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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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Aug 4, 2021

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 and onto paper with our book writing formulas so that you can write words that outlive you and self-publish books that fulfill your calling.

In each of our trainings we promise to share at least one thing that will help you write, self-publish, and market your books so that the message of your books can impact lives.

Today we’re going to talk about being a 15-minute writer.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful novelists of the Victorian era. Over the course of 35 years, he wrote 47 novels. He did all of this while working a demanding job as a post office inspector.

He committed 15 minutes of every workday hour to writing 250 words. This commitment could produce up to 10 pages of a novel each day. Trollope made the decision to turn off all distractions during those 15-minute segments, only hearing the ticking of his watch.

Although this may not be realistic for all of us, this practice shows what can happen during uninterrupted 15-minute intervals. When we become intentional about scheduling these 15-minute writing sessions, it can add up over the course of weeks, months and years. Even if we haven’t written 250 words, these segments could allow us to organize our thoughts or ideas. Productivity can be defined in numerous ways.

What if you and I committed to writing just 15 minutes a day? Surely this is a realistic goal for each of us. Could you commit to 15 minutes of focused writing each day?

Once you get going, you may get into a writing flow that seemingly never ends.

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Jul 28, 2021

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 glorified and worshiped God through his skills. There was thought, purpose, and intentionality in his work.

Imagine all the worshipers who would journey to this magnificent temple which stood for over 400 years. Upon entering the temple, they were set in the right frame of mind to worship the Lord as they saw the beauty of Huram's craftsmanship.

As Kingdom Writers, we have been given the wonderful privilege of being commissioned by God in our calling to write words that outlive us.

Just as Huram was hired and appointed to furnish and magnify the beauty of Solomon’s temple, we as Kingdom Writers are called to glorify and magnify the beauty of Christ. Our writings can help display a God more than worthy to be worshiped.

We have no idea who will walk through the front doors of our books. Many of those readers may not notice the painstaking detail and effort we’ve poured into our books. But you and I can rest assured that God notices. Our books and writings are one of the primary ways we've been called to worship and glorify our great King. This is why we refer to ourselves as Kingdom Writers. Priestly Pens in the hands of the Author of Life!

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Jul 21, 2021

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

  1. Podcast Interviews
  2. Guest Blog Posts
  3. Social Media Takeover
  4. Social Media Swap
  5. Solo Email Swap

Option Two: Gather Authors/Experts in Your Genre/Niche

  1. Collaborative blog post
  2. Top 10 Books in XX Genre Post
  3. Online Summit or Host Q&A’s or Coffee Chats)
  4. Anthology
  5. Group Giveaway
  6. Group Promotions

The challenge?

Choose one option from the strategic partnerships and one option from gathering authors/experts in your genre/niche. Then, implement them over the next two months.

Let me know how it goes for you!

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Jul 14, 2021

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 resistance we all face as a writer and the difficult days.

2. Who are you writing for?

Who is your target audience? I want you to picture one person who is your ideal reader. If possible, choose someone you know from real life. Write down who this person is and why your book would be impactful to them. 

This will serve as a reminder of why you write and that your readers are waiting for you to finish your book. Start praying for your future readers and the impact your book will have on their lives.

3. Write out your commitment to God and yourself and your future readers.

Write this out with pen and paper and post it where you can see it every day.

I am committed to writing and publishing my book (INSERT TENTATIVE BOOK TITLE HERE) by (INSERT DATE). ______________________ (add your signature)

If you write out this commitment and sign it, let us know!

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Jul 7, 2021

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 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

Jesus confirms this with his words in John 14:27 - “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Have you been troubled or afraid regarding your writing? Afraid of failure? Afraid of what others will think? Afraid you’ll give up before your book is finished?

Most of us can relate to those feelings.

Jesus wants to bring calm to our chaos. Peace to our panic.

If your heart and mind are feeling like that storm on the sea of Galilee, cry out to Jesus. Ask him to speak the words “Peace be still!” over your life and writing.

We can be conduits of this supernatural peace through our writing. Jesus can use our words to put out little chaotic wildfires in the lives of others.

How can we pray for you today?

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Jun 23, 2021

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 huge milestone. But to the “old-timers” who saw or heard firsthand stories about the glory & splendor of the previous temple, this latest edition paled in comparison. You can almost hear the chatter among the seasoned veterans, “I miss the good-ole days” or “They just don’t make em like they used to.” “You call THAT a temple?”

God had a message for Zechariah to pass along to both young and old alike…

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (Zech. 4:10a NLT)

Sure, this latest temple 2.0 seemed modest compared to the previous version 1.0 but God still wanted them to celebrate the fact that construction had begun. Progress was now being made. A hopeful momentum was now set in motion.

Zechariah is an invitation for us to surrender our expectations of what our books have to look like and the process that we go through to finish them. It’s also moving on from the “good ole days” and looking forward to what the Lord has ahead.

We hear all kinds of naysayers both outside and inside our heads: “Who are YOU to be writing a book?”, “My writing isn’t as good as so and so...maybe I should quit this writing thing.”, “This is simply too overwhelming for me to finish.”

One of the worst lies we can believe is that what we’re writing is insignificant and will not matter in the end. We rebuke that lie in Jesus’s name. It DOES matter!

Our books & writings may not look like much to us at times but it’s still hallowed ground that we’ve set aside to bring glory to the Lord. 

So whether it’s rebuilding a temple or working on our books, we can rejoice with the Lord to see the work begin. We can also rejoice in knowing that the same God who resided in a temple made of stones now resides in these bodies of ours (1 Corinthians 6:19) thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus.

With the help of God, each of us can watch the momentum build with our small beginnings!

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Jun 16, 2021

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 a new author it can give you exposure to new readers. We consider it a ministry and have given away over half a million eBooks on Kindle alone.

For books that are part of a series, it may be beneficial to keep the first book in the KDP select program to gain exposure and interest in the rest of the books in your series.  Also, make sure you put an excerpt of the next book in the back of your book as well as links to the books from the entire series. Many authors find this is an effective way to promote the next book in the series.

I also recommend having a call to action within your book for readers to join your email list so that those that do read your book could continue to connect with you on an ongoing basis. 

You can also use your free days to get verified reviews from your reviewers. You send them a PDF copy and let them know the dates it will be free. When the book is free you ask them to download it on Kindle and post their review.

Another Option

One option is to use the KDP Select program to launch your new books and then remove them after your 90-day contract.  This allows you to publish them to other eBook platforms.  Draft2Digital is one option you can use to do this.

Please note, that you have to go in and choose to remove your book from the KDP Select program or else it will automatically renew.  You can do this by logging into http://kdp.amazon.com, clicking the link for the bookshelf, and then clicking “info” on the right side under the column for KDP Select.  There you can choose to remove the checkmark that automatically re-enrolls your book in KDP Select.

Results will Vary

Realize that your results will vary. One of the most powerful aspects of running a KDP Select promotion is the free advertising Amazon will give you afterward.  For each person that downloaded your book, they have also downloaded other free books or bought other books from Amazon.  Amazon then figures out which books were most likely to be bought from the same customer and will include them in the list “Customers Who Bought This Book Also Bought.”   Therefore, your book starts showing up on other book pages and getting free advertising which often boosts your sales and rankings.

Things change often at Amazon, so I encourage you to do your research and decide what is best for your books.

Find out more about KDP free promotions and get our checklist of places to submit your book to here: https://www.trainingauthors.com/47-places-to-submit-your-free-kdp-promotion-for-your-kindle-ebook/ 

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

Mini-Marketing Messages Kit

We have brand new templates available inside Christian Book Academy. They are called Mini-Marketing Messages Kits. Yay!

These kits will help you with your book marketing, start conversations with your audience, stay connected with your readers, get new sales for your book, and a lot more!

Join us and get access here: http://www.christianbookacademy.com/

Jun 9, 2021

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 part of your outline. 
  • Deleted scenes can be fleshed out and used as a free gift for newsletter subscribers.
  • Journal content can be used when sharing your own story or journey.
  • Even social media posts and emails can be repurposed into content for your books.

Here are a few of my personal examples:

  • My very first book, “Mirror Mirror…Am I Beautiful,” was created from articles on my website. 
  • The outline for our book, “Forgiveness Formula,” came from our presentations on the topics that were well received. I also used some of my journal content in this book.
  • “Procrastination to Publication,” was transcribed from one-hour audio and then edited into a book.
  • “Prolific Publisher,” was transcribed from a webinar presentation and then edited into a book.
  • “Self-Publishing Books 101,” was created from blog posts and expanded into a resource many writers have used to self publish their books.

The options are limitless! Don’t forget to consider the content you already have as you write.

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

 

Jun 2, 2021

“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 can follow Paul’s example by praying that we are filled with this joy.

Read John 16:20-24

  • We should expect some pain and struggle in the process of writing our book
  • Pain and anguish eventually give way to joy as our books are birthed into the world.
  • Jesus tells us to ask in his name - what are the requests of our hearts regarding our writing?
  • As we ask and see the prayers of our hearts answered, abundant joy follows.

We should approach our writing with relaxed, open hands, not clenched fists. When we’re open to the Spirit’s leading, a beautiful melody of words can follow.

Book Writing Lab

Get your book out of your head and onto paper using our 3 proven book writing formulas

...and then create a writing plan to finish your first draft.

We just launched our brand new workshop, Book Writing Lab, and you can get in today for just $27. WooHoo!

Get started here: https://bookwritinglab.com/

May 26, 2021

“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 for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God is creating weakness in our lives in order to drive us to Him. Our weaknesses are meant to create dependence upon Him alone. He’ll spend decades cultivating weakness in our lives. 

There is only one hero in this story we find ourselves and that hero is Jesus Christ 

Brother Lawrence gives us a picture of almost pathetic weakness and dependence during his time as a cook and dishwasher for a monastery in the 1600s.

“He was a great awkward fellow, who broke everything.”

“When he had failed in his duty, he simply confessed his fault, saying to God, I shall never do otherwise if Thou leavest me to myself; ‘tis Thou must hinder my fallings, and mend what is amiss.’

Brother Lawrence was lame which made simple tasks much more difficult, including traveling to Burgundy to buy the provision of wine for the monastery. On many occasions, he could hardly remember how the task was accomplished except God helped him moment by moment. 

“He accustomed himself to do everything for the love of God, and with prayer, upon all occasions, for His grace to do his work well.”

“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, for He regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

“The higher perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine Grace.”

Before setting about his work in the kitchen, he prayed, “O MY GOD, since Thou art with me, and I must now, in obedience to Thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, I beseech Thee to grant me the grace to continue in Thy Presence; and to this end, do Thou prosper me with Thy assistance, receive all my works, and possess all my affections.”

Closing Story: Whitewater rafting trip in West Virginia with Youth For Christ. Almost lost our foreign exchange student from Hungary when a girl grabbed onto him for dear life after their raft tipped over. She was just a little thing but her fear of drowning drove her to cling to anything or anybody within reach. Her utter helplessness and weakness caused her to grab ahold of the exchange student. “I’m going to die unless someone else acts on my behalf.”

As Kingdom Writers, we MUST cling to Jesus with all of our beings, knowing how utterly weak we are. He will uphold us one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one paragraph, one chapter, one finished book at a time. HE’S the hero of the story, not you & I.

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/ 

May 19, 2021

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 passion into a thriving business. Why? Because 

Your Message Matters.

His most recent book is Your Message Matters: How to rise above the noise and get paid for what you know.

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100+ Places to Market Your Christian Book

Want some recommendations on where to publish your Christian book? Check out our list of over 100 places to consider here: 

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May 12, 2021

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 eventually know that you know your stuff.  

One of the first series that I created was my vegetarian cookbook series.  There were seven books in the series and they sold really well.  Each book in the series then promoted the others. 

Instead of having one cookbook with ALL the recipes, I broke it down by topic as follows:

  1. Breakfast Recipes
  2. Lunch Recipes
  3. Main Entrees
  4. Appetizer Recipes
  5. Salad Recipes
  6. Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes
  7. The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Cooking with ALL the recipes

By now, you should be getting the idea.

What seems to work best is when you have six or seven books in the series.  That seems to be the sweet spot, where Amazon starts promoting the other books for you and doing some advertising for you. They do this by displaying your book on “Customers who bought this also bought” or sending out promotional emails about your books. 

You may think that six to seven books sound like too much work!  However, if you think about writing 10,000 words per book or 60,000-70,000 words for the entire series, this is less content than some full-length novels.  Therefore, when writing a Kindle series, think about it as if you are writing one big book in small chunks of six or seven smaller eBooks.  

It is powerful. 

I want you to really consider writing a series and finishing one book per month.  If you do this, your entire series will be finished in less than seven months.  

And the benefits of publishing your series can last a lifetime.  Here are just a few of the benefits possible to you as a Kindle author:

  • Credibility
  • Authority in your niche
  • Exposure for your business 
  • Reach more people with your message (even internationally)
  • Get leads for your business, 24/7, on autopilot
  • Find new clients for your services
  • Diversify your income
  • And 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: https://www.trainingauthors.com/publishing-map/ 

May 5, 2021

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 gradually warm up and get acquainted with movement.

I’ve had many days where I wanted to bail in the first couple miles of a run due to “not feeling it.” But if I stick with it, the legs and body usually turn a corner and I’m rewarded with a delightful run. Some might call it tapping into the “runner’s high.”

As a Christian writer, I’ve also learned the value of a good warm-up. It can sometimes take 30 minutes to allow our spirits to calm and the outside noise to quiet down. Just as an athlete needs a proper warm-up, Christian writers can also benefit by easing into a writing flow. 

Rather than coming out of the gate charging hard, why not play some peaceful music while prayerfully inviting God to lead us in our thoughts. We might even imagine Jesus commanding ‘Peace be still’ as he calms the storms within us.

Our spiritual enemy tries to tempt us to bail on our writing in the first few minutes. We may be tempted to say, “I’m just not feeling it today.” But just like in running, things could turn a corner if we’ll just stick with it and push through the negative feelings.

Give yourself some grace in the beginning of a writing session by including a writing warm-up.

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Apr 28, 2021

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. He was lowered through a hole in the roof by his friends but walked out the front door under his own power after encountering Jesus.

Sometimes we have to get a little crazy as we find our way around the “crowds” of things that keep us from Jesus.

Desperation sometimes comes after we’ve exhausted other options that haven’t worked (example: woman with the blood issue touching the hem of Jesus’s garment - Mark 5).

This paralyzed man had 4 good friends who helped him. Can you think of 4 people willing to carry you and your book to Jesus in prayer?

“Stunned onlookers” were praising God in verse 12. Our books can have a similar effect as a testimony to God’s work in our lives

Have you felt paralyzed in your writing? Jesus brings life and movement to things that have long been paralyzed.

Here are some recommendations if you get desperate. Decide if you will:

  • Turn off your phone or all the notifications so you won't get distracted.
  • Take a social media fast for a month so you could finish writing your book.
  • Reserve a hotel room or go somewhere so you have undistracted time to work on your book.
  • Have a week's vacation and focus on writing your book.
  • Form a small prayer team that will pray for you while you write.

So what might it look like for you?

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/ 

Apr 21, 2021

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 creating a reader’s guide with discussion questions that book clubs can use. Typically you will add the questions to the back of your book. This applies to both fiction and nonfiction. If you’ve written a Bible study or book study that can be used with church groups, this is another avenue where your books can be purchased in higher quantities.

Personally, I have found that I sell a lot more copies of my print book, Broken Crayons Still Color, because women’s groups use it for their studies. 

Whether you are writing a fiction novel or a nonfiction book, consider how you can make it easy for groups to use it. You will have the potential to make more book sales and impact more people this way.

You can let your readers know that you have additional resources for book clubs on your website. This could look like a standalone page on your website or you can have them sign up to an email list to get the information.

Other Options

Think outside the box! Are there companies who could use your book for leadership training for their employees or as a gift for Christmas? Or maybe a company wants to give the books as a gift for their buyers. For example, real estate agents often buy gifts for their new homeowners.

Subscription box companies are also an option. For example, ourselves as well as several of our members have been able to work with God’s Glory Box.

Offer Discounts

Be willing to offer discounts to companies who buy your print books in bulk.

We offer discounts from our website here: https://www.bodyandsoulpublishing.com/print-discounts/ 

100+ Places to Market Your Christian Book

Want some recommendations on where to publish your Christian book? Check out our list of over 100 places to consider here: 

https://www.trainingauthors.com/100-places-to-promote-christian-books/ 

Apr 14, 2021

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 readers to consume.  A lot of readers will read books over their lunch break or when they have a few minutes.  Some short books can be finished within a one hour lunch break

The best part about writing a short book?  It’s quicker to write!

It’s a quick win and can help us build momentum for the next book

The Book Length

A question I am often asked is how long should the book be?  For short Kindle eBooks, I recommend a length of about 10,000 words.  It equals out to about 60-70 print pages.  This is the length of most of our short eBooks.  However, your book can be anywhere from 6,000-20,000 words.  

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Apr 7, 2021

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 same time, your inner critic can easily shut you down. For example, your inner critic might say, “You’re not spelling that right. Who are you to write a book when you don’t even know how to spell? This is horrible. You might as well stop now and not even try to write this book.” And on and on it goes.

We’ve all been there. So, let’s not let our inner critic get the best of us. Amen?

5 ways to quiet your inner critic and stay in the writing zone: 

  1. Highlight an area that will need more editing or research later. You can do this by using a different color or highlighting the text. If you’re writing with paper and pen (or pencil) you can draw an asterisks or arrow next to it.
  2. Turn off spell check. Spell check can be a constant distraction because it shows you where your potential spelling and grammar mistakes are as you write. It is important to self-edit your work, but I don’t recommend doing it when you’re in the writing zone. So if this distracts you, turn it off while you’re writing.

Here’s how in Microsoft Word: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/turn-spell-check-on-or-off-e2805461-77d4-4832-b006-061163c8d01a 

Here’s how in Google Docs: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/57859?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en 

  1. Use a text editor or distraction free writing tool that doesn’t highlight potential edits like your typical word processor.
  2. Turn off your computer screen. Yes, some writers say they actually do this when typing to avoid the distractions. I’m not sure I could write this way, but I wanted to at least mention it.
  3. Talk to your inner editor. Let the editor part of your brain know that you will get back to the editing later. Right now you are writing and need to focus on one task at a time. 

“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.” Mark‬ ‭4:39‬ ‭NLT

We need to tell our inner critic “Silence! Be still!” - the Greek word here implies putting a muzzle on a dog. Put a muzzle on your inner critic

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Mar 3, 2021

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 is a business meeting with God to seek His strategy for marketing your books.

We have free training for you on how to get started!

In this training, you will learn the steps we recommend when having a weekly business meeting with God. The members of Christian Book Academy LOVE it and we want to share it with you too!

Just click the link below to watch my short video and download the PDF:
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This series 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 here: http://christianbookacademy.com

Feb 17, 2021

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 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 is a business meeting with God to seek His strategy for marketing your books.

We have free training for you on how to get started!

In this training, you will learn the steps we recommend when having a weekly business meeting with God. The members in Christian Book Academy LOVE it and we want to share it with you too!

Just click the link below to watch my short video and download the PDF:
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Feb 3, 2021

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 gift for you.

One of the most important foundational things is to have in place as a Kingdom Writer is a business meeting with God to seek His strategy for marketing your books.

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In this training, you will learn the steps we recommend when having a weekly business meeting with God. The members in Christian Book Academy LOVE it and we want to share it with you too!

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Jan 21, 2021

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, Alisa felt God leading her to bring fresh meaning to the world of health and fitness. At first, she resisted, but eventually, she got on her knees, rolled up her sleeves, and followed His call. In 2011, she launched Revelation Wellness. This nonprofit ministry uses fitness as a tool to spread the gospel message, inviting participants to become whole and live well through various on-line events and in-person retreats. The Revelation Wellness instructor training program equips and sends out “fitness missionaries” throughout the United States and around the world while RevWell TV brings faith-based, at-home, online workouts, and resources to anyone with access to the internet. She is a published author of The Wellness Revelation through Tyndale House publishing as well as the author of Heir To The Crown.

Shownotes:

  • 02:56 - The message God has given Alisa to share
  • 08:42 - All about marketing and copywriting
  • 12:11 - Tips on marketing God-honoring way
  • 15:49 - Process on marketing new challenge, book, product
  • 18:26 - Is sharing a book once is enough?
  • 21:57 - How to allow God to lead you in your marketing
  • 26:14 - Learn about Call to Action
  • 27:02 - Alisa's message to Kingdom writers
  • 30:47 - Prayer

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This episode is sponsored by Christian Book Academy where we help you write, independently publish and market your books. We invite you to join our community of Kingdom Writers here: http://christianbookacademy.com

 

Jan 14, 2021

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 as a Kingdom Writer is a business meeting with God to seek His strategy for marketing your books.

We have free training for you on how to get started!

In this training, you will learn the steps we recommend when having a weekly business meeting with God. The members of Christian Book Academy LOVE it and we want to share it with you too!

Just click the link below to watch my short video and download the PDF:
http://www.trainingauthors.com/businessmeeting/

This series 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 here: http://christianbookacademy.com

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