Important Update: Christian Writer’s Den Auction Details

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!

 

Wow! Oh, how you have blessed me with your words of encouragement and validation at the news of my retirement. You make me feel so loved! I’ve been reminded again why it was so difficult to announce the move into my new season of life.

But as many of you have said, seasons do change, and those orders to stop and rest are as much a part of His plan as are the original marching orders to go and do. Your words have brought me a new level of peace and confirmation. Thank you.

And thank you to those who have already shared the auction with others. I’m confident there are writers and speakers out there who could benefit from this opportunity. I appreciate you taking the time to help them hear about it.

When you share, would you please use this updated page instead of the original one?

Auction Update: (The complete instructions are located below this update. Be sure to read the instructions so you’ll understand the bidding process.)

As I mentioned in the initial post, I expected there would be some necessary clarifications after announcing the auction. And there are. First of all, in order to make the offered items easier to locate, today I’m reposting the available items/packages here on this page, along with any current bids on them.

Also, as questions came up yesterday, I added a few explanations into the original post. For that reason, I’ve reposted all the instructions at the bottom of this post. But if you’d rather just read the clarifications, here is a summary of the explanations/added info:

1. To make it easier to follow the auction, this update post will now become the current auction site. I will continue to monitor the original site and will move any bids over to this post if they’re placed on the original page.

2. A question has come up about a longer payment window for the larger packages. That is certainly something that can be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Simply email me at vondaskelton (@) gmail (dot) com and we can discuss possible options.

3. All items will be transferred with a simple contract.

4. I’ve added more detail to some of the item descriptions. They are listed in the items offered in the comments.

5. Please note that items/comments with longer descriptions may be abbreviated with a clickable SEE MORE note at the bottom. Be sure to look for the note on longer posts and click in order to see all the information.

6. There are 10 auction offerings, but with so many comments, you may not see all of them if you don’t watch for and click the LOAD MORE COMMENTS bar as you scroll down. Be sure to click on that note or you will miss out on items that are included in the auction.

7. To place a bid, you must hit REPLY to the specific item I’ve posted. Follow up questions must also stay in the thread under each item.

8. When you place a bid and I respond with APPROVED, that simply means your bid is noted and recorded. Others may continue placing bids on those items until the posted deadline.

9. Please note that there are three separate deadlines. This is necessary because some of the items are listed both individually and in the larger packages. This allows the purchase of a package to be complete as advertised and associated items will then be removed from the auction.

10. If a package is not sold by its deadline, the package will be removed from the auction and all associated items and their bids will then be active.

11. Bidding is open for all items until their deadline, whether a single item, small package, or large package. You do not have to wait to see if a package sells before bidding on items that are also part of a package. (Clear as mud?)

12. The deadline for the Complete Package of all items listed in the auction is Monday, December 4 at midnight ET. 

13.  The deadline for the Writing is Fun Workshops Package and the Christian Writer’s Den Package is Tuesday, December 5 at midnight ET. 

14. The deadline for all other items is Thursday, December 7 at 5pm ET.

And if you haven’t read the full instructions below, please do so before bidding. It’ll make the process much easier.

Complete Instructions

General instructions:
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.  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. It does not mean you have won the item. The winner will be the highest bidder at the deadline.
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 at vondaskelton (@) gmail (dot) 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. Any bidder who has placed a bid on these larger packages but does not meet the reserve will be contacted with more information prior the deadline.
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:
21. All items/packages will be transferred with a simple contract.

Ready to join the fun?

Thank you again for your interest in this auction. I hope my years of work will bring a financial blessing to those who participate, making your writing journey more productive and easier to navigate.

After all, the goal of the Christian Writer’s Den has always been to encourage and celebrate writers and speakers!

With love and appreciation,
Vonda

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  • Kelly Smith-Master

    Hi Vonda: Me again 🙂 Excuse my ignorance as I jump in last minute. Are all the descriptions below? Thank you.

    • Hi Kelly! Yes, all 10 items in the auction are listed below, posted by me, so you can go through looking for my name and photo and know you’ll see everything. As far as registering, that just means you’re registered to leave comments, which you’ve done, so you’re good to go!

      Please look for the “See More Comments” bar as you scroll through. As more comments come in, the actual auction items will get pushed down and you’ll need to click on “See More Comments” to see all the items.

      Additionally, watch for and click on the “Read More” link on the longer item descriptions. Otherwise, you won’t see all the details.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to email with questions that wouldn’t be of interest to everyone. Thank you!

  • Kelly Smith-Master

    Hi Vonda: How do I register for the Writer’s Den?

  • Complete Package of the Entire Auction (Deadline is Monday, December 4 at midnight ET)

    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 the entire auction, including the Writing is Fun Workshop program package; Christian Writer’s Den package (includes MoGo7000 and all blog posts); all domain names; downloadable workshops; and all other materials, content, and classes. If this package is purchased, it will eliminate all other bids for all other products and packages.

    **A reserve is placed on this package, meaning that if the highest bid at the time of the package deadline 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. During bidding, an APPROVED bid means that the bid is noted and recorded. It does not mean the bid has met the minimum. If the minimum bid is met prior to the deadline, it will be announced on the package thread, where bidding can I.continue and will go to the highest bidder.**

    • Anonymous offer $1000 by UFCW, 11:56pm ET.

      • Offer approved and accepted. 12:01am ET. The auction is closed.

  • Writing is Fun Workshops for Kids Package (Deadline for bids is Tuesday, December 5 at midnight)

    Includes domain names and rights to coordinating teaching programs.

    Includes rights to and ownership of the WritingIsFunWorkshops.com (renews October 2018) and WritingIsFunWorkshop.com (renews 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 rights to Vonda’s Writing is Fun Workshop, class, transcript, outline, notes, and examples. Some details will have to be adapted to purchaser’s own personal experiences.

    Also includes rights to transcript, outline, notes, and examples to class, “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 (or is already speaking/teaching) 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 additional options include: 1)Adding an online mentoring program for student writers. Parents are often looking for quality mentors for their children and are willing to pay for it. 2)Establishing a writing opportunity for children/teens on your own Writing is Fun blog, online magazine, etc. 3)Creating a Writing is Fun textbook for students, based on the outline of the class. This would be a great fit for the homeschool market.

    **A reserve is placed on this package, meaning that if the highest bid at the time of the package deadline 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. During bidding, an APPROVED bid means that the bid is noted and recorded. It does not mean the bid has met the minimum. If the minimum bid is met prior to the deadline, it will be announced on the package thread, where bidding can continue and will go to the highest bidder.**

  • The Christian Writers Den Package (Deadline for bids is Tuesday, December 5 at midnight ET)

    Includes domain name; writing, speaking, and biblical blog posts; and MoGo7000 domain name and challenge.

    Includes the rights to ChristianWritersDen.com domain name (renews November 2018), the MoGo7000 Challenge and domain name (renews 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 results, kudos, and repeated posts) are probably less desireable as ongoing blog content.

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

    For published/experienced writers, additional options include: editing/critique services, mentoring programs, guest posts for writers, etc. Purchaser has the right to take the Christian Writer’s Den in any direction desired.

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

  • Individual Domain Name

    ChristianWritersDen.com
    Perfect for a blog about writing, speaking, and the Christian life. It has been used since 2008 as an educational, challenging, celebratory blog and community for Christian writers and speakers. This domain name is first offered and best combined with MoGo7000.com as part of the ChristianWritersDen.com package; however, it is open for bids at any time. If the ChristianWritersDen.com package is not sold by the package deadline, the bids will then become active and will continue until the final deadline. The domain name renews in November 2018.

  • Individual Domain Name

    MoGo7000.com (MOnthly GOal 7000 words)
    This is Vonda’s very successful monthly writing challenge for writers. It’s a great way to not only challenge yourself and other writers to succeed, but it also helps build an active writing community. 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 ChristianWritersDen Package is not sold by the package deadline, the bids will then become active and will continue until the final deadline. The domain name renews in January 2018.

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

    WritingIsFunWorkshop.com and WritingIsFunWorkshops.com
    Perfect for an author of children’s books who would like to speak to/teach (or is already speaking to/teaching) children in schools, libraries, bookstores, and other venues. 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 package deadline, the individual bids will become active and will continue until the final deadline. Domain names renew in October 2018 and November 2018.

  • Individual Domain Name

    DailyTickles.com
    Perfect for any writer who is interested in pursuing humor writing and/or speaking, whether published or not. I had planned to create a daily short humor blog, with funnies/entries written and submitted by other writers, making it a site of encouragement and writing/publication opportunities for many writers. This would be a great way to build a community of humor writers and speakers.

  • Individual Domain Name

    BitsysWorld.com
    Renews in November 2018

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

    This is not an affiliate program. The purchaser will have exclusive rights to these recordings; however, he or she is free to create an affiliate program with others, if desired.

    1. Exclusive rights to market and sell these three edited recordings as downloadable classes. Handouts included. These 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. Exclusive rights to these two 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 Writer’s Boot Camp (Now known as Asheville Christian Writers Conference)
    **Plays and Skits: Biblical Truth From the Stage (must edit out two discussions)–Recorded at North Texas Christian Writers Conference

    • Jessy Ferguson is currently the APPROVED high bidder at $50.

  • 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 Cliches)
    4. Bigger, Badder, Meaner, Sadder: Real Life and the Novel

    • Susan Baganz is currently the APPROVED high bidder at $40.