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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 150

Updated on May 15, 2017

Mid-May Already

It’s really hard for me to tell because it looks like mid-February, but hey, it’s great writing weather so there you go. There’s always a positive, right?

All is well in my world. How about yours? I’m glad you found the time to visit the Mail Room today. I hope you leave with some knowledge you didn’t have before the visit. At the very worst, you had the opportunity to visit some other writers and share in the ambiance here, so it’s all good.

Let’s get started!

Welcome to the Mail Room!
Welcome to the Mail Room! | Source

Great Source for Photos

From Kristen: “What are great websites to get sourced photos for our articles? It seems to be my downfall, when my hubs are declined for niches.”

My friend Denise chimed in with this answer:


“I was reading Kristen's question about credited photos and I know a few sites that are good if you are interested. There used to be some really good ones that were unfortunately swallowed up by the big corporate for-profit stock photo sites and now charge money for each photo so my favorite sites are narrowed to just a few. Pixabay.com is still free and very good with the quality of photos and the names of the contributors so you can credit them. I also like MorgueFile.com and FreeImages.com. The Morgue file has great quality and large numbers but the site is covered with ads and sponsored for-profit photo sites so it is hard to navigate where the free photos are. You have to really watch the small labels at the top of each row of photos or you'll find yourself sent to a different website asking large prices for each photo. StockSnap.io has come a long way in offering really good photos. Then there is New Old Stock at nos.twnsnd.co. Really lovely old vintage photos from all over but the search is poor and the attribution is all to Townsend. I suppose it's likely that one person would have such an archive but I don't know why he is offering all that for free. Maybe someday soon he will start charging for the photos. Who knows.”

Honestly, Kristen, I can’t improve on Denise’s answer, so I won’t even try. Since I used all my own photos anyway, any answer I give would be supposition. Go with Kristen on this one, and perhaps some other writers will add their two cents worth in the comment section.

All thanks to CreateSpace
All thanks to CreateSpace | Source

Comparing Publishing Options

From Lori: “Hi Bill, for your next mail bag I have a question. In regards to publishing a work through create space or other self publisher, what can you tell us about books versus e-books? Is one form more likely than the other to be purchased? Is the process and cost of publishing both the same? What has been your experience?”

Thanks, Lori! I’m only going to refer to CreateSpace for this answer since I use them almost exclusively. Regarding the cost of publishing, there is none whether it be e-books or soft-cover. I’m talking just about the actual publishing when I say that. Naturally, if you have to pay someone to do a cover for you, or you pay for editing, there will be a cost, but the actual self-publishing doesn’t cost a penny unless you opt for some of the premium services, which I never have.

Is one more likely to be purchased than the other? It was interesting doing the research for this. According to the latest figures of Amazon sales, ebooks outsell print books in units 61% to 39% . . . that strictly refers to the number of books sold. However, if we are talking about revenue, print books outscore ebooks 70% to 30% in dollar sales.

So the obvious conclusion is ebooks far-outsell print books, but more money is made selling print books.

And I’m going to toss in this carrot for your munching pleasure: no matter which you do, I still believe, and will always believe, that quality of writing should be the #1 consideration of any writer.

So many writers have taken a different path
So many writers have taken a different path | Source

Exodus From Hp

From Lori: “So there has been mention here of readers leaving Hubpages. What are the reasons? Since they put up the niche sites most of my work goes there where I have more readers and more frequent payouts, however measly. And where are the people moving on too? Just curious.”

Oh, Lori, I could ramble on about this forever. I guess, after almost six years, I am now considered an old-timer on HubPages, so I do bring a little perspective to this discussion.

I don’t think there is one particular reason for many of the original writers leaving HP. Some left because the payouts were horrible. Some left because they felt underappreciated by HP staff and management. Some railed against the wholesale changes to the site. Some quit because of HP’s capricious editing and censoring methods. Many went to different sites like The Creative Exiles, and many went to their own blogs for more creative freedom and hopefully more money.

My own viewpoint is this: HP has become, over the past six years, very impersonal and not nearly as fun to be with. When I first started out, HP held contests throughout the year, and those contests paid cash prizes. The staff was very accessible and very personable. It was like a home away from home for writers, and there was a very nice sense of community.

I don’t feel that as much today. The contests are gone. The requirements are stricter, and the platform is harder to use. There are numerous hoops to jump through, all for less money. I simply don’t see many enticements to make a writer stay at HP. The money they pay is, to me, insulting. The only reason I remain here is because I still have friends here and I enjoy interacting with them and supporting them. I refuse to play HP games. I don’t care if my articles are put on niche sites or not, and I don’t care if my articles are awarded with some nebulous designation that means absolutely nothing regarding quality of writing.

I’m here because of you and others like you. Period!

And I Guess That’s All for This Week

I see I’m short of HP’s suggested 1,250 words and thus will not be featured or make a niche site. Sigh! How will I ever go on with my life knowing I’ve fallen short of that random bit of nonsense?

Here’s the last thing I’ll say about all of this HubPages b.s. I’m a writer. I’m not some beans counter, or tech genius, and I don’t give a damn if Google likes my formats or not. I am a writer, a serious writer, and I can’t be bothered with this rubbish. Other writers on HP are really into it, watching their Hubber scores closely, re-writing their articles to make HP happy, doing this and doing that to appease the SEO gods…but I’m just a writer who only concerns himself with improving the craft of writing.

That will just have to be good enough for all concerned.

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There is no figuring it, Lawrence. It is a mystery without an answer.

      Keep writing! You're good at it despite HP's payout methods.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 months ago

      Bill

      I've never received a payment from HP, or any other site (with the exception of the content mill I used to write for) and I probably never will!

      But here's the strange but, I've sent numerous articles for 'niche sites' here, almost all were rejected, yet one that was rejected, HP tells me has had a thousand visits in a year, and another has hit three hundred in six weeks!

      I'm still trying to figure it out!!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, I don't bother with the changes at all. I just post my stories and if they want to change them they can.

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      Mary Norton 3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bill, I totally agree with you. I am sad that many have left HP but we have to move on. I have not written anything new here for some time now. I can hardly understand the changes and I just don't bother with it. Anyway, thanks for keeping this series here as I learn much from it.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, thank you! I make no promises with HP. This site confuses me on the best of days. I'm only here for the friendship, and for that I thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another great and informative mailbag. About HP and poetry with poetry it is easier to please lately I have noticed. I have quite a few poems now on the niche site Letterpile I think I would not have made it if things had been different. However I soon discovered that it was too much of a problem when I wrote other articles and then I always had one problem or another so I stuck to poetry. However with your determination and your advice I have begun to rethink things. Now once I am caught up again I believe I will give this site a chance with an actual article then we will see what is what.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori, and you do the same. Stay cool! We don't do 88 very well in these parts. LOL

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      Lori Colbo 4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Somehow. Somehow​I missed this. I appreciate your answers and effort in research. Have a great day in this beautiful whether.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! HP is just a means to an end for me, but it also has the added bonus of being a meeting place where I have made countless friends. Not a bad deal, for free. :)

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      Jo Miller 4 months ago from Tennessee

      Happy Monday, but a week late, Bill. I like your attitude about HubPages. As you can perhaps perceive, I've never taken it very seriously--which is why I'm often a week (or so) late with my comments,etc. I do enjoy my interactions with folks on the site, and pleased that you are staying.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That was a helpful segment about photos, Mary. We both learned something useful there.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Manatita, and I will miss them for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Linda! Wishing you a brilliant weekend of sunshine.

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoy learning about CreateSpace and eBook creation by reading the mailbag. Thanks for sharing some more information, Bill.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Another nice mailbag. Interesting about how HP has changed and the people who left. A couple have also passed. Great Soul they were! Much Love.

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Glad to see the question and answers about photos, I have been lazy and out of habit head to Pixabay. I need to expand my horizons and take a look elsewhere.

      I hope your week is going well.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, my apologies. It took me forever to respond to your comment. Thank you as always. I love the voice of experience, so thanks for mentioning you've tried many of those photo sites. As for Google Adsense, the whole thing confuses the hell out of me and always will. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! HP is what it is, and it's not going to change no matter how much whining I do. Besides, I'm much too busy to spend time whining. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! I'm here to stay. I enjoy all of you too much to leave.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debangee! I appreciate it.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 4 months ago from India

      This new mailbag seems to be more informative and useful . Enjoyed it.Thanks for sharing.

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      mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Bill - 150, One hundred and fifty, One-five-O. Congratulations, well done.

      I somehow feel bad for those that missed the HP party in its early days. On the other hand, when I arrived, I heard stories of all the great people/writers that were exiting in numbers.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, we do, Alan. My age was showing.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Six to go, Clive, and the three year anniversary....I never saw it coming, my friend, but thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill, and I totally agree...the excitement I once felt here is gone. I don't know how else to explain it.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      mchllhwgt, you said it perfectly...it made you euphoric to write again. That's all the reason you need to continue, and I hope you do. I'm sorry for your loss, but welcome back to HP.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you, Sir, for the kind words. Thank you Bill!

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      William Kovacic 4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      As always, Bill, I left with some knowledge I didn’t have before the visit. You are such a faithful educator, and I thank you, sir.

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      Michelle How 4 months ago

      Ah Bill. I've been away for 9 months, not wanting to write due to bereavement. I'm no great writer but it's what I've always wanted to do. I wrote a few days back. The feeling of pride and accomplishment was euphoric. I missed it. Ok, so I won't be able to get put on a niche site because I'm not talented enough (or know how to write to others' expectations) but I'm happy reading, researching and putting my perspective on pieces that interest me. I know my limitations and hubpages enables me to write within my limitations. I'm happy enough here and I'm pleased to see that someone like yourself is also happy doing their thing here too. Is it wrong to not want to strive for what others perceive as better platforms though? I am thinking that there's a fine line between being happy in my individuality and not trying to hit at a higher level. I dunno. I'll ponder it sonemore I think!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 months ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting week for the mailbag Bill. In particular your take on the evolution of HubPages over the last 6 years or so. A lot has changed that's for sure. While I still check-in here most days the excitement I had when I first started seems to be gone. I enjoy the interaction with other writers and I will start writing again, I just have lost the urgency to get articles published here. I think you stated it accurately, especially for those of us who started a number of years ago. Have a great week.

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      Clive Williams 4 months ago from Nibiru

      Milestone reached! 150 Writer's Mailbag is not an easy road.

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      You don't have unleaded petrol in the States, then?

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I agree with you regarding HP. I think the niche sites were probably a good idea going forward but if they select a few of my hubs, great, if not I don't give a damn. I am never happy with the editin/snipping they do and at first I would argue the point, but now I usually just go with it. Some of the names of the niche sites are crazy though. Even with the niche sites my earnings are now only half of what they were six months ago. They say advertisers are paying less. Denise gave a great response to Kristen about accessing images. I use Pixabay most of the time, but a site for good quality (free) vintage photos is Shorpy.

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      MizBejabbers 4 months ago

      Bill, good mailbag today. Denise was really helpful and so was Brian Leekley. I've used most of the sites they mentioned, but sometimes I forget. Thanks for the reminders.

      I think I got cut off from Google Adsense and don't get paid at all anymore. We were getting spammed really bad especially with phishing on Google and I mistook a legitimate email from Adsense as phishing and deleted it. So I'm not sure how to make myself legitimate with them again. I haven't worried about it too much because I haven't had time to write this year. Sorry about your weather, it's back into the 80s here now. Have a good rest of the week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Silly as it sounds, Flourish, yes. Fortunately, most of us are long-winded. :) Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I knew my readers would come up with an answer on that one. I appreciate it too, and I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, always a pleasure, my friend. Thanks for the tip on Photopin.com. I'll check it out. As for the fuel, I'm finding the more lead I can get in my old tank the better. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! Always appreciated.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always informative.

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Bill, me ol' mucker, there's another freebie site: Photopin.com

      On the HP front I've got too many pages here to 'up sticks' now. Besides, I'm within 30-odd K of the 200K mark in visitors.

      As for publishing I have to be at one with you in writing quality. However, before the writing comes research - depending on what kind of writing's to be undertaken, although even with fiction there are points that have to be cleared up before writers can get past the first sentence. And of course there's consistency and continuity. No changing names or whatever halfway through the story.

      Not only do I want to spread my wings and fly, but I also want to know the fuel source. Can't soar on diesel, can I?

      TTFN, tha knows who...

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      breakfastpop 4 months ago

      I appreciate the info about free photos. Now that microft stopped publishing them, I am at a loss.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Gosh, I cannot imagine struggling to meet the suggested 1250 words! I didn't know the content wouldn't be featured if it didn't meet that "minimum."

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Melissa. I'm going to check it out this afternoon. And please, send some of that weather our way. I'm starting to grow gills. LOL

      Happy Monday my devoted friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Venkatachari M, I'm glad you discovered that word...it means to be very friendly and easy to get along with. :) Use it with pleasure, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, a combination of those things....a little help from friends, free photos, and a computer program that allows me to change photos into sketches.

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      Nell Rose 4 months ago from England

      Our weather is awful at the moment, we had summer about three weeks ago, and that's it now! lol! great questions and useful answers as always, thanks oh and a question? maybe I missed it somewhere, but where do you get your pictures for your wonderful coloring books? Do you take your own photos or is it free wiki?

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      This week we have only three questions. But, your answers are very elaborative and cleared the doubts completely.

      For photos, I mostly use from Wikipedia commons photos. They are also free and good. Regarding people leaving HP, your points are mostly true.

      I have noticed a new word in your answer to the last question stating that the staff was very accessible and personable. I never came across that word 'personable' previously. This is new to me. I hope I can use it in future.

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      Melissa Propp 4 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! We've been hogging all the nice weather, I'm afraid...But, as you mentioned the wetter colder weather offers more incentive to stay inside and write!

      In regards to stock photos, I don't think anyone has mentioned Unsplash. These photos are all completely free and no attribution and you can alter them in any way you want. I highly recommend checking it out.

      Have a great rest of the week!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. Your answer about photos was so good, there was no reason for me to add to it. Thank you for it...and for your thoughts on publishing. I don't think books will ever become obsolete. I really don't. There is a joy in holding a book, and that joy will never disappear. The younger generation will discover it as well. I have faith in that.

      Blessings always, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for those suggestions, Dora! All good ones, based on your personal experience, which I value.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      The photos in Wikimedia Commons are all free, and good when you're looking for photos of famous people. Then there is Public Domain Pictures which ask for a buck per photo; but I've had my buck returned so I just use them freely. Photos with Quotes come in real handy too and they're all free wallpaper.

      Notice that the guide at the top of the edit screen begins with 700 words. 1250 is by no means standard for a "quality" article.

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      Denise McGill 4 months ago from Fresno CA

      Hi Bill,

      Happy Monday to you and everyone here. I didn't expect you to use my answer to Kristen's photo question verbatim but I'm glad to be of help. Heidi's comment is well taken. Sure, the best photos you are absolutely sure of copyright on are the ones you take yourself, of course. The places I mentioned are my favorites because the name of the photographer who owns the copyright is clearly stated for citing. Time to go out with the camera and snap a few shots for your own use if copyright concerns you then.

      As for print vs ebook, I absolutely agree with you. Since the cost is free for creating the books I usually offer both. Then people can choose whether they want a print version or Kindle version. I know people who are convinced that print books will someday be worth a fortune because they will be almost obsolete, so he is hoarding print books. He will soon have a library. Whether or not that is true is debatable. Right now, illustrators for books are still in demand so I'm happy. Even an ebook needs a cover.

      As for HP, I'm like Linda Lum. Wasn't here for the "glory days" so I don't miss what I never had. Still it is nice to hear you talk about how it once was. And it is nice to have such great writing friends.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You crack me up, Eric.

      I don't know if HP is good for short story writers or not. I suppose it would have to be, right? Any exposure is good for a writer, unless it involves something totally distasteful, of course, or the writer is exposed as a bad writer, in which case . . . well, I digress. Thanks, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All good information, Brian, and I thank you for it. I'm going to check it out myself.

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      Brian Leekley 4 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      For hubs, I have found Creative Commons commercial use permitted photos and public domain photos at Wikipedia Commons. Flickr photos also can be searched by license, such as "no known restrictions" and "commercial use allowed".

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it here on HP. Sometimes I will mess around and try to conform my writing to their latest whims. I take it as a writing exercise. I wrote a short story that got taken up in the air of niche. Got less views, like significantly less. The edit they did on it was good. The old throw it up against the wall and see what sticks notion.

      I like the talk about the weather. If it would only lift the fog between my ears.

      I am not sure as I have not done it yet but isn't HP good for you folks with the chapter books? Don't you get a good following that helps when you later publish as a book? My wife is getting a few for me from Amazon. And that is because of here.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then best wishes, Louise!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi. Perfectly stated as always. HP has been good for me, but I understand the exodus. I also understand why HP has made the changes which have angered so many writers. And the wheel goes round and round. :)

      Happy rainy Monday!

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Linda. As for those chores, it's not going to happen. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get the rest of the garden planted. Sigh!

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, a good morning to you, and a good mailbag. I use Pixabay quite a bit, Morguefile is difficult to navigate. There is also Pexels which has good quality but limited numbers of photos.

      I agree totally with you on HP. Everything I write goes on the niche, but that and $3.00 will buy you a cup of Starbucks. I wasn't here for the "glory days" of HP so don't feel quite as strongly as do you--you can't miss what you never had. I don't even look at my revenues and can't remember when I last received a payment. And that's OK because I'm not here for the money. I'm here for the exercise of writing and for the friends here, like you.

      Have a wonderful Monday and try to get those chores done between showers.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 months ago from Chicago Area

      So much to in the Mailbag today!

      Re: Photos. I know that paid stock photo sites can be expensive. BUT... I don't use the "free" stock sites because of their lax policies on sourcing. For example, one of them says they are not responsible for verifying that the images are in the public domain, royalty-free, have model releases, etc. and that you use at your own risk. Do you realize how much of a task it is to verify the original creator of the work? Trust me, I tried it for one image. That is scary copyright territory. I realize that my blog, even here on HP, is an investment. And if I have to pay for images or create my own, so be it. Always, ALWAYS, check the Terms of Service on any image site you use to see if they protect YOU.

      Re: Print Book vs. eBook. I've seen those print versus eBook revenue stats, too. Agreed, quality of the work is of utmost importance. Also important is what format your audience reads. If they're not into eBooks, well, you've got to go print.

      Re: HP Exodus. Honestly, HP offers everything I want from them: Hosting and back-end management of my blog, greater traffic and ad income than from a standalone site, and an opportunity to be on these new niche sites. And, of course, the writers I've met here have been amazing connections (like you!).

      Thanks for all you do for our HP family! Have a great week!

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      Louise Barraco 4 months ago from Ontario

      The proper way of writing is getting your point across in a way that is understandable to you and the reader and that is what I am shooting for

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Louise, your last statement bothers me just a bit...the proper way of writing is the way that suits you. I firmly believe that. Write as Louise would write, with your heart and soul....that is what is important in my mind.

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      Louise Barraco 4 months ago from Ontario

      This post is very informative the weather has been a bit up and down here but I think the warmer weather is coming which means I will be writing outside more. I am changing the way my hubs are written in hopes that I am learning the proper way of writing if there is one

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, Kristen! Thanks for the very good question.

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      Kristen Howe 4 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, thanks for answering my first mailbag question in your series. I'll take up Denise's advise on free photo sites. I hope to hear from others and ask you a new question someday this summer.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, from what I can see, that's about all I can say good about the weather...I get a lot done when the rains continue unabated. :) Oh well, thanks for spending part of your Monday with me.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ann, and Happy Monday to you. More rain here I'm afraid, but since I'm not in charge of it, I guess I'll shut up and write. :) Thanks for your thoughts on HP and niche sites. HP makes my blood boil, and that is never a good thing.

      Wishing you a monstrously miraculous Monday!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      How I agree with you regarding the state of HP; the only reason I stay is also because of my friends here. Out of sheer curiosity, I agreed to put an article on a 'niche' site which was then edited. The changes were in some measure ok but others damaged the integrity of the hub and could have been taken as insulting, were I bothered about such things. I replied, gave reasons for my wording, and asked that my version stay put. The editor did not understand how to write for dyslexics. It seems they've accepted it which is good.

      'Niche' is a word that means 'a bit special' (in the derogatory sense) to me so I don't think I'll bother with any more.

      Weather-wise, it's a mediocre Monday here but warm enough. Can't complain as we've done well with the sunshine and then the rain has made all my flowers perk up - and the weeds of course! Even that's good - it gives me exercise!

      Have a marvellous Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      Janine Huldie 4 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, the weather here has been quite bi-polar in all honesty. One day it is sunny and warm, the next pouring raining and freezing. I am just ready for some warmer summer weather to stick around. But that said, at least it has helped get work done and not make me want to play hokey just yet! Happy Monday now and thanks for the great advice for always :)