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The Christian Publishing Show is a podcast to help Christian authors change the world. We talk about how to improve in the craft of writing, how to get published, and how to market effectively. Get expert advice from industry insiders. Hosted by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
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If you've ever transcribed a conversation between two people, you know the resulting text is a bunch of incomprehensible, run-on sentences and fragments. Natural conversation does not translate well onto the written page. When we write novels, we need to realize that good, written dialogue does not imitate the way real people talk. We also don't wa…
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Most humans try to avoid conflict as much as possible, but novelists love conflict. Without conflict, a novelist has no story. Conflict keeps your novel moving forward and your readers turning pages. As Vladimir Nabokov once said, "The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them." But ho…
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You’re probably tired of hearing that you need a large platform to be a successful author. Some industry professionals believe having a large platform is equivalent to having a large social media following. If you’ve been listening to the Christian Publishing Show or Novel Marketing, you know that having a social media following doesn’t necessarily…
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When authors attend writers conferences, they often have big expectations but make common mistakes that squash their goals and diminish the return on their investment in the conference. In this episode, you’ll learn 11 common mistakes authors often make and how to avoid them How to avoid missing opportunities The right time to attend your first con…
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The stories we ingest shape the morality we develop, but only to a point. If a story’s morality strays from reality or gets too twisted, the story fails to resonate with readers. Moral confusion is why movies and TV shows are less entertaining than they used to be. But what is morality? Why is it so important for good stories? How do you put a mess…
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Thirty days. That’s all you’ve got. Do it wrong, and you’re toast. Do it right, and it’s crème brûlée that will last for months, maybe even years. What 30 days are we talking about? The first 30 days after you make your book available to the world. During the first 30 days after your release, bookstores decide whether to keep your book on the shelv…
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Did you know that as an author, you can change people's lives without even writing a book? Believe it or not, most life-changing writing happens outside of a traditional printed book. But there is often less glory for the writer in those other kinds of writing. If your primary goal is to write words that change lives, you can expand your role as a …
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I’m Thomas Umstattd Jr., host of the Christian Publishing Show and I have a few of quick announcements. If you have been wondering why there hasn’t been a new episode in a few weeks I have a good reason. Announcement #1 New Baby! We just had a baby! Jack Umstattd was on December 23rd weighing 9 pounds 11 ounces. Both he and my wife are tired from a…
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If you want your readers to connect with your writing, you need to immerse them deeply into the mind of your characters. Your readers need to hear, see, and experience everything that your character experiences. But how do you do this? The answer is deep point of view. We have a guest on the show […] You can listen to this episode How to Write Deep…
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We have had episodes about protagonists, the characters who want something that drives the plot forward, and antagonists who get in their way. But stories do not live on protagonists alone. Side characters, or supporting characters, play a vital role in your novel. But how do you craft characters that are believable and compelling? How […] You can …
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You have a creative idea. You feel inspired to pursue it. But your head is filled with doubt. “What if I can’t make it work? What if I can’t provide for my family? What if my work isn’t good enough? What if people think my creation is stupid?” We have a guest on the show […] You can listen to this episode How to Keep Fear from Blocking Your Creativ…
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The saying goes, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” While some authors are able to support a full-time writing career with only their books, the reality is most authors need additional income, at least at the beginning. But does that mean you need to go out and get a job at McDonald’s in […] You can listen to this episode How to Become a Prof…
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It’s no question that we live in a “cancel” culture. It may be tempting to bury our heads in the sand and be sure we never do anything to offend anyone. But that’s not how the Bible calls us to live. Countless times throughout the Bible, men and women of God took a stand for […] You can listen to this episode How to Fight Cancel Culture As a Christ…
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Have you ever wondered where Christian publishing came from? I sure have. In the olden days, there were only publishers. But then Christian publishers started to emerge. Why did that happen? What caused it? To find out, we have a special guest who has worked in the publishing industry for 65 years. He is the […] You can listen to this episode Where…
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Do you feel discouraged or burnt out by your writing journey? Do you want to connect with other writers who understand your goals and pain? Do you need some time to get away from life, refocus on your goals, and connect with God? Perhaps what you need is a writing retreat. We have a special […] You can listen to this episode Why You Need a Writing …
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Writing a book doesn’t need to be hard for many writers. All you need to do to write faster is learn how to get out of your own way. Our guest today is cofounder of Girl Defined Ministries and author of several books for young girls, including Girl Defined and Love Defined. Kristen Clark, welcome […] You can listen to this episode How to Write a Bo…
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How do I write a novel? This is one of the most common questions writers ask. They ask it as they get started, they ask it after they finish their first book, and sometimes they ask it after writing half a dozen books. When writing a novel, there are four essential pieces you need to […] You can listen to this episode The Four Essential Pillars of …
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There are two ways to get better at writing. One is to practice writing, so your first drafts are better. The second is to learn how to edit your first drafts into better second drafts. It is common for some beginning authors to feel like the second draft is different, rather than better. This doesn’t […] You can listen to this episode How to Edit …
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Many times Christian writers think that once their book is published, then they can minister to people. But they have it all backwards. You can and should start ministering to and blessing people right now, and your book will be an overflow of that ministry. We have a guest here today to talk to us […] You can listen to this episode How to Use Book…
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Are you tired of getting distracted every time you log in to one of your Facebook author groups? Are you sick of feeling discouraged by the spammers and trolls who lurk in the depths of the group? Are you hesitant to trust the information shared in Facebook groups because you don’t know if it’s reliable? […] You can listen to this episode A New Soc…
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“The first page of a book sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” –– American crime novelist Mickey Spillane When you write a novel, you want your readers to be so thrilled by the ending of your story that they immediately buy your next book. And then they tell all their friends […] You can listen to this episode How to Write the Last…
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Perhaps you’ve considered writing Bible studies for your local church, or maybe you’re interested in writing Bible studies for publication. How do you write Bible studies that people want to read? We have a special guest with us today who is going to share her experience in writing Bible studies. She is co-founder of Flourish […] You can listen to …
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If you want to be traditionally published in today’s book market, you are going to need a literary agent. But you don’t just “hire” a literary agent like you would a plumber. Agents have a vetting process in which they decide if you and your book are a good fit for their agency. They want […] You can listen to this episode How to Write a Query Lett…
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Many first-time authors think that all they need to do is write a book, upload it to Amazon, and voilà Readers will come flocking. This is not the case. The reality is that the journey of writing and publishing a book is a long and arduous one. For most authors it takes 5 to 15 […] You can listen to this episode How to Develop Patience and Enduranc…
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This episode comes with a trigger warning. We are going to talk about social media, politics, culture, and what to do as a Christian author in a world that is growing more hostile to Christian authors. If you don’t want to hear about that today, I can recommend a great podcast called Compelled, hosted by […] You can listen to this episode How to Na…
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