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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 249

Updated on March 25, 2019

Feast or Famine

Last week we had two questions. This week I’m exhausted from answering them all.

Not really! I’m loving the outpouring of questions, so thanks to all who tossed one my way.

For all who have asked, I have finished my latest novel, “The Magician’s Shadow.” Unless something new comes to me, some urgent addition, I will upload the book this coming Thursday, and it will be officially published by month’s end. It’s been a long road for this one, but I think it was worth it. I consider it to be the best of the Shadow series. Hopefully you will agree.

And now let’s get to this boatload of questions.

Welcome to the Mail Room
Welcome to the Mail Room

Is It Real or Is It Memorex?

From Dream On: “When you read someone's book how do you know if they really wrote it or if they had a ghost writer write for them? Some people say they can tell by the writers previous work from their style and the language they use.”

Dream On, I wouldn’t know unless I had read a great deal of their work. I can easily give you an example using two pretty famous writers. I was once a big fan of James Patterson and Robert Parker. I read everything they published over the years, and because I was so familiar with their work I was able to notice when their styles had changed. It turns out they started using ghostwriters to write their novels. Patterson is still doing it today. Check out a novel by him…it will say James Patterson with so and so as the authors.

If I’m not familiar with someone’s writing, I don’t see any way I would know if they had written it or not. Sheez, now you’ve got me wondering: am I the author of my works, or do I have a ghostwriter? LOL

Which Way Do You Slant?

From Eric: “Bill you talk a lot about the weather. In fact you tell stories about it. I think that is because you are a farmer. Do you think most writers actually lean toward a slant that comes from there vocation. I am thinking of Hemingway and Clancy and even the dark Poe. And should they?”

Eric, I think most writers, if not all, rely heavily on what they know . . . on their experiences. I think we are all influenced by our body of work as human beings. How could we not be? With me it is intentional. I use everything from my past I can remember, not necessarily because I think I lived a fascinating life, but because I’m too lazy to do research on something new.

I will also admit to my writings being heavily influenced by my political and social leanings. I’m a Liberal and most of my main characters represent my lean to the Left. I make no excuses for it, and I don’t plan on changing. Read it, don’t read it, it makes little difference to me, and it doesn’t lessen my love for writing one iota. I write because I love to write. I don’t keep score.

So yep, I’m slanted for sure!

There is quite a bit of my "slant" in every one of my novels
There is quite a bit of my "slant" in every one of my novels

Interesting Observation

From Mel: “I have noticed, through my own literary endeavors, that the audience who reads my mailman articles in droves is really not much interested either in my book reviews or the chapters of my novel I publish on my blog. I have a niche audience, and they cannot be coaxed out of their niche. It is frustrating, but I am hoping that one day a tiny stray spark will start a brush fire. That's a good analogy for California, I suppose, which is not quite as damp as your lovely Pacific Northwest. Great mailbag!”

Mel, I’ve basically seen the same thing. I don’t know what causes the phenomenon. Perhaps just a shortage of time. I know it is hard for me to read HP articles and follow too many blogs. I have had to scale way back on the amount of “following” I do.

I have some incredibly loyal followers who read my articles, read my blogs, and read my novels, and I greatly appreciate it, but I get it if people don’t have the time or inclination to do all of those things. It’s just too hard sometimes.

Social Media Marketing

From Linda: “Bill, this Mailbag was short, but full of good stuff. I agree with you on the marketing, but what if you are a social media (or computer) dunce?”

Then, Linda, you are dead in the water!!!

LOL Kidding, of course, but only partially.

If you are going to promote a book without social media, you better quit your day job and get out there full-time to rub shoulders with the masses. It’s possible, of course. It’s been done before, with good results, but it ain’t easy my friend.

My suggestion: follow Heidi’s blog on marketing…Heidi being a regular follower here…you’ll see her comment in this stream sooner or later today…start following her. She knows her stuff and she can give you some great suggestions on marketing without social media.

Branching out and Storylines

From Alyssa: “So now that I've rambled, I do have a question. (Two actually.) Please forgive me if you've answered it already, but what are your thoughts on sharing different types of writing, the ones that are out of the norm for your account? When you get your ideas for your novels, do you always have an entire story line in mind or do you get inspiration as you continue to write? I apologize for this 10 page essay comment. haha! Have a wonderful week!”

Alyssa, great questions. What are my thoughts about sharing different types of writing on your account? I think you should go with your passion, no matter what that passion is on any given day. It does get a little tricky on blogs which are specifically about one topic, like yours is about fitness and self help, but then I’m reminded of a brilliant writer, Og Mandino, who made a living writing novels which pounded home the self help theme. His “Ragpicker” novel is still one of my all-time favorite novels, and it was really nothing more than a “love yourself” message wrapped up in a creative short story.

So, there are ways to mix and match and make it work.

As for my inspiration when writing novels, I’m kind of a “wing it” kind of guy. I almost always start out by writing a creative first chapter with very little plan behind it. Just a writing exercise . . . I then build a novel around that first chapter. I usually have no clue how it is going to end, and the actual story comes to me while I’m writing. This is, by the way, completely in opposition to the accepted way of writing a novel, so please don’t emulate me. All I can tell you is it works for me. I am able to organize a storyline, in my head, as I go along. It’s really a weird process and I don’t suggest it for anyone else.

Most of these began as writing exercises.
Most of these began as writing exercises.

Waning Desire

From Rodric: “My temperament in writing has shifted from fiction to nonfiction. I have about nine books that are incomplete in the fiction category but all I want to do is write about serious things. I feel a need to get those other books about, but the drive is not there. What are your experiences with changes in writing desire, if any?”

I just went through it, Rodric. It has taken me twice as long to write my current novel, and the main reason for that tortoise-like pace was a lack of desire to really attack it with gusto. I was just tired of writing, quite frankly. For eight years now I have constructed my weekly schedule around writing, and I think I just needed a break to recharge my internal batteries.

About two months ago I started getting the writing bug again. I’ve even started writing articles for HP other than the Mailbag, which I had not done for months. For those who are not aware of my HP past, for the first two years I was here, I wrote an article per day for two solid years. I was a writing machine and I was loving it . . . I think I just finally blew a tire on my hot rod and I needed a break, because I’m feeling refreshed now!

Don’t worry about it, Rodric! Do what you want to do, when you want to do it, and enjoy the heck out of it.

That’s a Wrap

Thanks for the great questions! That was fun! I’ll be sure and let you all know when my latest novel is ready for purchase. Again, the name is “The Magician’s Shadow.” I’m going to price it quite low because I really appreciate your patience in waiting for me to finish it.

Blessings and love always1

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lawrence! You do the same, my friend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Most of them will be, but there are a few real gems in there, and a few with info I really want.

      Still, I enjoy going through and sorting out what is needed.

      Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      400 emails, Lawrence? I think you're forgiven for missing this one. lol I'm amazed you are taking the time to go through them all. I reach a point where I just throw up my hands and start clean.

      Good luck, and thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Not sure why I didn't see this article before, but it could have something to do with having nearly 400 emails that I REALLY need to attend to! (You never know what might be lurking in them!)

      I can identify with Roderic and 'losing the desire' as I think I went through that with my last novel (took me two years where the others took a matter of months, mind you I did get halfway through another novel in that time, and I'm finishing that one off at the moment)

      I also found it interesting that you used the video of the Dublin writer's conference and Mark Dawson.

      Mark is also one who can take you through the 'step by step' of how to market a book, and you don't always need to pay for the good stuff he puts out.

      Great post here, sorry I missed it when it first came out.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eman! I love the way your mind works. :) Peace and blessings always!

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      4 months ago from Egypt

      I apologize for the late comment on this article. I think that the feast in the corrupt councils is a famine in respectable councils or vice versa and I think the ghostwriter is very widespread these days. Thank you, Mr. Holland, for this interesting article.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Dee! I have had to cut way back on making comments. I simply do not have the time to support everyone. Having said that, I greatly appreciate you supporting me.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 months ago

      Maybe I should look into a ghostwriter, it would so much easier on me. But then, I would miss out on the whole process and satisfaction of completing a book. If only we could respond to all the Hubpage writers!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it does, Peg. I'm just grateful it returned.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Lots of interesting questions and answers within this post, Bill. Love that you regained your desire to start writing articles on HubPages after a brief overload. The energy seems to come and go without explanation.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You just squeezed that one in under the deadline,Dream On. I've never been asked that question before. I'll be happy to answer on Monday, and thank you for your kind words.

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      DREAM ON 

      5 months ago

      You keep writing and I am sure we will keep enjoying all the wonderful,inspirational reading.Thank you for answering my question. I am curious where you get each title of your books ?If you could explain?I love the writer but I crave more the inspiration that moves the writer. His hidden thoughts that only a few get to know. It doesn't hurt to ask. I have a few of my own ideas.

      Maybe it's a secret that only your wife knows. Then again you could of had a vision while asleep one night. When you were writing your latest book your title changed three times. Curious minds want to know. I could be just guessing and way off. Maybe one of your family members gave you a suggestion? Comgratulations! Wishing you a world of happiness and success.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It will come, Sha, and it will be worth the wait.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, wishing you the best, and good luck.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      I can relate to Rodric's dilemma. As you know, I haven't written in quite a while. I just haven't had the fervor that I had when I first joined HP in 2011. However, I know I haven't completely lost the desire. It'll come back; writing has been in my blood all my life. I'm just waiting for the jolt that catapults me out of my writer's nap and lands me in front of the Word area of my computer.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I'll have some answers for you on Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always my pleasure, Venkatachari M. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Ann!

      bill

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 months ago from Brazil

      Bill I nearly choked on my coffee when you said you were lazy, then I realized you were referring to researching. I still don't know if that's true though. If you are writing about a place, is it just a compilation of many towns rolled into one?

      Do you have some 'go to people' if you have questions about weapons, cars, or other essentials in a story?

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      This one is a solid, full mailbag with so many interesting and varying questions. You answered each one of them so profoundly great.

      Thanks for the sharing of all this wonderful knowledge through these mailbags.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      I think we all have ups and downs, not necessarily in a bad way though. It's just life taking over now and then!

      Yes, life is good; the sunshine is here too and the wind has gone!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I hate to admit it, but my discipline is weakening as well. It was always one of my defining characteristics, and I don't know how I feel about it weakening.

      Spring is here and life is good, my friend. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's such a great point, Mel, and an accurate one. I try to never post on weekends...people are just too busy doing whatever, and reading is not high on anyone's list.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan...weather influence...for me greatly!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, John! My laptop is on its last leg, I'm afraid, so I can relate.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, my default setting for charging my batteries is always nature. It is easily #1 for this writer. Check out lines have a tendency to make me anxious. I do not like lines and waiting.

      Great to be alive for sure...life is good.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Miebakagh!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I absolutely love your advice...always. You are so blunt and to the point...a kindred spirit of mine. Thank you so much for setting us all straight.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thanks so much for reading Tobias. I am so happy you enjoyed it. That one is close to me in many ways. The first Shadow novel was "Shadows Kill."

      The weather is now typical spring in the Northwest. On again, off again, showers, and steadily increasing temps.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome a million, Dora! And thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the kind words, Ruby. I'm very happy your muse woke you up. You were missed.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that to be the truth, Bill, but thank you for saying it so eloquently. You have a great week as well, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa and Happy Tuesday to you. I'm so happy you are excited about my new book. Now I'm nervous you won't like it. lol

      Have a brilliant week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are too kind, PS, but thank you. Some people think candidness is rudeness, and for that I apologize. It certainly isn't meant to be.

      Angels heading back your way, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Lori, and I'll do exactly that next week.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sean, you are a good man, and I can't get enough good men in my life. Thank you for your kind and loving words. They mean a great deal to me.

      Peace and love always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that advice, Flourish! I subscribe to it myself.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela, and thank you for suggesting I post my blog addresses in the Mailbag. I sometimes forget to market myself.

      Wishing you a great week as well.

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      Mel Carriere 

      5 months ago from San Diego California

      Good observations Bill. Since using social media as a marketing platform (god I hate that phrase), I have started hating football. During the football season I discovered that posts made Saturday, Sunday, or Monday encounter great loneliness. March Madness seems to have the same effect, being more popular than I gave it credit for. Another stellar mailbag.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Wonderful stuff as always. I think the writing thing is a difficult one. I have so many genres that I enjoy writing, it's become difficult to concentrate on any! My discipline is not good these days, probably because I have so much going on with house and family but then so does everyone else I suppose!

      I love the cover of your new book. Congratulations on that publication and I look forward to reading it. Most of yours I haven't even got yet but I will read them eventually!

      Have a terrific Tuesday, bill!

      Ann

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting questions and answers and I enjoyed going through them.

      Congratulations Bill, on publishing another book.

      With reference to Eric’s question, regarding the weather—I believe, it does influence the writers. At least, it has influenced me, in composing many of my poems.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful series!

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I wrote a long comment here but my computer is acting weird and keeps deleting it before I post. Just letting you know I read this, Bill. I will try later.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill what activity charges your writing battery the most, generally. Mine fluctuates. Today it is gardening, yesterday a great hike and almost every day my boy. Don't even mention check out lines. Here is a funny one; picking my boy up from school and checking out the stress levels or/and love levels of moms.

      How fantastic to be alive on Monday.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      5 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, all, good to know. Thanks.

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Wow! A jam-packed mailbag this week. Fantastic! Thank you for your suggestions, they really helped! I hope spring has made an appearance up there. We are on spring break right now, but spring is nowhere in sight! Have a wonderful week!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 months ago from Chicago Area

      Bumper crop in the Mailbag! Lots of juicy questions.

      Re: Real Ghostwriters. A talented ghostwriter can capture the "writer's" voice so that it's difficult to tell who wrote it. And they may not even be listed as a contributing author.

      Like Patterson, there are business writers who "co-author" with other authors (Jay Conrad Levinson, for example) and just put their name on it. Both authors can then make money. The marquee author expands his/her brand and income with little effort, and the co-author can have the privilege of being a co-author with a celebrity.

      Whenever, I see "with," I know it's not the celeb author writing it. And I consider it as the co-author's work, not expecting it to even be like the celebrity's work. I wonder how many readers understand that. Might be because I'm in the business, but I'd rather see the celebrity write the foreword to an author's book.

      Re: Interesting Observation. My HP posts have good traffic when compared to some blogs. But I don't think those are my book buying crowd. It's difficult to tell because I rarely promote my books on HP (or the editors have deleted any links). Maybe these readers wander over to Amazon. I'm guessing no.

      As a side note, I'm putting together a Udemy course on selling books that helps demystify some of these issues.

      Re: Social Media Marketing. First, thank you for the shout out! Social media marketing is a tough thing to do, even for the experts. It's always changing and the competition is fierce. Yet, that's where you will build your author platform. It's a slow slog activity that never ends. And I recommend that only 10 percent of your posts should be of the "buy my book" variety.

      The only way I've seen to help counter slow social media marketing efforts is to consider advertising on Amazon with Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). I've written on that in multiple posts. What I like about it is that you know where the advertising is appearing and how it's performing. When using social media advertising (like Facebook ads) you have absolutely no way to figure out who bought. Even with that, I'd approach AMS advertising with caution since it's easy to overspend and negate your entire royalty.

      Re: Branching Out and Waning Desire. Can talk about two questions in one answer. I try not to veer too far from my core topic areas since I think it provides readers with a chaotic experience. One day you're sharing recipes, the next you're talking about movies, then you share some poetry. Ack! What are you about?

      But if you truly don't have any juice for your core topics or genre, it's time for some self awareness and stepping back to evaluate. If, after an extended period of time, it isn't exciting to restart, then it might be time to regroup and redirect.

      Okay, it's still Monday when I'm in the Mailbag. Make it a wonderful week!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, great questions this week, although I'm not sure that I understood Alyssa's. Anyway, I've just finished reading Resurrecting Tobias and it makes me wish I'd read it sooner. You did do it in a unique writing style.

      I don't want to pick up with your newest novel, so which is first in that series? And thanks for putting us onto Heidi Thorne. I think she will be a big help to us.

      Great weather here this week, sunshine and into the 70s and high 60s. Just hope it keeps up. Have a good week yourself, my friend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      I read this mailbag for information, insight and advice and I've gotten much. Thanks a million!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Great questions and answers. About writing, I thought I was finished until my muse woke me up, and I'm so glad she did. Thanks for all you do to help we writers. Your comments on my hubs lift me and I thank you.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great week for the mailbag. I think we all go through our waning moments when it comes to writing. This can probably be said about most careers. It’s just impossible to stay highly motivated day after day, week after week, and so on. Have a great week, Bill.

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! So happy to see the mailbag so stuffed with good questions. I'm even more excited to hear that you finished The Magician's Shadow! I'm really looking forward to reading it!

      Spring is in full gear, which means peak season in my line of work...so I'm gonna head back to it, but now I have something to look forward to reading in my downtime.

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 months ago from sunny Florida

      You are so candid...that us one reason You are read. I am drawn in each time I come across your work which is not often enough. Best wishes on your new works. Once again Angels are headed your way. ps

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Bill, the cover for your new book is fantastic? Who designed it? Can you make a quick statement about what the book is about?

      Patterson is a hack and lazy. He's in it for the money and fame obviously,

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      5 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      About a year and a half ago, as I just had started swimming in this "ocean" of HP, Manatita told me "read Bill Holland's Hubs." It was one of the best advises ever! I am blessed to know you and read your writings, my brother Bill! For a strange reason, I felt so close to your Spirit from the first lines. I love the way you write, your talent to put the Light of your Heart on and behind your lines! I Love you, Bill, you are a treasure for me! Thank you for the greatest lesson of all, how to be Your Self!

      I wish you the best for your new book!

      Gratitude!

      Sean

      PS: Soon I'll have something for you...

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      This advice may fit several of your readers’ dilemmas and has helped me: If what you’re doing isn’t working for you, stop. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Bill, I am looking forward to this book after I read the segment you posted, and I admit I have only read one in the past. The couple of years when I had the 2 back surgeries, I was not on Hubpages at all. It was like lost time that I can barely remember from all the sedation.

      I seldom read any blogs, but list your blogs at the end of the mailbag, and I and probably others will take a look.

      Having said all that, I did enjoy your mailbag today. I use to read James Patterson all the time until the books changed. It was such easy reading, with short chapters and a good plot most of the time. Having a Ghostwriter seems a fraudulent, but I guess it is about the money. Lol

      Have a good week Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, the Mail Room is the home for the confused and misused. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda...a friend? Sure!!!!! lol As for the bug, I still have a time problem, but such is life.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, the Mail Room is the home of dunces, and I say that with oodles of love and self-love. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Verlie! You are no more blind than I am. I rarely market my books. I really no longer care to play that game. The joy is in the writing for me. I spent too many years in marketing and I'm tired of it.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hi Bill - I see we are all as confused as ever. I know I am. Great mailbag.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, thank you first of all of taking my question. I was asking for a friend (...no, really I was).

      Congratulations on completing your Shadow book. I'm glad the writing bug bit you again.

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      breakfastpop 

      5 months ago

      I look forward to your new book. Congratulations!

      !

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Hey thanks for the tip about Heidi. If Linda is a dunce about such matters I must be a complete unadulterated moron. No offense toward successful morons.

      I also like your description of the ebb and flow of writing.

      Be back in a bit.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Good morning Bill, Congratulations on completion of yet another novel, you definitely are a writing machine (great cover by the way). You talk about marketing your own work, but I never see a booklist or a link. Why is that? Or am I just blind?

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