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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Eighty-Four

Updated on February 01, 2016

An Intro Isn’t Really Necessary, Is It?

Let’s just get to it since it’s a full Mailbag today. One funny note: HP wouldn't let me use Eighty-Three in the title, even though this is, in fact, Installment Eighty-Three....so this really is not Installment Eighty-Four. Aren't you glad I told you that?

CONTESTS AND HP

From Kim: “As always informative with your unique brand of honesty and humor. Perhaps, you have answered this question before, and if so, just stir me to that mailbag. I am sparked by your comment that you test waters on HP before making leap to ebooks. I would like to enter a contest I saw advertised in Freedom With Writing, but the rules say that the work must not have been published elsewhere. Does that mean anything I publish on HP is disqualified? Thank You.”

Kim, I’m not sure how much my answer is going to help you. The phrase “different strokes for different folks” comes to mind when I think of your question. I’ve entered work from HP into contests and never had a problem, but I suspect the tripping point is the “not been published elsewhere” and what constitutes “publishing.” In some circles, the work we have on HP is not considered as published. Your best bet is to contact the contest people and ask them. My guess is they will say work on HP is not published, per se, but the only way to know for sure is to ask. I have entered contests with work published on HP and never had a problem, but that doesn’t mean one size fits all.

And good luck in that contest.

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LULU

From Mike: “Hi Bill. I have a question. Why would anyone put their title on Lulu? Amazon is the big cathedral, no one is even in second place.”

Mike, this is going to be a short reply. It’s not that I don’t like your question, or consider it insignificant….it’s just that I’m stumped. Why would anyone publish with Lulu? I don’t have a clue. I have been very happy with CreateSpace/Amazon. Maybe someone reading this can give us both a clue. I did do some research on this, and read the opinions of ten different people, and the main advantage, they say, to using Lulu is the ease of downloading. However, I’ve never had a moment of trouble downloading on CreateSpace, and I found the royalties to be greater with CreateSpace as well…so again, I don’t have a clue.

Follow-up on Contests

From MizB: “Bill, happy Monday again, and yes, we would like to see at least 100 articles. I am interested in the question by ocfireflies about publishing on HP and how it is considered. I have several short stories that I'm withholding from HP for that very reason. I also find that short stories don't attract as many readers anyway no matter how good they are, so I figure I don't want to spoil my best efforts by debuting them here. Could you comment on my comment as part of your answer to her? In other words, do you agree or disagree? Thanks, my friend.”

MizB, I agree, short stories on HP do not do as well as regular articles. I have two short story series going on right now and without a doubt, my views have declined with those stories. Maybe I should take the hint and stop writing short stories. LOL

Seriously, if you do not have a specific reason for doing so, I would not publish short stories on HP. I do it to test the waters and find out if readers are enjoying the stories before I re-write them and publish them as eBook novellas. I consider HP, in that case, to be my testing ground. If you don’t need such a testing ground then my suggestion is don’t bother doing it.

Also, for me, my short stories on HP are not my best efforts, as you stated in your question. My best effort comes later when I take that short story and expand it and improve it….so, like I said, this is just practice for me.

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Competing Titles

From Ms. Dora: “Bill, thanks again for some good answers to good questions. Here's a question for the next (or future) mailbag. "I just discovered that the working title which I selected for my upcoming bestseller is already the title of a book published in 2015. I know that book titles are not copyrighted, but how would you advise me? Thanks.”

Dora, I’ve run up against this problem, in the past, with two novels I published. It is my preference to choose a title that has not been used before. I want my title to be the only title with that name, not only for search engine reasons but simply because I want my novel to be unique in every way.

Some authors don’t feel that way. There are some rather famous authors who have titled their books with existing titles and it certainly hasn’t hurt their sales.

To each his/her own. My advice…go for unique!

Rewrite or edit....one and the same in this case...let's just call it improved.
Rewrite or edit....one and the same in this case...let's just call it improved. | Source

Re-writing Novels

From Glimmer: “Good morning Bill - Well this article prompted a question...why would you want to rewrite your novel? I'm assuming there are physical copies of the book and people have it and have read it. Doesn't that change everything? I've just never heard of someone rewriting a novel after it's been published, informational books & articles, yes I've heard of that. It's just something that really got my attention when you said it. Thanks.”

Thanks Glimmer! I think it’s all in the definition of “rewrite.” When I first wrote this book I was a ragged writer at best. The grammar was, at times, poor, and there were holes in the narrative I simply could not notice because I was new to this game. So for me, rewriting the book doesn’t mean changing the story at all; it just means making it better. The story has stayed the same. Maybe you would be more comfortable with “edit” rather than rewrite, because that’s really what I’m talking about.

I agree with you that a complete rewrite would not only be silly but unfair to those who originally bought the book. I consider this to be improving rather than rewriting.

Also, this book has never before been available as an eBook, so I figured if I was going to go to the bother of formatting it into an eBook, I might as well go to a little more bother and improve upon it.

So that’s what I did.

What’s the Point

From Denise: “I know you mentioned why you share chapters of your future novels, but I don’t remember now why you said it is a good idea. Can you tell me again why you do that? Isn’t there a danger of sharing too much of the novel and then forfeiting sales when it becomes a book?”

Yes, there is!

Next question!

I’m kidding….kind of. It’s a valid question, Denise, and I’ve asked the same question of people who share their entire novels on HP in chapter form. I, however, don’t do that.

When I share chapters of a future book, like I currently am with the “Billy the Kid” installments, I’m actually just practicing and tossing stuff out there to gauge the audience’s reaction to it. I actually just finished my first “Billy the Kid” novella and it really is quite different from the chapters I shares on HP. I’ve done a lot more work on characterizations, on settings and on background information, but added some new action scenes that were never in the chapters on HP.

So, my goal was to get some feedback AND build interest for the series. Hopefully that interest will be enough to sell some eBooks once it is published. If not…oh well! I really have nothing to lose by doing it.

Someone, I’m sure, will say that I risk having it stolen. Yes, I do…no doubt about it.

Call me a reckless risk-taker if you will.

And Another One Bites the Dust

Well that was fun! Thanks for taking part, either by asking questions, reading and/or commenting. You are all the reason this series continues.

Someone asked me what my plans are for 2016. My goodness, where to start?

I’m re-publishing my first novel since it was never an eBook. I’m self-publishing the first of the “Billy the Kid” novellas, and hopefully I’ll publish three or four of those this year. And I’m working on the sequel to my first novel, which was “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today.”

And, of course, I’m hanging out with all of you as often as possible.

In other words, I’m a pretty lucky man.

Have a great week of writing.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 14 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, 2016 sounds quite perfect to me and so glad you are still hanging out with all of us here still, too. Happy Monday and wishing you a wonderful week ahead now, as always!! :)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday, Janine. I'm off to do my outside job this morning, but wanted to say good morning to you. Have a super Monday!

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      Melissa Propp 14 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Lots of great questions today! I wonder why HP wouldn't let you use eighty-three? Is it a cursed # or something, like floor #13...Will next week be installment eighty-four part 2? Sounds like you have lots of stuff to publish in 2016. Will you be entering Kindle Scout with anything this year?

      Have a wonderful week!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa! Thanks for always being here. Weird about 83....no clue why that is? I like your solution....84 1/2...great idea. As for Kindle Scout, we'll just have to wait and see. :)

      Have a great week, my friend.

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      A pretty lucky man indeed! How I home in on and love all these short positives! Like a hook to me!

      Great questions this week, and a bit strange about this eighty -three bit. You're sure, Bro?

      I would not ask about the HP bit by Kim. I would just get on with it. Asking is good for the cautious, but the risk of Hub Pages then being checked out and a new clause added, becomes greater. She can always use your rationale on 'published work' later, if necessary.

      Sail on Bro. You've taken on a lot on board. No easy feat. Buen suerte. (good luck)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, your advice for Kim is the advice I would use for myself, and have used for myself. It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is for permission. :) Have a great week, my friend, and thank you!

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      Buildreps 14 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, Bill. As always a very interesting installment. The fun is I was just looking at the website of Lulu before reading your Hub, and had the same kind of question. It's now answered!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great timing, Buildreps. I'm glad we clarified it for you....still, you might want to do a bit more research on Lulu and find more opinions. I have nothing against them and have never used them, so I'm speaking second-hand. :)

      Thanks for the Monday visit. I hope your week is superior.

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      Linda Lum 14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I knew I'd find you here this morning. Always fun reading the questions and the wonderful way in which you answer them. You have a lot of goals for the year and that is just as it should be. Without a plan we would not be motivated to any more than sit here and play Candy Crush. Looking forward to #84.1 next week.

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      Donna Brown 14 months ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill,

      In answer to our friend's question about why anyone would use Lulu instead of Createspace, I use Lulu because not only will my books be available on Amazon, but they are also available on Barnes and Noble. I have sold print books on those sites as well. Also, my books are available to libraries and bookstores via LULU.

      I have been thinking about printing my books using another system, still not Createspace, a local college has a POD machine that will do local author books. These books I would have produced at the college and go pick them up to avoid shipping costs. I would use these books to sell at festivals and events.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 14 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      I agree that Hubpages is a good place to test the writing waters. It's easier to publish for free, since there are fewer economical constraints. But sometimes I wonder whether feedback from a purchase is more critical. Yet not necessarily 'more honest', in that money makes people feel they have some stake in the story.

      Once again, great mailbag, and good luck with your novellas,

      -E.G.A.

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      bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

      Good Morning Bill

      Interesting Mailbag Today.

      In no particular order.....

      As for publishing on HP, it doesn't seem to get much farther than a small group that you already have on HP. While HP searches the net to see if your article is already out there, it doesn't appear that people outside of HP really know your article exists.

      I have not written a hub in several months and my views have been down to One a day for all my hubs. So in a thirty day period that is a total viewing of 30. It could be my subject area, lets face it, who today cares about political or social issues. :(.

      As for LULU, remember that FACEBOOK took down the existing leader MYSPACE. Indeed.com has surpassed Monster.com for job searches.

      The point is that you never know which company is going to replace the current leader.

      My thought on ReWriting is that the lessons that you learned should go forward in a new work. You could make it a continuation of the old story, but many times it is better to build a new than to remodel. My non expert writing opinion.

      Titles, I agree should be unique for the reasons that you point out, and they should be captivating. I really like the title, "Shadows Kill", while I am tepid on the title,"Shadows of Innocence".

      My wife is the fiction reader in the house, and I have no real knowledge of all the books that she has read, but I have done well picking out new authors for her as presents. I do this by looking at the front and back cover, and reading a few random pages. Probably just sheer luck on my part, but I do know something about the genre of the books she has liked in the past.

      As for putting a book out on the web without compensation, I suspect that there are a number of valid reasons to do it. It could be similar to handing out food samples at the mall, or Costco. But, it does mean that you have to have more than one book. As I once lamented to you, I don't know how people can compete with tens of thousands of books already on the shelves at the book store. Yet, somehow these books are sold, more or less.

      Anything in the Entertainment field is a difficult area to make money. The rankings leaders, and celebrities dominate the real money. They have climbed the mountain, and the majority of their competition have been made virtually invisible by the overhanging cliff of success, and fame. They are in the Shadows, and they all look alike to the casual observer. Occasionally, some in the shadows may reflect some light, and be seen by the people, but that is rare.

      My wife is a talented professional Soprano, and she tried unsuccessfully to become a Voice Over Artist. The wall for that profession is about the same as writing books. The industry, both of them take from the celebrities, and the acclaimed, while paying slave labor to the rest.

      In both of these fields, it is difficult to even get an agent. So, the rest of the field talented, very talented, or not so talented are left in the pit. The pit is the Internet where the Business throws small amounts of money to tens of thousands or more of starving Artists. The amounts for the Voice Over was less than a few hundred dollars.

      I am in no way trying to ground the dreams of Artists that are making their way through the maze. Many have found their way through, and many more will follow.

      As an example, but not in the artist field, let us look to Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others that made it big in a field that had fierce competition, and existing Leaders. At the same time, just in the phone apps arena there are hundreds of thousands of Apps being marketed.

      The point is that like the Bell Curve, the small percentage is the A and the F. The majority is in the C.

      Persistence, stamina, and talent will take people a long way, but there are no guarantees, or tried and true recipes today.

      Using the translated Latin phrase, "Don't Let the Bastards Wear You Down".

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      Karen Hellier 14 months ago from Georgia

      Hi Bill!

      Love your answers and how helpful they are to your readers. I was happy to see that you mentioned you use CreateSpace for your books. I have been trying to figure out who I should publish with and there are so many options out there. Thanks for your help as always!

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      Mary Wickison 14 months ago from Brazil

      Another interesting mailbag mix.

      Regarding why people might not use Amazon, some people like to support the underdog. That is my best guess.

      I hope life is treating you well up there.

      Have a great week.

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      Lori Colbo 14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      How would i contact you with a question for mailbag?

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill another excellent Mailbag. I fear we just come to accept excellence from you and somewhat whither in our appreciation of you. You do real good.

      Now this question is not so much about the muse coming and going but about the dark muse. Or even the light muse. How do you stay even keeled in your writing? Some days I am dark and foreboding and some days light as a feather on the breeze. For me - I just do not write to publish in the dark as my focus is on uplifting. But you have characters and plots to deal with. How do you stay "even"? You must turn it on and off to write about the Dales one day and Billy the next. Release your secret for it must be a secret about balance in life!

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      MizBejabbers 14 months ago

      Mornin', Bill, or I think it's afternoon now, even in your neck of the woods. I was going to ask about the eighty-three, but I see someone has beaten me to it. Thanks for using my question. It's comforting to know that a great writer like you even suffers the doldrums on short stories, but I guess it's not great news to you. The other area that I've fallen flat on is commentaries of everyday events. Those aren't worth wasting time on either, and darn it, I have at least 15 semester hours in writing the stuff. But then HP says they want "green hubs" (timeless) and they shelve them as fast as the current events. Go figure.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda...It's Words for me, not Candy Crush. LOL Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information, Donna....Amazon also makes books available to libraries....anyway, all good information and I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, I honestly don't know. I usually go with what's easier for me...I get into a comfort zone and don't leave when it comes to publishing...not necessarily the best criteria to go by. :) Thanks my friend!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I read every word of your comment and I agree with it all...unusual but true. :) This is a tough, tough field to find success in...there are absolutely no guarantees and oftentimes success does not hinge on talent.....so...yes, yes, yes and yes again....you hit gold with this series of comments, and I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Karen....thank you for the comment.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, life is treating me quite well. I have no complaints at all, my friend. Thank you and I hope your week is a huge success.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, you can put it in a comment here or email me at holland1145@yahoo.com

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you are assuming I have a secret to release. LOL Thanks for the question...I'll dream up an answer by Monday.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I suspect there are better sites out there where good writers can share their work, but if I went to them I'd be without all my friends here at HP, and that is a choice I don't care to make. :) Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 14 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great questions and great answers. So what's up with HP preventing you from using eighty-three in the title. Seems frivolous on the part of HP? Anyway, sounds like 2016 will be a busy year for you?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for another set of good answers, especially for the answer to my question. I'll take your advice. Unique is better.

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      William Leverne Smith 14 months ago from Hollister, MO

      I've used both Lulu and CreateSpace for multiple books over the years. Anything I do on Lulu is immediately available on Amazon. I do my ebooks on Lulu, my print books on CreateSpace, generally. Very little difference, to me, it seems.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I honestly think it was a computer glitch. Probably, if I'd been patient and kept posting it, they would have accepted it...but I have little patience with computers or with HP. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you are very welcome. Thanks for the question and your loyal following.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, Bill. Thanks for sharing about Lulu....I listen to the voice of experience.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Bill. Do you think it's worthwhile to update an article that was written and published for awhile then not featured after traffic stopped? Another great mailbag. Thank you..

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved the topics this week Bill, and I can actually help with a couple of the questions. In regard to Kim and MizB's queries regarding entering contests when the rules say "must not be published elsewhere." In most cases they don't class writing on HP as being "published" though one promoter of a contest I entered just advised me to unpublished my poem/story for the duration of the contest and then I was free to republish it afterwards. I agree it is probably best to ask those running the contest how they view HubPages.

      In regard to Mike's question about LULU. I published my eBook there because I was told it was simpler to format there etc than on Amazon, and because I was totally inexperienced "easy" sounded good. Another reason is that they provide the ISBN number for free. They also provide your book for sale on iBooks and NOOK. This may not be as good for a paperback book though and probably still is no competition for Amazon.

      It also wasn't as easy to format as I thought...or more precisely I wasn't 100% happy with the final formatting. Knowing what I do now, I'd probably go with Amazon (Kindle or Create Space) in future.

      In regard to

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thanks for the question. I'll have an answer for you next Monday, although I really don't think I'm the HP member to answer it objectively. :)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! Like I said earlier, I really don't have a strong feeling one way or another on this. I'm used to Amazon so there I'll stay, but that has more to do with not wanting to learn anything new. LOL By the way, CreateSpace offers free ISBN numbers too.

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The questions and answers are very interesting this week, Bill. As always, thanks for the education!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Another valuable installment with very useful questions and answers. I always benefit from your weekly hubs.

      You seem to me a bundle of energy. How you manage so much--HP, Novels and so much more.

      Thanks for inspiring me!

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Again you are insightful with mailbag 83..err 84.. I thought the LULU was personally helpful.. thank you for that.. I think I would have assumed I lost 83... had I not seen it :) Thanks for the deliveries.. bless you

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      social thoughts 14 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bill.

      What the hell is with HubPages not allowing "eighty-three?" What's wrong with them?

      The "Follow-up on Contests" question is interesting. I always worried that writers publishing fiction, poetry, etc. would be in more danger of plagiarism, but I know we all are, anyway. I had no idea that there are lower views for such works. That's unfortunate to learn. :(

      As for "Re-writing Novels," I thought you were going to change major parts, as well. I found it interesting because I have always felt that if I published any of my fiction, I would probably never be satisfied with how I wrote it, and not because of errors like you speak of, but the bigger events. Do you have those concerns, as well?

      Keep up the great work, friend!

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      breakfastpop 14 months ago

      I always walk away from this series a little bit smarter. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Alicia. I hang with some very intelligent and insightful people on HP...like you!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, I'll tell you my secret.....my years are running out. I need to hurry so I can accomplish it all. :)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bless you and thank you, Frank! I'm glad you found this one useful for you personally.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I'll use your question next week, but the quick answer...I feel that way as soon as I publish something. :) I suspect most writers do.

      Have a great week, my insightful and talented friend.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Then my work is done, Pop! Thank you so much.

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      Shaloo Walia 14 months ago

      I am not much familiar with self-publishing and e-books. But I am learning a lot through your hubs. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm happy to hear that, Swalia. Thanks for being here once again.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 14 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Happy Monday! More thoughts to consider and more inspiration to take into mind. I will be glad to be able to accomplish the one thing that I have been longing to do for so long and that is get an e-book of poems self-published. It is going to be quite challenging for me and I am not sure how it will go but you can believe me that by the end of this year if I can accomplish this I will be doing the dance of joy.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Good mix of questions and answers, Bill. I wouldn't give something away for free unless it was an appetizer.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, you already have the poems. You could literally format it into an ebook in a matter of a couple hours. Then all you need is a cover. :) I know you can do this.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, you had me laughing at that one. Thanks for the chuckle.

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      Heidi Thorne 13 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Tuesday! It is still Tuesday as I'm checking in. Woohoo!

      Re: Lulu. I agree that Amazon Createspace is an amazing platform. However, currently Lulu has one big benefit: hardcover book printing. I've talked with some author wannabes who think that their books will be taken more seriously if in hardcover. (Shaking head now.)

      Hope you're having a great week so far. If I didn't know that I was in Chicago, I'd say I'm in your Pacific Northwest neck of the woods with all the rain we're getting. Keep the Mailbag coming! Cheers!

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      William Kovacic 13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      As always, more good stuff to keep me going. Thanks for making my Monday on Tuesday!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 13 months ago

      Hi Bill - Thanks for including my question, and answering it! That clears it up for me. I do like the word edit better ;-)

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      Nithya Venkat 13 months ago from Dubai

      Great set of questions and answers. Wishing you all the very best for a great year ahead.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, that's interesting about Lulu...thanks for that...I'm shaking my head as well. Oh, the dreams we choose to believe. :)

      Stay dry and enjoy our weather.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's my pleasure. I love to manipulate the calendar like that. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought you would, Glimmer. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur and I wish the same for you.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      This mailbag made me smile a lot, and believe me I need that today!

      I must admit I was thinking along the same lines as Glimmer and, yes, I would think of it as an edit and I breathed a sigh of relief when you said so. Now I can review it without fear of reviewing something that no longer exists!

      Am calming down from the 'solicitor' worry and making sure I have a relaxing evening.

      It's about time I published a hub which has been hanging in the air for a week because of time restrictions - strangely, it's the one about the word 'time'! How do I do it?!!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I have no doubt whatever you write about time, it will be fascinating. And I'm glad I laid to rest concerns about the novel. I love that book too much to make wholesale changes to it. Thank you very much!

      bill

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      bradmasterOCcal 13 months ago from Orange County California

      Good morning Bill

      :Ending a Book?

      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.

      Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, thanks....I'll include in a week from Monday since this Mailbag is already overflowing. I might have answered it before, but I'm getting old and I don't remember stuff too well, so let's do it again. :) Thanks, my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      jo miller 13 months ago from Tennessee

      Much good information here--in the post and also the comments. Thanks for all the work you do to encourage and support. Good luck to you with all of your writing endeavors.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Jo! Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like you're doing quite well and 2016 is going to be a fruitful year. However, I need to disagree with stories in chapters. My criminal series, which has been sleeping for a while, which includes John Dillinger and Bonnie and clyde material, has gone through the roof over the years, as well as some other things that I have done on birds. Maybe it has something to do with the popularity of the topic, but I'm getting some pretty decent residuals.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really glad for you, Deb. Thanks for sharing that. Maybe my stories just aren't any good. LOL Thanks for stopping by again, and have a great weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I'm so glad you've published your novels as actual books. I, for one, am not interested in eBooks. I've downloaded a few, including one for which I was a contributor, but I really don't like online or on-computer reading (with the exception of the articles and stories my fellow Hubbers post). I know much of the reading populous loves e-reading, but I'm not one of them.

      That said, I would imagine there can be some money made by going the eBook route, however, the purchase price tells me the author(s) don't make any money unless a gazillion copies are sold.

      I'm one of your most loyal fans, but I won't buy an eBook. Do you also offer them in softback form?

      As you know, I posted the first 16 chapter of The Gifts of Faith on HP. I didn't start out thinking it would become a novel, but after the wonderful responses I received, my mindset changed. Therefore, I stopped posting online. After all, why buy the book (when I finish it) when anyone can read it for free on HP? You're the one who brought that point to my attention. How right you are! I know I'll go back over it once I've finished the book, at which point, edits will make a difference, but I doubt the story line will change.

      That said, I know of several authors here on HP, whom I respect dearly, but didn't buy the for-sale book version of their stories because I'd already read them. I think teasers are great in order to test the waters, as you say, but posting an entire creative chapter-by-chapter is not advisable. At least that's my opinion.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, rest assured that if I publish an eBook, it will also be published on CreateSpace as a paperback. I simply cannot personally embrace the eBook fad, and I always want a copy of my own book, for selfish reasons.

      Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing your views with everyone.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I'm glad I didn't get to this hub when it first came out. Much of what the questions here bring out is what I've been working through so getting other people writing, asking questions and noting the same things is kind of confirmation if what I thought I was seeing!

      I started a series a couple of weeks ago and to be honest I'm loving writing it but as it's a fiction 'action adventure' and not the usual stuff I write on religion and controversial stuff the 'hits' have taken a hit which left me thinking just how do we measure success as writers?

      I've got a goal with the series, an eBook possibly with extra chapters, but it's a long process.

      I decided to do it this way to give myself deadlines to meet to drive the project forward and so far I've only had good feedback and good advice which has been really encouraging.

      Bottom line is I might not get the hits I do with the controversial ones (I'll still do some of those) but I'm having too much fun to stop the series (and the fact people are enjoying it) so it will continue as there's other goals 'in sight'

      Keep up the writing and let's all work together.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, as you know, I have two such series going on and my hits have taken a drastic fall-off.....but like you, I'm having far too much fun writing them to stop. I guess I'll just have to live with my HP poor numbers....oh, wait, I don't care about HP numbers....well there you go, then. LOL

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      For me HP has been (and will be) about learning how to become a better writer.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Lawrence....and for me I'll toss in community.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Agreed

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Friday, Lawrence!

      bill

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      Larry Rankin 12 months ago from Oklahoma

      Trying to get caught up. My Mom has been sick and I've been looking after her.

      Great read.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My best to your Mom, Larry! Thank you and best wishes.

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