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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 268

Updated on August 5, 2019

Something to Think About

Some of you know that I’ve been involved in farmers’ markets for the past few years. They are great places to hang out if you’ve never been to one, and you can always count on healthy, fresh veggies and fruits.

Not only is a farmer’s market a nice place to hang out, but it is also a lesson in marketing and product. Some vendors do extremely well with very little to work with. Some do poorly even though they have tons of product.

One couple in particular stands out at the Tumwater Farmers Market. They have the smallest of the local farms represented at that market, but they usually match or exceed the sales of the larger farms. They have infectious personalities. You can’t help but like them if you stop by their booth. They also have an innate understanding of marketing displays, and their produce is always some of the most attractive at the market. Add it all together and they get great sales week in and week out.

Just something to think about for my writer friends . . . there is no shortage of writers out there. How do you stand out? What makes your writing i.e. your short stories, your novels, your how-to articles . . . special?

Ponder that for awhile.

Let’s look for some answers in this week’s mail, shall we?

The Mail Room
The Mail Room

Guerrilla Marketing

From Paul: “I’ve seen you mention guerrilla marketing before, but I’m unclear what it means. Care to clarify?”

I can give it a try, Paul.

Guerrilla marketing comes from a book written, I think, in 1984. I have no idea who the author was, and I guess it’s not terribly important. Anyway, guerrilla marketing is a way for a company to promote its product without spending too much money. Guerrilla marketing recognizes the fact that advertising is expensive, so it calls on promoting a product using surprise and unconventional methods. It relies upon imagination and quirky rather than billboards and television ads.

I drove by a lemonade stand the other day. Two little girls were manning the stand, selling the ice cold drink for a buck apiece. One of the little girls was holding up a handmade sign which said “I don’t want to end up homeless in twenty years.”

That’s guerrilla marketing!

The Weather

From Jean: “Does the weather affect your writing and, if so, how do you adjust to it?”

It’s an interesting two-parter, Jean, and I have a two-parter in response.

Weather really doesn’t affect my freelance output during the year. I write first thing in the morning, day in and day out, to meet the demands of my customers. Mornings are comfortable in the summer, and they are comfortable in the winter. I’m doing mundane stuff for customers, so I don’t need inspiration.

But weather does affect my creativity. If it is sunny and hot outside, and fairly muggy inside the house (we don’t have AC) my creativity stops flowing. Period! End of story, literally. I just give up trying to write short stories or novels in hot weather. All other weather is fine for me and my muse, but hot weather? forgetaboutit as my NYC friends would say.

A good day for writing
A good day for writing

Encouraging and Influencing

From Jim: “If you could go back, be a younger version of yourself but with today’s knowledge, would you encourage your students to be a writer?”

What an interesting question, Jim! My goodness, that’s a first. Talk about coming out of left field.

I would do the same thing then as I did then, if you follow that time line. As a teacher back in 1978, and as a teacher in 1990, and as a teacher in 2000, and finally as a teacher in 2006, I would encourage kids to be whatever they want to be. Not what their parents want, and not what their friends think would be cool, but what they want to be. I would also tell them that one must be realistic. Not everyone can “be like Mike” and be a professional basketball player. Not everyone can be like Bill Gates or Donald Trump. I would tell them to make a checklist of their strengths, another checklist of their dreams, and then marry the two and see what they come up with.

Bottom line: be happy while you pay the bills!

The Flow

From Mary: “I always love your closing words. Yes, what really matters is how we live our life. Bill, there are no shortcuts but weren't there some gifted ones who just put their thoughts on paper and presto, a novel came? There are also times when everything just seems to flow and without much labour, an article comes. Or, isn't this the result of hours and hours of thinking and observing and whatever else it takes to write with such flow?”

Mary, this is like the nature vs nurture debate regarding human behavior. Does brilliance in literature just appear in some? Are they just born with the brilliance of an exploding star?

What you are about to get is simply one man’s opinion; nothing more and nothing less.

I think there are people born with the gift of creativity. I think they come out of the womb with a huge advantage over us poor kids who have to scratch and scrape for every ounce of production we can wring out of our meager supply of creativity . . . but . . . without learning and observing and honing their craft, they will always just be a footnote on the ledger of history i.e. the greatest writer that could have been!

If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a big fan of hard work and learning the craft.

SHADOWS

From Eva: “You’ve mentioned your ‘Shadows’ series before. I have not read any of it. What kind of writing is it? Care to elaborate a bit about it?”

Oh, if you insist!

The Shadows books are paranormal thrillers, for lack of a better classification. They are my imagination playing with the concepts of Good vs Evil. They have good guys who are actually killers, and killers who are sometimes likeable. They are about the multi-layers of all humans.

Here’s an excerpt for you, from “Shadows Over the Hangman’s Noose:”

How could I be so sure about catching the Noose Man? I’m not sure I have an adequate answer to that question. I’m not only visited by the dead in my dreams, but I know the predators who are out there among us. I know what they think. I know their cravings and their fears. I know what drives them along their depraved path. When I’m on a case like this, the monsters I seek crawl inside my skin and flow through my veins. They become me and I become them, and I know how crazy that sounds and believe me, there are days I’d like to sign up for a padded room and let the medications do their magic, but I really don’t have that option.

This is who I am.

I’m the Shadow Hunter.

And That’s All for This Week

A short one this week, but that’s fine. We have an exceptional August day ahead of us, so let’s get out there and live it like it’s our last.

There is only one writer like you among the seven billion plus on this planet. Let that fact sink in as you go about your day. Embrace that uniqueness. Make it work for you!

Catch you next week! Go visit a farmers market if you have nothing else to do this week. You just might learn something about marketing your work.

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Sorry I'm so late in responding. Blame it on old age.

      The weather....wind annoys me. I don't know what it is, but it does. I have relatives who live in North Dakota, and the wind blows daily there, 20, 30 mph, all the time. That would be enough to drive me over the edge I'm afraid.

      Funny how different we all are, isn't it, and yet so similar.

      Enjoy a peaceful, serene Sunday my friend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      I'm just not paying attention! Missed this and it was weeks ago.

      The weather affects me a lot. Mist and rain gives way to mystery and wandering thoughts. Sun makes me busy and alive to vibrant colours and ideas. But then comes the wind! It makes me restless, agitated and irritable. So why do I live by the sea? Good question but I love it.

      When I taught, it was always the windy days when the pupils were inattentive and played up. Something gets into the mind and mixes up all your thoughts and emotions!

      Great mailbag, bill, as always. I love the excerpt from your novel and I really want to read them but at the moment I don't have the time to do them justice - I WILL get round to it.

      Sunny today - at last, after foul weather here - so I'm feeling busy and upbeat!

      Have a sizzling Saturday!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! I appreciate you taking the time.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 months ago from Washington Court House

      So enjoyed reading your mailbag.

      Farmers markets are great, I only wish we had them all year long.

      Yes, each one of us writers are unique, with our very own special talents.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No it doesn't, Dora! Not at all. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm very happy to hear that, Mary! Best wishes to you this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks always, Alyssa! May your weekend be filled with summer fun.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Linda! I appreciate your kind words.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Funny that just after planning to go to the Farmers Market tomorrow, I would read you recommending it. I told everyone I was not going but I think I will and I promise to be observant. Thanks again for the reminder that there is only one writer like me in this world and I will keep expressing that in my work.

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      Alyssa 

      4 months ago from Ohio

      Another wonderful mailbag filled with valuable information. I love your food for thought this week. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The excerpt from your book is very interesting. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, Bill.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Better late than never. I know that the food doesn't get stale around here. For example: "Bottom line: be happy while you pay the bills!" This one never expires.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Besarien, you had me laughing. Thanks for the early morning chuckle. I think the reason I haven't invested in AC is because it seems so silly. We only have perhaps ten days all year when it is needed.....but man alive, it sure is nice to have.

      Biplane? LOL Best wishes to you in S. Florida.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Chitrangada Sharan! I don't know when guerrilla marketing became a thing...around 1990 perhaps....very good book to read, by the way.

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      Besarien 

      4 months ago from South Florida

      Hi Billy! Thanks for another entertaining mail bag.

      If you consider the extra hours of productive creativity, a cheap AC unit in a window near where you write might be a really good investment. In NC, we had 2 on opposite ends that made the whole house feel comfortable all summertime long.

      One that we bought was really quiet. One that came with the house (and remained after we moved) sounded like a bi-plane taking off. I absolutely hate getting rid of something that still works. So, I figured I'd let it die (it always sounded like it was in its death throes) then replace it with a quiet version. Unfortunately, the monster kept on ticking for 20 years which was almost enough time to get used to the terrible noise. Yep, I'd really recommend getting a quiet one.

      Since moving back here to S. Florida, I struggle to form coherent thought whenever I step out of the central air. I suspect that's what's wrong with 99% of everybody down here. Every time we venture forth into the world our skulls heat up and cook any common sense clean out again.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for sharing another interesting installment.

      I had no idea about the term Guerrilla marketing, until I read this. The question by Jim and your answer to that, is interesting too.

      Thank you and good day.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, William. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Zulma! I am looking forward to giving Striker a little extra attention. I think his backstory will be fascinating.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always, Nithya!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That I don't know, Flourish, but I hope so.

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      William Kovacic 

      4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      A little late checking in, but here I am. As always, I appreciate all the good advice, but I gotta run. I have to set up my lemonade stand.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      4 months ago from United Kingdom

      You're more than welcome, Bill.

      I'm not sure 'fun' is the word I would use to describe delving in the depths that is Striker. He's definitely not the one-note character you've made him out to be here. You've already provided some hints as to his mindset and I have a few theories. Would be interesting to see how many of them pan out.

      Have a great day, Bill.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 months ago from Dubai

      Great advice to students Bill, they should do what their heart wants and not because of peer or parental pressure. Parents should not live their dreams through their children. Great mailbag installment as always.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      The lemonade stand marketing is cute. I wonder if the parents made the kids do their own sign and lemonade making.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is kind of you, Zulma. Thank you so much. The next in the series will take a much closer look at Striker. It should be fun to get inside his head, don't you think?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very kind of you to say, Liz. I did have a good and rewarding career as a teacher. I love that many of my former students are still in contact with me. That kind of loyalty means a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a great suggestion, Brian, for 99% of writers, but I'm so easily distracted I fear I would accomplish nothing in a public place. I'd be too busy people watching.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm always way behind, Verlie, so thanks for joining me. :) And thank you for your kind words. I'm afraid if I stop I'll die, like a shark. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi. I agree, parts of that book are outdated, but the theory is genius. And yes, that husband and wife i mentioned, they get it totally.

      Wishing you a brilliant week, Heidi!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you and me both. We don't do AC in Olympia. lol We would only use it about one week per year, and it's hard to justify the expense....but it is heavenly when you do need it.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lori! I always give them five bucks for a glass of lemonade. I can't help it. They are always so adorable, and I love encouraging them to work hard.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Coolest summer since 1939, MizB? How strange! Thankfully ours has been mild this year. As for my blogs, I'll include them in Monday's mailbag...thanks for asking, and have a brilliant week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I can't imagine not having a farmers market nearby. I feel your pain, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Any tricks, Shannon? I have none, but I understand your hesitancy to self-promote. I personally hate it.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are funny, Melissa! Me and a tropical island do not mix. I would go crazy, or crazier than I already am. :) Happy Tuesday to you, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. That is one of the advantages of a local market, the ability to speak to the farmers and establish a bond.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      4 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill. This one is for Eva.

      The Shadows series isn't just paranormal thrillers. They're about ideas that make you really think about good and evil and their existence in our world. I don't want to give too much away but I do recommend this series. I've read all five books so far and am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. The main character, Eli Baker's story arc has taken an interesting turn and has me reassessing his motivations.

      In short, I highly recommend them.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      Thanks for another inspiring set of tips for aspiring writers. I like the illustration you have from the market about the importance of finding your niche.

      I appreciated the explanation about guerilla marketing.

      You make interesting comments about the effects of the weather on creativity. In the UK, some people can suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder)over the winter months when dull days, cool temleratures and lack of sunlight can contribute to low moods.

      I imagine that you were an inspirational teacher for your students. You make profound statements on the subject. I have always thought that the key is for people to fulfil their potential.

      You make interesting comments about the place of hard work and natural skil in succeeding as a writer.

      Thanks for your valuable insights. I hope you have a good week, Bill.

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      Brian Leekley 

      4 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Bill, when you want to work on a story in progress and it is too hot and muggy in your house, why don't you write in a cafe, fast food joint, coffeehouse, or public library?

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Another great mailbag Bill. You have so much range, from writing paranormal thrillers, to participating in farmers' markets, to classroom teaching. A lot to draw from. And always inspiring. I need to take a few days and watch the videos from past Mondays. I am way behind.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      4 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Monday (still)!

      Re: Guerilla Marketing. We can thank Jay Conrad Levinson for ramping up the Guerilla Marketing movement. His book of the same title is a marketing classic. However, looking at it from where we stand now in the Internet age, some of it is very dated. But the principles of doing more marketing creatively and with less never gets old. BTW, I think your successful small farm farmers' market pals probably have the whole guerilla marketing thing nailed.

      Have a wonderful week ahead!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another fine version of the Mailbag this week. I also do not like the heat, and especially the humidity. It sucks the life out of me, which makes it difficult for me to be very productive. Every summer I give thanks to Willis Carrier, the creative genius who invented air conditioning. Have a great week.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Oh my stars, I laughed out loud at the lemonade response. I hope you bought some lemonade as an investment in future entrepreneurs.

      I love the cover of your The Magicians Shadow.

      Happy Monday Bill.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 months ago from Beautiful South

      "I don't want to end up homeless in 20 years." That's just adorable, Bill, and the little girl is an advertising genius. I wonder what she will choose to be when she grows up. Thanks for the answer because I didn't know what guerrilla marketing was either. We have a great farmers market here called The River Market. There are others scattered around the county but this is the biggest and best.

      I guess I need to check into your shadow series. It sounds interesting. I love the paranormal and fantasy. I'm surprised that you were surprised that I was a Potterhead. Rowling put a lot of lessons among the punning and funning in those books.

      I'm getting around to having time to start reading blogs, so will you please tell us again how to find yours?

      We are having the coolest summer since 1939, according to the meteorologists. My AC bill, which usually runs close to $300 in July, is less than $200 this month. Only a few days in the 90s and not 100 yet. Have a great week, my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I wish we had a farmer's market close. When I spent my winter's in Fla. We had one close, and the produce was delicious. Another good one Bill. Thank you.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Besides suffocating heat, August just means I'm another year older. Where did the last year go? Time flies too fast sometimes.

      On the guerilla marketing. . . sounds fun. For someone else. I really hate self-promotion. Any tricks for getting over that? LOL. It's not shyness (well, for the most part). I just don't like it. At all. It's too time consuming and it leaves a person too vulnerable in a sense.

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      Melissa Propp 

      4 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I found it interesting that you say you can't do creative writing in the high heat/humidity. I feel the same way! "Lucky" for me, our summers are a lot shorter than our winters...lol. Still, it makes me think retirement on a tropical island might be out of the picture... :)

      Hope you have great and productive week!

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and unique questions, this week. Enjoyed and learnt some new things about guerilla marketing and farm marketing.

      Here, I have the weekly vegetable market and enjoy talking with them while making my purchases every week.

      Your excerpt from the Shadow series is very much interesting and appealing. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! I don't know how you handle that heat. I would melt like butter, a big sticky mess of Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Marlene. I hope it helps you with your endeavors. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I went and saw that couple at the Olympia Market this weekend. I just had to buy something, of course, and soak up their good vibrations.

      You can have this weather. I don't like it one darned bit, Linda. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really do appreciate that, Pop! It means a lot to me knowing my words are important to some.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! Guerrilla marketing is basically being as creative as possible in marketing for the least amount of money....that's the main point of it all.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All true, John! I wonder how many writers actually embrace that philosophy when they are writing?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Enjoy your Monday and the waning days of summer.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela! No air-conditioning here for us common folk. :) As for students, I was often at odds with parents because of my philosophy....oh well!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I love what your mom said...what a great metaphor for just about anything we do of value in life...thank you for sharing that great line.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      That girl at the lemonade stand was genius! What a great example of guerrilla marketing! We do enjoy visiting farmer's markets when it is a bit cooler. When the weather is sizzling like it is now, we tend to do more things inside air-conditioned places. Enjoy the balance of your week, Bill.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 months ago from USA

      Wonderfully motivating mailbag today. My biggest weakness is marketing. I never thought of Gorilla Marketing for writers. I think I'll look into it. Thanks for the excellent advice.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, great questions and answers this week again. That successful couple at the Tumwater Farmers Market is giving people what we so desperately lack--the personal connection. So many of us sit in front of a computer all day long. Our interactions with others are online or by text message. Even our shopping is done through Amazon while we sit in our chair wearing pj's and bunny slippers.

      Stay cool my friend. They're threatening 90's this week.

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      breakfastpop 

      4 months ago

      I learned to embrace my uniqueness along the way. You, my friend, have been a tremendous inspiration for me.

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      Mary Wickison 

      4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      I've been reading one of Seth Godin's books about marketing and it holds true with what you say about the farmers market. Being authentic and putting pride in what you're offering. It wins out every time.

      Interesting ideas about guerrilla marketing. I'm not sure I understood all of them in the video. Could be an age thing. LOL

      As always great questions and answers. Have a brilliant week.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice mailbag this week. I have participated in a farmer's Market a couple of times, but I prefer going there as a customer and picking up great fresh produce. Yes, we are all unique as writers and have to try to make the most of what makes our writing different.

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      Janine Huldie 

      4 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, love your thoughts about the farmer's marketing and marketing. Definitely, agree it makes total sense. Now, just had to stop in before heading out for a bit this fine, summer Monday morning. Have a great one and week ahead, too!! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You have answered some very interesting questions today. I don't like hot weather either, and I live in northern FL. LOL We do have air conditioning, thank goodness. Errands are all done in the early morning.

      I particularly like what your advice would be to students. I don't think anyone ever said that to me, and I don't know if I would have listened. My father, God bless him, pushed me and I didn't want to do what he suggested. I ended up being an RN eventually, and I think that was my calling, so I write a lot of medical articles now. I do like creativity and enjoy making beautiful stained glass art.

      In the farmer's market where we shop, we know who has good quality produce for a good price, plus they are friendly. We go back time and again. Have a great week Bill!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I just felt the caring here. Even in what I would call, "Passive and Pleasant" writing you fire me up.

      I am such an egotist that when I write stuff for others to get inspired I get all inspired. Some kind of kinky preaching to the choir - inverse? reverse?

      Do you inspire yourself by your writing. Or is that just to self centered.

      On size. My mom said to always cook big but taste small. Each bite is what is important but make enough to fill your eater.

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