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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Ninety

Updated on March 21, 2016

We’re Getting Closer

One step closer to one-hundred, and I thank all of you for that.

Slow week this week, so I’ll give you what I’ve got and put this one to bed. Short does not necessarily equate to bad, does it?

Here we go!

Welcome to the Mail Room
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Continuing a Series

From Buildreps: “Honestly I didn't thought you would publish again another part of the series of Bobby-Fix-it, because your novella is out. How long are you going on with this series? And how is your publicity doing? I love to read this series, although the language is typically American I perfectly understand every little word of it. Great achievement, billybuc. Have a great day!:)”

My friend is referring to the continuing series/novella series, The Billy the Kid Chronicles. He takes note of the fact that the first novella is out and he asks the question why in the world am I still writing the short stories on HP?

It’s a good question. Not sure I have a good answer!

Here’s the thing: this series is well-liked on HP. If I can keep the interest up on HP for this character and his stories, then what I’m doing, in effect, is marketing the novellas with the short stories. The novellas from here on will be quite a bit different from the short stories shared on HP, so you, the readers, will be getting bonuses each and every week.

Don’t try to thank me. I embarrass easily. LOL

As for the second question, the publicity is going…..it’s going. I’ve got a plan and it takes time to execute that plan….so my answer stays the same…it’s going.

How many reviews should a writer seek?
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Seeking Reviews

From Mary: “I have another question for a future mailbag. This is actually a three part question so do with it what you will. This past week I received an email offering a trade, a free e-book for a review. Firstly do you think this is a valid way of marketing or do you think it is grasping at straws. I am also aware people pay for positive reviews. Secondly, how many reviews are enough before you can expect the general public to take notice of a book? And lastly, what are your thoughts about authors commenting on reviews? I have read that this can cause problems for an author more than the low rating on the review.”

Such good questions, Mary! You’ve managed to ask three questions that have never been asked before, and that’s quite an accomplishment considering how many questions have appeared in this series.

One at a time…..

A free eBook for a review, is it a valid way of marketing or is it grasping at straws? I don’t see it as grasping but I do see it as a possible conflict of interest. If it is agreed that the free eBook in no way influences the review then I see no problem with it….still, and this is just me, if someone gives me a book in exchange for a review, it would be very hard for me to be totally honest in my review. What if the book totally sucked? Could I find it in me to say that? No!

How many reviews are enough to get the general public to notice a book? I read quite a few articles about this, and according to the brain trust at Amazon, there is no thing as “too many reviews.” The number 25 keeps popping up as some magic minimum level to reach, but the overall answer to your question is the sky is the limit, or “to infinity and beyond.”

Lastly, should authors comment on reviews they receive? There is a constant battle over this topic in the reading community, and the opinions are differing and all have valid reasons.

I personally think this depends on personal taste. I respond to every comment on HubPages, but on Amazon I don’t comment. I really have no reason for that other than it’s a bit of a gray area for me, as the author and the one selling the book, to comment in a section that is for readers. I prefer to leave my readers alone on Amazon and let them say what they want without my interference.

One thing I am adamant about is a writer should never take the bait and respond to negative comments about a book….that is a lose-lose situation and I see no benefit at all from doing it.

Having said all that, I’ll be curious how others feel about your questions, Mary.

Future podcast star?????
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Random Ideas for Marketing

From Brian: “I was wondering, with all the technology at our finger tips, and all the new social networking available, if you have tried anything really radical to market your books?”

Wow, Brian, pretty cool timing on your part.

For me, the greatest challenge in marketing is technology itself. I’m old-school, and learning how to download and format on new sites is hard for me. Luckily we have kids ranging from 18-34, and they are very knowledgeable about all this new computer stuff, so they help me.

One thing I’m looking at right now is podcasting. I was born right at the end of the radio hay day, and I remember the old radio programs that had serials on each week. I am also familiar and fond of programs like “The Prairie Home Companion” hosted by Garrison Keillor. I think this approach to marketing is fascinating and it’s something I’m seriously considering. I’m toying with the idea of a weekly podcast like my blog “Artistry With Words,” or something like “Storytime with Bill,” where I could do readings from my short stories or novels each week, as well as touch on other facets of writing….like this Mailbag. I can also see interviews on the podcast….anything and everything to do with writing…as well as some shameless self-promoting.

Anyway, to answer your question, yes, I’m always looking for marketing ideas that fit “outside the box” of traditional thinking…..and you should too.

My Apologies to Chris

I had a comment/question on my blog, from Chris, and it disappeared before I could answer it. It had something to do with his selling a new comic strip he’s developed, and what do I think about marketing that comic strip….but I hesitate to answer a question I lost and am hazy about….so mea culpa, Chris. If you read this please ask again.

This is becoming big, by the way. Pulp fiction style comic strips with super heroes are becoming quite the rage….check them out in the library…..so I think Chris is on to something.

Another Short One This Week

But that’s okay…we are all busy, and every Mailbag doesn’t have to be overflowing to be interesting and helpful.

Thanks to those who asked questions this week and thanks to those who just stopped by to read. I’ll be back next Monday with more questions and answers.

In the meantime, think about that marketing question. What can you do to gain more readers? What is there to try that you have not tried so far?

Happy Writing!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Eldon Arsenaux 12 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      I think you should do the podcast Bill. I would definitely tune in. I'm gonna go check out your wordpress too. Wishing you the best of weeks,

      -E.G.A.

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      Janine Huldie 12 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy Writing indeed and seriously loved your answers, especially the review one. I have done so many and try my best to find a way to connect to the review personally one way or another. If not, I don't do the review plan and simple. Hope that makes sense and Happy Monday as always!! :)

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eldon! The podcast does appeal to me....maybe in a month or so.

      Anyway, thanks a ton. Have a great Monday and beyond.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Janine, Eldon beat you this morning. What a strange occurrence. :) Thanks as always and yes, it made great sense.

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      Maria Jordan 12 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "90" !! ... You have a goldmine of information in these posts, Bill.

      I loved Mary's question(s) and totally agree with your take on reviews. I'm not likely to ever ask for a review, let alone give a gift for doing so...?

      Wishing you and Bev a peaceful Easter. Happy Spring too! Love, Maria

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This may have been a short mailbag but the questions were very good Bill. Podcasting does sound like something that would suit you down to the ground. Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I LOVE the idea of a podcast. I would definitely tune in. As for "does short equate bad?" Well, I'm short and I'm magnificent!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 12 months ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      I like to read books where the reviews are written without any prompting from the writer. Personally I like to read reviews which were written by people who genuinely enjoyed reading the book. I want to think and trust that all reviews are written for all the right reasons.

      Hope you have a terrific week Billy.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Another excellent Q&A with you at the Writer's Mailbag.

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      breakfastpop 12 months ago

      A podcast sounds amazing!

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      Devika Primić 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An honest review is preferred and would is believed. Interesting and helpful.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria and a blessed Easter to you! I hope all is well in your corner of the world....

      You are appreciated!

      love and hugs from rainy Olympia

      bill

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! We'll see if I can find enough time to set it up. Happy Monday buddy!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes you are, Linda, and I'm smiling as I write that. Thanks....I'll see if I can navigate my way into the podcast world.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally and I totally agree. Giving something for a review just doesn't sound right to me....call me old-fashioned. :)

      Happy Monday, my friend. I hope spring is good to you.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike. It's just about time for another cover from you....as soon as I settle on a name. :)

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does sound like fun, Pop! Stay tuned....

      and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, DDE. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Melissa Propp 12 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! In regards to the reviews question about how many is enough? I agree that you can never have too many...but from what I've read, there are a lot of book sites that won't let you advertise with them unless you have a minimum # of reviews. Some are 10, some are 25, etc., but the more reviews you have the better your chances for being accepted by the bigger fish, like bookbub.

      Hope you have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information, Melissa, and I thank you for it. Happy Monday to you....is it spring yet? Can't tell here. LOL

      Have a great week my loyal friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 12 months ago from Chicago Area

      G'morning! My week's starting out good with a stop at the Mailbag. :)

      Re: Reviews. 1) The offer of a "free" ebook in exchange for a review. Um, if you invite someone to review a book for you, wouldn't you be offering it to them for free anyway? They better offer it for free since they're asking for you do spend your time and energy helping them get reviews and ranking on Amazon. 2) I've seen that for product reviews on Amazon, to get even 1 review takes scores of buys. Not everyone writes a review, even those I've invited to review. So certainly solicit reviews, but don't get discouraged. 3) I, too, rarely comment on reviews on Amazon. Let the market speak! However, if I can add something of value to the review stream, I will comment.

      Re: Marketing/Podcasting. Podcasting is hot! Why? Because people can listen while they're doing something else such as driving, exercising, etc. You can do it through iTunes or just offer an MP3 listen/download (what I do since I've found offering it through other sites confusing for both myself and my listeners). But it's an option worth exploring.

      Can't wait to see what the 100th celebration Mailbag will be. Thanks for all you do for your HP pals! Have a great week!

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      Mary Wickison 12 months ago from Brazil

      Thanks for answering my questions in this week's mailbag. It is interesting that the number 25 kept appearing. I know I tend to look at reviews both good and bad on many products before making a purchase. Not sure if this means I'm careful or a sheep. :/

      Regarding the podcast, it sounds like a great idea.

      Which, made me think of a question for you about podcasts.

      Specifically regarding voices and when, if ever, a person should bring in a reader to do their podcast. I say this because I listen to audio books regularly and some of the people reading are excellent and some are so bad I can't bear to listen to them. They tend to have nasal voices or sound like they need to blow their nose. Then there are also the people who mispronounce words!

      Congratulations on reaching your 90th mailbag, that in itself is a great accomplishment.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I love reading your comments. The voice of experience carries a great deal of weight with me, so thanks as always....podcasting is hot!!! I love it and now I'm more encouraged.Thank you for that.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you made me laugh with the "blow their nose" line. I know what you're saying. My wife listens to a great many audio books and I've heard some that sounded ridiculous....anyway, great question and I'll have an answer for you next Monday. Thank you!

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      Buildreps 12 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, Bill. Thanks for answering my questions, you're so attentive with this. Is that the reason you're surrounded with a bevy of loyal followers? (Just safe this one in case you lack questions:))

      I think you're right with your attitude to answering on reviews. Somehow it doesn't feel right to respond on reviews on Amazon. Maybe is that because a writer just has to swallow every review/comment - either good or bad.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I just stopped in to read what people are thinking and talking about. Good to see writers are still asking questions and you are taking the time to answer. Awesome!

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      Shaloo Walia 12 months ago

      Podcasts seem to be a great idea for marketing. Again a very informative hub!

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      MizBejabbers 12 months ago

      Good afternoon, Bill, I loved Mary’s questions about the reviews. I do read book reviews before I select something to invest money and time in. I was suckered for years on Amazon by paid reviewers. Now I try to identify them, but it isn’t always possible unless somebody posts “Read my other 220 reviews.” Why would somebody write that many unless he’s being paid? I’ve also seen writers on HP use it as a ploy to get reads and comments. When they put in the title or in the summary, you know they are trying to drum up readers.

      Blond Logic's comment on the audio books is right on. I had a friend whose mother used to read for Books for the Blind years ago, and they furnished her with a low-priced tape recorder to read the books on. She was very good, by the way. She loved to visit her son at work because we would set her up in a vacant production room and she would read with real professional equipment.

      A podcast seems to be the way to go nowadays. My husband did his own on Native American flutes for a couple of years, and then he was invited to join a much bigger group. I can’t tell you how much his head has swelled since then. Try it, you might like it! So much for this cold, windy day here. Hope you are keeping warm.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Buildreps. A bevy of loyal followers? I'm a lucky man, my friend. I've always tried to make this a personal journey for me, to allow people to know me as a real human being...maybe that's it. :)

      Reviews? I really don't have much of an answer on that. I just chose not to comment on Amazon....no logic behind that choice.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate you as always, Ruby! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Swalia. I do think I'll give them a try.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, it's not cold here, but it is wet, and I, for one, am tired of wet.

      Podcasts....I will try it and I suspect I'll like it. You can bet I'll tell everyone about it once I've done my friend.

      Thanks for the comment about reviews...I agree. :)

      Happy Monday to you!

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      manatita44 12 months ago from london

      First, the marketing question. I hate the stuff so won't say too much. About a year ago, I noticed that the marketing Publishers SHPRA (I think I spelt it wrong), used a video style type of marketing. It's basically like a slick video reviewing and promoting the book, and if done well, covers a great deal in 5-10 mins.

      They also link it in such a way so that it pops up regularly. Recently, I've seen others using the same technigue in very flashy and professional ways on video.

      To Mary I'd say that I use friends for reviews. People who are so close that they send me what they write and are willing to accept minimal changes. But yes, some will write directly on your site. A few being good but among others, also with good intentions, some are not good. Purely because they are not writers.

      Ten to go Bro. Hang on in there. Much Peace.

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      Bill De Giulio 12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Interesting questions. One that struck me was the question on commenting. Like you, I try to respond to all comments here on HubPages. However, I have a couple of hubs that get some irate and negative comments regarding tennis players and my ranking them. I have reached the point where I no longer comment on those hubs. I let readers give their opinion and leave it at that. Anyway, great job as usual. Have a great week.

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      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday again, Bill,

      Mary did have great questions and I agree with you on the conflict of interest in getting something in return to review a book. Also, I'm with you on the author not commenting on reviews on Amazon and such, but HubPages is a whole different ballgame and I respond to each comment.

      Short and sweet mailbag here.

      I did have a question for you but it has left me at the moment. LOL

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All good thoughts, Manatita. Just between you and me, I hate marketing too, and I went to college for it. LOL

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I don't do negative comments and the only way I respond to them is to thank them for the comment. I won't engage with them at all...that's just me, but when I signed on with HP I was under the impression it was a sight where writers supported writers. Silly me!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'll save you a spot in next week's Mailbag just in case you remember the question. :)

      As always, you are greatly appreciated. Have a superb week, my friend.

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      Mary Norton 12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Short this one maybe, I like it. It gives me space to think and digest the answers. I enjoy podcasts Bill and I hope you will soon have a series.

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      I have a mentally ill relative who wrote a book and wanted me to write the intro and a review and do a rush job on it no less in order to meet some false deadline. I ended up wiggling out of it, having never agreed to do it in the first place. (I did mention his mental illness, right?) Well, that book had so many f-bombs and claims of presidential brushes with history and other fame that I know he is on some Secret Service list now. Be very careful who you review and how your name is used. When I read his free ebook I could not bring myself to leave even a review. It was a no win situation.

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      William Leverne Smith 12 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Guess my comment from a few hours ago just got lost in space.

      Story of my life. Perhaps it is for the best. It was very positive, of course!! ;-)

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      Nithya Venkat 12 months ago from Dubai

      The podcast is a great idea, and many people will subscribe to your podcast because of the loads of information you generously share. Another great installment.

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      Linda Crampton 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think the podcast is a wonderful idea, too. Good luck with your marketing, Bill.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for more marketing information and especially for including the videos. Best to you and keep it going!

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      Brian Leekley 12 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      About podcasts and old radio shows, are you familiar with blogtalkradio.com?

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      Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

      wow 90 packages you delivered... I bet if I didn't stop by to read your helpful replies to questions I'd be at level 2 commentator... and for that alone thank you.. Really got a lot from the continuing question and reply thanks Billybuc.. see you over that 100 watermark..:)

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Short is cool. And that brings me right to my question. Multiple short paragraphs. I get the basic concept of a paragraph beginning and ending in a separate chain of thought. But I see styles of writing where almost every sentence is a paragraph. What up with that? Is it legal?

      Or should I write:

      What up with that?

      Is it legal?

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      Brian Leekley 12 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Comment for Ericdierker -- A paragraph is like a flower bouquet or a dining setting. Small or large, minimalist or ornate, it's all legal. It's a matter of style and effect.

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      Colin Garrow 12 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      All good stuff, Bill - particularly like the idea of pod-casting. I think that's something we're all going to have to get to grips with in the near future, if we don't want to get left behind!

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      social thoughts 12 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bill!

      I like the reviews question. As I've brought up before, the ex of mine that self-published books that I feel were written without much thought received positive reviews online by his friends who had either been given a book or bought them just because of friendship. It made me wonder if we had read the same book. I guess that also goes in the same category as certain popular books, these days, which are poorly written, but deeply loved by many just for popularity's sake.

      I wonder, now, how many reviews it would take to be noticed; however, I had a thought. It may not be reviews, but rather suggested books. Perhaps, the best gateway to success is through that old "Buyers who bought (this) also purchased (this book)?" I just wanted to throw that out there!

      I will see you on here, next week!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aesta. I'll certainly consider doing it as soon as I find the time.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, that would be a funny story if it weren't true...as it is, it's a bit frightening. Good decision on your part.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It happens periodically, Bill. It just happened to me yesterday....aggravating at best. :) Thanks for returning and trying again.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I'm seriously considering it.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. It helps to get feedback from all of you.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will for sure, Dora.Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am familiar with it, Brian. I took a look at it last year...and I'm still considering it. Thanks for mentioning it.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I never thought of that, Frank. I'm providing a service for all those who want to raise their commenting levels. LOL Thanks for the chuckle.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is legal, Eric? I'm laughing too hard to answer. Check back in Monday's Mailbag, and thanks.

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      Chris Desatoff 12 months ago from USA

      Hey Bill,

      Not sure what happened with the comment on your blog, but I did get a response show up in my email.

      Anyway, for anyone else following along...

      I've started drawing two newspaper-style comic strips lately -- "The Dinkledorfs" and "Attack Of The Words" -- and am considering how to market my work, make money, etc. Print industries are changing so much, so rapidly, so I've been thinking about how the Internet and digital technology are changing the game for arstists and other creatives.

      My current thinking is that I might actually not even look at my comic strips as the products themselves. I'm thinking of my cartoons as mini-advertisements from which I will try to sell physical products on my blog -- things like coffee mugs, t-shirts, printed books, stickers, etc. So, like Charles Schultz with the Peanuts franchise, I would try to get my comic strips out there to the masses, and hopefully many of them will love my characters and purchase related products.

      I think my childhood is my inspiration for this.

      I remember coming home from school every day, plopping down in front of the tv and watching GI Joe, Transformers and other cartoons for as long as I could before my mom made me stop and go do homework or whatever.

      So I was thinking about those cartoon shows. They must have been expensive to make. They were certainly worth money. Yet, I got to watch them for free! Not only me, but all the kids my age were watching these cartoons for free!

      And I began to think, why would the company who made the cartoons just let everyone watch them for free? How could they possibly make any money?

      But if you took a peek into my bedroom back in those days, you'd see it instantly! My floor had GI Joe and Transformers toys strewn all over the place. Posters on the wall, t-shirts in my closet. Comic books on my desk. The merchandise was EVERYWHERE!

      I think those guys knew what they were doing =)

      Anyway, that's what got me thinking about letting people post my little comic strips on their blogs/hubs/social media for free -- to get that exposure and hopefully start to generate some demand. And then, when fans of my comics start coming around to my website, voila! Products for sale.

      Aloha,

      Chris Desatoff

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      Cynthia B Turner 12 months ago from Georgia

      Hi Bill, Good advice and information, as usual. I will be very interested in how your podcast creation works out. I love The Prairie Home Companion as well and something similar for you should be ideal. I'll stay tuned for when you are up and running! Take care.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect, Brian!

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Colin! Like it or not, social media is the new marketing strategy...the good news is it is inexpensive....now if I can just learn it all.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I love that thought on the books...I hadn't thought of that but you may be right on....thanks for mentioning that....there is definitely a lot of junk out there, but such is the nature of self-publishing.

      See you next week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thanks for posting this again. I suspect I lost it by accident by pushing the wrong button somewhere on this keyboard. Sigh! Anyway, I'll talk about this in next Monday's Mailbag.

      Aloha, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Big project for this old man, Cyndi, but I will try it as time allows. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will definitely let you know when it is up and running.

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      Michael-Milec 12 months ago

      " I respond to every comment on HubPages…”William D.Holland (aka billibuc) - and you my friend are doing it very graciously.

      Blessing always.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael my friend....friendship is sacred to me.

      Pax vobiscum!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 12 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I seriously love this educational series Bill. Thanks for keeping it going.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Rajan and I thank you very much.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 12 months ago from Philippines

      Dear Mr. Bill,

      I really love your Writer's Mailbag series. I learn so much from it, and keep hoping that someday by reading your mailbag and writing tips for books, that I will find the courage to really work on something good and then try to find the courage to publish it. Thank you so much for always doing everything with welcoming grace and making my day a bit brighter because i read something you wrote. Maybe someday....I will be brave.

      Yours sincerely,

      Mona

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      Deb Hirt 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      These were all superb questions. I have something to ad regarding the free book. I did the reading, gave my opinion/suggestions, and without even knowing it, I was rewarded with books. I appreciated the kindness, as I did it for a friend, of course, which never had the opportunity to influence my opinion. I think opinions should be taken from those that you know are impartial folks.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, that was sweet of you, and you are very welcome. Best wishes to you, and Happy Easter to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, Deb. Thank you for adding that....and, of course, I totally agree with you.

      Happy Easter, Deb!

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      Lawrence Hebb 12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Awesome material here. With regard to Mary's question I looked on some sites a few weeks ago about marketing tips for ebooks and that was the first suggestion on a few of them!

      They did say though that 'demanding' a review was wrong but the writer could ask for them, they also suggested that new writers 'give' their books away (say as a promotion giving the first x amount)

      I'm still undecided on those, but I've got a few weeks before I'll be ready to publish.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, thanks for sharing that....and best wishes when the publication time comes.

      bill

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