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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Eighty-Two

Updated on January 25, 2016

Another Week, Another Mailbag

I’m beginning to think we might actually make it to 100 Mailbags.

Let me start by answering a question asked on Facebook.

I just announced the publication/release of my second “Shadows” novel, and a friend asked me what is next…so here’s my answer.

I’m currently working on a re-write of my first novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle from Yesterday to Today.” Maybe re-write is a bit ambitious. Let’s call it a fine-tuning. I’ve wanted to do this for a few years now and I finally found the time. I’ll publish it on Amazon so it will be available as an ebook for the first time since its initial publication.

That should be completed in two weeks, so February will see me begin my next novel, and I honestly haven’t decided between two ideas. It will either be a sequel to my first book, The Shuttle, or it will be a book about the loss of innocence during the 60’s. At the same time as that project I’m going to be working on the first of a series of “pulp fiction” books I’m going to publish based on a short story character I developed, one Billy the Kid.

So that’s where I am at this moment.

Now let’s do this!

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Classical Books

From Buildreps: “There's the mailbag! I must have missed it in my e-mail. Well, I have a question for next week. As you probably know my dear friend, I'm busy writing a book about the "Greenland Pole and the Pyramids". I will make an ebook of it, but honestly I want to be it a classical book, with great pictures and drawings, and that's not possible with an ebook. Do you still need a publisher these days for a classical book? Maybe you can explain your opinion about this? Thanks a lot.”

For clarification, I had to ask Buildreps what a “classical book” is; seems it is like the coffee table books we have here in the States. Now let’s answer the question.

Do you need a publisher to do that? No! You can do it through CreateSpace but be forewarned, the formatting for such a book is difficult. I would suggest you buy a copy of “A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon.” That will take you through the process step-by-step. I’m including it to the right of this response so you can see precisely which book I’m talking about.

Your other option is to pay the folks at CreateSpace to do the formatting for you. Perhaps it is worth the money to do that; only you can decide that.

What’s my opinion of it all? I think it’s a valid way to spend your time, and I say go for it with all haste!

One other thought on it: Don’t give up on traditional publishing. Your idea and the topic are just unique enough that it may appeal to a traditional publisher. I would send out some queries when the time comes and see if you get any nibbles.

Now I’m done!

If I can format on CreateSpace then anyone can format on CreateSpace
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Createspace Formatting

From John: “I may be a little late reading this, Bill, but I got here eventually. I felt this was one of the best mailbags yet. In regard to Jo's self-publishing question..thanks for recommending that book..I almost went crazy getting the formatting right for my poetry eBooks on Lulu and they still didn't turn out the way I wanted. I want to publish a book that is a mix of short fiction stories, essays and poetry (do you think that would work?) but I am reluctant to go through the formatting headache again in a hurry. Maybe it gets easier with practice.”

John, thanks for the question. The quick answer is yes, a mixture of fiction stories, essays and poetry would work…definitely. Here, then, is the long answer.

I’ve said this before and I’ll probably be whispering it on my death bed…..I have to believe that good writing will eventually be rewarded, no matter the format…..but….and there is always a but….if sales are a major objective then it all boils down to marketing. A wrier cannot ignore good marketing any more than he/she can ignore good writing. Write your book in any format you choose, but when you are done, have a marketing plan in place because you, my friend, are the marketing department and the engine that will power your train.

You are a very good writer, but the graveyards of the literary world are littered with millions of very good writers, most of whom did not know how to market their books, or were reluctant to market their books.

I don’t want that happening to you.

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Big Head

From Eric: “Very cool mailbag. I like coming over late as your readership makes the best comments. And you respond to them all with grace. That is super duper cool. Is it hard to keep from getting a big old fat head with all the compliments? Or does the rest of the world smacking you down keep you so humble?”

Eric, as usual, you had me laughing with the comment. No worries on the big old fat head. I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who firmly believed that humility is the second best character trait a man can have. Number one was the ability to love. I am humbled by every single compliment, but I’ll tell you a secret: I never believe that I deserve them. I’m still, in many ways, that shy ten-year old from long ago who struggles with self-image and wonders if he’ll ever measure up.

How’s that for honesty?

The Billy the Kid Series

From Philly: “I’ve been reading your Billy the Kid series and thoroughly enjoying it. I guess I have two questions. Did you plan on it being a series, and where does it go from here?”

Well thank you very much, Philly. I’m so glad you are enjoying the adventures of my anti-hero. Yes, I did plan on it being a series, but I had larger plans than that. I’m actually working on an article right now about this topic. My plans, all along, were to introduce Billy to all of you in short story form and then eventually publish Billy as an eBook version of the old pulp fiction dime novels of the mid-30’s. So that’s what I’m working on and that should answer both of your questions. The first “Billy the Kid Chronicles” should be published next month, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise. Stay tuned!

Once I begin the eBook series I’ll stop with the short story series on HubPages and move on to the next project I have in mind.

I’m actually doing basically the same thing with another short story series I’ve been writing, the 3:15 Train series about a family living in Iowa. That series will eventually be a series of novellas on Amazon or a sequel to my original novel.

In other words, I’m testing the waters and hoping they aren’t too deep.

More Billy the Kid

From Margaret: “I’ve been reading your series of short stories about Billy the Kid and I have to ask you, why is the series so violent? You write so beautifully about love and then you turn around and write about cold-blooded killing…..I’m not sure how much more killing I can read about.”

Fair question, Margaret, and it deserves a fair answer.

I’m practicing my craft!

It is my intention to become the best writer I can possibly be, and it is my belief that I will never be that writer unless I spread my wings, flap them furiously and push my limits. Do I enjoy writing about cold-blooded killing? Of course not, but I do enjoy the creative process and the growth that comes with it.

I’m also fascinated by the good vs evil struggle. I guess that comes from having Ted Bundy as our paperboy when I was growing up in Tacoma, Washington. I think there is a touch of “evil” in all of us, so that philosophical struggle does interest me.

But bottom line is I need to grow as a writer, and that’s not going to happen if I play it safe.

More Next Week

I can promise I’ll keep this Mailbag series going through at least one-hundred. After that I make no promises, but it has been so well-received, and so many people are finding value in it, that I suspect I’ll just keep it going.

Thanks for being here!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      William Kovacic 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well Bill, you never disappoint me! I'm pretty sure we'll see more than 100 mailbags. I liked your reply to Eric. That's who you are and it shows through in everything you do. Thanks for being there for us!

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      Word 14 months ago from Chicago

      Sounds all good billy, keep them coming and have a writeful day!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for being the first to comment today, Bill, and Happy Monday.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will for sure, Word, and I thank you greatly.

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      social thoughts 14 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bill,

      I found the Createspace Formating question very interesting. It's a shame that John's book didn't turn out right on Lulu. :( I hope it works better on Createspace for him!

      I like the Big Head question, too. It made me chuckle. I could understand why a new reader may think you would feel that way, but once they get to know you, they'll understand that you're not like that. I feel blessed to have gotten to know you and to be able to call you a friend. Thank you for being a part of my life.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad to see the mailbag is still going strong and well on the way to 100. thank you for answering my question. I am in no hurry to publish another book. The formatting is one headache and the marketing is even worse. Time will tell, I'm not intending to add to the writer's graveyard just yet.

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      Linda Lum 14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, how wonderful that you plan on publishing the Billy the Kid series and the 3:15 Train series--both very different but both written (in my humble opinion) very well. You always leave us wanting more. They are too good to simply keep here on Hub pages (and the payout might be a bit more too LOL).

      We can always count on Eric to make it real, and he did make this old gal laugh this morning. Funny, I think that shy uncertain little kid still lives in all of us. I just don't know how she ended up with gray hair and wrinkles.

      Have a great Monday my friend. Today is my older daughters birthday and it's time to start baking that cake.

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      Melissa Propp 14 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I really enjoyed your mailbag today, as usual. In regards to marketing and amazon, can I make a suggestion? It looks like you have not set up an amazon authors page. I think it would be really beneficial for you. If I click on your author's page, it shows me all your books, gives me info about where to find you (like your website or facebook) and maybe most important, they have a feature which I can click on to be alerted whenever you release new books. That's free marketing, and I've heard from quite a few people that it is a really nice new feature they are offering.

      Have a great rest of the week!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, that is a beautiful thing for you to say. Thank you! I feel the same way about you and look forward to many years of friendship.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      John, good morning. No doubt formatting is a headache, even when it goes smoothly. As for marketing, they should make a special pain reliever for writers when they attempt to market their books. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 14 months ago from New York, New York

      On the late side here today as the kids had a delayed school opening as we are still coming off the effects of this weekend's blizzard, nut just had to stop in and see your latest mailbag offering and as always just so enjoy your responses. Now, wishing you a very Happy Monday and week ahead, too Bill! :)

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      Buildreps 14 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, billybuc. Thank you very much for investing your time in answering my question. Great answer, and thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I have no doubt that cake will be delicious. Thanks for your thoughts....gray hair and wrinkles....living that dream myself. :) I was talking about that yesterday with Bev. I'm not sure how it happened so quickly. LOL

      Happy Monday and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, when you are right you are right! I know, I know, it's something I keep telling myself to get to and it's something I keep putting off for no good reason at all. Thanks for the reminder and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, not even a blizzard can stop you from supporting me. Now that's loyalty!!!!! Thank you and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps and I was very happy to answer it. Have a great week!

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      Nithya Venkat 14 months ago from Dubai

      Writing alone is not enough marketing is an absolute must nowadays, great question and answer series.

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      breakfastpop 14 months ago

      Always valuable advice from a very talented and generous guy.

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Well done, Bill. Eighty two! However, we know it will become more important at one hundred, right? Some nice questions. I'm getting closer and closer to focusing on Publishing and so every bit helps. I have two books in the making and would return to that field soon.

      Margaret's question is similar to one of my statements in the Billy The Kid series. It was easier to take Billy as someone on the run,defending himself. Harder when he sets out to correct wrongs; be a vigilante, using cold methods. Interesting though, there will be or is a huge market for this, and it flows exceptionally well.

      It's a bit like me going to Poetry Cafe. Eighty five percent of the people there would love the break-ups, the politics, the every day, same old, same old, and perhaps 15% like my poems.

      It boils down to us all being different, but that aside your craft is always flowing and a joy to read. Much Love.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Vellur! Truer words were never spoken by a writer.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! I appreciate the very kind words.

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      ocfireflies 14 months ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      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. So glad to have a sunny day without blizzard or sub-zero temps. Hoping I can get out and go see my daddy.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting observations, Manatita, similar to thoughts I had this weekend as I contemplated the next direction I will take with my writing once these two short stories are finished. We shall see, my friend.

      In the meantime, the journey is all-important and never dull.

      Thank you and blessings always.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, it really is a great question and I'll try to have a great answer for you next Monday if you can wait that long. The quick answer...go ahead and enter the contest with an HP article....I will elaborate next Monday.

      Glad to hear you are safe and sound. Happy Monday!

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      Shaloo Walia 14 months ago

      Interesting questions and answers. For a newbie like me, all this information about self-publishing is very helpful. Thanks!

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      MizBejabbers 14 months ago

      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.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I must confess that I felt the same as Margaret. When you write tender stories that touch the heart, you excel! After reading your response, I understand somewhat. I think I'm a person who is turned off to violence, but many are not, they enjoy the thrill of the kill. I appreciate your dedication to the mailbag, you help us all. Thank you..

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      There's some psychology here, as we consciously or unconsciously do not like the 'baddies.' So it's great when the Russians, the Mexicans go, as they affect our values. We like to see someone standing up to them. But when we actually go on the attack and become like the very thing we set out to fight, it's not so good.

      It's a bit like a politician who have overstayed his welcome. Ha ha. We don't actually like them, I think. So glad you're reflecting, Bro.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad to hear that, Swalia. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, Happy Monday to you. I hope you are doing well despite winter's weather. Thanks for the follow-up question. I'll include it in next week's mailbag. I will say here and now that your statement that short stories don't do as well is absolutely correct.

      Thanks again my friend.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I really do understand about the violence. I'm actually one of the more peaceful human beings you'll ever meet, but I'm also a writer, and this is my way of growing in my craft. I'll be leaving the violence behind for awhile as I practice other genres, so stay tuned.

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      Brian Leekley 14 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Your fiction writing plans are awesome and inspiring.

      Out of curiosity, I Googled on: illustrated ebooks. Google found lots of information on how to create them.

      To see how they used to do it, go to Google Images and search on: dime novels.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, for sure there is some psychology here at play. Oh well, we move forward, do what we have to do and hope for the best. My primary concern is to become the best writer I can possibly be...after and while I become the best person I can possibly be, of course. :)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian. I'll do a little Google searching and check it out. Have a great week in Kalamazoo!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 14 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      It seems there is some benefit to my reading this later in the day after others have posted their comments as they provide some interesting content too.

      You have done remarkably well with this series Billy. The truth is that you have written more hubs in this series than I have written throughout the 3 years I have been here. That takes some doing!

      Gave a wonderful week Billy

      Sally

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      Eldon Arsenaux 14 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Great response about the publishing railroad. We are our own conductor, to be sure.

      As always, wishing you well with all your endeavors (e-books or otherwise),

      -E.G.A.

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      Lori Colbo 14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I don't comment much but these mailbags are very informative and helpful. Thank you.

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      bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      I just read your interview on marcoujor's musings.

      Shadows of Innocence for the working title of your next book.

      Sounds interesting when contrasted with Shadows Kill.

      Shadows Kill

      Your description summary of the book

      Death Wish

      Silence of the Lambs.

      I have to be honest.

      I liked Death Wish, but I refuse to even watch the movie Silence of the Lambs.

      It has nothing to do with the fact that I don't like Lamb. :)

      .... I am more of a mystery who dunnit fan, classic old time movies. Even Death Wish got old, and the TV series Psych did something like Silence of the Lambs in a multi episode format. I liked Psych but didn't care for that scenario.

      I think watching several seasons of Dexter may have waned me off of the serial killer scenario.

      Silence of the Lambs movie grossed over 220 million dollars so once again I am in the less than one percent audience.

      Nevertheless, I am still enthusiastic for your continued success, and that you have a portfolio plan even past your next book.

      Have a great day my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 14 months ago from Hollister, MO

      I really enjoy hearing you talk about your planning process for upcoming projects. Thank you, so much, for all you do... for us, and for yourself!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I agree with you, the comments are worth the wait, and I thank you for waiting and arriving on Monday. Thanks for your kind words. Have a superb week in Norfolk!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eldon, I like that....I always wanted to be a conductor. :) Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Lori. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, i can certainly understand someone being turned off by the serial killer aspect....but thank you for the well-wishes. I hope all is well with you and family...take care and thanks a bunch.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Bill, it really is my pleasure. Like you and your stories of pioneer life, to me it is all about community, and members of community helping each other. Thank you sir!

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      Bill De Giulio 14 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Marching toward 100 is exciting. Please keep it going. So many of us look forward to our Monday fill of the Mailbag. Have a great week.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      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.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's very nice of you, Bill. Thank you and I'll see if I can't do that for you all. Time will be the only roadblock.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I love your confidence...."upcoming bestseller"...good for you. Thanks for the question. I'm adding it to the Mailbag for next week.

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      DREAM ON 14 months ago

      I have been away for awhile. I have been trying to read more and something has to give. You amaze me. You are continuing in three or four different directions and to be honest with you the only way I can describe what you do and have done is your a spit fire and boy when I'm beat and say I have to stop I think of you and say there is no stop button on billybuc. When I see another mailbag I feel like I'm an outlaw trying to catch up to the early mail carriers by horse. There he goes again. Faster and quicker than the one before. I think it's not possible then I see you do it and my first thing I have to do is get my eyes checked. Then I know it's a very wonderful man with many talents. So that's my way of saying in less than one hundred words Great job billybuc and I'm going to do my best to chase you. Then to my surprise fifty or sixty people must of got a hot tip because there was no way they could of got here before me. Wishing you a two week vacation so I can catch you on the crossroads.Thanks so much. I tried to get this comment in on Monday. That didn't work. So Tuesday early morning will have to do.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 14 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for carrying on this question and answer series. I learn a lot with each one. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, thank you for such a very kind note. I appreciate you just finding the time to comment....I'll slow down this weekend and give you a chance to gain ground. That crossroads isn't that far ahead, my friend. :)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Rajan! Thank you and blessings always!

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      DREAM ON 14 months ago

      I have reached a sign that reads Where there is a will there is a way..... I realize that the traditional way never worked for me. So like Disney World I was told a tip years ago to go backwards to the front and you will miss all the crowds. So I will let you know if it works. Thank you reading my comments. Like a huge whale I spend most of my time digesting what I have swallowed. It takes me awhile but I enjoy my travels. Then I get so excited and can't wait to share what I have learned. To my surprise many people are too self absorbed in their own life to care about helping others. I struggle with this unsettling feeling and just when I was thinking life doesn't get any better than that. They burst my bubble before I even had time to rise. Then I come on your hubs and once again I see you and so many hubbers that spend all their time giving and helping each other. I have a tough time connecting both worlds. The Internet life on a screen and life at work and people's negative attitudes and greed. I am learning to develop a hard skin like a crockadile. I let the good in and keep the bad out. All I want to do is change the bad. Then I let my guard down and that's when they try to influence me. So I walk away then run. The people I see are pessimistic and bitter towards life. So I just wanted you to see life through my eyes. Have a good afternoon and a fantastic weekend.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream, I really appreciate you sharing that. I have grown very skeptical and tough-skinned as I age...too much negativity makes me a very grumpy old man. Today's society is filled with naysayers and negative human beings...maybe it's fear...maybe there really is that much negativity in the world...I don't know, but it brings me down quickly if I allow it to.

      My only response is one I was taught as a child...giving makes a person happy. That's why I help here, and that's why my wife and I give here at home...giving makes me happy. :)

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      DREAM ON 14 months ago

      I always think what harm can it be when you help another person so they don't have to learn the hard way. You save them time and money. Both so hard to come by.We all know time is so precious. What better gift to give. Talk soon.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, my friend. Take care and best wishes!

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I hope you do make it a hundred mailbag hubs, Bill. The series is very useful.

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      Devika Primić 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your work is interesting and useful. I look forward to reading more from you.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Alicia. I have no doubt we will make 100. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, DDE! Bless you and thanks!

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      bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      I toured google in search of shadows, and what I found was very impressive. I even read the Prologue, and Chapter One of Shadows Over Innocence. It was professional and classic. It is a good example of writing and it has all of the qualities that you teach in your mailbags.

      I liked the Cover of Shadows Kill, but I am not sure about the Cover of Shadows Over Innocence. That is more of a comment than a criticism.

      The reviews on your books are more 5s than 4s and nothing below that, so great job. Your Bio was good, and I like the Partridge and the Pear.

      There is also something tantalizing in the phrase, The Shadow Series. It conjures up vivid impressions of what those Shadows may be.

      Did you also do some Cliff Notes back in 97? Your name is common, so it is difficult to narrow the search results.

      Anyway, great job and a great start on a twenty year overnight success. (:-)

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, thank you! I really appreciate it. As for the cliffnotes in '97 nope, I didn't. I did know there were a few other Hollands on the internet...even another writer....everywhere we look there is competition. :)

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      bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Yes, William Holland is a popular name for writers.

      Cliff Notes on Silas Marner by William Holland.

      Anyway, have a great day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, got it...thanks again, Brad. One day I'm going to be so famous that people will forget about those other William Hollands. :)

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      bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Sounds like a New Years Resolution.

      You are going in the right direction, just follow the signs

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm trying, Brad. Thank you for the affirmation.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 14 months ago

      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.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Glimmer! Great question....I'll have an answer for you on Monday. Have a great day, my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      100 would be a nice odd number.. even number.. aahh.. round full number.. Any ways I get to these mail hubs late.. but I still look forward to catching up and I have never missed one to date and plan not to.. while there is still air in my breath.. and sight in my eyes :) Just love them

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, you have my thanks for being here for 82 of these mailbags...so thank you so very much.

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      Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always informative.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Larry. Have a great weekend.

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      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.

      I do not find formatting for Createspace that difficult. There is a growing number of titles from HP writers that seem pleased with what was done for them.

      I am pretty sure you can have a coffee table book as an ebook, though the small screens may defeat all the hard work the author/photographer puts into the effort.

      You keep a very ambitious writing schedule with multiple story outline/projects going at the same time. You have to be applauded for that.

      Sorry, I miss the relationship between good writing and content. There are constraints to the writing on HP. It is more protocol than necessity. Many talented writers have been banned. We 'citizens' have been desensitized to violence in the visual arts. But it does not have to be that way.

      OK., I see I am typing, but I have forgotten where I was headed.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I am still at HP for one reason and one reason only.....all of you.

      Thanks for the question....I wish I had a good answer.

      And thank you for your thoughts on the rest of the topics....that's why I love this Mailbag series...we all learn from each other.

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      Deb Hirt 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'm glad that you're bringing back the pulp fiction genre. As a youth, I was given MANY old books and magazines to read, and I encountered that pulp fiction. thoroughly enjoyed it, too. Also, regarding Billy the Kid, I'm glad to see that you are writing other genres to appeal to so many people. It expands your craft, but it also increases your sales. After all, financial brokers tell you to diversify your assets, so you should do the same with your writing.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that is excellent advice and a great analogy. Thanks for mentioning that and, of course, for being here.

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      Heidi Thorne 13 months ago from Chicago Area

      Hi billybuc! I think I commented here a few days ago. If I didn't just consider this a friendly check-in. And I'll try to be on time this next week. One Mailbag closer to 100. Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for checking in, Heidi! Have a great Sunday!

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      I have no doubt this series will make it to episode 100. The questions are getting more interesting each week.

      I have one for you, Bill: Are you making any money from your eBooks and self-published novels? Do you find the ROI versus time spent writing, formatting, and self-publishing is equitable or profitable?

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thanks for the question....I'll include it in next week's installment since tomorrow is filled up and posted already.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      As always, a great mailbag, bill. I wish there was someone giving as good advice about solicitors as you do about writing; I'm having problems with mine and have had to change! Moving hardly ever goes smoothly and I've just got to go with the flow, take a deep breath and start again. The good bit is that the house is not the problem so we should be done by the end of March.

      Hope all is well with you and yours. We have a very windy Wednesday here - hope yours is less so!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm sorry to hear about your problems...solicitors being lawyers, I believe? We don't much trust them here, either. :) Calm and dry here and we are basking in its glory. LOL Take care my friend. Smooth sailing from here on for you.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Yes, lawyers; I didn't realise there was a difference between here and the US. Solicitors tend to mean the ones who deal with buying and selling houses, divorces and the like. Lawyers we tend to think of as those who take on other cases, go to court etc. Funny how words work, isn't it?

      Thanks for your concern, bill. We'll be fine and soon, all being well, we'll have a house with a proper garden, with room for chickens and plenty of room for visitors, as well as being by the sea! I'm so excited!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Ann, I'm so excited for you. Chickens? There will be an article about that, I'm sure, once you get settled in and start raising your flock. I can hardly wait to hear about it all.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Me too!

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      I'm also a believer that good writing (or any talent) will eventually be rewarded. Keep honing your craft and others will recognize your efforts. Keep going to 100 Bill! Or beyond.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will for sure, Flourish, and thank you so much for being here so often.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I really enjoy these 'mailbags' as it's like a community of writers learning from each other, finding out what worked for one and why.

      I found the first question really interesting as over Christmas I was telling my daughter about my goal for an eBook this year and was really surprised when she challenged me to also produce a HC manuscript and try the traditional publishing as well (she wants to be the first to read the manuscript!)

      Keep it up

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Lawrence, I think your daughter's challenge is a good one. Best wishes as you answer it!

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I knew you'd say that! So far so good.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I'm glad I didn't disappoint you. :)

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