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A Marketing Survey to Help this Struggling Author

Updated on May 16, 2014

A Plea to the Masses

I need help!

There, I’ve said it. I’ll even say it again.

I need help!

As many of you know, I recently completed my novel “Resurrecting Tobias.” The final edits are being done now, and then it will be time to publish the ebook. Before that final step, however, I need to settle on a tagline.

For those of you who do not know what a tagline is, think in terms of a one sentence hook that summarizes the main theme of your book, as well as serves as a hook to draw readers in.

That’s what I’m stuck on, and that’s why I need your help.

I’m going to give you a synopsis of the book, and then I’m going to give you several options of taglines to choose from. If you could take a few minutes to read the synopsis, and then vote in the poll, it would be very helpful to me. Thank you!

The book cover for "Resurrecting Tobias."
The book cover for "Resurrecting Tobias." | Source

Synopsis of “resurrecting Tobias”

Toby King had it all…..loving parents, a beautiful girlfriend, loyal sidekick, and a 94 mph fastball that scouts loved. He would even be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his nonfiction account of Vietnam, which would in turn propel him to the top of journalism as a writer for the Washington Post.

Fame and fortune followed, and with them came a change in Tobias Alexander King. The young man, once praised as being the next Steinbeck, soon discovers that the price of glory is often far too steep. He turns to alcohol. He alienates his loved ones. He slowly slides down that slippery slope of self-loathing and disgust. The drinking continues until he finds himself without a job and in dire need of some self-worth.

His two lifelong friends, Maria and Pete, come to the rescue. Their friendship has survived tough times, and they are not about to desert Toby when he needs them the most. Slowly, with the help of his two friends, Toby begins to build a new life teaching creative writing in Vermont, far from the madness of D.C. and the public eye.

But old debts must be paid. One icy winter’s night, tragedy strikes, and Toby finds himself incarcerated for the next fourteen years.

Toby now has a choice: he can succumb to bitterness and depression, or he can work to rehabilitate himself….resurrect himself….and prepare for the day of his release when he can begin to pay retribution for his past sins of ego and hubris.

And resurrect he does! Toby embarks on a personal journey of growth, helping others in a variety of cities, giving of himself unselfishly as he attempts to pay for his past mistakes. With the help of Maria and Pete, a new Toby emerges from the rubble of the past.

“Resurrecting Tobias” is about redemption, but it is also about the strength of true friendship, and the power of love.

Please choose from the following:

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And These Are Your Choices

This is what I have come up with so far:

  • Do we ever stop paying for our past mistakes?
  • How long must we pay for past mistakes?
  • Is it possible to survive being ourselves?
  • Forgiveness is an inside job.
  • Happiness is an inside job

The poll can be found to the right of this section. If you would vote for one of those four taglines I would greatly appreciate it. Also, please leave a comment explaining why you chose the one you chose.

If you can think of a better tagline, then by all means share that with me in the comment section.

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A Sincere Thank You

See how easy that was? No drawn-out, lengthy article to read. Just in and out, quick as a cat burglar.

I really do appreciate your help on this. Call it a group-participation exercise in marketing if you will. This way you will all have some ownership in this new novel.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      I cannot wait until this book comes out! Have a great day Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Lisa! I hope I don't disappoint you.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Ok, Bill now I am more excited then ever to indeed read and I voted. Hope this helps with your continued journey to get your book out to us to read now. Happy Friday once again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It will help greatly, Janine, and I thank you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I think sharing your book this way is a good writing tool for hubbers. Sorry, I can't participate in your poll because I'm too close to the subject (wife of a Vietnam War veteran) to feel that any of the taglines fit. If I think of something, I'll come back later. Good luck and have a great day!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Greatly mentioned and so well put together. Your hubs are a learning lessons for me.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I can't wait to read your book! Voted up and interesting!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Nuts with the tagline (I did vote!). I want to read the book. How long? I like the cover, too!

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      Rozalyn Winters 3 years ago

      I'm looking forward to reading your book even more, now that I've read the synopsis. I really like "forgiveness is an inside job" -- it makes you pause to think, is catchy, marketable and easy to remember. Be sure to let us know when it's published and where to get it! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks MizB. I always appreciate you stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, DDE.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop. I, on the other hand, am tired of reading it. LOL

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      Larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      Looks like I'm with the majority on this one, well at least as of now.

      I think it to be a more universal opened ended question with more appeal to a mass audience that is not already familiar with your writing. I'm thinking you are pushing all the right buttons on this one my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lifegate, thank you! How long? Maybe three weeks. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rozalyn. I appreciate your opinion and I will definitely let you know when it comes out...sometime in June for sure.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Larry. I appreciate you explaining your reasons.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I chose "is it possible to survive being ourselves?" I think it speaks of struggle and the road that struggle follows looking for redemption - or resurrection. I also think it's something the majority of prospective readers can relate to. They'll be compelled to pick up your book to see how Toby survived being himself. Perhaps it'll help others learn how to direct themselves to not only survival, but triumph.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, how about:

      "Finding forgiveness, a personal mission."

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Voted! For me it is all about forgiveness--nothing else happens until that does--so that got my vote

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thanks for the vote and your thoughts on it. I really appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I like that one. Thank you for a new idea.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! I really appreciate your help.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I think either "Do we ever stop paying for our past mistakes" or "Forgiveness is an inside job." I think those are catchy, thought-provoking taglines and many people can relate to questioning it about themselves. It also seems like Tobias will be reflecting a lot about his incarceration and other mistakes while he finds a way to forgive within himself. Enjoyed reading the synopsis, looking forward to reading this when it comes out. Good luck with choosing!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Looking forward to reading this! I chose from the poll that you offered. I think it'll be a great success!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Sounds like a great book. It's not easy coming up with a tagline. The five you listed are all good. But I thought of another:

      "Being openminded for the guidance of loving friends when it's needed most."

      By the way, why just make it an ebook? Create Space is a free platform where you can publish a paperback version that sells on Amazon and other bookstores.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Well I am not in majority here, I voted for "happiness is an inside job". For me it was a toss up between that and Forgiveness.The reason I chose happiness, is because that reaches even further. We can all forgive ourselves but what we are all striving for is happiness.

      The "inside job" is perfect because it indicates prison and an internal personal struggle.

      Maybe I am jumping the gun here, maybe this one should be forgiveness and your sequel should be happiness.

      Whichever one you decide on, I wish you success with it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, thanks for your vote and your reasons for it. I appreciate the help.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I am grateful for your help. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, I appreciate you taking the time, and for suggesting a new tagline. By the way, no reason in the world to stop at ebooks, and thanks for suggesting CreateSpace.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I like your reasons for both and I appreciate it. I need to hear from others because at this point, I'm just too close to the book to make an objective opinion.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I chose "Is it possible to survive being ourselves?" I don't really know I just like it. Hey, I am interested in buying a signed copy when it comes out. Jamie

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      David Warren 3 years ago from Nevada

      Looking forward to reading your book. I think that "Is it possible to survive being ourselves?" is the most intriguing tag that would likely lure the reader to investigate further. I am anxiously awaiting the ability to buy your book regardless of which one you choose though!

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      "Forgiveness is an inside job" is quick and to the point; very memorable. The others have a negative connotation, the "How long..." options make it seem like Toby is a tragic character, which I assume isn't the case because it seems like the book is about redemption.

      Even though your book isn't a mystery, the front cover conveys a mysterious element. The "Forgiveness..." option holds the most mystery to me. It gives me more of a thrill and intrigue. In 5 words you've summed up the point of the novel in a positive way. Money!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Looks like "Is it possible to survive being ourselves?" is winning so far. And I agree! Should I vote early and often? (Sorry for the Chicago-ism.)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, I appreciate you taking the time to vote. When I get hard copies of the book you can count on getting a signed copy. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, thank you very much. I hope all is well with you in Nevada. Next month sometime we'll see that book a reality.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, great explanation, and I thank you for it. After all these opinions I'm still torn. Sigh! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I love it....Chicago-ism I got....long live Mayor Daley, right?

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      My two cents: something to the effect of "He paid a high price for a new life".

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      HoneyBB 3 years ago

      The synopsis sounds very interesting and I like all the taglines you've put out but none seem to me to embody the whole essence of the book...I think that what this story does is shows people that analytical thinking leads to better life choices but I haven't figured out a poetic way of stating that or something along those lines yet. If I think of something I will let you know.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Being an eternal optimist, it was between "survive being ourselves" and "happiness" - I chose happiness, but I see survive is leading... fine with me. Great marketing tool, by the way! Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, your two cents are worth millions. Thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, I appreciate your thoughts. I'm still not satisfied with any of the choices. The search continues.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Dr. Bill. I'll have to let it percolate some more and see what we brew up.

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      I voted for number three, but it sounds more like Tobias grew and thrived rather than just survived.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, that's a great point. Thank you for making that.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, that was a hard choice but I chose 'Forgiveness is an inside job'. They are all good, but it has a ring to it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like that you presented it and put the tagline to a vote. It sounds like an exciting book. I know you must be proud. The book has a very professional look and feel to it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, John! I appreciate the vote. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you very much. No matter what, I'm proud of it.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, there is just something about "Forgiveness is an inside job" that jumped out at me.

      I think you are going to have a winner here. And I love the cover. Congratulations. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks for playing along with me, and I appreciate your kind words. Let's hope you are right.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I like "Happiness is an inside job," but it seems to reveal the story right away. So the tagline I chose is, "Do we ever stop paying for our past mistakes" because it creates a situation and you are more inclined to want know what the answer is. I think a lot of people deal with guilt and would like to know what the answer to that question would be. I look forward to your book, Bill:)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I chose the tagline, Is it possible to survive being ourselves? We are who and what we are, we just have to do the best we can with our failures and weakness and strive for betterment and happiness. I love the cover of your book, to me it shows a man going forward throughout life. Will the book be in hard copy? I don't like to read a book on line, i have enough of that with HP. I know it will be a wonderful story. Thank you...

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I had a tough time choosing between 1 and 3 but finally went with 1. I liked those two because they seem to capture Toby's internal struggle while hooking the reader with an intriguing question.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good morning Bill.

      We are obliged to help a friend in need. Immediately. Well, my help comes late. Why? This is quite complicated to give in one accord answer. . . Thus far ( my opinion?) - a one of commentators came close " He paid a high price for a news life, - " ( Believing it's capital HE ) - something along that line ( then again my " craziness " would be exposed .) Let me take a risk : Many known to me including my experience we understand "high price paid " as "fully paid" price for " my freedom , after which a free (resurrected 'Tobias' ) acts intuitively - not only labeled as by sixth sense, which in reality is a spirit-man's ability to acquire knowledge without interference or the use of reason. A classic illustration :"the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to..." The anointing makes all the difference. ( Sighing)

      Voted up and interesting.

      Have a very blessed weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      grand old lady, great answer and reason for it. Thank you so much, and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you for your thoughts on it. Yes, eventually the book will be in hard copy. I'm looking into that right now. I'll let you know when and if it happens.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, Deb! Thank you! I'm still torn on the options, but your opinion helps greatly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I always appreciate your viewpoint. Thank you for this. This is turning out to be more difficult than actually writing the book. LOL

      Have a blessed weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I always appreciate your viewpoint. Thank you for this. This is turning out to be more difficult than actually writing the book. LOL

      Have a blessed weekend my friend.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      I really enjoyed reading the synopsis and I voted for "Forgiveness is an inside job". Congratulations and good luck with this book, Bill. Voted up and shared as awesome. Have a nice day.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Sounds great Billy, I cast my vote and wish you the best of luck with your book!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Wiccan. Greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dis-cover, thank you for helping me out. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      hlwar 3 years ago

      Ugh, I personally have trouble with catchy taglines and interesting synopsis blurbs. But you offered some grabbing and inspiring options so I voted! Best of luck with the book, Bill - it sounds amazing! And thanks for sharing the journey with us! ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Hi billybuc

      I voted for "is it possible to survive being ourselves?" That seems appropriate because it was Tobias’own fame and fortune that led to his downfall in the first place. Now that he has resurrected can he deal with who he has become or "survive being himself?" If he becomes rich and famous again will he go back down that slippery slope "or survive being himself?

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Looks like an interesting read. One can only hope that lessons have been learned and remembered.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hlwar, thank you very much. I find the tagline to be almost as difficult as writing the whole book.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cecile, I appreciate you explaining your preference. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, if we ain't learning we ain't growing. :)

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Bill, it sounds like a really good read! I'm excited for you. I know you've worked long and hard on it.

      I offer this tagline:

      What do you have to give up to be resurrected?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you so much for giving me an alternative to consider. I appreciate it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I voted for "Forgiveness is an inside job", not only because it's catchy but also because I think that it's essential for Tobias to forgive himself in order to overcome his self-loathing and move forward in his life. Good luck with the book, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia. That seems to be one of the favorites. This is going to be tough. :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome. Looking forward to the book.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Cyndi!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Sorry for the delay. I am time starved just now. Your book sounds like a winner Bill.

      'Forgiveness is an inside job,' works for me.

      Basically its true and at the end of the day, our life path is ultimately only down to one soul.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, no need to apologize. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read my posts despite your hurried schedule.

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      jonaive 2 years ago

      I'm not really a fan of your novel's genre but I was intrigued by the plot.

      "How long must we pay for our past mistakes?" wins it for me simply because it emphasizes the length Tobias has to pay for the things he did.

      Can I just say something? I think "past mistakes" is a bit redundant. Ever thought about changing it to just "mistakes"?

      Interesting novel, by the way!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jonaive, you are absolutely right. How I missed that is beyond me. At this point, I am too close to the book. Thank you for pointing that redundancy out. I appreciate it.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I voted for forgiveness as an inside job; however, it really leads to happiness. I believe this is what Tobias seeks as he travels through the years.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I appreciate you explaining your choice. I will take it under advisement.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      This is the hub I visited when I was away; I voted and left a comment but wasn't sure if it registered - it obviously didn't!

      I voted for 'Forgiveness is an inside job.' I felt that a feeling of overcoming past mistakes was needed so would suggest something like 'Can overcoming our mistakes lead to inner forgiveness?'

      Good luck with this story. It sounds fascinating and I think the cover is great, suggesting several 'changes' along the way.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Ann, I love your spin on the tagline. Thank you for that. I just might use yours. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      That would be a great honour! Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So far, Ann, it's my favorite. Thank you again.

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sorry that I was too late for this. This book sure sounds like a winner, and I definitely want to read it. It sounds like the mettle that good books have. I am proud to know you, and applaud your worthwhile efforts. Kudos and best of luck on the readership.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thank you so much. I have a hard time with praise like that, but I am humbled by it.

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      mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

      I voted for forgiveness. Good luck with your release.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mylindaelliott...I appreciate your input.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I'm going to assume you've already chosen one, but I chose "Happiness....." The book sounds very intriguing Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer...yes, I did choose one...the book is published...and now it is on to the next novel. :)

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