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

Updated on October 31, 2016

Welcome Back

And my goodness, October is gone. Where did it go? And in the blink of an eye it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and then we’re all broke again until the tax returns arrive. LOL

Let’s see what’s on everyone’s mind today with some new Mailbag questions. Maybe if we concentrate on writing we won’t fall into a financial depression.

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Dictation Software

From Melissa: “Have you tried any dictation software or used a tape recorder?”

I have not used any dictation software, Melissa, but I couldn’t leave the answer at that, so I did some market research and found that Dragon seems to be the industry leader in that sort of thing. The top of the line Dragon software costs about $300, and next in line around $150.

I have, however, on many occasions used a tape recorder because, well, I’m a dinosaur, and most of the time I need that sort of thing, I’m out and about and I just need to record random observations or ideas.

So I guess that’s about all I can do with that question.

A QUESTION ABOUT NIUME AND FOLLOWING OTHERS

From Linda: “I know that connecting with others and taking the time to comment is very important to you. You taught me that early on--if someone takes the time to write a comment on one of your hubs, the very least you can do is to respond. To do otherwise is rude and disrespectful. So, I'm wondering if you are "following" anyone on Niume and if you are starting to establish a relationship with any of the people over there. I'm still learning my way around that site.

“And, now today I have an email from Niume inviting me to learn how to expand my universe on Niume. Their YouTube talks about "Flipboard".

  1. Did you get "that" email" too?
  2. Are you on Flipboard?
  3. Should I be, or is this drinking the KoolAid?”

So, Linda, you are absolutely correct when you say that following people is important to me. Having said that, I’m about to sound like a hypocrite, because I’ve just been too short on time to adequately follow people on NIUME so far….but hope springs eternal, right? I mean I am “following” people, but only in spirit, and that has to change or I might as well get off the site. So I have some work to do.

As for the “Flipboard” thing, I do think you should be doing it, as it has a great track record for gathering views and traffic for articles. I think I should be doing it too but again, I’m strangling on too much work right now, so it will have to sit in line and wait its turn.

For those who are curious, Flipboard is another social media magazine, and evidently it has been quite successful. It is easy to sign up for, and on NIUME there is a Flipboard widget which will send your NIUME article to Flipboard and hopefully increase the readership.

And a late addition to this conversation: I did sign up for Flipboard, and in three days my NIUME views increased by 34%.

Here is a link to Flipboard in case you are interested in signing up. I don’t think HubPages uses Flipboard and I have no idea why they don’t.

Gather some writers and make your own anthology of short stories or poems.
Gather some writers and make your own anthology of short stories or poems. | Source

Short Story Collections

From Joy: “The other thing I'm wondering about is the tradition of publishing series, kind of like what you are doing with The Sun Never Rises. In the past, newspapers have offered this opportunity. Today, those chances seem to be disappearing. But I still see some authors publishing in books that include collections of short stories and later publishing books under their own names. These collections of short stories give the reader a taste of each writer's style. I wonder where the short story editors glean the stories for these collections. What publications do they look to for the best candidates for inclusion? Or do they put out a call for submissions?”

I love the Mailbag, and one reason I do is because of questions like this one. What a great question, Joy, and hopefully we can all gain from it.

The answer to your question is a little of both choices you offered. I know some short story anthologies are made up of contest winners and, as you well know, there is no shortage of short story contests floating around. For example, Writer’s Digest has several short story contests during the year, and at the end of the year they publish an anthology of short story winners. This is really quite common and the way these things usually work. Other anthologies are gathered from private sources. I know of several anthologies that have been printed by writers on HubPages, for example. I had one of my stories in one published by some good friends of mine, and a site I like to support, The Creative Exiles, recently published, or will be shortly, an anthology of poetry. I just checked….yes, it is out….available on Amazon by following this link.

I’m sure there are other ways to be “found” but those are two of the more common ones. Heck, Joy, you could self-publish your own anthology if you wanted. Just put out the word to writer friends, asking for a short story from each of them, and publish them all under some catchy name. Who knows, right? Maybe it will be a bestseller!

BEST TITLES

From Priscilla: “Do you know anything about choosing titles for an article? Are there any guidelines, or criteria, that one should follow when choosing a title for an article?”

Another fantastic question, Priscilla, and by the way, welcome to the Mailbag.

You can find all manner of helpful articles about this topic, and some give competing advice, but let me tell you what I believe to be some important points….in no particular order:

  • The title should be between 7-13 words
  • The title should include active verbs
  • The title should include keywords
  • The title should be enticing without giving away the farm of information

Follow those guidelines and you really can’t go wrong with the title. Of course, then you have to write an interesting article, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish.

Don't overuse cliches
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CLICHES

From Pete: “What do you think of cliches?”

I’ve had this question before, but I don’t mind going over it again.

I don’t have anything against clichés. What I detest is the overuse of them. Let’s face it, we all use clichés during our lifetime, so really, it shouldn’t be forbidden to use them in articles or novels . . . but . . . none of us speak in clichés all the time, so our writing should not be “cliché-heavy” either.

Okay?

My challenge, to all of you, is to make up your own “clichés” and let them become classics, rather than using worn-out clichés which have been used to death for centuries.

GHOSTWRITING

From Mary: “As a ghostwriter, how much information do you receive from your client? Is it a book which just needs modifying, an outline or perhaps just an idea scribbled on the back of a Starbucks napkin?”

Really, Mary, it could be any of those three options, or a different one you haven’t mentioned. Ghostwriting comes in many shapes and forms, but with respect to ghostwriting a book, it really depends on the person hiring you and what they expect of you . . . which, by the way, you better specify before ever starting the job.

I’m ghostwriting a real estate book for a customer right now, so let’s use that as an example. I have a basic knowledge of real estate, enough to b.s. my way through an article, but not nearly enough knowledge to b.s. my way through a seventy-page book. When I first started discussing this project with the customer, I told him I would need detailed outlines and bullet-points for each chapter. He agreed, and that’s the way we approached it. We have phone conferences each week to discuss the current chapter. It’s the way it has to be; otherwise I wouldn’t be able to write the book for him.

I can envision situations where a lot less information would be needed to write a book for someone, but in the case of a technical book . . . I would think the more information the better.

Bottom line: make sure both you and the customer are very aware of the parameters before ever starting.

AND WITH THAT WE SHALL SAY FAREWELL

But just for another week! You can count on the Mailbag returning next week, “Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” and yes, that was a cliché, although it’s an old one and rarely heard in today’s world.

Use it again at your own peril.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ha Ha, Lawrence. i haven't heard that one in a coon's age. LOL Your grandma and mine went to the same cliche school.

      blessings, my friend

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Wow! I'm catching up! I'm into November's hubs and it's still November!

      Great stuff here, I really appreciated the information about Niume and Flipboard as I signed up to the two and saw a jump in visits.

      I'm still well below the payment threshold, but then again I've only got about eight or so on there.

      I think we all struggle a bit with doing all we can to increase our readership, we do what we can.

      As for 'cliches' you used one of my Gran's favorites!

      Another one of hers was "if God wanted me to smoke, he'd have put a chimney in my head!"

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It turns out, Sha, that Flipboard has quite a few followers. Who would have guessed, right? I had no idea.

      And thank you for that site for titles. Very helpful, my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 11 months ago from Central Florida

      I leaned something new today, Bill. I've never heard of Flipboard. Goodness, with all the social media sites out there, it would be a full-time job just keeping them current! But I guess it's cheaper than hiring a PR firm to get your work out there.

      I'd like to add something in response to Priscilla's question about titles. Try to think like a typical searcher when entitling your work, especially if the article is an informative one. Make sure the answer to the search appears somewhere in the title. There's site I go into when working on my titles for anything other than fiction. It measures the title based on three areas: intellectual, empathetic, and spiritual. Here's the link for anyone who's interested: http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, thanks, Chris! It helps being older than Moses. LOL

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      Chris Mills 11 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Titles. It's the first thing we do when publishing a hub, but it's what I am worst at. Look down my profile and it's a whole horror story just reading the titles. Good job Bill. You handle these questions so well.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Vellur. Greatly appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, bless you, Rodric. It's not easy writing with kids and responsibilities. We have two who are grown, moved out, and then moved back in. I'm not sure parenthood ever ends. LOL

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      Nithya Venkat 11 months ago from Dubai

      Another interesting and informative mailbag installment. Great tips on selecting the best titles for articles.

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      Rodric Johnson 11 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Right now I am trying to keep them in. My oldest is trying to leave and he is only 18. It is the youngs ones that I want to move out! They keep wanting me to feed them and entertain them! Joking.

      I get most of my writing done with them at school.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, having kids is definitely a roadblock of sorts. It does get easier once they move out...if they ever move out. LOL

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      Rodric Johnson 11 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I just realized that you take questions from your readers and do answerbag! Perfect! I am going to check out flipboard and NIUME. How do you find the time to read all of these comments and write? I suppose I have to wait until my kids grow up and move out.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Dora. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      They do get lost at times, Nadine, and I have no clue why. Thanks for returning and letting me know. I appreciate it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations and best to you on your ghost-writing project. I am learning so many possibilities by reading the mailbag. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, I always appreciate you stopping by. Welcome back, and thank you!

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      Nadine May 11 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I do remember reading this article and replying to you about Dragon speaking? Do our comments sometimes get lost? I book marked Flipboard and will have a look later.

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      Mary Norton 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not been in HP for sometime but the first time I got a chance, I came here as I have learned so much from this series. I just need to read those I have missed. Thanks again for being constant in publishing this.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, your feelings are valid and perfectly understandable. There is no doubt when ghostwriting that the writer is going to get the short end of the proverbial stick. I'm sorry you had a rotten experience with it.

      Happy Wednesday my talented young friend.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Ruby, I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully that poem will find its way back home to you soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I'm glad I could be a distraction for you. Thanks for thinking of me.

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      Running behind grading research papers:-/ it was sure a pleasant change of pace to get caught up on my mailbag.

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      social thoughts 11 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      Ah, ghostwriting. I used to think that may be a fun thing. I mean no offense to those like yourself. On the contrary, I think you deserve more spotlight. My negative experiences with a particular person I wrote for keep coming, and it surrounds their unwillingness to give me true credit, even after they said they would. So, I have negative feelings about the idea of doing it willingly. It feels horrible to have done so much work while someone else reaps the benefits.

      Have a lovely rest of your week!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 11 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm running late, but better late than never. ( cliché ) I wrote a poem and put it on NIUME and it disappeared before my eye's ! I'm sure it's floating somewhere out in cyber land.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, if I have it correct, Flipboard is a lot like Pinterest, only more popular. As for your picture downloading, I have no clue. But thanks for being here and good luck.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 11 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      As always I find useful ideas in my mailbag. Just signed up to Flipboard with no idea of how it works but I will explore and share my NIUME articles. One funny thing about the site I tried to upload my photo but it just didn't work and I have no idea why or how to do it. I signed up as I do for all other sites now as RasmaSandra.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting, Bill! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm still trying to figure it all out too.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thankfully, Mike, I have quick footwork. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Bill De Giulio 11 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great mailbag this week. I have posted some of my hubs to Flipboard and have had good but inconsistent results. Some articles have exploded with views for a day or so and then faded away. Others have had no real change in traffic. Not sure yet what drives this. Niume is still out there waiting for me to look into. Have a great week.

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      mckbirdbks 11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      you must fell like a shortstop that is asked to cover first and second as well

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Articles are one thing, Flourish, and not hard at all, but a book? That is tough!!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I know I can always count on you being here and I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very sneaky of you, Faith! Get my hopes up for a question and then yank it away from me. LOL

      Happy Halloween and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, there's a word you don't see very often, and it's a great word....glean...thanks for reminding me of that one. I think it needs to be in my latest novel.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Manatita, they are getting more interesting. I love it! Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no clue, Bill. Figure five questions, on average, for 122....what's that? 612 questions? This question makes 613. :)

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Halloween to you, MizB, and thanks, always, for finding the time to visit little old me.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie! Time is always a problem, is it not? I wish I could master that problem. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Oh, goodness I cannot imagine ghostwriting someone's content. I can understand why others might do it, however.

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      Linda Crampton 11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting mailbag article, Bill. As always, the comments are interesting, too! Thanks for creating a new installment in the series.

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      Faith Reaper 11 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday Mailbag, Bill. What a treat on this Halloween evening. I just use my cell phone to record something when I need to since always have it with me. Oh, I have a question....no I don't ...there's the "trick" ...I know, boo LOL I'm sorry.

      Have a spooktacular evening ....okay, enough already!

      Hugs

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      Marlene Bertrand 11 months ago from Northern California, USA

      There is always a lot of information to glean from reading the mailbag. I truly enjoyed reading the questions and answers from today's edition.

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      manatita44 11 months ago from london

      Frankly, these mailbags are getting more and more interesting. I think you are loving them and me too. I don't ask much, but still some really nice questions here. I procrastinate a lot or simply do other things, but perhaps - with God's help - when I get to 400 Hubs I'll take a break and focus on my writing.

      Some really interesting questions and great or excellent response! Happy Diwali!! (Four days left)

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      William Kovacic 11 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi, Bill. Another interesting week of Q's and A''s. Just wondering - do you have any idea how many questions you've answered over the last 122 weeks?

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      MizBejabbers 11 months ago

      Happy Monday, Bill, and another good mailbag. You got some fresh questions this week, and that's good. At least this writing subject isn't stagnating. Keep it up. I keep hoping to have time to check out some of these other writing sites you mention, but so far I can hardly keep up with this one. Oh yeah, don't eat too much Halloween candy!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I'm so glad you stopped by again, and happy you learned more information that might be helpful in the future. Thanks for mentioning that tidbit about titles and letters.

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      Martie Coetser 11 months ago from South Africa

      Thanks for another informative and useful installment of my favorite series, "The-Writers-Mailbag".

      Wish I had time to explore Niume and Flipboard.

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      Venkatachari M 11 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow! This is yet another nice mailbag with great questions and equally great answers.

      I learnt something new regarding cliches and then google searched for differences between cliche and proverb and then came across a site giving comparisons between too many types of such related phrases widely in usage like cliches, idioms, puns, sayings, aphorisms, epithets, epigrams, gnomes, quips, etc.

      Regarding parameters for best titles, some of them set a certain number of letters also as a norm, say 65 or 70, if I am right. But, as you say often, anything that shows up in top search results is a good title.

      I wish no creek is going to rise and the mailbag saga continues uninterruptedly.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Denise. I didn't know that about artist anthologies but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for adding to the conversation. May this week bring you must joy and success.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Buildreps and I thank you! It's always good to hear from you, my friend.

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      Denise McGill 11 months ago from Fresno CA

      Happy Monday to you, Bill. Thanks for another great eye-opening Monday mailbag. I appreciate the introduction to Flipboard which I never heard of before. You know the short story anthology publishing goes for artists as well. I recently entered a mixed media contest and upon winning was included in the publication of hundreds of mixed media artists, called Incite 4 published by North Light Publishers. It is a way to get noticed in a sea of talent. The book just came out and I'm pretty excited to be on page 104. It makes sense that short story publishers would do something similar. Interesting stuff about the ghostwriting. I knew someone somewhere was out there doing that kind of thing but never heard about the particulars before. Have a great week.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Buildreps 11 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, billybuc! That was an interesting mailbag. I've tried Flipboard as well, but don't use it anymore. Too much b.s. there. I wish you luck in writing the real estate book!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing that, Mary. I'll keep up with Flipboard and see where it takes me. If they turn out to be a problem it takes very little effort to drop them.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, Mel, so thanks for sharing all that. I haven't had any problems with either of those two sites, but that's not to say it can't happen. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've had similar job offers, John, and I've passed on them all. My time is valuable and if a person doesn't want to pay for my time they are free to approach others with their silly offers. LOL

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points as always, Heidi, and Happy Halloween to you. Thank you high school typing class indeed, and great point about online titles....first forty characters, I believe, and then the rest are looped off. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Onward we go, Eric! Change will happen whether we want it to or not, so we might as well hop on for a ride.

      Thanks, as always, buddy!

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      Mary Wickison 11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for answering my question about ghostwriting . I knew it wasn't going to be a straightforward answer but I knew you were the man for the job. (Yes, I know it's a cliche).

      Regarding Flipboard, I have had good but brief success from it on one of my hubs but not so on Niume, yet.

      Happy Halloween

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      I have seen forum threads here about hubbers putting their articles on Flipboard, but I'm really not sure about the mechanics of it. There has been talk around here, however, that it increases traffic quite a bit. Perhaps Hub Pages would do well to add a Flipboard icon. I love Flipboard for casual smart phone reading, but have yet to use it for writing.

      As for Niume, I was upset they stole a dollar from me out of the blue, so that has somewhat soured me on the site. Also, a post I wrote on my phone (which is supposedly possible now), and saved in drafts completely disappeared. I am not one to want to rewrite articles, so this killed my enthusiasm.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see the mailbags still going strong, Bill. This is a good one with some of the questions and answers very relevant to me. Thanks for sharing the Amazon link to the anthology of poetry by The Creative Exiles. Sales of the book are going along quite well so far and hope that continues. We intend for our next book to be a collection of Short Stories, so Joy may be interested in checking us out.

      Mary's question about "ghostwriting" is a good one. Most of my clients give as much info and instruction that I ask for, but one I had recently wanted me to write an instructional eBook on how to cover your windows with plastic during winter, materials to buy and step by step instructions. That is all the info they provided, even when I said I had no experience of doing that and would need more info, number of pages, photos etc. I said I could probably research it but would take time. They haven't got back to me. I don't think they liked the price I quoted. Happy Halloween.

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      Heidi Thorne 11 months ago from Chicago Area

      G'morning!

      Re: Dictation Software. Dragon can be a lifesaver for writers! My husband has used it and it truly helped him write more and better than ever. BTW, there is a FREE Dragon mobile app for iPhone. Because I type fast (thank you high school typing class!), these programs just frustrate the heck out of me. To each his own.

      Re: Best Titles. Are we talking titles for online or offline? You've given some good tips for either environment. But for online, remember that only the first chunk of characters will be picked up by search engines. So putting the keyword near the beginning in both the title that's shown AND the URL is often recommended.

      Re: Ghostwriting. Ugh! I've been approached by a couple of people about ghostwriting. One wanted me to interview her. Translation: Several hours (days?) of me sitting with her. Then I would have to create a book from the mess. Needless to say I declined. I've also run across ghosts who had to do a lot of research, potentially creating a black hole project. Get everything in writing AND have an attorney help prepare the agreement! This is important in terms of who owns what rights, who's liable, etc. Will the ghost merely hand over what is written? Or will he share in the royalties and copyrights? Who has final say? The list goes on... and on. These are very tricky projects and I wouldn't do it without sound legal advice.

      Speaking of ghosts, Happy Halloween!

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just bookmarked this one to get back to when - that Numey thingy and that Flippy seem like a logical thing to do. Remember when "networking" met calling up associates and having lunch with folks? I remember back to actually having a shorthand capable secretary and the art of dictation was paramount to any business person.

      Onward!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you are quick this morning. Thanks for stopping by for coffee and a chat, and as always, just thanks for being you. Have a safe commute and a happy week.

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      Melissa Propp 11 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! And Happy Halloween! Thanks for answering my question. I've heard from a lot of people about the Dragon dictation being the "gold standard" also...but I have a chromebook, which you can't download software onto, so I'm waiting/searching for cloud dictation before I'd consider it. There is some free version in google, and that looked interesting. But, I'm spending more time commuting these days and would love just a good old fashioned tape recorder (my smart phone is old and not that smart, lol, so not downloading an app till I get a new phone). Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, that may be the fastest you've ever checked in. LOL Do you know how much I appreciate you?

      Tons!

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      Janine Huldie 11 months ago from New York, New York

      Yay to another week and I seriously can't believe tomorrow will be November 1st! You are right it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas before we do know it now. But still had to stop in and say hi today. Happy Monday and Halloween to you, too Bill :)