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Kingdom Writers: A Podcast for Christian Writers of All Genres

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 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 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 29, 2022

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 alone and relaxing as we watch the Lord fight on our behalf. 

God is essentially saying, “Lay down your arms and surrender. No more defensiveness or resistance to the plans I have…let ME be God.”

We’ll also refer to Exodus 14:10-14 and Isaiah 37:33-36 as we look at this concept of being or standing still.

If you’re experiencing resistance in your writing, you are not alone! You have an army of fellow Kingdom writers beside you and, most importantly, you have the God of the universe going before you to fight on your behalf!

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: https://www.trainingauthors.com/businessmeeting/

Jun 22, 2022

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 on 27 Book Marketing Ideas to help you with your book marketing strategy here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/ideas/

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: https://minimarketingmessages.com

Jun 15, 2022
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 MaryAnn Ward combined her passion for art and writing into an unexpected book that wasn’t even on her radar…and it has already sold more than 100 copies.

✅ The strategy that helped Lauren Darroch overcome “writer’s guilt” and finally start writing consistently. She’s more productive than ever, publishing book twins (two books at the same time) and is now working on her third one. WooHoo!

✅ Denise Goosby received strategy, focus, and her next steps from the Lord for her writing that made all the difference.

✅ Shelly Laroque published her second book and learned techniques that helped her complete her illustrations.

And more!

Support each of these authors by purchasing their books below.

  1. Heather Erdmann: "Unlocking the Mystery of Marriage: Loving Your Spouse the Way Christ Loves the Church" https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0B14KHKQ8/
  2. Mary Ann Ward: A Name Above All Others https://maward.ca
  3. Lauren Darroch: The Road from Damascus https://ladarroch.ca/the-road-from-damascus
  4. Denise Goosby: "Scarred Like Him: Seeing the Beauty in the Life You Live" www.denisegoosby.com  
  5. Shelly Laroque: The Sunflower Journey, Plant The Seed And Watch It Grow www.amazon.com/Sunflower-Journey-Plant-Seed-Watch/dp/0578242419

Join our community of Kingdom Writers in our online membership, Christian Book Academy here: https://christianbookacademy.com

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: https://www.trainingauthors.com/publishing-map/ 

Jun 8, 2022
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 time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Galatians 6:9 NLT

Free WRITING WHEEL Download

Learn 5 proven writing strategies you can use today to get more writing done. Download it now here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/writingwheel

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: www.BookWritingLab.com 

May 25, 2022

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 in a tomb. Might as well just go back to our day job and forget about this writing thing. It was a nice 3 years of adventure we can tell our grandkids about.


It’s precisely in those moments when Jesus shows up…


1.) Walk to Emmaus – “We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.” Luke 24:21


“Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:31-32


Jesus wants to open our eyes and restore hope that has been lost in us. He wants our hearts to burn again and spill over into our writing.


2.) Mary Magdalene weeping at the tomb (John 20:11-18) – This woman who Jesus once cast 7 demons out of would become the first person the resurrected Jesus would encounter. In a culture that demeaned women, Jesus gives his first post-resurrection message to a woman before instructing her to share with his “brothers.” Jesus not only redeems our past failures but now instructs us to share his message of new life as Kingdom Writers.


3.) Breakfast with Peter (John 21) – The man who denied he knew Jesus three straight times is restored by the “Great Shepherd” and instructed to feed his sheep. (Read 1 Peter 5:1-4). This same Peter would contribute writings that find their way into the best-selling book of all time. This rough fisherman would pen words that God has used to strengthen and encourage followers of Jesus for nearly 2000 years. One breakfast with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life forever.


Jesus continues to show up today! Perhaps he’ll make an appearance to someone halfway around the world through your writings and mine.


Prayer

Your Writing Battle Plan

Powerful things happen when you integrate your faith with your writing, publishing, and marketing.

Learn how to create your writing battle plan so you can move forward in God's call on your life to write in our Battle Plan All-Access Pass. You'll get 15 presentations plus 13 bonus trainings including our Priestly Pen bundle here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/battleplan/

May 18, 2022

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 share their results with you.

Listen to case studies and success stories from Christian Book Academy members here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/success-stories 

Join our community of Kingdom Writers! 

Get on the waitlist here: https://christianbookacademy.com

May 11, 2022

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 thousands of dollars. Why not use some of the money you saved for other things like marketing your book once it’s published?

2.) Start small

Your main expense when self-publishing will be hiring a professional editor. Most editors charge by the word or by project. Therefore, when you publish a shorter book; your costs will be significantly less.

3.) Know where you can cut costs (and where you shouldn’t)

For example, one of the easiest ways to save money when publishing your book is with the formatting. However, you still want to use tools that are cost-effective and give you a final product you’re proud to share with the world.

Want to learn even more ways to self-publish on a budget (without compromising quality)? 

If so, join my workshop, Procrastination to Publication here: https://procrastinationtopublication.com/ 

You will get all the tools and recommendations you need to publish a short Kindle eBook on a budget and can apply what you learn right away.

In fact, I’m hosting a fun book cover reveal challenge inside the workshop right now. So make sure to join us and get your ticket here: https://procrastinationtopublication.com/ 

May 4, 2022

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 gathering dust. Instead, let’s breakthrough the myths that may be holding you back.

Myth #1: Traditionally published books are of better quality than self-published books.

The truth is that self-published books can have the same quality as a book published with a traditional publisher. There are certain things you can do to make sure that when someone picks up your book they won’t know it has been independently published. 

If you want to self-publish a book that has a quality interior design (on a budget), be sure to check out Dave Chesson’s presentation at our upcoming Kingdom Writers Conference!

Myth #2: It costs thousands of dollars to self-publish a book.

The truth is that you can get a high-quality book self-published without breaking the bank.

Many writers get confused between self-publishing and vanity publishing.

Vanity publishing is when a small publisher agrees to publish your book at your cost. They typically charge thousands of dollars for this service. Plus, in order for you AND your publisher to make money, you have to price your book so high that it’s difficult to sell. It often gets priced right out of the market. 

Professional editing will be one of your biggest costs with self-publishing. Therefore, if you want to learn 3 ways to cut costs with editing, be sure to check out Debra L. Butterfield’s presentation at our upcoming Kingdom Writers Conference!

Myth #3: Self-publishing a book is overwhelming

Yes, writing a book can be overwhelming. I get it. There are so many details. However, what if you start with a short Kindle eBook?

A short book is easy for your readers to consume.  Plus, it’s quicker to write! It’s a quick win and can help you build momentum for the next book. And when you publish as an eBook there are a lot less details to manage. You can always add other versions later.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of writing a short Kindle eBook (and the length I recommend), be sure to check out my presentation at our Kingdom Writers Conference.

Next Steps

Look back at the 3 myths we went over, choose the one that is currently affecting you the most, and take action on it!

And for a whole lot more help with self-publishing on a budget (without compromising quality), check out the FREE Kingdom Writers Conference, Count the Costs edition. We've got 8 seasoned writers and publishers lined up and ready to teach you everything from saving on book cover design to choosing the best formatting software.

Some speakers you might recognize include:

  • Dave Chesson
  • Matt Tommey
  • Shae Bynes
  • Thomas Umstattd Jr.
  • Heather Hart
  • ...and more!

We kicked off yesterday, on Tuesday May 3rd and this is one event that you can't afford to miss. Click here to learn more: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/  

Can't wait to see you there!

Apr 27, 2022

1 Thessalonians 3:9-11
Ezekiel 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 as Paul’s letters were carried to believers all over the region, our books can be carried around the world in order to help fill in the gaps that people have in their faith and answer questions others may be wrestling with.

Count the Costs

Self-Publishing a Book Can Be Overwhelming and Expensive.
You've done a lot of research and have been praying about the best way to publish your book

Introducing our KINGDOM WRITERS CONFERENCE
Count the Costs Edition. A FREE Conference to Help You Self-Publish on a Budget (without compromising quality) 8 seasoned writers and publishers will teach you strategies and practical tips so you can learn how to save money when self-publishing your book. Learn more here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/

 

Apr 20, 2022

This is how I typically do prioritize my marketing tasks, but it will be different for each of you. 

My first priority:

  1. Will it produce income? (Long term or short term? What is the profit margin?)
  2. Will it build my email list? (Manual or automated?)

My next thought process:

  1. What is the least minimum viable product? Done well, yes. But sometimes we don’t need to do everything right now (ie blog)

Also:

  1. What’s required? Will I need to learn a new skill or technology? If I can choose something profitable with what I already have/know, I often choose it.
  2. What has worked well for me in the past? 80/20 rule.

Finally:

  1. I take action and figure it out as I go. Very rarely do I have everything figured out before I take action.

 

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: https://minimarketingmessages.com 

 

Apr 13, 2022

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 FREE 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: https://www.trainingauthors.com/publishing-map/

Apr 6, 2022

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 God’s Call to Write

If you don’t have a copy yet, get your copy of our new book Kingdom Writers so that you can move forward in God’s call to write in your life here: https://trainingauthors.com/book

Mar 30, 2022

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 book project.

If you take at least 90 days on each stage it would look something like this...

  1. First Draft: 90 days
  2. Final Draft: 90 days
  3. Self-Publish: 90 days

This means you can get your book published in 9 months.

 

Join Our Community of Kingdom Writers

Get on the waitlist for Christian Book Academy here: https://christianbookacademy.com 

Mar 23, 2022

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 old and is known as the “President”

-Some are wide enough for a car to drive through

-Roots only go about 7-8 feet deep but can be spread out over 100 feet

-Redwood roots are intertwined with other redwoods which allows them to remain stable even through strong storms. I see Christian Book Academy like a gentle redwood forest where our roots intertwine with one another.

-A redwood cone can produce 150-250 seeds, each seed being only the size of a tomato seed. That’s about the size of the head of a matchstick

Our books also begin with a seed idea. That seed is then watered by God and it continues to grow into something we could have hardly imagined.

Redwoods are rugged trees. Some have deep grooves in the bark, some have been struck by lightning, some partially burned by fire, some blown over by winds. Kingdom Writers are a rugged breed as we can all attest to. Many of us have been battered by various elements and yet we still stand tall with the Lord’s strength.

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7 NLT

Among these redwood forests are also trees that have toppled over due to old age. These trees are ideal for kids and adults alike to jump up and play on. Many of these toppled trees also have new trees growing out from the middle where it might be hollowed out. These dead trees are still giving life to young trees! There will be a time when each of us topple over but we can continue giving life through our books and writings.

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 NLT

Finally, a single lone redwood tree is quite impressive by itself but a forest of these giants is spectacular. Similarly, a lone Christian writer can produce impressive stuff but it’s a beautiful thing to be part of a forest of Kingdom Writers with all of our diversity, styles and varying backgrounds. We can lean on one another as the storms of life hit. Consider CBA to be a Kingdom Writers redwood forest where we cause others to look up and give glory to our great God!

Your Writing Battle Plan

Powerful things happen when you integrate your faith with your writing, publishing, and marketing. 

Learn how to create your writing battle plan so you can move forward in God's call on your life to write in our Battle Plan All-Access Pass. You'll get 15 presentations plus 13 bonus trainings including our Priestly Pen bundle here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/battleplan/ 

 

Mar 16, 2022

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 already have a platform similar to your target audience)

Free Organic Marketing:

Content marketing, social media, etc. The pro is that it’s FREE. The con is that it takes more time.

Amazon ads:

Amazon ads do take time and a learning curve. But with persistence, they can be very effective. We've done very well with ads for my book Broken Crayons Still Color.

Partner Marketing:

I share 11 ideas for partner marketing in this video. You can watch it here: https://trainingauthors.com/get/email-list/

27 Book Marketing Ideas

Download our free PDF with 27 different ideas to market your book here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/ideas/

Mar 9, 2022

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 the path of self-publishing, I’m your girl and can help you every step of the way. If you want to traditionally publish, you will need to create a book proposal and pitch it to publishers and/or find an agent to help you.

Publishing Map

Download our free publishing map and video explaining the self-publishing process here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/publishing-map

Mar 2, 2022

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 right now? Does one of the books line up better with your goals?
  • Which book could you get done first? Which one seems like you have the most content or is easiest to write? You learn the process, get it done, and start momentum.

Move Forward in God’s Call to Write

If you don’t have a copy yet, get your copy of our new book Kingdom Writers so that you can move forward in God’s call to write in your life here: https://trainingauthors.com/book 

 

Feb 23, 2022

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 push and strain and strive in order to accomplish our goals. Many books have been written with this method…but at what cost and for what benefit? We also see many in the world today trying to protect all of the work they’ve accomplished in their own human strength. If we’re honest, we’ve all done this as if everything depends on us alone.

It’s interesting to note that this Psalm is written by Solomon who wrote most of Proverbs, many of which instruct us to not be lazy and to work hard. Here, he’s looking at the issue of going it alone without including God in the picture.

Whether it’s building houses or writing books, both are acceptable enterprises. They serve an important purpose. Our motives behind these things are equally important. Are we doing these things for our own glory or God’s glory? Ultimately, this is why we call ourselves Kingdom Writers. We’re all about building His Kingdom, not some monument unto ourselves.

God makes no distinctions between the sacred and secular - Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”

God is interested in ALL of our work including all the words we write. Our books will have more substance when we partner with God, just as families will have more substance in their relationships when they build their home with the Lord.

Regarding houses, they are viewed as a symbol of status. We can easily desire to have a huge, extravagant house in order to look good and be approved of by others. This kind of thing can also happen with our books. We can create something that comes off as polished and shiny in order to seek status. We can place our security in this status which is here today and gone tomorrow.

Why is our work wasted? It’s wasted when we trade the eternal for the temporal

Your Writing Battle Plan

Powerful things happen when you integrate your faith with your writing, publishing, and marketing. 

Learn how to create your writing battle plan so you can move forward in God's call on your life to write in our Battle Plan All-Access Pass. You'll get 15 presentations plus 13 bonus trainings including our Priestly Pen bundle here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/battleplan/ 

Feb 17, 2022
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! 🥳

Christian Book Academy is an online membership where we help Christian writers of all genres, like you, write words that outlive you,  self-publish books that fulfill your calling, and reach more readers with your message.

Join us here: https://christianbookacademy.com/ 

Feb 9, 2022

You can still get a copy of our new book, Kingdom Writers, here: https://trainingauthors.com/book

And enjoy this excerpt from our War Room prayer meeting call with our Christian Book Academy members in January. We pray it blesses you!

Feb 1, 2022

Today is the day we are launching our new book, Kingdom Writers. WooHoo!

Get your copy today at an early-bird price (plus all the bonuses) here:

https://trainingauthors.com/book

This book has been in the works for over 2.5 years. We have been praying for you and believe it will help you move forward in your call to write.

Here’s what a few writers are saying…

“If you are a Christian and feel called to write a book, but maybe you're intimidated by the process, this book by Shelley and CJ Hitz was written for you. God is a God of story, and He has given us each a story to tell; some people are called to put that story in writing for the world to experience with us. Be encouraged with the practical tips in this book, by Shelley's own story, and also by the stories of other authors who have been in your shoes whom God has helped follow His plan for their lives.”

- Katie Erickson, Editor, Designer, Author

Kingdom Writers was written to inspire you to share your story. Everyone matters and everyone has a story to tell. God has brought you through many circumstances of life that could be a help or blessing for someone to learn they can make it too. There is no limit to what God can do and this book will provide you with practical tips, encouragement and inspire you to seek God to show you His calling on your life that can be a blessing to others.

Lana Wynn Scroggins, PhD, author

Get your copy today at an early-bird price (plus all the bonuses) here:

https://trainingauthors.com/book

Jan 26, 2022

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 extensive religious experience who didn’t believe the angel’s words while the teenage girl believed the impossible.

How about you and I? If we’re honest, we’ve all identified with Zechariah’s response when faced with the impossible. Do we really believe God can birth books through our lives that many times feel barren of words?

Like Mary, may we find ourselves saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38)

Your Writing Battle Plan

Powerful things happen when you integrate your faith with your writing, publishing, and marketing.

Learn how to create your writing battle plan so you can move forward in God's call on your life to write in our Battle Plan All-Access Pass. You'll get 15 presentations plus 13 bonus trainings including our Priestly Pen bundle here: https://kingdomwritersconference.com/battleplan/

Jan 25, 2022

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, you’ll want to make sure you get a copy of this book.

It officially launches on February 1st with an early bird discount and special launch bonuses. So stay tuned. This is going to be fun!

An Out of the Box Book Launch

For this book, we decided to do something different. We’ve never done this kind of book launch before. 

First of all, we created a secret book launch party via a private podcast where you can listen to an excerpt of the book, get behind the scenes tips, and lessons learned. 

I haven’t seen anyone do this for a book launch yet and am excited to share this with you.

If you want access to our secret book launch party podcast, Sign up here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/secret/ 

Waiting for you today inside the podcast is the episode with the introduction chapter from the book. Plus, you’ll get another episode sharing how authors can use a private podcast feed to market and launch your books. I have several ideas for you.

This is content that you won’t get anywhere else from me. 🙌🏻

So make sure to go sign up for our secret book launch party podcast and start listening to the first couple of episodes.

And be looking for information on our book launch on February 1st. You won’t want to miss this.

Publishing a new book never gets old. Does it? This book has been in the works for about 2.5 years and it’s finally coming to fruition. I’ll share more about this process and why it took us so long in an upcoming email.

Click here to join our secret book launch party podcast here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/secret/ 

It's going to be fun!​

Jan 19, 2022

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 Academy members.

As a member, you get access to our Media Kit template and checklist. Get on our waiting list here: https://christianbookacademy.com

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: https://minimarketingmessages.com

Jan 12, 2022

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!
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: https://www.trainingauthors.com/publishing-map/

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