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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 193

Updated on March 13, 2018

Glorious Spring

It is Friday, March 9th as I write this, and we are forecast to have temperatures in the 60’s this weekend. Praise be to the gods for small miracles.

I have two more things to finish this morning and then I’m going out and work in the yard. I have some painting to do, which just happens to be one of my favorite chores. I don’t know what there is about painting that I love so much . . . well, it is a solitary chore, perfect for this introvert . . . it allows me to play inside my head while I work . . . perfect for this introvert . . . and it allows my muse to romp about while I work . . . perfect for this introverted writer.

So it’s all good in my world!

How about you? Are there any chores you enjoy doing?

While you ponder that question I’ll get to answering these questions.

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First, Second, Third

From Tim: “I appreciate the advice on mixing 'person' with writing. I remember reading back awhile about it in your Mailbag. Do you think that question applies more to fiction than informational? I confess that is something I don't pay attention to and realize I should. I imagine those QAP readers do pay attention.”

Tim, thanks for the question about POV, or Point of View. I’m not sure there is a set of rules about which to use for a particular form of writing. I know first and third are the most common. I know that first person is a more “personal” way of writing, allowing the author to express opinions and viewpoints and reactions more freely, while third person is reserved for more “factual” and “informational” writing, but there is no rule which says you can’t use one or the others when writing a travelogue about Greece or an informational piece about howler monkeys.

Second person is rarely used in articles. When you do see it you see it as a detached informational approach, like naming the steps in building something i.e. you first cut the wood, then you screw it together, and then you paint it.

What should be avoided, in most cases, is mixing the different points of view together. It is usually a good idea not to jump between 1st and 3rd while writing an article or a novel. It confuses the reader and that should never be our goal as writers. If you do switch POV’s you better have a darned good reason for doing it.

Having said that, I’ve done exactly that on several of my novels, so maybe you shouldn’t pay any attention to what I say. LOL

Byline Importance

From Mary: “I don't know if this has been asked before but why is a byline in a publish article given more credibility than an online byline? (Stop laughing), I'm not referring to a flaky personal blog but an online site with clout.”

Interesting question, Mary! I can only toss out a guess here, but I think there is this weird reverse prejudice against online publications. Weird because online publications make up a sizeable chunk of the publication world now, but for some reason people still give more credence and weight to something traditionally published, like if they can hold it then it must be more important. Ridiculous, of course, because there are some seriously good online publications.

Just an odd side note, but something I have noticed: traditional publishers, in my experience, are less approachable and more snobbish than online publishers. Please note I said “in my experience.” Maybe in some weird way that ties in with what you are asking.

Hp Raising Standards a Help?

Again From Mary: “With HP raising its standards, do you feel that having articles on their niche sites will, in time, give authors a portfolio that will give them leverage in the traditionally published arena?”

This is a tough one, Mary! For years now I have believed that traditional publishers consider HP to be a joke, or at the very most an annoying playground for semi-serious writers; I’m starting to believe that HP may be rising in stature in the eyes of publishers. I have no proof of that. It is simply a gut feeling. I think the recent purchase of HP, and the niche sites, help HP to gain credibility. I also think they have a long way to go before traditional publishers will scour the HP niche sites looking for the next John Steinbeck.

Bottom line on this question: the publishing world is in a constant state of flux these days. Online publishing and self-publishing have really tossed a wrench into the whole system, and publishers of every type are scrambling to find the perfect formula which will maximize profits and maintain credibility. It’s an interesting battle to watch.

You can use second person in describing how to build something
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Print Magazines, a Thing of the Past?

One More From Mary: “One last question, do you think that traditionally published print magazines are a thing of the past, much as we are seeing independent movies, recording artists, and self published authors succeeding in a once closed system?”

No, Mary, I don’t. I think things have stabilized in the publishing business. Statistics will bear that out, by the way. Online publishing is not going away, but it seems to have topped out with regards to market share. I think there is a core group of people who just prefer to hold a book or magazine while reading it. Will that core change in a decade or two? Probably, and that change will most likely change the statistics, but I can’t envision a time when traditional magazines are no more.

Maybe that’s more wishing than realistic!

PERIODICALS

From Dan: “Hi Bill, I’m Curious to know if you might know where I’d look to do content writing for the magazines that airlines, hospitals, etc. use?”

Dan, my first answer regarding periodicals will always be The Writer’s Market. They publish each year with an updated list of magazines. They do not list every single magazine published, but they do hit on the big ones in every topic category, so I would start there. You can find them on ebay for less than ten bucks and it is worth the money, or your local library for sure has a copy or two.

Other than The Writer’s Digest, my only other suggestion is doing a Google search….I have nothing else for you, but maybe one of my loyal followers will.

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Spring Is Calling Me

This is such a busy time for me. I need to apologize to many of you for my lack of exposure on Facebook, and my rather short comments on your articles. There is just so much to do with my urban farming and getting ready for farmers markets and keeping animals alive . . .whew . . . well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

I have to run! The sun is shining and I have chores to do

Have a great week of writing...have a great week of living. Laugh often, love always, and please, be good to yourselves.

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No worries, Lawrence. You are here now and that's all that matters. Thanks my friend!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Darn, and I was hoping there'd be a 'magical way' to show that I might be the new 'Steinbeck' or one of that calibre, Oh well I'll just have to keep 'plugging away' at 'ole' HP and hope that one day!

      Seriously, this was really good, My laptop and phone are having a bit of a 'spat' at the moment with one only showing up half the messages that are actually in my inbox, so if I missed anything then I apologise, this hub was one of the victims, so I'm glad I checked things out.

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alyssa, I'm not sure there is anything intrinsically wrong with breaking the rules from time to time...makes things interesting for sure. lol

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      Alyssa 3 months ago from Ohio

      Another great edition! I must confess, I often break the POV rule and intertwine first, second, and third person. I just like to break the grammatical rules sometimes. haha! But I know I need to reign it in. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Jo! I like the fact that you can see accomplishment when you are finished.

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      Jo Miller 3 months ago from Tennessee

      I like painting, too, Bill, and I've done a bit of it in my life. I believe it's just another form of creativity. I always like to stand back and look at my work and feel I've accomplished something. I like mowing yards, too, for that very reason.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John, and Happy Fall to you!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy and yes, for sure, it is very satisfying.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I really enjoyed this Mailbag, Bill. Interesting questions and knowledgeable answers as always.Happy Spring, Bill.

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      Peggy Woods 3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoy your painting Bill. I have used many a paintbrush in my day! It is satisfying to see the freshened look after the project is completed. I am one of those who will always prefer holding a book or magazine rather than reading it online.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Devika! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Looking forward to it, Audrey! Thank you!

      love,

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your writing has taught us many good tips. A great way to start the day.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The painting never ends, Nell, but thank you! I'm so happy you enjoy this series.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Another hit with the Mailbag! I just love these questions our hub brothers and sisters post. I get answers for questions I didn't know I had. :)

      Sending you chapter 1 this weekend.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Nell Rose 3 months ago from England

      I always love your take on the writing world, and you show me stuff that I never realised I needed to know, so thank you! Now go out into that Spring and see to your painting! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank! It's fun for me as well.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 months ago from Shelton

      once again thank you for sharing your answers.. it's always fun to read the questions and I try to answer them before I read your replies..LOL great share and happy almost spring..:)

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL, William, I would if you lived a little closer, like say 3,000 miles. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am well, Rochelle! Take care and heal up nicely.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Linda! I didn't start a fire in the woodstove yesterday until 5 p.m. Heaven!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Just like a Cracker Jack box, Eric! lol thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rodric! I'll have an answer for you on Monday.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Funny and interesting question, Peg! lol Will everyone bring their tablets to their appointments?

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, stay safe and warm. I can't imagine what it is like back east...March should not be like this.

      Thank you as always. I'll answer your question on Monday. I do have an opinion, of course.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both,Tim! Believe me, it is a common problem for us all.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I have no clue why that is spammy. HP standards confuse me on the best of days. Good luck with the battle.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I sure hope you are wrong, Mike, but I have no solid proof that you will be....you may be correct, and that would be sad.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I had a mentor once who told me it is dangerous real estate, inside my head. He may have been correct, but it sure is interesting as well. :) Have a great week.

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      William Kovacic 3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for delivering another great mailbag, Bill. all good stuff as usual. By the way, I have a kitchen that needs to be painted, if you're interested!

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      rdsparrowriter 3 months ago

      Great information as always :) Hope you are well :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm so glad that spring is coming. It's my favourite time of year. Thanks for continuing to share your knowledge and ideas in the Mailbag, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure,Dora! I totally enjoy this little Monday forum.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you guys deserve a break. Stay safe my friend.

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

      Fantastic as always. Such a treasure you are Bill.

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      Rodric Johnson 3 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Another informative hub. My question for you this time is when do you know if what you have written is ready for print? I think you answered this in one of your other Mail Bags, but I cannot locate it. I assume we can always improve on our writings, but I tend to feel the need to CONSTANTLY improve and never publish. I want to say it is because I am so used to being able to change my work on HubPages.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, honestly, I think we all slip up in that manner from time to time. I know I do. Thanks for all the questions, my friend, and enjoy the heck out of your week.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I'm pretty much the same way until I get my mocha in the morning...a walking zombie!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes indeed, Kristen! Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Brian, but then you always have great suggestions. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Becky, good for you. You definitely have sunshine in Arizona....I've never been there. After a lifetime of clouds here I wonder if I would go nuts with constant sunshine. LOL

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      Peg Cole 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Great questions about traditional publishers and the written word. Wow, if traditional magazines become obsolete what will we read at the doctor's office? LOL

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      Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, Glorious Spring -- you are so lucky, Bill. Bless you. We are in the midst of our third Nor'easter in two weeks, wishing longingly for the sun to return -- that giant, yellowish orb in the sky we rarely see these days.

      I've read that the first-person style of writing is more often used by the younger generation these days. Do you think there is any credence to this? I've never tried first person, other than relaying a character's thoughts in italics. I'm trying to work up the courage. You write in both, and so easily. :-) And thank you for that info on HP's rising standards. I'm one of those (dinosours?) that enjoys holding a book in my hands...the feel and smell of the pages makes it somehow more personal.

      Enjoy your painting, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      you and me both, Pop! I'm happiest when I'm busy accomplishing something.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I hope you are safe and warm. Spring has to visit you soon, right?

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure,Venkatachari M!

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      Tim Mitchell 3 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Another great article Bill.Thanks for answering my question. I will be paying more attention to 'person' when writing in the future.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for another great mailbag. Hey, I do remember things you have written about in the mailbags or things you have given answers on. One was that when we were talking about my first book of poems coming out you said it would be alright to write about the process that took me to publication. Well, I did just that and you know what? The powers that be told me my article short and sweet and offering my book at most likely spammy elements. Say what? I wrote them and told them my opinion and if they thought perhaps my book cover was spammy that was their problem, not mine. You do understand how this has irked me. I am putting in a link to that article. I don't know if it is still there or if we are still going to war over it but if it is there please take a quick look and let me know what is spammy. Thank you I know you are very busy.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Making-the-Dream-a...

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      mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - I guess Mary is entitled to a pat on the back this week, as well as you. She supplied the foundation and you built the frame. My optimism wanes at the prospects of printed material. As the shift in generations continues, those that know mostly digital presentations will increase in numbers. Old printed books are nearing the quaint stage now.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      Oh, Bill, you're a man of me own heart. I love to play inside my head while I do mundane chores such as doing dishes or laundry. In fact my last flash fiction came out of an aggravation encountered while folding laundry. My muse thrives on the mundane!

      Another great mailbag. Keep 'em coming.

      Doncha just luv it that spring is just around the corner. We've had several 70 degree days here this month, but the last few have been around 60. I'll still take it. Have a great rest of the week, my friend.

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      Dora Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill, for taking the time to share your writing including your mailbag answers, despite having other things to do. Glad to be a beneficiary.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great week for the mailbag. I am sitting here listening to the weather report on how much more snow we are going to get tomorrow. Sure wish Spring would show up in New England.

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your responses to my questions.

      Regarding point of view. I need to watch myself on this. I will now check my articles when I update, I'm quite sure I go from one to the other.

      Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I thought I left a comment this morning, but I must have pushed the wrong button (I'm dreadful until I get that 2nd cup of coffee and Daylight Saving time doesn't help). I for one cannot imagine a life without holding onto a book or magazine. When the power goes out or you're camping under the stars a real printed page still works; all you need is a lantern or candle.

      Thanks for a cheerful start to the week.

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      Kristen Howe 3 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great mailbag as always, Bill. Dan should check out Writer's Market for starters. He can find it at his local library used or new bookstore.

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      breakfastpop 3 months ago

      I have to say I enjoy most of my "chores." I love preparing breakfast, cleaning up, making shopping lists, preparing lunch with candlelight and music and doing the same exact thing for dinner.

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      Janine Huldie 3 months ago from New York, New York

      Sorry so late to the party today. Just been a bit of crazy Monday here my friend. Trying my best to get ahead client wise before we get hit with yet another snow storm supposedly tomorrow. That said, please send some spring weather east's bound to us now. Happy Monday again, Bill!

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      Brian Leekley 3 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I can see that print magazines aren't a phenomena of the past when I visit the magazine section at Barnes and Noble or when my wife brings home magazines from the free to donate and to take pile at a nearby public library. She'll bring home several different magazines just on quilting or just on yoga or just on running.

      Another reference for finding magazine markets is the annual WRITERS MARKET. Libraries have it and book stores sell it. Someone who frequently submits articles for publication would do well to subscribe to the online edition. It is frequently updated.

      If interested in a particular magazine, such as one of the airline inflight magazines, consider finding its website and there finding its submissions guidelines.

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      Becky Katz 3 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Loved the part about writing in 1st and 3rd person. I wrote a chapter of historical fiction and in the middle of it, I wrote a section about chinking between the logs of a log cabin. Someone mentioned that I went from 1st to 3rd person and snapped them back to the present too fast, and for the life of me, I could not figure out what she was talking about. I tried looking it up and failed miserably. I struggled with that for awhile and just dropped it. Now I know what I did and will go fix it. College writing classes were a long, long time ago. I forgot what those were even.

      Let's just say that the great outdoors is calling you. I have the same urges at this time of year. Winter claustrophobia, or cabin fever has long been a problem for people. This is the time of year when we start feeling the urge to get outside and do something in the sun. We need sun to stabilize our moods, if nothing else. I always feel better after I have been outside in the sunshine for awhile. I just came in to refill my water jug, after being out working in the sunshine here. I moved clear across the country, to get back to where the sun shines and you can see the blue sky, year round. I thought I was going to go nuts living in TN and having to put up with clouds all the time. I definitely missed the sun and real mountains. I have both here.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Okay, thank you Bill, for the clarification.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M....the byline simply refers to your name appearing on the article under the title...."How to Build a Table" by Bill Holland....it is an important step in building credibility as a freelance writer.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa! I'm glad to hear your snow is melting. Let's hope that's the last major snowstorm you see until November.

      Have a great week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing that, Shaloo. It is helpful to hear from someone who works in that industry.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Emese for sharing your expertise, and I agree with what you say. HP is a nice holding area for articles you can submit to periodicals..and the best bet is the online periodicals.The pay isn't fantastic, but it does add up over time.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi! I'm always so happy when you agree with me. It tells me that I've learned a few things over the years. :) Here's hoping you can take your coat off outside in the next few weeks.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      One more interesting mailbag with great questions.

      But, Bill, I could not understand the discussion regarding byline importance (the second question). What does it refer to? Can you explain more clearly?

      Regarding print magazines, I don't think they will go for one or more decades. People are purchasing them even now regularly. All those daily, weekly or monthly magazines are to be found everywhere, whether at homes or workplaces.

      You say, you are enjoying the spring season with 60's this week. But, it would be winter day-times at such temperatures for us. Our spring is at 30 degree Celsius which equals to more than 75 F.

      Wish you a Happy spring season and best wishes.

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      Melissa Propp 3 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Wow, 60 degrees in certainly a good sign of spring. I'm very happy with the high 40's here, lots of melting snow and signs of wildlife returning. I love spring!!

      Hope you have a wonderful and productive week, sounds like you are busy as usual!

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      Shaloo Walia 3 months ago from India

      I have been working with print media since a decade. Print media has been facing a lot of challenges...declining reading habits, rising costs of paper, less revenues...Many leading media houses have started their online verticals but shutting down has never been on the agenda. So I guess, traditional publishing is going to stay here.

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      Emese Fromm 3 months ago from The Desert

      Another Monday morning, another great mailbox. I have trouble with consistency, but it is nice to see it. Glad yo hear about spring in your neck of the woods; I know you enjoy it, have fun with the chores:).

      For Mary: I used HP articles as clips/portfolio when I started writing for paying online publications about a year or two ago. It worked. Of course, I'm only talking about online, smaller publishers here, those who generally pay around $50/article or even less. But that's where I started, I still don't think I have what it takes to try for the big ones. I didn't reach the threshold of million+ words ;) - I pay attention to your lessons. Seriously, the smaller publications don't mind if you use HP or even self-published articles as clips, then use the clips from those for bigger ones... at least that's my strategy, and so far it's been working (watch, it won't anymore).

      Thanks for the consistency of the mailbox, Bill, have a great week of spring! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Kari....I would never have guessed chopping vegetables, but I love that answer.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back, Ann! You were missed by little old me and I'm sure by your granddaughers!

      Spring is here, my friend. We survived another winter, a cause for celebration!

      And a Merry Monday to you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will for sure, Manatita! Blessings to you always.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 months ago from Chicago Area

      Looks like "Magazine Mailbag Monday" today!

      Re: Traditional Byline. Since traditionally printed publications take a lot more money to publish than online ones do, getting "ink" and a byline in one of them is an accomplishment. What's interesting is that many magazines publish the same darn articles in their online version. So in time, it may not make much difference.

      Re: HP Clout in Traditional Publishing? The network sites seem to be gaining some traction which is good. However, regardless of HP's clout, I don't think blogs of any type or location will really impress any traditional publishing group for magazines or books. Traditional publishers know that blogs are usually self published, no matter where they are parked. To blog here, or anywhere, with the hope that it will get the eye of a traditional publisher is a long shot.

      Re: Print Versus Online Periodicals. Yes, many people just love to relax with a print publication (magazine or book)... including me. And with more people being interested in "unplugging" from their digital lives, I think print still has a place.

      Glad spring is showing up in your area. Kind of chilly here, but definitely on our way to spring. Have a great week!

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      Kari Poulsen 3 months ago from Ohio

      Life is so busy in the spring, but it is a good busy. I pondered your question above, and yes there are chores I enjoy. One of my favorites is chopping vegetables. I love it and find it very relaxing. And it allows me to do exactly the same things as painting does for you. Have a wonderful week!

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Great questions! Great answers! I like the feel of a book or magazine in my hands but I also like to read short stories on line - not so keen on novels though, but I do have a kindle (or the like) that I take on holiday, otherwise I'd need a suitcase just for books!

      It's like buying clothes - I like to try them on for size, feel them for quality and see them for true colour - my books are personal and I need the personal touch.

      Lovely to be back home and doing homely things even if they are sometimes considered a chore. You appreciate everything when you've been away and I finally got to see the granddaughters yesterday (it was Mothers' Day here).

      A Merry Monday to you, bill!

      Ann

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      manatita44 3 months ago from london

      Thanks Bill. Noble advice.

      I have much less to do and I never manage. So kudos to you. Perhaps I should have been a gardener. Lol. Enjoy this great weather while it lasts. Love to Bev.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nikki, thank you for sharing...those are beautiful things to do...wonderful family...and always love!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Flourish!

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      Nikki Khan 3 months ago from London

      Awesome Bill like always,, a lot to learn and practice.And spring is here in London too, so I’m not jealous at all :)

      You asked about favourite chores except writing.

      Well, my answer is I love to do shopping when I’m free and home decoration is my favourite hobby.

      Painting and plastering work my hubby gets done for me being a owner of property maintenance company.

      And I love to spend my time with my kids, are a great source of happiness and joy for me and my husband.

      There is a lot to do now as Spring has arrived and easter is near too.So would be much fun ahead.

      God Bless you and your wife as awlays.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      I hope that with raising standards we do see some reputational benefits.

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