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The Writers Mailbag: Installment 202

Updated on May 14, 2018

Hopelessly Behind

It’s not an excuse. More like an explanation. I’m buried in farm work and farmers market stuff, and my correspondence, and comments on the writings of others, and my creative writing…they have all suffered because of it.

So I’m apologizing to you all. I still try to stop by and comment on your blogs and articles, but it is getting increasingly more difficult to stay current. I feel like I’m cheating on you. Lol

Anyway, tuck that apology to bed, and let’s get on with this week’s questions.

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

Making Dialect Flow

From Eric: “Bill I kinda like them articles/books where dat dar accent/dialect floats right in. Sometimes hard to follow. I am thinking you used it in "when the corn died" and some others.Like that train one with the "Momma" in da Bayou. Now I just did a couple of words there. What are the rules and how do you make it just flow?”

Eric, I’m fixin’ to tell ya I y’ll just hold on to yrr britches!

Here’s the thing, Eric: I don’t know if you can make certain dialects “flow.” Some are melodic by their very nature. Others are cumbersome on the best days.

What are the rules to using authentic dialect? This is just my opinion, of course, but to me it seems that authentic dialects are fine as long as they do not distract from the story. The story will always be the main concern. If you get so carried away with your dialects that you actually detract from the story you are telling, you are causing a mortal sin of writing.

Remember that dialects are only natural to the people who speak them. If your book or story is written for the general public, your dialects can become cumbersome at best. I’m thinking of Gaelic now. It’s a charming language with various dialects, but if I had to read large sections of a book with a character speaking Gaelic, I’d go nuts and toss the book away.

Just sayin’

These people my family, had a Midwest dialect and yes, there is a Midwest dialect. :)
These people my family, had a Midwest dialect and yes, there is a Midwest dialect. :) | Source

SEMANTICS

From Bill: “Semantics: I upload my files to Create Space, whereas you download your files to Create Space. What say you? Is there a right or wrong way of expression? With a smile... ;-)”

Well according to some of my readers there is a big difference, and that difference is spelled out in my technology dictionary: “Uploading is when a user copies a file from his computer to another location, and downloading is when a user copies a file to his computer from another source.”

Amazon Marketing Services

From Lawrence: “Regarding Marketing, I'd agree with you, and I'm slowly galvanising myself into doing that, one other thing I'm looking at is Amazon Marketing Services, actually, maybe that's a question for you, Have you used it? or something similar?”

I have not used it, Lawrence. I’m pretty cheap that way, but I also have this ingrained distrust of large corporations, and few are larger than Amazon.

I’m going to answer this question by winging it. I could look up customer reviews but honestly, are those real customers and are their reviews legit? I don’t have much trust in anything I read online, so I have some serious doubts about any reviews I read.

I’m sure Amazon Marketing Services can do some good. Is it worth the cost? That’s your call! I personally wouldn’t spend the money. Money is too hard to come by for me to spend it on a service I can provide myself if I really want to. The Amazon program is a luxury I can’t afford, plus it offers me zero control of what is actually happening, and I like being in control.

I know that isn’t helpful, Lawrence, but it is how I feel. Truth be told, I hardly do any active marketing for my books. I prefer to write. I have no illusions about becoming a best-selling author. In fact, one of my taglines on a poster I printed up calls me “the greatest unknown author,” and a part of me is fine with that description. I write because I love writing. I don’t lose much sleep over the numbers of people who are reading my books, so it would never dawn on me to use Amazon’s services.

Does anyone else have some actual information about this topic???? Any of our readers????

Formatting Book Interior

From Nikki: “Thanks Bill for your detailed answer,, I wrongly used it, there are many companies over internet which you can hire to upload your book on CreatSpace and to print it in paperback as Amazon isn’t doing interior anymore, it’s giving options to download fomatted template and then write in Microsoft Word, so I contacted one of the book formatting company which seemed alright. But as you’re saying that self- publishing is better and easy. Can you please explain how to do interior of the book please?”

One of my followers recommended Frostbite Publishing, so I looked them up and by golly, they will actually format your book, the interior, so it is ready to publish through CreateSpace and/or Amazon. Seems like a pretty good deal for those who have the money for that service.

How does one format the interior of the book?

If you use Word, and I do, there are countless videos on YouTube which can explain much better than I can, but I also recommend a book I happen to own, a great resource which will take you step by step through the formatting process. Pick up a copy of if by following this link. Nikki, it really is an invaluable book to own for self-publishing. I highly recommend it.

My final novel will be about this young lady...may she rest in peace!
My final novel will be about this young lady...may she rest in peace! | Source

My Final Novel

From Ann: “Question: If someone told you that you could only write one more novel/story/article, what would you write, or at least what genre would you write?”

Well shoot, Ann, I’d write that best-seller that is still inside of me. LOL

Seriously, I’ve thought about this. I’m almost seventy, and I can tell that my mind isn’t as sharp as it once was. How many more books do I have in me before the mind deteriorates to the point where my creative words are no longer worth reading? So the one book I truly want to write, the one which sits in the shadows waiting for me to find the time, has a working title of “A Time and Place.” It’s a coming-of-age, loss-of-innocence story about growing up in the late 50’s and early 60’s, roughly based on my childhood and the disappearance of a young girl named Ann Marie Burr. If I write it well it would be a marvelous book. I hope that book is written soon.

And I Hope

And I hope that all of you, one day, write that one great book you have inside of you, and I hope that after writing it you can sit back, give yourself a pat on the back, and really feel good about your accomplishment.

That’s it for this week. Remember that what you do, as a writer, is important. Treat your talent as the rare gift that it is.

Peace and blessings to you all!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, truth be know, I'm afraid to stop doing what I'm doing for fear I will wither and blow away. I'm pushing back at Father Time. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      I am really amazed at how you manage to juggle so many different things in a day. You certainly are an inspiration, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Lawrence, my advice for today is to listen to Jodie!

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Thank you for the answer, I figured that's what you might say, but at the time I was considering it.

      My eventual decision was I found so many ways and places that don't cost anything that I'm unlikely to run out of ideas anytime soon.

      I'm not under any illusions about sales and stuf, I just think my books deserve better marketing than I've given them in the past.

      On another note, I've got three partly written novels that Jodie (my beloved) has challenged me to finish.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Chris! I think I just miss the old days when I first started here, and time didn't seem like such a luxury!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Suhail...I have not read those books but I will look for them, if for no other reason than curiosity. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm here, Verlie, so might as well thank you for your kind words. I love this community because of people like you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't that the truth, Liz! We have an abundance of riches....I think. :)

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      Bill, when I consider the reading I want to do here on HP vs the amount I actually do, I often throw up my hands in despair and walk away. It costs me in terms of relationships I've built over the years. I feel your pain. From what I can see, I need to kick my reading up a notch, and you could afford to drop it down one notch. You are not superman, you're billybuc, and a friend to so many hubbers.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      12 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      On the flow of dialects or alien languages, I can cite two books that I read in my teens (80s) although they were published from work done in 1960s.

      One was by Guy Mountford and Eric Hosking (Vanishing Jungle) and was about formation of National Parks in Pakistan in the areas that the two visited. Almost all the present day national parks of that country emanate from recommendations in that book.

      The other was by John Walsh (Time is short and the water rises) and was about saving 10,000 wild animals in Suriname from drowning due to a dam construction.

      In both books the authors used local languages and the way they were spoken. Both authors introduced the manner (melodious or upright) in which the language was spoken and then only used (over and over again) just how the introduction speech would go between the two sides.

      I think that is a good way to introduce a new language to an average reader without stressing them out. First explain how it is spoken and then just use one phrase throughout the book.

      Regards,

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Another great Mailbag Bill, full of useful information, and good ideas. Thanks for your good work! You've created a rich resource tool for writers, it is most appreciated (just sayin' and you don't have to write me back today)!

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Oh for the days of mail by post! When there were one or two letters to deal with rather than what seems like hundreds of email.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I'll just pretend this is thirty years ago and this is snail-mail. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much for your expertise, Heidi,and your very kind words. Wishing you a terrific weekend!

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Don't be too hard on yourself. We live in an age of instant communication and information at our fingertips, which I think has had a knock-on effect of ramping up the pressure on us all to get more done quicker.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I guess it's my own fault,Liz! I would love to be able to blame someone else. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 

      12 months ago from Chicago Area

      Okay, almost caught up in the Mailbag...

      Re: Amazon Marketing Services. I have ads for some of my eBooks running on this all the time. The ROI percentage can be very good if you keep your ad bids low and are willing to be patient. But the actual dollars in sales is not that high. Still experimenting.

      BTW, I loved your Artistry With Words email about your birth mom and adoptive parents. Heart wrenching and heartwarming at the same time.

      Have a terrific weekend ahead!

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      I enjoyed reading your helpful and honest tips in this article. Sounds like you are suffering from the widespread disease of 'too much to do and too little time to do it in'. I sympathize completely, as I struggle to keep on top of commenting and writing along with the multiple other demands on my time.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope that luck lasts through the summer,Miz B! Have a safe summer my friend,and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! Maybe I can whip out a farming article in the near future.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Alyssa!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Chitrangada Sharan, and I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! Hopefully, after summer ends, I can return to creative writing.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      12 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, I'm not familiar with Ann Marie Burr, but if you want to write about her, I'm sure there is a great story in there somewhere. I always enjoy your mailbags so Keep Em Coming!

      All that bad weather just barely hit us yesterday and moved on farther North. I guess we in tornado alley are getting lucky at last. Have a good 'un, my friend.

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      Jo Miller 

      12 months ago from Tennessee

      I'm looking forward to reading "A Time and Place".

      Good luck with the farming. I'd love to read about that also. I've been working on my little plot of land also.

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      Alyssa 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      Another great mailbag this week! Thank you, Bill!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice set of questions and answers.

      I like your sincerity and enthusiasm about reading and commenting on other writers work, although you keep so busy.

      Thanks for sharing this one!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      12 months ago from USA

      Very helpful information, as always. To me, all of your novels are best sellers! I am so glad you enjoy writing, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank! If this one was good it was because of the great questions. I'm just along for the ride.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Venkatachari M.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I can only pray that you are correct, Peggy. Thank you and yes, that book as been simmering for quite awhile now.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you make me laugh. We should all see shrinks, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely, Nikki...dinner in London...maybe one day, my friend.

      Blessings to you as always

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! Time is not my friend right now, but hopefully that novel will come to fruition in the next year.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Ann always makes me think, darn her. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Bill! I hope it happens as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Larry! lol Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      12 months ago from Shelton

      Bill, although I do enjoy reading the mail.. I found this one entertaining both the questions and the answers.. oh the informative ring this one brought.. too bad this one couldn't be the 200 Milestone.. keep up the fantastic work

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      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Bill. I have just seen your review of my book at Amazon and am glad.

      Your book-publishing tips provided through these mailbags are of much help to writers like me. Thanks a lot.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I hope you do write that book about Ann Marie Burr. It sounds as though it has been simmering in your mind for some time. Just reading your weekly mailbag, I do not think that you have to worry about diminished intellectual capacity anytime soon. (Smile)

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill thank you so much for taking the time to help us. I appreciate it.

      Here is a weird one for you. Up until 30 or so, several times a day I would ask myself what my mom or dad would do or say about something.

      Now on my last hike I got myself into one or two plus jams. I actually asked myself how I would write about it. It worked. My writing self is wiser than my "actual self". I have other reasons but on that reason alone should I see a shrink?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, RedElf, exactly!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's fascinating, Mary! never heard of it...I will certainly have an opinion about that. Thank you and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Peg! I can't imagine anything I would rather do. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That warms my heart, Mary! Thank you for those kind words.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you are on the right track, Dora! I would keep doing what you are doing.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And i appreciate your support,Bill.Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M! By the way, I left a review of your book on Amazon!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! So do I! I hope it happens.

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      Nikki Khan 

      12 months ago from London

      Sure Bill,,would stop by.

      If you visit London, do stop for dinner please, I am an excellent chef.

      You won't be disappointed with food, I bet.

      Many Blessings to you and your family.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I found this to be one of the most interesting Mailbags so far. Maybe the questions and answers were particularly relevant to me. Good luck with "A Time and Place."

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      All of your Mailbag articles are useful and interesting, Bill. This one is especially so. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about dialects, marketing, and formatting. Ann's question is thought provoking.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. That last question about writing one last book I found very interesting. I certainly hope you find the time to make this happen. I love the title, and I have no doubt that it would be marvelous Great job as always, have a great week.

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      Larry Rankin 

      12 months ago from Oklahoma

      It's always such a fight to balance writing and life.

      One way to look at it is if you never get caught up you'll always have something to do:-)

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      RedElf 

      12 months ago from Canada

      It's my understanding that a person can't copyright a title. Content for sure, but my goodness, look at the mess the poor songwriters would be in...

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      Mary Wickison 

      12 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Regarding dialects, I struggle sometimes when I am reading them and if it's too filled with them, I too will put it down and go on to something else. However, if I watch a film and their accent is wrong, it bothers me. What can I say, I'm fickle.

      I have a question for next weeks mailbag.

      I don't know if you have heard about 'cockygate'. There is a romance writer who has copyrighted or trademarked the word 'cocky' as many of her novels use this in the title. She has sent letters to other romance writers telling them to change their titles or they will be sued. Surely this could have far-reaching ramifications in the publishing world. What are your thoughts on this?

      Have a great week.

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      Peg Cole 

      12 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I like that you write from your heart, Bill, and not just for the dollars and cents that we all hope to earn. Maybe, one day we will see the rewards of our work. But in the meantime, it's so much fun writing.

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      Mary Norton 

      12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a challenge, to write that one book inside of you. One of these days, I will sit down and do this. You have made me fly as a writer when before I never even considred myself one.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks especially for your answer on dialects. Few Caribbean people who read my Caribbean story chided me for not using the deep down dialect, but my concern is the majority of my readers who are non-Caribbean; they might be bogged down with trying to interpret it. Your answer encourages me.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      12 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Bill, thank for you answer to my question out of your technology dictionary. Much appreciated.

      Totally agree on marketing services answer, and on dialect, as well.

      Your continued support, however rushed, is always very much appreciated!! ;-)

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      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Well, this is one more interesting mailbag as always. Good questions and great answers.

      The use of rare dialects through characters can always be nice and interesting if they can be understood without much effort by the readers.

      Your reply to the question regarding the use of Marketing Services is very sound. Regarding the last book that is waiting in your queue, it seems to be of special worth for you and I will be waiting to hear from you of the writing of that book.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      I look forward to that book!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Rodric. Maybe some day I will do one more chapter just for you...a dedication for a friend! As for choosing what to read, honestly there is no rationale behind it. We meet people, we read their work, recommendations are made...after seven years I've had a lot of recommendations given to me.

      Thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you can be like Harper Lee...one and done, except that myth was exploded decades later....but I sure do hope you write one while I'm still above ground.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, Bev would have a heart attack if I even suggested such things. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, that is a great place to be, with the sun always shining. Enjoy life and I will catch you down the road.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Nikki! Thanks for the question. If you are ever in the States, stop by and I'll buy you lunch.

      Wishing you a marvelous Monday! Blessings always!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not this time, Mike, but thanks for the chuckle...no shadows....reality is scarier, anyway.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Canterbury Tales and me are not a good match....no way, no how. I tried it and gave up. Sigh! If I offended anyone with that opinion I apologize.

      I'm going to try and start that book in October...crossing my fingers!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Here is the link to that book, Rochelle

      https://www.amazon.com/Detailed-Self-Publishing-Am...

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Natalie! Honestly, I've been confused on those two words too, so I'm glad someone asked that question.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, as always, you had me howling...like a Howling Monkey, or is that a Howler? I always get confused. I can see you writing one novel...it would be, at the very least, entertaining. Go for it! I promise to buy it.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Kristen! That's a lovely thing for you to say.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      12 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I have been waiting for mailbag 201 and 202. For some reason I did not receive notice for either of them in my email! I don't know what that is about. I had to go searching for it because I knew that two weeks did not pass without a mailbag. Anyway...

      This one is as informative as them all! I am really looking forward to that book you have locked in your soul. I think your writing is calculated and granular--palpable. I am still raving about When the Corn Died. I do not know why that story touches me as much as it does. I think about it often and have recommended it to several people to read. I would love to read a follow up--Apples from the Ashes or something like that. I think you should do another chapter. Just sayin'....

      How do you choose what to read? I mean, I know you read a variety of articles because I follow what you read. How do you choose? You have introduced me to so many good writers.

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      Melissa Propp 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! For being as busy as you are, you managed to answer quite a few questions in this week's mailbag. :)

      I'm going to ponder on the "what would be my last book"...at this rate, it might also be my debut! LOL

      Have a great and productive week!

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      manatita44 

      12 months ago from london

      Inspirational as usual. Some really good questions. You continue to give a great service here Bill.

      As to the busy work, treat yourself to a geat massage. Or take Bev to the Ritz. Ha ha. Don't let me give you a heart attack.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      12 months ago from Norfolk

      No apologies necessary though I confess I have been a little tardy myself of late. I need to write Hub Number 100 but somehow family things and life have had to take priority. The sun has also been shining:)

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      Nikki Khan 

      12 months ago from London

      Bill my friend thanks for your insights on publishing interior on Amazon.I’ve checked the book, would give it a go to find out in detail.Hopefully this would help me to get my first novel published.Yahoo!

      “A Time and Place” interesting title, would wait for this marvellous story to come out of your mind’s imaginations.

      Have a great Monday and a great week ahead!

      Many blessings always!

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hi Bill - "A Time and Place" - I'll get busy on the cover graphic. I see a shadow reaching out of a manhole cover, pulling in another shadow and........

      happy monday

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill. For some odd reason I did not receive a notice in my mailbox that your #202 was available, but you did not let me down. I went looking for it and found it. You are dependable.

      Dialects detracting? I still shiver (not in a good way) when I think about having to labor (and I KNOW what labor is after giving birth to a 9 pound child!) through "Canterbury Tales."

      I know that novel is inside of you. You've let little bits of it pop out a few times in your writing here. I do hope that you find the time to allow it to be real. However, I don't want to imagine you leaving this earth any time soon. Write your magnum opus soon, so that we aren't deprived of being able to read it, not because you can no longer write it.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      12 months ago from California Gold Country

      It’s a good thing you don’t have 40 acres,Bill.

      I don’t think your readers will feel cheated, especially if you continue to show up every Monday. Can you give the title of the book on formatting? I hope you get some Amazon sales, but I’m always hesitant to click when I ‘m signed in.

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      Natalie Frank 

      12 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Bill, thanks for the clarification of uploading and downloading. I have always been confused about which one meant what. And don't worry about "cheating" on us. We all go through periods when we can't be as involved as we usually are. It comes with the territory. Another great Mailbag. Thanks.

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      Mr. Happy 

      12 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I still try to stop by and comment on your blogs and articles, but it is getting increasingly more difficult to stay current. I feel like I’m cheating on you." - I'm not a tic for tac type of person. I haven't written anything new either so, really You don't have to stop by my profile page. Nothing has changed since You last came by lol

      I'm a little confused. What are "britches"? Wikipedia is saying that "breeches, or britches are an item of clothing but "britches" is also "a baby monkey removed from a laboratory by the Animal Liberation Front". Hold on to your monkeys folks! lol It's a wild world out there nowadays. I can believe anything.

      "If you get so carried away with your dialects that you actually detract from the story you are telling, you are causing a mortal sin of writing." - This is like when I'm listening to a Scottish person talk. I end-up just mesmerised of them bending the English language so much, that I can no longer pay attention to the message trying to be conveyed.

      "I don’t have much trust in anything I read online" - What are You doing here?!? Haha!! Do we not both write online? Well, me not so much anymore but still. : )

      "Does anyone else have some actual information about this topic???? Any of our readers????" - Not me. I don't write for money. The knowledge I gather, I offer it for free. I believe knowledge should be free. That's just my opinion though. (I do take donations, if anyone asks lol)

      "And I hope that all of you, one day, write that one great book you have inside of you, and I hope that after writing it you can sit back, give yourself a pat on the back, and really feel good about your accomplishment." - That might work for me: just one novel, like one of my favourite writers, Oscar Wilde. (Non-fiction in my case.)

      Nice conversing with You Mr. Bill, as always. All the best!

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      Kristen Howe 

      12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, once again, another great mailbag with your pearls of wisdom for advice. Your mailbags are a highlight of my week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I'll try! As for the weather, we are having brilliant weather of late. Perfect weather for more outdoor's chores. :)

      Wishing you a spectacular week ahead, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I feel bad, semi-ignoring my HP family. Hopefully things will slow down at the end of the summer.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      Well, bill, more great questions and answers!

      Superb answer to mine, thanks; I wasn't expecting such detail and we get a title and all!

      It sounds like a marvellous book and you won't be the only one who hopes it will be written soon. What do you say about 'making' time to write?!! Just kidding...

      Blue sky, sunshine and all's right with the world today! Hope it's the same with you, bill.

      Ann

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      Janine Huldie 

      12 months ago from New York, New York

      No apologies at all, Bill and just glad you are busy work wise! Now, just wishing you a very, Happy Monday and week ahead now ;)

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