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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 250

Updated on April 1, 2019

Update on My New Novel

I’m getting closer, I promise. There might be a one-week delay on the publishing date, but we’re close so please be patient with me. I was just about to download the book, or upload, whatever, and my muse spoke to me and suggested a last-second addition. I make it a general policy never to argue with my muse, so blame her for the delay. I use the same logic regarding my wife Bev. I never argue with her decisions. That way, if those decisions turn out wrong, I’m not to blame. LOL It’s perfect!

Still, the publishing date will be within two weeks. There are some serious surprises in this installment, and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it.

Meanwhile, let’s tackle some questions for this week.

Welcome to the Mail Room
Welcome to the Mail Room

Covers for Books

From Lori: “Bill, you have some amazing covers for your books. Who designs them. I am trying to figure out a cover for my book and it's not going too well. Do you have any advice or tips?”

Well thank you, Lori! The cover for my first book, “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today,” was designed by a former student of mine here in Olympia. The second novel, “Resurrecting Tobias,” was done by an HP friend, Alexandra Lucas. All other covers for all other novels and novellas were designed by Mike Friedman, a friend on HP. You can find him by following this link:

https://hubpages.com/@mckbirdbks

I think he does great work. As for what it costs, I’m going to let Mike negotiate with you on that matter.

Good luck!

All covers the work  of Mike Friedman....almost all :)
All covers the work of Mike Friedman....almost all :)

My Blogs

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

Thank you for the request, Pamela! Here you go!

https://artistrywithwords.com/

https://theurbanfarmyardsanctuary.wordpress.com

I rarely promote myself. It’s just not my style. When I publish this latest novel, I will mention it once or twice on social media and that will be that. Why? Because I just want to write. I write for the enjoyment of writing. If others enjoy what I do, fantastic! If they don’t enjoy it, or don’t even read it, that’s fine too. I’m just a writer doing what he loves doing.

I chased after the dollar for a number of years. I’ve had years of six-figure incomes. I’ve been homeless. What I quickly learned is that money will never affect inner-happiness, so I really don’t care if I sell ten-thousand books or ten.

Anyway, Pamela, thanks for asking about my two blogs.

Re-Charging My Writing Batteries

From Eric: “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.”

About the same for me, Eric. I love being outdoors, whether it’s a walk with my dog Maggie, or a hike around a lake, just being out in nature gets my endorphins percolating, and that, in turn, makes Bill a happy and productive man.

Re-charging my batteries
Re-charging my batteries

Me? Lazy?

From Mary: “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?”

Sorry about choking on your coffee, Mary. I’ll try to choose my words better next time.

No, I’m not lazy. My dad accused me of being lazy once, when I was twelve and had forgotten to mow the lawn as he had instructed, so I’ve spent the better part of the last six decades proving him wrong. LOL

I do, however, follow a very simple guideline when I’m writing a novel: I only write about locations I’ve actually seen in person. The only exception to that rule happened in “Resurrecting Tobias” when I wrote about a military experience in Vietnam. For that I watched several documentaries on the Vietnam War to gain inspiration.

I do not have a go-to person for information. Information about weapons is pretty easy to come by online. The specs for a Glock 17 are readily available, and take about one minute to gather, so I don’t consider that to be excessive time spent on research.

For the most part, though, probably 90% of what I write is about stuff I have experienced firsthand.

I wrote about a “hanging tree” in New Iberia, Louisiana, in one book. I’ve seen it up close and personal. I wrote about a murder in Vermont, once, and that murder happened while I lived there back in 1980. I’ve lived seventy years, visited thirty-five states, held countless jobs, played multiple sports, loved wondrous women, and suffered far-too many losses.

I don’t need to do much research.

Monetize a Blog

From Linda: I’m paraphrasing Linda’s question because I forgot to save it . . .Linda wants to monetize her blog and doesn’t know how to do it.

My answer: I don’t either. That’s part of that computer tech stuff I’m lost on. But if any of you can help Linda with a quick answer, or point her in the right direction for information, it would be appreciated. Heidi? Janine?

Title Inspirations

From Dream On: “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? Congratulations! Wishing you a world of happiness and success.”

Dream On, I wish I had a definitive answer for you but, for me, it is all so random. I truly allow my muse to decide upon a title. I always start with a “working title” but that title changes as the story unfolds. Eventually the title just comes to me. This is in no way a conscious process. I do not sit down with the express purpose of deciding upon a title. It just comes to me while I’m writing the book, and I let that title percolate in my brain for awhile until I’m satisfied with it. I must say, my muse has never let me down yet, so there’s no reason to change at this point.

I don’t know how other writers do the title thing. I’ve never really talked to other writers about it. It’s an instinctive process for me, just like the entire writing process.

Inspiration
Inspiration

Random Musings

Bev and I were talking the other night about my first novel. She will occasionally bring it up, how much she wishes some Hollywood producer would buy the book rights to that novel and make a movie based on it….random musings!

I was thinking about that this morning. There is a fine line, for writers, between almost complete anonymity and fame. There is so much randomness which goes into becoming well-known in the Arts. Just the right person must read your book, or hear your music, or see your art, at just the right time. The Universe must perfectly align in order for a writer to become “known.”

That in no way reflects on the talent of the writer. I can name five poets on HP who are every bit as good, in my opinion, as some of the “Greats” in literature. There are some short story writers on HP who are just as talented as Hemingway.

For Hemingway, the Universe aligned. For my friends on HP, it has not.

That’s just the way it goes, but it in no way reflects negatively on their talent . . . or your talent.

We write because we love to write. Everything else related to this undertaking is, for the most part, out of our control.

I’m reminded of lyrics to a song called “The Guitar Man” by Bread:

“Then the lights begin to flicker and the sound is getting dim
The voice begins to falter and the crowds are getting thin
But he never seems to notice he's just got to find
Another place to play,
Fade Away. Got to Play.
Fade Away. Got to Play.”

Enjoy your calling, as I will enjoy mine. Fame…fortune….none of it matters compared to the perfection of the craft. Take care of what you can control . . . your talents and skill . . . and bask in the light of self-fulfillment and self-satisfaction.

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Thanks, and well appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      And you do the same, Miebakagh! Blessings always!

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, it is well appreciated. Enjoy the week.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I am happy to hear this, Miebakagh! Best wishes my friend.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, I am noting the cover for e-books. It can be useful for me in the future.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I completely agree, Eman! I completely agree!

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      3 weeks ago from Egypt

      I enjoyed reading this article so much. Perhaps many believe that happiness comes with a lot of money but I think that happiness is achieved by the comfort of conscience.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, noted, and thanks.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Dee! I'm a big proponent of "whatever works for you" in writing, and I also believe if money is the only motivation, true talent will eventually be stifled.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 weeks ago

      I find titles fascinating. I usually come up with one after I've written a bit of the content. Your thoughts on why you write are comforting. Money is not always a motivator nor a way to happiness.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad this helped,Jo,and I appreciate you finding the time to stop by. Have a great week.

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      Jo Miller 

      5 weeks ago from Tennessee

      What a great mailbag this was! I know I'm a week late getting to it, but it was just what I needed this morning to get me back on track after working on our taxes for a week.

      Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Hopefully, Mary, I'll always b e able to unlock my vault and pull out those facts.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool anecdote, Liz. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Miebakagh! I appreciate you as well.

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 weeks ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you for your answer. There is a funny meme going around on social media sites aimed at writers. It says, "ignore my browsing history, I'm a writer, not a serial killer". It sounds like yours is safely tucked in the gray matter so not to worry.

      A great mix of questions this week.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      If I were to write in a book about a place I had never been to, I would be worried that someone might find me out as a fake. Conversely I have read fiction books and have learned about places to visit as a result. I once read a thriller which included details of a terrorist attack on the Eurotower at Rotterdam. By chance, shortly after we visited Rotterdam. Had I not known, we would have missed the tower, which was well worth a visit.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, I appreciated you. Enjoy the day.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you bring up a great point about enjoying the process. I'm going to share my thoughts on it in next week's Mailbag. In the meantime, we are finally having what I consider to be "normal" spring weather, which means mild and showery. And yes, she is a fickle bitch. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your thoughts Miebakagh! I always love hearing about someone else's writing process.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That's always something to be concerned about, Liz...authenticity, I believe, shows through in writing over time...at least I hope it does.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. Actually the Mailbag is pretty easy to write. You readers do most of the work for me. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope it helped, Lori. Mike is a good and fair man...give him a call.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. The first time publishing is the most confusing. It gets much easier after that. Best wishes.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan. I'll do the best I can do, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Li-Jen, thank you for visiting and for your kind words. May today be everything you want it to be.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, lately, I have become the Master of Being Late, so no worries. Thanks for finding the time to visit,as you always do.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Truly my pleasure, Rajan! Thanks for always being here and being so supportive.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mel...you are right about our wives, though I may never admit that in public. lol Alex did do a great job on Tobias...but you are a magician with Shadows.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      6 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Very interesting questions and answers today, Bill. I have noticed the changes in the types of questions you have gotten in the years that I've been reading the mailbag.

      There is something I've noticed personally about my own writing, and even before I started putting my musings down on paper (or the computer). When a story starts unfolding in my mind, I get as much pleasure from the newness of it as I do from reading other people's work. This just hit me a few days ago. I can't help but wonder if other people do also. Or is this just an ego trip of mine? :)

      I made the mistake of trusting Mother Nature and lost a five-year-old potted miniature rose that I treasured. (Larry says she's a fickle bitch.) But warm weather seems to be trying to anchor itself this week. Have a good week, my friend.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Liz, my pleasure weighing in on your comment. Writing from experience is what many new writers need to start successing. If one has to test this on hubpages, it will be apparent that most of the featured hubs were birth from experienntial writings. I am always trying to figure out when to relate a true life tests or experiences into any of my newest articles nowadays. Any moment I just did that it got featured. You are always welcomed, and thank you.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      Thanks for letting us into your writing world. It's really interesting to read about the 'dynamics' of your creativity. I was particularly interested in your comment about writing from experience. I enjoy reading books set in places I have visited. I feel like I am revisiting them. I also like to experience 'new places' through an author's eyes. I just hope the authors are as honest as you and write based on their experiences.

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      A great mailbag with many inspiring questions and wisdom-full answers. We get to know so much interesting information through these mailbags.

      Congratulations on completing 250 mailbags as on date.

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      Lori Colbo 

      6 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love that song, Bill.

      Thanks for answering my question This was a great mailbag through and through.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad I made you laugh, Alyssa. Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! I'll give you the best I've got at this time. This is the shortest of the Shadow series, but I also think it's the best...so there you go! :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations, Bill. I'm almost done with my book too, but overwhelmed about the publishing process. Thanks for all the suggestions you have given.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John....I like your attitude...the more you write the more chance of it happening...hard to argue with that logic. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Verlie! I hope this finds you well and happy...blessings to you this week and beyond.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Miebakagh! Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Ruby! You writers are my extended family, and family takes care of family.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep on keeping on, Bill....and I'm fine with that. Thanks my friend, and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Melissa, it's not the end of the Shadow series. I'll return to it next year after I write this one about the 60's. I can't walk away from Eli, Liz, and Striker.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Linda....I suspect anonymity and me will be close friends.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Shannon, good memory about that series I did on HP....I have no idea if that prequel will ever get done. I need more time, or a major rearrangement of my schedule and priorities.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Another inspirational and enjoyable mailbag. It’s already 250th installment. Wow!

      Keep on inspiring and keep on sharing your valuable suggestions with all of us. Congratulations for your new book.

      Thanks and all the best!

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      Alyssa 

      6 weeks ago from Ohio

      Fantastic mailbag this week! I laughed quite a few times and enjoyed the advice you gave. Congratulations on your novel! Have a wonderful week!

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      6 weeks ago

      Hey Bill, your article gets people thinking. Good for the brain haha. Interesting topics inside your article. What a miracle.. To do research on a location and then make it a part of your book. Congratulations in advance for your book launch. Glad that you have self fulfillment in writing and the last line is a good reminder.. To take care of what we can control. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! Take care, out in the woods....I hope the focus and direction come to you soon.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I think for sure, Sha! I've never been so disgusted by national politics.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, the mailbag belongs to every write here on HubPages, and not just online visitors. I think the issues being addressed are so challenging that it did not evade the notice of a serious thinker. Thank you.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 weeks ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I am only a day late to the party. Somehow Monday got away from me altogether and I apologize for that. But still made it here and so very glad I did. That said, I always do enjoy your mailbag once I do make it here and also just your random musings. Therefore, glad I did finally indeed make it here and now wishing you not only the best Tuesday ahead, but the rest of this upcoming week, too :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      Frankly, Bill, I'd rather wait and have your best offerings than have you rush and produce something that just 'okay.' Since I know 'okay' is not your standard, I'm content to wait.

      Funny you should mention this song. I was listening to it just yesterday. I love the production work on this and the heartfelt vocals.

      Enjoy your day.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Rajah, I agreed with you. Thanks for weighing in at the instance of all commentators. Have a nice time today.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      There is so much to take away from each mailbag of yours, Bill, and this one is no exception. Giving one's 100% to what one loves doing without unduly worrying about the results gives so much peace. Thank you, my friend, for these invaluable lessons and all the best for your new novel.

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 weeks ago from San Diego California

      Don't try to pretend. You and I both know the wife is always right, even when she's wrong.

      You have stirred up too many thoughts that are spinning in my head right now. I abhor research as well. If I had tried to write a novel 20 years ago I would have dumped the project in the research phase. God bless the Internet.

      As for titles, I am pretty sure certain writers start with a title and build the novel around it. I have, and am currently doing so, and I have another title in my head for future use, with the barest skeleton of a plot. As an unknown that means little but I'll bet famous writers do it too.

      BTW, I really liked the Tobias cover. Great mailbag, I especially enjoy your random thoughts.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I enjoyed this mailbag Bill. Choosing titles is interesting. Even for poems and articles here on HubPages, I probably toss around three or four before I am happy with one, and it’s inch more important for a novel. Good luck with your latest too. Wouldn’t it be great to have one chosen to become a movie? Yes, it just takes fate or karma or whatever you call it for the right person to read your work, so I guess the more you write the more chance there is of that happening.

      Some of the writers on here are among the best I have read in their fields. Good job.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 weeks ago from Canada

      Aw, so inspiring Bill, always enjoy your Monday's mailbag.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 weeks ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, thanks for sharing all these wonderful kinds of stuff. Good day.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Your honest encouragement to others is heartfelt and very helpful. I love reading what you have to say to other writers.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great questions and answers in the mailbag this week. I couldn’t agree more with your comments about the fine line between anonymity and fame. Some people are just in the right place at the right moment and a star is born. For the rest of us it’s just keep on doing what you do. Have a great week, Bill.

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      Melissa Propp 

      6 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Thanks for the update on the newest book, you are teaching me patience... :) But it is well worth the wait!

      Not to jump too far ahead, but since this is the last in the Shadow series, what's next for you? Has your muse spoken to you yet?

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your article is interesting. as always, but I found the last section especially so. The line between anonymity and fame is certainly a fine one.

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 weeks ago from Texas

      Full mailbag this week. Great answers.

      I never thought much about monetizing my "blog' (I put that in parenthesis because it's on a blog format but not exactly a blog) but it just sort of happened. If you use the Google Blogger platform they allow you to set it up to place ads. However, I'm not sure what the criteria is for acceptance. It may be a traffic thing. I know that last time I checked with WordPress, they required your blog to be gathering a certain amount of traffic before they will allow ads. There's always placing your own ads on a website and selling ad space yourself.

      Oh, and your Shuttle story would be an interesting concept for a movie. Are you turning the series you did here on HP into a novel prequel? Um....you can always submit your book to various contests to see if someone grabs it up This one, for example: https://screencraft.org/book/.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      What a wonderful mailbag. Today you explored much about what moves you. I enjoyed reading about the way you came about such things as creating book covers and what writing is for you. With regards to my own writing, I am still out in the woods trying to find some focus and direction. I have discovered, though, that the more I read, the more motivated I am to write. I am getting really excited about reading your new novel.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I agree with Bev. I think your first novel would make a wonderful movie. Considering how out of control our world has become, the timing would be perfect for the 12/59 to hit the big screen. I think everyone's tired of the pure shit that's spreading worldwide. It's time everyone got on board The 12/59 Shuttle, don't you think?

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Good job, Linda, on figuring out the HTML thingie. That's a big step for dinosaurs like you and me. LOL

      As for the HP writers, they are the only reason I am still here, so I totally agree.

      Happy Monday my friend!

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, this was a fascinating mailbag (and not simply because you included my question LOL). Actually, I was asking about the mechanics of editing the HTML code. Believe it or not, if one uses Blogger, THAT is what is required to insert the Adsense widget. As it turns out, it appears (looking at my dashboard) that I did it correctly, but the powers that be of Google have a review process that can take up to 14 days, so that is apparently why ads are not (yet) appearing on my blog. Stay tuned.

      Several of your topics today included giving shout-outs to others here on HP. I think that's just awesome. Although the editors of HP drive me nuts sometimes, when it comes to the writers this is just such a wonderful place to spend a bit of each day. A very kind, supportive group of people. I love it here.

      Have an amazing day and week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Pamela, for the kind words about my writing. I wish for you love and good health, today and always.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I am in total agreement with you about enjoyment in writing. There are some things we simply cannot control, and fame is one of them. As for titles, I'm a hit-and-miss kind of guy. Eventually I settle on a title, but the impetus behind that title is often a mystery, even to me.

      A melodious Monday...lovely...and the same to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I really do appreciate that, Pop. I have just reached a point in life where it is much easier to see what is truly important, and that has made all the difference in my happiness.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, i just found out, recently, that the lead singer for Bread, David Gates, owns a farm with his wife in a small town in northern Washington....for some reason I just find that amazing and very gratifying.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! That's why I think the only way for a writer or artist to maintain their sanity is to concentrate on the only thing they can truly control, and that's the quality of their craft.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      You answered a nice variety of questions today, and I will be happy to check out your blogs.

      I have also wondered about the unique looking designs on your books. It sounds like everything is just about a go for your new book, and the suspense while we wait is palpable. I agree that the universe must be aligned perfectly to be "discovered," although I think your books should receive some notoriety. Fame and riches are overrated, and I think love and good health come first.

      Have a good week Bill.

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      breakfastpop 

      6 weeks ago

      I find your attitude toward life very inspiring. I also agree with Bev. Your work is worthy of greater exposure.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 weeks ago from SW England

      Another enjoyable Monday read; thank you!

      I've noticed that several writers, well-known or otherwise, have used a phrase out of their book, or part of a character's words, as the title, something that sums up the whole thing or is the 'crux' of the story. That must be difficult, though, without giving away the whole thing!

      Interesting 'random musings'; fate plays a huge part all along the line, doesn't it? That's why we need to concentrate on the enjoyment and striving to be better each time we write.

      Have a melodious Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Thanks for the shout out. Seems so much to comment on here. I'll just jump down to 'Bread' my favorite group - under appreciated then and now.

      My family used to play a game, something like, "That would make a great book title." I wish I had a notebook filled with them now. (but I was always driving)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 weeks ago from USA

      You are right about the fine fine between living in obscurity and being famous. There are examples with singers too who have been discovered only after they were gone. In life they could not support themselves with their work. Luck plays a big part in it.

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