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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Thirty-Four

Updated on February 16, 2015

Over Eight Months and Going Strong

Every once in a blue moon I come up with an idea that has legs. This series was one of them, but if I’m being totally truthful I never thought of it as a series. I was just going to do one of these, take care of some odds and ends, and be done with it.

And then the questions flooded in, and I had to re-think this series.

And here we are eight months later.

Just goes to show how much I know.

So here we go with more questions and answers. Thanks in advance to those who asked. I hope you find my answers useful.

Welcome to the Mail Desk
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Posting Novels Online

From Mary: “Anyway, as always the mailbag is full of good mail. I did chuckle though as you answered one particular question I've been wondering about and that is the length of a novel. I guess my next question is can I post my entire novel here or should I cut it off at some point. Hey, is that a mailbag question?”

Yes indeed, Mary, it is a mailbag question.

There are differing opinions about this matter, Mary. I’m going to tell you my opinion, but I know there are those who disagree and that is fine. I’m not here to debate but only give my opinion.

If a book is being written for the purpose of eventually selling it, then it just doesn’t make sense, to me, to give it away for free. I certainly endorse sharing the first few chapters to entice people to read it once it is published, but I don’t see the sense in sharing the entire book for free.

The other problem I have with that practice is that stealing work online is a practice that is growing rapidly. I would be quite concerned that someone would just copy your entire book and publish it as their own.

Having said all that, I know writers on HP who believe in sharing the entire book, and if that works for them then fantastic. I would love to hear their reasons for doing so. Maybe they know something I don’t know, which is entirely possible.

Agent Vs Publisher

From Sha: “Now for my question: would you recommend an author who wants to go the traditional publishing route find an agent to do the legwork and marketing for him/her? Or should they query publishers directly? The reason I ask is I have a client whose novel I'll be editing. She asked me about publishers. I suggested she research agents who are accepting submissions in her genre and checkout their guidelines. I want to make sure I gave her sound advice. When I finish my novel, I will seek agents rather than publishers. What are your thoughts?”

Sha, it is highly recommended that writers find an agent and let the agent find the publisher. Many….many…publishers won’t even look at a book written by a writer who is not represented by an agent. The traditional publishing business is going through tough times these days, and publishers have to be very picky about the projects they choose. Because of that, most of them only choose books represented by agents they trust.

Is it impossible to get a publisher to look at your work without being represented by an agent? No, but it is definitely more difficult.

Anyone interested in finding an agent would do well to purchase the “Guide to Literary Agents.” It is published each year by Writers Digest Books and it is invaluable for those searching for representation.

In Search of Productivity

From Aesta: I have so many lines of ideas written on my Notes and nothing much gets worked on. I freeze or my mind does. We are constantly on the road and I tell myself I'll do it when I get to stay put. I have time. That's not the issue. How do I enhance my productivity? Maybe you have already addressed this before but this is the second of the series I have read. I just have to read all. Thanks again.

This is a tough one for me to answer, because I think it’s a personal issue for all writers. This is not a matter of not having the time. All writers have the time if they make the time. We can get up an hour earlier to write, or go to bed an hour later at night. We can cut out television and use that time to write. No, time is not the issue here.

It is motivation, pure and simple. For whatever reason, there are many writers who cannot pull the trigger and shoot themselves to the next level. They are creative as hell, and they are decent writers, but moving to the next step…the action step, eludes them. I don’t have an answer for this one, but I wish you all success. I wish I could be your personal cheerleader and push you forward, but there is only so much I can do, even in my role as a writing coach. You have to want it bad enough to make it happen.

Hopefully this is the last time I self-publish
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Traditional Publishng Vs Ebooks

From Karen: “Good luck with the novel my friend. I respect you for attempting the traditional publisher route, but i have one question…

Why? From what i’ve been told, it isn’t what it used to be and more and more traditionally published authors are going the self-pub way.
It’s all about marketing and today's trad pub’s aren’t doing a lot of that unless you’re el james etc.”

Thanks for the question, Karen, and it’s a good one.

Karen is referring to the fact that I am not self-publishing my latest novel, “Shadows Kill,” but rather am going to try to entice an agent to represent my work. As you can see from the question, Karen is questioning my sanity, and I’m sure there are many who agree with her. I happen to know, by the way, that Karen has been quite successful with her ebooks, so she has a reason for stating what she has stated, and I’m in no way offended by it.

Here’s the thing: my plans call for me to be the next E. L. James, or the next James Patterson, or the next Steinbeck. I believe in traditional publishing and I don’t think for a second that it is a dead industry. I think there will always be a place in the literary world for traditional publishing, and I think ebooks are going to fade in popularity. I believe I’m a good enough writer to be offered a contract by a major publishing firm, and that’s what I’m shooting for.

This is a subjective decision every writer has to make, and this is the decision I’m making. If I’m wrong I can always self-publish this novel a year from now, but I don’t think I’m wrong.

So there!

Leaving Hubpages

From Janet: “Are you really leaving HubPages? I’d be shattered if you did.”

Well, Janet, we don’t want you shattered. That would just be way too messy.

No, I’m not leaving HubPages. I love the community far too much for that to happen. I am, however, going to cut back on my participation sometime in April. I’ll still post Hubs; just not as many. I’ll still comment on the Hubs of others; just not as often. My novels are calling me, and if I’m going to prove Karen wrong then I need to spend more time on them.

So you all are stuck with me!

It's time for you to spread your wings and fly
It's time for you to spread your wings and fly | Source

Any More Questions?

If not then I’ll say goodbye for this week. Keep the questions rolling in and I’ll do my best to answer them. If I can’t answer them then I’ll steer you to someone who can. That’s the best I can do for you.

I appreciate all of you who have supported this series for over eight months. It’s been quite a ride and I’m looking forward to it continuing for a long time.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I just thought to poke my head in here and see what all these mailbags were about. So I did and good thing too as I can post comments today and am doing it with ferver.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Great advice as always, Bill, but who's going to step into your (massive) shoes if you ain't gonna be around so much? Maybe you should run a In-Bill's-Shoes apprentice session for all your followers? Seriously though, I'd love to see Shadows Kill on the bookshelves, so I think your plan's a good one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you stopped by, Debra. Thank you!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      I will take away one line from your writing today.

      If you want it bad enough, you will make it happen.

      I know someone who would always say 'think of a reason why it will happen, not of a reason why it can't.

      You have a great day.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you FatBoyThin! I'll be around enough to satisfy just about anyone. :) As for Shadows Kill...fingers are crossed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday, Sally, and thank you. I know quite a few people who are good at thinking or reasons why they can't. Tough way to go through life if you ask me. :)

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, great answers to the pressing writer's questions for this week. I am truly happy to hear you aren't leaving Hubpages, but still think you are right in cutting back a bit and giving your novel writing your full attention. Excited for you and have no doubt that you will be the next James Patterson and can say that I knew you when! Happy Monday once again :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you not only knew me when but you supported me when, and gave me support and friendship and I will never forget that. Thank you my friend and Happy Monday.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx for answering my question, Bill. I agree with you wholeheartedly, which is why I advised my client to seek and agent, rather than contact publishers herself.

      I also agree with your opinion on posting an entire novel online. I stopped posting The Gifts of Faith after chapter 16. Why would anyone buy the novel if it's available for free on the World Wide Web? One thing that didn't cross my mind was plagiarism. The threat is very real and very scary!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Judging from Resurrecting Tobias, I want you to keep writing your novels, even if it means seeing less of you. I have a new favorite author, billy and I am so happy to say it is you. I am recommending your book like crazy, because I know a good read when I am lucky enough to hold one in my hands.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Sha. If they can steal our hubs they sure can steal our novels, and I didn't write 100,000 words so someone else could put their name on it. :) Thanks my friend and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I can't thank you enough for the recommendations. I have to admit that Tobias is special to me, and I wish more people would read it. I think it speaks to, and for, many of us.

      Anyway, thank you and Happy Monday to you.

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      Susan Sproull 2 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      I admire your passion and dedication and how you are always there to help your fellow writer.

      I really enjoyed Resurrecting Tobias King and left a review on Amazon awhile back. Not sure if you saw it. I look forward to reading your next novel when it comes out. I prefer to read a book that I can hold in my hands rather than online. Take care ...... Sue

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Just a quick, Hello.

      Got plots to thicken, tears of anguish to cry and one more person to murder.

      It's going to be a busy week!

      Happy Monday, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sue and yes, I did see your review of Tobias and I was touched by it. I wanted it to be a book that spoke to all of us, a message of overcoming ourselves and becoming who we were meant to be. I greatly appreciate your kind words.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I love a person who murders with gusto. Carry on my writer friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I think that there is a kind of beauty, if you like, that the traditional guys give us that the self-publishing companies don't. Traditional guys seem to take more pride in their work. So many people have told me that my book really does look like a book! whatever that means, lots of time was spent on it.

      Now I'm entering the self-publishing market. Both seem to have their advantages. Excellently written article as usual. Have a great day!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Totally agree about posting complete novels or any book online! Ack! Teaser snippets of them, yes.

      Also totally understand why you might be a little more scarce here in HP land. I've been culling back, too, lately to get some new programs going. So glad to see you'll still be here, albeit less.

      Have a great week!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, I believe you will be successful in your mission to have a publisher pick up "Shadows Kill." I envision myself walking into a bookstore and purchasing it for my bookshelf to place right alongside your other two novels. It will happen, I'm sure of it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Glad to hear that you'll hang around; and the very best to your novel writing. Move on to the rung of best-seller!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita and I agree with you, both seem to have their advantages. I've tried both and I can see trying both again in the future.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi. HP is my safe place, and I just can't see leaving completely. I'll always want to be near my friends.

      Happy Monday in the frigid midwest!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you are right, Marlene. I'm envisioning it myself, which is always the first step towards success. Thank you my loyal friend and follower.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      While I can completely understand the need to cut back on your hubpages activities to dedicate more time to your writing, I hope you continue to do this weekly series (for purely selfish reasons on my part). I love knowing that I'm not alone with so many of these questions and I love your honest answers and feedback. Plus, its about the only good thing I can think of that happens on Mondays!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I'm sure going to try, my friend.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Great answers, again this week. You have clearly demonstrated the tenacity and commitment, along with the great writing skills, that one of these days a very bright agent will cleverly pick you up as a client. And, you will both be successful as a result. I, also, will be happy to be able to say, "I knew him when..." ;-)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      If my memory serves me correctly my dear Bill, you made a similar remarks about 18 months ago about cutting back and so I expected you to do just that. Or maybe I just made that up :D And if anything I saw more (which is a definite hip hip hurray).

      Anyway I do respect your need and desire to work on your novels...will be looking for them

      Angels are on the way to you my friend... ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Melissa, your wish is my command. Even when I cut back I'll keep this series going, just for you. Stay warm on this sunny Monday in Olympia.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you for those kind words. I believe in hard work, and hopefully that hard work will pay off.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I hate it when my friends remember what I said. Bev is always doing that to me. LOL I mean it this time. I'm running out of time to write a bestseller. :) Thanks for being here, my friend, and blessings to you and yours always.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      See, I knew you'd have the right answer. Your point has been so well proven since I've had ten hubs copied recently. I would like to think my novel stays MY novel! Your wisdom definitely precedes you dear friend.

      I also like your answer about real books vs ebooks and I mean no disrespect by that.

      Lastly, no matter how much time you spend here the key is that you spend time here! I know you're new book will be a smash!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Not much of this applies to me as I checked my lists, and I find no record of trying to put a novel, only to improve my writing skills.

      However, that doesn't mean I am without opinions. aha

      The traditional publishing versus the eBook publishing can be compared with going to divinity school for becoming a minister as opposed to getting it on the Internet.

      The credibility and stature of a writer are more respected when the traditional gauntlet has been conquered. It used to be and it should still be the Writer's Rite of passage to get the backing of the publisher as opposed to self publishing. I am not saying the eBooks are totally bad, but I suspect that the quality index for it is much lower.

      People think that they can write their own resume because they have the tools on the Internet to make it easy to do it. Unfortunately, many resumes still become posted with spelling errors, and misuse of words that don't fit the context.

      A resume is simple in comparison to a novel, they both have a story to tell. The resume is non fiction, or in many cases it contains fiction, or embellishment to the edge of fiction.

      Many people think or want to think that they can write their own novel, but both cases require even more than just a jigsaw fit of words to make the story look like it was professionally written.

      Resumes usual feedback is a call or no call, and this compares with the feedback from publishers. Improvement to either is difficult as you could have been really close, or miles out with your work. Or it could be that the subject matter wasn't hot at the moment, it was over congested with the works of many others.

      There is no real eBook equivalent for resumes, but the alternative is to post your resume on the many job boards, and through repetition of submitals you get lucky. Publishers are in much less abundance, so once you clear this very finite list, your next choice is the Internet.

      My point is that whatever you write, be it resume, novel or even an email, you should try and write to make it understandable, without mistakes in grammar, spelling or confusing to the reader. After all writing is a form of communication and whatever form written or oral, it is a transfer of ideas or information.

      Now, I fail at most of these, so I try to relearn the basics.

      That is why I am here at your school door.

      Thanks

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary. I really don't want to see your story/book stolen, and I worry about that when I see other writers sharing so many chapters of their work. Just be careful. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, you pretty much summed my point up perfectly. I don't think I could have said it better, and that is my main problem with ebooks. It's not the technology that bothers me...it's the fact that the technology allows anyone to publish, and that is not always a good thing.

      Anyway, thank you for taking the words right out of my mouth.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Another great mailbag installment here, dear Bill! Your advice to Mary about publishing her book is wise and I agree to not give it away for free!

      I am thrilled you are going the traditional route this time in publishing your next novel. I know you will find the right agent and publisher.

      I am enjoying the day off for President's Day here. So I thought I would pop in early this day. We are expecting a freak ice storm here in the deep south, so no traveling.

      God bless you always

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great set of questions for this round! I completely agree about motivation being key for increasing productivity. It's an ongoing process for every freelancer, even those who really love what they're doing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it's nice of you to join me for lunch. Thanks for the surprise visit. While you get your freak ice storm, we bask under sixty degree sunshine. Something isn't right with the weather. :) Have a wonderful Monday and stay safe and warm.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rose, how nice to see you. Thank you for the visit. I find motivation to be the greatest roadblock for many who have aspirations of being a freelance writer. They tend to drop quickly once they find out what is involved.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I remember a few years back when hubbers were robbed from a company of writers from afar. I remember looking at the site and finding a lot of hubber friend's work posted as if were there's. Nothing of mine was stolen and it gave me an idea for a rant write about being overlooked. Hee. I had a blast. Glad you are staying put....

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I totally agree with you that traditional publishing is not dead. If I ask people I know which they prefer, e-book or book in hand, they'll choose the latter. Also, what happens when the net goes down, when people steal your work or when yet another alternative for publishing comes along?

      The physical book will never die. They will remain on people's shelves and in people's hearts because we like to touch and to possess something beautiful. With your track record I'm sure you'll have no trouble publishing your book and no trouble selling it.

      Have a great Monday eve, bill!

      Ann

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Great read!

      What you said about e-books is so interesting. I like hearing other writers' thoughts on it. I am sure there will always be readers who prefer to have a copy they can hold. If I ever publish a book, and have a book signing, I wouldn't want to have to sign an e-book; although, I am not sure that's in existence, but it could be in the future.

      Also, I agree with not publishing a full novel online for the same reasons. I've been asked many times if I have a site for my fiction, and it always makes me cringe to hear of or see writers do that! People can be awful, so keep your work protected! Just enough to promote it makes sense!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that's funny. Thanks for sharing that....and yes, I'm staying put. I just won't be quite as big a pest as before.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann. It's nice to know other people feel the same way about books. I just don't see them disappearing, and since it has always been a dream of mine to be published by a company, I'm going after that dream. Since I'm always telling others to dream, I should probably follow my own advice.

      Sunny and warm here. I mowed the lawn today. LOL

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kailey and I agree with you about posting our work online. As for signing an ebook, I'll bet that isn't far off. I see you can now write on that new Microsoft tablet, so why not?

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill:

      Thank you for sharing another interesting and useful article from your mailbag installment series. I always manage to pull out a helpful gem or two presented by the readers who ask you questions like those presented in this installment. Or from the answers you give to your readers questions.

      I've learned one thing at least from your article. And it was more of the personal type question asked by Aesta, in reference to productivity and motivation. Even though they go hand in hand, I too have come to realize that I too have the same issue as Aesta.

      There's no excuse for finding the time to write, but the lack of motivation. Which at this time appears to be my problem. Definitely not writer's block, but the lack of motivation, because I have at least a 1/2 dozen ideas ideas to write articles about, but just cannot seem to sit in one place long enough to put those ideas into articles.

      I promise you though that I'll work on my personal issue with putting the words on the PC screen. Again enjoyed your article very much. Useful and interesting to boot!

      Jim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, thank you. The best thing I can tell you is you aren't alone. Good luck and I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

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      Mark Johann 2 years ago from Italy

      Thumbs up for me and very useful.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Re how to be productive as a writer while being on the road:

      * While being a car passenger, plug an adapter into the cigarette lighter, plug a notebook computer into the adapter, and type fiction scenes in between enjoying the passing scenery.

      * Or use that time to use multiple color gel pens and drawing paper to mind map a not yet fully conceived story. Google on Buzan mind map. Perhaps have each main branch be a question, such as, where is the story located, who opposes the hero how, first or third person, etc., with secondary branches being optional answers.

      Much writing can be done while passing miles of corn, cotton, wheat, pasture, or desert. And in motel rooms.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark. I appreciate it.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting read, Bill. I always look forward to Monday's Writer's Mailbag installment!

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right Billybuc. I have time, I just lack confidence and I am so comfortble so I don't want it badly enough. However, since reading many of your posts I have worked on my lack of confidence. Enough of self imposed barriers. BTW, time to get your book and read it. I hope it is on Kindle.

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

      Bill, another action packed mailbag. The question from Mary, relating to posting novels online, just happened to be one I've been pundering lately. Obviously, not the complete work, I'm afraid that is still much too far in future to imagine, but the odd excerpts. However you've answered the question as succinctly as always. Your Monday's Mailbag is proving to be a valuable resouce here on HP, I hope you'll continue to post them for a very long time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Brian. I should have you answering these questions for me. :) Seriously, a writer has to write, and we will always find a way, won't we?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you once again, Alicia. I'm so happy that all of you enjoy this series.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, thank you and I'm glad if this helped. Yes, Tobias is on Kindle. It will keep you occupied on long drives for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm glad I was able to answer your question. Thank you, and I suspect this series will be around for quite some time. It shows no signs of slowing up.

      blessings and Happy Tuesday to you

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      PE Hardwicke 2 years ago from Midwest USA

      I was really glad to read that you were NOT considering leaving hubpages! Your comments, hints etc are really appreciated!

      E

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eva, that is very kind of you. My first girlfriend was named Eva....I hadn't thought of her until I saw your message....anyway, thank you very much.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      34 is a strong bag.. posting books on line and the ebook comparison grabbed my attention.. you see there is always something for everybody Billybuc.. you are indeed the Carl Malone of mailmen... voted useful and awesome

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Frank, I love that...the Carl Malone of mailmen....great line, buddy. You must be a writer! :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      And we're happy to be stuck with you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks, Zulma!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I've never understood the publishing of entire novels either. To me it begs others to steal one's work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish. I keep looking for the sense in it. I'm sure they have a reason but I don't see it.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      While I was writing several hubs, I became aware of how much time it takes to do that, and answer a few comments.

      So, I wondered as you eclipse my work on hubs, how much time do you actually have to devote to Shadows Kill?

      I still like that title.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I have as much time as I choose to have. Currently I work on it three days each week for about four hours each day.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'm still learning so much from these questions. It almost boggles the mind with all the information out there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you and me both. On many questions I have to go do research and I learn every week. Thank you as always.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      I really appreciate these tips, Bill. Especially the one about posting books online. I, myself, write my novels, all the chapters on hubpages, before taking them down and publishing them as full novels and ebooks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, vkwok. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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