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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Sixty-Eight

Updated on October 12, 2015

Let the Game Begin

It’s the bottom of the first inning. The visitors have scored some seriously good questions in the top half of the inning and now it’s time for the home team to respond. How will they handle the pressure of the playoffs?

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. The baseball playoffs are happening and I get a little carried away. Toss aside the baseball metaphor and let’s get busy with this week’s questions. There were only four questions this week so this will be a quick one. If you want more then, duh, ask more. J

Welcome to the Mailbag
Welcome to the Mailbag | Source

Historical Fiction

From Zulma: “Lastly, (I promise) we are having a guest speaker tonight at my writers' group. The topic is historical research. I have a question that I will be posing to her, but I'd like to get your take on it. Let's say you're writing about a fictional town that's set in a real area. What's the best way to make that town seem real? Do you research the historical events of that area and allude to them while you write? Or do you state baldly that this thing happened at such and such a time and such and such a place?”

Zulma, you happen to be asking that question to a huge fan of historical fiction. My first real taste of it was the fine series on the Civil War by Bruce Catton. Then I fell in love with the Michener novels and even those by Jakes. All of that leads to my answer to your question: although I don’t think there are any set rules with regards to historical fiction, I do believe the writer has a responsibility to be as accurate as possible regarding historical events that happened in a particular area at a particular time.

Although I do not consider myself a historical fiction novelist, I do borrow from true events in every novel I write. As for a particular town I have done both. I have made a fictional town and I have used existing cities. The one thing they both have in common in my novels and stories is the accuracy of facts regarding that particular area and the particular era.

Otherwise, it’s not really a historical fiction now is it? J

Great question, Zulma. I swear I have the smartest followers on HP. That may get me in trouble but so be it.

Kindle Singles

From Maria: “I saw someone mention Kindle Singles in an earlier Mailbag but I don’t understand what it is. Care to elaborate for those of us who are uninformed?”

Do I care to? Sure, why not? It’s Friday afternoon and it’s raining, so all my outside chores are on hold. I’ll be glad to familiarize you with Kindle Singles.

The word “singles” was inspired from the music industry where “singles” are shorter than long “albums.” Kindle Singles tend to fall in the 5,000-30,000 word range. Anyone can submit original work to Kindle Singles. It is for new and established voices, and it can be on any topic. As the website says, they have so far posted “fiction, essays, memoirs, reporting, personal narratives and profiles,” and they are expanding every week.

To nominate one of your works for Kindle Single simply email them at kindle-singles@amazon.com and include the title, ASIN and a brief summary. If it has not already been published as an ebook you can simply send the manuscript to them. Then a panel of editors will review your submission and decide if it belongs on Kindle Singes.

And that’s that! There are of course royalties paid just like any Kindle ebook.

What’s the advantage of this over regular ebooks on Kindle Select? None that I can see other than the fact it is a marketplace specifically for shorter works.

This Farmer's Market may need a freelance writer
This Farmer's Market may need a freelance writer | Source

Freelance Writing

From Petra: “I know you are an established freelance writer and have been for several years. Can you tell me the best way to get started? And once started, which is the best avenue to take for a constant income feed?”

I’m laughing right now, Petra. I’m not laughing at you but rather at the complexity of the question. I could write a book about this one question.

The best way to get started? I had just quit my teaching job, had no safety net, had bills to be paid….so I sat down one day and declared myself to be a freelance writer. I’m still laughing right now at the hubris I displayed in thinking it was that easy. My dad used to tell me to fake it till I make it and that is exactly what I did when starting this new career. I read as much as I could about it, but at the same time I didn’t allow myself to suffer paralysis by analysis, as I’ve seen happen to so many freelance wannabes. I just started answering ads for writers. I had some samples of writing to send them, and I started flooding the internet with applications and submissions. The rest, as they say, is history. I was making about $600 per month within three months and it’s only gotten better since then as I actually learned my craft and the freelance business.

And what’s the best avenue to take for a constant income feed? The one that pays! LOL Seriously. I have friends who have made a good living on Elance. I personally have made good money writing blogs for local businesses like real estate companies and salvage yards.

Get yourself some business cards, set yourself up with a website or a blog, appear to be professional and then go for it until you actually qualify as a professional. I would never let fear or insecurity hold me back and you shouldn’t either.

All of these people could be freelance writers and there would still be enough work for us all
All of these people could be freelance writers and there would still be enough work for us all | Source

Another Freelance Question

From Philip: “I saw the question in one of the earlier installments and that spawned a question of my own about freelancing. Are there really enough paying freelance jobs out there to make a living as a freelancer? It seems to me there are far too many freelance writers and not enough good-paying jobs to support them all.”

Philip, I don’t believe that last statement of yours is true at all.

Who hires freelance writers? Any business that has a website….any foundation that needs research papers…..anyone who needs a ghostwriter to write a book….anyone looking for magazine or newspaper articles….anyone looking for screenplays…..and on and on totaling millions of people daily who need freelance writers. Ever hear of “Chicken Soup for the Soul?” Those books are filled with the works of freelancers. Ever read a magazine? Practically ever article is written by a freelancer. Ever read copy online for a business selling products? All that copy is written by freelancers. My goodness, my question to anyone is how is it possible not to make money as a freelance writer if you really want to be one?

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I Guess That’s It for This Week

Only four questions? Come on, folks, you can do better than that?

Thanks to those who asked questions. I hope the answers were helpful. I’ll be back next week with another installment of the Mailbag. Until then, good luck as you travel your writing path. Remember that you are unique and what you do matters…so keep doing it!

Now, back to baseball!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 19 months ago from New York, New York

      Love the baseball intro and just had to stop by to wish you a very, Happy Monday now, Bill!! ;)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Happy Monday to you, my friend. I'm glad you liked the baseball reference.

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      Linda Lum 19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Sigh, another end to a sad baseball season here in the Pacific NW. In mid-September I always find myself wistfully saying "...maybe next year."

      But, as for the mailbag, you never disappoint. I don't know if you have travelled to all of the places you write about, but I sense that you DO take the time to do a lot of research before you gift us with your writing.

      Happy Monday Bill.

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      Melissa Propp 19 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! It's an extra "special" Monday for me, since it's my birthday (yikes!). Did I miss it or did you forget to mention and put a LINK in your mailbag to your newly released book The Ultimate Writers Guide? Also, in your newsletter you mentioned that you were going to publish your mystery novel this week. Just in case you were still considering submitting to Kindle Scout, you know that you can't publish it before you submit? You submit to Kindle Scout and the campaign runs for 30 days, I think, and then they get back to you within a week after that letting you know if they are offering you a contract. From what I've read, you give them 45 days and then you are free to publish on your own. Like I said, you might have decided against it, I just wanted to point that out.

      Have an awesome week!!

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Good Morning Bill

      Interesting questions and answers as usual.

      I find your mailbag, a sanctuary from the topics that I choose to write and engage in here.

      It is functional, factual and fun. One short of 4F lol.

      I like the sound and the idea of Free Lance.

      It is akin to the amateur turned private investigator. You are what you say you are, until challenged. The traditional Mike Hammer PI is much like the free lance writer in that neither is rolling in the dough, but is drowning in the bills.

      Yet, Mike goes out there, case after case, undeterred by his lack of fame and fortune. I suspect it is because he likes what he is doing, and thinks he is pretty good at it.

      He has that commitment mentioned in this hub.

      As I mentioned in another comment, my wife put in 5 years trying to make Voice Over a paying career. The sword of bankruptcy became the wall, and survival became the steering wheel to another venture. Now we know why the famous artists died in poverty, and only recognized after death.

      I still think that the Free Lance Writer path sounds exciting, it just depends on how much excitement that a person can have. :-)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Linda! Most of the places I write about I've been at or lived in....but thank you for the kind words. I do research an area if I've never been there. I think that's the least we can do for our readers.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Birthday Melissa! Goodness gracious, Happy Twenty-Fifth!!!!!

      Mine is tomorrow...I wanted to publish Shadows Kill tomorrow but I don't think I'm going to make it and no, it won't be on Kindle Scout. I have a different novel in store for that platform. Thank you for mentioning it again. I will remember it when the novel I'm going to do is finished.

      Once again, Happy Birthday!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I'm disappointed I didn't get that final F....lol. I can't refute anything you say about freelance writing. It's a great job for someone who is not bothered by insecurity. LOL Maybe I just love to live on the edge of a cliff. :)

      Thanks my friend. Have a great Monday. Hey, you're a movie watcher...did you see that movie about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys...it was came out like six months ago. I was curious what you thought of it.

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good questions and answers Bill, especially the ones about freelancing. Enjoy the baseball. The World Cup Rugby Union Football competition is the only sport that I am into at the moment. The trouble is it is being held in England so I have to wake up at around 1.30am to watch it. I will only do that if Australia is playing however.

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      I didn't know anything about the movie.

      My wife is the native Californian, as I grew up in NYC, and Long Island.

      I will have to ask her, if she knew about it, or saw it.

      The heat wave continues in S Ca, and even the beaches are in the 90s, so I guess we could enjoy some cool beach music.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't blame you, John! There are few teams I will get up at 1:30 to watch...come to think of it, there are none. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by this Monday morning.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, i wish I could think of the damn name of the movie. :) Anyway, if you do see it, let me know what you think of it....oh, I got it.."Love and Mercy" with John Cusack.

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      Karen Hellier 19 months ago from Georgia

      $600 a month within 3 months is fantastic Bill. I thank you for sticking that bit of information in there because so many people need real financial facts about freelance writing careers but people never seem to like to share information about earnings in black and white. I have never heard of Kindle singles so that was great info. too. Thanks for sharing your fountain of knowledge with the rest of us!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, you are very welcome. If any of this helps you then fantastic. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      MizBejabbers 19 months ago

      Couldn't help but chuckle at your column this week, Bill. You make things funny as well as informative. I will say about freelance writing, you are a lucky man to have made it so quickly. I'd advise not quitting one's day job until they've gotten a little established -- and have a thick skin for all the pricks of the little rejection slips. "Although this is a very good article, we are very sorry but it does not fit our needs at this time".

      Have a good rest of the week, friend Bill.

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      Brian Leekley 19 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I looked up Elance and learned that it merged with Odesk and became Upwork.

      I daydream sometimes about trying freelance writing but postpone that when I remind myself I can't keep up with emails or get the hubs and stories I've started done.

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      Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday Bill!

      I love your baseball metaphor at the beginning here. It makes me miss watching the all-American sport with my dad, as my hubby is not much of a sports person : ( ...

      I do love historical fiction when it is done right. Great questions posed once again.

      I see I have a lot of catching up to do here on HP in reading! Been having extremely busy work weeks and then family celebrations on the weekends. I am enjoying this Monday off though.

      Peace and blessings

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, MizB, don't quit your day job when starting out as a freelancer. I did and quite frankly it could have been a disaster. Thanks for mentioning that, my friend, and have a superb week.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, thanks for the information on Elance. As for freelancing, it definitely is not for everyone.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. Watching baseball with my dad was a regular thing and I love those memories.

      I hope you have a great day off. Thanks for spending part of it with me.

      blessings and hugs

      bill

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      William Leverne Smith 19 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Historical fiction and freelance writing... great topics, with no end of discussion items. Thanks for useful, interesting answers. Building a steady, increasing income stream is a challenge, but you have shown how it can be done, with dedication and perseverance! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I thought of you when answering the historical fiction question. You are the master as far as I'm concerned.

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      William Leverne Smith 19 months ago from Hollister, MO

      A love of the research of the times and places we write about is at the heart of good historical fiction. It tends to show... you do it as well, when you do write it... Thanks for the comment reply! ;-)

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      Nell Rose 19 months ago from England

      Confidence is the key eh billy? lol! tell them you are a professional till you are! I love it! and so true! great advice, and great read, nell

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, Bill. As usual all the answers are helpful. Thank you for your generous effort.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bill, and I thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I firmly believe in that. Too many good writers are never discovered simply because they lack that confidence.

      Thank you as always for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Dora, and I thank you very much.

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      mckbirdbks 19 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill. It seems you are wearing out the questioners. Lots of good information here.

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      Bill De Giulio 19 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. There may have been only four questions but they were pretty darn good questions and answers. Number 68 and counting, keep them coming. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Maybe I should be worried, Mike? Nah, it's been a good run. If it ends it ends, but the writing will live on.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill. I appreciate you always being here.

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      Linda Crampton 19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I learned something new from one of your mailbag hubs yet again, Bill. I've never heard of Kindle Singles. Thanks for increasing my knowledge.

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      Maria Jordan 19 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Haven't stopped by this series in a few weeks - as informative as ever, dear Bill.

      Hope you' re having a great week.

      Love, Maria

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A useful hub and the questions are interesting too. You shared important information and always worth a read.

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      Patricia Scott 19 months ago from sunny Florida

      The question about historical fiction is a goodie....I prefer reading non fiction actually but when I read fiction, historical fiction is usually my choice.

      And the way you answer is spot on.....there really are no 'set rules'...just make it work....

      I know if I have a question, chances are you will have an answer or will direct me to where to find the answer.

      Angels are on the way bringing Angels and blessings your way ...ps

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      social thoughts 19 months ago from New Jersey

      I love the historical fiction question. I can't begin to recount how many stories I attempted, but stopped writing because I was worried I would ruin it because of the historical parts. I guess I was being overly concerned. How unusual for me. ;) On a side note, that's what I always love about Anne Rice's works. My favorite book is "Pandora" because of the time period and she pulls it off very well, setting it in ancient times.

      I had never heard of Kindle Singles. What a clever idea! Thanks for telling me, and perhaps others, about something new!

      Whoa, that really was only four questions! How did that happen? You gave a lot of information, though. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      you are very welcome, Alicia. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you! The readers do all the work for me...the perfect deal for this writer. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. I'm happy you found this interesting.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, PS. I hope I always deserve your kind words. Blessings and hugs heading back your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kailey! I have never read Anne Rice's books....a hole in my education for sure. :) Thanks for the reminder. I'll head to the library and take care of that personal deficiency. I really do appreciate you....and I'm glad we are friends.

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      William Kovacic 19 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Just think, Bill! 68 and still going. A minimum of only four questions times 68 is ( I believe) 272 helpful answers to 272 amazing questions. If we take the advise you give us and apply it, and maybe share it with others, who knows how many helpful answers that may become. Maybe only four questions this week, but you're still going strong . . . now back to baseball!

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      bradmasterOCcal 19 months ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      My wife the native Californian, loves the Beach Boys, and liked John Cusack.

      The movie is not available for free streaming at this time.

      On a writing subject, I am still down on the movie and TV writers of fiction that is supposed to emulate real life.

      It goes all the way back to James Bond. Looking at these movies, one wonders how Bond, James Bond survived. He has all these skills and special weapons and every show he gets captured by his nemesis. As per usual, instead of just killing him they want to torture him maybe even to death. But that is where Bond escapes, but in reality he shouldn't have been captured in the first place.

      Which brings me to another simplistic scene, the one where there is a stand off with a hostage. The bad person has the hostage with a weapon on them and the good guy is standing in front of them with weapon drawn.

      Then the really annoying phrase comes from the bad person. "Throw down your weapon". So in reality, if the good person drops the weapon, what would happen next?

      Two dead people, and the bad person standing. I should google this for any real life occurrences and good people survivors of this scenario.

      And don't build up the good person with expertise like shooting the eye of squirrel at a thousand yards, and then have them shoot a full magazine and not hit the bad person that is in the same room.

      The rant is almost done.

      Finally, what writer started the pointing of the hand gun sideways.

      Can you imagine a gun fighter in the wild west using that method with a Colt 45.

      done.....

      Thanks for the sanctuary, back to the zoo

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      suraj punjabi 19 months ago from jakarta

      Hello, friend! Another great and informative hub. I loved the answer you gave to Petra. It does not only apply to getting started as a freelance writer but also applies to any field you want to start in.

      You are very courageous in leaving your teaching job to make a living by doing something you have never really done. I cannot imagine how you managed your daily and monthly expenses after leaving your job where you got a steady income and pursuing freelance writing. This is the part that makes me stop on my tracks in pursuing what I really want to, but I have a family to support. The Benjamins.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. Back to baseball for sure. Enough of this writing nonsense. :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, you can find a sanctuary here any old time. Thanks for the rant...I happen to agree with you...escapism...that's what movies have become.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suraj! I had planned for it for many years. I knew I would retire from teaching at some point, so I whittled my bills and expenses down....I couldn't have done it otherwise. :)

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      Larry Rankin 19 months ago from Oklahoma

      My Cards are already out of it:-/

      Another great installment of mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I am very disappointed in the Cards. They were my favorite team growing up.

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      I got to the mail late.. but you hit the nail on the head... baseball playoffs.. My Mets are finally in.... thank you for clearing up the Kindle single for me too... also got a great bit on historical fiction a very useful edition my friend :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 19 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the reply, Bill. I never did ask our guest speaker this question. Her field of expertise dealt with researching people whose name appeared on headstones and church walls. It was quite interesting hearing her talk about the people she was researching. Not quite what I was expecting but still quite a useful way to find new characters to write about.

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      PE Hardwicke 19 months ago from Midwest USA

      Very good advice, as usual, thanks Bill. I was laughing at the danger of 'paralysis by analysis'. But maybe that is what I am doing so I should take it to heart

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. You are never late to the Mailbag. I would say GO METS but I can't get it out of my throat. LOL

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, you are welcome. Bev and I used to go to the cemetery quite often. I would jot down names and dates....words inscribed. They would appear, from time to time, in early stories. I remember Lois Oakley for some odd reason. :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eva, thank you. I know I've done it before so I would love to have company in that analysis room. :)

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      Ann Carr 19 months ago from SW England

      Just found a book which deals with local words and dialects for nature and country 'matters'; it's fascinating and deals with trying to keep those words alive by re-introducing them into speaking and writing.

      What do you think of using some more unknown words in your writing? Have you done so? I would find difficulty including them if the meaning weren't obvious but there is probably some way of explaining in any text. The richness of such vocabulary is outstanding so I want to use some.

      You always have good advice and your answers always include humour; I hope you're making a book about all this advice you're giving each week.

      Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I would love that book. I'm glad you found it. As for your question, I'll have an answer on Monday. I just got it in before the deadline. :) Thank you as always and I hope your Thursday was everything you wanted it to be.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 19 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, there are soooooooooooooooooo many freelance gigs out there. The conundrum is you can take the easy way out and write for peanuts via the mills and bid sites or you can market yourself in order to make real money. I know first handedly that if you're not aggressive in marketing yourself you'll fail to make enough money to be self-sustainable.

      You've spoken about marketing for years. It's true. Without it, you're toast as a freelance writer and will have to go back to earning a regular paycheck whether you like it or not (as I have recently admitted and succumbed).

      Billybuc readers, take it from one who knows. Without marketing, it's next to impossible to make it as a freelancer. Unless, of course, your mortgage is paid off, your car is paid off, you don't have to depend on a grocery store for your food, and you've managed to figure out a way to live without electricity and plumbing.

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      I like that question about Kindle Singles! And the answer, of course!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! You aren't alone. Marketing for writers is like pulling teeth...or worse. :) I've been at it long enough to know there are millions of writers out there who just can't market themselves for whatever reason. Luckily for me I went to school for marketing so it's a bit more natural for me to do it.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish. I am, of course, happy you like it.

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      But, Billy, it isn't QUANTITY, it is quality questions, and these are sure it. Great answers, too, and thanks once again.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are right, of course, Deb. These are great questions. THE MAILBAG LIVES!!!!!

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      Heidi Thorne 19 months ago from Chicago Area

      I think I'll be caught up on the Mailbag with this one. :)

      Re: Enough Work to Feed the Freelancers. I totally agree that there is "enough" work for everyone and anyone. The questions that naturally come up for me on this question is "What markets are you pursuing? What are you doing to be 'The One' to hire for writing for that niche?" Plus, more and more businesses are adopting outsourcing business models for this kind of work (as well as just about everything else). So the way around the perceived drought is to be your own rainmaker. Again, it's all about the marketing.

      Whew, am I caught up before the next Mailbag? Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are caught up, Heidi, and I appreciate it very much. Love the bit about being your own rainmaker. I've said that before...start a trend rather than follow one...easier for some writers to say than do, but it's the truth. Thank you for the confirmation.

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      Dianna Mendez 18 months ago

      Well, baseball is over but I enjoyed your enthusiasm of the sport in the introduction. You have me interested in the Kindle Singles idea. What a great way to get your works out there. Thanks for the information.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Dianna! Thank you for stopping by and blessings always.

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