Writer’s Headlines: CWD Changes, Kudos, MoGo7000, & Who Won $100?

newspapersIt’s a full day of announcements, so let’s get started with the Kudos!

In the busyness of the Christmas and New Year holidays, we only had one reported success to celebrate:

Carol Guthrie Heilman (NC):Β  Carol received a contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas for Book 2 in The Adventures of Agnes Series. Congrats, Carol! And I know everyone wants to see Book 1, so here’s the direct Amazon link to Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar.

Congratulations on your second contract in the series, Carol. I hope there are many more contracts and books to come!


Who qualified for another MoGo7000 entry?

Congrats to these friends who wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in the month of December:

#23: Amanda Everett – 13,049 words
#24: Tim Suddeth – 8,200 words

Congratulations, Amanda and Tim! It’s hard to get much done in December, but you two made it happen!


100 dollars PixabayAnd now, drumroll, please! Who won $100 cash in the 2016 MoGo7000 Challenge?

The winner is:

Tim Suddeth!!!

Wow–Tim I couldn’t believe it when your number came up! Congratulations! I guess that just shows us that you don’t have to enter every month to win the prize! Tim is $100 richer!

Hope you have fun spending it, Tim!


Changes at the Christian Writer’s Den…vonda-speaking

I hope you know how much I love and appreciate each of you. With a gazillion blogs out there, I’m honored you would spend time with me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Many of you dear friends have been with me since CWD began in 2008 . . . the same year my caregiving responsibilities began . . . the same year my third and fourth books came out. I’ve not completed a book since.

A lot of years have passed. I realize I’m getting older and I do have a few more books I’d like to write. So, after spending focused time with the Lord and seeking wisdom from my writing mentor, I know it’s time to take a break from weekly blogging and social media. In order to focus on my writing and family responsibilities, I’ll plan to post about once a month for an indefinite amount of time. I’m also limiting my social media participation in order to be in better control of my writing time.

Please know this isn’t a permanent change. I want us to stay in touch! In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue working on your own projects as well. Just think what we all could achieve if we could focus on writing this year!

Thank you again for your friendship and encouragement. I’ll look forward to meeting up again in February!

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts in 2017,



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  • Nan Jones

    Vonda, you are so loved and appreciated. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord’s leading. I’m sure it was very hard to say yes, and to let go of the reins, but He will most definitely bless you for it. And we can learn from it too. I used to think the world would quit spinning if I missed a blog post! But now I know the most important thing I can do to honor the Lord in my calling is to obey Him throughout each day, even when the day looks different than what I intended. We make plans, but God has a purpose. πŸ™‚ Isn’t it wonderful to trust in His sovereignty? You are and have been a faithful servant. I know the Lord smiles when He thinks of you. I love you Lady V.

  • Tammy Karasek

    Congratulations, Tim!!!
    Vonda, you are such an encouragement to so many of us. I’m so excited to see what you have for us in those books!

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Tammy. And when it comes to looking forward to what will be in the book…I am, too! Hope you have an awesome 2017!

  • Thank you, Vonda. What a great surprise. It will be going to the Asheville Christian Writers Conference.

  • lorihatcher

    You have been such a blessing to so many of us, Vonda, and now it’s time for you to focus on your new/old calling. I can’t wait for the next book(s), and will be praying you on. Godspeed!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Lori. I can’t wait for the next book, either!

  • Kristi Woods

    God bless you, Vonda. May you hear His voice even more richly as you walk in this upcoming writing and family time. I’ve only come along for the journey recently, but what an encouragement you are. I’ll keep you in prayer as you head into this season. Also, congratulations to Tim, Amanda, and Carol – all accomplishments well worth celebrating.

    • Kristi, what a precious blessing you’ve already been to me. I praise God for bringing you here with us. I’m excited to see what the Lord has planned for you!

  • Vonda, God bless you in wonderful ways as you follow his leading. Will look forward to staying in touch as we can. Hugs!

    • Thank you, Cheryl. I think you’ve been here almost from the beginning, right? We’ve seen each other through quite a list of good and bad, haven’t we? Losing parents and gaining grandkids have definitely topped the list. So proud of all your accomplishments!

      • Thanks so much, Vonda. And yes, we’ve certainly shared a lot over the years. Appreciate you and your friendship and encouragement so much. All the best!

  • Gwyn

    Thank you, Vonda for all the wonderful authors you’ve introduced me to and the many writing tips and helps. I understand fully the caring for an elderly parent. I’ll keep you in my prayers and look forward to the monthly blogs.

    • Thank you, Gwyn. I continue to lift you up and thank the Lord for leading you here. Glad you’ve enjoyed the site! Blessings for your 2017.

  • Amanda Everett

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom and encouragement with all of us these past many years, Vonda! Best of luck with your writing!

    • Thank you, Amanda. Just please promise me that you’ll continue to work on your book!

  • Marilyn Nutter

    Congratulations Tim!

  • Marilyn Nutter

    Thank you Vonda for the encouragement you have given. Your step is an example to us of seeking the Lord and obedience to what He has shown you. That speaks volumes. May God bless the work of your hands, mind and heart.

    • Thank you so much, Marilyn. It was hard to accept, but once the decision was made, I began to get excited about the idea of being focused on writing again. And thank you for the beautiful blessing!

  • Congratulations, Tim!

    • You need to keep your prolific fingers working hard. You could have another 3 or 4 books written in the time I get one done! Happy writing!

  • Vonda, I stand in awe of the many things you do — and do well — with a full heart of love and compassion. I look forward to your monthly posts. πŸ™‚ Carol, Amanda, and time – congrats! Tim, does this mean you’re treating for doughnuts at the next meeting? πŸ™‚ God bless you, Vonda. Love you much!

    • Cathy, I could say the exact same thing about you! Thank you for your encouragement and blessings. I hope I’ll see you Thursday at Cross ‘n Pens!

  • Carol, I echo Sandy Quandt’s congratulations on your good work and book contract. Brava! and Praise the Lord!

  • Vonda, I’ve been amazed at your dedication and work for the Christian Writer’s Den as well as CCC and the many family responsibilities you’ve carried. May God bless your work as you change focus. Will look forward to your occasional updates here. And you will be forever in my prayers as a favorite younger sister in the Lord.
    Hugs, hugs, hugs and prayers.

    • Oh, thank you, sweet Judith! You are one of my favorite sisters, too! Thank you for your encouragement and leadership in CCC. You’ve been such a blessing to all of us!

  • Two things …
    Carol, congratulations on your new book contract. Awesome!
    And dear Vonda, thank you for all the encouragement, wisdom, and grace you pour out to those around you. Praying God’s richest blessings on you as you continue to do everything as unto the LORD.
    Love you.

    • Thank you, Sandy! I love sharing what I’ve learned through the years, but it’s time for me to be focused on applying it to my own new writing project. I’m excited about it and look forward to checking in with y’all throughout the year!

  • Tammy Whitehurst

    Thank you, my friend, for always being there and sending us encouragement. We all love the writing opportunities you share and the happy moments you bring everyone on this blog. You will be missed while you take a break, but know we are bombarding Heaven with your name. I love you….

    • I love that word picture, Tammy! What an honor to have friends who will approach the Father on my behalf. As you know, I love celebrating the happy moments with my writing and speaking friends. And I can’t wait to see how God blesses the present and future Christian Communicators sisters through you, Lori, and Sherry! Love you, too!

  • Thank you, Vonda, for being you, and for your gift of encouraging others.

    I’m so blessed to be your friend. I’ll be praying for your writing adventures! Thrilled for you~~~!!

    • And I’m so blessed by your friendship, Julie. I’ve got to get back to writing so I can keep up with you! Love you!