The End of My Season and the Beginning of Yours: Christian Writer’s Den Auction

I’m happy to announce that an offer has been accepted for the complete package and the Christian Writer’s Den auction is over. Thank you to all who had planned to participate and contacted me with questions and clarifications. You’re the most encouraging bunch of friends and I’m so blessed to have each of you in my life! I pray God’s richest blessings as you continue to serve him through your writing and speaking ministry!

 

Welcome back to the Christian Writer’s Den!

Hello, friends. My goodness, we haven’t talked in a long time. A lot has happened since my last post almost a year ago, and today holds one of the biggest announcements of my life. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to see what’s going on and what it could mean for you and your writing and speaking journey!

Change is in the air

It’s with lots of excitement and a little sadness that I announce my retirement at the end of this year. I’m excited for more time with my sweet hubby and family, but wow, I know I’m going to miss you—my writer/speaker family. After all, many of us grew up as writers and speakers together!

Some of you know that Gary and I have been caregiving for several years, and believe me, we wouldn’t take back those years for anything. It’s been an honor and a joy to care for those we love. But after much prayer and seeking wisdom from professionals I respect, I recognize it’s time for me to transition into a (hopefully) simpler life.

Although ministry seasons change, we know that ministry never ends for those of us who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. I’m confident that I’ll honor Him best by honoring by family.

The end of my old season could be the beginning of your new one

Yes, there’s a little sadness with this announcement, but I’m thrilled to share the opportunity this could mean for you. After talking with several wise friends, I see that my change in season could be a positive change for you and your ministry as well, helping you move forward in your own call to write and speak.

As I looked back on my own journey, I realized that I’ve been doing this writing and

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speaking thing for quite a while now. I started speaking in 1997 and although I wrote my first book in 1993, I wasn’t published until 2002. That’s over 20 years of writing, speaking, encouraging, and making others laugh. That’s 20 years of classes, keynotes, workshops, school programs, blog posts, challenges, domain names, and endless ideas. I would love to see those creations bolster the writing and speaking careers of others, like you!

How will that happen, you ask? We’re going do it with a Christian Writer’s Den Auction of Speaking and Writing Resources . . . and you’re invited to join in! These resources of writing and speaking programs, domain names, rights to become the seller of my downloadable workshops, blog content, and much more will be offered to writers and speakers. All who are interested may participate through the online auction, right here at the Christian Writer’s Den.

General instructions:

The auction is being announced today and will be immediately open for bids. Here’s how it’ll work:

1. The auction is open to all writers and speakers. It’s always more fun with more participation, so please feel free to share the Auction post with any writers, speakers, and groups you know.
2. Remember that while some items are appropriate for writers of any level, others are best suited for experienced, published writers and speakers. Be sure to read recommendations before bidding. If nothing specific is mentioned, the item or package is appropriate for anyone.
3. The auction will be online only and will be held here at the Christian Writer’s Den blog, on the post dated December 1, 2017. It will close December 7 at 5pmET.
4. If you’re not already a registered commenter at the Christian Writer’s Den, you’ll need to register. There is no charge to participate and you will not be automatically added as a follower.

How to bid:
5. Each item/package will be listed separately in the comment section of the Auction Blog post. You may place a bid by hitting REPLY directly under the specific item/package you want to bid on. Please do not try to bid by placing a general comment or by replying to other bids or other comments.
6. A bid is only approved if it is written as a REPLY under a specific item/package.
7. I will reply to your bid by stating APPROVED. That simply means I see your bid and have noted it in my records.
8. Bids will be accepted in the order of posting.
9. General questions that will be of interest to all participants may be posted in the general comments.
10. If you don’t mind using your name to bid publicly, simply post your bid as a REPLY to the specific item or package you’re bidding on.
11. I’ll be at the computer continuously from 9amET to 12midnightET each day except Sunday. You’re free to bid on Sunday if you would like, but bids will not be marked as APPROVED until Monday morning.

Anonymous bids:
12. If you’d rather make an anonymous bid, simply email me (vondaskelton@gmail.com) with your real name, your preferred bidding name, the item you’re bidding on, and the amount of your bid. I’ll post it for you publicly using your bidding name and the time of your email. Please note that other bids may come in between the time you email your bid and when I note it and post it for you.
13. If you must make an anonymous bid during the night hours, it will be added when I get back to the computer the next morning.

Packages vs individual items:
14. IMPORTANT NOTE: Some items are also offered as part of a package. The packages will be offered for a limited time, as noted in the post. You may go ahead and bid on individual items while the package bidding is still active.
15. You may bid on individual items and packages from the beginning; however, an acceptable package sale will eliminate the possibility of individual sales of items included in the package.

Reserve minimum bid:
16. ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: A reserve is placed on the three major packages: The Complete Package of all items in the auction; The Writing is Fun Workshop Package; and The Christian Writer’s Den Package. This means that if the highest bid doesn’t meet the undisclosed minimum amount set prior to the auction, the package will be withdrawn from the auction and will not be sold as a package.
17. If the package isn’t sold, the bids for individual items will be put into effect at that time and bidding will continue until the end of the auction. If the package sells, the associated individual items will be withdrawn and those bids will be cancelled.

Payments:
18. If you place a bid, you are verifying that you are prepared to fulfill the commitment of your bid, should you win it.
19. At the end of the auction, the winner of each item/package will receive a Request for Payment through PayPal and will be responsible for completing the sale at the bid price within 24 hours. With PayPal, you can pay by credit card or through a PayPal account. (See added item, #20 below.)

20. A question has come up about the option of a longer payment window for the bigger packages. That is certainly something that can be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Simply email me at vondaskelton@gmail.com and we can discuss it. Thank you.

Contracts:

All items/packages will be transferred with a simple contract.

Ready to join the fun?

Thank you for hanging out with me as we muddled through the details. I’m sure there’ll be a few bumps along the way as we get started, so I’m asking now for your grace!

I hope you’ll prayerfully consider participating in this opportunity. What a joy it’d be for my work to continue to help writers and speakers succeed! After all, the goal of the Christian Writer’s Den has always been to encourage and celebrate writers and speakers.

I continue to pray the Lord’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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  • Jenny Cote

    My dear friend, how I applaud what you’ve done through your ministry these many years, and praise God for your faithfulness. While I’m saddened to see you step aside from the podium and lay down your quill, I am happy for the next phase of your journey! Thank you for how you’ve ministered to me and blessed my writing journey. You were among the first who gave me the encouragement and support I needed as I stepped into the writing arena. Much love and grace abound to you! Jenny

    • Thank you for your encouraging words, Jenny. I’m in awe of all you have accomplished! From the beginning, you’ve been a faithful steward of the many talents He has given you, and many–children and adults–have been blessed because your faithfulness. I pray His richest blessings as you continue to go forth in His Great Name!

  • I have long admired your way of serving the Lord and I’m thankful I could attend your workshop in person when you were in Oklahoma a few months ago. May the Lord richly bless you and may He fill each day with joyful surprises. Thank you for your hard work. I hope you and your loved ones have a beautiful Christmas.

    • Margery, it was a joy to get to meet you in Oklahoma! I love how we writers and speakers can connect at such a sweet level across the miles. Then, when we meet in person, it’s like we’ve known each other all along. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a lovely Christmas as we celebrate the Gift and the Giver.

  • Thank you so much Vonda for all you’ve done for people like me. You gave us our wings. : ) I’ll be praying for you in this new season. Blessings to you and your family.

    • Awwww…so sweet, Cindy. Thank you for being such an encourager to so many here at the Christian Writer’s Den! Blessings to you as well!

  • Well, a warrior you just set to weeping with your words, woman! Love you dearly!

  • WOMAN! So excited for you and your decision. You deserve to embrace your next chapter with all the energy and expectation of a faithful disciple who has served well and is now encouraged to embrace a kinder, gentler pace. You have my heart. Although our chats have been few, they are dear to me and memorable. Many, many blessings as you transition to a new year.

  • Gwyn

    Dear Vonda;
    You have my support and prayers, but it is with sadness. My sister’s and I have been care giving for our parents for several years, so I know where you’re at. After our daughter died, I appreciated so much your prayers and the outreach from the wonderful members of this blog. Because of God’s grace, I have made progress toward healing from her loss. Thank you for all you’ve meant to me.
    Sister in Christ,
    Gwyn Hubbert

    • Oh, Gwyn, I remember that difficult time and I praise God for His continued healing of your heart. I can’t imagine what you’ve been through, but we know He knows the hurt firsthand. And yes, the Lord uses the outreach of others to help bring us peace when peace can’t be found. I’m thankful for the brothers and sisters who gathered here week after week to pray and ask for prayer, to celebrate and grieve, to teach and learn. I will miss you and all our CWD family. God’s blessing and strength as you continue to care for your parents.

  • Glenda Mills

    Dear Vonda,
    Just want you to know I so appreciate all you have meant to me and so many other writers and speakers.
    Tis the season for letting go for me also. A couple of weeks ago, I laid down women’s ministry…for the umpteenth time! So hard to do, but I have this crazy peace thats beyond my understanding knowing I am right in the center of God’s will. What a faithful loving God who carries us through all the different seasons of our lives.
    May you know the sweetness of His peace and love during this time of transition.
    Love you dear sister,
    Glenda Mills

    • Yes, Glenda, I’m right there with you in knowing this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I admit, there are times when the tears come (they have several times today!), but even in the tears, the peace remains. Thank you for the confirmation of His faithfulness through all seasons of our lives. I pray His richest blessings as you wait on Him to reveal the next season of your life. I love and appreciate you!

      • Glenda Mills

        Thank you Vonda! Yes, the tears still come to me at times too, but I like you am believing to see the next revealed season. Love you!

  • Kathy Neely

    Vonda, When I retired from my former career and wanted to pursue writing, you were the person I called. You have been a friend and inspiration to many. Thank you for your ministry to writers. Life is like a book–each turn of the page brings us to a new chapter. May this next chapter of your life be filled with blessings.

    • “Life is like a book–each turn of the page brings us to a new chapter.” So beautifully written, Kathy! I loved connecting with you and discovering the intertwining of our lives to that point. I pray His continued blessing as He continues to direct your steps in this chapter of your life.

  • I understand, Vonda. I’m sad you’re shutting down but I understand. Unfortunately, I discovered you too late… little more than a year ago. I pray God’s blessings on this new season of your life.

    • Thank you, Jessy. I pray that blessing for you as well!

  • Diana Flegal

    Vonda, I am surprised and sad, but totally understand your decision. Oh my how I will miss your sweet face around the ‘water cooler’ at the various conferences. You have poured out into so many of our lives and we are the better for it. I am the better for it. Funny, the snapshots that popped into my mind here as I type. One with trailing toilet paper is screaming the loudest. All the best to you dear sister! My Love and prayers follow after you.

    • Hahaha! Oh, yes, we do have some stories, don’t we? Great memories to carry with me and remember when it’s conference time and I’m not there with you and our writing family. Thank you for your encouraging words for today and the future. I love and appreciate you!

  • Sue Badeau

    Vonda I don’t know if I have ever told you how much value you have added to my life. Not just to my speaking and writing ministries – and you have richly added to those – but to me as a person, a woman, a mom and a sister. Your calls and prayers have come at exactly the right moments. Your encouragement and specific, concrete suggestions have been taken to heart. You are a treasure and I am so thankful for you!

    • Oh Sue. Your kind words brought tears to my eyes. You, my friend, have been such a blessing to me as a writer, speaker, and sister in the Lord. We’ve been through lots of hard times together, but your steadfast faith and love for our Savior was always evident, regardless of the hardship. Thank you for always pointing to Christ!

  • Tracy Crump

    Sorry to see you “retire,” Vonda, but I understand how all-consuming caregiving is. On a selfish note: I’m glad we got to have you as keynote speaker at our second Mid-South Christian Writers Conference before you left the speaking circuit. That was a highlight! Blessings on your new journey.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Tracy. It was a highlight for me as well! Blessings as you continue to bless others through your writing and speaking ministry!

  • Carolyn Knefely

    Wisdom shows when one knows when it’s time to pass on valuable information, insight, and success. As much as learning that you are retiring saddens me, I’m happy to see that you are wise and generous in making your successful tools available to those who are beginning or still on their public service for the Lord.

    Having the pleasure of working side-by-side with you, I know of all of the long hours of praying, writing, practicing presentations, and creating programs that you are offering exceptional material and connections. My prayers for you, Vonda, and those who are led by the Holy Spirit to invest in their future that you all continue to shine with the light of the Lord.

    Letting go isn’t easy. Nevertheless it is wisdom in action. Those who take hold of what you offer is faith in action. With the Lord’s lead you all will be blessed.

    Shine on, my friend.
    Carolyn

    • Oh Carolyn, just seeing your name pop up brought tears of joy to my heart and mind. What a blessing you have been in both my professional and personal life! Thank you for following His lead when it didn’t make sense. Christian Communcators grew and expanded because of your faithfulness. And now, to see it mature under the ownership of Tammy Whitehurst, Sherry Poundstone, and Lori Boruff, I’m even more in awe of His plan and provision. It’s my prayer that the work poured into the Christian Writer’s Den will continue to bless others on their journeys as well. You are a gem in the story of my life. Thank you for loving and living for Him so fully.

  • Crickett Keeth

    Vonda, I’m happy for you and Gary, but will miss you in the writing and speaking world. Can’t wait to see what God does in you and through you in this new season of life. Let’s stay in touch!

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Crickett. You have been such a blessing to me professionally and spiritually. I thank Him for bringing you into my life!

  • Vonda, you will definitely be missed in our writing world, but I’m so glad the Lord has given you direction on your future. Thanks so much for the friendship and encouragement you’ve given me. Love you and pray the very best for you and yours!

    • Oh, Cheryl, what a joy it has been to see how the Lord has blessed both your personal and your writing lives. Talk about pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. Wow! Continued blessings, sweet friend.

  • Cathy Baker

    You will be missed but I’m very happy for both you and Gary. I hope our paths will still cross. Love you!

    • Oh, how I’m gonna miss the writing and speaking life, but Gary and I both know the time has come. I’m just thankful we live close enough to still see each other. Love you and so proud of all you do in the name of Christ!

  • I will miss you, girl! Thanks for everything you invested into me and my ministry.

    • I will miss you, too, sweet friend. What a joy it’s been to watch His will unfold for you! You go, girl!

  • Laurie Epps

    I’m going to miss you Vonda!!! I hope we can occasionally have coffee as friends…. With that being said, I wouldn’t even know I’m a writer, much less have gotten a degree in it had I not shared those first moments with you. Thank you for sharing your time, talents, and heart with all of us.

    Blessings,
    Laurie Epps

    • Oh Laurie, what a joy it has been to watch your writing journey unfold! Edie and I might have been there at the beginning, but you made it happen with your hard work and perseverance. So proud of you!

      • Laurie Epps

        Thank you for your kind words Vonda. You’ll be pleased to know that I’m writing a high school textbook right now! I haven’t officially announced it, but I wanted you to know that I’m staying on course. Hoping you can embrace this new chapter with joy… May I say for all of us, “Well done.”

        • Wow, that’s incredible, Laurie! Now THAT deserves a “Well done!”

  • Teaching Programs Package (Bidding is for FOUR class programs)

    Appropriate for experienced instructors or published writers who are experienced enough to pursue teaching. This includes rights to class outlines, handouts, and examples Vonda used when teaching these classes at writing conferences.
    1. Five Fatal Flaws of Fiction
    2. Details & Descriptions: A Movie of Words
    3. Is Your Writing as Flat as a Pancake? (And Other Worn-Out Clichés)
    4. Bigger, Badder, Meaner, Sadder: Real Life and the Novel

    • Sorry to hear you’re retiring! You have been a blessing to so many people! $40 (I know it’s worth tons more than that…but money is tight right now!)

      • APPROVED. Thank you for your kind words, Susan. I’m so happy for you and all you’ve accomplished! Blessings as you continue to bless others.

        • Does that mean I win this? Or do others get to outbid me? 🙂 If I win I’ll email you to get information to pay you.

          • No, the bidding continues for this item until the end, December 7 at 5pm ET. APPROVED simply means your bid has come through and is recorded. You may want to check back and keep an eye on the bidding process in case other bids come in. Thanks for your bid and thanks for asking for the clarification.

  • Online Audio Writing Classes Package for You to Market and Sell

    (This is not an affiliate agreement. The purchaser will have complete rights; the only rights to sell these recordings.)

    1. Full rights to market and sell edited recordings as downloadable classes. Handouts included. Downloadable classes have sold for $14.95 each for several years:
    • How to Have Magazine Editors Calling YOU!
    • Teaching Children Biblical Truth Through Secular Fiction
    • Write a Novel Children Will Love

    2. Full rights to unedited recordings which must be edited and may then be marketed and sold. Handouts included.
    • Laughter is Serious Business: How to Write with Humor (must edit out one story)—Recorded at Writers Boot Camp.
    • Plays and Skits: Biblical Truth From the Stage (must edit out discussion about one skit and places to submit plays and sketches)—Recorded at North Texas Christian Writers Conference.

  • Individual Domain Name

    BitsysWorld.com
    Renews in November 2018

  • Individual Domain Name

    DailyTickles.com
    Perfect for any writer who is interested in pursuing humor writing and speaking, whether published or not. I had planned to have a daily short humor blog, perhaps with funnies/entries written and submitted by other writers, making it a site to offer writing/publishing opportunities to many writers. Renews in November 2018.

  • Individual Domain Names (Bidding is for TWO domain names)

    WritingIsFunWorkshops.com and WritingIsFunWorkshop.com
    Perfect for an author of children’s books who would like to speak to/teach children in schools, libraries, etc. These domain names are first offered with the WritingIsFunWorkshops.com package, but they are open for bidding at any time. If the Writing is Fun Workshop Package doesn’t sell by the deadline, the individual bids will become active and will continue. Domain names renew in October 2018 and November 2018.

  • Individual Domain Name

    MoGo7000.com—MOnthly GOal 7000 words.
    Vonda’s monthly writing challenge for writers. Great way to challenge yourself and other writers to succeed! This domain name is first offered and best combined with the ChristianWritersDen.com package. However, it is open for bids at any time. If the Christian Writer’s Den Package is not sold by the deadline, the bids will then become active and will continue. The domain name renews in January 2018.

  • Individual Domain Name

    ChristianWritersDen.com
    Perfect for a blog about writing, speaking, and the Christian life. This domain name is first offered and best combined with MoGo7000.com and the ChristianWritersDen.com package. However, it is open for individual bids at any time. If the Christian Writer’s Den Package is not sold by the deadline, the bids will then become active and will continue. The domain name is paid until November 2018.

  • The Christian Writers Den Package (Bids accepted until 12 midnight ET December 5 only)

    Domain name; writing, speaking, and biblical blog posts; and MoGo7000 Challenge

    Includes the rights to ChristianWritersDen.com domain name (paid through November 2018), the MoGo7000 Challenge and MoGo7000.com domain name (paid til January 2018), and hundreds of Vonda’s Christian Writer’s Den posts for ready-made writing, speaking, and biblical content (images not included). Please note that although purchaser will receive all posts since the blog began in 2008, some posts (such as past MoGo7000 reports, kudos, and repeated posts) are probably less desirable as ongoing blog content.

    For less experienced writers, this package will provide a foundation on which to build additional followers and platform.

    For published/experienced writers, options include: editing/critique services, mentoring programs, guest posts for writers, etc. You can take the Christian Writer’s Den in any direction you’d like.

    **A reserve is placed on this package, meaning that if an acceptable bid isn’t received by the deadline, it will be withdrawn from the auction and will not be sold.**

  • Writing is Fun Workshops for Kids Package (Bids accepted until 12 midnight ET December 5 only)

    Domain name and rights to coordinating teaching programs.
    Includes the rights to and ownership of the WritingIsFunWorkshops.com (paid through October 2018 and WritingIsFunWorkshop.com (paid through November 2018) domain names, and the ownership and opportunity to teach “Writing is Fun Workshops for Kids” in schools, libraries, bookstores, and other venues.
    Includes the rights to Vonda’s Writing is Fun Workshop, class, transcript, outline, notes, and examples. Also includes rights, class, transcript, outline, notes, and examples to “Increase Your Income with School Programs.” The class can be adapted to the new owner’s experience and proposed to writing conference directors.

    This package is perfect for an author of children’s books who would like to speak/teach children in schools, libraries, bookstores, etc. Vonda has taught this class to over 23,000 students across the country and it has been a financial blessing for many years through speaking fees and increased book sales.

    Suggested options include 1)Adding an online mentoring program for student writers. Parents are often looking for quality mentors for their children who are interested in writing. 2)Establishing a writing opportunity for children/teens on your Writing is Fun blog, online magazine, etc.

    **A reserve is placed on this package, meaning that if an acceptable bid isn’t received by the deadline, it will be withdrawn from the auction and will not be sold.**

  • Complete Package (Bids accepted until 12 midnight ET December 4 only)

    Everything in this entire auction can be purchased as one complete package.
    This is the best option for experienced writers who are interested in purchasing the rights to Vonda’s entire auction, including Writing is Fun Workshops program package; Christian Writer’s Den package; domain names; downloadable workshops; and all other materials, blog content, and classes. The sale of this package will eliminate the possibility of separate package or individual sales.

    **A reserve is placed on this package, meaning that if an acceptable bid isn’t received by the deadline, it will be withdrawn from the auction and will not be sold.**