How do you write Bible studies that people want to read? We have a special guest with us today who is going to share her experience in writing Bible studies. She is co-founder of Flourish Gathering and Flourish…
 
By now Audible is a household name, so why does a self-published writer care about other audio book platforms? Join our discussion and join in on this hotly debated topic. Christians come in all shapes and sizes and so does their taste in books, but there are some reader expectations most can agree upon. Explore some of those with us on the podcast…
 
“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 …
 
Christians come in all shapes and sizes and so does their taste in books, but there are some reader expectations most can agree upon. Explore some of those with us on the podcast. Today's sprint prompt: Doodling 30 Days of Writing Sprint Prompts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MGR7431 Visit our website: https://christianindiewriters.net/ Learn more a…
 
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