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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Thirteen

Updated on September 22, 2014

How It Works

My goodness we have some great questions this week. You guys, and gals, are really stretching me to my limits, and that is always a good thing.

This is how it works: you ask the question about writing, and I answer the question. I don’t promise I will always be right, but I do promise I’ll be honest in my answers and give you the best response I have. On some of the questions about technology, I just throw up my hands and admit I don’t know. On questions that require a subjective answer, I give you how I feel but do not claim to be all-knowing.

Ask your questions in the comment section below, or on my website at www.williamdhollandauthor.com. And that’s how this works!

Now let’s get started with one of those technical questions I mentioned earlier.

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KINDLE PROGRAMS

From Melissa: How do you feel about the new Amazon Kindle Unlimited program or the Kindle Select programs for self-publishers?

Melissa, you are going to get a purely gut-reaction on this one. I guess these programs are good for self-publishers. They promise more money, and that’s a good thing, right? However….

Ever since I learned that Kindle owns the online publishing rights of the works of authors, I’ve been a bit turned off by Kindle. In fact, I am contemplating not publishing anymore using that format. Now I know there are millions of writers who swear by Kindle, and there are millions who make money using Kindle Publishing….but I’m still not sold, and I most definitely do not like giving up my rights.

SUBPLOTS

And another from Melissa: How many subplots in a novella?

Melissa keeps busy asking me questions when she isn’t working her full-time job, and I sure appreciate her for it. This question came from an article I wrote about the number of subplots in a novel. In that article I suggested using three or four main subplots.

A novella is, by nature, shorter, usually under 70,000 words, so the number of subplots is less. In order to do a great job on subplots in a novella, I would recommend no more than two. Any more than that and you run the risk of watering down your material, and that is never a good thing to do.

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MORE ABOUT SUBPLOTS

Sheila asks: “You say: ‘Final Effect: all subplots must affect the resolution of the main plot.’ I have to ask if this is always true or only true of books that are not part of a series? In a series, it seems that some subplots do affect the resolution of the main plot of an individual book while others continue throughout the series. I think I know how you will answer this question, but I ask it here so you can add a further explanation (or perhaps use it for a hub idea) so other writers will have the benefit of your thoughts and opinions.”

I have the smartest followers on the planet. Sheila immediately saw a loophole in my suggestion that all subplots be brought to fruition within the novel. She asks what about a series, and her question is right on.

When an author is writing a series, all based on the same characters, then it is most definitely all right to let some subplots carry over into the next book in the series. I have seen this done successfully by many popular writers, and I think it is very effective. In fact, I’m making my way through the “Longmire” series, and this technique is used quite effectively in that series.

NICHE WRITERS

Sally asks: “Sometimes, something you write sparks another question, so mine for you this week, is related to something you wrote above, ' I worked hard to find customers'

What was your approach when you first started to look for potential customers? Do you think that by concentrating on niche subjects you are more likely to get repeat business, such as for instance, a monthly column or do you write on a variety of subjects? Perhaps you might like to enlarge on that for us!”

Sally is one sharp cookie, whatever that means!

I’m going to give you my opinion. You can give it as much importance as you like. For online writers, I think niche writing is always best. Sally is a great example of this. She has written a series of articles about wet-felting. I think that, over time, continually pounding a niche will pay dividends with search engines, and that can only mean more money for the writer.

I think it also sets you up well as an expert in that niche, which could lead to getting your own column in a local newspaper, as my friend Deb did with her niche series “Life at Boomer Lake.”

Craft writers should definitely be doing this, and to take it a step further, the same keywords should be used in the title of each article, thus increasing your search engine visibility.

MORE ON NICHES

From Michelle: “My question is, is it good to be a niche writer or to write on various topics?”

If you just glance at this question, it looks like the same one that Sally asked, but I don’t think it is. At least, I’m going to answer it like it is a different question.

Michelle asks if it is good to be a niche writer, and to me, the answer is yes, if you enjoy it and have a passion about your niche. However, if you are a writer who has passion for a number of subjects, then niche writing will not be for you, and will, most likely, seem rather confining.

I write a series of articles each week about writing, and I enjoy that series, but I’m not necessarily passionate about the topic….so….I also write about other topics that interest me.

I think you need to listen to that little voice inside your head and decide what moves you, and then do it.

EBOOK COSTS

From Mathira: “One doubt I have. Is it costly to bring out an eBook. Do I have to promote its sales? Is the cover that important to make viewers buy it?”

The quick answer to this question is it is as costly as you want it to be. I believe a cover is very important for an ebook, and that means designing a professional looking cover. If you are incapable of doing this, then that means paying someone to do it, and that can cost hundreds of dollars.

The other expense that I think is important is the editing of your book. I believe it is vital that your book be edited by a pro, and again, that is costly. You can edit yourself, but you will miss things. You can have friends edit for you, but they will miss mistakes. If you are serious about your writing, then be serious about the editing aspect.

And yes, with ebooks, you are the promoter. Marketing can be costly; marketing can also be inexpensive. You can spend as much money as you want on marketing, or you can spend nothing.

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More Next Week

I had two more questions from Audrey and Melanie, but I’m going to save those till next week. My apologies to those ladies, but I don’t want this to run too many words.

Thanks to all who asked questions this week, and I’ll see you back in the mail room next Monday.

2014 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

      Very true, Deb. I'll pay the extra every single time for quality.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As the old saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted, but when it comes to a book, it is best to spend the money to have something of top quality. Then it will surely sell, if surveys have paid off on how interesting it is.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Theresa! I, too, used CreateSpace, and found it very easy to work with. I will take a look at those....

      Have a great day!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - I don't care for the Kindle format and I don't think my books would work well in that format (History with numerous footnotes and a book of poetry), so I don't use it at all. I did publish my dissertation and a book of poetry through Amazon using CreateSpace. They are hard copies and I was pleased with how they turned out. What I enjoyed a lot more than I expected was designing the covers (with the help of a template of course). When you have a second, take a look at them and give me your honest opinion about the covers. Thanks.

      Helpful Hub as always and you are so right, it is so hard to edit one's own work. Blessings.

      Theresa

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Rasma! The technical part of self-publishing is much harder for me than the writing...good to know I'm not alone.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lots of great information. For me once I get all the work done to get an e-book of poems published I know I'll be scared that I do all the right things and push all the right buttons. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Beth! I'm glad you liked it.

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      billybuc, very useful information again. Well done!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, that is very good advice...who is my audience? If a writer can't answer that, then they really need to re-think what they are doing.

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Voted up, useful and awesome, as always! Especially love your comments about niche writing ... Your advice is spot on. I was told by a family member that a writer should constantly ask, 'who is my audience?' I believe that is important too. God bless you always, you are a walking, talking wealth of knowledge.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bradmaster, I'm afraid the movies, and many books, are filled with such inconsistencies. I'm actually reading an action/mystery right now where they are very consistent, but that is not the norm....and I agree..it annoys the hell out of me, too.

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      bradmaster 2 years ago

      billybuc

      One of the things about movie writers that I find amateurish is the stories of the person that has a history of being the best spy, soldier, or other action figure.

      They use the flashback to show how this person is so skilled, expert in shooting, martial arts and other skills. He has been doing this since he was a soldier, a spy or some other place where he gathered these experiences.

      Now this is just the resume buildup to give him credibility for the main plot of the movie.

      Now in most of these movies, there is a point when our expert, who has remained alive until now because of his skills, experience and expertise now finds himself making a novice mistake that lands him in the clutches of the enemy, or villain.

      To me this is a ridiculous storyline, as he couldn't have possibly been that good to make this kind of mistake.Of course, he comes out of this situation eventually, and defeats the villain.

      This appears to be a movie writing template, and as such it is too predictable.

      The other part is the expertise in shooting. The hero has been shown to shoot the equivalence of a shooting the eye out of a squirrel at a mile. My point is that during the course of the movie, the hero can't seem to shoot the bad guys across a room.

      These plots have always annoyed me, because I don't need to have the hero buildup with skills that he later doesn't seem to control.

      I know that the movie would be pretty boring without this plot ploy, but it is disappointing to see the good guy look so pathetic.

      Any thoughts.

      Thanks

      bradmaster

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. The next installment is already written, and more questions are in the wings waiting. I would have never guessed this series would do this well. Shows what I know. LOL

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Peggy! I don't think I could write in a niche. I enjoy writing about writing, but I'm much more of a creative writer than anything else. My main goal now is to publish as many novels as possible while I can still think clearly. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      Well, your mailbag is overflowing with great questions and a good variety too. I always learn something with this informative series you have going on and so glad the questions keep pouring in!

      Never knew that about Kindle either. I would not like that either, so good to know! Yes, when all else fails, we need to be mindful to read the fine print.

      Blessings and peace always

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      As to niche writing, I guess I am interested in too many things to simply settle on one topic. I once met a fellow writer at a HubCamp in Houston who did niche writing. He would write about 10 to 20 articles all on one topic and simply published them on different websites. He claimed financial success by doing it that way. I wonder if the Google gods bit him as they did most of us some time ago?

      This is a very interesting series you are writing. I did not realize that Kindle owned the rights to anything published on that site. I would not like that either.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzanne. Gotta watch out for the fine print and hidden costs. They seem to be everywhere, don't they? :)

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for the helpful information on Kindles with Amazon retaining your rights - this is new to me and was probably hidden in their fine print somewhere.....plus your information on ebooks being as expensive as you make it has certainly been my experience too. Voted useful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Michelle. I appreciate you being here.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill for another week packed full of information :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. Greatly appreciated.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this amazing advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ologsinquito, I can't imagine publishing any kind of book without having someone else edit it. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Hi billy, this is excellent advice. There is an old saying that "every writer needs an editor," so if someone were going to publish an e-book, they should have someone else read it. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bradmaster, if done correctly, I believe they add depth to the story...but I have seen novels written without them, and written well....so hell, you could be correct. LOL Thanks for your thoughts.

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      bradmaster 2 years ago

      billyduc

      Subplots

      I find them superfluous, and unnecessary, while my wife loves them.

      I must be in the minority.

      So from your viewpoint, what is the purpose of the subplot?

      Thanks

      bradmaster

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breatfastpop, that's how I feel...so little time. Thanks my friend. I hope we have a ton of time left.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much DDE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Frank. I love it when some of my nonsense helps others. Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Alicia. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      There is so much to learn and so little time. Thanks once again for the info. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Greatly written and such useful tips mentioned here. Thank you

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Billy this mailbag was useful to me.. some of it was as if you just wrote it for my benefit alone bless you for that :)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Useful information, as always, Bill. I found the information about the Kindle programs especially interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've done that in the past, Flourish, and it didn't seem to hurt me. Thanks for stopping by this Monday evening.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I found the information on niche building helpful. I've mixed things up lately trying some new things simply as an experiment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I am pleasantly surprised, buddy. This series has grown legs and is running on its own now.

      Thanks my friend, and enjoy the heck out of your week.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great installment Bill. Keep them coming. Personally I learn a lot from other members questions. And I must say you get some great questions. And of course your answers are pretty darn good also. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, what a very nice thing for you to say. Thank you so much. I look forward to the questions coming in, but it's nice to know people out there feel the same.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill. What I write about today is completely different from when I started here three years ago. Change is good, right? I think so, and I know you would agree.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that is helpful, so thanks for that information. I have heard from quite a few Squids who have had problems with the transfer, so any information like that is helpful.

      And thank you for the kind words.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, there is one reason that I look forward to Monday--another installment of the writer's mailbag. Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom, insight, and even those gut feelings. Hope you are having a great day.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I'm a bit like Marlene. I used to write a lot about "Business Acumen" - but I tired of it. I feel like the niche's I write will likely change, over time. Right now, of course, I'm concentrating mostly on historical fiction series... ;-)

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      Ann1Az2 LM 2 years ago

      I don't know which is more interesting, the questions you get or the way you answer them, but I'm definitely enjoying this particular series. I have a friend of mine who swears by her Kindle, but she downloads books to read - she doesn't publish. Personally, I'd rather sit down and open a real book, but then I guess I'm old-fashioned.

      I recently posted a question on my status in hubpages about the Squidoo articles that got transferred. I have since discovered that I could just copy them over, editing them as I go to my main account because you have to create a new one to get access to them. I say this for the benefit of anyone who has published on Squidoo. And I thank you for letting me use you as a platform to post this, Bill. You have so many followers, I wanted them to know.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpaw, a lot of people swear by Kindle, and quite a few people make very good money publishing ebooks...that being said, I'll stick to the traditional ways.

      Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, some of us more mature people have a hard time warming up to Kindle...and I don't plan on changing. :) Thank you dear friend, and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I'm sorry. LOL Not! I do appreciate you always being here, and I hope you had a productive day of writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita....peace be with you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry, Jen. I just found out last week. Supposedly they are trying to sell it to another network.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, you are doing what you love to do. You are a mystery writer and I see no reason for you to change as long as you find enjoyment in it....carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I found your opinions on Kindle Publishing to be very interesting. I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I'm slow on the Kindle option, guess that indicates my level of interest as a potential marketing tool. Thanks for the tips on writing.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      billybuc, you keep writing these and I still need to go back to number one and read them. Whew!

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      manatita44 2 years ago

      Thanks Bill.

      You both represent faithfulness, devotion and loyalty. Would be sad to see her go. Still, we know how life is. Much peace.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      Nooooo... Not Longmire!!!!!

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I always enjoy reading the answers you have for the questions. I've always wondered if I should try writing for a particular niche, but your answers to those questions tells me not to. I'm one of those "jack of all trades" type of people and wouldn't be able to address any particular subject in-depth enough to create a niche.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I do think it is a word...is that a question for the mailbag? LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, we do still have Jazz, but she's getting old and probably only has a year or so left. Thanks for asking.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All good questions, Rhonda, and so you don't have to wait until next Monday for an answer, pick up a copy of The Writer's Market..all the information you need about publishing houses is there. :) Thanks for the question and visit my friend.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      It seems your knowledge is inexhaustable (Is that even a word?). Thank you for taking our concerns seriously and building us!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bill. Superb as usual. Here's an interesting question? Do you still have this 'cool' looking dog?

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

      Loving the tip about repeating key words in titles for niches to promote search engine rankings. I have a somewhat general question most likely everyone knows but me. What are the best publishing houses to submit different types of works to, for instance fiction as opposed to how to crafting? Who does horror and who does social commentary? Where are the best places to search for information about the best potential publishers for specific types of genres and audiences?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Marlene. No matter how much passion we have for something, there are some topics that are, sadly, boring. LOL I think you made the right choice. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Awesome answers. Regarding niches, because of my real estate background, I tried so hard to write for that niche. But, as knowledgeable as I am and as passionate as I am, the topic was boring and difficult to keep up. It's like math. How do you make math exciting? Now I write what's interesting to me and writing is fun again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Eric. Thank you for always being here.

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

      Thanks for another great installment, I really learn a lot from this series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Ann, if you and I teamed up, we could get a great discount on a warehouse store. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yep; it's the age thing again. Off I go to buy more post-its!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, my friend, it is always good to have you stop by. Thanks, and I have a number of post-it notes hanging by my desk to remind me to do just about everything. :) For me, it is a matter of age I'm afraid.

      enjoy your week, Ann, and again, thank you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Best wishes, Margaret. Big job for sure, but I'm also sure the results will be first-rate.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thorough answers as usual, bill. I think those who ask these questions deserve a medal; they come up with such good ones. I find I think of something then by the time I get back to hubpages I've forgotten what it was - memo to self, 'must write down questions and ideas'!

      I look forward to these Monday slots. There's always something new and that always amazes me!

      Have a marvellous Monday and a wonderful week, bill!

      Ann

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much for your kind words, Bill. I've only had time to work extensively on my two most important metal clay articles so far, Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay and Metal Clay Textures (the latter is a staggering 18K words long, as I have tried to make these resources comprehensive and have been adding to them over the course of 8 years). I'm looking forward editing all 17 of my metal clay articles to make them Hub-worthy. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      goatfury, if you enjoy those four, then make them work for you and keep pounding them. Try to use the same keywords in each article title, and I think you'll see some good results.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      These are great. I've considered the niche question as well, and realized I kind of gravitate towards four or five topics I'm really interested in:

      Technological singularity

      Physics (explaining it for the layman)

      Productivity (including writing)

      Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

      Occasionally I'll break out of these four main topics and just write something for fun, but having these categories has helped me out.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Margaret, I was scrolling through your hubs the other day, and noticed the same thing about your metal clay series. Well done! I hope you see some huge views in the future, and thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dabble! You have to remember, I've been around a good many years. :) I was bound to learn something along the way. LOL

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, I love this Q&A series! Your answers are always well thought out and insightful. I agree completely about repeating a keyword when building a craft-related niche. I've done that with my series of lenses-turned-hubs on working with metal clay, which have become staple reference resources for the metal clay artist community and which all include "metal clay" in their titles. Thanks for another informative installment!

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      DabbleYou 2 years ago

      Good advice. You sure know what to do when it comes to writing and publishing. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby. I hope traditional books make a comeback. This whole ebook thing drives me nuts, and that's never a good thing. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Michelle. I would not want to read a novel that did not have subplots. Thanks for sharing my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel the same as Shauna. I want to hold the book in my hands. I have so many ebooks in my computer that I hope to read someday..Good article..

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Ow....what a tangled web of subplots! Yet it makes novels interesting!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm old-fashioned, like you, and I doubt I'll ever own a Kindle...and I have serious doubts about ever publishing an ebook again....I hope my old-fashioned attitudes take over the book industry, and we see old-fashioned publishing make a comeback.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jen, I hate to be the one to break the news, but I just found out Longmire was cancelled. I'm sad.

      As for Kindle, Amazon owns online rights...whether select or not...it's in the fine print that you read and sign when you create an ebook. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, I'm on my third novel, and I swear, it is impossible to catch all of my own mistakes....an editor is crucial.

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I'll be laughing all day about a "kick up the jumper"...I love that line. Thanks for the laugh and I'm glad you found the answers helpful.

      Enjoy a productive week

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, what are your thoughts on eBooks? I don't have an e-reader but I do have Kindle for PCs on my computer. Also, many eBooks come in the form of PDFs. I know eBooks are all the rage these days, but I find I don't read what I download (often freebies from bloggers I follow). They end up sitting in my computer never seeing the light of my blue eyes.

      I prefer to hold a book in my hands and place a bookmark in the spot where I leave off. There's just something cold and impersonal about reading a book online or on my computer. To me that's not a book. It's just an extremely long article I feel I have to read from start to finish otherwise I'll forget to come back to it. (Where do you place your bookmark?) If it's not sitting on my table or desk reminding me to finish it, chances are extremely likely I won't.

      I've had people tell me I should create an eBook, but it really doesn't interest me because eBooks don't interest me.

      What are your thoughts?

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      I am confused about Kindle owning the rights to your work. If you participate in their select program, then yes, it is exclusive. What if you don't sign up for select?

      Isn't Longmire a great show? They do an excellent job of character development and building tension. Can.'to wait to watch the next season.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Good advice always. Editing is really important. No matter how many times you read your own work you will still miss errors as you know what it is "supposed" to say and often miss what it "really" says.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      I appreciate your answering my question Billy. I think I may be guilty of not using the same keywords in each of my wet felting articles so for me that certainly was a kick up the jumper - or a slap on the wrist as some people might say and I am determined to correct that as soon as possible. I did not even think of that! Very informative Billy, thank you so much.

      You have a great week,

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa. I have a real problem with giving up my rights as an author, but that's just me and a purely subjective opinion. I hope you are working on that novella....and I DEMAND that you tell me when it is published so I can buy it. :) Thanks for the questions my friend.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks as always for answering my questions, Bill. I've been a little side-tracked lately with delving into the world of self-publishing (I know, I need to write something first...) and I'm finding it really fascinating. I've read a lot of the success stories, which are always inspiring, if not typical. But it seems like every few months there is some big development that affects the community and shakes things up. The latest that I have found is the Kindle Select (if you enroll in that program, you agree to exclusivity and can't sell on any other site plus your books are automatically put into the Unlimited library service that Amazon is now providing (you can check out as many books a month as you want for 9.99). That might be good for unknown authors or it might not...jury is still out..Anyway, like I said, I get side-tracked. Back to that novella! Hope you had a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! No secret, really. I've been a teacher for a long time. :) I was bound to learn something sooner or later. LOL

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It's hard to believe how many things go into writing and publishing! Great job on covering all of them! While you are certainly prolific in many subjects, I Ann consistently impressed by your unparalleled resources and advice for writers! Thank you, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine. Rain is coming our way and fall has finally arrived. I suspect I'll be quite tired of rain in about two months. :)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Always love seeing your take and another great installment from you, Bill. Hoping you are having a wonderful Monday so far and wishing you a great week ahead, too!