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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment One-Hundred and Seventeen

Updated on September 26, 2016

My Cup Overflows

We have a bounty of riches today. I could have broken this up into two Mailbags, but everyone was so kind about asking questions in a timely manner that I decided to just cram all the questions into one bag….so let’s get to it. There really are some great questions this week.

WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?

From Linda: “Hi Bill - My question is on how and when to stop writing that great novel. When do you know that you've said enough? Assuming that your characters are 'real' (they are to you, and should be to your readers if you've done your job as an author), when do you decide that the final chapter is indeed the final chapter? In real life there is never any real end--a time when you can just tie a bow on it and all the world's problems are gone. So in a well-told story, do you leave your audience wondering, reaching their own conclusions? I think one of the simplest and most beautiful examples of this is The Giver by Lois Lowry. There is no conclusion, just ambiguity and 'hopefulness'.”

Linda, what a great question this is. I wish I had a simple answer, but I don’t.

I write mostly series, so my stories never really end in the classic sense. I always leave the door open for another book and never totally tuck my characters to bed. But, in an individual book, it is always a good idea to bring conclusion to the main conflict, and also tie up loose ends with secondary conflicts (subplots) that you added to your book. I agree with you, in the hands of an excellent writer, having no conclusion can be beautifully done….but…that requires considerable talent, and I don’t see that much “excellence” in the literary world today.

So, for me, I wrap up all plots and subplots, add one final chapter to cool down and tuck my readers in for the night, and call it quits.

Now you owe me a pumpkin latte! LOL

Welcome to the Mail Room
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Changing Hp User Name

From Christy Kirwan of HP in response to a question last week: “Hi Bill, Thanks for your email. To answer your question, it depends on whether her real name is her username that she signed up with or the name she placed in the "Real Name" field of her profile.

“If it is her username, unfortunately there is no way to change a username once it has been created, though she is always welcome to create a new account, move her Hubs, and close the existing account. Her Hubs will lose their history with Google which can cause traffic loss, but we still recommend this in cases where the writer is the victim of stalking or other situations where having her identity public may cause risk or harm.

“On the other hand, if she is referring to the name she has entered into the "Real Name" field of her profile page, she is welcome to change it to a pseudonym. We will still have the name on file that she included with her tax information, but we keep that private and never reveal that information publicly. She can simply edit her profile and change what shows up in the "Real Name" field to the desired name of her choice, and the name that shows up most prominently on her profile will change to the new one.

“Hopefully that answers your (and her) question and please let me know if anything isn't clear or if there's anything else she needs to know. :)”

It does answer my question, Christy, and I appreciate you taking the time to weigh in on it.

TWO ABOUT PUBLISHING

From Kailey: “Joy's question is one I can relate to. I know you aren't a fan of pen names, but I'm with her on this one. No offense, my friend. Speaking of which, since I am considering publishing on Amazon, and you know how opinionated I am, do you think it may be best to divide my work between my legal name and a pen name?”

Kailey, it’s a great question without a great answer. As soon as I give my opinion on this, someone will prove me wrong. I believe it’s always best to publish everything you write under one name, whether that be your legal name or your pen name. In a world of Google searches, I see no reason to further muddy the waters. Having said that, I’m sure there are examples of successful writers who have done both and done quite well, so there you go.

And now for Kailey’s second question…..

“I have been wondering about another matter. How does each author of historical nonfiction attain the photographs for their books? With all of the copyrights, I'm lost as to how it's possible, beyond paying enough money before the book has even been released.”

Photographs are protected under copyright laws, Kailey, just like writing, and that copyright lasts the life of the photographer plus seventy years. If a photograph falls outside of that seventy year boundary, then it is public domain. If it doesn’t, the use of the photograph requires permission from the photographer.

Copyright laws are specific and yet they have a ton of gray area, and courts are constantly re-forming those laws. There are four main considerations when determining copyright law: 1) the purpose of the use; 2) the nature of the copyright work; 3) the amount of the portion used; and 4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for the copyrighted work.

Confused? When in doubt, get permission, but if the photo is old, and I mean really old, like some Civil War photo, don’t worry about it.

I took this picture.  Is it protected by copyright law?
I took this picture. Is it protected by copyright law? | Source

Back to Niume

From Buildreps: “I'm going to ask you a question about Niume if you allow me. :) When you subscribe on Niume you must choose some spheres, which I did. Then I wrote a small article, and had to choose for a sphere. I realized I didn't choose the right sphere for this specific article. I could not figure out how to add a new sphere to the already existing spheres. Have you any idea?”

It really is pretty easy, Buildreps. Go to the Niume home page right now and click on one of the spheres available near the top of the page, one you do not currently have on your dashboard. Once that sphere opens up you’ll see a link that says “join sphere.” Just click on that and you’ll have added a new sphere.

A DUCK BY ANY OTHER NAME

From MizB: “Now I have a question. When you write for more than one website, can you do different versions of the same subject? I notice that HP’s computers pick up language duplication, so it seems to me that a person might have a difficult time getting around that.”

MizB, it’s a question a lot of people have, so let’s try to clarify.

When doing similar subject matter, you have to make darned sure you are really, really changing up the wording. Those Google gods and HP computers are pretty good at spotting duplications. My suggestion, quite frankly, is to just not do it, or kill the article on HP and just transfer it to a new site, which brings us to the next question in the Mailbag…..

Back to Niume

From Genise: “I know you’ve moved a couple articles from HP to Niume. May I ask, do you think this does any good at all? What is the point of taking a low-volume article and reposting it somewhere else? Also, does this signal a slow moving-away from HP by you? I know quite a few people would be disappointed if that were to happen.”

I wish, Genise, I could put that final question to bed permanently, but I seem to be unable to do so. I’m not leaving HubPages! I love my friends there and I want to remain a symbol of support and friendship for them.

Having said that, if an article is dying a slow death on HP, why wouldn’t I want to move it to another site? What can it hurt? It can only help in my opinion. I’m offering that article to a new set of people, thus increasing the exposure, not only of the article, but of me as a writer.

I’m currently involved in four writing sites, HP, Niume, the Creative Exiles, and HitRecord, and I think that is a smart marketing and professional strategy.

DECENT PAY ON CONTENT SITES

From Rasma: “More interesting things I learned here and more things to take into consideration. Personally right now I love NIUMI time will tell how far and well I can go. Here is a question - are there any sites that offer content writers decent pay? I do content writing but at present I am not making too much. I love writing for three paying sites I am part of Elite Writers, NIUMI and myLot but I sure could use a site where I could at least make a quicker turnover and get paid say every week or so.”

Rasma, if there is such a site, I’m unaware of it. I wish I had better news for you, but I don’t. The very nature of content sites is that the site management will make a lot of money while the writers make pennies. Surely you’ve come to recognize that by now. I have had to push aside thoughts of making decent money on those sites, and concentrate on the thought that I am increasing my exposure as a writer and thus increasing the size of my professional platform.

Lots of readers but little money to show for it?
Lots of readers but little money to show for it? | Source

All your questions answered in my writing non-fiction book

What’s Good or Bad?

From Audrey: “Question. My current total for page views is 1,913,306. I'm pretty close to 2 million and don't have a clue as to whether this number is 'good or bad' especially after 6 years of hard work. I'm considering jumping on board with another writing website in the hopes of bringing in more income. What's your opinion? (You can answer this in the next mailbag if you like.) Or maybe this question isn't appropriate. I'm beginning to get discouraged with the pay-out here on HP.”

Sheez, Audrey, you’re just beginning to get discouraged with the HP payout? LOL

Okay, I’m sorry I laughed, but that struck me as funny. I’ve been with HP for five years now, and I knew early on I wasn’t going to make much money at this online writing thing….but the thing is, Audrey, some people do quite well. I’m blown away that you are almost at two million views. I haven’t hit one million yet, so congratulations. Most of your articles are about singing, are they not? To me that’s a topic that should do well with search engines. In my opinion you’ve got two choices….either re-work the articles and repost them on HP, hoping that does the trick in increasing traffic, or delete them from HP and repost them on a different site, like NIUME. If it were me, and it currently is, I’d do a little of both. Take your worst HP articles, tweak them a bit, and post them on NIUME, or some other site. Leave the articles that do well on HP. See if that doesn’t help and again, congratulations on the two million views! I’m slightly jealous.

One final note: payouts and views have drastically increased on HP over the last month, so maybe you have Option Three: just hang in there.

Hey, you should write a book! LOL That’s a private joke between Audrey and me, by the way.

THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK

We are way over the word count for this week. Thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you read them all because there were some great questions this week.

Again, if you have a question, either include it in the comments below, or email me at holland1145@yahoo.com.

And be looking for the next in my Shadow series, “Shadows Over A Hangman’s Noose,” coming out in November….just in time for Christmas presents. I’ll keep updating this on my website.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 5 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy to see you back here and the site finally up and running again. Love that you had so many great questions to once again answer and give your insight to this Monday. Have wonderful week ahead now!! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      Interesting answers Bill, and so helpful as always, I will have to take a look at Niume. I tend to write occasionally for blogger, but that is a complete waste of time to be completely honest, here I have double my money! Ooh sounds great doesn't it? LOL! not much to double I am afraid, but not gonna knock it as it now pays a few bills a month! great stuff! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I just knew you'd be first in line to comment. Thank you dear friend, and Happy Late Monday to you!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A couple bills, Nell? That's better than I'm doing. Well done my friend. Tell me your secret, please. LOL

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      Joyce A Fischer 5 months ago from Thailand

      So, it's still not clear what's going on with the name thing. Why would I want to change my Real Name? Isn't the User Name what should appear on anything you publish? And why wouldn't my real name be the name on my tax information? That answer didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It's a strange attitude for an online publisher. I think I'll just leave well enough alone for now.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      For some reason a quiet morning. So I got right on this. Excellent.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well the Mailbag has a new lease on life, Bill, which is good for all concerned. A great bunch of questions this week. In regard to the continuing question about pen names. Some famous authors who also use or have used pen names: Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, and Stephen King/Richard Bachman. I am sure there are plenty more as well. As for moving stuff to other sites. I have moved a couple of hubs that were no longer getting views or traffic to the Creative Exiles, and vice versa..I have moved a couple from there to here recently to get more views from a different audience. Have a great week.

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      Linda Lum 5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Happy Monday and glad HP finally woke up. Thank you for addressing my question. Although what you said is valid, I find that too few authors really know how to do this well.

      I'm often frustrated (no, actually pissed off) by authors who wait till the final chapter and then tie up all of the loose ends. It's as though they get tired of writing (or maybe they've hit that magic number of 10,000 words) and so they make a mad dash for the exit sign. That's really cheating the reader who stuck with you for the past 300 pages. Just my opinion.

      Oh, and what size latte do you want?

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      Melissa Propp 5 months ago from Minnesota

      Good morning and Happy Monday Bill! That was a great mailbag to kick off my week, so thank you! I am anxiously waiting for Nov for your book, but until then--I'll just enjoy this beautiful fall weather we're having.

      Have a great week!

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      Denise McGill 5 months ago from Fresno CA

      I just love all the interesting and thoughtful questions asked here. It is a treat every Monday! And I always feel somewhat engaged and want to help with an answer. Like the pseudonym question... My favorite story about an author who didn't use his real name is Ted Geisel (or you know him as Dr Seuss). At the time he was working as an advertising artist for Fisk Tires (they since went out of business but I don't think that's Dr Seuss's fault... haha). He has signed a 5 year contract not to work for any other companies while advertising for Fisk but things were getting tight and he needed more income. So he finished a children's book he had been working on. Just before sending it off he got to thinking that writing and illustrating a children's book may be a violation of his contract with Fisk so he decided to use his mother's maiden name instead of his own. We artists know very little about legal stuff without hiring a lawyer. Anyway, it turned out illustrating a children's book was in no way violating his contract but by then the pseudonym Dr Seuss had already caught on and he kept it. Later he published a few books under another name. He felt that Dr Seuss was well known for writing and illustrating both, so after hiring an assistant who did the illustrations for him he felt using the Dr Seuss name would be cheating the public of something they came to expect. Now, he thought, was time to use his real name. However, we artists are also a little backwards and, yes, twisted so he used his real name backwards. If you should see a children's book by Theo Lesieg, it is really written by Dr Seuss but illustrated by someone else. I'm not sure the Theo Lesieg pseudonym became as great as Dr Seuss but it is out there quite a bit.

      It seems to me if you want to use two different pseudonyms it should have a real reason, different genre or style or something like that. That makes perfect sense to me.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Joyce, maybe I'm not understanding your situation. In my opinion, one should use their real name whenever publishing something, and I'd venture to guess in at least 75% of the articles and books written, that is the case.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I'm glad to hear that, Eric. Enjoy the quiet.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And John, I think that's the correct approach to this online writing. Maybe a change of scenery is exactly what a story or article needs.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, 16 oz will be fine. LOL And I agree with you, there are few authors who do that well....and I've seen some famous authors who do not do it well....so there you go!

      Thanks, as always.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa! Beautiful fall day here as well and I'll take it. Let's hope for November. Every time I post a projection date I'm wrong. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Denise, for sharing that great story, and I totally agree with your summation at the end. It's not something I would do, but I understand doing it for the reasons you mentioned.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful Q-A session again!

      The answer by Christy is quite informative . Other fellow hubbers have also asked relevant questions and your answers as usual are always helpful.

      Thanks again!

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      Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting questions and intelligent answers. Some of them entertaining also. Overall a beautiful mailbag. And that HitRecord TV. Thank you, Bill, for sticking with us and confirming that.

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      Buildreps 5 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for answering so many questions, Bill. That guy Buildreps must be some dumb dude. :) Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan! It's always a pleasure when you visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, you are all my extended family, and I always stick with family. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There must be two Buildreps because the one I know is quite intelligent. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      I spend most of the day just promoting some on different sites, not that good but better than nothing! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Definitely better than nothing, Nell. LOL You make me laugh and for that I thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Good for Audrey! It's hard to tell what is successful on HP so I just use my own measures of what's important to me -- views, payout. Things are picking up so maybe Audrey should take a fresh look at some of her hubs and retool them with hopes of getting more of them on the niche sites, promote them on social media, etc.

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      MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      Thanks for answering my question, Bill. That's what I thought. I also like the idea of taking our less or no-paying hubs, like those that have been shelved, and moving them to another website, deleting them from here, of course. I had been hesitant to do that because it does cut down on the number of published hubs, but I don't guess that matters anyway. See you next Monday! Have a good week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's certainly an option, Flourish, and yes, things are looking up on HP. Hopefully it will last.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks MizB, and a great week to you as well. I appreciate the question, my friend.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 5 months ago from Norfolk

      Having joined Niume a few days ago I am delighted to say that I am enjoying it and am pleased with the results so far. It has been nice to dip my fingers into fresh waters and it is even beginning to earn a little income. I have you to thank for that Billy because I might not have known about it had you not mentioned it on Writers Mailbag. I do think it will be a great site for photographers in particular. I feel quite excited about it.

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      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      Just dipping my toes into the pool of Niume, if I get stuck I will be hairing over here to ask for help! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm very happy to hear that, Sally. I hope it serves you well and I agree about the photography opportunities.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I'm late getting over to your new article but I promise, I'll get there eventually.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I signed up for Niume but haven't written anything yet. I am writing on TCE site. After my hubs are unfeatured, I put the on the site, after all some of the writers have never read them because they are not HP members. I'm a happy camper knowing you are going to stay on HP!

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      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      Thanks Bill!

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Some very interesting questions indeed. I remain on my lazy bum and still have not gone fully into this writing thing. I have two books waiting and I have appealed to God for 48 hours a day, but he says that He can only grant me 25. Not enough.

      Very nice questions indeed and in knowing how people chop and change as necessary. Much Love.

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      Glenis Rix 5 months ago from UK

      You have mentioned some content sites that I was unaware of, being a newbie to content writing, so thanks for the leads. I'm enjoying writing for Hub Pages - though it does sometimes feel like a lot of hours of writing for little return.

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      Kristen Howe 5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, great mailbag as always with great answers. I never heard of Niume and I can relate to the duplication message I had gotten in a couple of articles from here at HP. Good for you for doing more than one writing websites. I do make good money over at Upwork these days. I might ask you a question in the fall one of these days.

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      Brian Leekley 5 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Back in the mid 1970s, in a big city, I worked for a little book publishing company as a combination copy editor, office manager, babysitter, and errand runner. When they were getting a pictorial book on local history ready to publish, I was sent numerous times to the picture collection of the public library. I traced down whom to contact to get permission to use a desired image. I don't recall anyone not nicely agreeing to let us use an image, but my memory isn't reliable. The published book had a page of photo credits.

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      Brian Leekley 5 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I've been reading high quality articles on a site called Medium. As best I can determine, it does not pay writers anything. Is the exposure worth the no pay? Or have Medium writers just not heard of HubPages? Or what do you speculate does motivate them to submit articles to Medium?

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      social thoughts 5 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bill!

      Linda's question reminds me of the difference between writing an essay in high school vs. college. In high school, the conclusion is basically a summary. In college, it's the first paragraph of what would be an entirely new essay. I think that works with novels, too. :)

      Thank you for answering my questions! As usual, you have given me a lot to contemplate!

      I hope your week goes well!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I think that's the wise way to go about it, Ruby, and believe me, I'm very happy I'm still at HP because of you and others. Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Nell!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, you need to ask God with a little more sugar in your voice. LOL I have had 48 hours for quite some time now. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenis, generally speaking, for a great many on this site, it is a lot of hours for little return. If you write the kinds of articles that do well on Google, you still need to put in a good year, maybe two, before you see a decent return. Best wishes!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen. I'll have to go check out Upwork soon after that mention.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for mentioning that, Brian. I think it's just best to play it safe and get permission if at all possible.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I will go check out the site and give you my answer next Monday. Thanks for the tip.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, for some reason, or a ton of reasons, I relate to you very well. Maybe some day we'll be able to sit down over a coffee and chat like old friends. I would like that.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Brian mentioned, Medium. I am a member there but so far have never written an article there yet, however most of the writing there is diverse and of very high quality. It is owned by the person who started Twitter apparently and as far as I know doesn't pay writers but is stylish and seems to give high exposure. I look forward to reading what else you find out about it.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 5 months ago

      Love reading your mailbags again :) I agree with not entirely concluding a book/writing. Leaving some things unsaid, feelings and situations unattended, are all close to real life endings...

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      Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always interesting.

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      Kristen Howe 5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Go for it Bill. Let me know if you have any questions.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for the answer however disappointing Bill. I am content with what I do and I really enjoy writing so I will just keep on doing what makes me happy. Thank you so much for reminding me of HitRecords. Joined that site too and it got lost in the shuffle. I will now return to it also. BTW I just love how things are going for me on NIUMI and speaking of which I do the smart thing now. I subscribe to the people who subscribe to me and of course check out their posts before hand. My question here is - are they going to send me an email when my any one of my subscribers posts something new? I attempt to post on there every week in various spheres but I haven't had any notice of anything new from those I subscribe to.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, John, I'm curious what I'm going to find as well...there is another site other than that I have to check out....Upwork!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sara, it's always nice to have you visit. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a lot, Larry!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will, Kristen. I'll check it out this afternoon.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nor have I, Rasma, and I finally figured out why....stay tuned!

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Hi Bill, have you heard of WriterAccess? People like Rasma might be interested in checking them out. I used to write for them. If you aren't constrained by time and can make deadlines easily, it's a fairly good site, as far as content writing goes.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have not heard of them, Shannon, but I'll check it out just for the heck of it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Joyce A Fischer 5 months ago from Thailand

      I just wanted to weigh in on copyright free image. This has been frustrating for me, as well. I prefer to use my own images, but do not have a good camera. Besides, sometimes you just don't have the right image.

      What I have found that helps is to filter images on Google. Go to images, drop down to usage rights, and choose labeled for reuse. This will filter out most images you can't use. Also, if I see an image I like when I am doing research, I always follow it back to the original site. If it's royalty free or copyright free there you have an option. Websites like wikipedia are great. If you click on the image all the documentation information you need pops up and you can use that to document the image on your article.

      I hope that helps.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Pay on that site is according the level of writing they classify the writer as and is per word. Also, newbies can't take as many assignments until they prove themselves. Then the amount of assignments that can be accepted at any given time increases.

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      Joyce A Fischer 5 months ago from Thailand

      Shanmarie, which site are you referring to? The responses aren't linked to each other like on some sites and several writers' websites have been mentioned.

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      Linda Crampton 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      As always, this is an interesting and useful edition of the Mailbag, Bill. It's a great series.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's bound to help, Joyce, so thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for chiming in, Shannon.....you're saving me doing research, and I'm always a fan of that.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you like it,Alicia, cuz I like you being here. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 5 months ago from Massachusetts

      A great week for the mailbag Bill. This Niume site seems to be generating a lot of interest here, I will have to check it out. Audrey's view count is very impressive. Do you know if HP has a list of total views by Hubber? I have always wondered how other writers do also?

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for always being here, Bill. As far as I know there is no list of total views....I guess I could ask to find out, right?

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      Nithya Venkat 5 months ago from Dubai

      Interesting questions and answers. It would be great if writers could get a decent and regular income from online writing sites, but that is a dream world in current circumstances. Hope things improve.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is a dream world, Vellur, but hey, it's free to dream. :)

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      Wow, a bulging Monday Mailbag! This is wonderful, Bill.

      I think you are spot on about the pay with content sites and the best aspect being exposure as a writer. Google is the "god" of the Internet, and all of these writing sites must bow to it, I'm assuming

      : ) ...

      Your idea about slow moving hubs here on HP being moved to other sites, is worth a shot, being ...what do you have to lose? Great idea!

      I'm sorry I'm just now arriving to the Mailbag for this week ...it's been one of those weeks LOL.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      I was wondering what to do with the hubs that have fallen in the black hole and are rarely viewed. Perhaps Niume can breathe life into some of them. Is there a 'magic' word count over on Niume? When I was browsing, I saw some articles that seemed like mainly photographs.

      In this instant gratification world we live in, where people want to see a 'Pln' or read a 'tweet' of only 140 characters I wonder if shorter is better.

      Glad to see a bursting mailbag again.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you never have to apologize for being here, late or on time. I'm just so grateful that we are friends. Thank you dear lady.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Mary! Give Niume a try. Shorter is just fine over there and no, there is no magic word count over there. What do you have to lose? Exactly!

      Have a super weekend!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      I learn a bunch by hanging out on these mailbags. Thanks to you, Bill and your ardent followers!

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

      Bill, thank you for the great feedback/answers to questions from your readers.

      This is worthwhile information and you are appreciated.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I like that, my ardent followers. They are for sure, and I thank you for being one of them.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Blessings to you, Shyron, and thanks always.

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      Joyce A Fischer 5 months ago from Thailand

      Here's a question for next time. Are those badges and awards meaningful in any way? I was happy to get a spotlight on my last post, although I think I only gained one or two readers. Now I have some kind of participation badge. I do try to make useful comments, but this isn't the boy scouts. So all these recognitions add up to something?

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Joyce, I'll answer this in the Mailbag in some depth, but the quick answer is NO!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 months ago from Central Florida

      Excellent mailbag this week, Bill. It's nice to see so many serious writers reaching out to you.

      I'd have to say Audrey is doing pretty well with nearing 2 million views. I've been a Hubber for 5 years now and haven't reach 161,000 yet! However, my earnings have increase tremendously since the niche sites were created, even though only five of my hubs have been moved. Since I no longer write for a living, my HP earnings are gravy - and I love gravy! I'm even more thrilled because my frequency of posting new articles has gone waaaaaay down over the past year yet my earnings are up. Pretty cool math, if you ask me.

      Bill, what is HitRecord? It sounds like something related to the music industry. Can you expound on that? Hey, I think I just asked a question for the Mailbag! LOL.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You did just ask a question for the Mailbag, Sha, and since I'm getting it ready for tomorrow's posting, I think I can slip it in real quick.

      My earnings have gone way up too, and I'm blown away by Audrey's two million views.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 months ago

      I read some answers to questions I had and that is always helpful. Pumpkin latte's are on order for you!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, I'll never turn down a pumpkin latte. Thanks for being here, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Great mailbag, this week, Bill.

      My son asked why you would use a hyphen in a sentence. What he means is would you use a hyphen to help with the pacing or the emphasis of the text. I'm pretty sure that depends on what you want your readers to experience. I know what I want to say but I'm having trouble finding the right words. Can you help a girl out? Pleeease.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the question, Zulma, and I promise you'll love the answer on Monday. Thank your son for me. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Cool. I'll pass on your thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I like his question because I've asked myself the same one in the past.....

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      Ann Carr 5 months ago from SW England

      Glad the number of questions has taken a turn for the better, bill. There are some great ones here. I've never heard of half these sites but then I don't go looking. I'm content just trotting along on HP, enjoying my writing experience. Of course, those who need to make more money are quite rightly anxious to move to more profitable pastures.

      Do you think that a good writer can make a success out of any old subject? Something really boring.... and I'm desperately trying to think of one! I know - watching paint dry! I might start a challenge but I'd like to know what you think first.

      My Saturday's coming to an end as I'm tired and still recovering from something called 'optical shingles' which I never knew existed until 4 weeks ago!

      Have a smashing Saturday and an even more stupendous Sunday, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Sunday Ann!

      I now take Saturdays completely off, so I'm always late with comments on the weekend. Sorry about that, but I know you understand.

      Optical shingles? I have to look that up. Feel better soon.

      Great question...my quick answer is yes...but I'll squeeze this into tomorrow's Mailbag with a better answer.

      Have a fabulous Sunday!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 5 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, bill. Already feeling better and back to work at the house. Just planted a Magnolia tree in the centre of the front garden, surrounded it with daffodil bulbs and soon will be grass seeding the rest of the patch. Feeling pretty good about all that!

      Have a marvellous Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It sounds, Ann, like a little slice of heaven. A job well-done, my friend.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Great stuff here, though I could get discouraged, been on HP two years and still only got just under 10k visits!

      Still that's 10k more than if I wasn't on HP!

      (Not really discouraged, having too much fun writing

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I do understand, it can be discouraging even though we love what we're doing. Hang in there, my friend.

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      Shannon 4 months ago from Texas

      Sorry, Joyce. Just saw your question. I was referring to WriterAccess, I believe. They rate their writers according to skill level and then pay is based on your rating. But you have a chance to go up in levels. They pay per word. Each assignment you take from the queue has a deadline to be turned in and is first come, first serve basis. So sometimes there is a lot of work to choose from and other times, not so much. The sites' clients can also choose to hire writers directly through their site instead of putting it in the public queue. If I recall correctly, they had a "favorites" list, which allowed the clients to make sure their requests were being handled by writers they preferred.

      Because of the very strict deadlines, I can't really handle a site like that anymore and still make enough money. I now pretty much just use Constant-Content because I can post things for sale and let others buy it as they choose. It's not guaranteed anyone will purchase, but it's not an assignment either so that's expected. However, I have control of the prices, so after the website takes their cut, I can make about the same per article as other sitea. ..usually more, though.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, thanks for coming back and adding that information. Hopefully Joyce will see it.

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