ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Seventy-Four

Updated on November 23, 2015

We Are Back

And we are stronger than ever. We have another full Mailbag, and no time to waste, so let’s get to it. We’ll start with a question about coffee table books, then move on to ebooks, ghostwriting and romance novels. Get comfortable and let’s do it. And I’m sending some extra hugs to my friends in France. I know I speak for all of my followers when I say we stand by you during this difficult time. Our strength is yours, and yours, ours. And wherever else atrocities are being committed, I send my love and strength.

Welcome to the Mailbag!
Welcome to the Mailbag! | Source

Coffee Table Books

From Eric: “Are coffee table books still being published and sold by the millions. I am thinking I like the HP formatting. It reminds me of those hard bound photo journal type books that people used to have on their coffee table. Not to be confused with the weird family photo album, that if they started on would take hours.

Do you think a bunch of short essays like we do here would work in that format?”

Hi, Eric! Actually coffee table books are still being published. I would guess in a much-smaller quantity, but I still see them at Barnes & Noble, so someone is buying them.

Would a bunch of short essays work in that format? Not in the coffee table book format, or at least I don’t think it would, but books of essays do sell. Would you be successful doing so? The publishing world is a crapshoot on the best of days. Roll the dice, find out and let us all know. :) My personal opinion is that cream rises to the top, and good writing will eventually be recognized…or maybe that’s more a dream rather than a reality. :)

Nonfiction Ebooks

From Lawrence: “One question I have is what about non-fiction in ebooks? What would the market be like?”

My first reaction, Lawrence, is that the market would be the same as in fiction, but let me do some research and I’ll be right back.

Okay, I’m back. Well, the New York Times has a non-fiction bestseller list, so obviously someone is buying them. Book sales figures are surprisingly hard to find. I did find sales figures from 2009 and in that year there were 4.9 billion non-fiction ebooks sold.

So yes, there is a market and it appears to be quite healthy.

Ultimately it is our muse who decides the path of our writing
Ultimately it is our muse who decides the path of our writing | Source

Change of Direction

From Emese: “My "style" seems to be to just go with the flow. I start writing, and things just fall into place, into some place, not necessarily where I intended them to be. I'm not a planner in any sense, but I did have a general idea of the plot, subplot, and the main characters. When I started writing, however, it all went in a different direction. For example, I introduced a new character, who was supposed to be very minor, just there to help my heroine in something, but as soon as he started talking, he was someone else, and now he's one of the major characters; I started another one as a villain, but after a few chapters, suddenly he's lovable. It just happens, it's like they come alive and don't like the idea I had of them in the first place. It's all good, I enjoy the changes, it makes me feel that they sort of come alive and take me in a different direction. It's an adventure, I enjoy it. But they messed up my plot, and now I feel a bit stuck. I need to go back and redo a bunch of it since the whole idea changed. It seems daunting since I already wrote a lot and I thought I had something. Now I have a few characters that keep talking to me, but I don't see where I'm going with it all. Does this ever happen to you? If it does, how do you deal with it? In the past, this is where I ended up abandoning the whole novel. I am on a mission to finish this time, just not sure how.”

Actually, Emese, I know exactly what you are talking about. It’s called “giving your muse too much freedom” or something like that. LOL

My novel “Shadows Kill” did not start out as a book about a serial killer. I was ten-thousand words into it and realized the main character was taking me on a journey I had not planned. What did I do about it? I saved the ten-thousand words for another time, another day, and I began writing the book the way my muse and my characters wanted me to write it. I believe strongly in the creative process, so I went with the flow. The ten-thousand words I originally did are not wasted. They are sitting in a file waiting for me to do something with them, and “Shadows Kill” was created in the meantime.

It’s all good!

Trust your characters and trust your muse.

GHOSTWRITING

From Faith: “I have never understood using a pen name. Even more confusing to me is ghostwriting. Why would anyone be okay with giving credit to one’s writing to another writer? Is it solely for monetary gain? Maybe you can expound on ghostwriting a bit to help me understand the concept a bit more.”

Faith, first of all, I’m sorry I missed this question two weeks ago. Better late than never, I guess.

Actually, that’s the nature of ghostwriting. Most ghostwriters do it anonymously and never get credit. I’m doing one such non-fiction book right now for a real estate professional in Los Angeles. He will pay me for the finished product and put his name on it. We signed an agreement to that effect and it is a legally-binding contract. I’m fine with it, he’s fine with it, we both come out winners.

Most writers who do blog writing for businesses are practicing ghostwriting. Their names never appear on the blog posting. As far as anyone knows, it is written by the owner of the business and that’s that. Most content writing for content mills is ghostwriting.

It’s just the nature of the business, my friend.

HP and Ebooks

From Colin: “In your previous mailbag, there was a question about using Hub Pages work in other areas. I'm interested in whether you use collections of your stories or articles just as they are, or do you think they need something 'extra' to make them work as ebooks (or whatever)? I'm also wondering if you think it's okay to charge for such books?”

Howdy Colin! I have used a collection of my hubs in ebook form, but I have updated them and added a bit of new information to them….not to make them work as ebooks but to simply freshen them before publication in ebook form. Do I think it’s okay to charge for such books? Most definitely! I look at it this way: HP has barely paid me for my hard work over the past four years, so I figure I should get monies from ebooks to make up for the lack of financial support by HP. I have no problem being paid to write.

Back to Romance Novels

From Brad: “I wonder how many of your male reader actually read romance novels? This would be answered in the comments field, but it is just a bonus question, too cumbersome to fit into the already overflowing billybuc mailbag. :)”

Brad, I was so curious I had to look it up. According to the Romance Writers of America, 9% of romance novel readers are men, so there you go. I don’t know any of them but there are millions of them out there.

This is the last person who should gauge improvement in Bill Holland's writing
This is the last person who should gauge improvement in Bill Holland's writing | Source

How to Gauge Improvement

From Lawrence: “One thought I had and it kind of has to do with goal setting, if you've got the goal of improving your writing how would you keep track of whether the quality was improving? I'll leave the question there as I'm sure it's a pretty broad question and any feedback will be good.”

It’s an interesting question, Lawrence, one I’ve touched on in the past. What’s the old saying, “a doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient?” or something like that. I think that applies to writers as well. I do believe we can, to a certain extent, tell if our writing is improving, but for a purely objective critique, I think we need to belong to a writers’ group of some sort. There are plenty of them online as well as online writing courses and courses at community colleges. I do think we need objective feedback to truly tell whether we are improving or just spinning our wheels.

And That’s It for This Week

We are still going strong and I love it. I’m beginning to think we just might hit that 100 goal.

Thanks to all who asked questions. If your question isn’t in this installment I promise it will be next week.

Have a great week of writing, my friends.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • bizarrett81 profile image

      bizarrett81 16 months ago from Maine

      Great installment! I have recently started learning just how big the market is for non-fiction e-books. And speaking of ghostwriting, that is also a HUGE market for those looking for freelance work. there are many people out there who seel e-books for a living. Amazon sellers basically. There are TONS of ads out there on content sites for ghostwriters for ebooks, both fiction and non-fiction. Romance seems to be the biggest market because most of the ads I see are for romance. And short stories are killing it in the e-book world, too, because people have short attention spans.

      Anyways, awesome advice Bill, as always!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I appreciate you stopping by. You had me laughing about the short attention spans...true words!

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 16 months ago from New York, New York

      Awesome and love that you are approaching the 100th mark. Totally well deserved and once again thank you for your words of wisdom here. Happy Monday now!! ;)

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great questions once again Bill. In regard to Faith's question. I also occasionally ghost write poetry for people and businesses. They pay me, I am happy, they are happy so it's all good.

      To answer Brad's question. I don't read romance novels. My wife sometimes listens to romance audio books..and personally they just get too much for me. Hope all is well.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 16 months ago from Arizona

      I like the fact that men actually read romance novels but I bet they rarely admit it. Just dropping in to read all your great ideas..One never knows when I will return to writing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving...

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 16 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      Happy Eve Eve Eve, Thanksgiving

      Thanks for the Romance men reading stat, I also don't know any of them. So one can conclude that if you want to succeed as a paid writer, than you had better get to know what women want to read, at least in fiction.

      It would seem difficult for the mail writers, to get this kind of writing correct. Then a follow up question would be how many of the romance novel authors are men? The answer must be in the 9%. :-)

      My wife likes some author that puts baking recipes into the mystery. Cooking would be another more women desired subject. Although, cooking does interest me.

      -----

      Coffee Table Books

      I know that you don't watch much TV, but in the 90s comedian Jerry Seinfeld had a show, and one episode that featured a coffee table book. The hum0r was that they took a big sized book and put folding legs on it, so the coffee table book was also the coffee table.

      Thanks again for commenting on my curiosity about books.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine, my most loyal follower. You've been here for all 74 of these and you are appreciated.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your input, John! I've never read a romance novel. Hopefully I can say that in ten years. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Carol, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband.

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 16 months ago from SW England

      Some very interesting info here, bill. I totally agree about listening to the muse. If your story has to go another way, so be it. In fact, I find it quite spooky sometimes but definitely a bonus because it's as though someone else is dictating and we just have to polish it up a little!

      I have a constant nagging in my head for a hub on the Paris attacks but I'm not ready yet; lots of notes but no form - I'm confident my muse will tell me soon.

      Mondays are made for munching muffins and meditating on meanings of Mr H's marvellous meanderings through the minefields of musing - with a cup of coffee!

      Have a great one, bill!

      Ann :)

    • FatBoyThin profile image

      Colin Garrow 16 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Thanks for answering my ebooks question, Bill - I'll take that as gospel! On the subject of men reading romance, I do occasionally stray down that path, but usually only if the romance part is just that - a part of the story, rather than the main focus. I'm all for a bit of hanky-panky, so long as there's a bit of murder/intrigue/mystery too!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, by the time you stop asking questions about romance novels, I'm going to be the U.S. expert on them.

      Too funny about the coffee table took. I had seen that episode but had forgotten it. Thanks for the chuckle.

      bill

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you are sweet. Enjoy the muffins and coffee. I'm drinking a cup as we speak and waiting for my muse to make her appearance.

      Still very cold here; snow tonight they say.

      bill

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Colin! What I'm seeing lately is gratuitous sexual activity in mysteries, like the authors feel they have to include it just because...which they don't, of course.

      Thanks for the question. Have a great week.

    • mpropp profile image

      Melissa Propp 16 months ago from Minnesota

      Wow, lots of questions this week. As we approach Thanksgiving, I'm reminded that we all have so much to be thankful for!

      I hope you and your family has a wonderful T-Day!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Seems that the mailbag got some new energy. Thanks to the questioners and as always your interesting, informative answers.

    • Carb Diva profile image

      Linda Lum 16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, best part of the day so far? You and Brad having a "conversation" about romance novels. Who would have thought? I am glad that the mailbag has found some new life. If you truly write 100 we will be well into 2016.

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 16 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      About Emese's question, SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR by Pirandello is a sad play about characters abandoned mid-story by their author. It is online in pdf and there are performances on YouTube.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 16 months ago from london

      Yes, Bro.

      I felt the strength of this one and yes, still going strong. Well written Hub and some beautiful questions and answers. Brilliant, Bill.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      yes we do, Melissa! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We are alive and doing well, Dora, thanks to followers like you who are always here.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Linda, right? Romance novels??? Who woulda thunk it possible? LOL

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Brian. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! I'll settle for "brilliant" any old day.

    • Homeplace Series profile image

      William Leverne Smith 16 months ago from Hollister, MO

      In the late 1980s, I read a few hundred romance novels, as fast as I could. It increased my reading speed by 3-4 times. I was then able to handle the heavy reading required to earn my Ph.D. My wife said it would work - I will always swear that it did. Haven't read on since, by the way! ;-)

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always enjoy my mailbag.

    • DeborahNeyens profile image

      Deborah Neyens 16 months ago from Iowa

      The first question reminded me of that Seinfeld episode when Kramer was going to make a coffee table book about coffee tables. and the book was going to have legs on it so it could turn into a coffee table.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, what a fascinating way to learn speed reading. I love that you haven't read one since. LOL Thanks for the reflection.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Larry! Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you're the second person to remember that episode. Too funny! I think that qualifies that episode as a classic.

    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 16 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for sharing how your characters change or grow and how at some points you have to just abandon what you have written for another time. For the moment I just discipline myself to write. Maybe one day, they'll come together.

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Wow, knocking on the door of number 75 and heading to 100. Amazing but not unexpected. When you put your mind into something I suspect you will be successful. Excellent questions this week. The one that struck a cord with me was the coffee table book question. We have a number of them and they are all travel related. I have always had a thing for this format with lots of photos to look at. If I have them there must be a market for them. Great job, have a great week.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm so glad people are still asking questions. We all learn from your answers. Thank you again.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, you are very welcome. Thank you for paying me a visit on this chilly Monday.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, there is definitely a market for them. I think people love photos, but that's just my opinion. I think that is one genre of writing that will remain untouched by the ebook craze.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby, and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 16 months ago from England

      Great advice Bill, you always answer the questions I didn't know I needed to know! lol! fascinating, nell

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

      A Happy Thanksgiving to you also Bill.

    • Emese Fromm profile image

      EmeseRéka 16 months ago from The Desert

      Thank you for your answer, Bill. It's good to know that one of your novels was born like that. What you said makes perfect sense, in fact that's what I pretty much started doing. All good stories are based on great characters, so if they come to life in our heads it's worth following them :)

      Great mailbox as always.

      Have a great week and happy Thanksgiving

    • social thoughts profile image

      social thoughts 16 months ago from New Jersey

      Nice questions this week! I like the coffee table book one. I had forgotten about those; although, always felt they were neat! I love when questions remind me of things like that.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Well, now, Bill, that makes a lot of sense to ghostwrite in that field. Yes, I think I would be just fine with that once they showed me the money. I love coffee table books which are always loaded with fantastic photographs. Another overflowing Monday mailbag! Thank you for answering my question. Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      The chatty muse, or rather characters, are talking a mile a minute at the moment. They all want to be heard and keep creeping in. I was going nowhere so we all sat down for a coffee and came to an agreement. They promise to keep it down to a whisper and, in return, I promise to give them a story of their very own.

      It's working for the most part. I do have to nudge them now and then and remind them of their promise. :)

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 16 months ago

      Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a gift, Nell. LOL A talent I didn't know I had. :) Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad that helped, Emese. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Me took, Kailey! I'll go like "OH, WOW, I HAD FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT THOSE." :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you for being so patient...show me the money!!!!!!!!!! Love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Zulma! You are definitely a writer!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop, and you do the same.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      Wow, only 9% of romance readers are men? Must be because they're umm watching it instead?

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...that's a great line, Flourish! Thanks for the pre-Thanksgiving laugh.

      Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile image

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

      Excellent. I love learning from you, you make it fun. Thanks

    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Good to see the mailbag doing do well, by the way 4.9 billion sales was way higher than I thought it would be (I'd expect that for fiction!) so I think it's time to 'have a go'

      As for using HP material for ebooks I think I saw something about that in the tutorial hubs and (if I'm right) they said "go for it!"

      Lawrence

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Eric. I try, buddy! Thank you!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The questions are very interesting this week, Bill. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Go for it indeed, Lawrence. I have gone for it several times and it has worked well.

      Thanks my friend

      bill

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago

      Oh Bill, you are clogging up my favorites folder, all your writing is that good.

      Blessings my friend.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 16 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      That answers some questions however I am still between a rock and a hard place. I really want to get an ebook of poems published but I will definitely have to do it myself and when my friend published her vampire novel and told me she had to get her son to help her with formatting and I have no one to help me I am beginning to think for me it will be a dying dream.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Alicia. I always appreciate you stopping by.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I am honored that I have a folder...thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      to get a measurement on your improvement.. should come from feedbacks. honest ones... happy thanksgiving to you and your family my friend.. once again got a whole helping from this mailbag enjoy your family

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      Happy Thanksgiving, Bill :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! The same to you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, if I can format for an ebook then I am very confident that you can.....pick up a book called "A Detailed Guide to Self Publishing with Amazon"...it is very helpful.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Thanksgiving, Frank, and thank you so very much.

    • word55 profile image

      Word 16 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Billy Buc buddy, thanks a lot for your many contributions to Hub Pages and society. God bless you!

    • mckbirdbks profile image

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

      Happy Thanksgiving to the Holland family. Another interesting batch of questions. There were a couple of tough ones this week. About the quality of writing question, I know someone that uses this as a measurement. "If you are not rich (from writing/or whatever you are doing) then you are not any good." Of course, in my mind, I immediately redefined 'rich' See, I get a string of comments like on my latest story, I feel rich enough.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 16 months ago from south Florida

      Good to know, Bill, that your anticipation of your Thanksgiving feast did not slow your creative juices regarding your excellent answers to this week's varied questions. Another winner, m'dear, and an excellent candidate for the ebook series you must ultimately publish.

      Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was a winner, too.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great work! Always with an important message to all writers.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Word. I appreciate that very much.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, it took me long enough to get here. I'm with you on the rewards of writing. I doubt I'll ever make it big, but that won't be an excuse to stop writing. It flows through my veins.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you drbj! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am grateful for you, no doubt.

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 16 months ago from Central Florida

      Very interesting questions this week, Bill. I'm sure this series will have no problem reaching 100 installments - and then some!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much DDE!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Sha! I kind of rely on it to fill in a day for me. :) Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      If I see someone improving, I always make it a point to tell them. As an example, when our friend, Eddy was on HP, she really came a long way in a short time, and I made sure that she knew that. Great topics, and great answers.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Deb. I wish more people were like you. Thank you!

    • heidithorne profile image

      Heidi Thorne 15 months ago from Chicago Area

      Back again...

      Re: Coffee Table Books. Whenever I think of coffee table books, I can't help but think of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer wrote a coffee table book on coffee tables. Plus the book had legs to turn the coffee table book into a coffee table. :) Yes, coffee table books can still sell. BUT they have to have stellar photography or illustrations. Translation: VERY expensive for self publishers.

      Re: Nonfiction books/ebooks. Yes, nonfiction sells. Other than biographies, essays, etc., nonfiction also includes books that provide helpful and how-to information. People will pay to solve their problems.

      Next...

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I was thinking about you the other day, wishing you were a next door neighbor so I could pick your brain over coffee. Sigh....oh well....NEXT!

    Click to Rate This Article