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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Thirty-Nine

Updated on March 23, 2015

Welcome Back My Writing Friends

Another week, another Mailbag. This series has taken on a life of its own. I’m just along for the ride.

You know how it works by now. You ask questions, I stumble along and answer them as best I can, and hopefully everyone comes out of the experience a little bit wiser.

We’ve got some great questions so let’s get started with a question from my friend Sally in jolly old England.

Welcome back to the Mailbag
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No Longer Featured

From Sally: “This is a cheeky question and you don't have to answer this one if you don't want to.

Have you ever had any of your hubs go un-featured because of their age or because they really need updating? I somehow doubt it though as the stuff you write about probably remains current. That might be the trick.

So far this has not happened to any of my hubs but I have wondered how you deal with ten times the amount I have.”

Well, Sally, let me begin by saying I love the British expression “cheeky.” We don’t say that in the States and we are poorer because of it.

I’ve been fairly lucky regarding featured articles at HP. I have 960 so far and I think there might be twenty that aren’t featured. To answer your question yes, I’ve had some enter the Dark World of the un-featured. How do I deal with it? I don’t. I truthfully don’t care if HP features or un-features my articles. That’s not why I write them so no, I don’t update them.

Having said that, I understand why people do re-work them, and if money is a motivator then it is necessary to do so. I’m just here for the free workout so it’s not necessary for me to do so.

Keep writing your query until you get it right
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Revised Query

From Melissa: “On a separate note, I posted a comment under your query letter hub last week and I think I must have posted it at just the "right" time, because I either offended you (and I don't really believe that because you have much thicker skin!) or you missed my comment. And the only reason I point this out, is because you always comment back to everyone! My real question, though, is are you going to ever post your revised query?”

I was going to do this for Melissa in a new hub but decided to just share it in the Mailbag instead, so here it is….you can see the previous attempt in the link to the right of this section.

Dear Ms,

Death Wish meets Silence of the Lambs. They date, have a baby, and that offspring is my 100,000 word suspense/thriller, SHADOWS KILL. Written in the same hard-hitting, philosophical style as the James Lee Burke novels, SHADOWS KILL challenges all pre-conceived notions of good and evil.

ELI BAKER understands suffering and loss. His father died in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and Eli has embarked on the path of a vigilante, eliminating murderers and rapists with a vengeance. Enter THE SHADOW MAN, a monster from Eli’s deep and unknown past, who is torturing and killing women close to Eli. Will Eli unravel the secret and find his antagonist before he loses everyone he loves?

A former classroom teacher, I am now a freelance writer with more than 2,000 articles and two self-published novels to my credit. My articles have appeared in LIVING MAGAZINE, OUR IOWA, and GRIT. Shadows Kill is the first in a planned series featuring Eli Baker. The second book in this series, Shadows Over Innocence, is now half-completed.

Thank you for considering SHADOWS KILL. I look forward to hearing from you.

Start with the Ending

From Faith: “Oh, something I wanted to run by you: I have wondered about novels that really begin at the end of story and then work their way back to the beginning. It seems to me that would be extremely difficult to write such a novel, as one would surely have to be an excellent writer to accomplish such without the novel feeling chopped up. Then for the reader to still be surprised at the true ending/beginning, makes it great. I have seen movies done this way and have read a few books too where this was done. If done right, they are great, but ... What do you think of writing a novel in such a manner and how difficult would it be to pull off? Is it a big risk to take?”

Great question, Faith, and I can say without hesitation that this is a first for the Mailbag. My answer, obviously, is going to be subjective.

I actually don’t see this as being a huge challenge. The emphasis is still on story-telling. The ending only serves as a way to wrap up that story. I’ve seen this done by a number of writers over the years. The good writers do it seemingly effortlessly. The mediocre writers struggle with it. The same can be said for any novel where the ending isn’t known…the good writers do it well and the mediocre writers struggle. The one genre where I can see difficulties doing this would be for mysteries. It seems to me that revealing the end of a mystery at the beginning complicates things considerably for a writer but again, I’ve seen it done and done well.

Bottom line: a talented writer is a talented story-teller, and there are few obstacles that a talented writer cannot meet and conquer.

A writer hunting and pecking for money
A writer hunting and pecking for money | Source

Magazines Vs Hubpages

From Brian: “Which is more likely to make more money for a beginner, to submit 100 articles to local, regional, and state print and online periodicals or to post 100 articles of comparable content, length, and quality over the same amount of time to HubPages?”

Isn’t this a great question? Thank you, Brian. I had to stop and think about this one for a few moments.

Assuming the writer has skill, it seems to me, without a doubt, that he/she would make more money in the short-run by submitting those 100 articles to magazines. Notice I said “the short-run.” One-hundred articles for HP will keep making money for years whereas those same articles will pay once for magazines and then the payments end. True, it might take five years to make the same amount of money on HP, but I think eventually those articles would earn better money on HP.

It pains me to say that because the money HP pays is ridiculously low, but in all truth the same can be said about magazines. Periodicals no longer pay what they once did, and it is simply a matter of supply and demand. There are so many freelance writers out there now trying to make a buck, and willing to work for less, that they have driven the price down.

I hope I answered the question without muddying the waters too much.

More Next Week of Course

Well we definitely are not running out of questions, so I’m confident you’ll hear from me again next week. The Mailbag overflows and as long as it does I’ll keep bringing it to you through wind, sleet, snow, hail and this writer’s advanced age.

Have a superb week of writing. If you love writing, and it is a passion for you, then every week is superb, right? Remember that what you do matters. People around the world read your words and will continue to do so for years after you are gone. Your words are, in fact, part of your legacy on this planet.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Glimmer. Something to think about. :) Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Interesting, especially the one regarding magazines vs. hubpages. I would have automatically assumed that magazine would pay more, but your response was eye opening.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. Keep those apples coming. :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are just like daily lessons, and we all benefit so much. You have truly earned your apple, and then some.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true words, Flourish. It is not an easy thing to do when writing a novel, but when it is done well it is a marvelous piece of writing.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I liked Faith Reaper's question about starting with the ending. In real life, oftentimes we see the outcome without knowing how people got to where they are in their lives.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, that's never been asked before, so look for the answer this Monday. Thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Actually I've been thinking of a question that might have been asked already but would be good to get your perspective and that is a lot of writers set goals of so many words a day etc. Do you ever get to the point when it's just going through the motions and the quality of the work suffering? What do you do about it?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I appreciate that. Hopefully I won't have to change it again.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the revised query letter, Bill! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, it is a tough question, but I'll give it a try on Monday. In the meantime, let's hope nobody has a nosebleed around you in the near future. :) Thanks for the question and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Lawrence. I don't delete my work from HP. If nothing else they are important to me, and that's enough for me. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Okay--here goes, and this may be a complex question!

      "Back in the day..." there was a book of markets called, The Writer's Market (or something to that effect). With e-books: self-publishing made easy, and the dearth of viable online writing sites, how and where do you suggest an author seek to promote themselves, since it is probably no easier than it ever was (and probably harder) to find an agent?

      (Once you have published that e-book, there is no guarantee of sales, of course, and for those of us who are NOT salespeople....this can be a problem.)

      I have to laugh--but here is my comparison: my husband, who absolutely despises selling, could sell the proverbial ice cubes to Eskimos, while I would have great difficulty trying to sell tissues to someone with a nosebleed!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I once heard it said that the British and Americans are recompiled divided by a common language. Cheeky I know!

      When I moved over from squidoo I had a couple of hubs that were featured then hp unfeatured them for content. Some of them I deleted as I didn't want to update them but a few I decided were worth saving. I'm glad I did as they still get a trickle of trafficking not all from hp (Google likes them) Some are worth it for their content and what they mean to the author

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes indeed, Lizzy, just ask it in the comment section below....and thank you in advance.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      So, another enjoyable installment! Well done, and great answers.

      Now--how do we submit a question for your mailbag? Via e-mail? Here in the comments? On your blog?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I think I can do that for you. I should have it for you by next week, Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Great article Bill! And poetry makes even less money than articles do! I would be very interested in an article addressing your editing process in depth--first pass through, second pass through etc--and how to keep perspective as you go through that process

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! The query letter is always a work in progress. I may change it again by the time I finish the book.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shyron! I'll answer the first question now...yes, I have had hubs stolen. The second question I'll answer this coming Monday.

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

      Bill, another interesting mailbag, I've printed the query letter for future reference. Great question from Faith, good answer as always. My best to you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I love your mail bag. I have two questions in one. first question: Have you had any of you hubs stolen?

      Second question, but first I need to tell you why. I Googled my name and this site pops up: http://bwin368.net/search/shyron-e-shenko-on-hubpa... so I clicked on it and there is a list of hubs by a lot of other hubbers but it does not take you to their hubs, and also a chat box that would give access to an agent to the computer. My question: How do we report this to HP/Google to stop this?

      Shyron

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, no matter how hard I try, I can't say cheeky with the same class as the British. Sigh! Another failure to add to my list. LOL Thanks buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan...yes, it is important to keep those hubs featured if you want them read by the online audience...a writer's work is never done.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, blimey is another one I love. I wish I could talk that way. LOL Much more interesting than the way we Yanks talk...although southerners are never boring. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I am lucky to have that honor. It allows me to teach from the comforts of my studio rather than drive to my classroom....the perfect scenario for this old teacher. Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. You made me think with that question so we are all winners.

      Have a blessed week my friend. Sending hugs your way.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      What a cheeky answer to Sally's cheeky question.. and how nice and cheeky to bring back yet another installment of your cheeky mailbag.. trying to bring Cheeky Back.. LOL I find it very useful.. your mailbag.. and still fresh.. thanks for keeping it coming my friend :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very helpful and interesting series!

      The question and answers of 'No longer published' is significant. Its important to keep updating hubs to keep them featured.

      I also liked the discussion about 'Magazines vs Hubpages.'

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      G'day, from down under. I still say blimey and cheeky and many other things I won't mention.

      . Good interesting mail bag this week and a peek at your revised query letter, must be a nail biting time as you finalise months of work. And then more agonising as you wait for the response. You sure do have to be tough to be a writer. Cheers Bill.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I love these questions! Aren't you so lucky to have the honor of being the one asked? :) The "start at the end" topic is my favorite!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you, Bill, for answering my long-winded question ...Tee hee. Well, you are so right, as always, now that I think about it for a great writer can make a smooth transition and bring it back around. So true about mysteries, unless the beginning of how the mystery began is the true mystery LOL .

      I love your revised query letter. Good job there! Best wishes and much success.

      Another Monday Mailbag of interesting questions, with great insight shared by YOU.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi. If I have your approval then I'm good to go. :) Have a great week now that it's springtime.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I had to stop and think about that one for awhile before answering. My natural inclination is to say magazines and be done with it, but I don't think that's accurate at all.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Now that's what I'm talking about! I love the revised query letter. Short and packs a serious punch. Heck, you had me at Death Wish meets Silence of the Lambs. :) Please let us know how it does for you. Happy Monday!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great questions this week. I particularly found the magazine vs Hubpages question and answer interesting. There is definitely something to be said for the passive earning ability of articles published here. Have a great week, looking forward to next weeks mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Audrey, what did you do to that finger? Well take care, my friend, and I hope it heals quickly. We have a book to write.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Same for me, Ruby! I lose interest very quickly playing HP's games. :) Thank you and Happy Monday to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I always learn something wonderful from the mail bag. Typing with a broken finger si will keep this short. Thanks for all your help dear bill. Audtey

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great questions and great answers. I have some hubs that are no longer published. I have added to a couple but soon lost interest. Thank's again Bill...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MizB...it's always nice having your visit. Take care, my friend.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Hi, Bill, I really don't have anything to add or take away. I haven't visited in awhile because of our work load...can't play much. As usual, good advice and enjoyable read.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Melissa. I happen to agree with you. There is no substitute for talent. Luck can only play a very small part in the process, and I realized a long time ago I couldn't count on luck.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Eric. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, it's good to know a kindred spirit. Thank you and have a super week.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      WOW, I absolutely love your revised query! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I wish you the best of luck once you actually put the pencil down and start sending out the queries. Fingers crossed, but it is your TALENT that will get you an agent, not luck! Its the agent that is going to very very lucky...

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

      Thank you for another great installment. I always learn something very valuable here.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Like you, billy, I couldn't care less if my hubs are featured. I write because I want to and I need to. Up and useful, billy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! I greatly appreciate you stopping by. Have a great Monday in OK

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      As always, Billy, a lot of fun to listen to real questions and responses.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly, Brian, I see no problem in publishing them in both places. What do you have to lose. I have several articles on HP that have been published by magazines. Might as well make as much money as you can...but the quick answer to your question is yes concerning the 100th Birthday. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I am a work in progress, as is the letter.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Manatita. I have the feeling there will be more attempts at the query. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hoorah indeed, Brad!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks for the excellent answer to my question. So if I were to write an article "100th Birthday of Local Hero", I should submit it to a local periodical, not to HP, because the topic is of short-lived interest and probably of mainly local interest. If an article is on an evergreen topic of broad interest (with personal touches for human interest and uniqueness), then HP might be where to self-publish it, especially since at any time it can be unpublished and submitted elsewhere.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing your latest query letter - tight and concise! Best wishes! ;-)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Yes, Bill. That has been my experience.

      "a talented writer is a talented story-teller." - Bill Holland.

      Good to see another attempt at the query. Best wishes.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Full steam ahead.

      hoorah

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      See, Brad, I knew you had an ulterior motive. LOL I'm actually doing that, my friend, but thank you. This is the third round of small test group input, and it will be the final round. The good news is I kept asking for input. Something in me was telling me that the book wasn't where it should be, but I couldn't see it. I'm happy to report one beta reader finally found what was missing. That's what I'm working on now and then I'll be done. It will probably take two weeks of revisions.

      So thank you for a suggestion that was right on. You'll be the first to see the cover when it happens.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, John. These questions make me think each week, and that can never be a bad thing. :)

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Might I be so bold as to suggest something that we do in software development, and it is also used in marketing.

      In SW dev we put the program into the hands of a small test group. They determine if the program is ready to go to a larger and more diverse test group.

      The first group finds major defects, and whether it operates per spec. In addition, they see how the User Interface and the screen shots look. They make suggestions.

      I assume you are making subjective changes, and that can go without an end. Like when you paint a room, you are the only one that will notice the flaws.

      Just a thought.

      OK, I am doing this because I want to see the artwork for the cover. You can't do the cover until you finish the writing.

      lol

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love your revised query letter Bill, and there were some great questions and answers this week as well. This was a very interesting and informative Mail Bag.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS. I find it interesting that we all have similar questions....it makes me realize I'm not alone in this undertaking, and that there are people out there who understand what I'm going through as a writer.

      Have a superb week. We are experiencing a little liquid sunshine right now, but all is right in my world.

      Blessings and hugs heading your way

      Bill

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      One reason that I keep coming back, besides the candor with which you answer, is that wonder...how many more questions can there possibly be? and sure enough...there are always new ones.

      Brian's question and your response was of most interest to me this week. thanks again for being a leader of the pack, Bill.

      Hoping all is good with you and yours ....

      Many blessings and hugs and Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Mary! I have come to greatly enjoy this series, and I'm so happy that you have as well. Have a wonderful week in New York.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      As the song goes, "what can I write, what can I say...." Another great mailbag. This will go on ad infinitum Bill. People always have questions and lucky for us, you have answers!

      Loved the query letter. If that doesn't interest them, nothing will.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Catherine. Thank you for the additional suggestion and I'll consider it. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Then my work is done, Ann! :)

      Bill

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Your query letter is much stronger. I don't have any further suggestions for it. If I may add something to starting with the ending, I think it can be a good technique. Don't give the story resolution, but start with a scene towards the end that provides a good hook and then go back to the beginning. I won a contest with a short story that did that and it was published in an anthology.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You made me laugh out loud on this Monday afternoon!

      Ann :D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, you managed to add a couple more words we don't use....chook???? I assume that's a chicken? And blimey....we don't do that one either. We are a bit remedial here in the States.....call us the challenged learners and be done with it. LOL

      Thanks for the question and the laugh, Sally.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Brad! Actually yes, that is a fairly accurate comparison...there are elements of both in this novel.

      At the rate I'm going this novel may never be done. I keep changing it, so who knows when we'll actually see a query letter sent out for this one.

      Thanks for being here Mr. Remedial Student. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning, Ann, my cheeky friend. :)

      I hope this series never dies, because it can only die because of one of two reasons...lack of interest or I died. I don't like either of those options. LOL

      Have a wonderful Monday, Ann.

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Sha. I'll probably change it again before the novel is finished. :) Have a great week.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy once again, thank you for answering yet another of my questions. Fancy, cheeky is not a word one uses in the states! Blimey you lot have a lot of catching up to do:)

      Love the chook. I hope he finds lots of what he is looking for, bit like looking for a needle in a haystack in all that lovely green grass. You have a good week Billy.

      Sally

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Another Monday, another batch of questions answered. I look forward to the mailbag, as many people keep checking there mailboxes.

      But unlike the mail in the mailboxes, there are no bills here, except maybe the name, but that is not content.

      They said that the Shadow Knows, and here we see the cloak of the Shadow unveiling some of what you have made of it.

      I have to be honest, I am not a fan of the Silence of the Lambs, something prevents me from ever seeing the movie. I liked Death Wish because of Charles Bronson, and in that genre I am more interested in the actor than they plot.

      I still like the name of your book, Shadows Kill. And who knows as you unfold more of the Shadow, it may overcome my initial sense of the Silence of the Lambs.

      In any case, I usually wait until the movie comes out.

      Remember, I am taking this course, as Remedial Writing 101. lol

      It took me ten years to enjoy Mexican Food.

      Before I leave, is the Death Wish, Silence of the Lambs really accurate for Shadows Kill?

      Maybe, if I see it through a different marriage, I would have a different opinion?

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      We're a cheeky lot in Britain, bill!

      Your revised query letter certainly pulls a punch at the beginning that would pull in every reader.

      You realise you'll never finish this series, don't you? There will always be questions even if they're similar ones but from a different angle. I'm looking forward to lifelong reading!

      Have a great Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Another great Mailbag. I love Mondays!

      I like your revised query letter, Bill. This one should snag some interest for Shadows Kill. I wish you the best!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Carol, marketing? You bet I'll tackle that in next week's mailbag. I suspect quite a few writers can benefit from that answer. Thanks for the question my friend and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Janine, I look forward to you looking forward. Thank you for always being here, and I hope your Monday is filled with good surprises.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Up to date I have not asked a question for the mailbag. However I just started writing again and starting a series (like You--LOL). As you already know. Any ideas on marketing ebooks besides Facebook. Been out of the marketing arena for a while and would love some ideas. Looking forward ti book 2 with Eli...

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I love that you aren't running out of questions and you know I look forward to my Monday mornings to read your questions and answers here. Happy Monday, Bill and loved the new query letter, too!