Publishing: Me & My Big Mouth,Call-Outs for Kudos & MoGo7000, & Book Winner

Ape with big mouth Pixabay

Today’s the 1st Tuesday, so it’s the day for writing instruction, call-outs, and a book give-away!


Let’s start with some encouragement and instruction for writers with Me & My Big Mouth!

I’ve always had a big mouth. Even as a little girl, I realized that speaking up when others wouldn’t, talking louder than the crowd, and trying to persuade others to my side often resulted in getting what I wanted.

At least it did until I decided to be a writer.

During my first several years of writing, the critiques of my work–whether delivered by my unpublished critique group members, published authors, or professional agents and editors–were often met with my own push-backs. After all, pushing back had worked for most other things in my life.

But it didn’t work with writing.

The truth is, I wasted years on the road to publication by defending my work. I was determined to convince others of their inability to grasp the brilliance of my great American novel, now bleeding on every page. Couldn’t they recognize a good book when they saw one? That hardheaded, self-centered, know-it-all attitude cost me years in reaching my writing goals.

Now, as I teach at writing conferences around the country, my heart aches when I sit face-to-face with the headstrong version of my younger writing self. With only 15 minutes to glean the wisdom of those who’ve already traveled this road, the younger me–whether male or female, blonde or brunette, regardless of race or age or experience–wastes our time together by arguing every point.

“Don’t be like me!” I want to shout. “Don’t follow in my footsteps. The journey doesn’t have to be this long!” But in an effort to defend their work–often believed given word-for-word by God–the minutes have soon passed and very little, if any, words of wisdom have been transferred from teacher to student.

If you’ve been working at this writing goal for a while and have been to conferences to learn the craft, but still haven’t made progress, consider this:



*Could you and your big mouth be in the way? Mine certainly was for me.

*Friends, please know this is stated with all love and respect. 🙂

Thanks for Sharing!

Me & my big mouth stood in the way of my writing goals. What about you? (Click to Tweet)


It’s Time to Share Kudos of YOUR Successes!

Hey there, writing friends. We want to know what you’ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe you’ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!

It’s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:

**Your name
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)

I can’t wait for us to celebrate with you!


mogoWho MoGo’d in February?

If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in February, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2015 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! It’s open to everyone who qualifies.

To report your February results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in February. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday). 

If you missed out on last year’s money-winning writing challenge, don’t worry, the 2016 challenge has just begun. Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and you’ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100.

Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. And it doesn’t cost you a cent. :-)


Marilyn Turks Lighthouse Devotions cover

Who Won Marilyn Turk’s Book?

Drumroll, please. The winner is…

Nan Jones!

Congratulations, Nan! Please contact me with your snail mail address and Marilyn will get the book right out to you!

And friends, I know you want to get your own copy, so here’s a direct Amazon link to Lighthouse Devotions, by Marilyn Turk. Enjoy!


Thank you for joining me today on our 1st Tuesday edition of Christian Writer’s Den. I hope you are encouraged by your visit. Love and blessings to each of you!


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  • Thank you for your wise words of wisdom, Vonda! I appreciate your transparency and encouragement. I wrote 54,643 words in Feb.

  • RobinBryce

    Well, I never! I’m no doormat to have all my ways squished under every dirty foot that passes by. How could they be so stupid? How did they ever get ahead like they have? They just don’t understand.

    Oh, wait, I mean great word on your mouth, Vonda. I just just stew in my thoughts, mostly, except when I explode.

    • Hahahaha! I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

  • Kristi Woods

    Your words are sinking in, Vonda. This sometimes strong-willed gal thanks you.

    • Yes, I’m discovering that a strong will isn’t a bad thing when it’s directed properly. It’s the direction part I’ve struggled with. :-/

  • Gail Wofford Cartee

    Didn’t make the MOGO7000 this month, but because of Larry Leech’s teaching on memoir, I have written 3704 words since ACWC. Lord willing, I should have 7000 new words next month.

    • Way to go, Gail! Just think, that’s 3704 words you wouldn’t have written if you hadn’t been challenged by Larry Leech. Be sure you let him know. It’ll really encourage him!

  • Nan Jones

    Whoot! Whoot! Thanks Vonda and Marilyn. I’m looking forward to reading the words from Marilyn’s heart.

  • Vonda, once again, thanks for your wisdom. I totally relate to “That hardheaded, self-centered, know-it-all attitude cost me years in reaching my writing goals.” Sigh.

    • So I’m not the only one, huh? Well, some of us just have to learn the hard way, don’t we??? 🙂

  • Amanda Everett

    8,411 for my February MoGo!

  • Congratulations, Nan! Such wise advice, Vonda. It seems almost natural to defend rather than to submit, but it’s in the submitting that we learn and advance the work God has given us to write. Thank you!

    • You are so right, Cathy, whether the work is writing, speaking, or ministry, getting out of the way and submitting to His will is the best thing we can do!

  • Susan M. Baganz

    I also learned pretty early on that not every agent or publisher would get “me” – my goals, quirkiness etc. Some were downright rude (yes, even in the Christian market but I won’t name names). While you do need to be careful how to present yourself, your personality shouldn’t have to be compromised as a result . . . no divas certainly . . . but that agent and editor are your partners on this journey and you do want them to respect you for who you are as well. Thanks for sharing your hard-won experience, Vonda! Oh and MOGO7000 = 8,567. Lots of editing projects (including my own revisions) kept me from writing more this month! Happy March!

    • Great advice, Susan. We need to hear that side of it, too! And congrats on your MoGo numbers this month! Yes, you’re right, there comes a time we have to stop writing new words and work on the old words we have. 🙂