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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Fourteen

Updated on September 29, 2014

How It Works and Blah, Blah, and More Blah

I was going to skip this section, because I really don’t like repeating the same thing, but then it dawned on me that there might be people who read this who know nothing about this series, and they don’t know how it works.

So I’ll tell them, and you, that you ask questions and the Writing Guru answers them.

I don’t know who this Writing Guru dude is; he just pops into my writing studio while I’m sleeping, and he leaves responses to questions. Lazy guy that he is, he expects me to type up his responses, and reliable guy that I am, I do it for him.

So here we go, the latest series of questions about writing, and responses about writing, from the Guru.

A product of CreateSpace
A product of CreateSpace | Source

SELF-PUBLISHING

From Audrey: “ I am just starting to pull things together for a book of poetry though--and thinking about using Create a space--any opinions on pros and cons of self publishing platforms??? I am thinking that I want to make use I have a link to Amazon--and maybe have them print on demand--so that I can have both e-book and physical publishing????”

Audrey, thanks for the question. I’ve read your poetry, many times, and I think you are so talented. I wish you could find a traditional publisher to take on your work…but let’s talk about self-publishing for a second since you asked.

You asked about CreateSpace, and I happen to think they are the cat’s meow. Purrrrrrr! Seriously, what’s not to like about that site? They are free, they are easy to use, and writer’s get a discount when ordering copies of their book. I love that site and I highly recommend it.

As for ebooks, I’m torn. I understand their appeal, but I don’t like them, and that is a purely subjective opinion. I don’t like giving up my digital rights to Amazon, and I much prefer old-fashioned books that you can hold in your hand.

Get it? In search of views?
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In Search of Views

From Melanie: “I love to write, but I feel like not many people see my writing. What are a few good ways to get my work out there for people to see? I write on HubPages and Bubblews, but only a handful of people see me. Also, thanks for mentioning me! (-“

I don’t even know where to start with this question. There are so many factors that enter into this picture when discussing increasing your readership.

Online views depend on a lot of factors. Are you using keywords to increase your search engine visibility? Are you interacting with other writers and forming a relationship with them? Heck, are you writing quality material?

Have you chosen a niche to write in, and are you maximizing your potential in that niche? Is your subject matter of interest to many readers?

It’s just not that easy. We all read about writers going viral with an article, but for every one that goes viral, there are tens of thousands who never sniff viral.

In Search of Bylines

From Iris: You mentioned bylines. I was hired by Textbrokers.com but haven't done any work for them yet. I'm on the fence because the pay is so low and the time invested will be great when compared to the time I have available. I am also concerned that these types of jobs will not provide me with the type of byline credits to which you referred. Can you speak to that or offer a definition of byline that includes what doesn't count as one?

Great question by Iris, so let’s dive into it with both feet and a prayer.

Textbrokers is a content mill. I don’t like content mills because most of them pay poorly, and I think a writer’s time is too valuable to be wasted on writing 500 words for ten bucks. I understand that people need money, but I think, with a little effort, better money can be made.

Those who are serious in this writing business, and I’m referring to agents, publishers, and editors, do not take bylines on sites like Textbrokers seriously, so from that standpoint don’t waste your time. Start small and work your way up the food chain. Write an article for your local alternative newspaper. Write an article for an online magazine. Those bylines count in the writing world, and you get paid better than on content mills.

Iris asks for a definition. I would say that bylines for articles written for newspapers and magazines are important; bylines written for content mills are worthless. That’s as close as I can come to an accurate truth regarding bylines.

Back to Ebooks

From Sha: Bill, what are your thoughts on eBooks? I don't have an e-reader but I do have Kindle for PCs on my computer. Also, many eBooks come in the form of PDFs. I know eBooks are all the rage these days, but I find I don't read what I download (often freebies from bloggers I follow). They end up sitting in my computer never seeing the light of my blue eyes.

I prefer to hold a book in my hands and place a bookmark in the spot where I leave off. There's just something cold and impersonal about reading a book online or on my computer. To me that's not a book. It's just an extremely long article I feel I have to read from start to finish otherwise I'll forget to come back to it. (Where do you place your bookmark?) If it's not sitting on my table or desk reminding me to finish it, chances are extremely likely I won't.

I've had people tell me I should create an eBook, but it really doesn't interest me because eBooks don't interest me.

What are your thoughts?

I’m going to make this one quick because I’ve touched on it before. I don’t like ebooks. I understand why people are drawn to them, and a part of me understands why many writers choose to use them…but I don’t like them. Like Sha, I prefer to hold a real book in my hands. There are many who will disagree with me, and that’s fine. There are many who have made big bucks publishing ebooks, and that’s fine. I just don’t like them.

PUBLISHERS

From Rhonda: I have a somewhat general question most likely everyone knows but me. What are the best publishing houses to submit different types of works to, for instance fiction as opposed to how to crafting? Who does horror and who does social commentary? Where are the best places to search for information about the best potential publishers for specific types of genres and audiences?

This is an easy one to answer. Rhonda, get yourself a copy of The Writer’s Market. A revised edition is published every year, and I would suggest you get the latest. In it you will find a comprehensive list of publishing houses and the specific genres that they are interested in.

This is the cool looking dog...on the right.
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And Finally, Some Whimsy

And finally, from Manatita: Here's an interesting question? Do you still have this 'cool' looking dog?

The “cool-looking dog” is named Jazz, and she is getting along in years. Yes, she is still with us, but I suspect I won’t be saying that this time next year. Of course, the same could be said for this writer.

Thank You All

I’m having a blast with this series, and I hope you are finding it helpful. Same time, same station, I’ll see you next week with more questions and answers.

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

      Another wonderful Monday installment and always learn a bit new each week. And by the way, Jazz is adorable and think he and Elsa would get along great like their owners. Just saying! Happy Monday :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I agree, I think they would...I know their owners would. Thank you my dear. Have a great Monday.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It's amazing how many questions ( and answers) there are. And still mute to come! Great series, Bil! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Randi! Yes, next week's installment is almost completed already. The questions keep coming in and I love it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Great questions and answers, Bill. I think it's safe to say I'll never publish an eBook. Lots of people eat octopus, but you'll never even get me to try it. That was just an analogy, not my mind wandering off the way it sometimes does!

      As far as bylines, mills don't provide them. There's absolutely nothing you could use as a clip when you write for a mill. On the other hand, if you want to practice writing, earn some pennies, and retain your byline, write for HubPages!

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

      Another wonderful article. Please keep the whimsy in this series. I have never read an ebook, perhaps I should so I know what all the fuss is about. On the other hand No. I guess it is time to stop being a cheapy and buy A Writer's Market.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! It did not take me long writing for mills for the to realize I didn't like mills. :) I understand people needing money, but it's just not me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, if you are ever going to get really serious about this writing game, then the Writer's Market is a must own. I use mine daily.

      Thanks buddy, and I'll try to keep the whimsy coming.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I enjoyed another great installment of your series! Thanks for being so candid with your answers. I also love to hold a book in my hands, but I've had my kindle for almost a year now, and I have to say....I'm really enjoying it! I don't think it will ever replace the printed book, but I find it a great resource for finding new authors that chose the indie or self-publishing approach. I also love being able to read the shorts and serials that are out there. And there is no better place to find a novella than in ebook form, in my humble opinion.

      Thanks again for sharing your knowledge with us all!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Monday's just not the same without one of your Writers' Mailbag articles! It's like a 'fix' to start the week (not that I would know what one of those is, apart from coffee perhaps.... sorry, rambling).

      I totally agree about ebooks v books to hold. The only merit in my book (sorry!) is that a Kindle requires far less space than 10 books when going on holiday.

      I'm going to have a look at CreateSpace as I've no idea what it is!

      Thanks for yet more info to educate us all, bill.

      Home tomorrow - yay!

      Hope you and yours have a great week , bill, and I'll see you again sometime in the next couple of days.

      Ann

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      missirupp 2 years ago

      Good Hub. I was wondering about CreateSpace too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I totally agree with you about novellas...the ebook format has been great for short story and novella writers, and I think that is a huge gift to writers, and readers, everywhere. Thanks for mentioning that and of course, for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it's always lovely spending part of Monday with you. Thank you my friend. Yes, packing those ten books is a bit of a problem. :) I don't own a Kindle...may never own one. I'm just stuck in the past and tradition I'm afraid.

      Safe journey and I'll see you soon.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you missirupp. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Great feedback. 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.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you.

      The other thing about a kindle is that you can download a book that sounds interesting, then buy the 'proper' one to have on your bookshelf if you like it. 'Resurrecting Tobias' is going to be one of those. Almost finished it and then I'll let you know what I think. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sandra! Elance does give you the opportunity to make better money. Of all the content mills, I would suggest Elance over the others...still, I prefer finding my own writing gigs and charging what I think my talents are worth. :) Thanks for the question.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I look forward to your opinion, Ann. Thank you!

      bill

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and informative, Bill. Good questions and I love heang your answers. Your opinion is valuable. Keep up he good work!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I look forward to reading your mailbag each week. Your answers are extremely helpful. But, Bill you amaze me. You are a fully productive writer, plus you take time to help others. I want to know where in the world you are finding all of this time. I need some of that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Suzette. I greatly appreciate that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I'm a man possesses. There is a lot I want to accomplish in the time I have left....so I keep on keeping on. Thank you. I'm glad you look forward to this series.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      I concur - that sure is a great looking dog and of course, the same can be said for her owner. Thanks again Billy - you have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Sally, that's the loveliest compliment I've received in a long time. Thank you my friend and Happy Monday to you.

      bill

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      The Writer's Market book really opens ones eyes about the publishing industry if you haven't done a lot of research of publishing outlets. I used it extensively when I was writing for niche magazines. It is overwhelming how many different publishers there are. Thanks, again, for sharing this useful information.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, with the arrival of the Writer's Mailbag, the weekend is officially over. Time to put into practice the lessons taught. Thanks, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you are absolutely correct my friend. Overwhelming is a good description if one tries to go it alone without that resource. Thanks for that thought...have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, let the good times roll my friend. Have a great week and thank you.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill I look forward to this series and others questions. I am starting to fumble around with CreateSpace for when that time comes. I agree - I do not like EBooks either, I prefer to hold a book. Great questions. have a great week.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Hey Bro,

      I was really enjoying your article until I got to the end and I got this big surprise. I could not stop laughing! I just asked you this personally, not as a writer's question. On reflection, though, it reminds me of how Newsreaders like to end with something sweet. It's like a bonus for them.

      Different for you, of course as your entire writing is excellent, but yes, it still does add a very cute touch at the end. Bless you, Bro, bless Bev and bless the dog Jazz. Of course from the Higher regions. I am merely an instrument of His/Hers.

      Good on Audrey to want to compile her poems. I will go that way - His Grace permitting - sooner or later. Love and Light.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Thank you for the information. I've got to get my hands on that book. I wanted to chime in about content mills like Text Broker for just a line or two. There is NO byline. I've done hundreds of articles there. The pay sucks way beyond the telling of it. It really is not worth it. Worst of all, I hate seeing my article as the example of how to write a template how to instructional used as the example without my name on it. That's what happens when you sell through Text Broker. It's an outright sale to the buyer and they get to put their byline on it. Sure, you can grab some fast cash if you go for short articles, but it's not much and nowhere near worth it, in my mind.

      Thank you again for the tip about the book containing who wants what. I have to have that. God bless you for sharing your knowledge and experience.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I appreciate everyone of these questions and the answers you gave. Bylines are important to me when writing for newspapers. One that I worked for always gave me one, the other one, a very small town newspaper never gives anyone a byline, that stinks.

      The Writers Market are good to have, but do you feel they get outdated real fast? It may not seem like much money to invest in, but I have a very small, small income.

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Another great installment, Bill. I agree somewhat with your view on Textbroker. I've written things for them and there is just one advantage - they pay you quickly, and they do pay you. The downside is you lose what you write because you're selling it to them and of course, they don't pay very much.

      I also agree with you about ebooks, but then, you know that!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! I appreciate you being here.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      This series is so helpful. Although I already know some of the answers, it always seems you have at least one question to answer about something I've been wondering about.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I loved your whimsical question, so I just had to include it my friend. Thanks for the inspiration, and thank you for always being here.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, thanks for sharing your experience on Textbroker. Freelance writers are much better off going out and finding their own customers...the pay is much, much higher, and you have no boss. :) Thank you for the question, and make sure you pick up a copy of the Writer's Market.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, any publication like that will be slightly outdated at publication. Such is the nature of any business. People are in business, then they are out of business...but by and large, having used it for three years now, I find it very helpful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do know that, Ann, and thanks for sharing about Textbroker. All in all, I just don't think content mills are the way to go for a freelance writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm very glad to hear that, Sheila, so thank you. I love this format and I'm glad others do as well.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm with Shauna, I have so many ebooks on my computer that I've never read. I like to hold a book in my hands. Maybe someday I will read them, maybe? Good questions, great answers....

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Why is this not called, "Mailbag, Monday"?

      Don't you publish this on Monday?

      Another great mailbag chocked full of noggin nuggets!

      Nobody does it better!

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, at least you said maybe. I won't say that much. Give me a real book or nothing. :) Yes, I'm stubborn at times.

      Thank you my creative friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well heck DJ, I can't change the title now. Where were you when I needed you fourteen installments ago? :)

      Thanks my friend. Good luck with the book this week.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bill, am I to understand you don't like ebooks? lol! I don't either, btw, for all the reasons you and others mention, but I DO have Kindle for PC for the odd "must read" book that wasn't and never will be commercially printed between covers that one can hold in one's hands.

      Fans of ebooks should consider how many ebooks will archeologists find 200 or 1,000 years from now if they only exist in/on a medium which may or may not exist 200 or 1,000 years from now.

      Being a (printed) book addict myself, and envious of those whose hobby or livelihood is tracking down rare old books and manuscripts, I can't imagine their future counterparts even knowing what to do with a CD or a thumb drive containing an ebook, let alone jumping for joy at the discovery. Traditional books, on the other hand, don't depend on technology to be read and enjoyed, only a dry, insect-free storage environment. Just sayin...

      Mailbag Monday? YES!!! ;D

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      Dr Billy Kidd 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Everyone needs to go back to where Bill said pick your niche.

      If you write on different topics all the time, you'll never master any of them.

      And if you pick Romantic Relationships, remember you'll have to self-publish, unless you are a celebrity. Those books are always about the author, his or her opinions--and some are mighty sick. But they sell. That's all any publisher is interested in--sales.

      Thanks again, Bill.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      I feel the same way about E books, although, living in Manhattan, they are very convenient when running around or on the subway.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, you slay me, in a kind and gentle way. :) The bit about archeologists was way too funny, but I agree. Printed books are a part of our heritage. They should be revered, and I suspect they always will be.

      Having said that, if it were not for ebooks, nobody would ever read my two novels. LOL

      Thanks for the laugh my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Billy, that's what I call shooting between the eyes. I know some people swear by the scatter-gun approach, and there are some who are successful at it, but the smart bet is on niches.

      Thanks for your opinion, which I agree with.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll bet they are, Brie. I can definitely see their advantages in that situation...much lighter than carrying around, oh, say, War and Peace. :)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      More great information to digest. Doesn't a book mean that printed thing you hold in your hand and just can't seem to put down as you turn page after page? I've been hooked since childhood and ebook just doesn't compare!

      I love Mondays and this series. ( remember folks I'm retired so I can love Monday.)

      Voted this installment up, useful and so interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, nice zinger at the end...but being even semi-retired is beautiful, and working for oneself is heaven. I don't remember the last time I wore anything but a tshirt and jeans. :) Thanks my friend.

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

      Bill, the mailbag idea is absolutely brilliant! It's relevant and useful for anyone interested in writing. I must agree with the majority of the comments, ebooks just doesn't do it for me. I have a kindle, and I do sometimes download books but I rarely read them. So if so many of us dislike the ebooks, who is buying them? Maybe there is still hope for the traditional books. I hope so. Always good to see you in good form, take care and my best to you and Jazz.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Another Monday, another gift from Bill. Always good stuff to know (or file away for that moment when you finally decide to spread your wings and fly). Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you. I passed on your well-wishes to Jazz, and she is very appreciative. :) As for Kindle, I sure hope the trend reverses...technology is wonderful, but so is tradition. :)

      Blessings to you and yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I love the fact that people are associating Mondays with this series of articles. Makes this old writer very happy. Thank you, and I can see those wings of yours spreading from twenty miles away.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Always valuable information from you thank you.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Am going into Ebooks, too. And between Kindle and Create Space, the former seems better!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Thank you, Bill. That answered my question. And, I offered my writing services to my son's drama instructor. I'm helping her get a Kickstarter "ad" put together. It will be used to raise funds for an upcoming production. I get a byline and some useful experience writing another person's bio and a sales pitch. I appreciate your guidance. I'd much rather do that than content mill stuff. It's a start.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, happy to find someone else who thinks that a book should be a book. Please with all your answers. Please outlive Jazz by many, many years.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! It's always good to hear all points of view.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, that's great. Who knows what a job like that will lead to. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, that's my plan. Of course, I doubt I have the final say in it. :) Thank you!

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      I could write a long comment on how great this series is, but I'll keep it short and simple:

      Fantastic! I'm loving this series. It's a very enjoyable read, I must say!

      Keep em coming! :-)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved the questions and answers this week Bill. Like you, Sha and others I am no eBook fan. I have downloaded a few but they mostly sit on my computer unread except for a novel I read recently called "Perfect People" which was hard to put down. Still much prefer a real paper book and I have more of those than I can read in my lifetime. Once again, thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susi10, thank you so much. I love this series too, so I guess we'll keep it going. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, one of the constants anytime I move is that I have to lug my books to the new place....I need my books nearby. :) I understand my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I don't like the whole ebook thing either. There are just too many disadvantages, or maybe I'm just too set in my ways.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, if you are set in your ways, you have a lot of company. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Bill,

      I see you have your mailbag full once again of wonderful questions and you have provided great insight in your answers as always.

      I must purchase The Writer's Market too.

      I, too, am like many who do have e-books on my computer, but they are just sitting there it seems, waiting to be read. I like to take my books along with me during my day, and when I have a break, then I love holding it in my hands and reading.

      The Create-A-Space site sounds great!

      Blessings and peace always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Faith, and thank you for joining me for breakfast. CreateSpace is a very good site for self-publishing....check it out when you are ready with your book.

      blessings and a hug this Wednesday morning

      bill

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I think a lot of writers these days are getting stuck in the eBook vs. real Book decision, as evidenced by the discussion in this post. They both have their place and I say do both so you reach people as they want to be reached. And, I agree, Createspace is an awesome publishing platform! Plus, it allows writers to do both eBooks and real books during the same publishing process... and for free.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and for free...yes indeed, Heidi, and I always value your opinion. I have done both...still undecided about the future for me. We'll see. Meanwhile, thank you and I appreciate you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your Writer's Mailbag series is very useful, Bill, as I've said before. I'm picking up lots of useful tips!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I'm very happy with this series.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Hey Bill. Thanks very much for introducing that book about Createspace and Kindle since I use both to publish my books.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, you are very welcome. Thank you my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      So glad I didn't miss this article in the series. I am so glad to read you are not fond of content mills. I considered some offers but turned them down due to the amount of work required for the pay. Glad it wasn't just me being narrow minded.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I believe our time is worth equal compensation. I don't think that is narrow-minded at all.

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      mathira 2 years ago from chennai

      This series was very useful to me billy. Of course I have a long way to go. At least I am knowing what this writing world is all about. It would definitely come handy to me one day. God willing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, mathira. Keep working hard and good things will happen. I believe that and so should you.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great installment. I've been away for a few weeks on another "adventure" so I have some catching up to do. Hope all is well, have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you have some writing to do so the rest of us can share in your adventure. I look forward to it.

      Thanks my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Informative and entertaining, as always. Thanks, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Deb!

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