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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 211

Updated on July 16, 2018

A Little About Me

Just a glimpse inside yours truly, one little fact you may not have known . . .

I don’t debate social issues, religious issues, or political issues.

Reason: I think it’s, at best, a lesson in futility, and my time is much too precious to waste trying to convince you, or anyone else, to change your opinion on any matter.

That doesn’t mean I don’t express my opinions. They are on display in many of my writings, for all the world to see, proudly draped in blood, sweat, tears, and my experience.

But I won’t debate with you, and I’m really not concerned whether you agree with me or not, so don’t waste your time trying to get me engaged in debate, and please don’t waste my time either.

I work for change within my community. That’s what I do. I work for change in my one-on-one relationships with friends, family, and strangers. I try to be the person, the husband, the neighbor, and the citizen, I would like to see all around the world.

But I won’t debate with you! Believe what you want to believe, on any topic. It’s fine with me. I am not evangelical. I am not threatened by your beliefs. In fact, I am perfectly secure in my little world, no matter what you believe. There is far too much division in this world of ours, and I won’t be an active part of that division.

And that is how I expect to be treated by others.

Welcome to the Mail Room! You are safe here, no matter what you believe. Just be respectful of others and we will get along just great.

Shall we get started?

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

More Title Dilemmas

From Eric: “Really cool stuff on keywords which begs the question about series of articles like yours and mine. Should we really put the subject matter first and then the series title? Getting hits is really not my thing as we have a congregation of 100 or so.”

Eric, you already answered your question. Getting hits is not your thing, so who cares how you title any of your articles? Seriously, don’t pay any attention to the SEO nonsense and just write for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of your readers. That, really, is writing at its most basic level: there is a writer, there is a reader, and there is the written material.

And Google can go take a flying leap!

Wanna know a secret? I hate the SEO stuff. I make a living doing it, and I can play that game with the best SEO writers around, but I despise everything it stands for. At its core it is manipulation. It is Marketing 101. Send a subliminal message to the masses and lead them in the direction you choose.

I don’t do it with my creative writings and I submit to you that you will be happier if you don’t do it with your writings.

Google loves photos in articles
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Photos in Hubs

From Zulma: “I know you're really busy so I don't expect an answer straight away. Is it mandatory to have photos in your hubs? I have a story ready to post, but it doesn't contain photos. Do I have to? I notice you tend to use the same ones over and over again, so that's why I'm wondering?”

I’m never so busy, Zulma, that I can’t chat with a good friend for a few minutes, so let’s you and I chat about HP and SEO.

Is it mandatory to have photos in our Hubs? No, not at all, but if you want them to be featured by the HP staff yes, it is mandatory to have a minimum of three photos.

Now, having said that, and in defense of the HP staff, they did not pick that number at random. They are following Google and SEO guidelines. Google, the search engine, gives more value to articles with pictures, just as they give more value to articles with a good SEO title and good linking. It’s the SEO Game, and all writers must follow the rules of that game IF THEY WANT TO ATTRACT ONLINE READERS!

Yes, I tend to use basically the same photos over and over again. If those photos relate to the subject matter then everyone is happy. Since it takes me all of about one minute to add pics to my Hubs, I don’t mind doing it. That is my concession to this SEO game and to HP. A side note: on my blogs I only add pics if I think they add to what I am posting. I don’t play the SEO game at all on my blogs because, well, I just don’t care. I don’t have blogs because I want to make a lot of money. I have blogs because they give me a freedom to express my ideas without Big Brother watching over my shoulder editing what I write according to some made-up game of keywords and word count.

Writing a Series

From Francis: “I’m thinking of writing a fictional series of novels, perhaps five or six in the series. What one piece of advice can you give me before I begin?”

Francis, my one piece of advice can be said in one word: organize!

You can save yourself a ton of trouble by outlining your five or six novels in advance. Mind you, I was not smart enough to do that with my “Shadows” series, but it is what I recommend. Writing a series, with recurring characters, and with overlapping plots, is difficult. It is extremely hard to keep track of everything you have written before, in earlier novels, so having a “cheat board” of some sort, where you can go and refresh your memory, is a huge time-and-headache saver.

Do I wish I had done this with my “Shadows” series? Oh my God yes! But that cow has left the barn, so racing to close the barn doors now is a bit silly of me.

But you, Francis? Go close those doors now!

Organize ahead of starting your series
Organize ahead of starting your series | Source

CREATESPACE

From Lori: I just read the following announcement on createspace and have questions.


"CreateSpace no longer offers any paid professional services, such as editing, interior or cover design, or conversion to eBooks. If you’re an author who purchased services that are not complete, those services will be cancelled and you will receive a refund for the purchase price. Information regarding refunds will be sent to the email address associated with your CreateSpace account. If you’re an author with complete services, your files are available in your Project Services Toolbox. To access the toolbox, click on “Project Services Toolbox” in the upper right hand corner of your Project Homepage. If you have questions about your book, log into your CreateSpace account and click “Contact Support” under My Account to connect with Customer Service."

My question is how does someone who has an account like me but has not completed the writing process and not ready to print supposed to design their interior and cover design?

Also, is createspace taking new customers?........

Lori, if I understand this correctly, all CreateSpace is saying is they will no longer have a paid service where someone else will do the formatting and covers for you. You can still publish through CreateSpace; you just can’t hire one of their staff to do the “dirty” work for you.

You will either have to design your interior on your own, like I do, or have a friend or fellow writer do it for you. The same is true for cover design. There are a number of writers on HP who can help you with cover design. I have been helped repeatedly by one HP writer who does covers for others, and I’m sure you can find a similar help partner. I would give you his name but I don’t feel comfortable with doing that without his permission.

So Lori, it’s not the end of the world for you. J It simply means you will have to get help from your friends.

I have recommended one book, in particular, to others and I recommend it to you….”A Detailed Guide to Self Publishing on Amazon” by Chris McMullen I believe. That book has everything you need to wade through the formatting on CreateSpace.

And yes, CreateSpace is taking new customers.

IMAGINE

“Imagine all the people, living life in peace.”

Thank you John Lennon! I’m not that loosely-wired. I wish the world could live in peace, but I’ve never seen it happen in my sixty-nine years and I really don’t think I’ll see it during the remainder of my lifetime. That doesn’t mean, though, that I get a free pass from trying to be an instrument of peace.

So no debating! No words of vitriol from me. No chastising will spew from my lips. I will not label you based on your beliefs. I will not belittle your stance on any issue.

And in return all I ask of you is the same . . . respect!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me, R-E-S-P-E-C-T . . . thank you Aretha, and my thanks to all of you for stopping by and sharing a moment with me.

I just noticed we passed the four year mark for this series a couple weeks ago. Four years of the Mailbag, and it’s all because of all of you. Thank you!!!!!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence! Here's to another four years for the series and our friendship.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      6 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Totally agree with you regarding respecting others point of view, life is too short to sweat the 'small stuff'.

      Regarding photos on HP I had no idea they want three photos, but I'm not that worried about it either.

      Great advice here, and congrats on four years with this series.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the stick figures idea, Brian! Now if I can only learn to draw them. :)

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 weeks ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Re Zulma's question, Bill, one alternative to using photos in a hub is to use one's own crudely drawn stick figures. There used to be a prolific HubPages writer who illustrated all his hubs that way.

      I've illustrated fiction in hubs using public domain works of art. Like, some years ago I was posting novel chapters, and I illustrated one chapter with Edvard Munch's The Scream.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Manatita! Thanks for the chuckle my brother.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Four years, Bill! CONGRATULATIONS.

      You pulled some punches in this one or is it the other way around?

      Thanks for your support. Now I wont be a victim for my writing philosophy. Lol.

      Another awesome piece! Carry on Bro.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Larry! I think I prefer the subtle road, placing my message in my stories, and working for the local community...but I respect your approach as well, the approach I favored when I was in college.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great read, always.

      I still can't leave the political stuff. Maybe futile for the most part, but somebody has to say something.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan...life issues do have a way of derailing our plans. I hope things have settled down a bit for you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, I'm glad to hear that. I could have saved myself a lot of headaches if I had learned this lesson a few years ago. Best wishes my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Nithya! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am sure they do, Mike...I'll continue to use them as they have the simplest format for me to follow.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I hope your visit with your son was enjoyable.Thank you for stopping by despite your busy week. Peace be with you always.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MIchael my friend, a public admonition for all writers...what we write matters...every word has value....take nothing for granted. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, in your genre, I can't imagine not using them. Thanks for the input and Happy Thursday to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I'm hopelessly behind in my responses...the question is an interesting one...see you Monday with the answer.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Lori! Best wishes!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I do, Jo, but no inclination to write it. lol...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! Photos are our friends! Love that last line. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very well stated, Flourish! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Enjoyed reading the mailbag as always. I am guilty of missing the last one, being busy in real life issues.

      Your introductory paragraph has the same views, as mine. No political or religious debates, especially on social media platforms. Good for peace of mind.

      Thanks for sharing this very useful installment.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      OH MY GOSH, Bill! I am so glad I read this before finishing the next book in my seven book fictional piece! Having a cheat sheet to keep the multiple plots and characters together is so helpful. I have my main four characters and about ten supporting characters. I want them to be just as round as my main people. I hate flat characters. I find myself having to go back and liven up some of my secondary characters--especially since some of them become main characters in spin-offs and later books. I don't want the secondary characters to take away from the main ones, however.

      I am going to work on a large outline/cheat sheet to help me keep track of storylines instead of going back and reading the whole book each time to look for fodder EACH TIME!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What happened to my comment? Why isn't HP sending it? Oh, well, Let's try again. Feeling pretty lousy trying to get through the day with "shingles". The "Mailbag" really does cheer me up as I read through the questions and your creative answers.

      Hard to believe the four-year mark has passed. Thanks, so much Bill for devoting your time to helping we writers.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 months ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on crossing the four year mark, so many of us have benefited by reading the Writer's Mailbag installments. Thank you for answering so many questions, looking forward to many more.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hello Bill - Number 211 and four years. That is a long road. I did not run off and do research, but I am guessing that Createspace still provides templates for both the cover (size) and the interior to paste a writer's text into. Their service was not inexpensive, competition must have caught up with them.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi, Bill, my Brother. I am late this week due to my son coming to me and spending 3 days with me.

      Your introduction is a good one. I too belong to your category. It is good to be clear-cut.

      This one is full of some interesting questions and very perfect answers from you. Something more to learn and think upon.

      It's nice to dream about a peaceful, lovely universe. But, we should live in reality, not in dreams. We can pray for a better life and a better world.

      Thanks for this, one more, informative mailbag.

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      Michael Milec 

      2 months ago

      Entire introduction resound very efficiently. A public admonition without a directly calling name, whilst I know it relates to me. Those talks have been always beneficiaI, I have regarded them positively. This time it has a profound meaning for me...

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Interesting question about including photos. Certainly for me they are very important and I spend way too much time fussing over which photos to include and where to place them in the hub. Great discussion. Have a great week.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Congrats on your 4 years & another entertaining mailbag, bill!

      I totally agree about the debating issue. Definitely a time waster.

      Question: If you could start your writing career all over again what would you do differently?

      Have a tremendous, tale-telling Tuesday, bill!

      Ann

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks Bill. Because I'm just getting started with CS for my book I was confused as to then notice. I will get ahold of the copy of the book you recommend.

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      Jo Miller 

      2 months ago from Tennessee

      Congratulations, on four years, Bill. You should have enough for a book soon.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      Congrats on four years with the Mailbag, Bill! Wow!

      I'd like to add something to your response to Zulma's question about adding photos to hubs, if you don't mind.

      Firstly, quality photos add visual value to the articles. With fiction, pictures should be painted with words, but in non-fiction, how-to's, etc. a good picture can drive the point home and clarify any uncertainties.

      Secondly, photos help to break up the prose. Especially when reading online, our attention spans are short; we can't put a bookmark in the page when we need a break from reading. Photos offer that break, even if only for a fraction of a second. When I come across an online article that is very long and has no breaking point (photos, polls, etc.), more times than not I'll click out before I get half-way through.

      Photos are our friends!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      I believe especially for those who have not fully formed their value systems (such as teens and young adults or those open to various perspectives) a well placed, probing question can be very helpful and not offensive. It is an art, however, particularly when discussing sensitive and highly charged topics. If one is arguing, then one isn’t being artful, helpful, or persuasive. My own values are fully formed and I imagine they’d change only incrementally at this point except for significant life events. I am interested in helping the young people in my life discover their own value systems, no matter how different they may be from me.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shaloo! It hasn't happened often, but I will tell you how I have handled them next week.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I can tell you one person who would have never guessed this would go on four years,and that is me.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 months ago from India

      Four years...wow!!! Congratulations.

      I loved the introduction. Religious and political debates are a strict no-no for me too for the same reasons as you mentioned.

      How do you handle negative reviews or unfair reviews? Looking forward to your answer in the forthcoming mailbag :)

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, congrats on another informative mailbag (and I especially love your introduction as I too hate heated debate on those issues you mention.) I also like to express my beliefs in what I write but refrain from arguing them in comments or forums etc. Not that I get many hate or argumentative comments anyway. Wow, four years, who would have thought.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I rarely say this, but I would be happy to see some rain here.

      Thank you for the very kind words. I love this community and I simply want to give back to it. It's as simple as that.

      I'm happy you found me, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I suspect, Verlie, you would get along quite nicely, but it's nice of you to say that. :) No, just the one book in the Mailbag series....time is not on my side, despite what The Stones say.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I appreciate that, Pop, as I appreciate you.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago

      Four years of the mailbag, congratulations, my friend. I think you already had a number out before I discovered you and started following. Your encouragement is a big reason that I'm still here. I was about to pull out, and then I discovered the mailbag. It was important, but even more important, it led me to the community of "real" writers with big hearts here.

      Thanks for the tip on the McMullen book to Lori. I'm nearing completion on the book I'm rewriting and editing, and I noticed that the format didn't agree with the published format of the original book that fell on it's skinny little bottom. The author and I discussed format, and he told me to do what I thought was best. I was going to send you some questions, but I think you've already given me the best answer. Thanks again, my friend.

      We are getting some blessed rain here today. I couldn't be happier.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Four years of mailbag! Congratulations Bill! I saw one published mailbag book on your 'desk'. Are there others? Your info is rich. What would we do without you?!

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      breakfastpop 

      2 months ago

      Dear billy,

      I respect your right to privacy.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you, Linda, but always being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep spreading those wings, Mary! I'll keep lending a hand until lift off! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Melissa! Sunny and hot here, too hot, but I'm whining so I'll stop. :) Enjoy your week and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks William! I'll go with amazing, especially since this was supposed to be a "one and done" sort of thing.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's always interesting to read the Mailbag. Thanks for continuing the series for four years, Bill.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for 4 years for patiently helping someone like me to find some confidence in writing. More than just the learning, the confidence I have gained from your encouragement is something I value. As a writer, I can't really fly yet but I have spread my wings and for this, I am very grateful.

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      Melissa Propp 

      2 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! It is a gorgeous sunny day here in MN and I love reading some positive and informative mail (and that is not open for debate either!).

      Hope you have a wonderful and productive week!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well let me know when you are ready. It really is a pretty easy fix, Shannon!

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Aw, thanks! You're awesome. Has anyone ever to you that? Sure, just about everyone you know, right? LOL. But it's going to be awhile, I think. Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way of my plans to write. Or rather, people do. I sit down to write and get interrupted. But kiddos go back to school soon and then I can hopefully write on my day off work. LOL.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Happy Fourth Anniversary, Bill! In some ways, that's amazing. In most ways it's perfectly;y natural. When you reach out to people, they reach back. I'm thinking about the CreateSpace thing. I love to do my own covers almost as much as I love to write. That being said, it has to be easy! Looking forward to year number five!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Louise!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, if you do your manuscript on Word I can help you with page numbers. IM me if you want help.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Rajan! Thanks for being a part of the community.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Wow, four years. Congratulations! That's longer than some syndicated programs.

      The question about covers and interior layout. I know nothing.... Nada.... Not a thing. I struggled tremendously with trying to get the page numbers done correctly and ultimately gave up, opting to go without page numbers. However, page numbers will be more important with a novel rather than poetry. So I guess I need to figure it out and learn more. But I did find a website for freelance photographers and artists to sell their work for use as book covers. Price varied according to things like quality and experience, etc. Anyway, I found it useful sin e l don't know anyone who does that kind of thing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Congratulations on the mailbag completing 4 years. This is one thing I always look forward to. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, my friend, you've done it again. Your comments are always in-depth and meaningful, and I appreciate it. Marketing will always be my downfall as a writer. I understand it...I know how to do it...but I hate it. I write because I love to write. I do not want to blow my own horn or beg people to read my works. They are there for my enjoyment and hopefully the enjoyment of those who read them...and that is enough for me.

      Wishing you peace and blessings always!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for those kind words, Linda. I want writers to become excited about writing, and having information which aids them will help, I believe...that's what this Mailbag thing is all about.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'm sure you noticed what happened today in this mailbag. "Helping writers to spread their wings and fly" is working--how to craft a title, organizing a series, using CreateSpace--you've encouraged people to start writing, and they're DOING it. Whoop whoop!

      As for CreateSpace, I want to encourage Lori that she can design her own cover in CS and it isn't that difficult. (I did it, so it must be easy).

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      Louise Barraco 

      2 months ago from Ontario

      I love the mailbag it helps so many of us who write here

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      Mr. Happy 

      2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Getting hits is not your thing, so who cares how you title any of your articles?" - I agree. Write from the heart and let the chips fall where they may. At least that's what I do. Then again, I don't write for money.

      "At its core it is manipulation. It is Marketing 101" - I can't stand that. That is why I do not like advertising. In my opinion all advertising should be on one website and people can just go and check products there. Yet, when we step out of our house, we are bombarder with billboards, electronic screens, people chasing us down the street with flyers ... it's beyond ridiculous, not to mention mentally unhealthy.

      "Is it mandatory to have photos in our Hubs? No, not at all" - I am not sure that is the case. Most of the photographs on my hubs are my own. I had in the past articles and essays that had no photographs. So, I noticed in the last year or so, that Hubpages just put-up random photographs on the hubs which had none. You'll see now photos of apples, crayons, a word puzzle lol They forced those onto my hubs. I no longer fight with them (Hubpages). Unless they were to put some disturbing photos, I let it be.

      "Writing a series, with recurring characters, and with overlapping plots, is difficult." - Yup. I tried and didn't like it. Keeping in mind all the details, for every character and it's all sort of fantasy ... I couldn't keep it proper so, no fiction for me. With me, it's either fact, or it is nothing.

      Never heard of CreateSpace but good to know. Always learn something here. I'm sure I've mentioned that before. : )

      "I really don’t think I’ll see it during the remainder of my lifetime" - Maybe next Life then. Haha! ; )

      "And in return all I ask of you is the same . . . respect!" - That's all I ask of people too: respect all Living Beings. Why is that so much to ask for?

      Thank You for yor words. Have a blessed week!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always good to hear from you, Kristen, and you always share great advice. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank! Actually nothing triggered it...just a random thought in a random mind. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Zulma, I think you got away with one. The profile picture is not supposed to be counted. Shhh, don't tell HP!

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, great mailbag as always. Happy four-year anniversary! I did miss last week's though. As for Francis's question on series, if he plans on doing self-publishing, serial books are always wanted. If he plans to go the traditional route, stick with the first book and work on the next book (not in the same series), since they might make changes or buy the first book. This advice can be applied to trilogies as well. As for Eric's question on titled hubs, sometimes it comes naturally to me, depending on the topic. Sometimes it doesn't. Don't worry about it until the end.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago from Shelton

      I wonder what triggered that introduction.. no wait.. I don't wonder, it's your opinion and that's good enough for me.. and as always.. love the mailbags.. et al..

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      Has it really been four years? Doesn't seem possible.

      I was pleasantly surprised to see my question in your mailbag. I guess I'm not the only one who wonders about this. Does the photo minimum of three include the profile picture? I ask because my last hub only had two pictures but according to my profile, it's featured.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Mary! This is where all the cool kids stop by to play.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric! It wouldn't be a Mailbag without you stopping by to comment.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 months ago from Brazil

      Four years of the mailbag, that is fantastic. Congratulations.

      Mondays just wouldn't be the same without the mailbag.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I liked this one a whole lot. To my mind it was wonderfully philosophical. Don't worry about me but I do debate up in my fuzzy little brain, and some of the arguments are nasty. They say I do not have a disassociative personality disorder :-)

      I agree about Keywords but believe it or not legal court documents have long held the same notion - going back hundreds of years. Congratulations on the four year mark. I don't believe I have missed but a few.

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