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The Greatest Writer No One Has Heard Of

Updated on June 15, 2016

My Lofty Goal

Not an easy goal to achieve, true?

Being the greatest writer who ever lived would be tough enough, but to be that and have no fame? That borders on the incredible, right up there with DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak and the largest home made from toilet paper.

So that’s what I’m shooting for!

What are we, after all, without goals? What are we without dreams and brass rings, star-gazing and galaxy-watching, boldly going where no man has gone before?

The future record-setter at a Mariner's game
The future record-setter at a Mariner's game | Source

Please do not buy this novella

Back to Reality

Okay, my meds kicked in and I can write rationally now.

It’s good to have ME back!

So where was I?

Oh, right, my goal!

It came to me recently. I had just finished my fifth novella in the novella series, The Billy the Kid Chronicles, this one titled “Home is a Dangerous Place,” and I was feeling quite satisfied with myself until my thoughts steered towards the reality facing that new novella….namely that maybe, if this is a great year and the stars have perfectly aligned, fifty people will read it.

Fifty!

Fifty out of seven-point two billion!

Fifty!

And then I realized that if I added my four novels to the one non-fiction book I’ve written, and toss in the five novellas, and add up all the sales for all of them, it might total five-hundred.

Five-hundred!

Five-hundred out of seven-point two billion!

Five-hundred!

So obviously I’ve got a real shot at the “never heard of” moniker. LOL

All I have to do now is become the greatest writer among the millions of wannabe best-selling writers and I’ll have achieved my goal.

No sweat!

My reaction when someone buys one of my books
My reaction when someone buys one of my books | Source

Seriously, Folks

I jest, of course, and yet many of you, right now, are cringing because I’ve hit a bit too close to home.

Home being the reality that this writing game is one tough motherflapper!

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

Of course you do!

Anyone who has written a book and then published it knows I speak the truth.

You spend six months to a year writing the book. Traditional publishers yawn at your achievement so you self-publish. You tell all your friends. You tell all your family. Praise is heaped upon you and then your visions of grandeur are replaced with visions of a recycling center where your masterpiece is bound to arrive at sooner rather than later.

So you schedule some book-signings and some book-readings, and you flood Facebook with mentions of your book, and you get a minor bump up in sales and then……

THUD!

The bottom falls out of your euphoria, your friends get on with their lives, your family wants to know what you did with the weed-trimmer you borrowed and life goes on.

So you join an online writing community, and you become an active part of that community, and you support others, and they support you, and you all have one big lovefest, and you wake up six months later and see you’ve increased your book sales by ten.

THUD!

AND DOUBLE-THUD!

And then you have a serious chat with yourself and an extra one with your therapist.

So That’s Where I Am Currently

I have to reset my goals, obviously. I mean come on, any Tom, Dick or Harry can become a bestselling novelist. Big deal, right???? But not everyone can be an exceptional writer lost in obscurity, the living, breathing answer to a future trivia question.

That’s what I want! Someday, twenty years from now, I want Alex Trebek to read the clue on the game show Jeopardy under the category “Novelists $1000”……”He sold fewer copies of his novels than any other great writer,” and some snot-nosed librarian contestant from Des Moines, Iowa, will buzz in and say “Who was William D. Holland, Alex?” and the audience will go wild as Miss Snot Nose rakes in the cash and I’m fed watered-down peas by a nurses aid at the Olympia Home for the Dysfunctional.

I can see it so clearly!

So How Do I Reach My Goal?

Well, obviously, the key to it all is three-fold. First I have to keep writing books. I figure I can churn out two novels per year, or one full-length novel and two novellas, so in ten years I’ll have a pretty impressive collection of work with my name on it. I figure ten years because by then I’ll be seventy-seven and all bets are off regarding my mental acuity.

Secondly, it is crucial that no one buy my work. My goals, dare I say my dreams, will go up in smoke if suddenly others buy my work and I approach some sort of cult-status, so please, I’m begging you, don’t buy any of my novels or novellas. I’ve tried to treat you all with respect and I’m asking the same of you now.

And thirdly, I must improve my craft so that I truly am a gifted writer.

If all three happen…if the stars align….if I live long enough….then the goal will be reality and I can die a happy man.

Where my books will end up rather than on bookshelves
Where my books will end up rather than on bookshelves | Source

And Now

“And now we return you to our regularly scheduled programming.”

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. You have done your duty and you can now return to your new recipes and guide books, planning the perfect soufflé or your next trip to Paris.

While you’re doing that I’ll be out back in the writing studio, pounding the keyboard, looking for the perfect sentence, begging the gods to smile upon me, and staving off insanity for one more delicious day.

Remember, if anyone asks you for a recommendation of a good book or author, for the love of God, don’t mention me.

But Wait!!!!!

Oh damn!

I just sold two more books while I was writing this article.

This just will not do. Is there any possible way I can call Amazon and tell them to refund the money and refuse the order? Does anyone know how to do that? I guess, if I’m really serious about this goal, I should just quit self-publishing and let my manuscripts sit on the desktop where no one, not even my roving yellow lab, will see or read them.

But then I really would be unheard of. Then I’d have not one soul in search of anything with the name William D. Holland on it. Then I’d have to schedule more trips to the therapist. Hell, then I’d have to go out and clean up more rabbit and quail poop, and then rush to Costco and order cases of strained peas for future meals……

Sigh!

Did Hemingway go through this angst? Hawthorne? Steinbeck? Surely Harper Lee never experienced it, Miss One Book, Best-Seller and I'm Done Lee, surely she had no idea of obscurity and thoughts of suicide-by-loneliness. Maybe that's why Hemingway drank so much, come to think of it. Maybe that's why I used to drink so much.....

The nurse is here now. I have to go. She's going to read me a fairy-tale book where the Seattle Mariners win the World Series, and everything in my world is perfect.

Bye-Bye!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very fun to read. But I am sorry to report that it probably won't happen. Time will lead you to stardom.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 13 months ago from Western NC

      Crank 'em out there, Big Bro! I saw this post as I scrolled by on FB. Man...blogging, novel writing and writing here at HP. I wish I had time to do all three.

      But, BUT, I have the day off today. Will spurt out a blog post later and tell ya why. :D

      For now, keep on keepin on. Volume, my friend, is your friend. It's gonna stick. If it hasn't already. :) :)

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We shall see, Erik, but one can always hope. Thanks, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lil Sis, if I didn't believe that I would be in a padded cell by now. LOL Looking forward to your blog....thanks, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 13 months ago

      I love your books and novellas. I am proud to count among the 50 or so people who buy your work. As a matter of fact, I am vying for the best political blogger no one has ever heard of. I am also in the lead for the blogger whose family never reads her work. Ah, life is good!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I'm proud to know you, my Conservative friend. Hey, you're one of only three Conservatives I have as friends. LOL You must be special!

      Seriously, thank you! Hopefully we both reach our goals. As for family support, I actually get pretty good support from three members....the others, no so much.

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      breakfastpop 13 months ago

      Dear billy,

      I found out last year that I am a registered Dem! Actually, I am an Independent, not tied to any party. There is no party that truly represents me and my views. Let's just keep writing, okay?

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this, Bill, and like many other writers, I can easily relate. The way I am going I will be in the running for the most prolific unknown author of children's books. I seem to be ghost writing about one every week lately...but not a one with my name on them anywhere. Who knows how many will actually be published. The only eBook I have ever published myself...has five sales, three of those to friends...none to family. They do support my writing by sharing my posts etc, just don't buy it, Oh well, such is life. Somehow, I don't think you will succeed in this goal, however. Resurrecting Tobias has pride of place on my bookshelf, just after my John Grisham (alphabetically). Just keep on writing and it will happen.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We will indeed, Pop.....thanks for the clarification.

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      Janine Huldie 13 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, Bill I loved this and I just got back from Lily's Kindergarten Field Trip to our local public library and truly what I needed to read after a long, but still fun morning with the kindergartners! Happy Wednesday and you know I believe you are truly going places!! ;)

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      Linda Lum 13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, you are at your best when you allow your snarky side to come out. We're two peas in a pod (oops, I probably shouldn't have mentioned peas). Heck, if sarcasm burned calories I'd be invisible.

      This gave me a much-needed laugh to get the day started. I'm sorry to say I don't think you will reach your goal--the 'unknown' part, that is.

      Keep up the good work my snarky friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 13 months ago from Chicago Area

      You keep a-going, Billybuc! In addition to your books, you have lots of Billybuc cult fans here on HP. Remember, it's all about the author platform and that, my friend, you are building. Glad to be a card carrying member of the Billybuc Fan Club!

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      Buildreps 13 months ago from Europe

      Reality can be tough once in a while. Most people are too sucked into Social Media to read anything else. You're fed up to write for a nickel and a dime, and who will disagree with you? I believe that time and patience is your best friend, my friend. I think you're doing a great job. Never say die! You have a lot of friends here. :)

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Ghostwriting has that drawback, doesn't it? Hard on the ego at times. LOL Tobias thanks you for the wonderful spot on your bookshelf...thank you, sir!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine, for spending time on a busy morning reading these musings. You are appreciated! Happy Hump Day to you!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LInda, I love that word...snarky...I'll do my best to deserve such a wonderful description. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks, Heidi! I happen to think you are the cat's meow, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know I do, Buildreps, and every one of you is appreciated. I couldn't quit if I wanted to, and I don't want to. My muse won't leave me alone. LOL

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      Deborah Neyens 13 months ago from Iowa

      Fun post, Bill! How about a Cubs-Mariners World Series?

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      It is much hilarious reading this post and at the same time feel very sorry. But I hope your efforts will definitely yield sweet fruits and you may one day become a popular writer. Already, you are a great hubber here on HubPages and there are so many fans of you. So, don't lose hope and hope for the best. Wish you good luck and all my well wishes.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill. You are never going to reach the goal of obscurity. It's too late. You are known and respected far and wide. As for your sales goals that is another (sadder) story. There are no good sales channels available to us.

      We all throw our stories over the wall of Amazon, and tell the two dozen people we know that they are there. As you mention, that isn't working.

      Keep writing. Keep writing. Keep writing. Let destiny take it's course.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, if our team doesn't turn around this slide they are on, it will be a Cubs...fill in the blank World Series, and once more we in the Seattle area will be dreaming of next year. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I am not losing hope. This was written for fun and to let others know you can't lose hope.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I shall indeed, Mike, and I hope you do the same. Who knows, right? Lightning can strike, right? I'm being delusional, right? LOL

      Thanks buddy!

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      Well, well. That was insanity all right. Sweet insanity. I'd look after You anyday instead of my usual patients.

      We can talk about books and the joys of not making it, until we do. Then we can do our hair, if we have any, and go on trips like everyone else. To The Rockies, perhaps?

      Seriously insane Hub Bro, and crafted supremely well. GOD BLESS YOUR SALES AND PROTECT YOUR GOOD NAME.

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      Alan R Lancaster 13 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Bill, you and me both. I'm asked (too often for my liking) 'Have you sold any books lately?' The answer I give is that, aside from Kindle versions of the paperbacks, I don't know from one six month period to another. I only see what I've sold - aside from the stock I carry personally for friends and associates - on e-mailed listings twice a year. Family members get theirs free.

      It's a bit like playing Blind Man's Buff or Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

      Every now and then someone e-mails me or leaves a message on a Hub-page that they've a) appreciated my books or b) they're going to buy one of the books, and I'm spread around on the Net over six sites (including two Amazon Author Pages).

      You can lead a horse to water etc., etc.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All in fun, Manatita, although being taken care of and looked after sounds pretty good right now. LOL Bless you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't it amazing, Alan? We just keep doing it despite the lack of enthusiasm. LOL I'm not sure what that says about us.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      Is this a new genre you're hoping to break into? Not sure if it suits you. lol

      A delightful read and I hope you better now that you've got that out of your system. Have a good day, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I'm not sure what genre this would be, but it was fun to write. Now back to my regular life. LOL

      Thanks, as always....Happy Wednesday to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      At least you have the books written! I am lagging!

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      McKenna Meyers 13 months ago from Bend, OR

      I love the honesty, Bill. How about revising your goal to "most inspirational writer on Hubpages?" You definitely deserve that honor.

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      Clive Williams 13 months ago from Nibiru

      Give thanks Billy, you made money! I as a writer, blogger, broke ass mother flapper may just fall between the cracks

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      Cynthia B Turner 13 months ago from Georgia

      Hi Bill, As Audrey says at least you have the books written and, I will add published. That's where I stop. So unless I change my ways, I won't make it to a Jeopardy question years from now.

      Hey, I wanna be like you so I guess I'd better do something! And believe me, if I sell two, I will be ecstatic. Nah, that's not true. I'd want more.

      Thanks for such a great read early in the morning. Quite a motivator, too. I don't know if you intended it that way, but it has my neurons firing. Take care. Cyndi

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      Nithya Venkat 13 months ago from Dubai

      I am sure many people will buy your books and things will be great and am sure is now.

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      MizBejabbers 13 months ago

      What can I say, Bill? From you I get inspiration and pessimism – and lots of perspiration. I see a lot of folks on HP bragging that they are “published authors,” and they may beat you to the title. I can say that I’m a published writer because I’ve seen my byline and even received fan mail when I worked for a newspaper, but I can’t honestly claim to be a published author. I have done some ghostwriting but that doesn’t count. Right now I’m busy helping rewrite a book concerning the Bell Witch, so I’ll probably end up ghost writing that one, too. Does the old saying “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” ring familiar?

      Anyway, keep up the good work. I was taught the publishing business when we were writing on typewriters, so now I’m having to relearn it because of this new-fangled technology. You are a good teacher, so I’ll just follow your lead. Heck, I may even buy another of your novellas; they can be addicting.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There is that, Audrey! There is that! LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Letstalk, thanks so much. I try, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, as long as there is an internet, you'll never fall completely through the cracks. :)

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      suraj punjabi 13 months ago from jakarta

      This post is hilarious! I like the way you think. Even if it doesn't sell you will be this obscure writer that future hipster will definitely take on one day. They will all be sitting in some futuristic coffee shop and go like "dude, you've never heard of William D. Holland???" Not being mainstream has its own appeal. So don't be disheartened. Keep writing so future hipsters have something to read on their vintage ipads!!

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      Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

      LOL! Bill you made laugh so much! funny stuff and yet so darn true! if we could all be Dianna Gabaldon and her amazing 10 books 5 novellas of pure brilliance now turned into the most popular series of all time, well, we would! what is that secret ingredient that she obviously has? who knows? luck, pure chance or genius? One thing I will say though is, I think writers these days have hardly any luck purely because the world and its wife, as my mum would have said, do writing, write books ebooks and so on. back in Harper Lees day authors were the elite. nobody else wrote. take England, the rest of Britain, America and say Canada and you could count the authors on about 3 lots of hands.

      Lets face it, Dickens would be thrown in the trash these days! and as for the Brontes, well, talk about yawn! so its us against the world, and against rubbish books that get published through god knows what! sorry for the rambling, didn't take my tablets yet! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, whatever works, my friend. It was a motivator for me and if it worked for you then that's a bonus. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, only time will tell. In the meantime, I'm having great fun writing so that's a huge bonus.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you never fail to make me smile. Thanks for weighing in....love the quote about ghostwriting. Very appropriate, my friend. I've done a few and had to supply my own satisfaction. LOL That's the name of this writing game, supplying our own rewards.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suraj, I love your view of the future. I can see it....hipsters whispering my name....a small, silent fan club. LOL Priceless, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I truly believe that about many of the classic writers. They could never make it today...no way does that stuff fly in 2016. LOL You crack me up!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      If you want it bad enough, it will happen. You are a great writer. 95% of reading is done on the internet. People just do not have time to read a book, maybe someday when my eyesight goes, along with my mind, I might pick up a book and have my caregiver read to me. lol..

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I can't imagine me ever having a Kindle. Listening to audio books, sure, but if I read it has to be a real book.

      Thanks for the lovely visit.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Brilliant! What a great read for a Saturday evening! You had me smiling, nay laughing, all the way through. I enjoy your humour immensely; it suits mine in fact!

      What's this about 77 and no more mental acuity? Not if you're someone who's written a load of great stories, books (fiction and non-fiction) and who owns a fantastic small-holding which produces delicious, fresh produce. The more you write, the more your little grey cells will flourish, so I'm afraid it's no good telling us to stop reading, to stop buying. We will defy your wish to fade into obscurity. What else could we do? No mail-bag? No Sheila? No urban farming? No Billy the Kid? No...... You get my drift.

      I love these articles when you sit down and pour out everything in your head, crazy or not! Thanks for the smiles, bill!

      Ann :D

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I had great fun writing this. I'm afraid some people took me too seriously....however, I'm thinking of having business cards printed up with this as the tagline....what a great marketing tool.

      Thank you for your very kind words. Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, I plan on writing past 77.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      You're so real, Bill. You're an inspiration to watch on your way to stardom.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness, Dora, stardom? I'd be happy just to be known outside of HP, but thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 13 months ago

      This was a fun read today. I imagine your name will be remembered far into the future.

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      Michael-Milec 13 months ago

      Bill in full edition! Naturally lovely interpretation of who you are.This is how I know you all these short years. Comming to this point it was your faith in yourself my friend bringing you this far and nothing is hindering you to obtain total desire of your heart. Go for it! I wish you many blessings for success.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Time will tell, Dee, but thank you!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I thank you with all my heart. We believe in hard work, my friend, and doing all things with love. Blessings to you always.

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      social thoughts 13 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      I love this! Did the topic and title come to you when responding to one of my recent comments on the Mailbag, by chance, or was this already in progress?

      If it helps: We're all mad here. ;)

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, this is actually something I've been playing with for months...maybe your earlier response/comment spurred it on. Lots of times I have no idea where my ideas come from. Some stimulus shakes something loose...maybe a comment by you was the stimulus....if so, thanks!

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      I think I agree with eric.. but nonetheless keep writing.. it'll keep you as sharp as you'll ever be.. two novels a year wow.. I'd be happy with one in two years..LOL but that's just me

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great writing and you always have a good idea.

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      Deb Hirt 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      The more you write, the more we'll read.

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      Mel Carriere 13 months ago from San Diego California

      We're really ultimately writing for ourselves, because playing God behind a typewriter is the only thing that makes life worthwhile. Whatever tidbits of adoration we receive is just icing on the cake. You're changing the world one ebook at a time. Keep it up. I know you will.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I write because I love it....and as long as I do, these fingers will keep pounding out the words. Thank you, sir!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Deb, I like that saying. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love what you wrote, Mel, and yes, I will keep writing. It's what I do, my friend. Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 12 months ago from sunny Florida

      I love you, bill!!! You make me laugh.

      And you are a great talent....you clearly bring home point after point in your nonfiction publishings ...and if you did not I would not return to read and sometimes, reread. The stories you publish have a twist to them that makes me want to read on and as I have said before that is a huge HUGE reason why I return to read...if I do not feel compelled to read more, to want to know more about the characters, the writing falls flat for me. Not so with your work. (I have not been so faithful about reading due to LIFE happening.....sorry)....

      but as long as you keep appearing here on HubPages I will visit...the best to you in your 'goal.' Angels are on the way ps

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I may not be rich from my writing, but I've got some of the greatest online friends and supporters a man could ask for. Thank you for your very kind words. Considering the state of your life right now, I'm just grateful whenever you find the time to stop by. Thank you dear friend and blessings coming your way.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Bill,

      I am writing a poem to you and all our friends

      To kick you out of this funk it seems you

      Or any one of us could be in

      And it turned into a sonnet

      About how we authors love to write

      *

      Never give up, this may be your day for a miracle.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Kristen Howe 12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Go for it Bill. You're amazing. I hope you shoot for the stars and aim for stardom with your books.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shyron! I'm actually in a good mood. I wrote this as a lark, a joke....in fact, this may be my tag line from now on as an attention grabber. LOL

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen! I ca see the stars in the distance and I'm aiming for them.

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      Lawrence Hebb 12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I know where you're coming from. By the way avoid the tricks Frederick Forsythe used to do.

      He got so frustrated with 'rejection letters' he went into a book publishers pretending to interview the publisher and walked out with a three book deal, they were 'The Odessa file, The day of the Jackal and The dogs of war.

      Yes I'm still 'delusional' but so what, let's keep pushing on!

      Lawrence

      PS I'm on about two dozen so far

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, there's nothing wrong with delusional as long as you are aware of it. LOL Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Shauna L Bowling 12 months ago from Central Florida

      Funny hub, Bill. I'm sure your sarcasm will cause sales to soar!

      Speaking of which, I read Shadows Over Innocence 4th of July weekend. It was a real page turner. I started it Sunday and finished it Monday. Do you plan on writing a third novel to make Shadows a series? If so, I promise not to buy it. (Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!)

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep that a secret, Sha....I don't want my fame to spread. LOL

      Thank you for buying the book and yes, I've already started the third in the series. I should finish it, oh, maybe by October if all goes well.

      Again, thank you dear friend.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 12 months ago from Essex, UK

      Hmm. You think you've got it bad? I may be the greatest writer not even known by his own family or the next door neighbour! Certainly there are members of my far-spread family who don't know I write on the Internet, and equally certainly, my next door neighbour wouldn't recognise me if he passed me in the street.

      To be marginally more serious, I think Thomas Edison once said that 'genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration'. I would suggest that success in many fields of entertainment (music, acting and also writing) may be 5% genius, 20% perspiration and sheer dogged resiliance, and 75% luck. So I suspect that all you're missing is the luck part :) Alun

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Greensleeves, your comment about you was pretty funny...with a large kernel of truth. It's interesting how many of us have family members who don't bother to support us by reading our work...so you aren't alone. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Rolly A Chabot 11 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy

      Great article, like you there are times when I have looked at Amazon and questioned why I sell there. When you look at the scope of the site is it any wonder we slip into obliteration. We turn to social media and all other outlets to promote our work. It is a hard business to become a success in and yes we do want to give up at times. It is the emails I happen to get at times from someone who has shared with me the impact a book has had in their lives that make the difference... stay true to you writing Bro...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Staying truee to the end, Rolly. Maybe one day the money will come. Until then, I'll just keep doing what I do and loving this life I live.

      Thanks my friend, and blessings to you always.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 11 months ago

      I don't ever see you being obscure, Bill. It takes more heart to write even when the future crystal ball may be what is obscuring your vision.

      I really enjoyed reading this. And I am so happy you are still here to Bless all of us with who you are as a brilliant author. One day who knows? One of your novels may be turned into a movie or television series. Just planting seed and say a prayer. Enjoyed.

      Thanks for the read. :-)

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep planting seeds, Jo. Who knows what might sprout up. And thank you for the kind words. I'll try to live up to them.

      blessings always

      bill

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