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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Ten

Updated on September 1, 2014

Welcome Back Once Again My Friends

Well, I’ll be honest with you. I had no idea this series would be as popular as it is. I am smiling as I write this. Every once in a while I come up with a good idea. Who would have thunk it? LOL

You ask the questions and I attempt to answer. There are times I will not know the answer. We start off today with one such question. When I don’t know I won’t fake it. I’ll try to steer you in the right direction so you can get the answer you need, but I won’t say something unless I’m positive that I’m right.

You can send your questions to my email at holland1145@yahoo.com, or you can ask them in the comment section below, or you can ask them on my website at www.williamdhollandauthor.com.

Now let’s do it to it like Sonny Pruitt.

This writer has no clue how to format an ebook, but there are those who can help
This writer has no clue how to format an ebook, but there are those who can help | Source

Ebook Formatting

From Rachael: “billybuc, you suggested once that I combine a number of my biographical articles into ebooks and I really want to do that - but I don't understand the formatting process. I wrote all of them in Word, but I'm finding that Word is not acceptable on all ebook platforms. Some are flexible but others are not. A new epublisher will come along with their own requirements for conversion and, for some unbelievable reason, Word is not good enough for them. They want epub(the easiest), or else LIT, LRF, Doc and DOCX, RTF, MOBI, TCR, PDF, PDB, and if there are pictures, then they want you to use a program that supports text and pictures so that there are not two different formats used in one ebook.

I don't understand the conversion process. I've used CALIBRE and "Online-Convert" to change formatting, but it still gets corrupted so it has to be corrected line by line.

Is there a special program that will convert the text without jumbling it up or corrupting it so I don't have to sit and retype or copy paste my work into the new formats? I have researched this to death and I don't know whether it is MY mental resistance that roadblocks me or what, but the formatting just doesn't make sense to me. What is ok for one is not ok for another site. Thanks for any advice you can offer.”

I already answered Rachael in an email, but I’ll tell all of you the same thing…I don’t know. I am lost when it comes to tech stuff and formatting. If I need something formatted for an ebook, I ask my friend Liz to handle it. There are numerous articles online that can help. Here’s one if you are interested.

There are also several good books that will help. One of them is “eBook Creator Guide” by Glenn Hunt.

Sorry, Rachael, but that’s the best I can do.

How to approach a memoir is a personal decision. There is no absolute right way to do it
How to approach a memoir is a personal decision. There is no absolute right way to do it | Source

Memoir Formatting

From Ann: “ It's going to be a family memoir. I therefore have a question for you.

“It's based around several family characters, covering a long time-span. I'm going round in circles trying to decide whether to write chronologically, one side of family then the other or just go with a series of photos (of which I have many, thanks to Dad).

“Any suggestions to help my framework, bill? Then I can stop floundering before I tie myself in knots.”

Unfortunately, or fortunately, this is a subjective decision. Ann is basically asking what approach she should take to writing her memoir, but there is no “best answer” for that question. If I wrote a memoir I would probably take the chronological approach, but that’s just me. I’m comfortable using time as a framework. Others might not be.

Pen Names

Melissa asks: “What do you think of pen names? If you were to write your first book using a pen name, would you carry through with that pen name on your author’s website?”

Thanks, Melissa. I’m willing to bet there are quite a few differing opinions on this one, so what you are getting as an answer is just mine. There are no guarantees I am correct, but the same could be true of any opinion on this subject.

I know why writers use pen names, but I don’t really agree with it and I certainly would never do it.

Having said that, if one did use a pen name, I would think that pen name should be included on the author’s website just for the sake of marketing and name-recognition….but….if the author, for whatever reason, does not want the public to know who he/she is, then obviously you would not…or…you could start a website just for that pen name.

Kindle Rights

Sally once again: “Thank you for including a question of mine, which does lead me to ask who owns the rights to a kindle book? Is it a necessary requirement to own a kindle before you can successfully write an e-book?”

I’ll answer the second question first, mainly because I’m contrary on my best days. No, you don’t need to own a Kindle before writing an ebook. I don’t own one and I’ve published ebooks. Owning one might help you in a small way to understand how they are formatted, but that is such a small reason that I don’t think it is significant.

As for the rights to a Kindle book….it gets amazingly complicated, and some of you might find this interesting.

This from an NBC news story: “But it serves as a bitter reminder that we don't ever truly own the digital goods and software we buy online. Instead, we rent them, or hold them in a sort of long-term lease, the terms of which are brokered and policed exclusively by the leaseholder.

As Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow put it in a blog post yesterday:

This fine print will always have a clause that says you are a mere tenant farmer of your books, and not their owner, and your right to carry around your "purchases" (which are really conditional licenses, despite misleading buttons labeled with words like "Buy this with one click" — I suppose "Conditionally license this with one click" is deemed too cumbersome for a button) can be revoked without notice or explanation (or, notably, refund) at any time.”

It’s all in that little fine print you read and agree with before you publish your ebook, so read carefully and think twice before agreeing to publish.

I have 3,000 hours to go...how about you?
I have 3,000 hours to go...how about you? | Source

10,000 Hour Rule

From Peter: “What’s up with this 10,000 hour rule I keep hearing about? Could you explain more about it?”

Well yes I can.

The 10,000 Hour Principle was first mentioned in the book “Outliers: The Story of Success,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Throughout this book, Gladwell mentions that the key to success in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of approximately 10,000 hours.

A bit random for sure, but I happen to believe the basic premise. Whether you set the hour limit at 9,000 or 10,000 or 11,000 isn’t really important. The point is that you will never be exceptional at something without practicing it and working at it.

I estimate that I am currently at hour 7,000. I’ll let you know how much I believe in the principle in 3,000 more hours.

DUPLICATIONS?

From Brian: “When you compile a group of your HubPages articles into an e-book about a topic, do you first unpublish those articles from HubPages? If you do, how do you decide when an article would do better in an e-book than on HubPages? If you do not, how can you have the same article in two places online at the same time—HubPages and wherever you post your e-book, such as at Amazon Kindle e-books?”

Thanks, Brian. This is a question that comes up all the time. There is no duplication issue when using Hubs for an ebook. I have done it on numerous occasions and I know of others who have done it as well. The only time one runs into duplication problems is when a Hub is used as an article in a magazine.

As for deciding which would do better on HubPages vs an ebook, I have no definitive answer for that. To me that’s a purely subjective decision and I can’t make it for you. The decision is an easy one for me because all the articles I do for HubPages are done with the express purpose of one day being a book of some sort. HP is just a staging area for me and my articles.

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That’s All, Folks, and Thank You

Let’s put Installment Ten to bed. I’ll sit patiently by waiting for the next set of questions, and then I’ll get busy with Installment Eleven. Thanks to all of you who asked questions this week, and thanks to all of you who took the time to visit and comment.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I love that this idea has indeed become so popular, but then again I think you are truly full of great ideas and this just happened to be one of them! Happy Monday and wishing you a great week ahead now.

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Well, for once, I'm the first to comment! That doesn't happen often on your hubs because they are so popular, especially this series which I am enjoying. Thanks once again for your insights. I have a friend who published an e-book but I don't think she had a problem with formatting. I'll ask her what she used and which website she published it on. Maybe that will help. Good job getting me up and started this morning!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I continue to learn from/ enjoy these mailbag installments... and appreciated the link on your blog to your e-books on Amazon - very cool.

      Happy Labor Day to you and Bev. Love, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I find it interesting that the author doesn't own rights to his/her eBook. It seems to me, with so many people going that route that the copyright laws should be amended to include digital books.

      You still haven't posted links to your eBooks, Bill. Will you consider posting them in a sidebar on your next Mailbag post? Thanx!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Interesting series Bill, and good to see you continue. After all, questions will vary and so this is great for newness and creativity.

      On the pen name thing, I used Manatita for my first book, but I had a profile of myself at the back with my real name and details. The genre was important in the sense that I am known in spiritual circles by that name. When I compile my poetry, though, God's willing, I will probably used Bard of Solace which I have been using lately. Now that would be a 'cool' pen name.

      JK Rowlings didn't do too bad with her first anonymous non-Harry Potter book. A good publicity ploy, if intended.

      Thanks Bro, rambling on again. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday, Janine, and thank you so much. Have a great work week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning, Ann, and thank you for being the first. I'm sure formatting isn't that difficult, but I have no experience to base that statement on. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Maria, and Happy Labor Day to you. I always appreciate you stopping by my friend. You are special.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, to tell you the truth, that piece of information shocked me. I may not do any other ebooks quite frankly.

      Remembering is my biggest problem lately. I'll try to remember, Sha. I get so busy that something like that is gone from my mind in five minutes. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Manatita! It is an interesting choice, to use a pen name. A lot of writers do it so I assume they have good reasons. Thanks for sharing yours.

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Microsoft offers some simple instructions on how to convert to PDF from Word 2007: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/save-as-pdf...

      There are also several online PDF converters where you upload your .doc to create a pdf: http://www.freepdfconvert.com/

      Not everyone has Word on his computer (like those of use who use Macs). Plus also, the formatting can easily be altered accidentally in a .doc, so .pdf files are safer for everyone. CreateSpace makes it crazy simple to upload your book (they format it for ebook for you), and it's owned by Amazon so that's a bonus.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Thanks again for answering one of my questions. I have bookmarked this Hub - especially for the great video on formatting for a kindle device.

      I have really found this question and answer session very useful. They have really helped to clear some of the muddy waters for me.

      I think the question about rights is a difficult one and is something which could be debated for a long time. I wonder for instance, about the implication of an image being uploaded to a kindle book without the permission of the photographer!

      You have a great day Billy,

      Sally

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Having never tried publishing an ebook, I had no idea about the complications. Very interesting and worthy information. Thank you, my friend! I hope you had a relaxing Labor Day. ( kind of an oxymoron!)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Lizzy! That's why I let you do it...you make it easy for me since I don't do a damned thing. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I'm glad you are finding this series helpful. I think, in the case of uploading an image without permission, one could get into some problems very quickly. I would suggest never doing that.

      Have a wonderful week my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, it is an oxymoron, isn't it? What a strange holiday here in the States. Nice thought, but I'm usually working on this day, so its meaning is a bit lost on me. :) Thank you as always.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I'm actually on my way too work, as well, Bill. They do pay me time and a half, though!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Think that when you put the articles you write on writing platforms together in an ebook, you'd have to remove them from the platform. No one would read the book if they were already on the platform.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, when I used to work for others, I would always sign up to work holidays...hard to ignore time and a half. Have a great day at work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, I agree with that, Michelle....but the question is do you have to, and I don't believe you do...do I suggest that you do? Most definitely.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Got waylayed by that video you put up with Frank McCourt. I love him, thanks for the great article.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Great series, Bill. I love reading all the questions and then the helpful answers!

      I'm currently writing an ebook right now so this series is very useful. It always gives me more motivation to keep going with writing. Formatting an ebook is difficult enough, especially for Kindle where a MOBI file is needed. The script is hard enough, not to mention the formatting!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Brie, and glad you liked the video. Happy Labor Day to you.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great information, as always, Bill.

      Nothing useful for me, today, but I do enjoy the 'Mailbag'.

      Hoping you and Bev have a nice Labor Day.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susi10, I know I find it difficult, difficult enough to give up and bribe a friend to do it for me. LOL Thank you and have a wonderful Labor Day.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I do enjoy reading your answers. I learn something every time. For instance, I did not know there was no issue of duplication when content is published in an eBook and on HubPages. That's good-to-know information.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Billybuc I really enjoy this series and the questions of others.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, thanks for hanging in there even if there was nothing for you. I'll try to do better next time. :) Happy Labor Day to you and yours. In its tradition, it is a work day for Bev and me.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I have no verifiable proof of that, but I do know about fifty of my articles are in ebooks and I've never heard a word about it from anyone. Thanks my friend and Happy Labor Day to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks mdscoggins. I'm glad.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I have been thinking of writing a book for a while and not sure if I can put forth enough words to do so. I will have to read the rest of your posts on this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, it can be daunting at first, but once you get started you might be surprised how easy it is. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to HP.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bill, thanks for answering the question I've had for awhile about whether or not one has to unpublish hubs included in an ebook. But as another commenter pointed out, our copyright laws are woefully out-of-date when it comes to e-publishing. The idea that an author does not own his or her e-book is news to me AND is as shocking as it was to you. Knowing this, an ebook of my hubs isn't such a good idea after all, at least until copyright laws catch up to the 21st century.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I published my ebook on Lulu.com and only needed a few simple rules to follow in formating. Everything we do has some rules to follow. If we cannot follow simple rules, we should learn how to do so. One opinion. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, good to see you again my friend. I think I'll refrain from publishing ebooks until I see a change in these regulations and laws. I'm sure there are those who would disagree with me, and that's fine, but I like having all rights to my work. Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks and I always value your opinion. For me, it just isn't worth the time or effort. :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Too cool. I thought you could not duplicate hubs in any form be it eBook or other. Love learning new stuffs. I have a crazy question that probably applies to no one but me. How do you shut the world out long enough to finish the longer stuff? Poems, shorts, how to and such, sure I can whip it out but I can't seem to finish the really long stuff, what's important. I can't lock myself in a cave, though I've thought of it! What do you do?

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I am well, thanks for asking. I've just returned from a too-long sabbatical from HP (and from writing in general) to adrress a few Real Life issues. ;D

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, more good stuff here. Of course, I've come to expect that. if it was anything else but good stuff, I'd think I was on the wrong page. Thanks!

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      Thanks again for the great advice and information.

      I do have two things to mention about e-books. The first being that you must read the fine print in the agreement you sign. Unless it states otherwise, the author retains full copyright of the work. Once you create a Kindle version, Amazon has control over listing and distributing the work and can even demand that it be only available in that version - can but doesn't do that currently; however, unless things change, they can't claim ownership of the written words. Only the author can grant permission for anyone to use that work in any way (reprinted issues, movie deals, etc) within the bounds of copyright law. Unless you sign a statement specifically handing over all rights, you're in charge.

      As for formatting e-books, independent authors have a simple way to format. I do my own formatting for the Kindle version, but use Smashwords to do the others. Smashwords has its own formatting rules to follow, but once you upload the one file, they have a computer convert that one file to all of the other versions.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I have considered turning my hubs into an E-book. This hub has helped me more than words can say. As always voted up, useful, interesting and totally awesome.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I remember reading somewhere that you had to unpublish a hub if you were going to ebook it...it's been a while since I read that, but I like your way much better! I'll now look into ebooks. I want my cake and eat it too! :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, another great write, excellent video on formatting for kindle, I'll be watching it again later. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, I have an advantage in that I have no kids at home or other responsibilities. This is my job. All my friends know I work at home and that I take this seriously, and they have honored that. :) Thanks for the question. I'll include it next week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Jama, I hope that issue has been addressed and all is well now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lifegate...kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, great additions to the discussion. Thank you so much for that. I love hearing from the voice of experience.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, breakfastpop...carry on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, all I can tell you is I've got about fifty hubs currently on HP that are also in ebooks, and have been for almost two years. Seems like I would have heard something by now, doesn't it? :) I like cake too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo. I always appreciate you taking the time from your busy schedule to visit and comment. Blessings to you always my friend.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Isn't it amazing how many questions are generated? Your idea was obviously a great one, bill.

      Thanks for answering my question here as well as in your other hub; hopefully it'll prove useful for others as well.

      I've sorted the problem now and it will end up mainly chronological. Hubs have come out of it too! Strange how one thing is a catalyst for another, isn't it?

      Happy Monday pm, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It happens that way, Ann. I don't know how many of my hubs were generated by others, but it is a large number. I'm glad to hear you have a direction now, and best wishes on that memoir.

      Thank you as always. I hope you are having a lovely evening.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      It's now 11.20 at night and I should be going to bed but my mind is eager to shed ideas onto paper. Having started that memoir, I can't leave it!

      We've been out today and visited a local(ish) castle. The sun was shining and it was delightful. Lots of inspiration and lots to smile about. A great day!

      Good night!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good night, Ann, and thank you for rubbing the castle in my face. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Ha ha!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      good night Ann

      bill

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Thank you for featuring my question, billybuc. I followed your links which lead me to 7 videos that are all on the topic of publishing e-books, but so far none are showing the actual formatting in a step by step mode. But I won't give up. Another question in this article was one I had which was about hubs going into ebooks, did we have to unpublish them first, so I'm glad to read your answer to that one!

      My Q & A articles about copyrights were a hit right from the start when I published the first one over two and a half months ago and the questions are coming in pretty steadily. But now I have opted to stop the Q & A's format for longer responses for a while and dedicate full hubs on each question because some require photos and more detail. I'm glad the Q & A are a hit for you. Keep them coming!

      Thank you again. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      All of your answers to questions are helpful to many, i'm sure. Thank you for giving so much to others....

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Useful Bill! I wish I knew how to bookmark this series

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Bill,

      I hope you are enjoying the Labor Day holiday today. I'll bet you are laboring away though. Sending you a quick 'thank you' for today's "Writers Mailbag." It's always such a joy to learn from you!

      Sending you Happy Thoughts ~

      Audrey

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! This mailbag had some tech...ies which I appreciate, because I'm not even sure I know what questions to ask, but I will follow up that e-book information. Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Rachael, I'm glad your hubs are doing well. I think you made a wise decision. Many of these subjects deserve a more lengthy response and explanation.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Ruby, and your hub is coming Thursday. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Audrey, don't ask me. LOL That would require technical knowledge, of which I have none.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I'm afraid i spent Labor Day laboring. LOL No, not really. I don't consider writing labor....more a joy of the soul, and I know you understand that. Thank you dear lady.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, truthfully, I hope I don't get too many tech questions, because tech stuff stumps me. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      Another helpful post! I have thought about making an ebook at some point, so your answers were very useful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Torrs. Best wishes if you decide to do it, and thanks for the visit.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday Bill,

      Good job here on your mail route in delivering your answers! I am SO glad for further clarification on the publishing of e-books and hubs still being published. I never thought it to be a problem until I was told it was, but it never made any sense to me.

      Blessings and peace to you and yours always

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      This has been really helpful. I hope to complete something worth publishing at some point. Now I have a better idea of how to go about it. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpawwrites, it is my pleasure. Good luck when you decide to take that leap.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good evening Faith. I hope all is well down South. Thanks my friend. Mind you, I have no proof about the duplication issue. All I know is about fifty of my hubs are currently in ebooks, and have been for two years, and I have heard nothing about it. For me, that's proof. :)

      blessings always my friend

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great article and indeed very helpful. I am so behind my writing that I think my gray matter is needing some electrolytic rust removal or maybe I am just a lazy bone needing some push. :)

      Bookmarking for future reference. Thanks Bill.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Billybuc, there was nothing I can use from this mailbag..but nonetheless I find the series very useful and I look forward to each and everyone

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      More great info Bill. You tackled some questions here that I had been wondering about. Like you, I struggle with the technical requirements in formatting my work for eBooks. I have read tutorials, but an still at a loss. I think I will need to hire someone to do it for me when the time is right. It is also interesting in regard to the copyright issue. Have a great day.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      ANSWER: To anyone who wants to "Bookmark this series," you must bookmark each individual post. Here's how to do that:

      On the first post that you want to save, click on your "favorites" or "bookmarks" tab (whichever name your system calls it) while the post is on screen.

      Instead of clicking "Save" Or "Done" on the bookmark popup, click "Choose another folder."

      Then click "Make New Folder."

      Now name the folder - Bill's Mailbags, for example - and click Done.

      The next time you click another mailbag installment, the folder to save should be "Bill's Mailbags" by default. But it won't, if you have been bookmarking other stuff in between before the next installment post.

      To remedy that, you will have to select the folder "Bill's Mailbags" this way:

      Click the post, choose ANOTHER (not new) folder, select Bill's Mailbags from the drop down menu, click SAVE.

      Now you have them all in one place on your bookmarks (or favorites).

      ANOTHER - means you already have the folder in your drop down menu.

      NEW - means you have to create and name a folder. Once a new folder is created for your topic, always use ANOTHER when saving.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      I edited my previous comment but I didn't get it done fast enough before the clock ran out. Please disregard previous and use this one. TY

      ANSWER: To anyone who wants to "Bookmark this series," you must bookmark each individual post to have them for future reference. Here's how to do that:

      On the first post that you want to save, click on your "favorites" or "bookmarks" tab (whichever name your system calls it) while the post is on screen.

      Instead of clicking "Save" Or "Done" on the bookmark popup, click "Choose another folder."

      Then click "Make New Folder."

      Now name the folder - Bill's Mailbags, for example - and click Done.

      The next time you click another mailbag installment, the folder to save - "Bill's Mailbags"- is already made.

      You will have to "choose new folder" if you have been bookmarking other stuff before the next installment post.

      To remedy that, you will have to select the folder "Bill's Mailbags" this way:

      Click the post you want to save, then choose ANOTHER (not new) folder, select Bill's Mailbags from the drop down menu, click SAVE.

      Now you have them all in one place on your bookmarks (or favorites).

      No need to make a new folder each time for the mailbags. But if you want to make folders for other topics, follow the same steps above.

      Sorry about the double post. I wasn't fast enough to edit the former.

      Thanks.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Most valuable information and what a helpful series! So many of my doubts are being cleared by your Mailbag articles.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Ahhh, so much to learn. Thank you for sharing the secret handshake to so many things, Bill. I'm storing this away for future reference. Very helpful. As always, voted "up".

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This is one class I love attending! I wonder how many questions you really get each week as you have so many eager students.

      I must admit I'm now a little hesitant about ebooks but time will tell.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I have been thinking about using an ebook to help build my writer's platform. This article has given me a bit more to think about. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I think we all get that way from time to time. We need to listen to our inner workings and take a break occasionally. Glad you are back friend, and sending hugs from Olympia. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Frank, and I hope you have a solid day of writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I think I'm missing some gene that allows me to understand tech stuff. At least that is what I'm blaming it on. LOL Have a great week my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, thank you so much. I never knew how to do that, and I know quite a few Hubbers like me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again, thank you Rachael!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan! I'm glad this is useful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, now that you know the secret handshake, you will find a whole new world out there. Welcome to the club, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! The jury is still out on ebooks for me. I'll give it more thought before going ahead with another one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, thanks! You are a good writer, and I think ebooks are great for the platform...just make sure you have all the facts.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Here's my two cents on ebooks.

      FORMATTING: I've found the Amazon KDP platform very easy when it comes to converting MS Word docs into saleable ebooks that are readable on Kindle and any other mobile device with the Kindle mobile app. It is even easier when using the Amazon Createspace platform to create both the print book and the ebook during the same process. Createspace has a Word template to download (in 1997-2003 MS Word format). But what I've found is that I've had to experiment and keep checking the "soft" online proof of the document to make sure it's converting correctly.

      DO BOTH: If writers use a platform such as Createspace that creates both a print and ebook version for little or no money, do both! At events, it's impossible to sell ebooks. A print book is something tangible to take away to remember the author by. I also have had attendees walk up and say they read everything in ebook version/Kindle. Having both makes sure you cover both reading preferences.

      Two cents, two points... I'll stop there. Keep the encouragement coming!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, your two cents is worth about two hundred bucks, but I'll take it for free. Thank you and I hope all is well in your world.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There are such a wide range of topics. Writing isn't just a simple thing any more with so many mediums.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I have lamented that very fact more often than I care to think about. For whatever reason, I wish the old days were here where you were either a journalist or an author...this online stuff wears me out. :) Thanks my OK friend.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Bill, I am glad to know that we can put hubs in eb0oks and still leave them on HubPages! I didn't know that. That makes things easier. (Yeah, whenever I get around to it!) You have lots of valuable information in this article. I need to read more of these installments!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I finally had time at 11:43 PM to read one of your hub on Writer's Mailbag and now I will go back and read 1-9. I am working on a book and now I need to learn about the ins and outs of publishing.

      You have a great Wednesday,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great series answering many questions. Glad to know that we can use HubPages hubs for ebooks too. Thank you for sharing this. Great series!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Frankly, I've never even thought of writing an ebook, but who knows: one day I just might try and do that! My daughter wrote an ebook on barbering, and it's doing fairly well.

      Voted UP, etc.etc.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Vicki! Thanks for stopping by. All I know is if it isn't okay to make ebooks out of hubs, someone has dropped the ball at HP for over two years, because that's how long I've gotten away with it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Bobbi! I'm so excited that you are working on a book. Good for you my friend. That's a huge accomplishment and commitment. Thank you and best wishes.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Vellur, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there you go, Mary. If it's good enough for your daughter, it's good enough for you. :) Thank you and have a great day.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I've also wondered about the ebook formatting issue. Thanks for addressing it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I'm glad you found this useful. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for talking about the ebook issue, Bill! Thumbs up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, vkwok. Thanks as always.

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      Randall Jonas 2 years ago from Canada

      Thank-you for this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Randall. Thanks again.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Love the sweet and simple advice on this series, Bill. Right now I'm too tired to think of pen names so it's good to know they are not necessary.

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      Sandy 2 years ago from Florida

      Excellent information, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think they are, Dianna. I'm sure some writers have a great reason to use them, but I can't think of a single one. :) Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Hankscita. Thank you!

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      mathira 2 years ago from chennai

      billy, you have clarified many of the doubts I had. There are many plans about being a good writer in my mind, but everything is all jumbled up. It will take time, but definitely I am going to give it a good try.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does take time, mathira. Just be patient and improve as a writer. That's all any of us can do.

      Thank you!

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