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The Writer's Mailbag #1

Updated on July 2, 2014

The Questions Are Pouring In

Well, maybe not pouring, but there is a fine, steady trickle of them, so why not cover as many as possible in one article?

The Writer’s Mailbag is a new series that will appear from time to time. I am working from the assumption that if one person asks a question, then there are others wondering the same thing, so hopefully this series will help quite a few of you out there.

This is randomness at its finest. There is no central theme other than all of the questions pertain to writing. If you don’t see the answers you need, and you have other questions, then feel free to ask them in the comment section of this article, or you can ask me on my website at www.williamdhollandauthor.com. I promise to get to them in the order they are written and as quickly as possible.

Shall we begin with the Writer’s Mailbag?

Always finish the book before quering
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SHOULD A WRITER QUERY AN AGENT OR PUBLISHER BEFORE THE BOOK IS FINISHED?

Absolutely not!

How’s that for definitive?

Agents are busy people. They do not have time to waste on the promise of something great. They want to see that something. Let me take this a step further: not only do they want to see a finished manuscript, but they also want to see an edited manuscript that is ready for print.

I’M NOT HEARING BACK FROM AGENTS WHEN I QUERY THEM. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Maybe you just need to be patient.

Most agents will respond to your query within three weeks if they are interested in it.

Some will not respond at all if they are not interested. That may seem rude to you, and I believe it to be so, but that is the reality of this business.

If you send out ten query letters, and you don’t hear back from half of them, it is time for you to update that query letter and make it more appealing.

I CAN’T FIND ANY GOOD PAYING WRITING GIGS ONLINE. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?

I can tell you what my dad would say if he were alive…..work harder!

Seriously, there are good-paying writing gigs out there. You just have to be creative enough, and dogged enough in your approach, to find them. If all you are doing is going after content mill gigs then no, you will not find good-paying gigs. Content mills make the content mill money; not the writer. Bypass the middleman, tell the content mills to take a hike, and go out and find your own gigs. That way you get paid the big money and the content mill gets nothing.

WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE MY VIEWS ON ARTICLES?

How much time do you have for an answer?

Of course you can promote yourself on the social media, but I believe the number one thing you should do is become a real person to your audience. Let people know who you are. Reach out and connect with people on a very personal basis.

I have said this so many times before: you are the business and your writing is the product. Promote your business….you….by being a person that others would like to meet and become friends with.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO QUERY A MAGAZINE EDITOR FOR A CHRISTMAS ARTICLE?

Some magazines work on a year schedule. In other words, if you are writing a Christmas article, the best time to pitch it is right after the New Year starts.

For article writing, think at least six months in advance. If you are an online writer, remember that it takes a good six months for an article to circulate online. If you are a magazine writer, then pitch at least six months in advance and better would be a year.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I AM A GOOD WRITER OR WASTING MY TIME?

Well don’t ask your relatives because they have to tell you that you are good.

You can hire a writing coach. You can find them online, and they can be quite helpful because their opinion is objective, and their goal is to make you a better writer.

You can join writing groups online, or sign up for a writing course at your local community college.

The key here is to obtain the opinion of someone who is not emotionally involved with you. Objectivity is the holy grail that you are after. Your friends will not want to hurt your feelings. Your family has to love you. You need someone who does not think you walk on water.

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HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY WRITING?

Work, and then work hard!

Read, and then read hard!

Write, and then write hard!

The Holy Trinity for writers.

Oh, you wanted more?

Writers improve by writing. Writers improve by reading good writing. Writers improve by taking courses, hiring writing coaches, trying to emulate the greats, and generally working their tails off.

There are no shortcuts to improving your writing, and I like the fact that I have to work hard to be a good writer. That means it is something special that not everyone can do and yes, that makes me happy.

EBOOK OR TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING?

What are your goals? Answer that and then you can answer the question above.

If you are low on funds, publish an ebook.

If you don’t care about sales, publish an ebook.

If this is just a personal challenge that you met, publish an ebook.

If you want to tear your hair out and feel inadequate, try traditional publishing. LOL

Or….

Try both!

Publish an ebook and query agents and publishers at the same time. Yes, it is legal and yes, many people do it.

MY SCENES LACK PUNCH…WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE THEM?

Learn from the masters. Seriously! Read James Lee Burke and be prepared for awe.

Read Steinbeck and be prepared to feel inadequate.

How did they paint a scene? They wrote to the five senses. We all have them. Readers and writers share those senses, and it is that commonality that writers should be concerned with when writing scenes.

What do you smell when you walk into that scene? What do you see? Hear? Feel? Do you taste anything? If your readers can answer those questions after reading your scenes, then you don’t need any more of my help.

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SHOULD I USE WORDS THAT REPRESENT SOUNDS?

Like “bzzzz” for a bee flying by, or “bam” for a gunshot….

Absolutely not!

Words like bzzz and bam are weak tools for weak writers. You have hundreds of thousands of words to use; why would you go for weak?

Describe what that buzzing sounds like using similes or metaphors. Your readers will thank you for it.

HOW DO I FIND TIME TO WRITE?

You don’t find time to write. You make time to write. If writing is a passion for you, then schedule time to do it.

Listen, I know you are busy. You have a job, and kids, and responsibilities, but the notion that there is no time to write is silly. Get up an hour early and write. Watch one less television show. Shut off your cell phone for an hour, lock yourself away in a room and allow no one in, and write. Schedule time for writing just like you do for anything else that is important.

MORE AGENT QUESTIONS FROM SHA

“Bill, for agents who accept new authors, what experience do you relay to them? Is it advisable to mention HP and other sites where the author has a byline? How about blogs? And what does the new author do if none of this experience relates to the genre of the novel?”

Great questions, Sha! I hate to burst any bubbles, but HubPages does not impress agents. Sad but true. Agents want to know you have an online presence so yes, mention your blog. As far as mentioning HP, I would simply say “I have written x number of articles” rather than name HP specifically….and don’t worry about your experience not relating to the genre of your novel. Agents want to know that you have skill. Good writing is good writing is good writing, and you can take that to the bank.

FROM MELISSA

“Thanks for sharing these great tips. I have a copy of the 2013 Writers Market. Do you suggest we buy a new one each year? And do you think it necessary or a good idea to have a paid membership through Writers Market?”

Thanks for the questions, Melissa. Agents and publishers come and go. It is a fluid business, and information that was good yesterday may not be good two months from now….so….yes, I would buy a new Writer’s Market each year.

As for a paid membership through Writer’s Market, I’m too cheap, but I can see the advantages to it.

See you next week!
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More Next Week

I hope that was helpful for you. I aim to please.

Writers belong to a very select community. As member of that community, we should share what we know so others can learn from it. That is what I’m trying to do…share…and hopefully you, in turn, will share with others.

That’s what friends do.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I appreciate it, Kevin. Thanks for following along. The series is about 49 installments longer than I had planned. LOL

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      After reading #47 I figured I would start at the beginning to see if I had missed anything. The quiet videos happened in many Hubs of others I have read.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Kevin, all the way back to #1. Thanks for looking for it. Sorry about the videos.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      This was useful and interesting Billy. I tried to watch the videos only I could not hear them when I did. I voted it up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, I'll include your question in a mailbag down the road, but the quick answer is you own it and you can certainly include it in a book of poetry. Thanks for the question.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Bill if you write a series of poetry on hub pages, may you use your own work later in a book of poetry? Who owns your work? whonu

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lyns, that is a great question and most definitely, use words leading into the story...your example is right on.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      lyns 2 years ago from USA

      Question Billy, you stated shouldn't use words like buzz etc., is it okay to use words leading into the story like, quietly she stands to her feet and a gusty winds brushed across her tiny forehead?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Enjoy your summer day, Lea. I hate to even think that winter is right around the corner. :)

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks Bill, yes my irrational moody computer notified me you had responded to this hub, and thank you! Gave me an opportunity to vote which I failed to do...voted up, useful, and awesome. Just visited Installment #2 and hope to get to more later. God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I'm so sorry you are having problems with your computer. I would be flummoxed beyond belief if that happened to me...crossing my fingers as I write this....which isn't easy. LOL

      Thank you my friend. I'm here when you need me. Now, have a wonderful Summer's day and I'll do the same.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good morning Billybuc! I think my computer has a mental deficiency, I have been having an awful time with it...getting many, many phishing emails that I even have an awful time deleting. Yesterday every message in my inbox vanished!

      In my inbox I have kept your hubs to remind me to read...Lost all the Artistry For Words, but I will track them down.

      I have kept these installments in also, and today I begin with this Installment # 1...It is wonderful that you are doing this!

      I especially appreciate your answer to the question about time. Also the one about making sure your book is finished before you approach an agent.

      I WILL be emailing you about being a writing coach, I am extremely interested in doing that because you are so genuinely honest...and I TOTALLY agree with you NOT to show your material to your friends or family.

      I hope to get to your other installments this week, and I AM making time to work on my book...I will present to you as soon as possible.

      Blessings, Sparklea PS: PEPSI? My husband will love you! We do not mention the Coke word in this house.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Rolly. It's always nice to see you stop by for a cup of coffee and a chat.

      hugs from Oly

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billybuc... as always packed with much information and informative helps for any and all writers... well done my friend. Always love to read not only of your expertise but also of your life accomplishments as well...

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cecile! Much-appreciated my friend.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Really like what you are doing to help others billybuc. Great tips. I have learnt at lot. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, it really is doable when you break it down like that. I was thinking I hadn't made great progress on this new book, but I looked yesterday ant 18,000 words were done. Just a little bit at a time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I'm enjoying this series. As long as the questions keep coming in, I'll keep writing it.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Billybuc, This informative series of Q and A will undoubtedly help writers stay inspired and learn from someone who knows. I like your answer to "How do I find time to write?" Zig Ziglar, master motivator, says if you write one page per day, at the end of a year you'll have 365 pages. If you write more, then your book will finish even earlier. That always stuck a chord with me.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Bill!

      This is so you! I love every minute of it. :-)

      I do hope you will continue this.

      I learned so much and I agree it takes hard work to get noticed.

      And just because we might not get it right the first time.

      We can't allow our self to get discouraged, we need to keep trying. awesome message!

      Wishing you all the success with this new creative genius of yours.

      Up all the way! shared and voted in your poll!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I hope you are right, Faith. As long as people like it I'll keep writing it.

      blessings on this weekend my friend

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      What an excellent idea here! You are always coming up with something new, creative and fun to help others. I can tell just from reading this first mailbag installment, it is going to be a wonderful series.

      Hugs and blessings

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Deb. Thank you my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sharing is wonderful. I just have to say that I have so much information that has helped me, if I don't get to be successful, I didn't pay attention. Thanks, Billy, you deserve a world of gratitude from all of us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Carol, and I wish I would write that book too....my to do list keeps growing and I don't know why since I write eight hours each day. LOL Thank you for being here.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Even though I am not writing much anymore I try to stop by when notified..Sometimes I forget. What a cool thing to answer questions. Reminds me of my days with my Astrology column where I answered people's questions about their personal lives through astrology. Maybe a column off line...I still wish you would write this perfect book of writing stuff..Called "The Perfect Book of Writing" Just kind of kidding.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you. I'll answer your question this coming week. I really appreciate you giving me something to write about. :)

      Have a wonderful week my friend.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bill

      What an excellent idea for a series. People love interaction and your advice is always gladly received.

      I have a question too. Did you use a specific programme to design your latest book cover or is that something you outsourced?

      Thank you as always for sharing your experience and wise words.

      Anna. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Jon! I hope you are having a great weekend my friend.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 3 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      I've learned a lot from your articles, Bill, and I can only pass on a word of thanks from the time you take to write such articles. So, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Flourish. I take weekends off and that has kept burnout at bay. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Great new series, Bill. Keep it coming but be wary of burnout.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, vkwok...thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Great advice, Bill! I think I'll try some of them out!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Shelley. I'm not often called brilliant. LOL It's nice to hear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Amy. It's nice to see you here again. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I appreciate you always being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thank you for mentioning that you are writing well past midnight...a writer has to find the time, or it will never be available.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. We'll see how it goes, but the first one did well for sure.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      A brilliant idea here Bill, one that is so useful for writers to fall back on. Again, thanks for sharing.

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      This is gonna be one heck of a good series, I can see that coming! Thanks for doing this Billy, super informative.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and always a great one from you

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I appreciate this new series on writing. I have asked some of these questions myself. Yes, you make time for writing. Case in point, it's well past midnight and I'm plugging away at my desk. Have a great week.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Billy what a great idea.. you're right if someone asks a question there may be a few out there.. hope this goes well Ill be looking out for the next installment...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ruby, and you can find free dividers online any old time you want them....http://graphics-4free.com/

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You are such a good teacher and you pull no punches. I like that. Now, how can i find the pretty deviders between sections of a story. I noticed Sha has beautiful ones, some are flowers, ect. I know i'm off topic, but i don't care. Hee

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Imogen, and thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, John. I think I'll enjoy writing this one weekly. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure to share, lyns...we are all in this together, and if I can help you then I'm sure the karma will return eventually. :)

      bill

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      Fantastic advice, as ever. Thanks for sharing your hard-earned knowledge with us.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a great idea Bill. I think "The Writer's Mailbag" will be very popular. It is a great idea of you to answer questions readers have put to you and a help for many others as well.

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      lyns 3 years ago from USA

      This is some great information about getting published and approaching agents that we all can consider and know about, I didn't know you had written this hub until I seen your comments on mines, I'm very interested hearing about writing and publishing information from other writers that are willing to share, I find this one to be an absolute great information peace for all writers. Voted up & Plus.

      Great Day. lyns 7214

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you are right, Torrs. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Once again, another great hub by a great writer! I really enjoyed reading this and I do hope that you will continue to do The Writer's Mailbag. I bet you are going to start getting a lot more questions now that people know you are posting answers to them!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, the sunny skies continue here as well. I love that you are barbecuing in England as we prepare for ours in Washington. Thank you as always my loyal friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, breakfastpop...I think I'll enjoy this series as well.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Invaluable advice, bill. I like articles like this that bring thoughts together. As you say, one person's question always applies to so many others.

      Just enjoyed a great bbq and afternoon with friends under our continuing sunny skies. Hope your day is going well, bill.

      Ann

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I love this new addition. The questions are common to a lot of people and the answers are spot on and helpful. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool indeed, Kara....get on it! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb, and I am honored that you go to me for answers.

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      Kara Skinner 3 years ago from Maine

      Thanks for the Hub, this was really helpful. I had no idea that you could query while have your book published as an ebook. That's really cool.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      This is a great idea for a series, Bill. As you know, you are one of my go-to people when I have a writing question!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Melissa. Thank you for the last question and just for being so loyal.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great points, Glenn, and I agree with you, it really is not expensive at all....and then the tough work starts...promotion. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MizB....anything in particular about them, or just a general overview? I'll see what I can do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear you say that, Mari. Thank you so much.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I love this new series! And I'm not saying that just cuz you mentioned my name... :)

      I think you'll be getting plenty of questions from us, so I expect to be reading this series for a long time to come.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Bill, I think it would be helpful to a lot of us to include a discussion of online webinars in a future mailbag. My degree was before the online publishing age, and there are some of us oldsters who might profit. Pretty please.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I think this is great. There are so many questions out there about writing and publishing and to find answers from someone who's been there in one collective space is truly effective and time saving. Thanks, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Eric! I hope I don't burn out. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Another great advice hub. Your awesomeness is shining bright!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Nadine, and I agree with you about the research. I like being entertained and learning something in a book, and I think most readers are the same. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I've already got a couple...this might just work. :)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I always enjoy your hubs to do with writing. Indeed any fiction writer simply MUST read fiction, especially the best selling authors. I've just finished reading 'State of Fear' by Michael Crichton. What so very much impresses me about this author is his research about his topic. I love reading fiction no matter what subject if I know that the author knows it's topic. That way I acquire general knowledge while being entertained.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Hopefully you'll get some more. I tweeted this article and shared on Google+.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep them coming, Sha, and I'll have this series last forever. LOL tune in next week my friend, and thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria my dear, you are too kind. Thanks for sharing. Have I told you that I love you today? Well I do. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Comfort...I'm glad you found this helpful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, if that's a question for the mailbag I'll answer it in next week's edition...but a short answer....I think your degree is still applicable for self-promotion today.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Excellent first edition, Bill! Thanx for answering my questions. I like stating the number of articles written. Period. What do we say if an agent asks for whom the articles were written? There you go. Fuel for The Writer's Mailbag #2!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Awesome, Bill. I have learned a great deal and am immediately sharing with two folks I am working with presently...will also share on FB and twitter.

      I look forward to future installments...Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Comfort Babatola 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      You answered questions that some of us had thought to ask, but didn't know who to ask. Thanks Bill, another great work.

      Voted up and useful.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Good article with good tips, friend Bill. I dropped my subscription to Writers Digest because after awhile it seemed to be regurgitating the same articles that I had filed away. I notice that they keep advertising workshops for hundreds of dollars, and I'm wondering if it is worthwhile to spend the money on some that allegedly teach promotion of yourself as a writer. I learned that years ago before the days of online writing, but my degree is obsolete in some ways. Voted up++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Janine. You are the best supporter a writer could ask for.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pepsi, Greg. LOL Thanks for stopping by buddy.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Absolutely love this new series and the fact that you are for hire now for writing tips and coaching makes perfect sense to me. I can tell you that you are amazing and anyone looking for help int his area will get what they bargained for and so much more! Thanks Bills for always being so kind and sharing your experience and wisdom with us all.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Great move billy. I love this approach and learned a lot just in this one. Keep them coming.

      Oh yea, I do have a question:

      Coke or Pepsi?

      Voted up!