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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Ninety-One

Updated on March 28, 2016

One Step Closer to One-hundred

Nine more to go. I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series after I reach one-hundred. I guess I’ll just let all of you decide that for me.

Let’s get started and then we can all move on with our day.

Oh, someone asked about my next “Billy the Kid” novella…..I should have it published by mid-April. I still don’t have a name for it, but that’s the least of my problems.

The Mailbag welcomes all of you!
The Mailbag welcomes all of you! | Source

PODCASTS

From Mary: “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!”

This wasn’t so much a question as an excellent point.

Let me add another point to consider, especially if you are reading a section of your book that has dialogue…..have two people read the two pieces of dialogue, so there are two distinctive voices speaking to each other, like in real life. I think it is much easier for the listener to follow along when you do that.

I’m still tossing around the podcast idea. I’m sure I’ll do it but I have to find a way to juggle my time and make time, and right now that is infinitely easier to say than do.

But I will persevere!

Eric's opinion on short paragraphs!
Eric's opinion on short paragraphs! | Source

Short Paragraphs

From Eric: “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?”

In fiction, Eric, everything is legal, and all’s fair in love and war, as well.

I understand what you are saying, and I’ve seen examples of it myself. Just speaking for me, myself and I, I don’t write that way and never will, but the only reason for that is because I have developed my own rhythm and style, and a series of short sentences, or short paragraphs, do not work with my style. That isn’t to say it won’t work for others, but not for me, thank you very much.

Something to consider: the writer controls the rhythm of a story, and he/she does it by length of sentences, length of words, etc. My main concern with the style Eric is talking about is that it reads fast….there is no way to slow up the pace if you follow that short paragraph formula. Just something to think about.

This is as close as I ever got to writing a comic book.
This is as close as I ever got to writing a comic book. | Source

Comic Books

From Chris: “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 artists 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.”

Thanks Chris! For those of you reading, this is part of the “lost question” I mentioned last week. Happily Chris saw my confusion last week and sent me the question again. Actually this is just part of the earlier question…he was also trying to figure out how to market the actual comic strip.

Now I’m not familiar with marketing comic strips. I have zero experience doing so…but I do have some experience in marketing, so let’s work from that common ground.

You have to be careful not to blur the lines here. It seems to me that the comic strip is the product you start with…without name recognition, or at the very least familiarity with the comic strip, the mugs, stickers and t-shirts don’t have a prayer of selling. Your first job is to sell that comic strip….and by “sell” I mean get it out to the masses so that the masses are familiar with it. IN other words, be very careful not to put the cart before the horse.

This is a great time to be a comic strip writer, or so it seems to me. There is a rebirth of that genre. I go to the library and there is a complete section for zines, and many of those zines are of the comic book style. Now, I know nothing about how to format a comic book for self-publishing on CreateSpace, but I know it is done successfully, so do some research on that if interested.

I can sum up by saying this: I think there is a very real market out there for comic strips, and your idea of following up with promo items like mugs and t-shirts is a great one….but, in my opinion, your initial efforts must be in promoting that comic strip for all you are worth.

Good luck!

Children’s Books

From Pam: “Is it possible, in your opinion, to write a children’s book without a traditional publisher or agent, and be successful?

Yes!

Next question????

Seriously, of course it is. I have a friend in Arizona who has done quite well with three such books, and she has self-published all three…..but….

She has worked her butt off to be successful. She has scheduled readings…book signings….she has traveled to nearby cities and gotten her books into independent bookstores….she has approached local radio stations and public broadcasting stations and arranged to be interviewed….she has set up a booth at local street fairs and carnivals….

In other words, she became her own agent, publisher and marketing guru and done the hard work herself.

You can have the same success, Pam, but it requires a commitment to marketing that most writers don’t have.

Do you have it?

I hope so!

Another Short One

The questions are dribbling in as we approach one-hundred. Maybe I’m being told something. LOL

See you all next week for another installment of the Mailbag. Have a great week of writing, and I have no idea why this switched over to bold type.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Filler Material

I only need twenty more words to hit the magic 1250 for HubPages, so this is my attempt to shamelessly do so without saying a darn thing. Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm having fun, how about you?

Now I'm done!

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      Janine Huldie 16 months ago from New York, New York

      Love it and yay to the 1250 words with your funny little poem above. I also love that you are nearing 100 and can't wait to see that day. Happy Monday now, Bill!! :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine and Good Morning to you. Spring has arrived here in Olympia...sunny and warm all week....thank the gods. :) Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I also have a friend who has been working on a children's book for at least a decade. (It keeps her out of mischief). I will share your thoughts and book recommendation with her. Thanks for the information.

      (I liked your poem too--but I say twelve-fifty shmelve-fifty. Does it really matter, and I wonder what the HP bots will do about that word that I just made up?).

      Have a great week in the garden dear sir. We took down 5 trees last week and there is still much cleanup to do. (No I'm not a tree-killer. I love trees, but these were alders which are technically just weeds on steroids).

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      Melissa Propp 16 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I have trouble drawing stick figures, so I'm definitely not talking from experience, but I believe Amazon has added some kind of illustrator software for creating (or at least uploading) children's books via kdp. You might be able to use that for comics also? Again, I don't know anything about it, but I've heard from others that it works.

      Spring has sprung here, so I'm just enjoying the sunshine and looking forward to the rest of the week. Hope you also have a wonderful week!

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      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      "The sky is blue; the grass is green ..." more words for your 1250, ha ha.

      I wonder if we have the same writer in mind? She's darn good but does a lot herself, very much like you say. It's really had work and tremendous sacrifice, and loses you friends. I won't do this.

      The writers of Chicken Soup For The Soul or the Chicken Soup series did this. Now they are so internationally known, at least one is, that I guess it's not necessary any more.

      Eric's definition is an interesting one. Personally, I like your paragraph lengths. I even suggest others to have a look. Some paragraphs are so long and jumbled, they put me off! They also invariably begin to lose their meaning, or forces one to look harder.

      I've just started a new paragraph here and see no problem with this. We should make it engaging. By the way (new Paragraph?) It may be useful to stop temporarily at 100, God's willing, and continue to serve the needy, that is to say, those who run into problems from time to time and need advice. Another 'nine' to reflect on this. Much Love.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I understand about those tall weeds...been there done that. We are almost done building the new aviary in the backyard and then we'll move on to the next major project. There's always something.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa! Spring arrived here as well, thank God! We spent the weekend in the yard doing work that should have been done a week ago. Thanks for the heads-up about that software, and have a superb week.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, great comments and thoughts....random levels...1000, 1250, who really cares? I guess the answer to that question is the god we know as Google. :)

      Lots of work involved with selling our books. I don't know how much "work" I want to do at my advanced age. LOL

      blessing always

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      Mary Wickison 16 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for answering even if it wasn't a question. LOL

      It is an interesting point you make about using different voices. This hadn't occurred to me when I wrote it, because I usually listen to non-fiction audio books, but I can see your point.

      Regarding the comic strip question. I have to disagree with you regarding the selling of products. I use Zazzle where I have designs on various products and I feel this could be a great marketing platform for the comic strip. I believe Zazzle allow designers to put a link to their personal website as a means of promotion. I think it is worth considering as on their site, anyone can promote the product for you.

      Chris also touched on a question I had for you.

      Do you think that technology has made the role easier for a writer, or are we deluding ourselves? Of course it is easier to research and get a book published now but haven't we also flooded the market and created stress for ourselves with too many technological distractions.

      Do you think a writer should lock themselves in a room with a pad of paper and a pencil to create anything of worth? Isn't burnout as a writer an increasing problem?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, I love it when you have fun writing. Thanks for your continued effort to help we hubbers. I guess I'm a lazy writer because the thought of all the work required to sell a book is too much to think about, but good luck to all who are trying...

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hooray for another installment. What a joy these mailbags are. Just a personal question. Are you a writerholic? What I mean is do you find yourself always looking for that next writer fix? Sometimes I find myself being "not in the moment" because my mind is drifting off into something about writing something. I reckon that for me it is a bit of an escape. What say you?

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Mary, I'm glad you disagreed with me. I'd have serious concerns if everyone agreed with me all the time. How boring would that be? And how questionable would all of you be if you agreed constantly with me? LOL

      Thanks for your thoughts and the new questions. See you next Monday.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby. I doubt you are lazy...it's just not your thing and that's that.

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      Bill De Giulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great week for the mailbag. Counting them down, or up, to number 100. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Eric, the quick answer is no, I'm not, but I'll give you a better answer next Monday. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill! As long as I'm still breathing we will keep marching towards 100.

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      Chris Desatoff 16 months ago from USA

      "Filler Content"...oh myyyyy... =)

      Hey Bill,

      Thanks for your input to my question about marketing the comic strips. I totally agree with you about focusing on getting eyeballs on the comics as priority #1. You can't sell products that nobody knows about or cares about, and nobody will care about cartoon characters they've never seen before.

      So...drawing and promoting the strips comes first.

      But Mary had a good point, mentioning Zazzle products. I am working on putting my art on products via Zazzle too. Zazzle is awesome, because I don't have to purchase any inventory to sell. I just send readers from my website to Zazzle, and whatever they buy, Zazzle will print it up and ship it to them directly. That saves me a ton of money and time.

      Re: podcast and this Mailbag series...

      Why not combine them and continue The Writer's Mailbag as a podcast on iTunes? You already have an audience for the podcast -- us! Sure, you'll lose some people when you switch platforms from HP over to iTunes, but you'll retain some as well, and that will give you a little momentum as you get it started.

      Come to think of it, you can still repurpose the podcast -- transcribe it -- and still print it out as text and publish here on HP. It's still unique material as far as Google and HP are concerned, since the podcast isn't published as text.

      Bill, my friend, you have in your hands a very easy opportunity to DOUBLE your audience and reach with a VERY small amount of additional work.

      And...check this out...

      You still have your Youtube channel that you haven't touched in a few months. You can record a video for Youtube, grab the audio and put it up as a podcast on iTunes, then have someone on fiverr (or wherever) transcribe it for you for just a few bucks and put the text up on HubPages.

      With very little work, you can get a lot of mileage out of that same piece of content. And from each of those platforms (Youtube, iTunes and HubPages), you'll have the opportunity to drop plugs about your books on Amazon.

      That's a lot of bang for your billybuc!

      Aloha,

      Chris Desatoff

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      MizBejabbers 16 months ago

      Good to see number 91, Bill. To answer your statement that could have been a question. Your stuff turned to bold because you accidentally hit the "B" on the Text editing bar above your text while you were editing. I can easily do a bold, italics or an underline, but would you or one of your readers please tell me how to color my text. I see text in red, green or blue (not linked) other colors, and I don't know how.

      Personally, I like shorter paragraphs, probably because of my vision problems, but I agree that they shouldn't be choppy.

      Getting into the question about marketing the comic strip, Grumpy Cat (a real cat), is a good example of what Chris is wanting to do. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became a sensation when the owner's brother posted a photo of her on social media that went viral. Then people started captioning her grumpy photos. Grumpy is now a sensation on cartoons, calendars, mugs and even stuffed toys kind of like a feline Maxine. I have a Grumpy Cat mug that I just love because it expresses my morning sentiments. So Chris can see if he can get any ideas from her, however, I believe that this is probably a rare phenomenon.

      Hope you and Bev had a great Easter, my friend.

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      breakfastpop 16 months ago

      When it comes to hubs, I prefer shorter paragraphs. For that matter I prefer shorter hubs! In any case, everyone has their own voice and their own way of expressing that voice. That's what makes life interesting.

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      William Leverne Smith 16 months ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! Lots of good advice, and great comments. What more could anyone as for. Thanks for continuing to share your craft! ;-)

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      Buildreps 16 months ago from Europe

      Great to see you're also neurotic about this 1250 words, billybuc! I have some hubs that are even smaller, what to think of them? But most hubs exceed the limit of 2000 words.

      How do you think to fill up the Mondays after the 100th mailbag? Is that maybe a question for the next mailbag? I would seriously miss this series, to be honest. Have a great day, Bill!

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      If you're counting down I think it may be time to take a break. You're probably not in love with the ideas much as you were. I still enjoy the series though. And love you of course. Do what your heart tells you to.

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      mckbirdbks 16 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Are you thinking of a, "The Writer's Mailbag' book? This could be of interest. Perhaps a nightmare to edit.

      An author marketing their own title has to be close to hellish.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, so much to think about. Now, if you have a suggestion about finding the time to do all that, I'm all ears. Just the idea of putting together a podcast is daunting to this tech neophyte.....doing it correctly in a timely fashion is akin to some of Einstein's most famous discoveries....but I'll try...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'm sure there is a very simple procedure for getting color on your text....but I don't know what it is. Don't you just highlight the text and then go to the color editing tab? Honestly, I have no clue....you have officially stumped the Mailman....but I'll find an answer by next Monday. :)

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you on this, Pop....shorter is better for this boy.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Bill, but thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nah, Buildreps, I'll answer that right now....I'll probably continue this series beyond 100 as long as people want it to continue.

      I need to go read your new one...heading there shortly.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish....I'll probably continue...it gives me a chance to interact with my friends and that's never a bad thing....again, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, honestly no, I'm not even considering it, so let's pretend you didn't ask, okay? LOL

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      mckbirdbks 16 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      ok! It would be terrible to edit. And I imagine you are getting traffic like grand central here and now.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      I was especially interested in the "Short Paragraphs" section. Some authors may do it well, but I've read some that give the opposite impression: disjointed, like an unrelated thought just popped into the mind. I guess it depends on whether or not the author is good or not good. Following all the way to 100.

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      To put it plain and simple...I love "The Writer's Mailbag" and sure hope you continue with this helpful resource once you reach the 100 mark.

      I split my lip with your creative and hilarious finale. You've got to be master of filler material!

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Every mailbag hub that I read gives me new and useful ideas to think about. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. Bill.

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      Mary Norton 16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I read this suggestion about short paragraphs before but I tend to agree with you. Follow your style, go with the rhythm of your writing and I think you'll have an article people love to read. At 91, we still follow you.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, traffic has died off on HP....I still get my share, of course, but it is down. Honestly, I don't trust myself to edit....I know the rules, or most of them, but I'm a bit sloppy at remembering them when in the heat of the moment. LOL

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree, Dora. I personally think it is very hard to do. Thanks for adding that.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked that, Audrey. It was a spur of the moment thing...I saw I was thirty words short of 1250 and decided "why not?"

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad to hear that, Alicia. That's the purpose of it, so I'm glad we are on task. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Aesta...don't be something you are not.

      Thank you for still following me...I really do appreciate it.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your work helps writers and adds more encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, DDE...thank you!

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      social thoughts 16 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bill!

      I like the points made about the Podcasts. I listened to most of "The Vampire Chronicles" on tape because it's easier for my comprehension. Sometimes, it would be one person reading and other times there were multiple actors. Some were great and others were annoying. I thought times would have improved that. I'm sorry to hear this isn't the case. Boo!

      The short paragraphs question brought me back to some of my writing classes. We had exercises in which we had to mimic other writers. Sometimes, it meant writing insanely short sentences. Like you, that experience was always awkward. At the same time, I think it's worthwhile to play with our writing and expand comfort zones. :)

      I hope there are more questions. I enjoy these!!

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      Hello again, what caught my attention here Billybuc is the short paragraphs.. the question was true to form and the answer you gave ... well it satisfied.. thank you and yes we are closing in on a hundred..:) hope to still be here.. no wait.. that was Y2K... LOL

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      I just made a comment and it said it had to be approved ...I don't think I commented anything inappropriate?

      Oh, I forgot to add in my previous comment that I now understand about dialogue from one person has to be all on its own in one paragraph or even one sentence, and then when another speaks, it has to be in another paragraph by itself. I learned that the hard way.

      I am one to not do short paragraphs either, obviously.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, it's always good to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience....and I totally agree, playing with our writing and expanding our comfort zones are good things...or so I believe.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, you make me laugh. I owe you for that. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I will always approve your comments...blame it on HP always!!!!! :)

      Thanks for being here, dear friend, and blessings always!

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Well, they just did it again! I made another comment and it said it had to be approved again. Just okay it, as it is not spam. LOL I give up now ...

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't blame you, Faith. You get extra credit for trying again...thank you, dear friend.

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      Brian Leekley 16 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      You're good at giving video lectures. What if when you have reached your goal of 100 or more Writer's Mailbag hubs, you went back and added videos of your answering some of the most interesting questions? I'm thinking that would make those hubs even more interesting, thus getting even more traffic. Plus you would get YouTube fans, helping to promote your hubs and e-books.

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      You have so much knowledge to share...These mailbags are a storehouse of information for someone like me who knows nothing about self-publishing.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Brian. Bev and I are in the middle of some decisions about jobs and priorities...as soon as we determine our path, we'll know if we have the time for marketing of the sort you mentioned.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Swalia, that's the advantage of being 67 years old. I was bound to pick up a little knowledge along the way.

      Thank you so much.

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'd like to see comic strips more. I was a great fan of Calvin and Hobbs, Blondie, and even Dick Tracy. I think it has a lot going for it.

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      Very interesting set of questions this week. It's time I thought of a few more too!

      Just keep them coming, bill!

      Ann

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      Victor W. Kwok 15 months ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing all this with us, especially the last part about children's books since those are more up my alley.

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      Lawrence Hebb 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Really enjoyed this one. Eric's question was interesting for me as I was told by my 'self appointed' beta reader (my daughter) "Too many follow on sentences" in other words break the paragraphs up!

      Ah well, can't win 'em all! I'll see what I think when I do my editing.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Deb! There was some great writing in those strips you mentioned. Thanks for that.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I eagerly await your questions. Thank you so much, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, vkwok...thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I always keep in mind the flow of the writing....if it flows well then it is just perfect....if not, I have to do something to change it. :) Thanks for the visit, my friend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      Here's a question for you, bill.

      Do you ever hit panic level when there are so many things to read and so many things to write that your head is spinning and you don't know what to do next? How do you, or how would you, cope with it?

      Another one: Which writer's style do you feel the most empathy with and why?

      Just came into my head for some reason but don't feel that you have to answer them! Maybe they've been covered already but I don't remember them.

      Have a wonderful weekend, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You snuck them in at the deadline, Ann. I'll have answers for you on Monday. Thanks so much and have a stupendous weekend!

      bill

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      Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

      Informative read.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! You just can't keep an old teacher quiet.

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      I don't listed to audio books, although I know many people who do. They play them in the car when travelling (I'd rather listen to music, myself). However, I love your idea of having two or more people covering dialogue. That would be so much more interesting and fun to listen to. Or if the narrator likes to have fun with his/her voice, they could play the characters themselves. Kinda like Tyler Perry does in movies.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Sha! Bev listens to audio books while driving. I never have, but I know a great many people who do.

      Love the idea of the narrator doing many voices....might be fun...but then it might be distracting, too.

      So much to think about.

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