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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Ninety-Eight

Updated on May 18, 2016

Here We Go

Buckle up and get comfortable! We have a full Mailbag this week and I’m putting the pedal to the metal and speeding through it…so hang on and let’s go!

QUOTATION MARKS

From Eric: “I am working on some writing that deals with sayings people use. Cliche concepts. So do you put quotation marks around the cliche?”

Eric, I had to look this one up since I wasn’t really sure, so we both learn something with this question.

Everything I found says NO! Do not use quotation marks around the cliché. Instead, if you want to give it prominence, use italics on the cliché. Much more proper according to the grammar police.

Now we both know!

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REVIEWS

From Brian: “So when I've read one of your recent novels or novellas and want to share with others why I like it, I should not bother to post a reader's review on Amazon, because no one trusts such reviews and no one pays attention to them unless there are lots and lots of them? Is there anywhere a review is worth posting or submitting? As a hub? In sites like Persona Paper? Anywhere?”

Brian, I hesitate to say reviews on Amazon are useless. I do think they help the authors because the online game is a numbers game….but….there are a number of online sites that deal strictly with books read where comments and reviews are encouraged. For someone who is somewhat of a rebel who does not want to play the Amazon game, I would think those sites would be better. Check out AllReaders.com, BookReporter.com or BookPage.com.

More on the Ten Second Rule

From Faith: “So, when the Ten Second Rule is implemented, how far in the story do you level out a bit so-to-speak? What I mean is, do you keep up that momentum to build anticipation throughout the entire story to the climax or is it more of a give and take approach until you reach the mind-blowing ending? Hahaha Or is it just different strokes for different folks?”

It’s a good question, Faith, and for novel-writers an important question.

Good books are a combination of ebb and flow. There are catalyst chapters that drive the story along, and in-between those action scenes there are “take a breath” chapters to allow the reader’s heartbeat to return to normal.

So, to answer your question, capture their attention using the Ten Second Rule, then back off of the gas and slow up a bit, get comfortable in the story, learn more about the characters, paint the scenes and then hit the gas once more.

A good rule of thumb: one catalyst per every 20,000 words.

Too much marketing annoys the hell out of people, so tread lightly
Too much marketing annoys the hell out of people, so tread lightly | Source

Two from Lizzy on Long-range Plans and Pissing People Off

From Lizzy: “1) Having just read your weekly "Artistry" e-mail, I have to ask, how do you actually manage to make and stick to a long-range goal? This is something I have struggled with all my life. I may make plans, but as Robert Burns put it, "...The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft agley..."

It seems something or other (either Murphy's Law, or someone else in the household deciding that THEIR plans are more important/urgent than one's own) fouls things up royally, making it impossible or nearly so, to follow through. It has gotten to the point where I avoid making plans for anything further out than the next day or week; month or two tops.

2) Another angle on the marketing question: How do you 'continually promote' on any or various platforms without pissing people off, and becoming such a pest so that when they see your posts, they duck into the nearest (virtual) doorway? "Oh, NO!! Here she comes again to ask us to buy her books!" On sites such as Face Book, you are liable to find yourself "unfriended," hidden or blocked--or, worst of all--reported for spam.”

Lizzy, your questions had me laughing and for that I thank you.

How do I stick to long-range plans? I’ve been asked this before and I guess the best answer I can give is I’m anal-retentive. This is just me. I am about as goal-oriented a human being as you are going to find, to the point where everything else is shoved into the background and practically doesn’t exist while I work towards a goal. I’m not saying that healthy or even a good thing, but it does answer your question I hope.

As for your second question, it is a very real concern and one I’m always aware of. There was a writer on HubPages awhile back who I really enjoyed, right up to the point where she wrote her first book and then all hell broke loose on Facebook. Suddenly we were seeing promotions from her daily about that damned book. It got to the point, seriously, that after a month or so there was no way I would ever buy her book because I was sick to death of hearing about it.

So yes, it is a problem, or can be if common sense isn’t used.

One solution is to make a separate Facebook page just for your writing or just for your book. That way your friends can go to it or not, and it keeps your writing career separate from you as a person. I have chosen not to do that. I practice moderation, or at least I try to do so.

Positive Energy Mantras

From Mary: “I was wondering if you have any mantras to keep you focused or do you think all that positive thinking stuff is just nonsense?”

Mary, I don’t think it’s nonsense at all and no, I don’t use any mantras. I’ve read my share of positive-thinking self-help books. I love Og Mandino and Leo Buscaglia to name two, and maybe their words affect me subconsciously and I’m not even aware of it…but I don’t pour over positive-thinking books daily to keep my head in the game, so to speak. I’m just a very focused human being.

MARKETING ON FACEBOOK

From Rasma: “Leaves me but one question in regards to marketing the book - at that time should I create a Facebook page for it?”

Rasma, this is a matter of personal taste and self-control. I’m not sure there is a particular advantage to having a separate Facebook page for your upcoming book other than to separate it from your personal page and giving your friends a break. As was mentioned earlier in this Mailbag, there is a very real chance of annoying the hell out of your friends if all you do is promote your book on Facebook. So having that separate page just for your book might not be a bad idea.

The only other question to answer, then, is when do you create that Facebook page? If you want to increase the hunger for your book before it is published, then make that Facebook page now. I did that with my first novel. I built up the interest in it months before it was actually published, and that approach worked fairly well.

I can make changes to this ebook any old time I want to.
I can make changes to this ebook any old time I want to. | Source

Fine-tuning an Ebook

From Faith again: “On another note, do you happen to know if one publishes an e-book and then later decides to remove part of it, is that something one can do? Seems like, being it is done via computer, it would be easy just to edit and add to or take away parts. This is not for me, but the thought did come to my mind for other reasons, and so I am just curious how that would work or not.”

The answer is yes, Faith, you can edit your ebook any old time you feel like it. There is usually a period of about 24 hours when your book is not available during the editing and restructuring process, but it’s really as simple as clicking a few links and inserting the new text document. In fact, I believe the same process is used if you want to edit your paperback of the same novel on CreateSpace. You just hit edit, insert a new doc., and hit publish.

BOOK REVIEWS

From Rajan: “I have myself wondered a number of times whether online product reviews are phony or not. How does one verify them?”

Rajan, you aren’t going to like my answer, but here it is: one does not verify reviews that are found online. Oh, there probably is some way, if one is diligent enough, to track down the origins of the review but honestly, who has that kind of time? There is so much that is bogus online these days. It is nearly impossible to trust anything you find online. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can write a review for any product. Heck, give me ten minutes and I’ll write a very convincing review for a product I’ve never tried…..in fact, I do it with my freelance writing jobs. I ghostwrite for customers about products I’ve never used, and my marketing text is very convincing….and I’ve never in my life used those products.

That, my friend, is called marketing!

Great Questions This Week

And thanks to all of you for making this Mailbag a dandy. We’ll be back next week with #99.

And on a personal note, thanks to all of you who have purchased my newest “Billy the Kid” novella, “Ashes to Ashes.” I greatly appreciate your support.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 8 months ago from New York, New York

      I thought no quotes around a cliche, but thank you so much for verifying this here, as well as all your other great and valuable advice. Happy Monday to you and wishing you another great week ahead, too!! :)

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to look it up, Janine, because I was doubting myself. Glad to hear you thought that too.

      Happy Monday my loyal friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      So many issues with authentic reviews these days! That's unfortunate. I've seen reviewers that have so many reviews that I wonder how they can actually have bought and read all of those. I like Amazon's "verified purchase" notation as a little proof they've actually bought it.

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      Carb Diva 8 months ago

      Good morning Bill. I can't believe I'm #2 today. One comment about your ability to stick with a long-range plan -- you have a supportive spouse who recognizes the value of the work you do and the time it takes. And, you don't have children in the house. And we reap the benefits.

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      Maria Jordan 8 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for another informative and worthwhile installment, dear Bill.

      A 'good' teacher is not afraid to learn for themselves, as they share with others. Thanks for being a 'great' teacher!

      Happy Monday! Love, Maria

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      Melissa Propp 8 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! This was a full mailbag and I really enjoyed diving in today. I can so relate to Lizzy's mantra question. I keep setting goals and then pushing them back, thinking there will be more time--someday. Some of us are born procrastinators!

      Hope you have a wonderful week!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, that does help for sure and actually gives me a bit of comfort when reading the reviews...still, now, I can't help but be a bit suspicious of them all. LOL

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All true, Linda, and I've often said I'm very lucky to have those two factors working for me.

      Thanks for being #2. Thanks for always being here and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Maria. I love this series as we all learn and that's a win-win situation any old way you look at it.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, good morning! I think there are quite a few things worse than being a procrastinator. At least you are a very enjoyable one. :) Thanks and Happy Monday my friend.

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      Denise McGill 8 months ago from Fresno CA

      I really enjoyed this latest mailbag installment. Great answers. I'm with you. I take the reviews with a grain of salt but never really try to verify them. What's the point? Thanks.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      MizBejabbers 8 months ago

      Hey, Bill, great mailbag today with some good questions and good answers. I wonder about the "paid" reviews thing on Amazon. I gladly write reviews for books I've read and give my unbiased opinion. However, I wonder if you can tell the hacks by the statement posted on some of them "read all my other reviews," or words to that effect. I do get tired of getting an email for everything, book or product, that I buy wanting two reviews, one on the product and one on the seller. However, about the latter, I appreciate and take those seriously because how else would we know if we are dealing with a dishonest or unreliable seller. Sorry, I know this is about books, but just thought I'd bring that out.

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      Mary Wickison 8 months ago from Brazil

      Hello Bill,

      I've always wondered the best way to acknowledge a cliche, now I know.

      Thanks for answering my question about mantras and other positive affirmations. I'm not aware of the two you mention but will check them out. I have tried a hypnosis CD and thought it wasn't doing me any good until I had to verbally stand my ground with someone, and I realized the CD had helped. The people in the room, who were listening to my side of the phone conversation were shocked at my dogged determination in dealing with the person at the other end.

      I can relate to Lizzy's plight about life getting in the way. I wonder if it is a 'woman thing' where it is in our nature to always say yes and help or if we are allowing ourselves to be a doormat.

      Enjoy your week.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Denise. It's always good to hear from you.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, no reason to apologize. This Mailbag is all about sharing thoughts on matters like that, so thank you for sharing yours.

      Have a great week, my friend.

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      Deborah Neyens 8 months ago from Iowa

      I actually use the Amazon reviews in deciding to make the book purchase. However, I usually look for the "verified purchase" reviews.

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      Buildreps 8 months ago from Europe

      A full mailbag indeed, full of interesting questions, and great answers as always. Wish you a great day, Bill!

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      William Kovacic 8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I'm not an Aerosmith fan by any means, but in the words of Stephen Tyler, "The train kept a rollin' . . . ." I think we need to have an online party when you reach 100 mailbags - a hundred weeks of good information is worth the celebration, don't you think!

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      Colin Garrow 8 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I like your comment on Amazon reviews, Bill - I think it's a fine line, but having some reviews has got to be better than none at all. As to the three sites you mention, I had to look them up - seems I'm not as savvy as I thought I was! Cheers.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it would take a wiser man than me to answer that last question of yours. It is interesting that most women I know do have that "yes" gene in them and find it hard to say no.

      Thanks for the earlier question and best of luck on that positive reinforcement thing. :)

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your input, Deb. Truth be known I hardly ever use Amazon even though I sell my books through that site.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps and I hope your week is fantastic.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll have a private party, Bill, and you all are invited. :) Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good Monday to you, Colin. It's always good to hear from you...fine line indeed and yes, some reviews must be better than zero!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting, now I know not to use quotation marks around clichés. Thanks again...

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      Heidi Thorne 8 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Mailbag Monday!

      Re: Quotation Marks for Cliches. I've seen both quotes and italics used. I think the italics looks better.

      Re: Marketing or Annoying? The old 80/20 rule applies. Eighty percent should be "content" and 20 percent should be marketing when using social media and email marketing.

      Re: Facebook Page for Book. It's a cheaper option in lieu of setting up a separate website for it. But book promotions are ideally melded into the author's regular content streams to leverage a following that's already been built.

      Re: Online Reworks and Reviews. Thank God for self e-publishing which allows almost unlimited updates! Online reviews? Bane and blessing. Difficult to trace, except with things such as "Verified Purchaser" on Amazon. Celebrate the triumphs, ignore the trolls.

      Only 2 more to 100! Go you!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you, Ruby, and Happy Monday to you!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi....cliches in italics is always the way to go in my humble opinion.

      Trolls are everywhere, a part of the literary landscape in today's world....ignore them or learn to live with them, I say.

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      Liz Elias 8 months ago from Oakley, CA

      Thanks very much for your replies; much appreciated.

      One thing struck me about the handling of cliches, as Eric asked:

      Here on HP, on a blog, e-book, print book, etc., italics are fine. In social media platforms, however, italics are not available, so I use quotation marks to separate them..perhaps single instead of double quotes? Also, for ANYthing you want to stand out, the only option is to use either quotes or all caps...

      :: shrug ::

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      Bill De Giulio 8 months ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, the mailbag overflowed this week with interesting questions and well thought out answers. Great to see. You are building momentum as you close-in on number 100. Amazing! Have a great week.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for another good class. I learned about editing ebooks, reviews on Amazon and others. Always good answers to questions I didn't ask, but needed to know.

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      Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      This is a dandy Monday Mailbag! Thank you for answering both of my questions. So every 20,000 words, here comes the adrenaline again! Makes a lot of sense to allow the readers to catch their breathe and then build the background and characters.

      That is good to know about one being able to edit an e-book either by adding to or taking away from it. What if you've already published the e-book and decide to edit it later on after copies have already been sold; is that unethical or still your right to do so? If I'm hearing you right, it does not matter if copies have already been sold, edits are still okay, right? You make it sound so easy.

      I can see how one's friends on Facebook would grow weary of constant advertising. You state that you built up interest in your book via Facebook? So, how often did you build up interest without overwhelming your friends on Facebook?

      Woo hoo, almost to 100!

      Thank you, again, for addressing my questions, dear Bill. I'm sorry to be so late. I had a long day in the city ...

      Peace and blessings always

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      social thoughts 8 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      You never fail to teach me new things!

      I definitely learned something new about how to write cliches. I had no idea. Like Eric, I would usually use quotes, too. Thanks, Bill!

      I love your response to Faith's question. It makes sense. It made me laugh, though. It reminds me of "High Fidelity" when Rob (John Cusack) is explaining how to make a mix tape. In all honesty, I appreciate your advice. I happen to think you're right. :)

      I shouldn't be surprised that there are jobs for writing fake product reviews, but you have confirmed it! I'm speechless! Ghostwriting is nothing new, but to need a ghostwriter to make up a review is one I haven't heard. Have to love rich people willing to throw money at us to create things like that, eh? At least it gives us a chance to be more imaginative!

      Have a lovely week, friend!

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      Devika Primić 8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative about reviews and a useful hub to all writers. I have faith in what provide thank you.

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      Mel Carriere 8 months ago from San Diego California

      You are the very soul of moderation, and the most focused, goal-oriented person that I know of on the Internet. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you could go BOLD to make it stand out, can't you? Or not? I really don't know.

      I would go with double quotation marks on social media platforms...seems to me that is acceptable since nothing else is available....but really, what do I really know? LOL

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is amazing, Bill. This was supposed to be a "one and done" sort of thing.

      Thanks to people like you it's still alive and kicking, so thank you!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you very much, Dora! I'm glad you find this so useful.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are never late here, Faith. I'll leave the light on for ya every day. LOL

      More questions? Yippee!!!! I'll have answers for you on Monday.

      Until then, blessings and hugs, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, thank you, and I love the last thing you wrote...have a lovely week, friend....thank you! I will and I hope you do as well. You are appreciated and I want you to always remember that.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE, and have a wonderful day in Croatia!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Mel. It is not always a blessing being focused, but I am what I am so there you go. LOL

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      SBHK 8 months ago from India

      This is a nyc hub, I must say. I am following you so that I can read more of your hubs

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunitibahl, thank you so much. It's good to have you following along.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you very much for your informative answer Bill. I will consider perhaps to create a sort of poetic page and advise everyone that eventually a book will be coming and in the meantime they can read some of my poems in one place instead of having to look for them all over the place. I will take all of this into consideration and as you say perhaps it is good to let the excitement build.

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      Liz Elias 8 months ago from Oakley, CA

      No, Bill--sadly, there are no typeface options on social media. :( All caps or quotes are the only things available.

      (And you want to use caps sparingly, as it is considered as yelling.)

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      Linda Crampton 8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is yet another interesting and useful article for writers, Bill. I especially liked the section about editing ebooks because it answered a question that had occurred to me.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Rasma! I hope it helps you.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Lizzy. I've been called out for doing that.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad to hear that, Alicia....thank you from the Mail Room.

    • swalia 8 months ago

      As usual, some great questions and answers!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Swalia!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 8 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, your mailbags are always a learning experience. Thank you for keeping it going and addressing my question as well. Have a great weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 8 months ago from Shelton

      long range and pissing people off.. got a kick out of that piece.. wow 98 chilling because 100 is oh so close..

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you very much, Rajan! Your support is always appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, a little something for everyone in the Mailbag. LOL Two to go, buddy, and thank you.

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      Tarun Chhauda 8 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Hi Bill,

      I am new here as you already know. I read through your mailbags and find them quite interesting both in terms of the knowledge shared as well as questions answered. I am reminded here about a line from Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography where he happens to ask something to this another guy and to his response MG's response is - "I was silenced but not comforted". I myself am a victim many times and fall in the "being silenced" category rather than the comforted one. Reading through your mailbag here I am reminded of that statement and clearly see how you are a believer in the comforted category and thats what you yearn to provide. So thanks indeed for that. Coming back to the Mailbag, As a writer I too feel suffocated because of certain concerns that either hamper my progress or kill my writer's ego and I wanted to put them across to you to find some gasping breath. So how do I go about this one? If I have followed your mailbags correctly then I believe the next one up is #99 right? So what should I do to get my question featured in that one or is it that I have to wait as there is already a wait-list or something. Lastly, Where should I send my question/s to?

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Tarunponders, you can simply include your question in the comments, as you just did. I'll answer this question in installment 100....and thank you for taking the time to ask a question.

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      Ann Carr 7 months ago from SW England

      I agree with Lizzy that single quote marks are often useful for quoting things other than dialogue. They differentiate quite well.

      I'm so glad I don't have a book or similar to publish as I shrink from the use of multi-media; I'm just not comfortable with it. The technicalities you can learn but I can't 'unlearn' the feelings!

      It's amazing that you're almost at the 100 - congratulations on this excellent series, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Good to hear from you again. I'm right behind you on the multi-media discomfort, but I gotta do what I gotta do. :)

      bill

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      Tarun Chhauda 7 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the guidance. I shall post my question here now.

      I began my freelance writing journey around 4 years back. When I started out I signed up with Up work. Looking at the job postings then used to scare me. There were jobs paying a mere 25-50 cents per 100 words. This to me was absurd. As a writer I thought writing was also viewed as a commodity and buyers wanted to buy it as if they were buying vegetables. I had started out then so settled for a mere 1 dollar per 100 words sometimes (never settled for 25 cents jobs though) though my writing was of a much higher quality than the amount paid. Some jobs also paid 2 dollars per 100 words. Having spend 4 years in the industry my writing skills have improved manifold and I can write as good as anyone or maybe better. My question therefore is - Is asking a 4-5 dollar per 100 words a very high price that I am asking for when there are jobs which easily pay 10 dollar onwards per 100 words? Also can you please guide me to some fair resources where they don't discriminate me coz I am an Indian and probably pay me less. I am willing to take a paid membership as long as I get higher paying jobs requisite to my skills. Please do advice based on your experience sites that pay fairly for the writing they get done.

      Thanks in advance for all your help on this.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Tarunponders, and thank you for the questions. The Mailbag is full for this week but I will include it in the following Bag. I promise! Great questions, ones many freelance writers must ponder.

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      Tarun Chhauda 7 months ago from Roorkee, India

      No Problems Bill. 101 is an auspicious number for us Indians as we generally give that amount as shagun (wedding or some anniversary gift etc. in cash). So I really look forward to that as a possible game changer for me :)

      As far as the questions go I intentionally kept them that way as I feel it is a sensitive issue as we "WRITERS" are sometimes looked down upon and been treated as mere commodities whereas in my opinion writing is a highly specialised skill and must be paid as good as other skills. Look forward to your views in the auspicious #101.

      And thanks a ton for keeping me updated on this one.

    • manatita44 7 months ago

      Excellent work, once more. I like your paragraph on Book Reviews. I get caught up in there myself, sometimes. Interesting times.

    • Deb Hirt 7 months ago

      Be careful with reviews on Amazon. Then everyone starts asking you questions about whether or not that product will work for their use on an entirely different item that you bought it for. Those should be addressed with the manufacturer or seller, not the buyer.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Tarunponders...this is a very common problem and complaint and I totally agree with you, writers should be paid for their skills.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Manatita.....it's always good to see a good friend back among us.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent point, Deb! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Lawrence hebb 7 months ago

      Bill

      Just a quick one here as I'll read the rest of the hub tomorrow. One good site to post reviews is 'Goodreads' as you can post there and send it to your network of folks like Facebook contacts etc. Just an idea for people to get hold of.

      For me, I think the more reviews in different places like that they better it is for the writer as it's not relying on one site for the review.

      I do tend to post reviews there even of the 'famous and popular' books as it givee thos recommendations to other friends who are avid readers

      Just an idea

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I appreciate your thoughts on the reviews. That's what this site is for, to share ideas so we all learn. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 months ago from Central Florida

      This is quite a lively Mailbag, Bill. I know what you mean about over-marketing. It can really kill a hard on, so to speak. And I know exactly to whom you were referring in your response to the question. I reacted the same as you.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm howling right now. Enough said!

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