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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Forty-One

Updated on April 6, 2015

Mailbag Madness

March Madness is almost over. If you’re a college basketball fan you know what I’m talking about. If not, this reference makes no sense and I apologize.

I’m replacing March Madness with Mailbag Madness. The questions keep pouring in and that means the mail must be delivered. The bag is heavy and I’m getting older, but I’ll plow forward and get ‘er done.

Here we go with a question from Tireless.

Welcome to the Mailbag
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Beta Readers

From Tirelesstraveler: “I have some people who would love to be beta readers, how does that work?”

Thanks for the question, Tirelesstraveler. How does beta reading work?

I’ll share my experience with you and maybe that will explain it. After I have finished my rough draft manuscript (first draft and then second draft) I go online and ask my writing friends if any of them would be interested in being a beta reader for me. I usually give a deadline of two weeks because I need to move forward with my project and I can’t afford to wait months while my beta readers trudge through the book.

Giving it a two-week deadline narrows down the applicants real fast and leaves me, usually, with three or four serious people who will take on the task. There is no payment for this. If they do it for me then I will do it for them at a later date.

I give my beta readers guidelines and explain to them what I need from them. I do not want them to waste their time on grammar. I am more interested in their general impressions of the book. I need to know if it flows well, if my voice is strong, if it held their interest and if there are any holes in the storyline.

Once they send back their impressions then I go back into re-write mode and incorporate their suggestions into my story….if I agree with them. J

And that’s what it’s all about.

For me, this is the value of HubPages
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HUBPAGES

From Robert: “Bill, in your opinion, is HubPages worth writing for?”

Sheez, Robert, why don’t you ask a polarizing question while you’re at it? LOL

Okay, my honest opinion……if your goal is to make money then no, I don’t think HP is worth writing for. They are a content mill and what they pay is a joke. Yes, there are still writers who make decent money on HP, but for the amount of time invested, there are better returns out there worth looking at.

However, if money isn’t your thing, and you are looking for a supportive writing community where you can practice your craft and build your platform, then without hesitation I would recommend HP.

It all depends on what you are looking for and that’s my honest opinion.

Tax Deductions

From Roberta: “Can you talk a little bit about the tax deductions that a writer can take?”

Yes I can, but just a little bit because I already wrote an article (hub) about this topic.

If you are a freelance writer, and writing is your business, then you can take legitimate business deductions. You can deduct part of your house as an office, and that means part of your mortgage and utilities. You can deduct office supplies and any traveling associated with your writing. If you join writing organizations and pay dues, those are deductible. If you buy writing magazines and books like the “Writer’s Market,” those expenses are deductible. And the list continues. Just make sure you set up a bookkeeping system and keep receipts religiously. The IRS is pretty accommodating when it comes to freelance writers, as long as you don’t push your luck and as long as you can document everything.

Social Media

From LeAnne: “How important do you think social media is for a writer? It seems to me that a person could spend hours on Facebook alone, but I’m wondering if there is any reward for it that can be measured in book sales.”

That’s an interesting question, LeAnne, and a valid one for all writers. I’ll give you my opinion. Just remember, this is just an opinion with very little backing it.

I think social media is one piece of the puzzle. If a writer is only using social media for self-promotion, I think they are not only missing the proverbial boat but they are in danger of alienating the audience they hoped to gain.

Although I do post my articles on social media, I use that medium as a personal space as well. To me, the value of social media is that it gives us a chance to become real people to prospective readers. I like to use social media as a way to let people get to know me as a human being. I think they are much more likely to follow me and read my books if they know me as a real live person. For me, and this is just me now, writing is a form of communication. It is a way to bridge the gap between us. It is a way for me to make a connection with you, and that connection is much easier to make if I allow you to know more about me. I’m betting that my personality will win over future readers.

If all I do is promote myself, then I’m just a name promoting a book, and that doesn’t make me too special now does it?

So, bottom line, us social media judiciously and wisely and make it work for you and not work against you.

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Word of Advice

From Cassie: “What is the one piece of advice you think every new writer should follow?”

Oh sure, Cassie. No pressure there! LOL

Immediately about ten different pieces of advice blew through my brain. How do I narrow it down to one?

Okay, here it is: treat writing not only like it is a job, but also like it is a craft. Treat it with respect. Always try to remember that writers have a precious gift, and that gift must be treated with respect. Nurture it. Help it to grow. Make it become the greatest gift it can be. Don’t squander whatever talent you have. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to the reading public.

Now I’ll jump off my high horse.

Publishers and Agents

From Maria: “How do I find a list of publishers and agents? I’m about to send out query letters, but I’m not sure how to find addresses and profiles for all the agents and publishers out there.”

Well you’re in luck, Maria. There are two publications in the United States that will give you all the information you need. One is the “Writer’s Market,” a great publication if you are looking for publishers. The other is the “Guide to Literary Agents.” They may not be totally comprehensive but they are close to it.

There is also a publication in the UK that is similar, but I always forget the name of it, so I’m counting on my UK friends to mention it in the comment section below.

Happy Late Easter to You

I’m putting the finishing touches on this article on Easter morning, so I think it’s time to shut it down for the day and go enjoy the morning with Bev.

Thanks to all who asked questions this week. I continue to learn from all of you. I hope you feel the same.

Have a great week of writing. Write like your tail feathers are on fire; just remember to have a hose nearby.

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 Deb! I'll put that on my to do list and see what happens, but I do appreciate the support and encouragement.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As always, great and valuable content. I look forward to reading this each week, as there is so much worth to it. I suggest you write a book on the material, as it will surely sell. I think you can compete with writing guides on how to be a successful writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, there is no doubt it helps. I totally agree...as long as it is one piece of the marketing puzzle and not the whole puzzle. Thanks for your input.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mona! I appreciate it very much.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      From having shared both my own and other Hubbers' hubs on social media, it certainly helps (although sometimes there is a delayed effect). There have been a couple of cases when I've been surprised at how much pinning, sharing, G+ing, etc. can yield.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Dear Mr. Bill,

      I love your Mailbag Installments. They are so useful:).

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Best wishes, Kristen. Stay dry and be happy. :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Lucky you. It's been rainy all week and up until Sunday with a t-storm. But I"m glad spring's officially here. Wish I was there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristen, we've had mild weather all winter and now a mild spring. Just call us the Mild Capital of the U.S. :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Anytime my friend. Hope you have better weather than I am, right now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Bill. I'll try to. I have a cold and a sprained knee, also waiting for the vet to call on my cat's blood work results again. You too!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Have a great weekend, Kristen!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Bill. I agree with you on beta readers. :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the recommendations, Kristen. Beta readers are worth their weight in gold as far as I'm concerned.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Bill. I recommend GLA and WM along with their blogs/websites, too. I love my beta reader. You can find one in a writing group as well. Great advice which is useful as well. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, i think those are excellent reasons for being here. This is a great place to develop as a writer. Carry on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, it seems to me it could, or through Skype certainly. Anyway, I'm your beta reader and I'll have your results this weekend if I get my taxes done quickly enough. Thanks for the visit.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Excellent advice Bill. Just need to digest all that is written here and take it onboard.

      I do find it fascinating The different reasons people have for writing on hp. For me it's the outlet for storytelling and the opportunities for developing the gift I've been given.

      Awesome hub

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Beta readers are precious. Beta reading is a gift to receive and to give from the heart. Best of all is a critique writing group in which each member is a beta reader for the others, with each being eager to ever be an even better writer and glad to encourage and help the others in that urge. An advantage of a local group is being able to get not only written comments and suggestions but also verbal face-to-face comments and suggestions. I have found it more helpful to get both written and verbal feedback than either alone. I wonder if a critique group meeting (or a get-together with a beta reader) could be simulated with a video call?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Heidi, this taking a week off stuff will not do. Warn me next time, will you, so I don't worry about you. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Been out a lot this week and am catching up with the Mailbag!

      I couldn't have described social media better than you have here: "a chance to become real people to prosepctive readers." I could also replace "readers" with "customers."

      Voted up and sharing! Hope you're having a great week!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, that's a great question and it's one I struggle with....but the struggle is my fault because I know the solution. :) I'll fill you in on that solution next Monday. Thank you!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Okay--I have another question for you, vis-a-vis revisions.

      Do you (or how do you) keep track of revisions, and not lose your place in scrolling back and forth on the computer screen while making the changes?

      I find that if I need to do a major revision, I need to print out a hard copy, and use old-fashioned edit marks, boxes and arrows... That's one thing with a hub; quite another matter if it's an entire book!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it sounds like you have a blessed and wonderful time on Easter. I'm very glad to hear that. Thanks for stopping by this Tuesday. I appreciate you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oops, I forgot to check my mailbox yesterday! I was worn out from Easter Sunday and all the family up, when I came home from work, I went straight to bed and woke up at 12:25 a.m. LOL. Now, I am playing catch up.

      Another wonderful bag of important questions and, as always, great insight provided as a response to all the question.

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Ann, and Easter baby? How special that is. Congratulations to you and the parents. Very exciting news indeed.

      I don't have many answers about that writing contest. I read a lot of mysteries and I know without a doubt I can write better than a large percentage of the mystery writers I read....so that leaves me to believe it is all subjective and you have to be in the right place at the right time. Like you I'll keep trying.

      Have a superb Wednesday my friend.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank. You had me laughing and for that I am appreciative. Shoot from the hip and aim true....I try my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Alicia. Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did indeed, Dora. Thank you!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You don't have a high horse either, bill! Your piece of advice for a new writer is spot on; shame so many don't follow it.

      I entered a writing contest recently; first time I've ever done that. I didn't reach the final 20 but that doesn't matter. What does matter to me is that I read the winner's story, found typing errors and was not impressed by the writing. The 1st runner up was superb from every angle. The 2nd runner up was all over the place. Purely subjective of course! Seriously, no sour grapes on my part, but I'm wondering what it was all about!

      That doesn't mean I won't bother again of course; I'll keep trying because I love doing it and because my piece of advice would be to 'never give up'!

      Hope your Easter was great. Ours was stupendous; baby Savannah arrived early that morning. Mum & baby are at home and all is wonderful! I'm still smiling from ear to there! (also because one of her middle names is Ann!)

      Ann :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Time to hang up the badge and gun and take writing on here seriously..LOL.. joking, I just enjoy your stright answers to folks who use this vehicle, or at least try to use this form to make money. I write here on hubpages to test certain styles, and to see if what I write sticks.. it's been fun and you oddly meet good people and not just the same ole same ole folks you have to work with or around you. You are refreshing, Jodah even the Faith has virtual value.. I encourage new hubbers, writers, read all the mail not just mailbag number 41.. helpful concise and a bit of writing 101 built into them

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some more useful information in this article, Bill. Your mailbag posts are always helpful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha. I only worked two hours so I don't feel too guilty about it. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Thelma. Isn't it nice to have a name that corresponds to what you already do. LOL It's always nice having your visit. Thank you again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John. I think this series is a win-win for all of us. I know I'm enjoying it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, thank you. If I shed light on this writing endeavor then I have done the job I love....teaching.

      Blessings to you today and always

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maj! I knew someone would share those pubs with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Bill. I speak the truth, my friend. I'm not one for false praise.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, Mary. All good reasons to use social media, the same reasons I have.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, if it's candor you want then you're on the right site. :) I don't now any other way to communicate what I feel.

      Blessings, hugs and the love of friendship heading your way

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It sure does, Catherine. I love HP but make very little money from it. Oh well, I can make money from other venues. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I've had to weed those people out. They take up far too much of my time with their promotions. It's good to see you. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And a great game it was, Bill. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks even for the repeats. Hope you enjoyed Easter too, and every day going forward.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey and I hope you have a wonderful Easter as well.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You're as bad as I am by working on Easter morning. I did my neighbor's taxes after running some errands.

      I hope you and Bev had a peaceful Easter.

      As always, I love reading the Mailbag. Great Q & A!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for this very informative hub Billy. I did not know that what I have done already for others was called Beta Reading. I know I still have to catch a lot of your very useful and informative hubs. I´ll do that soon. Have a great week!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks once again Bill. More interesting questions and answers. Even if you already know the answers it is good to have a refresher, so no questions are a waste of time.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Once again more thrown light on dark spots of my vast aspect of writing/writers. (Each new installment bronceoadens horizon of desired knowledge.) As a bonus gift came your term 'supportive' - an expression - striking my nosiness.

      Useful and interesting.

      Good night my friend, oops, good morning here .

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      All good advice once again Bill - think the publications you are thinking of from the UK are Writers' and Artists' Yearbook and Writers' Handbook and here in Aus -The Australian Writer's Marketplace - all well worth a perusal. (except mine are ten years old - good reminder for an update!) Cheers Maj

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Read your comment on my OS8 hub... Michener... I'm overwhelmed... I cannot thank you enough! ;-)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I use social media, but try not to bore my friends with my writing! I do enjoy seeing other Hubs that are posted around because it give me the chance to read them when otherwise I may have missed them.

      Another great mailbag, Bill.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      More than one piece of advice here, Bill. I love your candor probably as much as anything else about your writing. Sadly there are those who write what they think others want to hear and that is worth nada as you know.

      Great mail bag for sure.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Good advice always, especially the part about social media and whether or not HubPages is worth it. Your answer is right on point. I depends--if depends on how you use it and it depends on what you want out of it. .

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      Susan Sproull 2 years ago

      I always enjoy and learn something from you my friend. You make a very good point about using social media wisely.

      I understand writers wanting to promote their work but some of have so many facebook pages!

      Have a great week.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great mailbag! Been working in my yard... time for Basketball game... ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Chris. Thank you my friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Always useful Bill! Happy late Easter to you!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, thanks for the "One Piece of Advice." Very inspiring and motivating. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I'm flattered that the Mailbag has become a part of your Monday routine. Have a great week and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you pages...PLAY BALL! My Mariners are leading the dreaded Angels and all is well in my world. Proud to call you a friend as well.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. First thing I do on Monday when I get home from work is to check your mailbag. I like the catchy phrase, Mailbag Madness. As usual great questions and great answers. Have a wonderful week.

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      Dennis L. Page 2 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Today being the official start of the baseball season I can unequivocally state you started off with yet one more home run. As always Bill, great advice and done so in an easy to follow format. So glad to call you a friend in the writing community.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Clive. I appreciate it.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Nice one again billy,voted up

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry. I may not always be right but you'll get my honest attempt at being right. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda and I hope the same. I love this community. I wish everyone could love it as much as I do. :) Happy Monday to you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. That's exactly what I want this to seem like. I'll share my experiences and if they help anyone then fantastic.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, the only reason I did that is because I took Friday off and played. It was a trade-off and I have no regrets. :) Thanks for looking out for me. Happy Monday my friend.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I appreciate your honest and straightforward answers to important questions.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, you actually have me looking forward to Mondays. The thing you said today that really piqued my interest was "Thanks to all who asked questions this week. I continue to learn from all of you. I hope you feel the same." What a true testament to what Hubs is really all about! I hope this symbiotic relationship continues for a long, long time.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Knowing you are sharing your honest opinion and experience makes it worth every moment to read this mailbag. It's like we're going on the writer's journey with you. Thank you for smoothing out the bumps in the road with your warnings and directions.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Finishing up the article on Easter morning?! That's dedication...I thought you took the weekends off, my friend. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the day and had a wonderful time with your family! I always appreciate reading these articles on Monday mornings, something to look forward to on a Monday!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby. I hope your week is rewarding as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol. Do you mean CreateSpace? I'll have an answer for you next Monday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I love how popular this series is. It appears that quite a few writers are finding it beneficial.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It's always good to learn from your advice to other writers. Have a great week..

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      As always very helpful. Bill I have kind of a complicated question..well maybe. I am curious about Create A Page. Where are the best instructions to turn an ebook into printed with this site? You had mentioned it before.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Another interesting and informative mailbag installment. Getting Beta Readers who really read and give valuable inputs would be great.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I've had to weed out those kinds of beta readers. I don't need to hear how wonderful I am. I need honest feedback about my writing ability if I'm to grown.

      Thank you Pop, and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, that's a start. :) It's all gravy after that. LOL

      You don't need me. Carry on!

      Bill

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I have read quite a few books for others. I found that often, I was just being asked to tell them how wonderful they were. That is a complete waste of time. Speaking of time, reading your work is always a pleasure and the perfect way to spend some time. Up , useful and awesome!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      So far, I have conned two dogs and one cat

      into being my beta readers. Yes, I did have a couple of treats

      in my pockets. But, it worked!

      Happy Monday!

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. It was my punishment for being lazy on Friday. LOL Thank you. We did have a nice Easter and I hope you did as well. Happy Work Week to you, Janine.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      You, my friend, are amazing that you were finishing this up on Easter nonetheless and just hoping you, Bev and your family had a wonderful day. Also once again wishing you an amazing week ahead now! ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susi, you hit the nail on the head about beta readers. The author WILL miss something. It is inevitable. Beta readers should solve that problem. Thank you and Happy Monday to you.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      I never really knew much about beta reading, but it sounds like a great method to getting feedback. Especially for novels, which require a more "broad" overview of the storyline which you, as a writer (who has become so attached to the characters and plot) might completely overlook. Thanks for that nifty piece of info.