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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Fifty-Two

Updated on June 22, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Me

One year, my friends, and so I raise my arms to the sky and yell out HOORAY!!!!!

We made it, thanks to all of you. One year with this series of questions and answers. Obviously you aren’t bored with it, so we’ll keep it going as long as I can provide you with information and be somewhat entertaining in the process.

Let’s get started with an editing question today and then we’ll see where we go from there.

Welcome to the Mailbag
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EDITING

From Stages of Me: “Now for a question? I do have a published work and it gets some good reads and reviews, however, I am limited on marketing do to hospital treatments and such. When well I am able to do some motivational speaking, God is right there with me giving me the script. When I am able to schedule or respond to speaking requests and/or book signings, they go very well, I am humbled and blessed. I am very limited to responding due to health issues on occasion, but I do enjoy sharing what God has placed on my heart. The area I struggle with is editing, I basically stink at grammar. I use a checker for basics, but nothing paid for. Do you recommend an editing program online? Or using a talented friend, or both? Any suggestions or tips appreciated, especially from such a talent as you. Peace and blessing to you.”

Thank you, Stages! I suspect your question is shared by many writers. Money is always going to be a drawback for most writers, and editing is costly.

There are a lot of different ways you can go with this. Do I recommend an online editing program? I don’t know of any but I’m sure there are some. I’m always hesitant with any online business or product that I have not tried myself, so unless someone can recommend one that they have tried, I would say no to this option. There are just too many scams online these days and I’m an old-fashioned guy who wants to meet the person he’s handing money to.

What I would do, however, is put together a beta reader group. Find five or six friends and/or fellow writers whom you trust, and have them edit for you. You can then do the same for them when they need your services. This kind of sharing of the workload makes sense to me for writers who are not swimming in cash. It seems to me to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.

I can give you the names of some editors on HP, people I trust, but they don’t work for free, so we’d be right back to that money problem.

What you see is what you get
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The Voices of Me

From Pat: “Can you tell us how you manage to have such a “conversational voice” when you write? I swear, I read your work and it sounds exactly how I would imagine you talk. That’s not by accident, is it? How does one develop such a voice, the voice of an “old friend.”

Oh my goodness! This question requires like an article all by itself. It’s a great question, Pat, but I fear I’ll ramble on and on and on with my answer.

I had an acquaintance come up to me a few months ago and he wanted me to judge the voice of a manuscript he had written. Now let me preface this by saying that the person is a bit, shall we say, boring. He has the personality of paint drying. If you have a conversation with him it’s like taking a handful of valium. Get the picture? So naturally the voice in his manuscript was as dry as cardboard. It was his voice….there was no way on God’s earth that the voice was going to be anything but dull.

My writing voice is personable and conversational because I’m personal and conversational. I care about people. I enjoy talking to them and learning about them….and that is reflected in my writing voice….that and about a million things that have happened in my lifetime, but mainly my conversational writing voice is the product of my speaking voice and my attitudes towards life.

This is just my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth: your voice is going to reflect your outlook on life. A very angry person is going to come across as angry, when writing, even if they are writing a recipe. It’s really unavoidable. I suppose there are some very gifted writers who can step outside of themselves and create a voice that is completely different from who they are, but those writers are rare.

If you want a personable, conversational voice, then first change your outlook on life and then the voice will follow.

Of course, I may just be full of it, too, so take that into consideration.

Literary Fiction

From Bob: “I was sending query letters out the other day and a couple of the agents specialized in literary fiction. I was stumped. I don’t understand the difference between literary fiction and just plain fiction. Any help?”

Bob, I hope you have a lot of hair, because you can tear a lot of it out trying to classify your manuscript. The waters get very murky when talking about literary fiction or general fiction or mainstream fiction. I’m not going to go into all of them right now, but I will answer your specific question. Literary fiction relates to a story of ideas rather than action. What is happening in the story is not nearly as important as the delivery of a message. A writer may build their story around the concept that “love conquers all,” or they may want a story about “the equality of all men and women.” When the idea holds center stage rather than the actual story, you are then looking at literary fiction.

This is obviously a tightrope we writers walk. There are so many genres under the main fiction category, and many books combine two, three or even four genres in a single book. Still, you need to pick one if you are going to query an agent or publisher.

So good luck!

What is Bev's time worth? What is your time worth?
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What Should I Charge?

From Beth: “I recently approached a business about writing their blog for them, and they seem interested, but now we are discussing price and I don’t know what a fair price is. Can you help me determine an equitable cost for my services?”

I get a lot of emails asking this same question and it is a tough one. On the one hand, I think many freelance writers undervalue their service and don’t charge nearly enough. On the other hand, if you charge too much, it won’t take long for the business owner to find someone who can do the job for less.

What is your time worth to you? What is the going rate for freelance writers? These are questions without definitive answers. I’ve had business owners ask me for 400 word blogs plus research and they wanted to pay me ten bucks. NO THANK YOU! I’m worth more than that. I’ve had business owners willing to pay thirty, forty and fifty for the same thing. What are your time and talent worth? Are you willing to work for $25 per hour? Less? More? I can’t answer that one for you.

I Feel like I Cheated You Today

I don’t like these installments to ramble on for too long, so three questions is all we can do today and still maintain your interest. Sorry about that, but there were some great questions and I wanted to make sure I gave adequate answers.

If I didn’t get to your question rest assured I will do so next week. We will usher in a new year of the Mailbag next week, and I look forward to a new wave of questions.

Thanks to all who asked questions this week. I’ll see all of you next week. In the meantime, have a blast writing. I hope your love affair with the written word equals mine.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the kind words, Suraj. The Mailbag is full for this Monday but I'll include your question in the following installment.

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      suraj punjabi 2 years ago from jakarta

      Every time I read any of your hubs, ANY, I get motivated to write. Which brings me to my question: How long did it take you to be this successful as a hubber, and earn a decent income from it?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Stages. I appreciate it very much, and I hope your weekend is filled with joy.

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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      Thank you Billy you are the bomb diggity of tips and ypu are also a super great person. Have a blessed day!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you fwheel. I appreciate you visiting.

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      Jesse king 2 years ago from America

      Thanks for your thoughts, John! You are right on, as always. What a cool thing to be known as a writer with a distinctive voice. i'm not there yet but one day I'll make it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, it's one of those things that has slowly developed over time. I'm willing to bet back when Dickens wrote there were no genres at all....it was all just writing. :) Thanks as always.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      There seems to be much angst regarding literary and popular fiction. I can't help thinking the greats of literature say, Dickens, Hardy, Hugo etc actually wrote popular fiction, many in instalments, to keep the reader on a cliff edge until the next week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. The flip side is approaching rapidly but first, I need to go swimming at the lake. Happy Sunday my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Super topics, and answers that are every bit as informative and important as everything that you tell us. Thanks again for today's lesson, and I will catch YOU on the flip side...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Dora. This conversational voice wishes you a wonderful weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great questions, but then they all are. I must register that I also love and admire your "conversational voice" and always happy to hear it. Thanks for being you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, it means a lot to me that you look forward to this series each week. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do trust you, drbj, and I thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations, for yet another milestone!

      I have always benefited from this Q-A series and never realized its going on since one year. They are always so refreshing that I look forward to them on Mondays.

      Thank you and wish you all the best for many more of them.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Congrats, Bill, on providing a year's worth of superior answers to readers/writers' queries. Your 'Mailbags' are always - and I tend to use that adverb sparingly - worthwhile reading. Trust me!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I love your attitude. I'm too damned old to sell myself cheaply. I've put in my time and my time is now worth more than bargain basement. Thank you for mentioning that....you are right on, of course.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Before weighing in, congrats on 1-year of the Mailbag!

      Re: Voice. Yes, your voice shines (or dulls) through your writing. In fact, when talking with some wannabe authors, I recommend that they use a voice recorder (or app, like Dragon) to get their ideas... and voice idiosyncrasies... down.

      Re: What Should I Charge? I'm totally with you! I charge a significant sum for custom-crafted work for clients. Sure they can find cheaper writers. And if that's the kind of price shopping client they are, well, they're not my kind of client. Agreed, hard to walk away at times. But the real question is: Are the price shopping clients what you're attracting? If so, you might want to think about what image and marketing messages you're putting out into the market. And if you're putting that kind of bargain basement message into the marketplace, you've got some soul searching to do about who you think you are. Just sayin'.

      Again, congrats on a significant milestone and thank you for providing this forum for us here on HP!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! I guess I'll keep going with this until people grow tired of it. I'm enjoying it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Shyron. Thank you very much.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on your 1st anniversary. Best wishes for a fruitful 2nd year.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Cngrats on making the year. Wonderful info that folks can learn from.

      I really enjoy this.

      Have a blessed day

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! I think I'd pay to read an angry recipe. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...that's okay, Eric. Whatever gets you through a day, my friend.

      Thanks for the chuckle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Irish! Thanks for your input about pricing. Unfortunately, it is getting hotter here. We are having near-record heat for June. Hopefully that doesn't mean a scorcher in July and August.

      You are appreciated, dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, Frank. Thank you sir!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on a year of the mailbag! Who knew it could ever be so full? Your discussion of a writer's voice or tone has me laughing about what an angry recipe might look and sound like. I loved that.

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

      I set this aside and came back to re-read the section on editing. I realized that I use all three, a pro, a trusted friend and someone real talented. Oh, excuse me, I was thinking about editing my life not literature.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Hoping you had a lovely weekend with your new addition! Putting a price on your time/talent is always a hard one I find. When painting I know I greatly undercharged in the past with fear of not selling anything. Now older and a bit more wiser I value myself more but also I try to be mindful of the market here.

      Have a wonderful week my friend, hope the temp has dropped for you, we have been enjoying warm, sunny days here . . . . a novelty for Ireland!!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Congrats on 52 weeks of useful selfless answers to our questions.. stand tall my friend and keep the mailbag clutched tightly...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia. I'll keep answering as long as there are questions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it is always a pleasure having you stop by. Thank you. I think HP is wonderful as a training ground, a place to practice our craft in a safe environment. I know it's helped me greatly.

      blessings and hugs this hot summer morning

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I'll just keep plugging along with this series until it runs dry.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      justthemessenger, I agree with you about varying the voice. Good input there. As for a "best of" series, if I could find the time I would do it...thanks for the suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you so much. I hope you are feeling better. It's so nice of you to visit me after an operation. You are appreciated, dear friend.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that you've decided to continue this series, Bill. It's very useful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I honestly don't know. I enjoy your sagas....it may be the eternal curse of writers everywhere....wrong place at the wrong time. :) Hang in there and keep writing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hooray on the One Year Anniversary! You certainly do have a distinctive writing voice, dear Bill. It is funny how many here on HubPages I have noticed have their own distinctive writing voice too, and recognizable for sure as their own. I learned something about literary fiction and I think that is what I prefer ...writing with a message.

      So glad to see you are going on into another year with the Mailbag series.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on number 52. So glad to see that there will be a number 53. As always great questions and equally great answers.

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Another valuable "mailbag." I like your comments about writing voice. I believe that I vary my voice based on if the piece is written in first or third person, prose or poetry or other variants. Have you considered doing a best of mailbag series according to subject? Just wondering.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Fifty-two! Yet another milestone for our glorious author. Bill, I know I keep saying it but damn, you keep proving it, you are an inspiration to all of us. Sharing your knowledge gives us the edge we need and sometimes the push too!

      I've been off lately, I mean of HP, well and other things. Had my thyroid removed but nothing can keep me down, or quiet. So, I'm back and happy to see the mailbag going strong!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I'm struggling with the fact that I write "family saga" as a genre for my fiction, but no one seems to read "family saga" anymore. Or, is it just "my" family saga that no one wants to read... ;-) Thanks for another great mailbag! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill, and I appreciate you emailing me a question.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I'm going to use your question for next week's mailbag....but the short answer is that yes, it's a good thing. :) Change...we can't live without it. :)

      I really appreciate you, Sis...a stalwart friend and peer. Thank you!

      bill

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      More good stuff, Bill. There's always something to learn - sometimes more than I can process at a time. Thanks for all the practical information you put out.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      yes yes yes! Your voice is ever so loud and clear in Tobias. Even if you weren't a friend, I felt I was reading the work of the guy next door who knows just what to say and how to say it. The perfect mood, tone and inflection....to encourage and enlighten and bring out all the colors and hidden shades of everyone....

      How do we determine our own voice, bro? And what if our voice changes from work to work? Is this good, bad or indifferent? Must we be vigilant? I prefer to be natural...just "me." I know you are you...but you claim it is different from just 10 years ago.

      I see this in my own writing....and I was concerned, but I now feel this is a good thing......

      Anyway bro....love your mail!! Makes Mondays bearable....UP+++ pinned & Tweeted.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you are very kind and I thank you. The voice just developed over the years. I looked at my writing from ten years ago and it wasn't even close to what it is today. I'm sure glad the change happened. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I have enjoyed spending this year reading wonderful questions and excellent answers. And, speaking of voices - you do have a distinct voice. In fact, I was reading a blog one day and I kept feeling like it was YOU who wrote it. If someone told me otherwise, I would not believe it wasn't you. I enjoy your style, because it draws me in. I'm always entertained and enlightened after reading something you wrote. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Larry! I appreciate it and I hope we can continue with it for another year.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      FatBoyThin, great comment and helpful. Thank you. I love your last suggestion...get a good reputation. There is much to be said about that piece of advice.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Congratulations on 1 year of meeting deadlines and the hard work and dedication it took to do it.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Hi Bill, another good set of questions with great answers. Re Beth's question about fees - that's a really hard one. The problem with hourly rates and such like is that when it is work that's going to appear online, there are sooooo many people who will do it for less than whatever price you quote, so the only way is to either work for peanuts or give them your price and stick to it.

      Years ago, I was commissioned to write a teacher's pack for a theatre production of Dick Whittington [my Hub 'Dick Whittington, Pantomime and That Darn Cat!' was loosely based on it], and because in those days they weren't thinking about putting the work online, it was a good old 'hard copy' version. I probably spent eight-ten hours putting the thing together and I charged them £250.00 (about $400.00). I got the work because I'd previously done something else for them, so I think the only way to get good money for your writing is to get a reputation. Preferably a good one!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday to you, Melissa, and no, no updates on the agent search. It continues...that's the update I guess. :) Thank you and have a great week.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Thanks for sharing all your wisdom today. Any updates on your agent search? As always, I'll look forward to next week's mailbag!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you for the COOL response. :) I happen to love that word as well.

      I can always count on you, my friend. I send you thanks from Olympia, Washington.

      blessings always

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Well, once again, congratulations, Bill. I'm right here with you, my Bro.

      Three questions this time, yes, but I rather like them, and your answer to the second is so cool! (You know I like that word, right?) Your touch on philosophy or that character thing at the end is paramount, in my book.

      I would like to help your man, but right now I have a 70,000 worded one to do plus everything else. So if he is around in three months, then perhaps I can help.

      Great and self-fulling work. Much Love.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww. thanks Pop! I don't know how I found perfection...it certainly doesn't happen in any other facet of my life. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! Yes, there are suggested rates, and they are a good basis to start the discussion with. What I have found is once you venture into the business community as your own company, you learn very quickly to adjust rates to the situation. It's either that or starve. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, Happy Monday to you. It was interesting to hear about you using humor to get the starch out of your neck. I love that line, by the way. Great reflection.

      I'll try to add a bit next week about pricing,. Thank you and have a great week of writing and living.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you for the question. I'll have a dandy answer for you next week. As for Norwich, you're living my dream. Have a marvelous time being an intrepid explorer. I'll be with you in spirit. :)

      Have a superb week, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, if you are doing what you love to do, then you are rich. Just my opinion, but the passion for writing comes first and the money follows eventually. The passion will always show in a writer's work...and then we hope big money come soon. :) Thank you for stopping by.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Your voice and outlook shine through in your writing. You are the perfect example of striking the right tone.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, if I may jump in on Beth's question, these are the rates for blogging according to Writer's Market. Per project: $2,000 (high), $500 (low), $1,240 (average). Per post: $500 (high), $6 (low), $49 (average).

      Happy Anniversary to you and The Writers Mailbag!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I, too, always enjoy your Monday mailbags. The question of voice has been a complicated one for me. You want to talk about boring...when I first started writing on HP, I found my hubs were written in the same style as my news stories. I realized I had to get out of that habit, and that is why I let the comedian in me come out to teach me to be more flexible. The real reason I write the limericks and wrote the mini-epic about a hillbilly shotgun wedding is to get the starch out of my neck.

      The question of how to price your writing is a difficult one for me, since I've always been paid a salary for my writing and editing. I'd like to hear more about this. Thanks for being our writer friend, Bill.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'd never heard of 'literary fiction'! It sounds a bit odd to me but I think I get the picture, though I would think it's difficult to do.

      My love affair with words is sizzling though you wouldn't think so because I haven't published much lately. I'm getting to the stage where I have too many drafts and don't know which to hone up first!

      So there's a question for you: How do you give priority to articles, aside from those which you write for others and apart from your novels? I tend to go for the one on which I have the most information but how do you tackle this?

      Off to Norwich tomorrow; never been there so I have a day to explore. I'm accompanying a friend who doesn't want to journey on her own but who's seeing old friends so I'm doing my own thing. We're playing at being 'intrepid explorers' for a couple of days!

      Have a marvellous Monday, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, John! You are right on, as always. What a cool thing to be known as a writer with a distinctive voice. i'm not there yet but one day I'll make it.

      Happy Monday to you!

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      I cannot remember anymore you started this series on year ago. Maybe I wasn't yet following you, Bill. The 'voice' question-answer was great. That's indeed something worthwhile looking deeper into. Oh boy, the money question is difficult indeed. I earned just a few bucks this months and consider myself to be lucky to be here and write all these Hubs.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Conratulations one one year of maibags Bill. Great questions this week. I especially liked Pat's question asking how you manage to write in such a conversational voice. Sometimes I think it is the voice the hub or article is written in as much as the content that make it a pleasure (or not) to read. Your writing voice is very warm and welcoming, and in many cases I think you can tell who wrote a hub here by the voice of the writing. The writing style of a lot of hubbers is very distinctive. How to price your writing services is a difficult one, and not one price fits all that's for sure. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally! Unfortunately, as long as the economy is bad for the "common folk," there will always be writers willing to work for less, driving the wages down for all of us.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Price and what we are willing to work for is a tough one. Most of us here are probably working for less than a dollar a day and we consider ourselves lucky! The idea of earning $25 an hour sounds amazing, I wish there was something which could be done to alter this sorry situation.

      Have a good week Billy,

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, it's either the muse or mosquitoes. Let me know which one and keep that RAID handy. :)

      Happy Monday my friend.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. I think it's so cool that other writers look forward to this. I appreciate it. Happy Monday to you too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you Linda! Yep, we'll do more Mailbags until we run out of questions. As for my voice....I'm stuck with it so I better make it work. :) Happy Monday to you!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      I always enjoy your Monday Mailbag.

      There has been a buzzing close to my ear. It could be a muse checking

      me out. If so, she better come up with some material soon, or I'm bringing out the RAID!

      Have a great week, my friend.

      DJ.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Happy Monday and anniversary, too!! Seriously, Bill I do so look forward to my Mondays to see what new questions and answers you have here. So thank you for that and so much more. No have a wonderful week ahead, as always!! ;)

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      I'm off of coffee, so I might be a bit muddled, but I could swear you just said you would be back with another Mailbag. (Yippee.) I enjoyed this Bill, especially the section on writing with your own voice. You do indeed come across just as you speak and that is what makes your writing so "real", so genuine--and probably one of the reasons that you are able to write so much and so well. If you have to concentrate on every word, every phrase, then the writing process will be very slow (and painful).

      Thanks for another Monday day brightener.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is very clear, Carol. I'll have an answer for you next Monday and I hope, in the meantime, you have an enlightened week. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      I always enjoy Monday reading here--your mailbag. I am dealing with motivation right now. I know you have spoken about this before. I remember a blog I had many years ago and got at least 1,000 views for doing absolutely nothing. I promote my blog regularly and well...My question to you is when the chips are down and things look bleak in the arena I explained--what can we do? I hope the question is clear and I didn't get too wordy as I usually do.