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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 284

Updated on November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have to remind myself, each year, that this Thanksgiving thing is a U.S. thing. We Americans love to think that what we do is universally celebrated because, after all, civilization rotates around our axis. LOL

But seriously, this is one holiday which really has a universal message, no matter where you live . . . a day of thanks for all we have in life. I see no reason for Americans to “hog” this day all for ourselves, and so my message this week is a simple one: Wishing for you all gratitude and bountiful life going forward.

I, for one, am very grateful for this HubPages community. For quite a few years now you have allowed this former nerd to sit at the “cool kids’ table,” and I thank you for that honor.

Let’s do this Mailbag thing, shall we? Then I need to go round up a turkey sandwich.

The Mail Room!
The Mail Room!

More on ISBN Numbers

From Kari: “I never realized you had a choice for ISBN. Is it possible to get an Amazon one first and later change to the paid one? If you do I assume you would have to change the number with Amazon.”

Kari, the legalities of this ISBN issue are pretty intense. The free ISBN from Amazon comes with this caveat: Amazon is then the “publisher” of your book.

Yes, you can purchase a new number and have it published by another company, or printed by another company. If it is published by another company, that company is the “publisher.” If you purchase the number and have it printed by a printing company, you are the publisher. At that time I would just cancel the Amazon situation altogether.

I publish through Amazon because it is convenient. I tried having my first novel printed and listing my own fictional publishing company (Mutare), but that’s an expensive route to take. I do not necessarily “trust” Amazon. I think they are becoming much too large and much too influential in the corporate world, and I have a natural distrust of monopolies. J But they do make it easy to use their products, and that makes their products tempting, and that means most people are willing to ignore the thousand pound gorilla in the room.

EDITING

From Ann: “Others' questions were interesting. Proof-reading is a bug-bear with me; why do so many writers obviously not do it?! It doesn't take long and it makes such a difference.”

Oh, Ann, you opened up a rat’s nest with that question. I wonder if you devilishly intended to do that.

Before I say what I’m about to say, please note that it is not meant as a slam against the HP writers I know and follow. I hang with some very talented people on HP, writers who have the talent to be published by some of the major publishers in the world. They simply have not been in the right place at the right time, and so they toil in relative obscurity on HP.

Having said that, the flood of self-publishing we now deal with has meant a flood of mediocrity available to the public. Everyone and their mothers think they are writers. After all, Amazon published their book, so they must be writers, correct?

Self-publishing has become the fast food franchise of the literary world. Put another way, Amazon is the McDonalds of book publishing. I have purchased some books on Amazon which would be better suited as toilet paper. The grammar was atrocious. The writing style elementary at best . . . I was so embarrassed about one book that I literally tossed it in the garbage.

So do I really expect these “overnight authors” to do the right thing and edit their books?

No, I do not!

See what you started, Ann! Editing means you care enough to only publish the best you have, and I’m afraid there are many out there who simply do not care.

And if that makes me sound like a snob, so be it!

The ultimate edit!
The ultimate edit!

More on ISBN

From MizB: “Good questions and answers today, Bill. I bought an ISBN number years ago for a computer program my husband wrote. As a postscript, I don't think I saw this in your answer, but if you are publishing both an ebook and a hard copy, they will need separate ISBN numbers, won't they? I suppose one could use the KDP freebie on an ebook through Amazon and buy a separate number for the hard copies that would allow it to be marketed through bookstores, etc.?”

No, MizB, it is my understanding that the same ISBN is used on the ebook and the Amazon hard copies. At least that has been my assumption with the ten or twelve I have published so far.

If you had an ebook published on Amazon, but hard copies printed by someone else, you would need two separate ISBN’s, but not if they are both done by Amazon.

And if I’m incorrect on this, one of our readers will correct me soon, so check the comments in a day or two.

By the way, we have the British to thank (or blame) for the ISBN becoming a literary thing starting, I believe, in 1967. Just a little random trivia for you all; no need to thank me!

A Mailbag Book?

From Paula: “Installment 282! You are a man of dedication and consistency!! I actually thought of a question for #283 !!.....Have you any plans in that busy head of yours to reach, say....maybe #300.....and then put them altogether into a wonderful "Free-lance Writer's Teaching" book?...or Beginner;s Guide to Aspiring Writers? Has someone already asked this question?”

For those of you who don’t know, I have two dear friends on HP who I call sisters. Paula here is the sibling pretty close to my age, just a few years younger than me, and Cynthia is my Lil Sis.

Paula has always been the trouble-maker in our family. She is constantly trying to get me, her loving brother, in trouble. She is constantly making suggestions, like the one above, which she knows will drive her loving brother nutso!!!!!

So thank you, Sis, for your wonderful suggestion, which would take me months to coordinate, sort, and finally construct. Mom always did love you best, but then Mom always had a warped sense of humor, so there you go. LOL

No, Sis, I have never considered it. Perhaps, if I was currently fifty instead of seventy-one, and had the energy of a fifty-year old, I would take on that challenge, but I’m not and I won’t, no matter how much I love my sister.

Clunky Dialogue

From Lawrence: “I'm not too sure about the seperate paragraphs within one speech (dialogue). Technically it might be correct, but wouldn't it be 'clunky'? Best to break it up and add some conflict or argument, just to make it read better, what do you think?”

I’m in complete agreement with you, Lawrence. Although the rule about multiple dialogue paragraphs is correct, it is a clunky way to write, and I think it ruins the flow of the chapter. Best to break it up in some way. Thanks for sharing the solution with the question.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

MEMORIES

Thanksgiving used to be a pretty big occasion in my life, as a kid, back in the 60’s, but then Dad died, and my sister moved her family to North Dakota, and Mom remarried, and I went my own way, and alcohol entered the picture, and the decades flew by and Thanksgiving took a backseat, packed up with other memories of better times.

Thankfully I met Bev, and slowly I have come to once again appreciate Thanksgiving and really all of the holidays I had discarded during, what I like to call, my Dark Period.

And so I wish, for all of you, a week ahead filled with love. Thank you for your friendship and the support you have always given me.

Bill

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All good information, Lawrence.Thank you for sharing it. Truthfully I didn't know some of that. I'm afraid I don't pay as close attention to the details as I should.

      Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Well, its well past thanksgiving now, and I'm just getting to this hub!

      By the way this year we actually had 'Black Friday' as the retail sector discovered another reason for marketing.

      I think a lot of people here recognise thanksgiving as something special, not quite a holiday yet, but time to start getting ready for Christmas.

      Thank you for the comment about "clunky dialogue". Then again the other day I put a quote from Churchill about "keeping the words concise" on a writing fb group and caused a furore so I better stay quiet!

      Regarding ISBNs not sure if anyone mentioned it but when you publish the eBook with Kindle you are given an 'ASIN' number that is unique to Amazon. (Amazon Standard Identification Number).

      When you publish the paperback with Amazon you get BOTH the ASIN and ISBN (I just checked and on mine they are different numbers) and as far as I'm aware both are unique to Amazon. The ISBN is meant to have thirteen digits but I just discovered one of mine has two ISBNs, one of ten digits (pre 2017) and one of thirteen (post 2017)

      My book was published in 2017

      The reason the ISBN is unique to Amazon is because they pay for it and naturally don't want the competition using their intellectual property.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! Sorry I'm so late getting back to you, and thank you for the question about editing, which I'll tackle this coming week. As for Thanksgiving, we had a nice one, thank you very much, and I am thankful for you.

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      I think we are a little deprived in the UK, with no Thanksgiving. I have learnt more about it during my time on HubPages and appreciate the meaning behind it.

      Thanks for explaining a little more about ISBN numbers, a grey subject for me.

      What's the difference between proof reading and editing? I tend to think that proof reading is putting right spelling and grammar issues, basic problems with text. Although I have to say that I can reread a piece several times and still miss basic errors! Editing is a bigger job for me, when I look at bigger changes like altering the structure or deleting some parts, trying to make an article more concise and readable. I'm inclined to make bigger changes to my own writing. If I am editing someone else's work, I try to keep as much as possible to the original without imposing my own thoughts.

      I agree with the book idea for your mailbag. Maybe you could delegate the job to someone else?

      As an editor, I have read your comments on dialogue with interest, especially as I know a friend who bases his very good books a lot on dialogue.

      I hope you had a great Thanksgiving this year.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Mel.Thank you very much, and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Mel Carriere 

      13 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      Wishing you all the best on this stormy Thanksgiving. I have nothing to add to the conversation, just want to let you know that the entire Hub Pages Community is thankful for your friendship and advice.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian! Wishing for you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Brian Leekley 

      13 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      I'm thankful, Bill, for your Mailbag series and other hubs and for your kind and helpful comments on hubs by others.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, PS....I do the same thing with editing. I just can't seem to catch everything, and I don't have the money to pay editors, so there you have it.

      Those angels are beautiful, are they not?

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I'll do some research on your publishing question and have an answer for you on Monday. Until then, have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Gotta love family, Sha! As Dad would say, you gotta love them since you can't shoot them. lol Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.

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      Patricia Scott 

      13 months ago from North Central Florida

      O the editing question/comment smacked me. I have read and reread and read again (no redundancy intended) and published only to find after about the one millionth reading of the article a comma omitted or a space too large or a word used incorrectly (there and their and I KNOW this stuff...I was a teacher of language arts for 42 years but, alas, these old gray mare eyes ain't what they useda' be). O the shame of it all. But all I can do is fix it when I find it. Always glad to stop and visit. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...hoping it is just grand. Angels are headed your way, my friend. ps

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      Venkatachari M 

      13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      One more interesting mailbag with great questions.

      The ISBN number for both e-book and paperback is the same as you said above. But, I am confused about the points mentioned regarding the publishing rights. Do you mention that one can publish an e-book on Amazon and the paperback of the same book with another publisher without removing the e-book?

      Regarding the editing of books, I think that editing is not such a simple task as mentioned by our Sister Ann above. It can take weeks and even months according to the quality of the first draft. Maybe some gifted writers do it quickly.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts

      Another great addition of the mailbag, Bill. A wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Happy Thanksgiving, Bill!

      This mailbag is a wonderful prelude to friends and family gathering together to appreciate being alive.

      Paula's a dear friend of mine, too. She is a trouble maker, isn't she? Gotta love her!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Devika, and best wishes to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great advice, Meg. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Now that, Meg, is a travesty. I would have been sooo mad about that.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, Sis, you always looked so much younger. How did you do that? Oh, wait, of course, you were always the favorite. You didn't have the stress I had of being second-best. lol

      Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Linda. Thank you and I hope you have a love-filled week.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That I don't know, Shannon. I think Australia has something like it...I'm so ignorant about other cultures.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I was taking a stab in the dark about the ISBN. I knew you would be along with the correct answer, and you were, so thank you. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend. I"m glad you are in my tribe as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Dora, and I thank you! I wish you happiness this week and beyond, and love always.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Cold one for us too, MizB. Happy Thanksgiving my friend. Check out Heidi's comment below for clarification about ISBN's.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate you, Ruby! Thanks so much for your friendship. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are funny, Alyssa...little things like "anyhoo"....don't hear that very often. I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love and, of course, great food.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Inspired writing? I hope that happens today. If my muse is willing, so am I.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I hope you have a loving week ahead. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Denise! It's all a big rat's nest for me, so I choose to just stay with the one I know...Amazon. Down below Heidi has a great answer about the ISBN topic.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, Lori! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Ann!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is very cool indeed, Pamela!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Bill another fantastic write from you and learned more here thank you and best wishes to you,

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      Suzie 

      13 months ago from Carson City

      Dear Buddies, Nell and Jodah......DON'T PICK ON ME!! LOL

      Manatita.....Guess what? Speaking of spelling~~ "grammer" is spelled GRAMMAR. Oops! Don't you hate it when that happens?

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      DreamerMeg 

      13 months ago from Northern Ireland

      @DeniseMcGill, have you tried clicking the "bleed option" when choosing the book size in Amazon? I have a children's coloring book on there and the patterns go right to the edge, using "bleed".

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      DreamerMeg 

      13 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Another great article. I learn so much from these questions and answers. In regard to self publishing, I bought a book one time that was more of an outline of what the book would be, rather than the actual story. I reviewed it and gave feedback to that effect and said that once it was actually written as a book, I would read it but whether the author did anything with it, I don't know.

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      Suzie 

      13 months ago from Carson City

      Oh Bro!! My very FAVORITE brother of all time! Out of your nice. long, funny comment, I'm taking a snap shot of one sentence! Your sister, "a couple years YOUNGER than you???!!" I LOVE you...but sweet bro...I know how old you are because you mentioned it rather recently.......and for the record.......I'm older than you, DAMN it anyway! You only thought I was younger all these years because I was dumber than you!! LOL

      "HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU & BEV....& THE WHOLE CREW!"

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing some more useful and interesting information, Bill. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

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      Shannon Henry 

      13 months ago from Texas

      Your opening made me stop and think. Canada has a national Thanksgiving holiday that they celebrate in October, I think. I only know this from a friend from Canada. So now I"m curious if there are other countries who may celebrate something similar but by a different name? Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bill!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      13 months ago from Chicago Area

      Just made it into the Mailbag before Monday ends. Whew!

      Re: ISBNs. Yes, you do need to make a decision about it before you self publish. While I realize you may mistrust Amazon, as we touched on last time, an ISBN is simply an inventory number for use by bookstores, libraries, and the like when ordering books. Since most self published books will NEVER be in the those outlets, the necessity should be carefully evaluated beforehand.

      I hate to correct anything that's in the Mailbag. But if you decide to purchase your own ISBNs from Bowker, you need to have a different one for EVERY format of the book: one for print, one for eBook, and one for audio book. This is another reason why I think self published authors should scrutinize this expense before buying into the hype that buying ISBNs make it a legit publication. It adds up quickly.

      Also, Amazon will assign an ASIN no matter what the author chooses for the ISBN. They NEVER assign a free ISBN to Kindle eBooks.

      Re: Editing. True, I critique and edit books for authors. But I don't judge if they want to edit themselves. What I do encourage is that self published authors learn to self edit their work. There are many ways to improve your manuscript without hiring a pro editor: Use online tools for proofreading, record yourself reading it aloud (this is really valuable), and give yourself time (like days or weeks) between the writing and editing processes.

      Re: Mailbag Book. We've already talked about this. But I think a Mailbag podcast is a way better platform for this material.

      Re: Thanks for All You Do. So glad you're in my tribe of author friends and thank you for all you do for our HP community!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Funny but true on your answer to editing. Also true that some HP authors deserve a place among the works of major publishers. You're one of them. Anyway, where there's life, there's hope.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      13 months ago from Beautiful South

      Thanks for your answer to my ISBN question, Bill. I had no idea. I'm trying to get into the frame of mind to finish my writing project by the first of the year. I hope you and the other HP writers have a very good Thanksgiving this year. It looks like it's going to be a cold one for us this year.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thanksgiving has always been special for me. My mother always cooked wonderful meals. I will miss my son Jackie, but I'm thankful he is now pain free. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks again for all the info you freely give to help us all become better writers.

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      Alyssa 

      13 months ago from Ohio

      Wait... you mean the world doesn't revolve around us? haha! Just kidding. Happy Monday Bill! I agree, I think everyone can get into the spirit of Thanksgiving.. because at the heart of it, it's all about gratitude.. and that is something everyone in this world should practice daily. Anyhoo.. another fabulous mailbag. I always enjoy reading your advice and I definitely think you could transform this series into a book of sorts.. probably a few different ones. Just my two cents. Sending you warm wishes for a relaxing Thanksgiving week with your family. Take care! See you next week!

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      Melissa Propp 

      13 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! And of course, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy the holiday with loved ones and that you get your fill of turkey and pie. I agree that it should be considered a "universal" kind of holiday, even if you don't celebrate the same way, we all have things to be thankful for.

      Enjoy your week and I hope you squeeze some inspired writing in as well!

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      Mary Norton 

      13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends. We had ours earlier in Canada but I always cherish this day as families gather together and remember the many things we are grateful for.

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      Denise McGill 

      13 months ago from Fresno CA

      This has been a good one. Lots of ISBN comments. To be honest I don't know how it works either. I was working on a children's picture book and had always gone with Amazon before this. But as you may know, children's picture books often have illustrations that spread across the double-page including the gutter. Amazon rules flatly refused to allow the images to go across the gutter and kept wanting me to make a margin there. That would have ruined the whole effect so I went to another publisher. I chose Lulu out of a hat and they too offered their own free ISBN. Then they offered global distribution. I thought I wanted that because it would be offered on Amazon as well. But two weeks later I got an email saying Amazon refused to carry my book because of the gutter issue. I'm pretty mad about that. To me, it means they don't like children's books. However, they would be willing to offer a book with some other publisher's ISBN on their website.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Lori Colbo 

      13 months ago from United States

      As always, I learned a lot. Happy Thanksgiving, Bill.

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Thank you!

      Ann

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think there are numerous "Cool Kids" on Hubpages. I think of the advances that have occurred since I was young, and we can talk to people around the wirld on Hubpages. How cool is that?

      This is another good mailbag. Enjoy Thanksgiving with Bev.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It always is, Shaloo, and I thank you and wish happiness to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Love to you and yours, Manatita, and Happy Thanksgiving to you. For me, quality is ultimately what is important. I can overlook grammatical errors, but I cannot overlook a lack of quality in the telling of the message.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      13 months ago from India

      Thanksgiving wishes from across the globe. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness!

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      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      Much Love,my Brother.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      Some of our thoughts are uncannily similar. I was sharing ideas on the universality of Thanksgiving with an English sister just last week. Some don't appreciate it, true.

      I'm so proud that Americans have embraced it in such a beautiful way!

      On the English spelling and grammer thing, my main interest is Beauty. Deergha wrote some awesome poems, so good in fact, that her 'not so good' command of spelling was excused by me.

      Sean was similar but much improved. Sometimes we have to forgive the language thing if beauty pervades the work.

      Secondly, in my case, the computer plays up. I can see the mistake, but not allowed to go back to correct it. This happens in the comments section

      But yes, there are some who really need to re-read their work, as a piece, which is at best mediocre, can appear much worse with bad grammer and spelling.

      Equally, good work can also be enhanced with more attention to details.

      Love to Bev and family.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Mary, it seems to me you could start your own Thanksgiving tradition, even in Brazil. In fact, that would be kind of cool.

      Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you are good for my ego. Thank you dear friend. Have a wondrous day of thanksgiving with that beautiful family of yours.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nikki, and I wish for you a thankful week full of love. Perhaps one day, when I have nothing better to do, I will make that Mailbag compilation.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No problem, Kari, and good luck with that move.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you my friend. I can spot devilment a mile away, thank you very much. Perhaps because it flows through my veins as well.

      A day of thanks....yes, we all need it. Sending you love today, and always!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Kari, and they do indeed abound. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Flourish, and indeed, may Uncle Amos rest in peace. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, John, and Happy Thanksgiving to you anyway. We don't mind sharing our holidays with an Aussie!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric! It just wouldn't be a Monday without the Mailbag. It has become a big part of my writing journey. As for consistency, I'll tackle that one next Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Nell. Thank you! I hope your week is filled with wonder.

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      Mary Wickison 

      13 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      I miss the Thanksgiving holiday, it has become like a friend I doubt I will ever see again. It wasn't just the food, or being with my family, it was a sense of belonging, making memories, and reviving old family jokes.

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, you don't just sit at the cool kids table, you built it and the chairs and cooked the meal too. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. We've much for which to be thankful.

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      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Happy Thanksgiving Bill!

      I hope you had a wonderful moment with your loved ones.

      Regarding the ISBN, I think Amazon issues one for a book. You get the same one for Kindle edition too.

      And I would definitely recommend you to get all these episodes up to 300 get printed on Amazon. They are good teaching tasks for newbies. I’m sure you would decide at some point in the future ahead to get them combined into a literary read. Well, best of luck for that :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      13 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you for answering my question. We are moving today so I'm more scatterbrained than usual.

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Thanks for answering my question, though actually it was just a thought I chucked out at the time, not even intending it to be used for the mailbag! But I'm glad you did; it's great to be the stirrer occasionally and I do have some devilment in me! How did you know?!

      I wish you and yours, as well as all those on HP, a wonderful week of Thanksgiving, full of love and giving. It would probably do us good to have that too. Even though it's all embraced with Christmas here I suppose, the fact that it's one day set aside in particular to give thanks for all we have, that has to be a good thing.

      Enjoy all the love of your friends and family, and I'm sending you mine too, bill (the love, not the people; can't wrap them up!).

      Ann

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      Kari Poulsen 

      13 months ago from Ohio

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving. May your blessings abound.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      If my Uncle Amos (May he Rest In Peace) can publish a book on Amazon that says something. I liked your realistic response.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Trust Paula to make a suggestion like that lol. Another interesting mailbag, Bill. I feel a little jealous of you Americans getting to celebrate Thanksgiving while we have to wait for Christmas. As you say it we should all be giving thanks for all the blessings we have in life. Anyway, have a great one.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Whahoo, up to catch you. Heck a Monday at 630 without Bill would send me in a spiral of not good. You inspire but you also just keep some of us afloat. What a blessing for us and you.

      What say you about professional consistency on HP. Tough deal with my sermons and Boy teacher stuff ---- years. I feel guilty when I am in the middle of a climb in the desert and miss it.

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      Nell Rose 

      13 months ago from England

      Hi Bill, yeah that Paula, honestly! LOL! great advice as always, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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