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Kingdom Writers: A Podcast for Christian Writers of All Genres

Welcome to Kingdom Writers where CJ and Shelley Hitz help you take a step of faith to finally finish your book. 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 like you to not only tell your stories but to take the courageous step of self-publishing your stories in books that will outlive you and leave behind a powerful legacy. This podcast is sponsored by our membership Christian Book Academy where we help you give birth to your books. We invite you to join our community of Kingdom Writers!
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Jun 5, 2024

The Right Kind of Boasting

In this episode of the Kingdom Writers Podcast, we look at the theme of boasting in the Lord rather than a boasting that originates from the flesh. 

We look at Paul’s teachings from 2 Corinthians 10:13-18. It seems that there were some people trying to influence the church in Corinth and taking credit for the ministry taking place there. Paul will not be pulled into a competition with others but simply points to the work they did in planting the church there. 

Paul’s desire was to see the ministry extended beyond the borders of what they did while living among the church in Corinth. He wanted nothing more than for this church to grow and mature to the point where they were multiplying beyond their local area.

As writers, we have opportunities to see our borders extended through the words we write. Our books can go far and wide in their influence and reach people we wouldn’t be able to in person.

Paul quotes Jeremiah 9:24 to emphasize the right kind of boasting. We get a little more of a full picture in verses 23-24,

“This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

In our world of constant self-promotion through social media, these verses cause us to always be intentional about pointing to the Lord as our Source of creativity and inspiration. He is the reason we call ourselves Kingdom Writers. It’s a privilege to even be called children of God.

As we encourage our fellow Kingdom Writers, we are also recognizing what the Lord is doing in and through them. As followers of Jesus, we are on the same team. At the end of the day, we can boast in the Lord for all He continues to do in our writing!

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here.

May 15, 2024

Do The Work

2 Timothy 4:5 - “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Paul gives young Timothy four things to do in this powerful little verse…

  1. Be sober-minded - In a world where others may be losing their minds, we are to remain clear in our thinking and focused on the things God has for us

  2. Endure suffering - Whether from other people or from our spiritual enemy, we are told to endure which is the ability to withstand pain or hardship

  3. Do the work - In Timothy’s case, Paul specifically instructs him to do the work of an evangelist. As Kingdom writers, we might be instructed to “do the work of a writer.”

  4. Fulfill Your Ministry - Whatever God has called us to do, we are to complete that task and fulfill what He’s called us to do. Fulfill the ministry of writing that book that needs to get into specific hands the Lord wants to encourage

What does it mean to “do the work”? We’ll look at this topic as it pertains to the Kingdom writer.

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here..

 

May 6, 2024

Don't miss out! The Courageous Writer Bundle ends 5/7/24 at midnight eastern. Get yours here: https://courageouswriterbundle.com/

1. Listen to podcasts for free. Check out my private podcast, Hitz Blitz here: https://trainingauthors.com/hitzblitz

2. Attend online conferences and summits. Sign up to one of the editions of the Kingdom Writers Conference here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/editions/

3. Sign up for bundles. We are hosting the Courageous Writer Bundle with over 40 experts. It ends 5/7/24 so make sure to get yours now here: https://courageouswriterbundle.com/

Which option will you choose this week? 

Apr 29, 2024

Get valuable insights on writing as a ministry and reaching the right audience for your message as Shelley discusses the importance of consistently creating and publishing content to serve your intended audience, understanding and identifying your target readers.

Take a Step of Faith and Finally Finish Your Book

You have a story to tell. But creating a book that makes an impact isn’t easy, especially without support and guidance.

Our online community, Christian Book Academy, is where we help you write words that leave a legacy, self-publish books that fulfill your calling, and connect with a wider audience.

Click here to learn more.

 

Apr 23, 2024

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years about the writing life, it’s that a person needs to have a passion for writing. This passion is fueled by the God we desire to partner with in order to write lasting words of impact. After all, the Kingdom writer is one who is gifted and called by God. The prophet Jeremiah describes our calling with these words,

“But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!” (Jeremiah 20:9 NLT)

Can you relate to feeling this way? Are the words inside you like a fire in your bones until you’re able to get those words onto paper?

But like many things in life, sometimes our passion and fire can grow dim. Somewhere along the way, we forget about the love we once had for the craft of writing. Instead, we become focused on the destination or the finished product and become impatient when things aren’t lining up the way we want.

Listen in as we talk about recovering our first love for Jesus and a renewed passion in our writing.

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here..

 

Apr 15, 2024

If you’re interested in knowing how to find your audience of readers, we highly recommend you listen to this episode. Shelley talks about the significance of knowing where your audience hangs out online and how to engage with established groups. 

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 on 27 Book Marketing Ideas to help you with your book marketing strategy here.

 Book Marketing Templates to Save You Time and Money

You’ve got a book you’re proud of. Now you’re looking for a simpler way to get it into the hands of more readers. One way you can do that is through social media. It's free to use...however, it can also take up a lot of your time. 

Good news! 

 You can get your social media posts for the next month done in just 90 minutes so that you can reach more readers with your book (without being pushy or salesy) in the Mini-Marketing Messages workshop here



Apr 8, 2024

Why choose to self-publish a book? Join us for this episode as Shelley discusses the opportunities presented by self-publishing, bypassing traditional publishing timelines, and the advantages for authors like you.

Download Your Publishing Map

If you want to write and publish a book but don't know where to start, this Publishing Map is for you. You will learn Shelley's 9 simple steps inside her publishing map that will help you gain clarity on your next steps.

Download it now for free here.

Join Our Procrastination to Publication Workshop

With our simple 5-step system, you’ll be able to self-publish a quality Kindle eBook (without breaking the bank) in as little as 30 days.

Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover: 

  • The 5-step method for editing, formatting, and designing a book cover so you can publish your Kindle eBook in as little as 30 days. 

  • My go-to process for self-editing your manuscript (that writers rave about)

  • The formula I’ve used to easily price my books

  • The tools you can use to format your book (and who you can hire to do it for you) 

  • The 5-minute hack to instantly know if your book cover will stop the scroll

Get started now here

 

Apr 1, 2024

In this episode, Shelley shares insights on how to keep your creativity flowing and seek guidance from God in the writing process. What is the importance of refilling your creative well and how do you do it? Listen to this episode to find out.

Free: Writing Wheel

Learn 5 proven writing strategies you can use today to get more writing done. 

Download it now here.

 Your Book on Paper in Just 90-Minutes

Are you ready to get your book onto paper without the frustration of getting stuck or dealing with writers’ block? 

 Get your book out of your head and onto paper by the end of this 90-minute workshop using our 3 simple book writing formulas here.

 

Mar 25, 2024

Hagar & Ishmael were sent away

Genesis 21:14-19

Is it possible that in her pain & despair, Hagar assumes the worst-that God is not with her and that He will not help her, that He doesn’t see her suffering-and that this perspective blinds her to the well in front of her?

Is it possible that in our own trials and pain, we let that same lie sneak in? Maybe this time He won’t come to my aid-and my eyes become so fixed on that lie that I’m blinded to the grace and joy right in front of me, all around me, or perhaps right around the corner? 

We need God to open our eyes to ideas and possibilities for our books even when our resources have been used up and we feel like we’re dying in the desert.

He wants to inject hope into our writing like a cool glass of water in the midst of drought. 

As you may recall, Hagar found herself in the desert more than once. In chapter 16, near a spring in the desert as a pregnant runaway, she encountered the angel of the Lord and declared, “You are the God who sees me” (El-roi)

You & I will also find ourselves in the desert more than once. And more than once, the God who sees us will be more than faithful to provide for our deepest need as we cry out to Him.

 

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here..

 

Mar 18, 2024

Are you ready to take your book marketing to the next level? Learn a 5-step marketing plan to effectively promote and sell your book. Listen to this episode and unlock the potential of your book! 

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 on 27 Book Marketing Ideas to help you with your book marketing strategy here.

Book Marketing Templates to Save You Time and Money

You’ve got a book you’re proud of. Now you’re looking for a simpler way to get it into the hands of more readers. One way you can do that is through social media. It's free to use...however, it can also take up a lot of your time. 

Good news! 

You can get your social media posts for the next month done in just 90 minutes so that you can reach more readers with your book (without being pushy or salesy) in the Mini-Marketing Messages workshop here

 

Mar 11, 2024

Glean insightful tips on the post-publishing phase, including the importance of the book launch and ongoing marketing as Shelley discusses what to expect once your book is released and out in the public. Tune in to know more! 

Download Your Publishing Map

If you want to write and publish a book but don't know where to start, this Publishing Map is for you. You will learn Shelley's 9 simple steps inside her publishing map that will help you gain clarity on your next steps.

Download it now for free here.

Join Our Procrastination to Publication Workshop

With our simple 5-step system, you’ll be able to self-publish a quality Kindle eBook (without breaking the bank) in as little as 30 days.

Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover: 

  • The 5-step method for editing, formatting, and designing a book cover so you can publish your Kindle eBook in as little as 30 days. 

  • My go-to process for self-editing your manuscript (that writers rave about)

  • The formula I’ve used to easily price my books

  • The tools you can use to format your book (and who you can hire to do it for you) 

  • The 5-minute hack to instantly know if your book cover will stop the scroll

Get started now here

 

Mar 4, 2024

In this episode, Shelley shares valuable insights on how to persevere and complete a full-length novel. Get to know the  importance of knowing your why, establishing a community for support and accountability, and incorporating God into the writing, publishing, and marketing process.

Free: Writing Wheel

Learn 5 proven writing strategies you can use today to get more writing done.

Download it now here.

 

Your Book on Paper in Just 90-Minutes

Are you ready to get your book onto paper without the frustration of getting stuck or dealing with writers’ block? 

Get your book out of your head and onto paper by the end of this 90-minute workshop using our 3 simple book writing formulas here.

 

Feb 26, 2024

Jesus’s earthly father Joseph was an unsung hero.

Joseph displayed obedience and played a key role in God’s plan played out through Jesus. Joseph can sometimes be in the background, blending in without much notice. 

After receiving dream after dream (Matthew 1:20; 2:13-14; 2:19-21; 2:22) from the Lord, Joseph had a choice to obey which he did in every instance. He chose to walk this unexpected journey with his wife Mary and their “God in the flesh” son.

God was and still is more than capable of protecting us like He did the baby Jesus from being snuffed out by the enemy. He’s more than capable of protecting the Kingdom writer and the books they are called to birth into the world.

May we listen to the Lord, whether in our dreams or any other means God wants to intervene in our lives.

Like Joseph, we may find ourselves in a story that we never expected and wondering what the Lord has up His sleeve. And like Joseph the carpenter, we can humbly live out our lives as a different kind of carpenter where we build things with the raw material of words and ideas from the Lord.

Joseph had no idea what kind of adventure he was signing up for…and neither did we.

 

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here..

 

Feb 19, 2024

Get ideas on the best ways to sell your books online and how leveraging other people's experiences and feedback about your book—whether it's through reviews or personal stories—can engage your email list effectively. 

Listen to this episode and discover how marketing authentically can make a meaningful impact on connecting with readers.

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 on 27 Book Marketing Ideas to help you with your book marketing strategy here.

Book Marketing Templates to Save You Time and Money

You’ve got a book you’re proud of. Now you’re looking for a simpler way to get it into the hands of more readers. One way you can do that is through social media. It's free to use...however, it can also take up a lot of your time. 

Good news! 

You can get your social media posts for the next month done in just 90 minutes so that you can reach more readers with your book (without being pushy or salesy) in the Mini-Marketing Messages workshop here

 

Feb 12, 2024

If you’re looking for the best self-publishing companies, this episode is right for you. What are the differences between traditional, vanity, and self-publishing? And how do you learn the top choices for print and ebook distribution for your book? Listen to this episode to find out.

Download Your Publishing Map

If you want to write and publish a book but don't know where to start, this Publishing Map is for you. You will learn Shelley's 9 simple steps inside her publishing map that will help you gain clarity on your next steps.

Download it now for free here.

Join Our Procrastination to Publication Workshop

With our simple 5-step system, you’ll be able to self-publish a quality Kindle eBook (without breaking the bank) in as little as 30 days.

Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover: 

  • The 5-step method for editing, formatting, and designing a book cover so you can publish your Kindle eBook in as little as 30 days. 

  • My go-to process for self-editing your manuscript (that writers rave about)

  • The formula I’ve used to easily price my books

  • The tools you can use to format your book (and who you can hire to do it for you) 

  • The 5-minute hack to instantly know if your book cover will stop the scroll

Get started now here

 

Feb 5, 2024

Are you struggling with your writing organization? This might just be the episode for you to tune in. Listen in as Shelley shares practical and effective tips to help you overcome those challenges.

 

Free: Writing Wheel

Learn 5 proven writing strategies you can use today to get more writing done. Download it now here.

Your Book on Paper in Just 90-Minutes

Are you ready to get your book onto paper without the frustration of getting stuck or dealing with writers’ block? 

Get your book out of your head and onto paper by the end of this 90-minute workshop using our 3 simple book writing formulas here.

 

Jan 29, 2024

Many writers often find themselves entangled in a web of fear and self-sabotage, but how can one overcome them? In this episode, Shelley shares amazing insights on how to break free from the paralyzing grip of fear and embrace the purpose-driven journey of your writing.

Take a Step of Faith and Finally Finish Your Book

 

You have a story to tell. But creating a book that makes an impact isn’t easy, especially without support and guidance.

 

Our online community, Christian Book Academy, is where we help you write words that leave a legacy, self-publish books that fulfill your calling, and connect with a wider audience.

 

Click here to learn more.

Jan 22, 2024

2 Kings 22 & 23

King Josiah’s reforms all started with finding a book in the Temple. The High Priest Hilkiah found the Book of the Law which had been lost for years. 

Josiah was 26 when this Book of the Law was found and he repented when he began reading what was contained in the Law. He then sent a delegation to the Temple to inquire of the Lord. The prophet Huldah shared a message from the Lord that judgment was coming but that it would come after Josiah’s lifetime.

Josiah could have coasted into retirement and done nothing but he decided to do everything possible to help his people follow the Lord. His reforms led to a great revival among the people.

It all began with a book that was lost and found. How will the Lord use our books both now and in the future? He may use our books in ways beyond our comprehension. 

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here.

 

Jan 15, 2024

In this episode, Shelley talks about how selling can be a natural extension of helping and serving others. Whether you write devotions, fiction, or children's books, you can engage with your audience on a personal level and authentically promote your work. Listen to this episode to find out.

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 on 27 Book Marketing Ideas to help you with your book marketing strategy here.

Book Marketing Templates to Save You Time and Money

You’ve got a book you’re proud of. Now you’re looking for a simpler way to get it into the hands of more readers. One way you can do that is through social media. It's free to use...however, it can also take up a lot of your time. 

Good news! 

You can get your social media posts for the next month done in just 90 minutes so that you can reach more readers with your book (without being pushy or salesy) in the Mini-Marketing Messages workshop here

 

Jan 8, 2024

Whether you're a budding author with a passion for storytelling or an experienced writer on a budget, this episode provides a roadmap to navigate the self-publishing landscape without draining your bank account. Join Shelley as she talks about turning your limited resources into a powerful advantage on your path to becoming a successful self-published author.

Download Your Publishing Map

If you want to write and publish a book but don't know where to start, this Publishing Map is for you. You will learn Shelley's 9 simple steps inside her publishing map that will help you gain clarity on your next steps.

Download it now for free here.

Join Our Procrastination to Publication Workshop

With our simple 5-step system, you’ll be able to self-publish a quality Kindle eBook (without breaking the bank) in as little as 30 days.

Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover: 

  • The 5-step method for editing, formatting, and designing a book cover so you can publish your Kindle eBook in as little as 30 days. 

  • My go-to process for self-editing your manuscript (that writers rave about)

  • The formula I’ve used to easily price my books

  • The tools you can use to format your book (and who you can hire to do it for you) 

  • The 5-minute hack to instantly know if your book cover will stop the scroll


Get started now here.

Jan 1, 2024

Are you looking for effective ways on how to establish a consistent writing habit? In this episode, Shelley delves into this topic and emphasizes the importance of finding a routine that works for each individual writer, and shares three tips to help achieve this. 

Free: Writing Wheel

Learn 5 proven writing strategies you can use today to get more writing done. Download it now here.

Your Book on Paper in Just 90-Minutes

Are you ready to get your book onto paper without the frustration of getting stuck or dealing with writers’ block?

Get your book out of your head and onto paper by the end of this 90-minute workshop using our 3 simple book writing formulas here.

Dec 25, 2023

Henri is a ship builder who tears up his boats just before finishing. Some think he is crazy but one recognizes Henri is afraid of the water. He likes boats but is afraid of going out on the water. He tears up the boat so he doesn’t actually need to launch the boat. - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

What are you and I afraid of as writers?

Matthew 14:22-33 – Read and stop at various points along the way

“He alone has spread out the heavens and marches on the waves of the sea.” – Job 9:8

“You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves.” – Psalm 89:9

Jesus does what the scriptures say God alone does. He calms the chaos with his toes.

Jesus will get us across the stormy seas that arise in our writing journeys.

The Power of Having a Weekly Business Meeting with God

Learn the simple steps you can take to implement a weekly business meeting with God. This is one of the most important actions you can take as a Christian writer to ask God for the strategies to write, publish, and market your books successfully.

Get access to the video and PDF download now here.

 

Dec 18, 2023

While the holiday season book sales may almost be over, the beginning of the year offers unique opportunities for authors to capitalize on a fresh start and the post-holiday reading boom. With many people receiving Kindles or gift cards for Christmas, there is an opportunity to promote your books. In this episode, Shelley offers three ideas for special promotions. Listen to this episode to know what they are. 

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 on 27 Book Marketing Ideas to help you with your book marketing strategy here.

Book Marketing Templates to Save You Time and Money

You’ve got a book you’re proud of. Now you’re looking for a simpler way to get it into the hands of more readers. One way you can do that is through social media. It's free to use...however, it can also take up a lot of your time. 

Good news! 

You can get your social media posts for the next month done in just 90 minutes so that you can reach more readers with your book (without being pushy or salesy) in the Mini-Marketing Messages workshop here

 

Dec 11, 2023

Navigating the path to publication can be filled with challenges as well as scams targeting aspiring authors. In today’s episode, Shelley discusses the common tactics scammers use and some advice to navigate the offers you’re receiving. Listen to this episode to find out.

Download Your Publishing Map

If you want to write and publish a book but don't know where to start, this Publishing Map is for you. You will learn Shelley's 9 simple steps inside her publishing map that will help you gain clarity on your next steps.

Download it now for free here.

Join Our Procrastination to Publication Workshop

With our simple 5-step system, you’ll be able to self-publish a quality Kindle eBook (without breaking the bank) in as little as 30 days.

Here are a few of the topics we’ll cover: 

  • The 5-step method for editing, formatting, and designing a book cover so you can publish your Kindle eBook in as little as 30 days. 

  • My go-to process for self-editing your manuscript (that writers rave about)

  • The formula I’ve used to easily price my books

  • The tools you can use to format your book (and who you can hire to do it for you) 

  • The 5-minute hack to instantly know if your book cover will stop the scroll

Get started now here

 

Dec 4, 2023

As festivities abound, maintaining a writing routine can be challenging. In this episode, Shelley provides valuable insights to help you navigate the holiday season while staying true to your writing aspirations. Listen in for a dose of motivation and practical advice to make your writing journey merry and bright!

Free: Writing Wheel

Learn 5 proven writing strategies you can use today to get more writing done. Download it now here.

Your Book on Paper in Just 90-Minutes

Are you ready to get your book onto paper without the frustration of getting stuck or dealing with writers’ block?

Get your book out of your head and onto paper by the end of this 90-minute workshop using our 3 simple book writing formulas here.

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