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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Sixty-Five

Updated on September 21, 2015

Welcome Back

So what’s happening in your life? Email me and catch me up on the latest….holland1145@yahoo.com. I’m serious about this request. We are a community. We are writers. I believe in building community and I love personal connections. So, email me and let’s build a connection. No strings attached….just one human being wanting to know another on more than a surface level.

On another note, how do you feel about guest blogging? I’ve got a writing blog and I’ve got an urban farming blog. I’m always looking for guest bloggers, so if you’re interested, email me and let me know.

And with that out of the way, here’s this week’s Mailbag, delivered to your doorstep with a smile and a howdy!

Welcome back to the Mailbag
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SELF-PUBLISHING

From Melissa: “Now a question for you: If you reach the point where you can't find an agent or publisher for your book would you self-publish? And if you're answer is yes, would you consider enrolling it in Kindle Scout first? If you haven't heard of it, please check it out. With your fan base, I believe that you would have a really good chance at this! Even if you don't get selected, it helps get the word out about your release.”

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

Well, Melissa, to answer your first question yes, I would self-publish. I’ve already self-published two novels so I’m not against it at all. In fact, I may reach the point, very soon, when “Shadows Kill” will be self-published.

As for Kindle Scout, I had to look it up because I was clueless. Would I consider it? Sure! Why not? It seems like a win-win situation to me and who knows? Lightning might strike and I’d get an advance and become famous.

Thanks for the link. I encourage all of you to take a look at Kindle Scout.

Surely there is someone here I will offend with my writing
Surely there is someone here I will offend with my writing | Source

Watering Down

From Eric: “Bill how do you fend off this co-dependency between the writer and the audience. You seem to have a good stiff upper lip and a good strong back. But do you find yourself changing what you write in order to please the reader? You seem to have the "brutal honesty" part down. But how do you keep from "watering down" so as not to offend in general? Is it a constant effort to seek the balance.”

Eric, it’s a very interesting question and I thank you for it. My first gut reaction was that I don’t water my writing down, but if I’m being totally honest then I can’t say that. There are some topics I don’t write about because I either don’t want to offend or I don’t feel like fighting with my readers, and that’s definitely watering down, isn’t it? I won’t write about religion. Period! It’s a no-win situation for this writer and I don’t see why I should bother, knowing that it is no-win.

However, let’s look at your question with regards to all the topics I do write about. There are still quite a few controversial topics I have written about and I can tell you that I haven’t watered those down. Topics like politics, sex trafficking, homelessness, I have never hesitated to give my opinion on those topics.

One reason is that I’m confident in my abilities as a writer. I’m only at HP because I love the community and because it gives me an online platform while I perfect my craft. I’ve built up a pretty loyal following over the years, so loyal that they will stay with me even if they disagree with me. That kind of loyalty comes from mutual respect. As friends and peers, we allow each other to disagree and still respect each other when we voice our opinions. Quite a few of my followers don’t agree with me, but they are at least respectful and polite. I can handle that. I don’t care if people disagree with me, but I do care that we are all respectful of one another.

Have I answered your question? I seem to be rambling.

I wrote an article two years ago about child abuse at Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. Some of the comments to that article were brutal. I was called every name in the book and some that were just made up on the spot. I didn’t care because child abuse is wrong, it does occur on that Indian Reservation, and what I wrote needed to be read.

Do you have a message? Is it an important message and does it need to be heard? If you answered “yes” to those questions then write the damn article and be ready to handle the fallout.

Self-published by this author
Self-published by this author | Source

Traditional Publishing

From Brianne: “Hey, Bill. I know you are trying to get published the traditional way and have been for quite some time. My question is do you ever get discouraged by all the rejections? I’ve been trying for years and never gotten a nibble, and I’m beginning to think it’s a waste of time.”

Brianne, I feel ya! I really would love to give you an uplifting, supportive comment here, but I’m all out of them. It is damned tough trying to get an agent or publisher, and it’s getting tougher every year. I’ve got to tell ya, even I’m getting discouraged and I may start self-publishing all my novels from now on and save on aspirin from the headaches I have querying agents and publishers. I’m a pretty positive guy, but I’m losing my positive attitude about traditional publishing.

I know. I’m being a bummer right now and I apologize, but that’s how I feel. Traditional publishers are taking on very, very few new writers. I understand why and I get it from a business standpoint. From a writing standpoint it’s discouraging and I’m running out of years to play this game, so maybe self-publishing and ebooks are the route I’ll follow from now on.

Book Signings

From Bill: “Maybe you could consider this for the mailbag. How do you go about setting up book signings? If I have a speaking engagement somewhere I usually take books along to sell afterwards, but I've never scheduled anything for just the purpose of selling. How, when, and where do I go about this? Thanks in advance!”

Bill, thanks for the question. I actually know something about this. J I don’t know how it is in your part of the world, but here, the independent bookstores are very happy to have book readings and book signings by local authors. I just walk in, ask to see the manager, give him/her a copy of my book and ask for a date and time. I haven’t been turned down yet.

Libraries are eager to have book readings, but some not too fond of the book signings where selling is involved. But readings lead to sales so why not do it?

I’ve also had success with businesses that are not bookstores. Small shops, cafes, coffee shops…especially coffee shops…will sometimes have local authors do readings and signings. Go approach them and you just might be pleasantly surprised.

More Next Week

The winds of change are blowing, weather-wise and in life in general. That’s why I like doing this series….it provides a constant all of you can count on. I love change but I also love some anchors in my life. This series is one of my anchors.

See you next week!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I totally agree with you, and I thank you for your thoughts. Have a great week!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Good stuff here. You're right about staying respectful yet true to your own thoughts.

      As writers we can write stuff that gives pause for thought yet allows for other opinions!

      My thoughts anyway :-)

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. I'm glad you found something worthwhile here.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for mentioning Kindle Scout. Maybe I'll use it for one of the books I'm working on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I look forward to it, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well that is an offer that is too good to pass up. Forget the book, the opportunity to learn from your help will be worth 50 books. Don't stay up at night waiting for my plea for help but you will be hearing from me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL.....Eric, if you really want to do this, I'll help you to self-publish that book.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill,

      Does Amazon sell that ingredient I am missing? Self-a steam. (I hope the editbot does not change that spelling ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I've got a surprise for you: you've already written a book and you don't even know it. Take all of your Sunday sermons, make them each a chapter, and you've got a book.

      I won't charge you for that advice.

      Thanks for the question. Answer is coming Monday.

      Have a great weekend, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Babby, and I hope you take advantage of that invitation.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      About that publishing and book signing deal. Could you publish a little book with me as the author -- the book signing sounds fun but I really don't want to work that hard to do one myself. There really must be a how to book written that shows us how to get the perks of being a writer without the hard work. I already got the tweed coat with leather elbow patches and a pipe. And of course the turtleneck.

      Which brings me to my question. Sometimes I read a piece and I can feel the author's soul being wrenched out right before my eyes. Admittedly I have been there. That kind of cathartic writing takes a toll. I suspect you have been there. Advice is one thing, but what do you do to stay so even keeled?

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      Barb Johnson 2 years ago from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

      Thanks for another 'meaty mailbag'! It's difficult to totally avoid offending someone in our writing. It's bound to happen no matter what you say or which topic you choose.

      Publishing has gone the way of DIY, like starting your own business when you get tired of working for someone else. Thanks for the - stay in touch email invitation, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I appreciate you always reading the Mailbag.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      All of your mailbag hubs are useful, Bill, but I found this one especially so. I've never heard of Kindle Scout. It was also interesting to read your opinion about traditional publishing versus self-publishing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Corey, I'd be happy to, as long as it's a story and not a book. One I have time for....a book would take me much too long.

      Send it to holland1145@yahoo.com and best wishes in Korea...thank you for serving your country.

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      Brandon-Corey 2 years ago from Ft hood texas

      Hello sir my name is Corey Hough or PFC Hough. I dont mean to tell you my life story but im a US soldier deployed to korea. Me and a friend of mine are writing a story to help me past the time here and i was hoping you wouldnt mind reading it and giveing us suggestions we don't claim to be any good at writing but we have fun with it. Thank you for your time sir

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Audrey. I'll have an answer for you on Monday.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So what is Kindle Scout and how is it a win win? The curious want to know--and on the issue of self publishing? Once a book is self-published, will an agent still take it?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Bill. It was one many can relate to.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I missed that notification about the voting buttons...oh well, it's good to have you here, buddy. Have a great Wednesday and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cassie, thank you for following along. It's good to have you here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm happy this was timely for you. Best wishes on those two books of yours, and thanks for dropping me an email. It was good to hear from you.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well Bill, another week of great questions and answers. Thanks for taking mine, and I'll get right on it!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      It's not over until it's over and 65 strong. .. Billy I can set my week with these mailbags.. and the good thing is that I can set it aside and read it at my leisure.. voted useful.. well not really ever since they removed the voting buttons.. but I would have voted it useful... Bless you bro :)

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      Cassandra 2 years ago from Geelong VIC Australia

      Hiya how are you Billybuc? Installment 65, that means I have a lot of reading to do, to find out more about you. You sound interesting and uplifting and positive. Cheers from Cassie

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I love it when the questions are something I'm thinking about ...for example, self publishing. I really want to see my children's book in print (then I'll get back to my novel). So, now I wrestle with CreateSpace, BookBaby or both? Just glad I'm not the only one going the indie route!

      I remember the Spirit Lake Nation articles. Moving and infuriating and yes, they needed to be written.

      Great mailbag my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Far from a pro, Ruchira, but thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ruby. I hope you are well and I hope you realize how much I appreciate you.

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      I too have come across the amazon kindle and it does not sound like a good plan :)

      waiting for an agent or a trad publisher is such a tedious job esp when the manuscript is all ready :(

      Thank you once again Bill for your precious input...always feels good to hear from a pro in this field.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the fact that you allow all comments. ( If they're respectful. ) I feel the same. Another great installment. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadeSharan. I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, your opinion is as good as any, and I thank you for sharing it. You mentioned marketing...even with traditional publishing now, the author is expected to do the bulk of the marketing. Sad but true.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you for tossing in your thoughts on controversial topics. Disagreement is fine. I don't expect everyone to agree with me...I'd be worried if they did. LOL Just don't be insulting.

      Enjoy your day,my friend, and I'll do the same, and blessings and hugs are heading your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! Greatly appreciated, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I never lose hope, but I also don't beat a dead horse, and I know you understand that.

      blessings always

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Another helpful hub in this installment! I found the Q-A of Mellisa helpful. And thanks for the link.

      Thank you and I enjoy going through this wonderful series.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Another installment full of good questions and great advice. It seems self-publishing is the way to go these days. The only caveat is the marketing is left up to the author and not all authors are comfortable with that.

      I agree with you regarding the religious front. I know you write many political articles. but I stay away from religion and politics. Both topics lend themselves to scratching the button of ire in readers and conversationalists. But that's just me and my opinion.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Learned some good 'stuffs' today...never had heard of Scout Kindle..sounds like an avenue that would be beneficial for all of us to check out.

      And the watering down issue...I gotcha' on that one. I often refrain from delving in to controversial topics but there are times like the one about Growing up Southern where I had a message (Lord knows, ps always has an opinion about soemthin' ) and even though I knew the nature of it would cause some to respond as they did, I had to write it. Your stating that being respectful to someone is important even in disagreement. And that is so true. I do not care if anyone disagrees......but do it respectfully, not only to me but to anyone whose views differ...and to me, sarcasm is a form of disrespect. Okay, enough already.

      As I mentioned in some of my ramblings here on HP, I do learn from this series of articles of yours....helpful to all who have the burning desire to 'know' about the how-to's of this writing journey.

      Angels are winging their way to you this week hour of the morning--

      Blessings and hugs, in tow. ps

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Another engaging mailbag.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, another Monday here again ...that was a fast week! This Monday is not short of great questions once again. We are a curious bunch in search of practical knowledge we can put to use. I think there is a great market for non-fiction in the area of a great testimony as to surviving great trials in this life, personal perseverance against all odds type of non-fiction, inspirational true stories, etc. Those are most likely to be picked up by traditional publishers.

      After having said all of that, however, never lose hope, dear Bill.

      Hugs and blessings on this Monday evening to you and yours

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I suspect you are correct. I wish you were wrong but I doubt you are. Thank you for always being here.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like your take on independent publishing versus traditional publishing. Perhaps online publishing will make it big and new writers can take advantage of it. Traditional publishing may be left for textbooks, manuals and products for which there is a predictable market.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I can always count on you to splash cold water in our faces..."don't write to please and engage the trolls"...classic line.

      Thank you Heidi and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I don't see any other choice for publishing. I suppose non-fiction offers the best odds at traditional publishing and I'm not really sure why I say that. LOL The weather has changed here for sure. Evenings are downright brisk. Time to bring out the heavy coat for winter.

      Thanks as always, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Mike, your last statement made me howl. True words my friend, true words. I personally don't see how a new writer could ever get a book published the traditional way. I guess it's still possible but the odds are a long, long shot at best. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      At this point, Brian, I agree with you and with my earlier statement. I just had to reach the point where I was willing to accept that route. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Mailbag on the Monday it posts? Okay, I'm feelin' real good about myself now. :)

      Re: Watering Down. It all has to do with audience awareness. I think there is ALWAYS a way to present a touchy topic that resonates with and properly engages the audience you are trying to reach. And, for heaven's sake (and as I recently discussed in a hub on book reviews), don't write to please and engage the trolls. They are not an audience, they are just noise.

      Happy Monday!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great week for the Mailbag. Interesting to read your take on self-publishing. Seems like it is becoming more and more difficult for someone new to break the barrier.

      This week has brought a very distinct change to our weather and it feels like fall. I do believe we've seen the last of the summer weather. Have a great week.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Again you were handed some tough questions and gave good answers. I am glad to see the cover of Resurrecting Tobias prominently displayed. As for Amazon and what they have done to booksellers and publishers that is a whole book all by itself. My understanding is if you are not already famous in one form or another you have no chance at a traditional publisher. But between Amazon and what I think is a sister company Createspace, we all can get our work into print. (Then we can give copies to our friends as gifts.)

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      About getting a book published by a traditional publisher versus self-publishing. I recall that some time ago you wrote about examples of authors getting good self-published sales and that leading to their getting traditional publisher deals. The odds are probably low, but it's something to hope and try for.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marion. I appreciate your support. Come back again, my new friend.

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      Marion Drury 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good morning Bill. This is the first 'instalment' I've read as I've just started following your work. Excellent! Very informative and helpful. Keep up the great work. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Clive, and may God shine on you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, MizB. We are all learning together. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you my friend. All is well here. Sounds like you are enjoying life. Always with love. Yes, a shift in my thinking. It seems the times are changing and I can either change, too, or be left in the dust.

      blessings to you always

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      That's a lot of work you put in Billy. Keep it up and may god bless you.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Some good questions and good answers, Bill. I'm soaking it all in, and I'm sure everybody else is, too. Thanks for paving the way.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I always try to listen to my readers, so thank you. I suspect "Shadows Kill" will be an ebook and also available as a hard copy in the next two months. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I suspect you are correct. I don't have to like it to recognize it as fact. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! No, no emails today, my friend, but hope springs eternal. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! It's always good to hear from someone who has been there and done that.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Excellently said, Bill and another great installment from your wonderful mailbag. Glad to hear that it means so much to you.

      I like your take on the religion thing. I still answer a few questions, but some of us really crucify each other on Q's and A's. Respect, bro, you said it. Much needed.

      I note a shift in your thinking re E-books and Kindle, etc. Yes, these are exciting times and things are moving very fast in this area of writing.

      Hope that all's good and the weather is kind to you and Bev. Very hot here yesterday and I was a medic in a 24-hr race. Loads of fun! That's my life. All else is 'cool.' Peace.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks drbj....times they are a'changin', and we can either change with them or get lost with yesterday's garbage. Personally I can't stand that smell. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, I know what you mean about feeling like you are, "...running out of years to play the game." That's exactly how I feel. I want to already be accomplished instead of working toward that goal. I'm reading between the lines here and seeing that people (including me) are anxious to read your latest novel. I think people are planting the bug in your ear that you might want to go ahead and self-publish... because we want to read what we know is going to be a best-seller. We should all read it and write reviews so the national publishers will take notice. The readers have spoken!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Traditional publishing houses are dying and self publishing will probably be the way to go now and certainly in the future.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Another good start to the week Bill. There's a difference between not wishing to cover certain topics, and watering down your writing. I admire the fact that you refrain from entering into discussions of religion and politics, but when you DO cover a topic, I can always count on you to pull no punches.

      Has anyone sent you an email today?

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Good discussion of book signings and reading. To sell books, this must be done. For other reasons, I don't anymore, but I felt it worked well when I did. Not just in your town, but expand out in circles from your home-base. It works as much as you are willing to put yourself out there. I'd like to still be doing it. It really is very satisfying... great to talk to readers face to face!! ;-)

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      It seems, Bill, that traditional book publishing ain't what it used to be, and writers today have more success with self publishing. Fortunately, we don't seem to be running out of self publishing firms ... yet.

      Thanks for the new-to-me KindleScout info.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Kailey! The calmness you notice took years and years to develop. I wasn't always this calm in a storm. It's nice to finally find that same, quiet harbor. :) yes on cafes....one just has to go out and find them....coffee shops are still great places for readings.

      Thank you my young friend.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      There are a lot of interesting things to consider in this installment! I love the caption under your first image, by the way. Hilarious! As I have said before, you are open and unapologetic with how you feel. I love that about you. I wish I could be as calm as you seem. No matter how open I am, and no matter how important I feel the topic is, I will still worry.

      On another note, I didn't know cafes and such would allow readings. That's very cool!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Diana, you and me both. I have to hold a book. I don't see the day coming when I buy an ebook reader. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! I do have a regulator that keeps me from going to far over the "acceptable" line. I like having loyal followers and really don't want to disgust them too much. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, Ann, the email is eagerly anticipated. :) Thanks as always for being here.

      bill

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      Diana L Pierce 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Interesting topics here, as always, billybuc. Kindle Scout could prove profitable for many, but beware of selling e-books too cheap thinking you'll make more money by selling more. A talented western writer I know has recently took a big cut in revenue by trying this route. Most of his work now is only available in hard copy. Myself, I'd sooner read a novel in paperback.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      The questions and answers just seem to get better and better when you'd expect them to be running short. I loved Eric's question especially. I recently read an erotic romance story here on Hub Pages by someone I follow I really didn't think this type of content would pass the HP censors. Don't get me wrong it was a great story, just that I have written a couple of erotic tales in my time but would not be brave enough to publish them on Hub Pages. Your "Walking the Streets.." story was fairly suggestive but nowhere near as explicit in comparison to the story I am referring. I know if you have loyal followers they will read anything you write, but I don't think I would risk testing that loyalty to the limit.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Another goodie, bill. Such good questions this week, ones which apply more to me as well. The publisher thing is hard, isn't it? I say we just keep on knocking and do something else in the time between.

      Eric's question was good and I agree with what you say.

      Hope you get that publisher soon; they don't know what they're missing!

      Have a majestic Monday, bill!

      Ann

      PS: will drop you an email soon!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...FatBoy, believe me, I'm laughing because I've definitely thought about doing that. Thanks for the chuckle and reminding me of that option.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristen, I'm glad to hear your writing slump is over. Good luck with Nano this year, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Good stuff, Bill, and I have to say I think you're dead right about saying something if you believe it should be said, though I suppose if you say it via one of your characters, you could always claim it was the character's fault!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, great answers to tough questions. It only takes one yes from an agent or publisher out of many nos. I do prefer personalized rejection and R&Rs over form rejections for sure. After a writing slump for the past 1.5 years, I'm back in the saddle again for Nano 2015. Great hub as always!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, ten years ago I would have said your idea doesn't stand a chance. No way am I saying that today. If I've learned anything it's that most things are possible. Thanks for sharing your "vision." It will be interesting to see if it has fruit when it grows. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa and thanks for the suggestion about Kindle Scout. Glad the weather is nice there. You need to store up those nice days so you'll remember them in January. :) Have a great Monday and thank you.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Bill

      I think that it is about time that the bureaucracy of the traditional book publishing is put in its place here in the 21st century. Quite frankly, I don't see their advantages today. Amazon has kicked the brick and mortar competition, and online sales keep building up.

      So, why are we still stuck on the 19th century book publishing and its hierarchy?

      It is the writing itself that is important, and not the book dealers and their inner circle. Look at how You Tube has taken itself to a new high level. Fame can be a computer click away, thanks to You Tube.

      My idea of the day.

      idea!

      Mix fiction text, the traditional book content with visual aids. Comic book meets classic book is the idea. But not the cartoon type of illustration. It would be more of a magazine type photos. In its simplest form, it could be a simple color swatch, and going complex, it could be a visualization of a scene.

      The beauty of this visual enhancement is that, it can be easily turned off for readers that don't appreciate the visual as it destroys or impairs their imagination.

      This came from my imagination, but I haven't googled it to see if the idea exists somewhere. My point is that technology has changed us, and while the old books are comfort zones for some, others may enjoy a technological boost.

      This could include an audio sound FX to set the mood.

      OK, it is look more like a movie with subtitles.

      I planted the seed at your urban farm, lol.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Good morning Bill, thanks for answering my question and also for checking out the Kindle Scout program. Please make sure that if you do go that route, you send out a link to your nomination so that all your fans, myself included, can vote for you!

      The weather here is so lovely that I'm pretending tomorrow isn't the last day of summer...Hope you have a beautiful fall!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I can always count on you to be here first in line. Thank you so much for your loyalty and friendship, and Happy Monday to you.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Aw, another great installment this week and I definitely remember the Spirit Lake article as I guess I have been around long enough now. But still appreciate your further insight into writing about controversy as trust me I have grappled with this myself and happy to get as much advice as possible. Thanks Bill and have a wonderful week ahead now!