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Updated on May 5, 2014

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Stop Reading This Now!

If you simply write for the enjoyment of writing then you might as well move on to other business today. Don’t read another word of this article. Thanks for stopping by and have fun with your writing.

If, however, you have visions of making money with your writing, then I would strongly suggest you absorb every pearl of wisdom you are about to read. I say that with all humility for these are not my pearls of wisdom. They are lessons I have learned over the years. They are the culmination of knowledge I have learned during my years in business and marketing. They are collected snippets of information I learned and taught as a teacher and yes, they are tips I have picked up during my years as a writer.

I have mentioned before in earlier articles that if you pay close attention you will notice that there is very little in the way of new knowledge. Read any of the self-help books out there and you will see a regurgitation of philosophy but simply stated in a new way. Variations upon variations, mixed and matched but essentially the same information…..and that is what I am doing here. Maybe, by stating things in a different manner, some of what I say will stick to your gray matter and you will learn something useful. That is my hope in writing this article.

If you are interested in succeeding in the writing profession, and you at least partially measure success by dollars earned, then this one if for you.

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GIVE READERS A REASON TO READ YOUR WRITING

Writers deliver and readers receive. That is a universal truth, and by extension, if you want readers to peruse your writings then you need to give them what they are looking for.

But you say “every reader wants something different,” and to a certain extent that is true….but….one thing that is true for all readers is that they want to be entertained and or informed. Your job is to do one or the other, and I will take it a step further and tell you that you need to tell the reader what you are giving them.

If you are a niche writer, and if you intend to make money, then be specific in telling readers what you are presenting to them. It goes something like this:

“In this article I will tell you how to be a better writer.”

“In this article I will tell you how to be a better parent.”

“In this article I will help you to be a better lover.”

“In this article I will give you ten suggestions for being more productive at work.”

In other words, take the guesswork out of the equation and make sure you are clear about what you are delivering. And that brings us to point number two.

WHAT AM I GOING TO GIVE MY READERS?

This is all about the focus of your writing. What is your purpose for writing the article in the first place? What do you hope to accomplish? If, when you are through with your article, you have met that goal, then you will have written a good article or book.

When I started writing my novel “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today,” I started it as a simple writing exercise. Once I decided I was going to make a novel out of it, I had to sit down and ask myself what the major themes were going to be. I eventually settled on four:

  1. Love is the most important thing in life
  2. As long as there is hope then there is….hope
  3. The environment is in trouble and it is up to us to help it
  4. Great change can happen through the efforts of a small group of determined people

When I finished the novel I held it up to the sunlight and asked myself if the book was true to those four themes. It was and I was satisfied.

HOW DO I IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MY READERS?

There are millions of writers out there trying to earn a buck. That is the truth of this business. Yes, competition is fierce, but remember also that there are billions of people in this world, most of whom read, so it’s not like we don’t have numbers to work with.

So, how do you attract those readers to your book or article?

Readers want something when they read. Ask yourself this question: how am I improving the lives of people with my article or book? Once you have answered that question then tell the readers of the world.

Put a value statement on your article, or put a value statement on your signature. It goes something like this:

  • I am going to make you a better golfer
  • I am going to improve your life by teaching you how to meditate
  • I am going to help you to gain extra passive income

Again, we are at the focus stage of your writing. As a writer, you must convince readers that there is value in your writing, and by that I mean value for them….what are you going to give them that will make it worthwhile to read your written ramblings?

Complete this sentence: I will help you……..

Once you can answer that question then incorporate it into your writing and into your platform.

Learning from the pros

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OH NO, NOT THE PLATFORM AGAIN

Yes, the platform again!

I know, you hate to market yourself. Most writers will say that and believe me, I feel your pain….but!

If you don’t do it, who will?

When I am introduced to a new person, and they ask what it is that I do, I tell them that my name is Bill Holland. I am a writer and founder of Humanity One World.

Again, if you don’t do it then who will?

I’m serious about my writing career and as such I have to be serious about marketing my career. I am proud to be a writer. I am proud to be a member of this select group of wonderful people who add to the literacy of this world. If I’m proud of it then I need to shout it from the rooftops….I AM A WRITER!

CREATE A TAGLINE

Huh? What’s a tagline?

A tagline is a branding slogan and it is high time you brand yourselves. Let’s take a look at some of the better known taglines in business:

  • Braniff Airlines….When you’ve got it, flaunt it.
  • British Airways….The world’s favorite airline
  • Budweiser….King of beers
  • Burger King….Have it your way
  • California Milk Processor Board….Got milk?
  • Calvin Klein…..Nothing comes between me and my Calvins
  • Capital One…..What’s in your wallet?
  • Cascade…..For virtually spotless dishes
  • Chevy Trucks….Like a rock
  • Cialis….Will you be ready?
  • Citgo….There at every turn

And on and on we go. We see taglines every single day of our lives, and since you are in the business of selling your writing, you should have a tagline too. What is yours? Think of one and then incorporate it into your writing. Put it in the subheading of every article. Put it on your business cards.

What’s mine? I just came up with it last week and I’m introducing it in this article:

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

How do you like it?

USE SPECIFIC AND EMOTIONAL LANGUAGE IN YOUR WRITING

Writing should be about emotions, just as all art should be, just as all music should be. What emotions are you trying to arouse with your writing? Do you want the reader happy? Do you want them to feel sad? Do you want giddiness or nostalgia? Use whatever verbs, nouns and adjectives you can to make sure that the desired emotions become actual emotions when the reader checks out your work.

Form an emotional attachment with your readers and you will have readers for life.

Spread your wings and fly
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And Now That You Know the Secrets

I have given you enough to think about for today. I promise….I promise….if you have a modicum of talent, and if you incorporate these tips into your writing business, you will find success.

Yes there is a great deal of competition in the writing game, but there is only a handful of very good writers. Yes, you are one of millions, but you can be in the upper echelon of writers if you take the steps necessary to move upwards.

These suggestions will help. Take them….tweak them so that they nestle comfortably within your writing style….and then spread your wings and fly!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      You always have some sound advice and you always make it sound so easy, just give the people what they want to read or learn! Thanks Billybuc, voted up

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      So you want to propel me to stardom. Are you nuts?????

      You don't really want that to be your claim to fame. Most people wouldn't openly admit to knowing me let alone want to promote me but if you insist I'm ready.

      How much are we going to make and how much commission do you expect. I mean if you were a professional writer I'd expect you'd want a lot, LOL.

      BTW: I took your advice and stopped reading after the intro so I've no idea if this is any good or not.

      As it's you I'm guessing it probably is.

      So the important bit your transmission is knackered. You don't have to beat around the bush Sir Bill. You can simply ask and I will fix it for you.

      Though at your time of life you'd expect your transmission to be shot, LOL.

      I think this should be short enough for today though you never know I could be back. Now there's a good line for a Hollywood Blockbuster.

      Have a great day Bill.

      MJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, it's always a pleasure having you stop by...thank you and I hope I read about your stardom soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...MJ, this was much shorter than I was expecting, but like you said, you didn't read the hub so some of the inspiration was missing. :)

      You will always be a star in my book, buddy, so you are already there and no, I won't charge a damn penny for the service. It's enough for me to be able to say "I knew MJ when......"

      Thanks my friend. Now go roll in the grease or whatever it is you do in your spare time.

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I really love your advice and seriously when you dole it out I sit up and listen, because seriously you are so very well respected by all (me so very much included). I thank you for sharing more here today on helping us to become better writers and to get the acknowledgment we deserve. And you know I also voted this one up and shared all over the place, too!!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You have penetrated the gray matter with this one! Each time I read one of your hubs and come away with one new thing, I know I'm the winner. This one was tag line. I've never used one but can see I should. Now, if and when I become rich and famous my tag line will be "prompted and taught by Bill Holland".

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Bill, You've got me checking my articles to see if I state what they have to offer. There are over 180 of them, so I'll be busy for awhile. Most do state it, but I'm catching some that don't.

      Thanks for another good lesson.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I just read Friday's blog too. I love "fake it till you make it."

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I'm absorbing all of this, Bill, word for word. A red flag for me, something I do my best these days to nip long before it becomes an addictive cancer, is discouragement. From there, it gives birth to resentment and bitterness and, ultimately, to giving up and the inevitable self-destructive errant behavior.

      The thing for me to do, then, is to use my head--and there's no better way to start than to read, study, and incorporate.

      I thus find your writing how-to articles and motivational essays very fertile soil in which to plant my literary roots. I will still have to nurture and weed the resulting garden, but I am assured that the potential growth is securely grounded.

      Thank you, Bill...now off to my very busy day of lawn maintenance and then O-C immersion in the Challenge.

      Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I love your tagline. It's exactly what you do for writers and you do it selflessly. My brother came up with tagline for my business cards and I had it printed when I designed the cards:

      Refining, Defining or Rhyming.

      What do you think? Does it work or should I work on it?

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Awwww, Billybuc, your method is so difficult. I've a faster way to propel myself... I use hot air and it works every time! And it's music to my ears!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you work hard and I want you to see success.....keep working at your craft and keep improving your writing....and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, i always love giving someone something to think about....what is your tag line? Sell yourself my friend, but in a healthy way. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara...I want you to succeed my friend....if this helps then fantastic.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I have lived by that mantra for decades now. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I say this in all honesty....you are a very good writer....we just need to find direction and focus, and then pound the proverbial pavement looking for a great paying job. :)

      Have a great day my friend and thank you as always for all that you do.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you shared that with me before and I loved it then and love it now....great example of a tagline.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, and you do it so well. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Loved this and found myself writing a few things ...will bookmark and truly read this a gazillion times. Voted up and will put in my writing section on Pinterest which is mostly you.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc... thanks for your compliment. The sound of flatulence is not something everyone can appreciate, LOL.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh. I guess I should add 'forgetfulness' to my tagline! :-)

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for the great writing tips Billy, which I will read again and absorb. I think that self belief is one of the hardest things when you first start writing. How do you know if what you are writing is any good, and if you don't have that self belief it is harder to motivate yourself to do the social media and even carry on with stringing the words together.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Bill Holland. . .Helping Writers to Spread Their Wings and Fly

      I LIKE IT! This article contains the 'secret sauce', and I really appreciate that you have just handed me the recipe. I have bookmarked this; and plan to sit down when I have more time this afternoon and go over each of these ingredients, and how I can incorporate them into my finished product. Thank you my brilliant friend ;) Pearl

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      billybuc,

      Very good information and advice. I especially like the idea of branding one's self. Thanks!

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Thankyou Billy by the time I'm done learning from you I'll be a pro!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I want you to succeed, and when you do I'm going to celebrate with you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I gained an appreciation for it in college. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good idea, Sha, if you can remember to do so. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, there is no doubt that what you say is true. If you don't believe in your abilities then it's going to be a tough road as a writer. I hope you do. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, and the best thing about it is that it is free. :) Seriously, anything for my friends, and you are one of my friends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, you have to do so....you are the product you are selling...not your writing....you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rusti, nothing would make me happier. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Inspiration, mixed with some very sage advice by an experienced and successful writer. My problem is that I don't like selling myself, which is what selling my creative writing feels like -- well, at least it does to me. Superb hub, Bill, as always. :-)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great advice and as a greater writer indeed you manage to put words to use and through ones mind so easily thanks

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      All right! On this article, I took notes. I need to be more specific, more emotional, develop a platform, and tell people how I am improving their lives with my writing. I'm ready to go!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, you speak for most writers out there. None of us like selling ourselves....but....who else will do it? Thanks for your kind words my friend and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...I hope these suggestions help you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I love it! Get out there and do it!

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Great challenging stuff. Asking myself the questions you suggest we ask ourselves is a good practice I intend to implement when I write. Mostly I have written for pleasure appreciating the little cash that comes in once in a while. That is not to say writing is always pleasurable. It's hard work, even if it is your gift. So far I've mostly only written when something has been laid on my heart.

      I always fear when I think about stepping it up to make more money that I will compromise quality for quantity. I hate deadlines, but if I am to be honest, when I have a bit of a timetable, whether it's one I've imposed on myself or an employer (I've done some news writing) the challenge to get something of quality out in the time alloted (not what I would normally give myself) has really honed my skills. I have gotten complacent. So I need more challenges. Thanks Billybucaroo. Hey, I was in Olympia last week. Waved at you, ha ha. God bless you brother. Will check out your blog.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome tagline, Bill! Perfect for you, no doubt.

      This is the first I've heard of a tagline, so thanks for the education.

      Appreciate the great advice here as always.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      First off, I love your tag line: “Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”~ thank you and I'll repeat, I'm so glad to connect with you. Absolutely bookmarking this and will keep in mind all these wonderful and sound advices from one credible writer.

      I think, I already have my tag line: "Be Brave. Write."--I always tell that to myself anyway, specially at times when I chicken-out. I just have to insert that every now and then, whenever it deemed fit.

      Thanks again Bill for this great useful hub. Sharing...

      Love from the sky~

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You always give us something to think about to improve our writing, Bill. I am trying to think of a tag line as I type this.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb....you raise some excellent points my friend. I don't know if I'm a better writer when given a deadline, but I know I focus better when it happens. I guess it depends on the individual writer.

      Sorry I missed you when you passed through. Give me a shout out next time and we'll have coffee.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, taglines are important if you are going to write for money...if just for your own enjoyment then not necessary at all.

      Thank you as always my friend.

      blessings,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, I love your tagline...it fits you perfectly my friend.

      And I, too, am glad we have connected. Thank you for your compassionate spirit.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, if I've got you thinking about it then I am one happy writer. :) Thank you!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      WOW..I had never thought about a tagline..and yours is great...great article..bookmarking , so I can refer back to often..sharing, voting..thank you

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Your advice is so straightforward, yet so brilliant. By the way, I love the tagline.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill, thank you for this. I like the way you motivate people to do better, and not give up. Very useful tips here. Thank you so much again. Hope you are having a wonderful day my friend! Sending you blessings and smiles :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      faythef, glad to be giving you something to think about. Carry on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb. I kind of like it too. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dahlia. I am having a wonderful day and I appreciate your kind words. Blessings to you, today and always.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thanks for casting your pearls.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Another very good lesson. Seems it's all about serving our readers something they can use. Thanks again!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am so 'pumped up' - with the knowledge you've given me in this hub! You top the charts when it comes to motivating your readers. Thank you so very much Bill for all the help you give to writers.

      What a bargain we get with the expert information you share with us. It costs nothing.

      As for me, I'm going to " spread my wings and fly ! "

      Love and appreciation to you, Bill.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great tips Bill. I like the tagline idea. I'll have to think about that. I love yours, certainly tells what you are all about and that is helping others to become better writers. Great job Bill, as always your Hubs are a wealth of information.

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Hey billybuc, thanks for an awesome write. Great advice for writers, I totally believe in having an agenda of reaching out to readers. It means having more to say than just getting a story across, it's reaching out to the reader and giving him/her something to latch onto. Creating an emotional bond with the reader is what it's all about. Thanks for a great read, and helping writers fly. Upvoted/useful. Peace. Kawi.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I've saved a few for later. :) Scoop them up, baby! LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, that's exactly the point....we need to give our audience that which they want...now the trick is to figure out what they want. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you are the perfect example of a writer who can use a tagline...think of one that applies to singing lessons and you have helped yourself greatly.

      Thank you as always for the support and kind words. You are a gem.

      love and blessings,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. When it comes time for you to start your travel blog, you'll need to give the tagline a thought or two.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kawi, you got it my friend. If we can form that bond with the audience then we are well on our way to fame and fortune. :) Good luck to you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You always deliver on your promise. By the way, I like your tagline. It is perfect for you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Marlene. I do try. :)

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      Billybuc,

      Any words of wisdom on how to find your own personal tagline? How do you find your niche? Did yours take a while to work itself out?

      I don't doubt my abilities as a writer, my issue is that I have not found my passion. It should be the thing that I can write a thousand books on and never get bored of, haunt my dreams, propel me to write into the wee hours of the morning, and ever entice my mind.

      I did everything right and now I'm horribly lost. I love writing and truly believe that words have power and can change people. We are the philosophers and critics of society and must remain so. I graduated with a degree in Creative Writing, but don't have a firm direction and calling. I've searched the deepest corners of my soul and have come up empty. There is a special gift each of us has been given to share with the world, and I haven't opened mine yet.

      You have to find your passion before you can create a brand. Any pearls of wisdom would be very welcome to this young grasshopper.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision,

      I'm going to like you. Talk about an honest, soul-searching comment. Thank you for speaking the truth young grasshopper. :)

      Did it take me awhile to find my niche? Oh my God, yes, and I'm not sure I've found it yet. I do know I love to help people, so this "writing advice" thing works for me.....but there is more I want.

      I want to write columns that empower people...I want to lift people up and give them hope....so as of yet, I have not found the niche that is going to allow me to do that. Until I figure that out, I'll keep building my platform, building my body of work, and keep searching for the answer.

      One of the problems I have is wanting to do too much, but at my age I don't have time to sit around contemplating my navel in search for truth. I want it now, dammit! LOL

      I wish I had an answer for you, but your passion is your passion, and you are the only one who can find it. I do wish you well, and I will be following you to see how your search goes. :)

      Thanks for a refreshing comment.

      bill

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Fabulous stuff here Bill..read it, love it, need it, learned from it & working on that tagline!! I def think the hardest thing is to market & sell oneself but who else is gonna do it right?? To hear you be so enthusiastic about it though is inspiring!! Thanks heaps for this & will tweet & pin so others can get the help they need..cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, that was a rousing endorsement...thank you so much. :) I want writers to succeed, so I have designated myself as the HP cheerleader. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great advice!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Billy, I am really enjoying your writings on writing. You have hit it when you say that you have to be willing to market yourself and pretty much stand up for what you do. No one else will do it for you. If you are going to write, you pretty much have to own it, something I am learning to do. Believe it or not, writing here at Hubpages has been a great help in that area. When I first started I would agonize over hitting the publish button, even after I had proofed and rewritten a million times over. Now, I don't agonize as much and saying I'm a writer rolls off the tongue a lot easier.

      I still don't have tagline. It feels a lot like a part of branding and I'm still kinda flopping around with that.

      Keep the inspiration coming.

      Take good care.

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      Wow Bill,

      What a refreshing article to welcome me again to HP. I've been away that long battling one of life's most dreaded part, illness; and this article is just so right for a brand new start.

      Once again, I thank Mother Earth for allowing me to meet people like you. A cheerleader, indeed!

      Barbara

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Right now I am writing for fun, but in the future I plan on writing for money, so I will eat your words up. Thank you, Bill, and I hope your week is going well!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      How many times will I thank you for your inspiration? It never seems enough!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I'm glad to hear you are moving forward....yes, the tagline is exactly like branding....and that is the point....we are the product....we are selling ourselves as writers. I know, that's a hard concept for writers to wrap their arms around. All we want to do is write, right? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks LK....just giving back to the community my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, my week is going very well thank you, and I hope yours is as well.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Good ideas. I do the branding and have from the beginning although I make no money so far it is like an investment. It just seemed the thing to do. I fooled google too making every writing link to my name. Just type my name into a search. Go ahead. lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, it is so nice to have you back with us. I hope you are feeling better now. Thank you for the kind words and believe me, I am the lucky one here at HP.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Jackie, and good for you. By the way, you are mentioned on my blog tomorrow as one of my favorite writers. :)

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      billybuc, I am relatively new to HP and hope your tips will be instrumental in propelling me a bit. Stardom is too big a word at the moment but I live with optimism. Thanks for the tips. Voted up.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for some more inspiration to add to the huge amount that you've already given, Bill.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great hub Bill. You inspire so many..Thank you..

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Srsddn, in reality, stardom is not actually a big word. It simply means a kingdom where you see a lot of stars. When you arrive, you will realize that it's not so difficult after all! I see it everyday, especially midway through a hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      srsddn, welcome to HubPages and thanks for stopping by. I hope these help you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always my pleasure, Alicia! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby my friend, it is what I was born to do....I want to inspire and help others. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, as always, it's a pleasure. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these tips.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful hub Bill, you have truly found your niche and your tag line is perfection. I have been checking in on your blog daily, and am collecting your pearls of wisdom. Thank you so much for mentoring us all with your wise words. Blessings on your day.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful Billy and as always interesting as well presented and useful Voting up and sharing. Also wishing you a great day too.

      The sun is shining down on us in Wales today.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Martin! Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I can't shake the teacher in me. :) I'm very happy if I have helped you in some way. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! It is glorious weather here and life is good. Have a great day my friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh Bill, if I had a nickel for every guy who told me he was gonna make me a star...(LOL)

      Another great article...you're all fired up aren't you?! Great job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, stay off of those casting couches, you hear? LOL I'll bet you have heard your share of one-liners from drooling guys. Sounds to me like the best man won that contest.

      Thanks, Kelly, and yes, I am fired up about writing. I want all my friends to be successful. :)

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you, I will definitely vote that one up! j/k

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought you would, Jackie! :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      With your powerful motivational mindset, Bill, you are helping writers and others be, as the Army suggests, 'the best they can be.' You might be interested or at the very least amused to know that my tag line or brand is 'Mirthologist.' So far, it's working!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj....LOL...it is working my friend. You bring much mirth into my life with your hilarious hubs and comments. Thank you for the kind words and the laugh this morning.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks for the advice. Very well written and great information. I like the tag-line idea. Looking forward to more of your hubs! Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      epbooks, thank you very much. I'm glad you found your way here. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I wish I had your drive. I get so unfocused, bombarded by the challenges of every day. Still, somehow I survive, but I have a long way to go before really doing well with my writing. I appreciate the continued encouragement, though, and will continue to look for it. Many votes!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Me too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you are a very good writer. Drive or focus, or a little of both? Maybe just too much life getting in the way? Some day my friend, you will find the formula and then good things will happen. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you epbooks....greatly appreciated once again.

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      Michelle Widmann 4 years ago

      This hub was immensely helpful. I've never really known where to start when it comes to writing for profit, but this has definitely given me some insight. Thanks a lot!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I'm glad to hear it. Thanks for stopping by and good luck to you.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Everything you write about writing is helpful. Thank you for sharing your experience. :-) Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, it truly is my pleasure. You can take the teacher out of the classroom but you never take the classroom out of the teacher. :)

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      Really? I knew I was right to have some faith in humanity! How awesome of you to provide such great information to help your fellow writers construct successful articles. Thank you. Awesome and voted up. You had me taking notes in this article!

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: "Writing should be about emotions, just as all art should be, just as all music should be. What emotions are you trying to arouse with your writing? Do you want the reader happy? Do you want them to feel sad? Do you want giddiness or nostalgia? Use whatever verbs, nouns and adjectives you can to make sure that the desired emotions become actual emotions when the reader checks out your work."

      I want my readers to be full of horns. What verbs, nouns, and adjectives should I use? Any advice?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aplethora, welcome to my site and thank you for the following. Stick with me; you'll find quite a few of my friends believe in helping others. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I now count on you to provide me with a laugh to start my day. You have done it once again and I thank you for it. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great pearls of wisdom. Useful advice. As you say we must give the readers a reason to read our writings, it should not be like old wine in a new bottle. Great write, voted up useful and interesting.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit, Billy, and my brand is coming along....nicely.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I love your description....great!

      Thank you for the visit my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love to hear that.....I love to hear that. :)

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      Oh yes definitely. I am now one of your followers, grasshoppah! I love to learn.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      aplethora, it's good to have you with us. :) Have a great weekend.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well Bill, you've definitely lived up to your reputation in loving. One way of showing love is helping up and comers like myself figure things out. I appreciate you as one of the few people on here who genuinely means what he says and says what he means.

      Not too many people in this world are learning that or even have any idea what honor and integrity mean anymore so it's a breath of fresh air to read your hubs! God bless man and you engage me fully each time I read! Voting up and sharing!

      As a matter of fact, I'm having to bookmark this page because it's making me consider what I've already written and I need to see if I'm up to spec.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas, I have noticed a shortage of honorable people of late. I'm just trying to turn the tables a bit, buddy, and see if we can't start a new trend....being honest and helpful. What a concept, right?

      You are a good man....keep working at your craft....let your true voice come out, as you have in the past....you will make it!

      Thank you my friend.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hey Billy! Excellent advice as usual. Thank you for being so willing to share and help the rest of us that need it. Gotta go work on that tagline! Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, it really is my pleasure. Thank you for being willing to listen to suggestions.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Still working on my niche Bill. Quilting/Crafting/Cooking...just not sure yet, but I do them all which I am still enjoying so I guess it's all good.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, how about an all-encompassing niche....what do they all have in common????

      Thank you and if I can ever be of help just ask.

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      Lucy Jones 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      Lots of food for thought here Bill. Beautifully put, easy on the ear with a voice so clear and from each of your hubs, I've learned. I enjoyed reading this hub immensely. It's given me the inspiration and will to change direction. Thanks Bill - appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      starbright, I'm happy that this helps you in some way. Thanks for the kind words and best of luck to you.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      "Writers deliver and readers receive." Great line, Bill. I will remember that when I'm writing my articles and blogs. Sometimes I'm so focused on getting product out that I forget the essentials for a successful piece. Thanks for bringing me back to where I need to be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, you have stated a very common problem of most writers, me included. It is very easy to forget the central purpose of a piece once we start writing. I'm glad this helps you and thanks for stopping by.

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      Jennifer Madison 4 years ago from Lohmar

      I feel like whenever I read your articles, I have learnt something. Same here, thanks for the great advice, I will keep this in mind when I write my next article

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jennifer, that is a compliment I can live with. Thank you very much!

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