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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Eighty-Five

Updated on February 15, 2016

Let’s Get to It

No delay this week, no small talk to lead you into it…..it’s a full bag of mail and we need to get to it…so here we go!

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From Lori: “Hi Bill, Lori Colbo here (lambservant). After 83 installments you have likely answered these questions, but I can't remember the answers. 1). How should one choose a self-publishing company for poetry and works of fiction? Are some more reputable than others? 2). Regarding cover images for self-published books, how have you chosen in the past?”

Hi Lori! Your second question has never been asked before, so congratulations on an original.

Are some self-publishing companies more reputable than others? I think that’s safe to say. I’ve only dealt with CreateSpace (Amazon) and Lulu, and they are both reputable and easy to deal with. I can’t speak about the others, but maybe one of our readers will comment on that.

As for the cover images, my choices have varied with each book. For my first novel, the cover art was done by a friend. The second novel has a photo I took for the cover, and then the photo was digitally altered by an HP friend. Novels three and four were done by Mike Friedman, a friend on HP. You can use artwork, a photo, or any of a number of other options for your cover. The key, though, is to make sure the cover in some way reflects what is inside the book.

I hope that helps.

Welcome back to the Mailbag!
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Write and Rewrite

From Brad: “I was watching an old episode of Mike and Molly, you probably don't watch it. Anyway, on the show she went from a grade public school teacher to a novelist. In finishing her first book she then went back and made some rewrite, and changes in some of her characters. Then, she gave it to some of her friends and family to review. She had already done several rewrites before this, and then after the review she was about to make a major rewrite because she questioned the worth of her current writing.

“This made me think about how authors might in reality have that same problem and what they would do to put a finish on their book and submit to the publisher, or publishing mechanism in the case of eBooks. In the show, her husband electronically sent the existing book to her publisher without her consent, just to put an end to the rewrite process which had been a strain on him and the family. In the show, I saw a real life question that I hadn't previously saw as a problem. I thought that this question or situation would be of general interest to your audience. As, I have not gone through all of the 84 mail in the bag, you probably have already answered this type of ? many times.”

Brad, believe it or not, I have seen exactly one episode of “Mike and Molly.” So there!!!!!

Now, your question: I feel safe in saying that most writers, if not all, understand what you just mentioned. We are never satisfied. I am currently re-publishing my very first novel, one I wrote four-and-a-half years ago. When I first wrote it I must have edited it at least five times. Now that I’m re-publishing it, I’ve already done it again another four times.

It will never be perfect. At some point, and this is purely subjective, a writer just needs to pull the plug on the process and publish the damned thing.

HP Folding up Their Tent?

From Blond: “I don't see your name come up in the forums on HP but there is once again talk about HP folding. I would like to know if this site goes down the pan, what are your plans? Will you look for another site such as this or are your books, websites, farm and job keeping you too busy. Hmm I think I just answered the question myself. LOL”

Blond, I don’t do forums because there are some nasty people on them. I will occasionally answer a question but never do I attend the forums.

As for your question, if HP went under, I would ask my friends here where they are going. I would hate to lose touch with them all. I’m sure, then, I would start writing on that new site as well as writing novels, just as I am now. I don’t need HP, but I do greatly enjoy my friends on HP, so I would do everything I could to keep them nearby on some other venue if possible.

That includes you, by the way.

Combine grammar with a passion for writing and you will soar!
Combine grammar with a passion for writing and you will soar! | Source

This young woman is just too adorable

Help with Grammar

From Eric: “I got some issues. Is there a top notch site that really gets it with regard to punctuation? This one gets me confused "do you always say that?". What the heck does the question mark go outside the quotation mark and do you need that period? And there are many more questions like that. I am sure you know all of that stuff -- but is there a place for a neophyte?”

Eric, you give me too much credit. I’ve forgotten more rules of grammar than I remember. What I do correctly is mainly because of practice and learning through osmosis because I read a great deal. As for a topnotch site for grammar wannabes, you might try Writers Workshop (http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/).....you might also try going to YouTube and searching “grammar tips.” That’s where I usually go when I’m stumped on a grammar question.

Teach children with passion!
Teach children with passion! | Source

Poetry and Children

Two questions from Ann: “Talking of which, I know you don't like creating poetry yet you're so good with the rhythm of writing and imagination so I don't understand why - what, do you think, is the difference, especially when these days it doesn't have to rhyme? Some of your writing sounds like poetry to me anyway!

“Another question: have you ever tried to help a child to write a story, poem or anything else? What kind of advice would you give children which would be any different from that for adults?”

Ann, you bring up an interesting point in your first question. I honestly don’t know the definition of poetry, and I say that because I agree with your statement that many pieces of prose appear, to me, to be poetic. I also agree that in the past I have written some things, some of my reflective pieces, which are more poetic than prose in nature.

The rhythm of my writing comes from studying the flow of great writers and learning how one can control flow and rhythm….and I think there is a natural rhythm to my writing that you just can’t teach to people….you either have it or you don’t.

As for the question about teaching children….if I had to name one thing I would want to teach them…it would be to experience life through the five senses. We all experience life through those senses….they are commonalities that every writer should be aware of and exploit. I would take a child on a nature walk and have them describe what they see, hear, feel, taste and smell. This is so important when writing scenes….we, as writers, are the set directors for our audience. I think that exercise also helps a child to be receptive to the world around them and thus will enrich their writing.

It’s also very easy for a child to become discouraged with writing, or learning any new craft, so I would be obnoxiously encouraging of them and their efforts. Writers need to love writing. They need to be passionate about it, so my job, as a teacher of any age, is to instill my passion for the subject into my teaching.

Great questions, Ann!

More Next Week

Only fifteen more to go and I can mark off a personal goal….and I have all of you to thank for the success of this series. Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again!

Have a great week of writing. Remember that your words impact the reality we all experience. Treat them like treasures.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very good point, Flourish. Thanks so much for going back twelve weeks to read this and comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      I missed this when it came out so I am reading two months later. I think we all have a certain rhythm to our writing. The better the writer the more distinct the rhythm, much like the usual cadence of one's verbal communication.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Sis! LOL

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      Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro to the rescue.........Phew! Thanks. I was getting dizzy.~~~OK, OK...dizzier.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I really don't think there's anything to it. I think it showed up in the forums and people mistook it for reality. :) Take your head out of the sand and breathe, Sis!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, hopefully it's just a silly rumor and that's all.

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      Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bill & Sha....Shhhhhh!! Don't ever mention this again please! I like hiding my head in the sand. The thought of "the possibility" of us having to break up and spread out all over to places unknown.....how depressing.

      NO....we cannot break up this wonderful band of bandits!.....I'm such a big baby!

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Me too. I really don't want to go anywhere else and probably won't.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yeh, I don't know about that rumor, Sha. I think it was just something someone threw out in a forum to see what the reactions would be. I haven't seen anything else written about it. I'll just hang loose and see what happens. I do love it here and would hate to see them close shop.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      I saw the episode of Mike and Molly Brad mentioned. I thought it was great. It was very relatable.

      If HP folds in its current carnation, I think I'll do as you, Bill and see where our friends are headed. So many have already left though, to concentrate on their own sites, I'd be curious to learn what's out there comparable to this site. I haven't written anything new since December, so I'm not really sure what I'd do. I guess I'll deal with it if and when the time comes.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Whatever works, Lawrence. Just carry on!

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      Lawrence Hebb 21 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      One reason I did it using HP was it keeps me focused!

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not this time for sure, Lawrence. It's good to see you begin a series....best wishes, my friend.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 21 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I can identify with 'Molly' I think I've started a few novels in my time, got so far then laid it down for a while and either lost the work when the computer crashed or something else that stopped the project. NOT THIS TIME!!

      Great advice here.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, Mike! I'm just along for the ride with all of you. The great questions keep this series alive.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I swear the questions are just getting better and better.

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill. Wow, some tough questions here. Advice to children, that would have stumped me. Thanks for the shout out.

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      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      These were all superb questions, some of which I never thought about, and equally good answers. Keep them coming to enrich my mind.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, that's what I do best, make things a thing. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      In this installment I really got alot out of the comments.. and self-publishing.. this is such a helpful guide... thanks for continuing to make this a thing :)

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm hoping the same thing, Vellur. Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 22 months ago from Dubai

      Great question and answers, a learning experience. Thank you for sharing and hoping HubPages does not shut down.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so very much, Rajan! Blessings to you always.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 22 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, you end your article it up with a solid punch...."remember that your words impact the reality we all experience. Treat them like treasures".

      How true.... and truly the mark of a great writer.

      Thanks for these lessons in writing.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank YOU Marlene!

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      Marlene Bertrand 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Thanks Bill. OK. So now I'm looking forward to the Billy the Kid novella. That will be an exciting day.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I personally doubt it, but we can hope. Thanks for the question and I hope your weekend is stupendous. Be careful of those darned mosquitoes.

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      Mary Wickison 22 months ago from Brazil

      Not sure what happened to my earlier comment. I think it was Big Brother.

      Thanks for responding to my question, I hope that the changes which HP are implementing will revive the site.

      Have a lovely week.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks MizB....interesting mini-history lesson. I suspected it was something like that.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Marlene, I don't know if I'd spend money on the new edition...the story didn't change at all. I just re-published it so it would be in ebook form....save your money for the first Billy the Kid novella. :) but thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 22 months ago

      Just an addition about end punctuation and quotation marks in writing: The custom of putting the end punctuation inside the quotation marks comes from the days of the old hand-set lead type. The period was put inside the quote marks because it was so small the typesetters were afraid it would get lost. At least that's what they taught us in journalism school. I don't always follow that rule today, as some of you may have noticed.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, welcome back and thank you! That rule you stated on quotation marks is the one I follow. If there are exceptions then I miss them every single time.

      HP folding? I really don't know. It certainly wouldn't be the end of the world, but I'd hate to see it happen.

      Happy Tuesday, my friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, somehow I missed the fact that your first novel was re-written. Glad you mentioned it here again. Well then I will have to have the updated version, so looking I'll be looking for that when it comes out. Another fine mailbag and this one is really filled. I enjoyed reading and learned a lot.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Shyron! I really would hate to see HP fold. I don't know how we would all keep in touch in this manner, but it's something to ponder while we wait.

      blessings always to you

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, the old saying "measure twice, cut once," applies, and it is very true.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, thanks for stopping by. To answer your question I have no idea who started that rumor. It showed up in the forums and I have no idea if there is merit to it or not. I guess we'll all just wait and see.

      Every single day is Valentine's Day, my friend. I hope you and Mr.B had a good one as well.

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      Heidi Thorne 22 months ago from Chicago Area

      Tuesday visit to Monday Mailbag... again.

      Re: Perfection Paralysis. Yep, we all have the disease. But, luckily, most of the current blogging and self publishing platforms allow us to change or correct our work as needed. Hitting "publish" is just "publish as it is now."

      Re: In or Out with Quote Marks. In general, the quote mark goes outside the last punctuation mark. I gather it's more of an aesthetic printing and publishing convention than anything functional.

      Re: HP's Future. Well, I haven't seen any "HP folding" news. In fact, they are continually revamping the site and are starting some new specialty sites. I don't bother with the forums of negativity either. And if HP were to one day decide to fold, I'd copy my stuff (since they're very clear that we own our content) and find another home for it either online or in books.

      15 Mailbags to go. Keep up the good work! We appreciate it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Hi Bill, I hope I am one of the friends you want to keep in touch with, should HP fold, I think I would be lost without HP.

      I love reading your answers to all the questions.

      Blessings my friend

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      Michael-Milec 22 months ago

      Just dawn on me : After decades in woodworking, there isn't chance for rewriting: you do it first time, " do it ready" for delivery. ( Move to the next project ...

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      MizBejabbers 22 months ago

      Bill, great mailbag today as usual. I can’t say that I’ve never enjoyed it. I liked your answer about the rewrite question. A writer has just got to stop and publish. We were taught in journalism school that you would never be satisfied with your product, and that eventually your rewrite wouldn’t resemble your original concept. My main professor said no more than three rewrites. I had noticed that what he said was true because my rewrites were getting away from what I originally intended, and that some of my rewrites weren’t matching my first few paragraphs, chapters, whatever.

      Who started this rumor about HP folding and does it have merit? I keep seeing references to it in questions and comments. I really like being here and would hate to see them fold. I wonder if they bit off more than they could chew when they took in Squidoo. See you next time. Hope you and Bev had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good night Michael my friend...the "next sense"......yes indeed....recognizing it is key.

      blessings and peace always

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've been there and done that, Brian. In the old days they just said you can't beat a dead horse. :)

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so too, Swalia! It probably is.

      Thank you and blessings always!

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      Michael-Milec 22 months ago

      At the point " We all experience life through those senses…." I almost said something, than again, why should I ?! We all may recall the beginning of journey our writing. Sometime during the process, an unknown previously, the 'next' sense moved in stealthily ... (Recognizing its voice is of a great importance.)

      Good night my friend. Peace and blessings to you.

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      Brian Leekley 22 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I've learned by experience that if I'm not satisfied with a work after innumerable rewrites, it has one or more fundamental flaw -- wrong starting point, wrong POV character, dubious motivation, whatever -- and it's time to shred the work and toss the concept back in the grist bin.

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      Shaloo Walia 22 months ago

      There's so much to learn about writing and self-publishing through your hubs. Thanks for sharing! It's a bit sad to hear about HP winding up just when I have started being a regular here. I hope it's just a rumor!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Brad! I will.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will for sure, Dora! Thank you so very much.

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      bradmasterOCcal 22 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Have fun with it.

      Glad to help

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      Dora Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      In the event that HP folds (I pray they don't) will you please let me know where you are going Bill? Please and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you once again, Bill! Stay warm in Massachusetts....rumor has it spring is on the way.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thanks for some interesting reflections. I have trouble with grammar all the time, and I had Catholic nuns beating those rules into us. I suspect part of my problem is my age. I tend to forget things like that, so I work just as hard at it as all of you.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I actually love "Shadow of Shadows." You just gave me an idea...thank you very much.

      Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, Sally!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Sally, that's so sweet. Thank you so much! I think teaching is a noble profession in the hands of a person who is passionate and inspirational.

      Have a wonderful week, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Pop! You readers do most of the work for me, so thank you!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 22 months ago from Massachusetts

      Great questions and answers Bill. I definitely see installment 100 in your future. Have a great week.

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another great mailbag. I can relate to Eric's question. I continually have problems with punctuation and grammar. Besides there being a few deviations between Australian(British) and US which makes things difficult, I find I make so many errors especially in my short stories. I guess it is a constant learning experience.

      Your answer to Ann's questions about teaching kids was spot on. In regard to it not being necessary for poetry to rhyme anymore. That is true and a lot of publishers even frown upon rhyming poetry, but when I was a child if there weren't rhyming books around like Dr Seuss I would never have become interested in poetry at all (or reading for that matter) so I will always continue to fly the flag for rhyme.

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      bradmasterOCcal 22 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Good afternoon, and thanks for airing my ques/ment. I just created the question comment contraction without the apostrophe. "questment", or should it be comques, or even Qcom.

      Anyway, sorry I assumed that you didn't watch M&M.

      I just thought of another fun Book Title

      "Shadow of Shadows"

      "Shadow Reflections"

      "Shadow Mirrors"

      Sorry, I just think that the word "Shadow" is so much fun.

      Take care, Brad

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 22 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      Love the question about teaching children. I had two wonderful teachers who knew how to push the right buttons, they gave 'encouragement' and praise where it was due. They even gave the impression that they could not wait to read the next 'instalment'. I cannot think of them without thinking 'gratitude and now I had another one. Thank you, Billy.

      Sally

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 22 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      Love the question about teaching children. I had two wonderful teachers who knew how to push the right buttons, they gave 'encouragement' and praise where it was due. They even gave the impression that they could not wait to read the next 'instalment'. I cannot think of them without thinking 'gratitude and now I had another one. Thank you, Billy.

      Sally

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      breakfastpop 22 months ago

      I just dotted down some important tidbits that I gather from your series. Thank you so much.

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      William Leverne Smith 22 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Very good suggestions for teaching children. Great reminders. Great mailbag in general. What fun! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, so nice to see you on a Monday. :) Thanks for sharing part of your holiday with me. I hope you are well. I've missed you. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you down the road.

      blessings always, dear friend

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Colin, you said it perfectly. There is a time and a place for grammar and rules....but we should never allow them to get in the way of creativity. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I always appreciate you, Alicia. Thank you so much.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday, Dear Bill!

      I actually made the Monday Mailbag on Monday! I do have Presidents Day off and so I am able to catch up a bit here, and I actually ...believe it or not was able to publish a short and sweet hub of all things LOL.

      Wow, there are some great questions posed here. Ann's questions are really interesting about children and poetry. I know children certainly provide a lot of inspiration for when I write and they do seem to love the lyrical poems and stories.

      Hope you are having a wonderful Monday there, dear heart

      Hugs and blessings always

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      Colin Garrow 22 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Another great one, Bill. Re Ann's question about children writing - I think you're quite right, kids need to know that all writing is good, and encouraging them to use their imaginations is the main thing, since, if they've got ideas, everything else (spelling, punctuation etc) will get sorted out as time goes by - without ideas, we're nothing.

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      Linda Crampton 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I often say that I find your mailbag hubs useful, Bill, and I have to say the same thing yet again! I always appreciate the advice and tips that you share.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! We really don't know if that rumor is true or not, so don't take it as gospel. Since I don't hang out on forums I have no way to confirm that or not; It wouldn't surprise me at all but again, I just don't know.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I have been writing on HP for 5 years and just this month signed up to be paid for my writing and now, I hear they are going out. I don't believe it. The money is not great but the site gives us a good place to express our feeling's. I'm with you on the forums, went there once and all they talked about was another hubbers bad poetry. Another great mailbag!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      M Abddullah Javed, thank you sir, and May God bless you as well. I appreciate you taking the time to comment so well....have a wonderful, peaceful and productive week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you farmloft....we will have our first grandchild in April. I'll let you know how that teaching progresses. :)

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I've never heard of that punctuation you mentioned. It would be redundant if you ask me.

      Thanks for the kind words. I was a good teacher. I still hear from many of my former students, which is very gratifying. But I taught high school and middle school. Little kids just have way too much energy for me. LOL

      Have a great week, Kailey, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice, Kristen. I'll check it out.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 22 months ago

      Hi Bill Sir nice meeting you along with some important queries and there replies. Your guidelines about Self Publishing were a refreshment. Write and re-write is a habitual process that we are amazed at. You are true, inspite of editing many a times, the write up appears an unedited one, when reviewed later. This writing time and again appears to be a hand on experience provided by God, He hold our pen and teach how to write. The re-writing process get articulated into a technique of building up of our thoughts, the more we write the more we get fine tuned. This is how you spelled out by saying that it is purely subjective.

      About the HP, our views are same. It is a House of Passionate people and it is dear to us as our abode. God bless the HP team. Let us pray for its long life.

      About grammar the guidelines are quite pragmatic.

      I appreciate the way you thought of teaching a child, the idea of nature walk is quite touching.

      Thank you so much for the enlightening answers. May God bless you. Take care.

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      farmloft 22 months ago from Michigan

      Annart, Grandchildren are usually easier to "teach" than children. I would venture a guess that it is us, not the child.

      I do believe in the five senses approach to make stories dimensional and alive.

      Great job on approaching your goal of 100!

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      social thoughts 22 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      I have never seen "Mike and Molly," but the idea of someone just sending a version of my work to end the rewriting process shocks me! I think it's funny that I just asked a similar question, last week, though!

      I don't recall seeing a period after a character has asked a question, before. It looks redundant. Maybe, I am forgetting. I recall reading that in British English they put punctuation on either the inside or outside. Have you heard this?

      I like what you said about how any writing can be poetry. It's so true!

      As much as I feel I owe my first grade teacher credit for encouraging the first of my writing which inspired me to be where I am, today, I think you would have made a great first grade teacher in that respect, as well. Nature is a powerful tool for creativity. :)

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome Bill. Though some small presses isn't listed there. But Absolute Write is another place to go--the water cooler forum section. I'm always happy to share.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is pretty impressive, Bill. I'm always surprised when I see a new question...surprised and gratified.

      Thank you for always accepting the mail, my friend. See you soon!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, DDE! We need more pondering in this world.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Ann! I had no idea it was that obvious. :) Sigh!

      bill

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      William Kovacic 22 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      The sun comes up on another day, and the mailbag has been delivered - must be Monday. I think it's impressive after all the mailbags delivered to my door that there are still questions being asked for the first time. Regardless the answers are always fresh, and help me to keep going. Thanks Bill..

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      Devika Primić 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc you QS and As are interesting and informative and giving a writer lots to ponder on here.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Yes, a couple of times people have asked me 'are you a teacher?' and when given the answer said 'I thought so'. That worries me!!

      Happy Monday to you too!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann and Happy Monday to you. All is well with us, thanks. As far as being too teacherish, I always worry about that, and I would especially worry if it were my grandchild....I'm talking about me, not you. :)

      Happy Monday my friend!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I like that from Sri Chinmoy. Thanks for sharing that. Usually, if I run into a grammar problem, I go to a book I'm reading and find out how the author handled it. In other words, there are very few unique problems in the writing game.

      blessings my friend.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, Kristen, and my readers thank you as well.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Thanks for the great answers, bill. I've used some of those techniques for writing with students but my little grandchildren are just starting on the literacy path and I want to inspire and encourage even more - when it's so subjective I wonder if I'm being too 'teacherish' with my family! Having read your answer I think not; I always get them to look around so a little exercise in such things could be drawn then written and off we go from there!

      Hope all's well with you, bill.

      Ann

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      manatita44 22 months ago from london

      What Blond says about HP is interesting. I wonder about them sometimes.

      Brad's question is superb, as is your answer. Writers go over their work so many times, and yes, that woman was correct to give it to others as well. All helps.

      Eric's comment is interesting. Like you, I've read a lot, and sometimes, I know intuitively there is a problem, even if for a few seconds, I'm unsure about what it is.

      Isn't Shauna an expert on this problem? Annart should be really good, and I like AliciaC. There are many others!

      I believe the inverted comma's closes everything thing, except the full-stop in certain cases. Use the eyes, I say, and the intuition. Does it look right? If not ask, or change. Lots of reading helps.

      Another great Hub, and I look forward for the penultimate, when we can prepare for the celebration. Sri Chinmoy always celebrated when another milestone was reached. Carry on, Bro!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's magic, Buildreps! Thanks for being here again, my friend. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, a double dose of Melissa! :) Thanks again!

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Eric! Happy Monday my friend, and thanks!

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, congrats on this mail-bag installment success here at HP, though I've visited a few of them since I've joined. Great questions and answers. PR&E is a great site to get the low-down on what publishers, editors and agents are recommended or not by a rating scale. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Melissa! Sorry you don't have the day off. Thanks for sharing part of your morning with me, and Happy Monday to you on this rainy morn.

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      Melissa Propp 22 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday (and President's Day)! The kids have the day off, but sadly I do not...luckily, I have your weekly mailbag to look forward to on an otherwise sluggish Monday. Oh, and Happy Belated Valentine's Day! I hope you and Bev enjoyed the day together. Take care!

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      Buildreps 22 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, Bill. As always is the mailbag in time and full with again a list of interesting questions and great answers. I don't know how you fix that every time again. Have a great day, and looking forward a great week as well!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Glad I caught this early -- already went to the site and their examples already straightened me out, at least a little. Thanks for another great mailbag.

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      Melissa Propp 22 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday (and President's Day)! The kids have the day off, but sadly I do not...luckily, I have your weekly mailbag to look forward to on an otherwise sluggish Monday. Oh, and Happy Belated Valentine's Day! I hope you and Bev enjoyed the day together. Take care!