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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 179

Updated on December 4, 2017

Happy December to You

One month away from 2018!

As I write this, twenty days away from the shortest day of the year.

A little over four months from Income Tax Day.

One month away from my anniversary here on HubPages . . . seven years and still kicking up dust here on this site.

Time marches on! Trite, for sure, but also true.

I love HubPages, the community. I most likely wouldn’t be a writer today if it were not for HP.

And so I thank you, the HP community, for your support, your friendship, and your love.

Let’s do this!

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

Quotation Marks or No Quotation Marks

From Eric: “Bill I did a piece recently about a Man talking to a Boy. I chose to have the boy speak in quotation marks and the man not. OK?”

Eric, the grammar gods would be violently shaking their heads in response to your question. My old elementary teacher Sister Mary Agnes would slap the back of your hand with a ruler for doing such a blasphemous thing.

Me, I say go for it!

Yes, it is poor grammar, but there are times when poor grammar works just fine. I would imagine some people will complain about it but, if you are consistent throughout, I see no harm in it and actually see some benefit to it. At least you are making it easy for readers to identify when the boy is speaking.

Yes, there are rules in grammar, but unlike a tombstone they are not etched in stone. Sister Mary Agnes is dead now, so there’s nobody standing by with a ruler. Relax and do your thing.

One final note: my advice is based on you self-publishing. If you are trying to find a publisher, breaking grammar rules is not the way to go about it.

Where’s the Money?

From Paul: “Does anyone make any money here on HP? I’ve been writing articles for over a year and haven’t seen a penny yet. How much longer am I expected to wait?”

As my grandma was fond of saying, Paul, you’ll wait until the cows come home, whenever that is.

Yes, people make money here. It depends on so many factors I can’t go into it here at this time but yes, there is money made. Mine has fluctuated over the years, from three figures per month to nothing per month, but I do, on average, make money monthly.

My best advice: read the guidelines, keep writing, and be prepared to wait for those damned cows. Sometimes they don’t move too quickly.

Do you make money on HP?
Do you make money on HP? | Source

First, Second, and Third Person Point of View

From Mary: “Maybe you’ve mentioned this before, but is it okay to mix points of view in one story or book, flopping back and forth between first and third person? I’m not sure what that would look like or if it would be too confusing.”

Mary, I refer back to my comment to Eric . . . the grammar gods aren’t looking right now, so do anything you want to do.

Yes, you may go back and forth with points of view. I’ve done it in several novels of mine, and I don’t believe it is confusing at all. I do believe you should wait until a chapter break to do it, to avoid any possible confusion. As for second person, that’s a weird one. Using pronouns “you” and “yours” is pretty clumsy, and I really only see it being used, in a novel, in maybe a dream sequence or something like that.

And by the way, I’ve seen quite a few famous novelists switch back and forth between first and third, so it is done and it is done with success.

Logo File

From Shannon: “What exactly is a logo file?”

Shannon, congratulations, you stumped me. I had no idea what a logo file was, or is, or will be. Zero, as in zilch, nada, clueless . . . well, you get the picture. I went to look it up and found very little information about it. What I did find suggested it had to do with graphics for logos, but I read further about it and still didn’t understand it. Regarding technology, and apps, and the like, I’m pretty clueless. Bev usually installs stuff online for me because I always manage to screw it up. Perhaps someone will enlighten us all in the comment section because, once again, I am clueless.

I’m really sorry, but any answer I would give would be complete guesswork on my part. Readers? Anyone?

Historical Fiction

From Prabock: “I’ve been following along with your short story chapters ‘Letters From War,’ and I find them to be fascinating. They also remind me of a question I don’t know the answer of: what exactly is historical fiction? Can a writer alter history in a historical fiction? How much leeway does a writer have when writing about events from the past?”

Prabock, this is actually a first for this question, so congratulations.

The definition of historical fiction, from our friends at Wikipedia: An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the period depicted.

Now, this is just my opinion, but I think others will support me on this, but in historical fiction, history cannot be changed. If you change history, say Lincoln surviving Ford’s Theater, then it becomes strictly fiction, or fantasy . . . historical fiction must stay true to the actual events of history.

I can insert anyone I want into any historical moment; they can walk around talking to historical figures, but history itself cannot be altered in a historical fiction.

As a former history teacher I love historical fiction. It gives me a chance to revisit some of my favorite historical moments and actually “be a part of them,” if that makes any sense.

Actual events, like this street fair, cannot be changed in historical fiction.
Actual events, like this street fair, cannot be changed in historical fiction. | Source

No More Questions, No More Babbling for Today

I can only do what I can only do. That was all of the questions for this week so let’s not drag this on. Thanks to those who asked questions. If you have a question of your own, either include it in the comment section below, or send me an email at holland1145@yahoo.com.

Twenty more shopping days until Christmas! Please, don’t spend too much money on my gift.

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great comment, Lawrence. Thanks for adding to the discussion about historical fiction. I appreciate it as I'm sure the others do.

      Have a great weekend, my friend!

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Congratulations on making seven years here, and a couple of thousand articles, all of which are a delight to read.

      I think that's one of the keys here on HP, infact with writing in general, write quality, but as we're self publishing, there's also going to need to be quantity, simply so that we can get our writing into people's hands!

      You're spot on with the historical fiction, but you can also use a historical character, and build they story around them, as if they're telling the story.

      Bernard Cornwell does this with his novels of Saxon England, his character does all the work, but all the while, the story of why he's written out of the official history is part of the novel (King Alfred needs him, but hates him as well!)

      Great material here.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What a treasure chest of a comment, Anusha! Thank you so much. I love your comment about HP....all very true, I might add.

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      Anusha Jain 

      8 months ago from Delhi, India

      A lot to learn here, like always.

      No ruler indeed. But Grammar is a very funny thing, or so do I allow myself to think. A few grammatical mistakes are sometimes fine, and there are others which will cause noses to wrinkle. Now the number of noses and number of wrinkles is dependent upon so many things, and this is what in my opinion makes Grammar funny. How much of a Grammar snob the nose owner is, how much of the correct usage would smell divine, what percentage of claimed correct grammar knowledge does s/he possesses in reality, and so on and so forth.

      About the money, I would like to add something very important. Most of the money made on the HubPages would be via the organic traffic. So, "the more you write, the more you earn" is as much a mythical concept as "the better you write, the more you earn". Quality and quantity both might not grab money or generate views. And although there are no guarantees of success, best bid would be to research for topics, keywords which are searched for, and attempt to generate content which people could come looking for. Sometimes I write stuff which targets money, sometimes, not so much. Connecting with other authors brings a different genre of wealth, but not everyone will or can or must value it.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan and it is nice to see you once again.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      As usual interesting questions and useful answers. I've missed reading this mailbag. Glad you have kept it going. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Joy, if your manuscript is on a Word Doc then there shouldn't be a problem. The answer/solution will be shared this Monday in the next Mailbag, and Happy Holidays to you.

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      Joy 

      8 months ago

      I'm formatting my first book for CreateSpace and having a difficult time with it. I'm told that 6X9 is the best size for a novel, but none of the word processing programs I've tried have that size, nor do any of them have a custom size that works. I have finally resorted to Word Online. It has the custom size, but appears to lack the full editing functions of Word or Open Office.

      BTW all my sources are free versions. Maybe that's the problem. I'm hoping to make enough money from this book and a couple of others to upgrade my software.

      I'm considering paying to have it formatted just to get it done. The final option is to go with CreateSpace's template, but I am not sure what form the original must be in to use that. Any suggestions from you or your readers would be welcome. Happy Holidays.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an interesting approach, Tim. Thanks for the question. I'll cover it on Monday!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      8 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Another great Mailbag Bill. In the long distant past I showed a difference in characters speaking using quotations, yet used italics to show difference. Is that a no-no too?

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, I would be amazed if the ruler is still used, but man alive,it sure got my attention back in the day. LOL Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know what else to do, Dora. Besides, I love it, pay or no pay. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa! You are appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does for sure, Bill! Thank you for seven years of friendship.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Always something to chuckle about here on the Mailbag. I'm intrigued by those who think making money on HubPages is an instant option. I've been here 8 years and I'm finally seeing a small revenue stream on a regular basis. Not enough to quit my day job, lol. It does take a good bit of patience and consistent writing. You set a great example.

      Also your answer on quotation marks is interesting. My hubby often spoke of his school days with Sister and her ruler. I wonder if they can still teach using that method.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting questions this week. As for the one about making money of HubPages, you give the best advice: keep writing!

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      Alyssa 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      Excellent installment this week! Thank you, Bill!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another excellent installment of the mailbag. I started shortly after you did here at HP so I am also coming up on seven years, my how the time flies. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, those kinds of temperatures just don't register with my brain. LOL Loved your Facebook video. I was laughing right along with your co-workers. :) No way could I even catch a snail with that net.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Manatita!

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      Mary Wickison 

      8 months ago from Brazil

      I too am so thankful for Hubpages and the community here. Without the support, I wouldn't have carried on writing.

      I now see the potential of becoming a digital nomad.

      Although historical fiction isn't my favorite genre, my husband loves it. Wilbur Smith is one of his favorite authors.

      It's a 91°F (33°C) down here in the tropics, so I'm staying inside until it cools down a bit.

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      Ah, Shannon.

      I hope that she is doing well. Extend my Love. Peace.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Devika! I appreciate those kind words.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure it is, Rasma! Shortest day of the year, the 21st, and I need that day to get her quickly.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! We always get money back for Income Tax, so I kind of like it. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I use those all the time, but it's a great question for the Mailbag, so I'll answer more next week. As for November, gone in the Memory Bank for safe keeping. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! I heard back from Shannon and she wrote the wrong thing...it wasn't even a logo file she meant. LOL

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      Devika Primić 

      8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Another well finished Mailbag! It has been a great year of learning from your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Verlie, and welcome to the Mail Room.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for weighing in, Bill! I always feel better when experience agrees with me.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I always love your comments, so thank you! Yes on grammar. Traditional publishers are not usually swayed by the "creative" styles of grammar.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, consistency is one of my hallmarks, so thank you for saying that...as for the information, my readers share every bit as much as I do.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna! I always smile at your comments. You pay close attention to the articles and always show an understanding and appreciation.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nikki, best wishes on that shopping. :) My favorite part is watching everyone open their presents....early Merry Christmas to you and your hubby!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I appreciate it and understand. Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kari, I'm a mess with apps and tech stuff. Teaching old dogs new tricks does not work with me, I'm afraid.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not just bad, Nell, butt appallingly bad! LOL That cracked me up.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good point, Mike! And yes, pretty funny, HP and money in the same sentence. I no longer even check my earnings to see how I'm doing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for another informative mailbag. I have a feeling that December is going to just fly by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      December is an exciting month, but I don't want to think about Income Tax Day yet! There's always something interesting to read in your mailbag articles. Thanks for this edition. 179 installments is impressive.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      8 months ago

      Really good question from Prabock today, Bill. I'm glad he's interested in that subject. About quotation marks, since I was born, went to school in, and learned about punctuation in the Dark Ages, I would like to point out that I never see split quotations anymore. Sometimes I like to use them and will continue to do so myself, but am I alone? Do you ever see anyone use split quotations in their writing anymore? For example: It's a lovely day," Jim said, "but I would like for it to rain on my garden." (See, I watched the video, and I did punctuate the sentence as I was taught.) This isn't a good example, but as I say, I sometimes find a need for them. Have a good day, friend Bill. Where did November go?

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      I can only stick my neck out here. A logo file is perhaps a file which tells how to make logos and their importance to the company; or a file with different logos to choose from.

      The logo itself is the necessary brand or company identity, like the Nike swoosh -- that curve on their shoes and clothing - that make it stand out. Logos are essential to the well-being of the company, like that of British Airways or American Airlines.

      Another short but great mailbag. Lots of good will and the Spirit of Peace coming your way.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      Cheers Bill, I like your free spirited approach. Thank you.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      8 months ago from Hollister, MO

      I appreciated your comments on historical fiction, of course. I have so enjoyed writing many, many stories, and a few novels, in the very mode you suggested!! ;-)

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      Heidi Thorne 

      8 months ago from Chicago Area

      The Mailbag is brimming today!

      Re: To Quote Mark or Not to Quote Mark? The only rule worth following is whether it helps the reader understand the passage. If so, use it. But I would agree that if you are hoping to be traditionally published, follow the accepted rules. Frankly, I would find it confusing without the quote marks.

      Re: Logos. Coming from the promotional products industry, I'm all too aware of logo issues! Wrote a whole post here on HP on it titled, "Key Elements of a Great Corporate Logo." Everything you wanted to know (or not). Briefly, though, you want your logo designer to provide you with a full set of vector and web-ready files (.ai, .eps, .jpg, .png) in black and white and color (CMYK for print and RGB for web).

      Re: Show Us the Money. Honestly, I've been seeing better revenues since HP organized into the network sites. I know this money question comes up frequently in the Mailbag. I wonder what the expectations are? Hundreds? Thousands? Good luck making either on HP or even your own self-hosted blog these days. HP is not an employer, but an entrepreneurial opportunity. Okay, rant over.

      Happy First Week of December!

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      Jo Miller 

      8 months ago from Tennessee

      I really like all of the information you share with us each week, but also like the consistency of your being here each week, right on time, never miss a week.

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      Genna East 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Yes, there are rules in grammar, but unlike a tombstone they are not etched in stone." Bill, I could nominate you for president for this gem. :-) It is so true. There are times when we shouldn't sacrifice style for the sake of grammar. It isn't easy as there are certain rules that are sacrosanct -- and we may have to, on occasion, do battle with our editors -- but that's part of the fun of the challenge. Great hub, my friend.

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      Nikki Khan 

      8 months ago from London

      Thanks for another amazing episode of Mailbag Bill,,I have started Christmas shopping too,,loads to buy,,always forget some at the end.

      And yes,I do add up many things online,,not a good surprise for my hubby though.

      Overall I love doing Christmas shopping and getting things cheaper on Black Friday sale.

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I haven't been as active here as I'd like recently due to a number of things so just letting you know I am still reading when I can. A short but sweet mailbag and I wish you and yours a happy Christmas if I don't talk to you before.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      Bill, Thank you for the informative Mailbag. I had to chuckle when you said your wife usually adds stuff online. It reminded me of myself. :)

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      Nell Rose 

      8 months ago from England

      Talking about quotation marks, I remember reading a book a few years ago that was supposed to be 'modern and blah blah...' in other words it had no quotation marks, exclamations, question marks and so on. It was Australian, can't remember the author, and it won all the prizes, booker etc, and it was appallingly bad! lol! but it was elite enough to be different!! LOL!

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      mckbirdbks 

      8 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - your readers crack me up - imagine using HP and money in the same conversation. ha

      As for those pesky grammar police, grammar is for the reader's use. It is tough enough to keep a reader interested without messing with the road signs. I agree 'do what you want as a writer' but there is a cost. Not long ago I turned the page to a Chapter two: two people were talking, no introduction, no idea where they were - just no idea. It did not make me curious, it made me stop reading.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks William...in that case, it is either considered fiction or fantasy.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No,Frank, Eric was just talking about using quotation marks for one character in the story but not for the other one.

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      William Kovacic 

      8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Glad to see another Monday and the mailbag. Not that I'd ever want to do it, I don't think it would make a good story at all, but if I wrote a story about Lincoln surviving the gunshot - is that just unacceptable, or is something like that considered something other than historical fiction. Just a thought question. Thanks for another great mailbag!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 months ago from Shelton

      Happy Monday.. The quotation symbolizes conversations in stories.. am I right? Or was Eric asking about it in general.. just curious on why you said go for it... :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you make me chuckle....do it with panache? I'll try, my friend.

      Happy Monday to you, and thanks as always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are in a gray area now, Emese. I'll touch more on it in next week's Mailbag but you have a right to be a bit confused by it all.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing, Kristen. I'm very happy to hear a payout is in your near future.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for always being here, Venkatachari M.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 months ago from SW England

      I'm already panicking about Christmas shopping, bill, and now you've made it worse!

      Seriously, I'm pretty organised this year which is probably a first.

      Great mailbag, as ever. I think it's refreshing for some writers to come up with different presentations regarding speech marks etc, even though I'm usually purist about it all. The trick is to do it with style and not make things confusing - we can get away with most things if we do it with panache and conviction!

      Mailbag Mondays are magnificent! Here's more power to your elbow, bill!

      Ann

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      Emese Fromm 

      8 months ago from The Desert

      Good morning, Bill. Thank you for another great mailbag.

      I actually have a question about historical fiction, since it came up. Would a novel that is totally fictional, but uses some historical facts, only as background, qualify as historical fiction? The way I see it, the lines are so blurred, it is hard to qualify most works of fiction. Thanks so much, and have a great week.

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      Kristen Howe 

      8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great mailbag Bill as always. Paul needs to learn patience and share his hubs. My earnings have increased slightly on the upswing last month, due to my niched hubs lately. I might make payout real soon. But we do learn a lot from your hubs every week.

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      Venkatachari M 

      8 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very entertaining mailbag with some new questions the answers for which I would also like to know like that Logo File one.

      The first person and the third person shifting is being asked by many of us and it's a kind of revision.

      Eric's question is very interesting and your answer reminding that teacher with a ruler is entertaining. I enjoyed reading it.

      Historical fiction is also a good point to be discussed.

      Thanks for this nice mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No sweat, Shannon. I learned something new and that can never be a bad thing, right?

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the confirmation, Mary! It's always nice to have you join us on a Monday morning. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      McKenna, good morning! I'm glad you are enjoying the holidays....have a special time of year, my friend.

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      Shannon Henry 

      8 months ago from Texas

      Oh my god, Bill! I thought I checked and rechecked before I sent that question. Stupid auto-correct fought me hard on it. That's because it's not a logo file; it's a kobo file.

      All I managed to learn is that Kobo is a Canadian eBook store, maybe a regular bookstore. Not sure yet. I just know that authors can send e-books with that file and it is compatible with Kindle. Beyond that, I don't know much about it and, from an author's perspective, I was very curious. You know, you see how books are available in so many different formats these days. Hard to figure out advantages and cons to various programs without knowing what all is out there.

      So sorry! Didn't mean to waste your time. :(

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love historical fiction and I agree with you Bill that you can't really change events but you can weave people around it or present it with a different perspective. I always enjoy the creative approach writers do and that's how they make the events more interesting.

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      McKenna Meyers 

      8 months ago from Bend, OR

      Reading the Mailbag on Monday mornings is always comforting and inspiring. I wish I had read it before the other news of the day that always puts me in a sour mood. I'm done with all my Christmas shopping, and now we're decorating the house. When I was teaching and the boys were young, the holidays were always so crazy busy, exhausting, and not much fun for me. Now I just keep it calm and enjoy all the little things that make this time of year special. Have a great week, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      32 here this morning, Melissa! There's something seriously messed up when we are colder than you guys. Well thanks for spending part of your Monday with me. I appreciate it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Anniversary, Sally! It's been a good five years of friendship and I appreciate you very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, it's a pleasure sharing coffee with you this Monday morning. You climb out of bed looking very good, I might add. :) Thanks in advance for that gift. I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed last year's gift. wink wink

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      Melissa Propp 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! 20 days till Christmas?! Do you know that as I type this it is 57 degrees outside? IN MINNESOTA! Well, fear not, it is short-lived and by tomorrow we are suppose to be back in your typical "winter weather" with a snow storm and everything...I can't rely on the weather to be consistent but at least I always know my mailbag will be waiting to be read on Monday morning!

      Have a productive and prosperous rest of the week!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      8 months ago from Norfolk

      I love this HubPages community too Billy:) Today is my five year anniversary and that in itself must surely be worth celebrating! I love how this community helps you with the answers when you don't have the answer, namely Janine this time:)

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, it's frightfully cold this morning, but it's Monday and I knew there would be a mailbag. I actually climbed out of my nice cozy bed so that I could make that first cup of coffee and "listen" to you. Now, if that isn't friendship, I don't know what is.

      Tax day, New Years, Christmas. It seems that the days and years are flying by. (I guess you pick up speed once you head down the other side of the hill).

      Don't worry about your gift; it will be the same thing I gave you last year {{wink}}.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I suspect, Janine, that's exactly what she was referring to. Thanks so much for answering. I knew I could count on you. Happy Monday dear friend.

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 months ago from New York, New York

      As always, Mondays wouldn't be complete without your Writer's Mailbox (at least for me). I have seriously grown to just love this series and look forward to it to start my week off right. As for the one question about Logo Files, I can say if I think it is what the writer here is asking it is a file designed usually in Photoshop to be a person or company's own personal logo. It can be used on websites, t-shirts and more. The file itself is usually saved in PSD (meaning it can be edited), as well as PNG (transparent or clear background) and/or JPEG (with a white background) to be used again by a person and/or company. Hope that helps some, but sorry for the tech language as that is how I know logo files as a designer. Happy Monday now, Bill :)

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