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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Ninety-Four

Updated on May 18, 2016

Glad to See You Again

It seems like these last ten on the march to 100 are taking forever.

I’ve decided to keep doing the Mailbag after I hit one-hundred. There seems to be genuine interest in it so why not? Besides, I’m still planning on doing podcasts, and I want to be able to tie the podcasts to the actual written series, so there you go.

And here we go with some more great questions.

Welcome to the Mail Room!
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Questions from Allen

A Three-Pack: “1). How can you possibly be so Caring and Patient in both Time Spent and encouragement dispersed via your THOUSANDS of replies??

2). Is there ever a time to Just realize that one's real problem is 'Failure to Launch" versus Writer's Block, loss of Muse, etc. etc.?

3). And do you Really, after Thousands of words thrown out there, and Millions of Positive Accolades returned for said words---Truly have some days where you feel "This is one Lonely Gig"???”

Allen, thanks for the three questions, and the compliments. Here are your answers!

Caring and patient? Thank you for that but honestly, I’m just doing what I was raised to do. My parents believed in giving and a spirit of community. “A talent not shared is a talent wasted,” and I can’t tell you how many times I heard that growing up. “We’re all in this together, Bill,” I also heard from them, and I guess it stuck with me. I’m so grateful that people read my stuff. How can I not give back to a community that has been so good to me?

Yes, there is a “failure to launch” syndrome among writers. I know quite a few of them, and the reasons for that “failure to launch” are very real to them and very valid. Some are simply afraid. Some lack confidence. I wish I had magic words that would help them get over the hump so they could experience the joy of publishing their own work…their own creation.

Yessir, writing is a lonely gig. I do believe that, no matter how many comments I receive. Writing is a solitary pursuit, hours alone pouring out words, striving for perfection, fighting the inner-demons, wondering if anyone really gives a damn whether you write or not. I think most of us have experienced those thoughts and emotions, but because we spend so much time alone and inside our heads, we feel like we are the only one who understands. I wish I could meet with all of you once a week, and we could all sit down and share our insecurities with each other, and feed off of our assurances that everything is all right.

A mentor of mine once told me the most dangerous real estate in the world is the six inches between my ears….true words.

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Which Direction to Take

From Panita: “If one is looking to be successful, which genre is the best to write in? Which area of writing will find success the quickest?”

Panita, I can tell you that the best-selling genre in literature right now is Romance, but that won’t be my answer to you.

Personally, and there are those who would argue with me, I believe that success (if defined by sales and acclaim) will not come unless you are writing with passion and genuine interest in the subject matter. In all honesty, I could probably write a romance novel but, also in all honesty, it would not be a good romance novel. I have no desire to do so, and that lack of desire, I believe, will show in my writing.

My suggestion to you is to write in the genre you enjoy, the genre that excites you and makes you enjoy sitting down to write, and don’t worry about the success of it all. Success is tied up in so many aspects of this business, including the quality of your craft and your ability to market your work.

Learn to write WELL and learn to market that writing WELL and success will arrive much faster than if you tried to write in a genre you know nothing about and have no feelings about.

Or maybe I’m completely wrong! LOL

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Marketing an Ebook

From Brian: “I'm wondering how to market an e-book. A bookshop would not get a cut of sales if you did a reading there. And how would an e-book author show his/her wares at a craft show? Have a handful of chairs and a handful of e-readers and charge by the minute after the first 10 minutes of reading, with the option to buy, for the retail price minus the cost of reading minutes used?”

Brian, that’s the beauty of a site like CreateSpace. You can have your paperback to show to people while you market your eBook. I don’t have a clue how one would market an eBook without an actual book in their hands. I would hate to tackle that problem. So I never just publish an eBook without also publishing the paperback.

The Thrill of Publishing

From Manatita: “I like the look and name of your novella. Here's a question then. Was it really exciting for you getting it published? Much Love.”

Thank you Manatita. My friend is referring to the publication of my “Billy the Kid” novella series, available on Amazon.

Was it exciting to publish them? I would say “satisfying” instead of exciting. I was excited when I published my first novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle from Yesterday to Today.” Since then, all other books have been satisfying. I’m also proud of each book. Excited? Maybe it’s just me but no, after the first one, not excited.

LINKEDIN

From Mary: “I would be interested to know if you or any of your readers have found work using Linkedin either through advertising themselves as article writers or through book sales.”

Mary, great question, and I hope some of my readers weigh in on this.

I actually did get a freelance gig through Linkedin and it was purely by luck. I really don’t use Linkedin that much. I don’t actively promote myself on it, and the one gig I did get was just a business person scanning profiles and running across mine…they contacted me and it worked out. I don’t use the site to promote my books.

Why? I’m just too busy doing other things. I can only allocate so much time to particular avenues and pursuits, and Linkedin is way down my priority list. Not because there is something wrong with Linkedin but because I have other things going on.

Developing Style

From Suhail:

“Do you think it is advisable to follow the style of a few writers that one likes in his/her niche or do you think that one would develop his/her own style after writing continuously and prolifically over a long period?”

It’s an interesting question, my friend. I’ll give you my gut response. I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to follow the style of other writers…consciously….but I do think we all do it subconsciously to a certain degree. We can’t help but be influenced by writers we admire; it is only natural and I think that shows in our writing after time.

However, I will always vote for developing your own style and I think that style will, as you said, develop after writing continuously and prolifically over a long time.

For better or for worse, those are my thoughts on that.

Thanks to You All

Remember, if you have a question for the Mailbag, all you have to do is include it in the comment section below, or if you prefer you can email the question to me at holland1145@yahoo.com.

Until next week, thank you and have a wonderful week of creating.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 15 months ago from New York, New York

      As always great advice and so happy you are keeping this series going after you hit the 100th mark as I do think there is a real interest indeed and also love seeing your responses myself her weekly, too. Happy Monday now, Bill!! :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Give the people what they want and you'll never be alone. :) Happy Monday my friend.

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      Nadine May 15 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Very good advice and tips in this post Billy. I spotted your entry in Google+. Just so you know that it works promoting there!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 15 months ago from Norfolk

      Good to hear that you are set to continue with this series Billy. Hubpages should provide you with a category of your own for their niche sites if they have not already!

      I very much relate to the question about style and think that we develop our own style without even thinking much about it. I know that when it photography, I can recognise an image which I took without even thinking about it. I believe it is very much part of who we are.

      Have a great week Billy

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm glad you've decided to carry on doing the series Bill. As always, great questions & educative answers.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, thanks for letting me know that about Google +.....I appreciate the visit, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting, Sally, about recognizing your own photography. I do believe that is true although early on I don't think we really realize it. My writing is very easy for me to spot now....it definitely has my rhythm to it.

      Happy Monday, Sally!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I'd probably be lost without the Mailbag to do on Mondays. :)

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      Denise McGill 15 months ago from Fresno CA

      Excellent answers as always. I especially like the gracious Linkedin answer. I have it too and I haven't used it much as well. I heard it can be a great tool for getting freelance jobs, but like you, it's way down on my priority list. Once again, really interesting reading your answers and advice. My parents too (especially my mother) felt that sharing our selves was a key to a good life. Live well, my friend!

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Melissa Propp 15 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! It's a really busy time of year for me at the day job, so I have to keep it brief for a couple weeks here...Just wanted to let you know that I'm so happy you plan on continuing the series once you get to that magical 100. Have a great and prosperous week!

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      MizBejabbers 15 months ago

      Top o' the Mornin', Bill. some great questions today. One niche that has been advertising for writers is the teen and young adult category. I don't know if they really need writers or if it is just writer's schools trying to get takers. I am considering placing my novel, if I ever get back to it, in that category because I don't like a lot of cussin' and sex. However, it does have some violence that is pertinent to the story, so I don't know how that will fly. I may just stick with the historical novel category.

      You are lucky to have gotten work from a Linkedin connection. I've even been foolish enough to try a pay site or two, but nothing. They blamed it on me for not working my webpage enough. I just don't have time, and if I'm paying them to do it well.... As I said, I was foolish.

      Have a good rest of the week, my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, you are so generous with your time. Thank you. Your mama taught you well. Have a great day!!

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      Heidi Thorne 15 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Mailbag Monday!

      Re: Direction/Genre. "Learn to write WELL and learn to market that writing WELL..." quote is oh so frame-worthy! Every writer should have that hanging in the office.

      Re: Ebooks/Bookstores. It's too difficult to sell ebooks through bookstores (unless it's Amazon) and at events. And, yes, it's so cheap to do the print version on Createspace that there's no excuse for not doing both print and ebook versions.

      Re: The Thrill is Gone. When writing is your business, I agree, it's not a "thrill" when something publishes. It's just another productive day at the office.

      Re: LinkedIn. Even though I'm active on LinkedIn and my profile is definitely publishing and writing oriented (and features all my books), I rarely get direct writing inquiries. But I do get people checking out my profile and occasionally wanting to start a conversation. This brings up the whole social media for writers question. And you don't want me to get on my soapbox about that. HP only allows 8K characters for comments.

      Re: Question of Style. Confession: I have a difficult time modeling anyone's writing style. I write like I talk. However, yes, I think we are "influenced" by others' work and might pick up a technique or two.

      I'm so glad to hear you've decided to continue with the Mailbag even after your "centennial" post. Only 6 more to go to 100! Thanks for being there for us. Have a great week!

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A marvelous installment. You have great readers with wonderful questions. Clearly your parents set you out on the right track.

      Do you write these installments all in one sitting? Which goes to the real question. On articles like here at HP do you try to write the whole thing in one sitting or do you write and come back to it and write some more? I am really getting at the concept of keeping continuity.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Denise. I do enjoy this series but it's nice to know I'm not alone.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa. I really appreciate you taking the time from a busy day to join me. Happy Monday to you!

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      manatita44 15 months ago from london

      Thank you, Bill. Another great one and thank you for answering my question. I really like your answer about copying styles. I feel that I'm influenced by others; I feel we all are, but essentially the style is or should be our own. So good of you to say this. Until next week. Salaam!

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      Donna Brown 15 months ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi, Bill I agree. Each writer has to develop his or her own style. Without a doubt every book we read influences our style, but our style has to be our own.

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      Aliswell 15 months ago from Iowa

      Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Bill. As Always, you are such a gracious gentleman as you answer the vast array of questions from the far flung corners of this, our round and rotating globe.

      I find generous amounts of uplifting and Potential "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" information from both you and other questioning souls as we read and interchange about your writing!

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      William Leverne Smith 15 months ago from Hollister, MO

      A comment on the last question. It seems I found most satisfaction, and success, perhaps, by adopting the writing style of what I read... not a particular writer... creative nonfiction is what I read. Historical fiction is what I write. I believe it helped me find my own style. Again, one opinion. Another great mailbag, thanks for continuing!! ;-)

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      Bill De Giulio 15 months ago from Massachusetts

      Great job Bill. Wonderful to hear that the Mailbag will continue beyond 100. Excellent questions and answers, specially the advice about developing ones own style and writing about topics that one is passionate about. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, it is foolishness all the way around in this business....the longer I'm doing it the more I'm convinced that getting paying gigs is a matter of being in the right place at the right time...nothing more and nothing less.

      Violence is acceptable in your adult novels...just not graphic violence.

      For what it's worth!

      Thanks my friend and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      She did teach me well, Ruby, and to my credit, I listened well too. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I swear, a huge sigh of relief escapes my lips when I see you agree with my words of advice. No kidding...I respect your knowledge and opinion.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I've never had that question before. I'll have your answer Monday, my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Manatita....we are all unique whether we know it or not. :) How could we not be?

      Peace my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donna! I love it when people agree with me. LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      I can't imagine writing a romance novel no matter how popular the genre. It would really be a stretch.

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      Dear billy,

      How wonderful would it be to be able to meet with you and share ideas. A quick note from me: I am now speedreading a book I can't stand so I can get to the one I really want to read---YOURS!

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      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      I agree on the romance novel, it would turn into a horror story with me involved knowing how it always does even on flash fiction with me! lol! I love reading your Mailbag articles you always say something that reminds me to, 'do this or that' so thanks Bill, nell

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      Mary Norton 15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish your desire to meet once a week is possible but for now, this serves me well. I am happy that you have been consistent. Most of the things I learn about writing is from this series. It is like having a coach. Thank you.

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      social thoughts 15 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      So many good ones, this week.

      I love the ones from Allen the most. In the first one, I almost hoped you'd respond with "I'm Jesus" or something to that extent. haha You are a patient and kind person. We appreciate that about you!

      I think it's pretty cool that you were contacted on LinkedIn for a gig, though. That's better than when someone contacted me on a dating site, right?

      I'm excited for next Monday's installment!

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      Nithya Venkat 15 months ago from Dubai

      Glad you have decided to keep the mailbag going. I get to learn a lot through these installments. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Allen, that's why I do this series....if it helps writers then this is a win-win for me. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And Bill I love your opinion and your thoughts on writing. I believe we can all learn from each other, so thank you.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a lot, Bill. I know there is no way for me to write Romance novels. The world is better for it. LOL Happy Tuesday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God, Flourish, there is someone else out there who feels that way. Thanks for making me feel "not alone." :)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Nell. Maybe you're on to something...a romance horror flash fiction???? LOL

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is so nice of you to say, Aesta! Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and others like you, Vellur, are the reason for this success, so thank you!

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      breakfastpop 15 months ago

      This is the second time I wrote a comment. Each time I was told my comment had to be reviewed and accepted. When I check back, my comment doesn't appear. Any thoughts?

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'm so glad to hear that you are taking this beyond 100. The questions (and great answers) just keep coming. I too could never envision writing a romance novel--I save my rapturous feelings for chocolate.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My only thought, Pop, is the HP employees need to get a life and quit micro-managing everything.

      Oh, one more thought: thank you for hanging in there and trying so hard to leave a comment.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Linda, that's a great line. I'm with you, my friend. I'm with you all the way!

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      Nurul Kabir 15 months ago

      it's really amazing

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      Bill Russo 15 months ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for delivering yet another parcel of solid advice Bill. This solitary and sometimes lonely lifestyle that we have chosen is less so because of you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great answers because I learn from them, and I love your honesty in response to questions like the first one. I share your wish to "meet . . . and we could all sit down and share . . ."

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday Mailbag on Tuesday, Bill,

      I'm thrilled the mailbag will continue, after all ...the mail must go through!

      That is a great idea about the podcasts and these hubs. A perfect match.

      Marketing an e-book is a tough one I would imagine but coupled with a paperback is the way to go, as you have done. I love holding a book in my hands, and who doesn't?

      You know it, Bill, we have to allow ourselves to be our unique selves.

      Peace and blessings

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      mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Well, installment 94 and the questions are not getting any easier. I don't think there are limits to the number of pictures used on a hub (links, yes) Why are there only pictures here, of only three of your titles? Maybe you can sell/barter ad space :)

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      agusfanani 15 months ago from Indonesia

      I've got useful inputs, advice and knowledge after reading it, not to mention the spirits it gives to write. I always find your hubs encouraging and enriching. Thank you Bill.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nurul! I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is very kind of you to say. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a lovely dream I have, Dora. Maybe one day, eh?

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I can say without hesitation, you are unique and beautifully so. :) Thanks for always being here...even on Tuesday, and even when I respond to your comment on Wednesday. LOL

      blessings and hugs,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, MIke, it appears you've taken care of that problem without any prompting at all. Thank you, sir!

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      Maria Jordan 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      The idea of a podcast is exciting, dear Bill.

      You are a generous guru and your mail bags never disappoint.

      Hope you're having a great week. Love, Maria

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      Aliswell 15 months ago from Iowa

      Bill , Again Thank You for your time and excellence of responses!!

      I feel your parents---no matter where they may now exist, are well satisfied with the method their Boy heeded their advice, Oh so well!

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      William Kovacic 15 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Bill,

      Another week of good questions and answers. I'm glad you've decided to continue with the mailbag. "Why not?"

      This is not for the mailbag, but I wonder if you realize the impact you have on us as we readers. there's much. And for that, I say "thank you."

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      Molly Layton 15 months ago from Alberta

      The mailbag is a welcome addition to the week. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I learned a lot from the Qs &As you answered well and to the point.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Agusfanani, I appreciate the very kind word. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! I'm giving it much thought and hope in a month or so to have my first podcast up and running.

      blessings, hugs and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Allen, you couldn't have said a nicer thing. Thank you so much. I give my parents much of the credit for who I became.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I probably don't realize it, but thank you very much. It's very nice to hear.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, thank you. That's very kind of you.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, DDE! Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 15 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for answering my question about Linkedin. I thought it would be too time consuming for the amount of work that would come from it. If I am spinning the wheels I want to see some reward for it.

      Pleased to hear the mailbag will continue and am excited to hear about the podcast.

      I hope this upcoming weekend is going to be a peaceful one .

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      wow we are closing in on 100.. hey maybe Obama will send you a letter..yeah? LOL I got a great deal out of marketing an E-book.. you have proven once again to be useful.. a tool I can check back in on from time to time.. thanks for continuing this project.. and I hope to see you after the century too..:)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are very welcome. I feel the same way about spinning my wheels. LOL Have a great weekend!

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      Lawrence Hebb 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I can identify with Allen's comments about 'failure to launch' actually maybe I should change that to 'Misfire' as I've never given up on getting published but at times the hurdles became mountains!

      Even now with the present stuff there's some nerves as it's unfamiliar territory being so close to being finished, the only answer I've come up with for me is " you're on schedule, stick with the plan"

      And yes I'm looking forward to the excitement of seeing the end product!

      Great idea by the way about using a physical copy to promote even ebooks.

      Lawrence

      And I'm glad were going past the century with this series.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I'll be looking for that letter from the President in five more weeks. NOT! LOL

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I've read your first draft chapters and it's an exciting book....so go for it. I'm sure others will find it entertaining.

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      As far as following a certain writing style, I think you develop your own naturally after reading writers that interest you from the start. After all, if you didn't have some kind of camaraderie with these writers, you'd stop reading them.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, I just found it...it was marked as spam and was waiting for me to approve it, but it never showed up originally for me to see....weird. Anyway, I saw it now. I remember commenting on your comment...that's what's really weird about it. Sigh...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, Deb, and I totally agree with you.

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      Superb as always, bill!

      My question: How do you stay as fresh as a daisy in your writing even though you've written several series and a few novels? It's not easy to stay upbeat and maintain the quality of work so what's your secret?!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Gosh, Ann, I don't know if I have a secret. LOL Let me give it some thought and get back to you in next week's Mailbag.

      Enjoy your Monday!

      bill

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 14 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you for replying to my question. I read it now after coming back from a 14 days long vacations in Bahrain and Turkey (again).

      I think your gut response is correct. For example, I liked the style of a blogger so much that I always wanted to copy (not follow) him. But when I began to write, my style from teens became dominant within the first few articles that I wrote for my organizational magazine. I always tend to think that I am following someone or some group of writers, but really who, I don't know.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, welcome back, again, and thanks for sharing your process with us. I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm pleased to hear you're continuing The Mailbag beyond the originally intended one hundred. I think your followers would be saddened to see the series come to an end.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I sense that too, Sha. We don't need more sad people so we'll keep it going. Thank you!

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