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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 157

Updated on July 3, 2017

The Start of Year Four

We are on a roll, so I see no reason to slow up to smell the roses. More questions means more answers, and I love it!

Happy Early 4th of July to my U.S. friends, and a Happy Monday to the rest of you!

Are you ready?

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

Letter Pile

From Flourish: “Why do you think some of your many, many writers bag articles are chosen for Letter Pile while others are not? Do you submit hubs to niche sites or wait for HP? (I do the former..).”

Flourish, I don’t mean for this to sound flippant, but I don’t have a clue and I don’t lose sleep wondering about it. The staff and management at HP have their own agenda, and it is quite different from my agenda.

Why are some articles chosen and others are not? It will forever remain a mystery. I just don’t get it.

And to answer your second question, I have nothing to do with it. I simply download my articles, and whatever happens to them after that is always a crapshoot. I don’t even know how to submit an article to a niche site. That’s how much attention I pay to the HP silliness.

WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH HP?

From Martie: “I also want to know why we are not making money on Hubpages anymore. What could be wrong?”

Martie, I don’t think anything is “wrong” in the sense you are referring to. I just think the online game rules have changed. Google and Amazon control it all, and HP is adjusting to the changes. I don’t think it is nearly as profitable for HP as it was five years ago, and in response to that lack of revenue, money paid to writers has dropped significantly. Oh sure, there will be some writers who will say their income is up, but I think the norm is that writers’ shares are falling rapidly and will continue to do so.

I don’t think this is a problem HP can fix! Sites like HP will go the way of the dinosaurs sooner rather than later, I’m afraid.

Of course, I may just be full of b.s., in which case you can ignore everything I just wrote.

There is no darkness in this woman; thus, she does not read my dark novels.
There is no darkness in this woman; thus, she does not read my dark novels. | Source

Trivia About Yours Truly

From Lori:

“Can you answer a few trivia questions? How did you come up with the title the writer's mailbag? Do you know how many questions you've answered (I'm guessing too many to count)? Does your beautiful, supportive wife Bev read your books and hubs? Does she have a favorite book? Does she write? Last, but not least, in your mailbag photo of your desk I see some small weights on the floor. Do you work out? (I'm just funnin' you. No need to answer that one).”

Lori, you cracked me up with these questions. Thanks for the prolonged chuckle.

I’m getting so old, Lori, and my memory so bad, that I don’t even know how I came up with the title of this series. Word association, I guess….mail…we’ve got mail….we deliver mail….mail in a mailbag…all for writers….that sort of thing. That’s how my mind usually works; one word will trigger ten-thousand more. J

I don’t know how many questions. Someone else asked that….figure five per week times 156 weeks…what’s that, 580? Sounds about right to me.

Bev does read my articles. She does not read my books, and there are a couple good reasons for that. One, Bev simply does not have time to read books. She works more hours than I do with two jobs, manager at both of them, so reading an entire book would be a luxury she simply does not have. The second reason, however, is because most of my books are dark, and Bev doesn’t do dark. She has a tendency to internalize too many things, and darkness really affects her. She read my first two books, “The 12/59 Shuttle” and “Resurrecting Tobias,” but she has read none of the “Shadow” series and none of the “Billy the Kid Novella” series because of their dark tones.

Bev still loves “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today.” I would say that is definitely her favorite, partly because the lead character, Sheila, was patterned after Bev, but also because it is a fun read which is filled with hope.

Does Bev write? She started a children’s book, “The Golden Dragonfly,” about five years ago and still has not finished it. Too bad because I really think it was, and is, quite good. Maybe someday she will find the time, and confidence, to finish it. Bev does not fancy herself to be a writer….but I beg to differ on that account.

Do I work out? LOL When I want to is the best answer I can give you. A part of me thinks “why bother at 68?” Eventually I’m going to have to admit I’m getting old and just give it all up. But then another part of me says “I’m not ready for the cemetery yet, so keep on keeping on, Bill.” So those weights get used when I’m in the mood. I have an advantage a lot of people don’t have: I won the DNA lottery at birth. I am only eight pounds heavier than I was in college, despite my many bad habits. I still eat like I was in college; I work out when I feel like it; but still I am in remarkably good shape. Go figure!

Fun questions, Lori! Thank you!

Do I write about people I know? Always, but never in a defamatory manner.
Do I write about people I know? Always, but never in a defamatory manner. | Source

DISCLAIMERS

Also from Lori: “Hi Bill, I have a serious question and you can save it for another issue if you'd like. Do you know the rules/laws about disclaimers on Fiction work that says something to the effect that the story and characters are fiction and any similarities are coincidental? I often see them in novels. Do you use them?”

Here is a typical disclaimer which Lori is referring to:

  • “This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.”

It’s a great question, Lori, one which the courts have struggled with for quite some time. Libel is rare in works of fiction. It must be proven in court that you intended to be defamatory in your characterization, and that’s a tough thing to prove. The use of disclaimers does not, per se, protect you from libel, but at least it gives your lawyer something to point to should you be sued.

And no, I don’t use them. My characters are such a mish-mash combination of several people at once that it would be real hard for anyone to prove I meant harm to one person in particular . . . which I have never meant to do anyway.

FREE MARKETING

From Lawrence: “The questions and information here were really good, especially about Niume. I've been following the situation there, and the questions here and here's my question, maybe you can use it in the mailbag.

"If a site offers free marketing for your book, why wouldn't you post?" Let me explain. I started writing my first novel about 18 months ago, I serialised it here on HP, but it was the 'first draft' out here. About six months after it was published I heard about Niume, I wrote a few articles but realised within a week that payouts were a long way off. Then I had a crazy idea, why not put a couple of episodes out in Niume as 'appetizers' so I did, I got them in the right categories and now, every few weeks Niume sends out a Twitter message promoting the article, and by extension, the book. A quick read of the stuff on HP and Niume will show they aren't totally the same, one's a 'first draft' and one's an excerpt from the finished product, but my question remains, why not use the free marketing offered? To me, it's another way these sites can be used where both gain. By the way, the first installment on HP got about 150 views over 18 months. On Niume it's at 300 in six months.”

Lawrence, this is going to seem like a fast answer, like I didn’t want to spend too much time on it, but that’s not the case. The fact is I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t take free marketing if offered, so I say go for it. Perhaps I’m missing something here, and one of my readers will point it out, but my answer is yes, do it!

Give me free marketing for my books and I'm going to take it.
Give me free marketing for my books and I'm going to take it. | Source

Indie Writer Marketing

From Olivia: “What is the best advice you have for an indie writer trying to sell self-published books? It’s a jungle out there, and the one book I have written has gone nowhere. What should I do to kick-start my career?”

My advice for you, Olivia, can be summed up in two words: keep writing!

I believe in quality writing, Olivia. I have not read your book, so I don’t know anything about its quality, but that’s always the first thing I say when this question is asked. You have to treat writing like the craft it is. Junk may sell once, but it will never sell again. Quality will continually sell over the long run, but it’s important to internalize the “long run.” Writing is not a get-rich gig where you write one book and then retire on its earnings. That only happens a handful of times in the real world. For every Harper Lee out there, there are ten million Harper Lee wannabes in any given year.

And then we move to marketing . . .and that’s its own bag of worms. You can market online through social media, you can follow any number of guerilla-marketing strategies, and then you evaluate to see what is working and what isn’t . . . then you adjust and move forward.

I’ve been doing this now for eight years and I’m just starting to realize some decent income from my books . . . and I have fifteen books at last count.

So . . . keep writing!

AND KEEP COMING BACK!

Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be back next week with another Mailbag. Lori also asked for a different photo, maybe one of me at my desk writing . . . patience, Lori, it just might happen one of these days.

Have a safe 4th and a great week of living! Remember to support other writers. We need each other, and the love you take is equal to the love you make.

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 2 weeks ago from New York, New York

      Happy 4th Bill and will be hanging out through Wednesday with my gang as my husband has off all three days this week and only has to work Tuesday and Friday. Then, we leave for Disney on Saturday. So also a shortened work week for me, as well with vacation in my clear view now. But still just had to stop in to wish you a Happy Monday and almost 4th while I am still not he grid right about now ;)

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      Ann Carr 2 weeks ago from SW England

      More interesting interaction this Monday afternoon! It's like sitting down to a room full of friends and bouncing ideas around.

      I remember reading a hub of Bev's a few years ago and I thought her writing was really good. I understand the time thing but I'm sure a children's book by her would be excellent.

      Happy 4th July to you; means nothing here of course! I do think sometimes that England should have an independence day; we cow-tow to so many others, I'm fed up with it. Stop moaning Ann, it does you no good!

      Have a great day, bill, full of marvellous musing!

      Ann :)

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      Buildreps 2 weeks ago from Europe

      Interesting as always, Bill. I am so very busy last weeks, I don't have much time left for reading on HP unfortunately. I'm always happy to see your mailbags and to read them. It's like an old friend every week. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very kind of you, Buildreps, and I appreciate it. Peace be with you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I do understand. We are busy here, as well, trying to make everyone feel included. It's a bit exhausting, quite frankly.

      So I'll simply say Happy Monday and thanks....stiff upper lip and all that. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Janine, Happy 4th to you, and have a safe and wonderful 4th of July,my friend. Thank you!

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 weeks ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Glad to see you still fighting the good fight - encouraging fellow hubbers! Happy 4th!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kathleen! Happy 4th to you. This is my home away from home, money or no money. But if my friends ever leave here, I'll be gone in a New York minute. :)

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      Melissa Propp 2 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I hope you have a fantastic 4th of July as well! In regards to the niche sites, I didn't even realize there was a "letter pile" niche site, guess I will have to check that out...on the hp payment side, I finally hit the $50! I didn't mean to imply that I hadn't gotten paid for 3 years, its actually been almost 2 years (which isn't much better, but again I haven't added any new articles in over 3 yrs so not surprising).

      Till next week!

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      Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill. Like Melissa, I did not know that there is a "letter pile" niche. I must look that up. Is there some EASY place where one can find out the names of all of the Hubs niches and what topics they contain?

      I have read a few of Bev's hubs a long time ago--yes she is a very good writer, and I hope that she finds the time (and courage) to finish that children's book. With her love of children and delightful personality I know it would be sweet.

      Blessings to you. I hope you have a happy and safe holiday.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Blessings to you, Linda, and thanks for the kind words about Bev. The 4th is just another workday for me. Bev too come to think of it. The only thing different will be the noise in the neighborhood, which I hope is not too loud and too late.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Melissa, that is one long time to wait for a payday. My payments are diminishing so fast, pretty soon they won't exist. Oh well, easy come, easy go.

      Happy 4th my friend!

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      Denise McGill 2 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Happy 4th right back at ya. Stay safe. The fireworks have already been going off for the past 3 days in my area. Dangerous I say, but no one listens. Great mailbag today. Thanks for all your dedication to the future of quality writing.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Venkatachari M 2 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is another great mailbag with many interesting questions.

      I think that some of these mailbags are considered worthy to be highlighted, as perceived by the HP team based on the quality of questions answered and content, and they must be pushing them into niche sites. This is only my assumption.

      Thanks for sharing all this good advice through your answers above. Wish you a great Independence Day celebration Holidays.

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      William Kovacic 2 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks again, Mr. Holland, for another great mailbag - your teaching days aren't over yet.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Thanks for answering my question. I was just trying to get another person's perspective on why similar articles aren't selected for niche sites when they are similar and by the same author. Sometimes it seems like content, but at other times it seems like a traffic thing. Don't know. Have a happy Fourth! Congratulations on year number four!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      What a great mailbag full of questions to start off your fourth year. A happy and safe 4th of July holiday to you.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 weeks ago from Hollister, MO

      I'm with Bev, as you know, in that I 'don't read dark' - same reason! Interesting to hear you write about it... Great mailbag, again... must be the writer!! ;-) Have a Happy 4th of July!... and all that entails! ;-)

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      MizBejabbers 2 weeks ago

      Just stopping in to say hi, Bill. I'm just sitting here in shock because I turned in my resignation today. I had no idea it would be so painful although I'm looking forward to it. Anyway, good mailbag and a happy 4th you and Bev.

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      breakfastpop 2 weeks ago

      You and I are on the same page when it comes to niche sites. If HP wants to put my articles on a site, fine. If they want me to change stuff so that they will put my articles on a niche site, not fine!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      perfectly stated, Pop! I don't much care where my articles end up, and I'm not into jumping through hoops no matter the outcome. I'm a writer, plain and simple. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, been there, done that, and I understand. There is great excitement in doing that, but there is also the feeling of cutting off an arm and wondering what life will be like without that appendage. Best wishes to you, and a Happy 4th to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy 4th to you, Bill! As for dark, I completely understand. But I gotta go where the muse takes me. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      I see it's no holiday weekend for the Mailbag! :)

      Re: Letterpile and HP Network Sites. I'm like you. I post and leave it alone. If HP wants to showcase it on a network site, fine with me. If not, I don't care.

      Re: HP Payments. You're right. It is a Google and search issue. The HP and similar type models are becoming outmoded, and will continue to do so unless they find a way to swim in the new search engine pool. I'm guessing that's why they've shifted to these new network sites which are much more focused and organized. But that will take time. And, of course, even that strategy could suffer the same fate.

      (BTW, on a related note, have you seen the news that Google is now scrutinizing guest blog posting. It's a big deal in the search engine world.)

      Re: Disclaimers. Yes, even fiction needs disclaimers as you've noted! Do see an attorney (one that specializes in media and intellectual property) to develop a disclaimer that's tailored for the particular genre or topic.

      Re: Indies. Yep, keep on writing. Keep on marketing.

      Hope you're at least taking some time to "chill and grill" for the 4th! Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, a happy and safe 4th to you as well, my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I really don't have a clue, Flourish! It makes no sense to me. There isn't much to distinguish one mailbag from another, so it seems strange.

      Happy 4th my friend, and thanks for the question.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill, and Happy 4th to you. Once a teacher always a teacher. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. Your explanation about the niche sites is as good as any I can think of. I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise. I admit, I loved fireworks as a kid. Now, not so much! LOL But Happy 4th to you nonetheless!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, thanks as always for your expertise. As for chill and grill, I'm afraid not. Bev works tomorrow, as do I and my son. I'm afraid it's just another Tuesday. But I wish you a wonderful 4th.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 2 weeks ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      True, there aren't any hard and fast rules to plugging your book(s) on the market. It's like trying to sell art, and not everyone thinks the same about Constable, Da Vinci, Hockney, Michelangelo or Turner. If you've got the story-telling technique of Deighton, Forsyth, London or Twain so much the better. We all have our own way to tell a story, and whether you use Twitter, Facebook or go out to the multitudes and personally sell every book that's been printed, it's still a lottery.

      Initially I buy ten copies of my own books each print, seven I sell personally to people I know, three I give to family, each one dedicated, signed and dated. What they do with them after that is their business. I saw on my Author Page on the US Amazon site that someone's put a copy on sale @ $31. Maybe it's a signed and dated copy, I don't know, but my book going on sale at that price, in my lifetime?

      My books all have 'dark' parts, with nightmare sequences (my man Ivar drinks too much and eats too little!), and when he's not got his nose in a beaker of ale in a dark hall, he's busy carving up Normans. The books also have 'lighter' parts, with laughter and joking in the mead hall. Yer pays yer money....

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      Lori Colbo 2 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for asking my tiriva questions and I'm glad they gave you a good chuckle. Great installment as always. I will check the videos out when I can get sound again.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Happy July 4th from me too! It's just another day in the Caribbean. Anyway, while working out is good Bill, the important thing I hear is to keep moving and I guess your farming helps with that. Do whatever helps to keep your mind alert, because I'd like for you to be writing on the mailbag --and elsewhere for a long time.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      You've broken the mold with "The Writer's Mailbag". I've been here 7 years and you're the first expert on writing that has offered to help fellow writers. What a treasure you are!

      You give so much, not only with your amazing answers, but the personal time you so generously give in creating this helpful hub.

      I love your humor. I love your lightness. Just like a delicious recipe you mix the ingredients in such a way that you leave us wanting more.

      Can't wait for the next mail run.

      Happy 4th to you and Bev.

      Audrey

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Have a great 4th July, Bill. It is my eldest son and his wife's anniversary so we are going to visit and help celebrate. Lawrence's question about getting free promotion from sites like Nuime is a good one. Another site that promotes all contributions eg. Short fiction and poetry on Twitter is called Scriggler. I have never heard it mentioned here on HubPages but I occasionally submit items there and see them automatically appear on Twitter.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John, and I hope you have a great celebration day of your own. As for Scriggler, I've never heard of it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very sweet, Audrey! I'm just doing what I was raised to do. Community and friends support each other . . . it's as simple as that.

      love, and Happy 4th to you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! The 4th is just another workday for me, writing with explosions as background noise. LOL Staying in shape is now work . . . it used to be so easy. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori! The questions were a nice change of pace, and quite fun to answer. Happy 4th,my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, thanks for sharing all that. Great points! You and I do practically the same thing with new books. Even the number is the same. As for dark, I have to go where the muse takes me. I can live without Bev reading any of them. I know she supports me nonetheless.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 weeks ago

      Using writing sites like Niume as a free marketing tool is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      Brian Leekley 2 weeks ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I remember in recent years reading something Bev wrote and being very favorably impressed. I've forgotten the circumstances.

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      Karen Hellier 2 weeks ago from Georgia

      I love your mailbag series Bill, and find the questions and answers quite helpful. Thanks for always being willing to share your expertise and heart with us!

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      mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Happy Fourth, ammm, fifth of July. Great questions and great answers. Work-out, ha, that's a good one. Now, that DNA is something to brag about. (Unless, you weighed 280 in college. A little joke.)

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      Tamara Yancosky 2 weeks ago from No Idea Where

      Thank you for answering all these questions and I am becoming more knowledgeable about Hubpages because of them! How do we submit questions? (I gather they should be Hub-Related, and not, let's say, about our pet hamster, or "Why is KIX cereal more apt to not get soggy in milk, wheras Cocoa Pops tends to get a bit soggier much faster?")...

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Tamara, I'm laughing again. I can answer about the cereal if you want, but it would be nice to keep it related to writing. Just ask your question in the comments or you can email me at holland1145@yahoo.com

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 2 weeks ago from India

      Glad to read this wonderful hub. It is interesting and informative . Really enjoyed it. Have a good day.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debangee! You have a wonderful day too!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy 6th, Mike, and no, I weighed 155 in college, but I loved the joke. Thanks buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian! I'll tell her that.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree, Swalia! Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Karen, but thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The photo of Bev is lovely, Bill. I hope she does eventually finish her book. I also hope that you continue to write mailbag hubs for a long time to come!

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      DREAM ON 2 weeks ago

      I didn't realize it was the Fourth Of July. I thought it was all the hubbers getting together celebrating another mailbag. Either way the fireworks were great. I thought this was a great way to share the wonderful world of Bill Holland. Why it could be both celebrations together. Now every Fourth Of July we light up the sky the way you light up the minds of writers everywhere. So many questions to ask and so little time. Do you remember the old saying this is your dime???Well I am playing catch up and I see you are on a roll. Here is one big thank you for all your hard work and for cutting through all the b.s. and red tape. I am still all tangled up from trying to do it myself. My wife tells me why didn't you just listen to Bill. Silly how sometimes we have to learn the hard way. I thought it was time to so my appreciation in a unique way. I found a little humor takes away some of your stress that writers get from writing so much and all the deadlines that must put some pressure on you. Have a stress free night.

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      Nadine May 2 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Interesting question you get Billy. Ha Ha I should start a "from the publisher's desk mailbag"...The questions and emails we sometimes get are an eye opener what people think publishers do or earn. Making monay from hubpage articles! Who does I wonder? For me, my article writing falls under the marketing genre. First off all the topic I write about has to do with my books and secondly the images I create for them are often also used on other P.O.D products that earns me royalties. ( far more that writing does)

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Nadine. For me,HP is just community and practicing my craft. If I had joined this site for the money I would need to be put in a padded cell for my own protection. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I will tell Bev you said so.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, your wife is a very wise person! LOL Seriously, thank you! I'm just giving back. I assume we all want to do that when we can, or at least I would hope we all do. I'm all about love and community, my friend.

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      Larry Rankin 13 days ago from Oklahoma

      Always interesting:-)

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      Devika Primić 12 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas and you share what you know best.

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      Tamara Yancosky 12 days ago from No Idea Where

      LOL! I liked your answer to Flourish's question. I have been wondering this same thing on how HP chooses; now I know I'm not alone.

      I'm sort of surprised on the writings of mine that they do choose for a stand-out site, and yet, the ones that they do not...lol.

      (And, I also just let them choose for me, especially since the last time, when they wrote me an email, showing the minute changes they made to my Hub, such as making "Of" into "of", etc..and then told me to, now, submit it since it was ready for Letterpile, I submitted it, waited 3 weeks, and finally emailed them, telling them that I did exactly as told. Their answer: No, sorry; it does not qualify. (LOL...what the heck!... haha).

      Yet, they grabbed another writing that I wrote out in 5 min. time, while still half-asleep, that I didn't think would even get Featured, let alone go to a special site. And, lo and behold, it was that exact one that they dashed on over to The Letterpile! ha ha...ya.

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      Bill Holland 11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Tamara, the day you figure HP out, please let me know. I'm still looking for the answer to their daily riddles. :) I'm glad you see the humor in it all.

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      Bill Holland 11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! Always a pleasure, my friend.

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