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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 151

Updated on May 22, 2017

Five More to Go

I’m into milestones! Always have been. It probably comes from playing sports for a number of years, always having a goal, always shooting for the next level. There is no doubt I’m goal-oriented. Having said that, I have my sights set on three years for the Mailbag, and that means only five more issues to go

In five weeks I’ll set a new goal.

Such is life for this old man.

One hell of a run, it has been, three years for a series that didn’t even start out as a series, no intention of it at all, just a throwaway article to answer a few questions asked, and here we are in 2017 still going strong.

And none of it would have happened without all of you, so thank you!

Let’s get it done!

Welcome to the Mail Room!
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Choosing Names for Characters

From LeAnne: “Bill, what process do you use when picking names for your characters? Is it random, or is there a specific reason why some names are preferred over others?”

Really a great question, LeAnne, one which has been asked before, many moons ago, and one quite a few people are curious about.

I’ve done both to answer your question. I have a character in my “Shadows” series by the name of Striker. He’s a stone-cold killer, and I wanted his name to reflect his total lack of remorse over taking a life. I remembered a friend in college who had, shall we say, a rather volatile temper. His name was Paul Spiker . . . it was only natural, then, that my character would be named Striker.

In my first novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today,” practically every character has a name that is meaningful in some way. I was into symbolism much more in that novel than in my others. And then there are some characters who have names I just liked . . . Eli Baker is easy to say, it’s a manly name, and it has a touch of the Bible to it, reflecting the depth of the character and his battle between good and evil.

So, LeAnne, there are a bunch of reasons why I do what I do with names, some meaningful and some not, and I think that decision rests squarely on the shoulders of the author.

This I can promise: I will never have a character named Bill Holland . . . much too bland!

Lots of names to choose from; pick one which fits your story or the message you are conveying.
Lots of names to choose from; pick one which fits your story or the message you are conveying. | Source

Problems With Period Pieces

From Frank: “I’ve been reading your latest short story series, ‘Into the Unknown,’ and I’m struck with how vivid and realistic it seems, even though it is written about a time 170 years ago. How do you do that? How do you write about a different period of time, one you’ve never seen, and make it so realistic?”

Well, Frank, first of all, thank you for the compliment. I chose the Oregon Trail and the 1840s for a very good reason: I was a U.S. History teacher and I was fascinated by that time period. I’ve taught units for years about the Oregon Trail, so putting characters in that time and telling a story was not that difficult for me.

Having said that, you will never, and I mean never, see me writing a short story about Elizabethan England. I’m clueless about that time and would never attempt such a daunting task. I’m basically a lazy writer when it comes to research. I only write about times I have experienced or I know a great deal about. The same can be said about locations. Most scenes in my books take place in locations I have lived in or visited often. I don’t have the time or inclination to research strange locales for my books or stories.

So thanks for the compliment but it was really just me being lazy. LOL

A pleasant surprise for sales!
A pleasant surprise for sales! | Source

Coloring Books

From Andrea: “You promised to keep us updated on the sales of your coloring books. How are they doing for you?”

Very well, Andrea, thank you! My three coloring books have outsold my previous five novels and five novellas . . . by far, and they have done that in only three months.

I don’t know what that says. It could say that my novels suck, or it could say that my coloring books are incredible, or it could say that the intellectualism in the United States has dipped to scary levels.

It’s probably a combination of all three. Again, LOL!

Most of the sales, oddly, have been online. I sell one or two at each farmers market I attend, not nearly what I thought I would do, but it’s still early in the season and the weather has been horrible, so that might change.

Anyway, thanks for asking!

GHOSTWRITING

From Jamie: “Someone recently asked me if I would ghostwrite a novel for them. I didn’t know what to say to them. I was flattered, but I don’t know the first thing about how to do it, what to charge, etc. Any advice you can toss my way?”

Sure, Jamie, I have advice: DON’T DO IT!

Anything else you want to know?

I have so many problems with ghostwriting novels I don’t even know where to start.

Invariably you won’t get paid what your time was worth. Writing a novel is a complicated process, and to do it well it will take at least six months of your life to complete. What are those six months worth to you? I know what my answer would be, and there is no one on this planet who would pay that amount to me. Most people who want a ghostwriter want a ghostwriter at a reasonable price, and I’m not reasonable when it comes to six months of my life. Are you?

And then we have the communication problems. What does the customer want? How often will he/she be editing your work and nitpicking their way through your manuscript? Hey, they’re paying for it, so they have a right to be picky, but man alive it can be tortuous for the writer. And then there are the edits, and the final editing, all of which take time, and did you factor that in when you quoted a price?

And then, in most cases, you don’t even get your name published as the author, which I find hard to swallow after six months of blood, sweat, and tears.

DON’T DO IT!

End of advice!

Now I’m sure there will be those who would say I’m wrong about that, and I respect their opinions, but you asked for mine, and mine is run away as quickly as possible, no matter how flattering it is.

TUCK ANOTHER ONE IN BED

Another Mailbag is finished. Not many questions this week but hey, that happens occasionally. We’ll just tuck this one in bed and get ready for next Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week of writing!

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 4 weeks ago from New York, New York

      Aw, love that you will be hitting another milestone here and seriously am in awe of you for that and so much more. Thanks always for the advice, as well as the perfect way to begin my week here, too. Happy Monday, Bill :)

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! You are a joy in my career and life. Happy Monday to you.

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      It's amazing that three years is coming up so soon. This must be the most popular series in the history of HubPages! It will call for some kind of celebration. Great questions this week. I totally commend and agree with your answer to Jamie about ghostwriting a novel. Don't Do It! I ghostwrite children's picture books and poetry and they are much shorter than a novel, but you rarely get paid what your time is worth. I would never consider ghostwriting a novel.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your input about ghostwriting, John! I can see doing it on children's picture books, maybe, but never something 70,000 words long. Life is too short, my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 4 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Mailbag Monday!

      Re: Coloring Books. So glad to hear it's selling, even if that's online! You've obviously resonated with a population.

      Re: Ghostwriting. Though at some point in the future I might consider it, I steer clear of ghostwriting books. They can be time robbing projects with little ROI (have seen that story play out for other writers). Writers should always, ALWAYS, get an attorney to help iron out the details of the contract so that they don't get taken, rights are clear, etc.

      Hope your week is sunny and successful!

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

      Bill this is awesome. I remember when you inspired us through H.O.W. and how kind you were to let me interview you as I started out. This is another great mailbag.

      It is funny for me with ghostwriting as that is how I most often make a living. Not what we normally call creative but rather legal briefs and papers of such.

      Thank you for the years of friendship.

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      Linda Lum 4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Another great mailbag Bill, and a lovely Monday morning as well. Perhaps that's an omen. As for naming characters, the popularity of names ebbs and flows. I can't think of any names that are absolutely timeless.

      For example, my given name clearly dates me as being a baby boomer. I bet in a classroom of 1st graders you wouldn't fine one Linda, Debra, Kathy, or Sally (or William, Will, Bill, or Billy).

      And if you look at food/cooking/crafts blogs, it seems that 20+ years ago every little girl was christened with a name that begins with the letter "J" (go ahead and check it out, I'll wait here).

      My father was born at the turn of the century. A look at our genealogy in that time period is peppered with numerous entries for George, James, John, Sarah, and Jane.

      Ghost writing? I would never consider it in a million years (not that anyone would ask), although if a million dollars were offered I might soften a bit.

      Hope you have a great week. Turnout at the markets should be fantastic!

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      breakfastpop 4 weeks ago

      Congratulations are in order! Frankly, I can't believe that three years have gone by.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 weeks ago from Texas

      Hello Bill, I love this series and would be happy if it ran indefinitely, but you have to do what you have to do. I will miss this series.

      Blessings and hugs in any case.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Shyron, I'm sorry if I gave the impression I was ending it. I just meant three years has been a goal...then I'll set a new goal of four years. I love it to, and have come to rely on it...so thank you and no, this series isn't going anywhere if I can help it.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't either, Pop! No way around it: I'm getting older. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting, Linda, about names. I don't doubt your summation at all. I would only mention that us Bills are timeless. :)

      Yes, it should be hectic at the markets this week. Hope so...there's money to be made.

      Thank you as always, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Agreed, Eric, there are different types of ghostwriting. I do it for a living, but only articles, and SEO articles at that. But a novel? That's a headache I wouldn't wish on anyone.

      Thank YOU for the years of friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Heidi, about ghostwriting. Thank you for mentioning getting a lawyer. For sure!

      Sunny and warm...life is good...and I wish the same for you, my friend. Thank you!

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      William Kovacic 4 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      151 and counting - great job, Bill! I just got done reading the latest "Into the Unknown" and have to agree with Frank. You've made it all so lifelike. Thanks for sharing your secret. I'm working on a story now set in my local area, and it all seems so "corny." I know the area well, but maybe too much familiarity is also a bad thing. Any thoughts?

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      Denise McGill 4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Awesome milestone, Bill. I'm happy for you and your coloring books. It's an inspiration. You are dipping into my territory now, don't you know. I went and had a look at your latest coloring book and I must say I was very much impressed. You have hidden art skills my friend! Keep up the good work.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Buildreps 4 weeks ago from Europe

      Bill, that was an interesting mailbag as always. Three years went by like a flash! Good advice about ghostwriting. What would six months of my life cost? Wish you a great week!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps. Three years of my life is worth more than $5000, which is what I was offered once. Nice money but not worth it, I'm afraid.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      aww, thanks Denise. I suspect we all have hidden skills just waiting to bust out of is.

      blessings to you on this beautiful Monday

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Bill, and thank you for the question. Of course I have thoughts, and I'll share them with you next week.

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      manatita44 4 weeks ago from london

      I know a girl in my meditation group. She's an American and a Ghostwriter. She makes a lot of money from it. Guru.com asks for Ghostwriters from time to time.

      I'm on your side here, but some seem to have a different mindset. My friend is an excellent writer, but she does not mind giving up her rights. I think she does this full time and all.

      I really enjoy milestones and more ... Guruji taught us the spirit of self-transcendence .... going beyond, beyond ... into the ever-transcending beyond. The only aim is progress, not success or failure; not victory or defeat. Carry on, Bro. carry on ...

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      Martie Coetser 4 weeks ago from South Africa

      Congratulations! Three years is a long time! 156 Installments!

      Choosing names for characters is part of the fun.

      And here I were under the impression that ghost writing could be profitable.

      Thanks for the advice, Bill!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Encouraged by the fact that your coloring cooks are doing well. Don't know that I'll do anything about it, but success even for someone else is such a good feeling!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Dora! I hope you do try something. I have a good feeling about this direction, and if I can do it then anyone can.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, thank you! I do think ghostwriting can be profitable, but I also think it is a huge commitment and not worth the time. :) If that makes any sense.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I live my life by that belief, Manatita...progress, not perfection. I grasp it as a drowning man grasps a piece of driftwood. :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Wow, closing in on three years...that's incredible! And still learning from all the questions asked--even more amazing!

      Have a wonderful productive week!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Melissa, it wouldn't be a Mailbag without your visit, so thank you. Spring is finally here and it is glorious. In fact, I'm having a hard time concentrating on my writing. :) Have a great week, my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      Yep, I echo your just say no advice regarding ghostwriting.

      On the unexpectedness of series, I hear you there. I never expected to be in the business of generating music playlists about every topic I could think of. However, this week I'll publish my 70th. So far, I'm still having fun, and I have many more in the cue. My goal is 100.

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      Larry Rankin 4 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Great read!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      More good advice. Finally I have caught up with your mailbag and other stuff on my PC. Hope you're having a good start to this new week. I wrote another piece about my dad on NIMUE. I am writing about his three books of poems. Unfortunately life didn't give him time to write more. Here is the link on my latest and in this one I get more into translating his poetry. Hope I am on the right track.

      https://niume.com/post/324357

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Larry!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that with me, Rasma! You simply must write that book!

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't it fantastic, Flourish? Seventy and going strong. I love it!

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

      Hello Bill - I like John's comment. The milestone calls for some kind of celebration. The idea of writing a novel for someone else is mind boggling, my guess is six months is a very modest attempt at guessing the length of time to accomplish.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I figured six months because by that time I would be so frustrated that I would fly through the final one-third. LOL More likely it would be nine months of hell.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Three years is an amazing achievement Bill. Here's a question for you. Do you have any idea how many questions you have answered through the weekly mailbag over the last three years? I'm sure everyone is curious? I can probably figure out a pretty good estimate with some easy math but do you keep track of the question count? I suspect knowing you as I do that you don't and you probably don't care :) If you answer on average 5 questions per week then that would put you somewhere around 780 questions expertly answered. Well done.

      Regarding the popularity of the coloring books my first was thought was along the lines of your comment about the level of intellectualism in the US. We are becoming a very visual society. Anyway, have a great week.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 weeks ago from Norfolk

      I think your advice about ghostwriting is good advice. I think I would put that energy into myself rather than write something where my name will not appear.

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      MizBejabbers 4 weeks ago

      I'm so glad you're not ending this series, Bill, my friend. You scared me there for a minute. About characters and subject matter, I only have a history minor, but I'm interested in history and prefer your historical stories to the get down and dirty stuff. I do find your naming of Striker interesting.

      I like to use authentic names for the area that I'm writing about. Just some hints I've used for names, newspapers for contemporary and old newspapers and county records for period pieces. Coincidentally, one of the authentic family names I used in a period story was Baker, and I got it from an old county record. Happy Tuesday to you!

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      Venkatachari M 4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Another great mailbag with interesting questions and intelligent answers. Choosing the names of characters suitable to their roles is a somewhat complicated task. I am always amazed at your selection of those names which perfectly fit their nature.

      But, Bill, I am sad to know that you will be wrapping up these mailbags after 5 weeks. We may miss your valuable tips and advice.

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      Brian Leekley 4 weeks ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Besides the reasons you gave for saying no, ghostwriting a novel, or hiring someone to ghost-write a novel, doesn't make sense. If a shoe shop owner is talented at selling shoes and not so talented at telling the world in a personable way in writing why his-her shop delights customers, it makes sense to hire a ghost writer and for the ghost writer to gladly express the POV of the shopkeeper. But why would anyone pretend to be the author of a novel, or why would anyone write a novel and pretend not to be its author. That would be dishonest and sad, like the mediocre composer in Amadeus.

      But what about getting hired as a would-be novelist's personal writing coach / collaborator / editor, paid by the hour to encourage, help brainstorm, do research, copy edit, critique, and so on? It's a lot cheaper--free, in fact--to join a critique writing group, but if I had the money, I'd probably have a private writing coach, along with a homecleaner, gardener, errands-runner, etc.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I totally agree with you. It's interesting how many established and well-known author have "co-writers" who actually do all of the writing...I do consider it dishonest and without scruples. As for a personal writing coach of course, if one can afford one, I think definitely go for it.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I'm sorry if I gave that impression. No, the Mailbag will continue...I'm just naming 3 years as my immediate goal, and then it will be four years, and five.....

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Tuesday, and Wednesday, to you MizB! Sorry I'm so late, but the farmers markets wait for no man. Thanks for sharing about names and county records....great idea on the county records.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Most definitely, Sally. I've turned those jobs down in the past and will continue to do so. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Bill. The quick answer is I have no clue, but I suspect your estimate is pretty close. As for the coloring books, that explanation is as good as any I can come up with. Thanks my friend and Happy Thursday to you.

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      Asking 4 weeks ago

      Asking this because I've received a couple of awful comments that have nothing to do with my writing apparently. I don't want to reveal myself, but I read your mailbag regularly. On a couple of my articles I have received a few hateful generic comments such as "Go kys" (go kill yourself) and even though they are trolls it sticks with me. The topics are not opinion or controversial topics but that would not give them an excuse to act like that.

      Do you sometimes get terrible comments like that? How do you handle it? Does it bother you at all? On a related topic, How do you sort out negative comments that have valid criticism of your work from the riff raff?

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      Nadine May 4 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      As always a great read on the topic of writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine! I do appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Asking, words don't properly convey how sorry I am that you have received comments like that. I'll include this in the next Mailbag. I'm not sure it will help, but I definitely have opinions on this. Keep writing and never, ever, allow others to stop you. You can email me at holland1145@yahoo.com if you ever need to chat more about this.

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      jo miller 3 weeks ago from Tennessee

      Have you ever tried selling your novels, especially your mysteries, at your farmer's market? It might be a way to hook some new readers.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I have, Jo, and I'm actually currently doing that. They don't sell well at markets but I really don't care. I meet people and spread the word...it's all marketing and I'm fine with that.

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      Linda Crampton 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your goal of three years for the mailbag is exciting, Bill! It's a great series.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Linda! It has exceeded my wildest dreams.

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      Mary Wickison 3 weeks ago from Brazil

      Closing in on 3 years, that is quite an achievement. In those 3 years, we have learned much from you and your other readers.

      It is like the teachers always said, "Ask questions, you won't be the only one who wants to know the answer. "

      I can't imagine being a ghostwriter but if it works for others, good luck to them.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Mary! I'm as surprised and pleased as anyone about the success of this series. I love that people have embraced it so much...and I love that you support it so faithfully.

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      It can't possibly be 3 years, bill! Only goes to show how good you are at answering questions!

      As far as the period fiction question, I think anyone does better to write about what they know the most about, apart from personal experience that is. So I don't think you're being lazy, just sensible!

      Thought I was going to get more gardening done today but it's a moist and moody Monday here so the plants will have to wait. They do need the rain though.

      Congrats on the sales of your colouring books. It's all the rage here too though I don't have any. I see from the titles that even those are based on what you know and have themes - that makes them so much more interesting.

      I would never try ghost-writing. I'd rather put my own ideas on paper rather than anyone else's, especially considering the pay.

      Question: Do you touch type and if not, are you a speedy typist? I guess you must be, either way. Just curious!

      Have a magic Monday!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you once again, Ann. I'll just answer that question here and then get back to a needy customer....yes, I touch type. It's one of those things I learned in high school and had a "talent" for it. I used to do about 80 words per minute, but I suspect that has dipped a bit over the years, like everything else. :)

      Magic Monday? More like Manic! LOL

      bill

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      Audrey Hunt 2 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Three years already? No way! How will we live without "The Writer's Mailbag" ? It's been the highlight of my hub week. I learn volumes from you.

      Thank you for helping us to "spread our wings and fly".

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, there will be a mailbag as long as I'm capable of writing. Some things must not die. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Mary Norton 7 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      I missed this one before. I'm glad I searched for it as I did not know about your colouring books. You are always a surprise. I have learned to focus and discipline myself to a schedule after reading how persistent you are. I am now on the last edits of an education book started 17 years ago. Finally!

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      Bill Holland 6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations, Aesta! That is fantastic news, my friend, and I wish you fantastic results.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 days ago from Central Florida

      I agree with you with regard to ghostwriting, Bill. Why should someone else take credit for your work? In my opinion, that's right up there with plagiarism. Not quite really, but someone else is claiming kin to your blood, sweat and tears, as you put it. Why would any self-respecting writer give up rights to his/work?

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      Bill Holland 2 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Sha, the answer to your question is the almighty dollar, and it's my experience that people will do just about anything for money, including selling their soul. :) I agree with you in a sarcastic sort of way. :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 26 hours ago

      Bill

      Interesting, what you say about the research. I wouldn't say you'd been 'lazy' so much as been 'smart' in using what you know!

      To me, that's what makes your stories come to life, I can tell it's something the writer has experienced, with that they take us on the journey with them!

      I'm loving the new series too, because it feels like we're in the wagon with them!

      Great mailbag here, and sorry I'm so late getting here.

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      Bill Holland 18 hours ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence. I like to poke fun at myself whenever possible. As for being late...impossible. The door is always open for you, my friend.

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