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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 200

Updated on April 30, 2018

Let the Celebration Begin

#200 is published!

Large exhale of breath.

Actually, I’m not much for milestones or celebrations. Never have been. The feeling of accomplishment is the same for me if I just write one stand-alone story or two-hundred installments of a series. Life is a process for me, and I try to avoid too many highs and definitely too many lows. I know that sounds boring, but for this recovering alcoholic, it’s the way it has to be.

So I just trudge forward, marching to the beat of a drum only I can hear, and I’m fine with that.

Thank you to those who have been with me for all two-hundred. Thanks to those who just climbed aboard. If the Mailbag has been helpful then fantastic; that was its purpose all along.

Let’s do this thing!

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

More on Re-Publishing

From Venkatachari M: “Thanks, Bill, for answering my question deeply. But, I thought that I could not edit the book once it got published. That is the cause of my worry. Coming to Copyright page addition, should I first get registered for the CopyRight certification?”

Two questions in one, Venkatachari M, and as is my nature, I’ll take the second one first.

According to copyright law, once you publish a piece of work, whether it be a book, a story, or a poem, it is automatically copyrighted. That does not mean it is completely protected in the real world, but it is copyrighted. People register and pay for official copyright papers, but I’m not sold on the reason for doing that. Allow me to explain!

In this world of self-publishing, piracy is very, very simple. Our stories on HP are stolen daily. We can’t stem the tide of that theft. The internet world has too many thieves for us to chase down. I am willing to bet I could take a self-published book off of Amazon, change the title, put a new cover on it, and publish it as my own work and I would never get caught doing it. The worst that could happen if I was caught would be a slap on the wrist and perhaps a nominal fine. For some thieves the risk is worth it.

So worrying about getting copyrighted, and paying for it, to me seems like a waste of money.

As for your first question, and this is only with regards to CreateSpace/Amazon, you can edit your book after it has been published, but the only way to do that, to my knowledge, is to edit it on a Word Doc first and then download the entire Doc again on the CreateSpace template. I have done this several times and it is remarkably easy to do, as long as you originally wrote your book on a Word Document.

Hope that helps!

P.S. I heard from Venkatachari M again, and he told me CreateSpace was not used, that this was through KDP Amazon….I can’t answer to that direct problem, but I’d bet a buck it is the same process. You make changed to Word and download the corrected manuscript again. Anyone know any different way to edit a previously published book?

Some articles badly need a re-write!
Some articles badly need a re-write! | Source

Giving a New Series a Lift

From Rodric: “As usual, this is good stuff to digest. I have a question. I started a new series that I planned to continue for 40 weeks, but I missed a week already. I let life catch up to me and prom, a wedding, car problems, job hunting and medical concerns crowded my entire week out! I plan to write two articles for the next week to make up for the one that I missed. What do you think about that? I do not have a following for the series yet. I figure it would take about 5 to 15 articles to get it going if it were to go anywhere. You are the only one who has commented on them so far. Thanks for that.”

Rodric, I have no problem with you doing that if you don’t. Seriously, it seems like a bonus to me, so go for it. And since I’m the only one commenting on your articles, my opinion matters greatly. Lol

Hey, all you reading this, Rodric needs some readers/followers!!!!!!!!!

A Change of Voice Over Time?

From Chris: “Bill, I have a question that may fit in with your mailbag hub. I have been looking back over my collection of short stories and flash fiction. I see a slow change over the last five years. My stories have gone from being high energy, even over the top to being more subdued. I am thinking mostly of the endings. I used to use a lot of twists at the end to catch the reader off guard. Now I quite often let the story end in a less than spectacular manner. The latest ends with the child character focusing on selling his next newspaper and planning his dinner (He has missed several meals). The one before that ends with the two characters watching a sunset and not regretting the difficult, life-changing decision they made that day. I guess I want to give the reader a good ride, but I don't want to use the ending as a cheap thrill. I want it to be real. Any thoughts?”

The same thing is happening to me, Chris, so it’s nice to have company.

My personal opinion . . . we are changing as writers! We are developing our persona/voice/style, and we had to go through a metamorphous to do that. When I read the work of another writer, I do not concentrate on the endings. I look at the style/talent leading up to the ending, and in that light you are growing as a writer. I’ve seen your work for a couple years now, and you are leaps-and-bounds better now than you were then. So enjoy the ride! You are doing exactly what you should be doing in exactly the way you are supposed to be doing it.


I was a different writer when this shot was taken.  We grow, hopefully, in our craft.
I was a different writer when this shot was taken. We grow, hopefully, in our craft. | Source

Updating Hp Articles

From Val: “I hope you don't mind my contacting you this way, but I need an opinion of someone with your HP experience.

I have been with HP for over 2 years, and have written 205 hubs. My question is about traffic. By the way, whatever your answer, and whatever I do as a result, I won't "blame" you afterwards if it would turn out a bad move on my part. I will appreciate it one way or another. Now, I have been thinking about deleting a good number of my hubs, but, having no experience about what is considered to be a REALLY bad count of views, I don't know how to go about it. So, my question to you is: After how much time---how little number of views would suggest deleting a hub?

“Like, let's say if a hub got 80 views in 6 months, how bad is it? I read somewhere that having a big number of hubs that are not doing well is not liked by Google, and our image of a writer gets better if we have only those that are doing well (what is "well"?)
Furthermore, the story goes that we are better off by just improving those better hubs than to keep writing and accumulating a few views daily on that multitude of hubs. Do hubs somehow "mature" over time and then Google gives them more traffic, or those bad ones are doomed to stay with low views? (Again, what is "bad"?)

“To be honest with you, Bill, those few cents I get every other day look worse than if I was not getting anything at all. Of course, I am not naïve to expect "an addition to my income", but those few cents are an insult. I know I would be better off writing about home improvement, cooking, and gardening---but when the Team reviews my hubs and leaves me a message that "my hub looks great"---and I got only 3 views in 2 days on it, I get confused, to say the least.”

For those of you reading this, I already answered Val in an email, but I think you might relate to his question.

I’m not privy to HP and how they run the show. I am privy to the struggles many SEO Content companies have, trying to figure out the Google algorithms and how they work. The company I have worked closely with tells me that Google changes the game rules every six months or so, and it is extremely hard for professional internet marketers to keep pace with Google changes. So for me to answer this question is pure folly.

My personal opinion is to re-work the slow articles on HP and just leave them there. Moving them to another site probably won’t change their Google score, but re-writing them just might.

Editing a Book on Createspace/Amazon

From MizB: “I think I understand your answer to Venkatachari's question, but please clarify it to make sure because it is very important to me. (Next mailbag will be OK if you wish.) You said that if one is writing a book in Word, the writer must insert all the page numbers and have the spacing correct BEFORE placing the book into CreateSpace, right? In other words, no editing can be done in CreateSpace. I know those are two questions, but I've never used CreateSpace, and I'm a fixin' to.”

That is absolutely correct, MizB. If there is another way to edit on CreateSpace I am not aware of it.

Change your Word Doc and then re-submit the new Doc to CreateSpace. Your cover will stay the same. All other information will remain the same. All that will change will be the edited portion of your book. This is a pretty simple process, by the way, both in the original formatting and the editing. The classic line “if I can do it, anyone can,” applies nicely here.

And That’s All, Folks!

Tuck another installment to bed, and let’s move on to #201. I’m having fun, and evidently you are finding value in this, so let’s keep it going.

In the meantime, have a brilliant week of living!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”.

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you added that, Lawrence. Thank you for sharing that detail.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Finally got a few minutes to read this hub, by the way, congratulations on reaching 200 articles in this series.

      MizB's question struck a chord with me, there is another way, but you have to be very careful to 'fill in the spaces'

      When you download the template you enable CreateSpace to add more as you need them, and you need to check that it's adding numbers in as you go.

      When you open the Template there's a series of boxes that you put things in, things like the name of the book, author's name, the text (I just copy and paste from Google docs) and at the bottom are the page numbers, you need to check that the template is filling all of them in properly (I think there's a guide on how to do it)

      If you do that then you'll be fine, if you don't then it won't publish and they'll keep sending the manuscript back to you, but a quick email to the team at CreateSpace will get them sending you the right information to put in (My first book was held up a week because I forgot to put the author name in the little box for it!)

      I know you probably already replied to her question, but I thought I'd add what I did.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Natalie, God bless the eternal optimists of the world. What a dark place it would be without you.

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      Natalie Frank 

      5 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Don't know how I missed #200! Congratulations on this accomplishment. You are definitely a role model. The comments on copyright were particularly helpful and the question about HP views and Google ranking was one I've also had. I'm glad to know that as far as you know, it won't hurt our ranking or earnings to have a number of hubs which haven't exactly gone viral. Mine all get relatively consistent views but I'd say about half are below 10 views a day with some as low as 1-2 views a day. This still gives me about 400-500 views a year for even the lowest performing articles though some have taken time to grow to this. It just doesn't feel like a good thing to work hard on articles and then just delete then from HP due to views. I guess I'm an eternal optimist and hope things will look up for those poor little viewed articles! Thanks for a great series and here's to the next 200!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sparrow, and you do the same.

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      rdsparrowriter 

      5 months ago

      wow! Congratulations sir billy on your 200 th of the installment series ! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us :) Always helpful :) Stay blessed !

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, you are never late to the Mail Room! My pleasure,my friend.

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      I'm late again, but happy 200th! :)

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      Chris Mills 

      5 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Well, I asked a question and have taken two weeks to come and read it. I’m blaming my new dog along with the onset of camping/fishing/morel mushroom hunting. Thanks for writing about my question. My own voice. I like that.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Nithya!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 months ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on your 200th mailbag installment!! Looking forward to reading many more.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You ain't so bad yourself, Chris! Thanks for stopping by, buddy! I'll be by to visit your new home soon.

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      Chris Desatoff 

      5 months ago from USA

      Oh what the fart, Bill! It seems like we were just congratulating you last week on installment #100, yet here we are on #200 already! Wow. That's just so cool. Your consistency and work ethic is an inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Devika! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nikki, wherever you end up, best wishes to you. Enjoy your time off, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi I, too, am happy you have been here for the long ride. I find your expertise and suggestions to be invaluable. I just wish I was younger so I had time to implement all you taught me. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I will write until the day I no longer can...this is part of who I am.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have reached a great number! Mailbags are great lessons for all writers.

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      Nikki Khan 

      5 months ago from London

      Thanks Bill,, I would wait for your opinion, till then have a great weekend over,, it’s bank holiday on Monday,, am tryin’ ma hard to book some nice resort but all are comin’ fully booked :(

      Hopefully would find some nice place to have a great spring break.

      Bless you and your family!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nikki, HP must have swallowed it...now it's here again.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Tim!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And the very best to you, Dora, and my sincere thanks.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thanks for coming back, Shannon! HP must not like you. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Rodric! We all need a helping hand from time to time....best wishes to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian! HP does that, for sure....I think his question is born out of frustration more than anything else.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly, Frank, thank you from the bottom of this old heart.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Tim! There is no staying ahead of the piracy online...sad but true!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Blessings to you always, Sean! Thank you for the beautiful words and thoughts.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nikki! Great question...my answer on Monday will simply be my opinion, but I will give it.

      Blessings always

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      Nikki Khan 

      5 months ago from London

      Bill my friend, I can’t see answer to my comment?

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      Tim Mitchell 

      5 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Whoo- Hoo and Hooray! 200 is a monumental mark and a new beginning too. These valuable articles always present me with new perspective and knowledge. Thank You!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 months ago from Chicago Area

      Congratulations on 200 Mailbags! Quite an accomplishment and quite a contribution to our HP community. Thank you.

      Re: Updating Manuscripts on Createspace or KDP. I've done it several times, usually to update website links or other minor corrections. But, you're right in that those changes cannot be made on CS or KDP, and a new manuscript needs to be uploaded. Traditional publishers can do new "printings" where minor little corrections can be made. So why not self publishers?

      If the changes are substantial, however, usually it is recommended that you do a new edition (2nd, 3rd, etc.) with a new ISBN number to avoid confusion between the editions. But personally I would only reserve creating a new edition for major content overhauls.

      Re: Updating HP Articles. I always update those that need to be changed as the world changes. Then I just leave them there. I've been surprised when one day, out of the blue, a "slow" article takes off and starts getting a flow of traffic. You never know when your wisdom will be just what the world needs.

      I'm so glad to have been a part of the Mailbag community from the early days. The discussions have inspired new article ideas and more for me. So, again, thank you for being the lead on this.

      Also, have a terrific rest of the week!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Here's a toast to the 200. These have helped me in so many things but especially in encouraging me to keep writing. I hope you will keep going. Thank you so much for the work youa re doing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations, Bill! I join in the tribute put together by Surabhi Kaura and Manatita. You deserve every bit of it. In this your 200th edition, you give more great advice to your fellow-writers. The very best to you, going forward.

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      Shannon 

      5 months ago

      Well, Bill, I thought I commented. . . No, I know I did because it automatically set me up for notifications from this hub when I did. But it went away to oblivion or the spam file, I guess. And he'll if I know what I said. LOL. Except for congrats to you! I think I said that much.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Happy 200. I missed it on its debut day. I was too busy reading The Day the Corn Died. The advise here is always great and I am going to take it! I will be playing catch up with my series I suppose. Also, I am editing 2 books on create space--re-editing. It is not too bad. Thanks for the call for readers on my behalf. Several people have read a commented on some of my writings. I have a small audience here because most of what I write about centers around my religious ideas. I am grateful for the advertisement!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Rasma!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, Ann, I can only hope I'm around for another 200. Thank you dear friend!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And a good opinion it is, Bill, and I thank you for it. I'm glad to hear you are still being viewed. Those stories of yours should be required reading for anyone considering historical fiction.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning MizB! Spring has arrived here as well. I was outside planting melons yesterday, about two weeks later than normal but oh well.

      Glad you love the doggy doo doo...there's more of it to capture. :)

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      Brian Leekley 

      5 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Congratulations, Bill, on reaching number 200 of the mailbag series. Only 800 weeks (15.384615 years) to go to reach number 1,000.

      About Val's question, I thought that HP signaled when a hub's traffic is too low by unfeaturing that hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 months ago from Shelton

      Let the champagne pour!!! Congrats on the 200!!! wow a mailbag Milestone at least from my point of view.. I like the republishing Q ans A.. I thought about it too, and the giving the old series a face lift.. helpful and fulfilling... Where do I insert the quarter for the next 100 bags of mail? Excellent job with this.. honestly..:)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, Bill, and for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna! Love your description of those little ferrets. Perfect!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! I thought it would be, but it's nice to hear from someone who has done it.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! I happen to hang with some very cool people.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I'm just giving back what was given to me freely.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Flourish! Thanks for adding that to the conversation.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Linda! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Larry! It's been a fun ride.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      5 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Congratulations Bill! Hooray!!! Great mail bag. Thanks for the info on Create Space. I agree with you as much copying as there is on internet content including scraping entire sites I wouldn't doubt books are also done.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      5 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Those who put the pure love of their heart in their writings are a helping hand for the Angels, and they make God smile! What a blessing to the world!" - Sean Dragon

      My quote is a small expression of the enormous gratitude I feel for your work, my brother Bill.

      I wish God gives you the strength to carry on to be a serving Soul and many happy years.

      Sean

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      Nikki Khan 

      5 months ago from London

      Congratulations on your 200th episode of mailbag Bill, some great questions and answers to learn and edit our writing style mode.

      I agree with you on bad hubs which aren’t giving much traffic, it’s better to edit them or delete them for good.

      I’ve a question, is it worth hiring a publishing company to get your first book published or it’s better to just write it in Word Doc and upload it on CreateSpace?

      Which one works the best? it’s fine with me to get the answer in 201th mailbag next week.

      Bless you and your family always!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Congrats on the 200th mailbag. Always a treat reading these.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Congratulations, bill, on your 200! Every single one has been useful, encouraging, amazing - brilliant!

      How right you are with your answer to Chris! We are all growing from that earlier time and it's great to see.

      Here's to the next 200!

      Ann

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Happy #200, for sure. Pleased that I've been able to read every one, and benefit from them. On Hub articles, I don't earn anything, anyway, so don't follow reads. But, I recently went down through my many articles and was pleasantly surprised how many continued to get read, even though I did't know it. I mostly check for comments, because I'd like to reply to every comment...don't get that many, sorry to say. But, I'd certainly urge folks to leave hubs posted, update occasionally as appropriate, but every reader is good. Can't read if it is no longer there. One opinion.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      5 months ago from Beautiful South

      Congratulations on your mailbag no. 200. I was hoping you would keep on writing them. I really find your advice on publishing to be helpful. I've never deleted any of my hubs, and I've gone back and made HP recommended changes to most of them. But a few of them weren't green. The events were current at the time but not now. I guess I should delete those particular ones.

      Love your doggy do photo.

      We have perfect weather right now and are trying to finally get our garden into the ground. These late freezes are killin' us gardening folks. Have a good rest of the week, my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Congratulations of the 200th edition of the mailbag. Interesting questions and excellent answers. I have given up on the theft issue, it has become rampant and my efforts rarely yield results. As for deleting hubs I have never deleted any, and I have some pretty old and ugly hubs out there. I try to update them and bring them up to standards when I have time. Thanks for being here week in and week out.

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      Genna East 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill. Congratulations on reaching 200 installments! That is quite an achievement.

      Excellent article, with very sage advice. I agree re copyrights and Internet theft; it has become far too commonplace. Those sophomoric little ferrets will steal anything, and use the Net to hide, lurk, swipe and run, with the con-like impunity of "Catch Me If You Can."

      Oh, and I plan to read Rodric. Thank you for the heads up.

      Have a great week. :-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on #200! The mailbag is still as hearty as ever, making a difference in the lives of fellow writers. I just want to chime in on the question about KDP - to edit a KDP book is the same process as CreateSpace.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations, Bill! 200 mailbags is an awesome achievement. :D

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      breakfastpop 

      5 months ago

      Bravo, billy. Your contribution to writers on HP is incalculable.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on 200! On the deletion question, I wouldn’t. I’d just improve what I had. Sometimes it’s the writing, the subject, the title.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on Installment 200 of the Mailbag, Bill! Two hundred articles in a series is a great achievement, especially when the series is as useful as this one.

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      Larry Rankin 

      5 months ago from Oklahoma

      Well I am for milestones;-). Congratulations!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm pretty certain it will work, Venkatachari M. Best of luck with it...let me know if it does or if it does not work.

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Bill, for answering my questions and clearing my doubts. I believe that CreateSpace and KDP will be following the same rules and regulations for publishing as both are owned by Amazon.

      So, I will edit the book in word and then resubmit it again by clicking the "Edit Print Book Content" option. I hope it will work.

      Thank you once again and congratulation on the milestone of the 200th mailbag publication. Now, we shall look for the 300th milestone.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Tremendous advice, Mary, and it holds true in fiction and non-fiction. Thank you for sharing that and for your kind words of congratulations!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A big challenge for sure, Peggy. Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, we'll make it. Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 months ago from Brazil

      Even though you aren't impressed by milestones I still want to say congratulations on #200.

      Regarding Val's question about updating, I believe it to be a good idea. Also, if he wants views, I suggest he writes to solve the problem of the reader. I know there are many people who are here writing creative pieces, and not getting many views. For organic traffic, you have to give the reader what they are looking for.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Emese! This is one of my favorite times of each week, interacting with people like you.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, William, and will continue to be. Thank you sir!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your #200 in this series of helping people with literary questions and answers. This must be the longest series on HubPages! Just think of the people you have aided! That must give you a warm feeling inside. Hope your series doubles or more in size. How is that for a challenge? (Smile)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Chitrangada Sharan! I truly appreciate you.

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      Emese Fromm 

      5 months ago from The Desert

      Congratulations on the 200, Bill! I wasn't around HP when you started, but I'm pretty sure I've read all the mailboxes since I came aboard. I've learned a lot from them. Thank you! Enjoy your week!

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      William Kovacic 

      5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      That's a pretty heavy mailbag this week, Bill - just as it should be for # 200. Congratulations, and thanks for all the good information.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations Billybuc, for completing your 200th installment of this wonderful series!

      It’s a great achievement, and I can understand, the feeling of accomplishment, you must be having now.

      It has been a very useful guide to each one of us, and I wish you all the best for the following installments too.

      Some very good questions have been asked in this particular installment, and your answers are as usual helpful.

      Thanks for sharing and a very good day to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for doing that, Linda! We all need a little help from our friends to get started in this writing game. And nice metaphor!!!! Just be careful you don't derail.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are sweet, Melissa! Thanks for being here for all 200. Happy Monday to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Kristen, as I'm sure Rodric will. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shaloo! I couldn't have done it without all of you.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita my friend, you have outdone yourself for sure. Thank you for your kindness, Brother!

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      Linda Lum 

      5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill and congratulations are certainly in order. I don't know if I have read all 200, but I think I hopped on board the train before it was too far away from the station (how's that for a metaphor?)

      All good questions and answers. I can relate to the changing of voice over time. I think that is something that happens as we mature as writers.

      I will add Val and Roderic to my list of authors I follow. I hope you have a wonderful week. Good luck on Wednesday.

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Congrats on # 200. I wonder if there is a record for the longest running HP series? If I were a gambler, I'd place a bet that your series takes that honor! I look forward to many more.

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great mailbag Bill! Wow! 200 Mailbags in all! Celebrate! I'll be happy to stop in and visit Rodric's hubs later this week and follow him too.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      5 months ago from India

      Congratulations on hitting the double century!!!

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      manatita44 

      5 months ago from london

      The questions continue and yes, Guruji would love your drive. We believe in self- transcendence ... in progress. It is a forward movement ... always forward... Congrats Bro

      Way to go!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! I doubt you missed any...as for your question oh my, yes, but it hasn't happened in quite awhile now.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Clive! It's been fun so far. Let's do it again.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! I'm just along for the ride you all provide.

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      Clive Williams 

      5 months ago from Jamaica

      Congrats Billy

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Congratulation Bill. This is quite an accomplishment.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I wonder if I missed one. I don't think so. I like that part about growing, maybe maturing, as a writer. It made me realize how instrumental these 200 have been in that development. But then I wonder if you being a friend isn't what has grown me up.

      I haven't looked for it. Do you have unfriendlies comment on your work. I get helpful criticism but what about down deep nasty? Do you ignore it or do you contemplate it, what effect does it have on you?

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Enjoy the heck out of your week, my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy 200 today, Bill!! And here is to another 200, too :) That said Happy Monday now and wishing you a wonderful week ahead, as well!!!

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