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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment One-Hundred and Twenty-Eight

Updated on December 12, 2016

Happy Holidays

I never know what to say about holidays anymore. I’ll just stick with Happy Holidays and if that offends someone then I’m sorry. It was not intentional.

We had our first meaningful snow yesterday, but as is the norm in Olympia, it’s already raining and about half of it has already melted. If you dream of living in a mild climate, Olympia is the place for you. We rarely do extremes here in the Pacific Northwest.

But you aren’t here for a weather report, so let’s get on to this week’s mail.

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Taking Time Off

From Ann: “A question: When Christmas arrives, do you take at least 2 days off to rest and have fun with your family? In a wider context, do you think it's a good idea to take regular time off - 'thinking' days and expeditions to see what inspiration you can find? I've realised that I'm starting to feel guilty about not writing so much, even though I know I'm going to get back to it, so I'm trying to compensate by storing up ideas as I do other work, observe my daily surroundings and travel my regular roads. What's your slant on that?”

Ann, I’m laughing when I read this. I’m forced to take breaks from writing over the Christmas holidays. There’s just too much family stuff happening and if I don’t want to offend people then I have to stop and be a part of the festivities.

Only part of that is in jest. LOL Yes, I do think it is important that we writers live life as well as write. I do grudgingly admit that I am always fresher and more creative after taking a couple days off….read that “chomping at the bit” to return to the computer.

TWO FROM MARY

From Mary: “I have a question for you. Returning to Patterson's books and his co-authors. If you were asked to do a book with him would you? I know that you have been a ghost writer but putting your name on the cover alongside someone who takes more credit, would you feel comfortable with that?

“Secondly, do you know if those who co-author with a famous person are then pigeonholed to only play as a second fiddler or do they go on to greater things as a result of their association?”

Mary is referring, by the way, to one of my pet peeves, namely that several famous writers, like James Patterson, no longer actually write their novels. They “co-author” the novel, but in reality all Patterson does is outline the novel and then give guidance while his co-author actually writes it.

I know this might sound altruistic and snobbish of me but no, I would not do it even if offered. I think it is a rotten practice on the part of Patterson and others. I think it is misleading to buyers who think Patterson actually “wrote” part of the book, and I think it is a shameful retail gimmick. Now I’m sure some will disagree with that, and I’m fine with that, but no one is going to change my opinion on that practice.

And yes, Mary, some of those co-authors have gone on to write their own books and do reasonably well. I couldn’t find any who went on to the same level of fame as Patterson, but I’m sure they aren’t complaining about the sales they did gather from that co-authorship.

Still, I wouldn’t do it. Now Mary, if you should ever want to co-author something, I would be proud to have my name on the cover alongside yours.

As a writer, you are in charge of marketing, and part of marketing is asking for writing gigs
As a writer, you are in charge of marketing, and part of marketing is asking for writing gigs | Source

More on Stop Words

From Someone (I forgot to write down the name when I copied the question lol): “I've been confused by stop words, lately. I appreciate Angela's question and your answer. :) To add to it, don't you think that trying to come up with a title and avoiding stop words can be difficult when making sure your title is unique? Perhaps, it makes it more of a challenge and I'm seeing stop words as a crutch.”

Someone (I’m so sorry I didn’t write your name down), I actually do see “avoiding stop words” as challenging, but I also see it as good practice in learning to write succinct titles without the unnecessary fluff. Now pay attention, all of you, to this next point, one I’ve made before: Not all stop words are harmful all of the time. There may be no difference in Google between using the stop word “the” and not using it in a particular search. The best way to know is simply to do the search. “The Top Ten Songs to Cry By” and “Top Ten Songs to Cry By” may produce the same Google results, in which case using the stop word “the” makes no difference. You just have to try it both ways and find out for yourself what Google prefers.

Got it?

ASKING IS THE FIRST STEP

From Lawrence: “A question for you, it kind of relates to what 'bravewarrior' says. My wife has suggested a few times I offer to write stuff for the company I work for. A couple of my colleagues have read the articles I did relating to buses and really enjoyed them (they told me, I didn't ask!) I've thought about it a couple of times, but what do you think?”

My first reaction, Lawrence, is why not? Especially if you can get a byline out of it, to me that’s a no-lose situation. Even if you can’t get a byline out of it, it’s seems like a good career move to me…as long as they like what you write, of course. LOL Lawrence, I just can’t see the downside of doing that. Maybe someone else can tell us something I might be missing but for me, I say go for it!

Some endings just won't come into focus
Some endings just won't come into focus | Source

More on Endings

From Brian: “When the ending of a novel in progress is elusive, I wonder if it would be helpful to brainstorm using a Tony Buzan mind map, starting at the center with the words What If? Would it help a fiction writer get even better at the basics to get into storytelling? I once attended a storytelling festival and was fascinated and impressed. And might storytelling be a way to make money, both from live performances and from podcasts sold to commuters and health club exercisers? Add sound effects and music to bring back radio drama as podcast drama.”

Brian, I’m all for anything that helps in the creative process, so if brainstorming using the Tony Buzan method helps, then I think it definitely should be used.

As for podcasts, I think it’s a great idea, one I’ve thought about for over a year. I think you would be targeting a reasonably small market, but that market would still be lucrative. I do think there is a place for what you are describing. I also think it would require a lot more time and effort than I’m able to give.

How about you, Brian? I’ll bet you’ve got some stories in you.

AGENTS

From Peg: “I have a question for you. What are your thoughts on seeking a literary agent for first time publishing? Do you have any experiences that you would share on this? A friend has written a book (first time author) and he believes that is the best way to go. I went for self publishing but, as you said, it's a long and lonely road.”

My thoughts, Peg, and I don’t mean this to sound flippant, are GOOD LUCK!

Ten years ago I would have said “Go for it” to an unknown author and his/her first book. Contact those agents and hope for the best, because ten years ago we lived in a different literary world. Today, however, eBooks have taken about a quarter of the book trade, and that means agents, and publishers, are more inclined to spend their time, money, and efforts on established authors. I’m not saying an unknown author has no chance of getting an agent. I’m simply saying it is much harder to do so today.

The second point to make on this matter is this: even if your friend gets an agent, the way things work in today’s world, your friend is still going to be doing the lion’s share of the promotion and marketing. That’s just the real of it.

Having said all that really, what does your friend have to lose by trying? It costs nothing to send an email/query letter to an agent and who knows, lightning may strike!

Thanks for a Great Week

I had fun and I hope you did as well. A moment of shameful self-marketing: my new novel “Shadows Over A Hangman’s Noose” is now available on Amazon and Kindle. I hope you enjoy it!

See you next week!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I love your advice always and today especially about taking breaks with the holidays. I have learned from the years I have been writing online that taking breaks, especially around the holidays is something that is not only a must for me and my family, but the perfect time as the internet is truly pretty dead during these days anyways. So, couldn't agree with you more on this. Happy Monday and as always thank you for sharing. And you can say Happy Holidays and more any day of the week to me :)

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You raise a great point, Janine, that the internet is pretty dead during the holidays, so really you are losing many views by posting at this time...thanks for sharing that, and Happy Monday to you, dear friend.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 months ago from Iowa

      Hi Bill. Wow, installment 128 of this wonderful series! Enjoy your week and your well-deserved break from writing over the holidays.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. I appreciate you finding the time to read the Mail. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I enjoyed this mailbag, Bill. I hope Lawrence does approach the company he works for to write for them. His articles about bus driving are great so I think it could be an asset for them. Have a great Christmas/Happy Holidays, whatever.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Enjoyed the mailbag once again! It seems like yesterday when you had shared your 100 th installment. Time flies indeed!

      Wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays! Do take a break and enjoy with your near and dear ones.

      Thank you!

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      Duane Townsend 3 months ago from Detroit

      Well done my friend.

      Yes, the break for the holidays is critical. Ironically, it's during the holidays that new project opportunities surface, this year is no exception.

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      Buildreps 3 months ago from Europe

      Well, I feel offended by your comment about happy holidays! LOL. We as writers are always at work and have always holidays at the same time. That is how I feel about it. But you can easily disagree. I won't feel offended :)

      Just a chitchat for this new day of the week, Bill. I wish you a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! I hope Lawrence reads your comment so he doesn't just think I'm blowing smoke at him. :) Happy Holidays my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan! You are appreciated more than you know. Happy Holidays to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Duane! New opportunities, new growth....it is all very cool indeed. Thank you, always!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No offense taken, Buildreps. I happen to think you are a very wise man. :) Enjoy your week, my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Enjoyed the questions and your nice replies. Your opinion about stop words and taking a break are much interesting and I also agree with you. Very informative mailbag as always.

      I have one question (or a doubt?). Can I share the URL linking to amazon kindle store for my book "Economics for Beginners" just recently published? I may want to share it with our hubbers. How to share it here on two of my economic hubs already there. I think, I can't use the Amazon capsule for it. So, how to do it?

      Wish you Happy Holidays in advance and Merry Christmas.

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      Denise McGill 3 months ago from Fresno CA

      Hey Bill,

      Happy Monday morning to you. First of all I have to say I agree with your opinion on co-authoring of books. Although my writing is no where near where someone would want me to write or co-author with them, to me it is like some master putting a couple strokes on a painting and my doing the rest of the portrait but the master getting the credit for the masterpiece. In the Renaissance and Middle Ages many master painters had studios where there were dozens of "apprentices" doing the lion's share of the commissions and the master only had to do the main drawing or concept. It was a place like that where daVinci's father sent the boy at 12 and after painting one of the angels on an alterpiece, the master said he would never paint again, because the apprentice da Vinci's angel was so much better than all the rest of the painting. It happens that the co-author can become more famous, but like you said, it's like lightning striking.... oh, but that was the reference to getting an agent. And on that note, getting an illustrator/artist agent is just as hard and means about as much. The illustrator still has to do all the marketing and searching for work. The agent mainly works with contracts and such. Hardly worth the 30% to 40% you have to pay them in my book. Thanks for another great mailbag.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Melissa Propp 3 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! We finally got the snow here also, but unfortunately it isn't going to melt any time soon....

      And congrats on your newest release! I have something good to read this weekend!

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      Martie Coetser 3 months ago from South Africa

      "Lightning may strike," seems to be the hope of all writers and executive artists. And 'nothing venture, nothing gain' is their premise.

      Thanks for another interesting installment if the Writer's Mailbag, billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, great question, my friend. I've never been asked that one before. Stay tuned for next Monday for the answer, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I love your input on those questions. Thank you...great reflection about daVinci. Thank you, and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa, for being here, and for buying my book. I sure hope you enjoy it.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martie! I'm still waiting for that lightning to strike....and waiting...and waiting. LOL

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bill. I sure do enjoy " The Writer's Mailbag." I save each installment. Thanks to all who contribute by sending in questions. We all learn and grow with each one which is always a nice surprise.

      Happy holidays to all and especially you, dear Bill.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      William Kovacic 3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      And thank you for another great week, Bill. There's always a bunch of knowledge floating around in the mail. Thanks for yet another week of great Q's and A's.

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your answer. Thanks for the offer to co-author, I will have to take a rain check on that one, too many irons in the fire at the moment.

      Regarding Brian's question, podcasts are great and I think they are becoming even more popular.

      Have a great week and congratulations on your book.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Audrey, I sure do enjoy you, so we're even. :) Thanks dear friend. I hope this finds you feeling better and on the road to recovery.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I agree, there is a ton of knowledge out there, if you know where to look for it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Mary, and I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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      Mel Carriere 3 months ago from San Diego California

      Lately all my time is thinking time, working 11 hour days during the holidays. I can feel the worm wriggling in my head but I have to keep him in his cage. I haven't put the proverbial pen to paper in days.

      My problem is middles, not endings. A lot of my ideas have died on the vine because I ran out of fluff to stuff in the pillowcase between the beginning and end. What says the writing sage on that?

      Wonderful work.

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      Duane Townsend 3 months ago from Detroit

      Mel Carriere...BINGO!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand the thinking time, Mel, and I also understand the stuffing of the pillowcase. Let me touch on that in next week's Mailbag. Thanks, buddy!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      For me, I write when my muse wakes up. So I have plenty off time to do other things since my muse likes to sleep for days. I used the word, the in my last piece it was the only word that made any sense for me. I wonder how Katie and Max are doing?

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      Heidi Thorne 3 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Monday! It's a snowy cold one here in CHI.

      Re: Co-authoring. The co-authoring model is also prevalent in the business arena (example: the "Guerilla Marketing" series). I totally get the potential ride-along value for the "second fiddle." But I think it alludes to a relationship with the celebrity author that may not exist. That's just me. I wouldn't do it either.

      Re: Agents. Getting an agent can be just as tough as getting a publisher. They will only take on those authors that they feel are worth representing. These days, that would mean authors that bring something to the table (usually a following) other than just a manuscript. But, heck, give it a shot.

      Re: Time Off. Santa is NOT watching whether you've been busy or bumming over the holidays. And if you're a blogger or business, your customers or followers probably aren't watching either. They're celebrating too! Arrogant to think that your work is so special people will notice your absence when they're spending time with family and friends.

      Happy Two Weeks 'Til Christmas!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      My Monday is already over but made it here anyway. More interesting things from your mailbag stored in memory. I have an interesting question for you. Every time I write up something from a certain source I always check up on a plagiarizer free checker. I am greatly thrilled when I get notified everything is just fine and of course I still add the information link. What do you think of the free checkers and can we rely on them? I have two favorites Paperrater and Quetext. The reason I am asking is that first of all I cannot afford to have a checker for money and second I am extra careful always. Did have one incident thus came the question. I checked and was informed that I pass 100% but the site I posted on said sorry needs to be rewritten. Utter confusion as you can imagine. So I would appreciate your views on this. Thank you.

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      Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma

      I wish there was a good way to let people know when you're on break. This blogging thing is fun, but like any job, a person needs time off.

      Great mailbag, and happy holidays.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      There is always something to learn from the mailbag, either through the facts you post, or just from your attitude. I like your response to the question on Patterson's practice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on installment 128 of the mailbag, Bill. This is a great series.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 months ago from Hollister, MO

      I've been enjoying mostly a break for about three or four months... but, some inspiration has returned. Fortunately, I don't need my writing to live on... I'd have staved by now... but, a break to get new inspiration and that 'urge to get back at it' is always useful... whether a few hours, days, weeks or months. One opinion. Others may vary!! P.S. Thanks for still being here for #128!!! ;-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Your remarks about Patterson have.made me take notice of that. I hadn't noticed before, as I don't read him but have noted his name is everywhere. Now I am less inclined than ever to read one of those books. Factory cookie cutter formulaic getter done books is my impression ...

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      Peg Cole 3 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the answer, Bill. I agree. What could it hurt? And what if the new author is successful in finding an agent? Wow. From what I've seen of other authors who did find publishers, they certainly did the lion's share of the work, even so.

      I always enjoy reading your tips and advice. Thanks so much.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent addition.

      Bill, what was the driving force that took you or bridged that gap between writing as solely an art form to commercialization? I most assuredly have no bias toward either although I kind of used "commercialization" to address the negative aspect of writing publicly for profit. I could just go back and read all your articles to date and see the transition phases but how about you make it easier for me.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Duane!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you'll find out tomorrow how they are doing. They called to me and I answered. :) Thank you dear frien.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I love your last point about blogging over the holidays. Arrogant for sure, and I'm going to remember that. It will be interesting to see how many other bloggers think that way.

      Thanks, as always, for an intensive response. I appreciate you.

      Stay warm and safe!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, that's a new question and I appreciate it. Thank you! Answer coming on Monday!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You raise an interesting point, Larry. Thanks for that. I have to give that some thought.

      Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you aren't the first to tell me I have an attitude. LOL I seem to remember a nun saying the same thing in Elementary School. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Alicia. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it's good having you back. I agree that a break can be very good for a writer. I can't imagine not writing for four months, but I can see the benefits of it.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, that's a great description...factory cookie cutter....that's what it looks like to me, and I do feel it's deceptive.

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Peg. It's a new publishing world out there, tougher than ever to get published and then sell.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's what this series is all about, Eric, making it easier on writers, so no problem. Answer on Monday, my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great week for the mailbag. I completely agree with you about co-authoring. Seems like a very misleading tactic to me. Why would someone like James Patterson, who can clearly write, have a co-author actually do the writing? Doesn't make sense to me. Do they just get lazy?

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I think greed has more to do with it than laziness. Just my opinion, of course, but I think it is shameless marketing.

      Thanks for being here buddy. I hope winter treats you gently on the east coast.

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Thanks for answering my question. It would certainly be difficult for me not to enter into things over Christmas; my girls and the grandchildren would never forgive me!

      Good points in all your answers of course. I wouldn't want to read a favourite author and then find out it wasn't the 'real thing'. Bad!

      Hope all's well in your days before Christmas. I'm enjoying it all; off to see my sister at my older daughter's - we exchange presents when she does the 'Santa Run' and then goes hot-foot back to Yorkshire!

      Have fun, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Busy, busy Ann! I get tired hearing about you, my friend. You seem to be on the go constantly.

      As for me, I'm just keeping animals alive, keeping Bev happy, and writing, not necessarily in that order. :)

      Happy Holidays dear friend!

      bill

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      mckbirdbks 3 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      A good reference to see literary agents is:

      Literary Market Place 2017, 77th ed.

      The Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry

      A decent size library should have a copy.

      Merry Christmas

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      And you think I'm busy!! I'm sure they all benefit and we certainly do benefit from your writing.

      Have a wicked Wednesday, bill!

      Ann

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      jo miller 3 months ago from Tennessee

      I'm ordering your book on Kindle today and hoping that it is a good page turner, escapist type of book. After the election I find myself more and more looking for a good book that will take my mind off of the state of our country.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for that, Mike! I appreciate the tip. Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A wicked Wednesday it shall be, Ann! You do the same.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Jo! I hope it succeeds in taking your mind of our problems. It is escapist, for sure.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 3 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      I agree with your sentiment. It's good to get away from the claptrapping keyboard for a couple of days. You return recharged. During the Christmas holidays my mind's in a daze, my muses or whatever begin to hibernate. Toooooo much egggggnogggggg!!!!!!

      Happy Holidays Mr Holland,

      -E.G.A.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Holidays Eldon, and stay away from that egg nog. LOL Thanks my friend.

      bill

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      social thoughts 3 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      Haha Somehow, I forgot that I asked a question, last week. There has been so much going on. The "someone" was me. I didn't even notice at first, but then realized it! Thank you for answering that. It makes more sense, now. Hopefully, I can stop second-guessing myself.

      I still think about that Patterson situation fairly often and remember that I should probably keep that to myself. ;)

      I hope things are well with you!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I'm so sorry I forgot that you asked the question. That was a senior moment for sure. Thanks for the question and I'm glad the answer was somewhat helpful.

      All is well with me, probably better than I deserve. :) And I hope, at the very least, your situation is tolerable.

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      Mary Norton 3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not been here for some time so I have to do catch up of your articles which I always enjoy and learn from. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you aesta! It's good to see you again. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      Another mixed bag this week, Bill. You've really got your readers thinking!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      They do all the work, Sha, but thank you. Merry Christmas, dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      Merry Christmas to you and Bev, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 months ago

      Interesting discussion on stop words and one I am going to consider when I write. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and do take some time off for yourself.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dee, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Thanks for the reply, I haven't made any approach to the company, but I'm sure the opportunity will come. As for the 'taking a break' from writing, well, let's just say it was forced on me and not by family! Still we're back now, and ready to go.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I for one am glad you are back and ready to go. Let's make 2017 a banner year, shall we? :)

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