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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Fifteen

Updated on December 29, 2014

Here’s How It Works

Welcome back to the Writer’s Mailbag. You ask the questions and I answer them. How easy is that? If I don’t know the answer I’ll say so, but chances are one of my readers will know the answer and they will leave it in the comment section. If it’s something I can look up easily, I’ll do so. If I do know the answer, I’ll flaunt it.

Ask your questions below, or on my website at www.williamdhollandauthor.com, and I’ll get to them in the next installment if at all possible.

So let’s begin, shall we?

Toby King, All-American boy
Toby King, All-American boy | Source

Character Naming

“Good morning Bill. Here is a question for your writer's mailbox. When creating the characters for a story, how important is the name given to the characters? All of your writing is so very thoughtful, I would assume that you also carefully consider this part of the formation of the players in your story.”

This is a great question. Unfortunately, there is no great answer that works for everyone. It seems that all authors have their own criteria when picking names. Some best-selling authors will literally pick names out of a telephone book. Some will recall people from their past that they have met. I have used that technique when naming secondary characters.

I can give you a couple examples I used in my novels. In my first novel, The 12/59 Shuttle, the daughter of the main character was named Astarte, because I wanted a name that meant “change.” I went through different languages and finally settled on Astarte.

In my second novel, Resurrecting Tobias, I chose Toby King as the name of the main character because I wanted an All-American name for an All-American boy. The other two main characters were named Maria and Pete, and there was no thought given to those names at all. They were just common names that were used quite often during that era.

So I guess I’m saying this: unless there is a specific purpose behind having a special name, like Astarte, then one just goes with the gut and chooses accordingly.

ELANCE

From Sandra: “Speaking of low pay have you ever written or picked up jobs on Elance? When you search writing jobs they always pop up with having these great jobs but I've never gotten any responses from them. Just curious.”

I think I should start this answer by saying I have nothing against sites like Elance. I actually know a couple writers who write often for Elance and they swear by them.

I’m simply saying that those sites are not for me. I would rather find my own writing gigs the old-fashioned way…by pounding the pavement and drumming up my own business. It worked for me in other fields of employment for decades, and if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.

I think a writer can make decent money on Elance. It’s just not for me.

The Writer's Market
The Writer's Market | Source

The Writer’s Market

From Lori: “The Writers Market is good to have, but do you feel they get outdated real fast?”

Lori is referring to the book “The Writer’s Market,” which is published every year. It is the “go to” publication for writers, whether they are writing novels or writing for magazines. It is a wealth of great information, and there are always sections in it listing agents and publishers. Lori is asking about the fact that sometimes the information is outdated by the time the book is printed.

It is true to a small degree. Agents come and agents go. Publishers come and go. Such is the nature of any business. However, I have been using The Writer’s Market for four years now, and I have found it to be invaluable. When an outdated piece of information is found, I can find updated information on individual publishing websites, so it is a minor inconvenience at best.

One final note and then we’ll move on. I have probably contacted over 200 agents and publishers using The Writer’s Market, and I have been stymied by outdated information maybe five times. I consider that a pretty good batting average.

I really do recommend this book to all freelance writers in the United States.

FOOTNOTES

From Bill: “I have a question about end notes and foot notes. When should they be used, and how are they properly formatted? Thanks!”

I’m going to borrow from the APA (American Publishers’ Association) for the partial answer to Bill’s question:

The APA suggests two instances in which footnotes may be used:

Content Footnotes: to offer further information on a topic that is not directly related to the text. As content footnotes should be concise, avoid writing lengthy paragraphs or including extraneous information.

Copyright Permission Footnotes: to cite adapted or reprinted materials in the paper, especially data sets, tables, and quotations that exceed 400 words. Consult the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) for more information about copyright permissions.

It is recommended that writers refrain from extensive usage of footnotes as this practice may distract or confuse readers. When applicable, incorporate additional information in the main text of the paper, but avoid inserting irrelevant material. Footnotes should briefly present the reader with meaningful information that enhances your argument.

How should footnotes be formatted?

Footnotes may be displayed in one of two ways:

  • Listed at the bottom of the relevant page
  • Assembled altogether on a new page, following the References page(s)

If there is a proper method of formatting, I was unable to find it. For those of you a bit confused, endnotes appear at the end of a section of writing, while footnotes usually appear at the end of a page or chapter. In some articles or books, all footnotes appear at the end of the book, but many writers do not suggest this since it is confusing for the reader to constantly shift back and forth for information.

Photos like this one fill me with inspiration
Photos like this one fill me with inspiration | Source
Childhood memories, like the home I grew up in, are things all readers can relate to
Childhood memories, like the home I grew up in, are things all readers can relate to | Source

INSPIRATION

From Tammy: “Bill, where does your inspiration come from when you are writing creative pieces?”

Thanks for the question, Tammy. I suspect the answer to this one might be a bit different for every writer. For me, I rely heavily on the senses and emotions we all share. I will see a situation, or some prompt, and I start listing how that makes me feel. I list what it smells like, looks like, feels like, sounds like, and tastes like. Those are things every reader can understand. Couple those with emotions, and I have the inspiration for an article.

I work from the basic assumption that we all share certain traits and thoughts. My job, as a writer, is to tap into those similarities so that my readers can relate to my message.

Busy Work or Necessity

From Ecogranny: “Okay, billybuc, I have another question for you. After spending a month editing about one quarter of my former lenses, now hubs, I detect a pattern. By the time I check off as many boxes as I can on the hub tool tips, I end up with really long hubs. One is nearly 3,000 words in length. Several are in the 2500 and up range.

I'm sure I'll come back and pare them down, but for now I'm pushing on with the compliance edits. My question is this: Should I focus more on keeping my hubs in the 1150-1250 word range and less on making sure I have all the little boxes checked, or should I keep adding more capsules to keep the tool-tip gremlins happy?”

This is kind of a tricky question, and the answer depends, mainly, on what your goal is.

If your goal is to attract the search engine gods, then go for as many capsules as possible and don’t worry about length. If your goal is to actually have people read your article, then going beyond 1,500 words is pushing your luck, because most online readers do not have the attention span or the willingness to read 3,000 words.

The best of both worlds would be 1,500 words, three original photos, two videos, and one other capsule like a poll. Remember, though, that you just received my opinion and very little else. J

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More Next Week

Great fun…great questions….hopefully great answers. My thanks to all of you who asked questions and basically wrote this article for me. Let me know if I can reciprocate in any way.

For the rest of you, thank you for visiting and we’ll catch you again next Monday, same time, same place.

Have a great week and remember to take time to enjoy what you are doing. Writers rock!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, always wonderful, insightful advice from you. Totally appreciate it and can't say that enough. Now, wishing you a wonderful Monday and week ahead, too ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine! Let's see what kind of inspiration we can find on this fine Monday.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are a fountain of information for writers everywhere. Thank you... Voted up, useful, interesting and always, always awesome.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent questions and answers! Reading this series has become my "start to the week" and I look forward to it every Monday. And I need something to look forward to on Mondays...Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks breakfastpop. I hope there isn't a water shortage anytime soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I consider that a huge compliment. Thanks for having breakfast with me, and I hope you have a great week at work.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I found myself wondering just last night, where the name Toby King came from! Great article, Bill, covering important topics! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Randi! I actually struggled with that name for a few days, and finally enlisted the help of some friends. That was the result. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great variety of questions this week!

      I found the footnotes question/response very helpful. I haven't had a need to use them yet, but now I know how to do it if necessary. I usually just create a hyperlink when I want to reference facts in one of my posts.

      I love this series, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you don't see footnotes much anymore. I don't think I've ever used one....may never use one...but still, it was a great question.

      Thanks my friend, and I hope you have a great week of writing.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I appreciate your writing style and always so interesting.

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      Ann1Az2 LM 2 years ago

      I remember doing footnotes in school - what a pain. I'm all for the reference page, myself. I don't mind giving credit where credit is due, but doing it at the end of the writing is so much less confusing. Another way around footnotes is to name whoever you are quoting: In the January issue of so and so, Timbucktoo said, "blah, blah, blah." Bingo, no footnote! Great stuff, Bill. Thanks for sharing as always.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff here, as always I learned a lot. Thank you

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I appreciate your loyalty.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This mailbag is so cool, Bill. It's like being mentored by a master.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Just one point about the Writer's Market or any other publication such as The Writers Year Book which I know. The books do become outdated but thank goodness for the Public Library - because they always keep a current version in the library. Older copies can be taken home with no problem. The issue is, being that library always purchases the current version for anyone who walks in off the street and needs it to be current.

      Nice one as usual Billy, always something for everyone, thank you

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ann! I don't use them at all because they are a pain....at least for me. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks, Marlene. I'm a bit surprised, to tell you the truth. I never thought it would be this popular.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sally. There is no doubt that the books are outdated from year to year....so plan on a yearly expense to buy them...or like you said, the library is a great source.

      Have a wonderful day my friend

      bill

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Bill, I apologize for not responding to your great works as of late. As you probably know, I am back in PR and quite busy trying to survive the rat-race.

      I just wanted to respond to the Elance part. I am a regular freelancer on Elance and have done quite well. I would ask other writers to strongly consider how they are bidding though. Many are selling the writing profession short. I have spotted freelancers writing for peanuts, no excuse me, for 1/4 peanuts. This gives clients the thoughts that we all work cheap.

      I have to explain to clients regularly about getting what they pay for. Just because the title is freelancer doesn't mean we work for free.

      Great post my friend. Maggie and I wish you and Bev the best.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting. A good service to emerging writers through answers to mails. I come across much useful stuff in all your writings. Thank you for spreading knowledge.

      I got registered for Elance two years ago but never wrote. It is not for people like me who want to write in their own way and at their own time.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing another interesting hub sir. I always feel pleasure in going through such write ups where you discuss about queries of people like us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, good to hear from you again, and great information about Elance. Thanks for sharing that, and my best to you and Maggie.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great info as always, my friend.

      I am a little uncertain about footnotes/sources.

      Got a lot on my plate, today. I may get back with you later to make sure

      I am doing things correctly.

      Wanted to check in with you today on "Mailbag Monday".

      Have a great day.

      DJ.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Found this interesting, and educational as usual. I was recently writing a fictional story, and actually went back and changes the names of two characters. I think I will go with the phone book next time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Venkatachari M....if you find something in these articles that helps you, then I am very happy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you m abdullah javed....I feel great pleasure in knowing I am helping other writers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, any old time. I'll be around when you want to discuss them.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I appreciate it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpaw, there really is no right way to name characters. In the final analysis, you are the author and you have to be satisfied.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      See you next Monday, always interesting, no matter what subject. Thank you..

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great to get that info about the footnotes; will clip that out and add it to my Bill list! There is always something I can use and I will have it altogether if and when I ever do. Thanks so much! ^+

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Enjoyable and informative as always, Bill. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ruby! I'll save a seat for you in the front row. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter, you are storing information for when that book will be written. Thanks for finding interest in my.....oops, I can't say nuts....oh well, thanks for being here. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Alicia. I appreciate it.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Many topics this time. Since I'm writing historical fiction, recently in 1800s, I use the U.S. census for that decade and county and state. Actual surnames and given names, for the time and place. May mix and match, but realistic, for sure. Also, liked your American Boy example. Name should have a meaning to the author… but, of course, that meaning may differ of reader… so just have to go with your gut, as you say!! ;-)

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for taking my question. Your answer along with all the others is quite helpful. Keep it comin'!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great information, Bill. Concerning Writer's Market, some (perhaps very few) list wrong information about their capabilities; the information is wrong from the start. Good luck in contacting the right people!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Once again packed with information to start off my week. I am lacking motivation and creativity at this point and will have to charge my batteries. Hope it comes by soon :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks for sharing your process. Bottom line: it's up to the author to decide what works for him/her.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Bill. Thanks for giving me something to write about.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you are right of course, but the same can be said for any reference book. It's still the best we have going for us if we need agents or publishers.

      Thanks for the input.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Haven't missed an installment yet.. and that's my benefit.. keep up the mailbag series my friend they have been a useful tool and/or guideline Frank

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another interesting read. You are giving invaluable help to other writers and I learn something new when I read these. A job well done!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope it does too, Michelle. We all go through it. In fact, I'm calling it a day and I'm going to go split some wood for a change of pace. :) Thanks for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. I really appreciate your loyalty to this series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I appreciate those kind words. If this is helping other writers then I'm one happy writer. Thank you!

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I don't know why, but I thought you were going to give some detailed explanation about how to choose the name for characters. I agree with your answer. I only do research on names if I need one that belongs to a specific ethnicity or nationality. A lot of the names I use are first-last name combinations of my friends. Which makes me think I could have a character named Kenneth Holland named for you and my HP buddy Ken Avery. Don't be surprised if that turns up in one of my books.

      I've never used the phone book, but I have three lists - male names, female names, and surnames all taken from my high school yearbooks. I simply choose the names in order from those lists.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Very, very, nice Bill.

      You seem to enjoy this area. No fuss. Careful questions and astute answers with much satisfaction. Superb!

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Tell Eco-granny the length of Hub-pages is unimportant, as long as the information is useful, interesting, entertaining or all three.

      Some of mine grow, like Topsy, by virtue of their content. If I find relevant material I'll add it to a page, or start a new one if I think the material I have is enough or sufficiently different to warrant a new page.

      Keep up the good work (KUTGW) Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry, Sheila! No magic formula on those names. :) If you name a character Holland I'll be honored.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do enjoy this series,manatita....it doesn't rock my boat like creative writing, but it is enjoyable.

      Thank you as always!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      For British writers the equivalent of 'The Writers' Market' is 'The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook' and it is an invaluable reference, published yearly.

      It's a good idea to use it as it provides info which can save losing time going after the wrong publishers.

      Great stuff here, bill. This series of yours is certainly popular and rightly so. You are a respected and trusted member of the hubpages site and as such your advice is sought from far and wide. You do a great job as mentor and advisor; I think it's having lots of info 'under one roof' that helps so much.

      Hope you have a great week, bill. Enjoying great weather on the English Riviera (Torquay) and using our bus passes to the full!!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, those are my sentiments exactly. Length shouldn't be a determining factor at all, but I think HP has pounded on this fact to the point where a lot of writers believe it to be important.

      I'm glad you and I are here to set the record straight. :)

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, for whatever reason, I can never remember the name of that British reference book. This is probably the tenth time someone from Great Britain has reminded me of it. Thanks for aiding this aging mind. :)

      Beautiful weather here as well, but I fear it will come to a screeching halt soon.

      Thank you for your kind words my friend.

      bill

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, thank you for so much of what is in here today. E-lance? I did not know of them. That might be worth pursuing. Inspiration--always good thoughts. And thank you for addressing my question about names. As an aside--I look at the obituaries every morning (nope, my name hasn't shown up there yet), and I find that I can usually guess the decade (within a year or so) of the person's life by their given name. Do you know anyone under the age of 60 ( or 70) with the name Gladys, Martha, Chester, or Florence? Do you know senior citizens with the names Heather, Brittany, or Jason? Even the simplest of names can be a clue to one's age, place of origin, or even race and those things need also to be considered when creating a fictional character.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you are absolutely correct. My mother's name was Evelyn...grandmother was Belva....sister was Darlys.....you are right on with your observation.

      And you are very welcome. Thanks for the question.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      The character naming was interesting. For main characters, I usually put some thought into it in terms of what their name means, but that is just me.

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Found this very interesting and useful, and will have to find the other articles in the series. Thanks from a wannabee writer! :-)

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks Billy. You're right. It is a tricky question, because if we don't attract the search engine gods, we don't get (m)any readers, but I know I rarely have time to read a long article, even when it does manage to keep my attention, which takes a lot these days. I do, however, like segmented articles with lots of sub-titles so I can pick and choose what I focus on in the piece. Thanks for the advice: 1500 words, a couple of vids, and a poll. I appreciate your taking the time.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I know e-books are not your thing but I sure do see this as a potential gold mine of a collection for a much larger audience than the HubVille community at some point, Bill dear...

      I am late but also never miss a week, whether I have a chance to comment or not...the content is always so very helpful and from your wealth of experience- so appreciated by me and so many.

      Have a great day! Love ya, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, from what I gather, we all have our own style in choosing names. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. :) Thank you for stopping by to see me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Snakesmum, you are very welcome. Thank you for visiting my site.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome ecogranny. It was a great question, one I'm sure is on the minds of many HP writers. Thank you for it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your loyalty and friendship, Maria. You mean the world to me and I can't imagine a week when you didn't visit.

      love,

      bill

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good questions this week Bill, and of course your answers were very helpful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I'm amazed this series is still going on. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill you're smoking! As always, lots of useful and relevant information. I've been meaning to look around to see if there is a British version of the Writers Market available over here, thank you for the reminder. I've cut back a bit on my working hours, so I'll be focusing more on writing. Your mailbag series will be invaluable. Blessing always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, there is a book over there, and I keep forgetting the name of it, but someone in the comments on this hub mentioned the name. I don't know why I can't remember that darned title. :) Anyway, have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. As always very informative and helpful. Thanks for taking the time to share and answer Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Rasma, and thank you for sharing.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Voted up useful and awesome. Thanks for more great advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok....I always appreciate you being here.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Catching up on my billybuc reading! All I could think of when I read The Writer's Market and Elance segments is "We make money the old fashioned way... we SELL what we create." There is NO shortcut to contacts or contracts. Always sage advice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you and I both know there are a lot of writers out there who don't realize that writing is a business....you have to nurture contacts, and then keep nurturing them...or lose them. Thank you once again.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there postal Bill ... hee hee,

      TGIF!!! Oh, I am with you 100% on how you choose the names of your characters, as there must be much thought in choosing a name, for a name is oh so important. I could not imagine just randomly picking a name out of a phone book or anything.

      I learned a lot here about Elance, which I have not heard of before, so thank you!

      Footnotes ... ugh LOL enough said. I know they are a necessity at times, but I try not to bother with them at all.

      Another great mailbag installment here loaded with interesting questions.

      Hope you have a blessed weekend ahead. My grandson turned two today, and so his birthday is tomorrow. Weee, such joy!

      Hugs and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Faith and Happy Saturday to you. I haven't written a footnote since college and don't plan on doing so. That should tell you how I feel about them. :)

      Have a great day my friend, and thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great wrk, as always, Billy. Regarding the long hubs, I have been getting great readership with my Bonnie and Clyde stories, as well as John Dillinger. Some are at 3,000 reads and are still climbing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's great, Deb. I always thought those were great reads; it's nice to know others feel the same way. Thanks for being here my friend.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      As I get insights here, I go through my hubs and your recommendation of the basics for a hub is a good guide to use.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great news, aesta. I'm so glad this is helping you. Thank you!

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