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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment One-Hundred and Three

And the Beat Goes On

I’m one day late. Sorry about that. I had a busy Father’s Day.


Round and round we go; where it stops, nobody knows!

That’s how I feel about the Mailbag, a tiny little idea which has taken on a life of its own. In other words, whatever is in this Mailbag is completely out of my hands and control.

I’m just along for the ride with the rest of you.

HOW LONG TO WAIT?

From Lawrence: “Another question is how long do you leave it between finishing one novel and starting the next one? and yes there is another 'Scorpion novel' planned but I might hold off using hubs to serialize it for a while.”

This is one of those subjective answers, Lawrence, and definitely not a “one size fits all.”

It seems to me this is up to the individual author and what works for him/her. For me, I usually need a week or two before starting a new novel. Having said that, I recently finished the fourth novella in the Billy the Kid series and started a new one two days later, so don’t pay any attention to me at all. It’s quite obvious I don’t pay any attention to myself.

One thing to consider: if your next novel is about different characters and/or is a different genre, you might want to wait a few weeks before beginning. I’ve found it is very easy to slip into the same voice as the previous novel if there is no waiting period, and that might not be your goal.

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EDITING

From Louise: “I love the mailbag bill so I hope it continues I have a question about editing when you write your own novel do you suggest editing it yourself or hiring an editor.”

The easy and logical answer, Louise, is that you should never edit yourself. Doctor beware, and a doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient…that sort of thing.

Having said that, hiring an editor can be pricey. Professional editors will cost you over $500 for a novel and that’s being optimistic in the estimate…..and who can afford that kind of expense for editing? So we have the classic Catch 22….it should be edited by someone other than yourself but most of us can’t afford to do that.

May I suggest beta readers….ones you can trust? Or barter with someone to do your editing and you’ll do their editing. Get creative if money is an issue but for goodness sake, don’t edit yourself and especially if you plan on submitting your manuscript to a traditional publisher. That would be a kiss of death for your manuscript.

HOW LONG TO WRITE A NOVEL

From Petrich: “I’m new to the novel-writing game and I was wondering how long you think it should take to write a novel? Thanks in advance for your response.”

Well, Petrich, you aren’t going to like this answer.

It takes as long as it takes and not a minute more or less.

I can give you a guideline but really, that’s all this is.

When I wrote “Resurrecting Tobias,” the first draft took five months. The second and third drafts took about two months. I think I was done with the entire process (not counting final edit) in seven months. That was the longest it has taken me. I did “Shadows Kill” in five months.

Robert Parker, the author who gave us the “Spenser” series, usually published two novels per year, so the writing process for each of those mustn’t have been more than four months each.

And then you have to factor in how long the novel is. My longest has been 110,000 words and my shortest 78,000. I’ve read some Russian novels with 500,000 words. How long your novel is will be a deciding factor for sure.

I know this answer isn’t totally satisfying but it’s the best I can do for you.

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Flow and Rhythm

From Teddi: “I hear a lot about flow and rhythm but I’m a bit confused by what that means. Can you clarify for me?”

Rhythm and flow are subtle aspects of writing and as such they are very hard to teach. Rhythm in writing is, for lack of a better definition, how the writing sounds. It is the music that your words create. It is the combination of words and sentences, grammar and intangibles, and when you put them all together they flow like a gentle stream through a peaceful valley, or they rage like a flooded river down a mountainside.

Individual writers develop their own rhythm over time and after much hard work. There are little tricks that can manipulate rhythm. For instance, if a writer wants to slow down the action, longer words and longer sentences can be used. To speed up the action the opposite is true, shorter words, shorter sentences. Some writers use simple declarative sentences throughout most of their writing. James Patterson comes to mind as one such writer. Other writers, like James Lee Burke, use more complex sentences.

Each has their own rhythm and what they do works for them.

The trick is to find out what works for you.

Good luck!

CONTESTS

From Always Behind: “Do you think it’s a good idea to enter writing contests and if so, what are some good ones to enter?

Of course I think it’s a good idea to enter contests, if you have the time and can pay the fee. There are tons of contests out there that are free. There is an equal number which require an entry fee, usually twenty bucks of less. If you win then that win looks great on your resume/writing platform. If you don’t win you’ve still had the experience.

What are some good ones? Check out Writer’s Digest for an updated offering of contests. Check out FanStory and WriterMag. When you find one you are interested in, make sure you read the submission guidelines closely and carefully. One small mistake there will eliminate you from the competition.

And good luck!

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SCHOOLS

From Bella: “What do you think of schools cutting back on funding for the Arts? It seems to me we need more artists and writers and not fewer?”

As a former teacher, Bella, I have some pretty strong feelings about this. As a writer I have even stronger feelings about this.

Listen, we played around with “No Child Left Behind” for decades, and as a nation we bowed to the standardized-testing gods, declaring them to be all-knowing and all-powerful, and in doing so we pushed the Arts out of many curriculums….and the result was abject failure in achieving our goals. Our education system is still a mess in this country, and that has very little to do with the hard work of 90% of the dedicated teachers and almost everything to do with the poor leadership.

It’s time for a change!

We need to educate the complete child and not just teach them math and science. Some kids are never going to be math-wizzes. That’s just the real of it, as my character Billy the Kid would say. Not everyone is going to be a scientist. We are doing a disservice to millions of kids by funding those two areas of learning and ignoring and not funding the Arts.

So what do I think of it? I think it sucks!

AND WITH THAT I’LL SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW

Always finish on a strong note, and “I think it sucks” is about as strong a note as I can finish on and still be published on this site.

Thanks for being here once again. Next week will be the two-year anniversary for this series and it’s all been possible because of you.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thumbs up, Bill. Two years next week, wow! Another milestone. Glad you had a good Father's Day.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you John, and I hope you did as well.


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Janine Huldie 5 months ago from New York, New York

I missed you yesterday here, but glad you were off celebrating and totally deserve it, my friend. Thanks for the great advice here, as always and Happy Tuesday once again!! :)


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you Janine! I suspect a lot of people were confused when the mail didn't arrive on Monday. LOL Glad you stopped by. Happy Tuesday!


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mpropp 5 months ago from Minnesota

Happy Tuesday Bill! I will admit I was actually quite concerned when I didn't get my Monday mailbag. The day just didn't seem right! I hope you had a great Father's Day and so relieved to see this waiting in my inbox. Have a great rest of the week!


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Karen Hellier 5 months ago from Georgia

Love the picture of the river you used when talking about flow and rhythm Bill. Is that one from your personal collection and near your house? Thanks once again for these helpful mailbag installments.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Melissa, it's nice to know people miss the Mailbag. Thanks for saying that. Time just got away from me on Sunday and I couldn't get it downloaded in time....but here we are, back to normal, so thank you and have a great Tuesday.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Glad you liked it, Karen. Yes, that is the Nisqually River at Mt. Rainier; it empties into an estuary about five miles from where I live.


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cygnetbrown 5 months ago from Alton, Missouri

Hi Bill, I agree with you on all of your points expressed here, especially the one concerning the arts. The Chinese have been hiring US college students to teach the Chinese how to be more creative. (my son was in such a program.) It seems that because of the arts programs in this country as well as encouraging students to express their opinions, Americans have the advantage in the creativity department. The sad thing is, as the US education system moves away from the arts, they are losing that advantage.

Another problem I see in the education system is while the schools have been moving away from the arts, they have been spending more on organized sports programs, structures, and equipment. Getting exercising and playing is one thing, but having a stadium that rivals a mini-Astro dome does not seem like the best use of our tax dollars either.


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phoenix2327 5 months ago from United Kingdom

As for the education question, it's not much better here. Nowadays, it seems that the schools aren't teaching children but creating worker bees. Creativity and free thinking don't seem to be valued. I don't see how the world can move forward if creative people aren't encouraged to be creative.


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Buildreps 5 months ago from Europe

Keep on rollin' the show, billybuc. I love the question answer game every week.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Donna, thanks for weighing in on the education question. This is a trend that needs to reverse soon and I hope we are moving in the right direction.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Zulma, there was a time when I thought a suggestion of "creating worker bees' was science fiction stuff. No longer. I do think there are forces at play who are making decisions for the economy rather than for the individuals, and that scares the hell out of me.

But I thank you for that!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

I will for sure, Buildreps, and I thank you for rollin' with me.


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Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

I've been so caught up in things it didn't cross my mind you were a day late until you said something, lol.

On hiring an editor, I would add that it's always the writer's job to get things as close to perfect as possible before they ask for an editor. So many people think it's the editor's job to magically make things good.

Nope, it's the author's. Things should be as clean as possible before they reach the editor's eyes.

Great read.


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Kristen Howe 5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Bill, I always love your mail bags and wise answers. Who knows? I might ask you a question some day. As for editing, if you can find one who's affordable, they might have a payment plan to do it in installments. I've found two that's willing to do one of mine, when I decide this summer.


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phoenix2327 5 months ago from United Kingdom

That's why Mom and Dad need to step in. We've always encouraged our kids to trust their instincts and not be afraid to question anything that made no sense to them. We were fortunate the local day care had a Montessori program which suited my son down to the ground. Although my children are employed in traditional jobs, they are free thinkers who march to the beat of their own drums.

Still I despair for those children whose corners cut off so they'll fit into round holes easier.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

I couldn't agree more, Larry, and thank you for mentioning that.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Great suggestion, Kristen, one I had never thought of. Thanks for mentioning that.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

You and me both, Zulma. It comes as no surprise to me that your children are free-thinkers. :)


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Carb Diva 5 months ago

Bill, I am glad you had such a wonderful Fathers Day, but Monday without the Mailbag was almost Sunday without a sermon.

Two year anniversary? Wow, another great milestone. How many keyboards have you burned through with all of the typing that you do LOL?

I appreciated everything you said here, but especially your final section on teaching. Not everyone is cut out to earn a Master's Degree; the arts and working with ones hands is sadly undervalued in our country. It seems the schools are teaching to the standardized tests and critical thinking has been left behind. Did you know that cursive writing is no longer taught? As a former teacher, I'm sure you recognize how important cursive is--the point is not training someone to write "pretty"; cursive helps develop fine-motor skills. Oh shoot, I could go on and on (see what a can of worms you opened up?). I'll hop off the soapbox for now. Thank you for another great mailbag.


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MartieCoetser 5 months ago from South Africa

As always a very informative and useful mailbag installment. I agree all the way, and especially with your view on arts in schools. Thank you, Billy!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Linda, I left the soapbox for you to jump on, so thanks for doing that. I could rant and rave about our schools for hours but nobody listens to me. Oh well, their loss! LOL Thanks for being here even though I was tardy.


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Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Nice mailbag once again with good questions and great answers.

Regarding the number of words, I got some confusion. How many words make a page for a novel.

The question about including of arts in schools is a prudent one. I also feel the necessity of this. The inclusion of arts, crafts, and sports should be there along with the inclusion of a comprehensive general knowledge also as one of the primary subjects.


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MizBejabbers 5 months ago

I was watching for you, Bill. Glad you made it today. I love it when you have really fresh questions like the one from Bella. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Cygnetbrown said it best, so I won’t repeat except to say that I don’t know what to say about teachers of English. I see and hear so many grammatical errors in books, online, and on TV, including news writers, that I worry about these errors being passed along by English teachers in the classroom. I mean, if they learned it wrong, who is going to correct their mistakes? One fad today that makes me want to scream is the repetition of a pronoun after a noun. As an example, newscasters keep saying “President Obama he met with … today.” Grrrr.

I agree that not everyone is cut out to get an academic degree or be an athlete. I think another of our greatest mistakes is eliminating the trade schools. If the kids want to be an electrician or plumber, teach them. The world needs them very badly, too. (See how quickly we can turn from writing to expressing our opinions, LOL.)

Have a nice rest of the week.


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Kristen Howe 5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

You're welcome Bill. It doesn't hurt. I do have beta readers and crit partners as well including a local crit group, too.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you Martie! It's always good to hear from one of the "old-timers" here at HP.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you Venkatachari M...you are appreciated, my friend, and I'll have an answer for your question next Monday for sure.


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always exploring 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

I have a question. I felt really good when a few of my pieces were chosen to go to other sites, especially since HP emailed me about it and added only exceptional hubs were selected. Then my score dropped. Why? What causes a score to drop? Glad you're hanging in there. We need you to build out esteem since in reality we are babies in an adult body. LOL


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Sounds like you're covered, Kristen! :)


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Ruby, thanks for the question. That one might be difficult to answer but I'll give it my best. Babies in adult bodies? I wouldn't have it any other way, my friend. Growing up is highly overrated.


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manatita44 5 months ago from london

So you did not show yesterday, and so you see that God is not bound by rules, eh? ha ha. Another fine Mailbag and great advice on flow and rhythm. So important! Glad you had a great day on Sunday, Bro. Love to the family, and oh...thanks for your help on that other matter. Higher blessings.


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PAINTDRIPS 5 months ago from Fresno CA

Really great once again. I feel I can't start my week without the mailbag showing up. Thanks!

Blessings,

Denise


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Homeplace Series 5 months ago from Hollister, MO

Another mailbag full of excellent advice for writers of all stripes. Thank you for your continuing support! ;-)


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heidithorne 5 months ago from Chicago Area

So glad you took an extra day for Father's Day Weekend.

Re: Editing. Agreed, having someone else look at your work is the best option. But always put away the darn thing for a few days before doing any self-editing prior to that. You'll see things you missed for sure (I always do).

Re: Contests. Maybe it's because most of my work is of a professional nature. But I never feel compelled to enter contests for writing. The "contest" for sales of your work is tough enough. :)

Have a wonderful week!


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

A week between novels! Wow! Hats are off to you for your industriousness.


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MsDora 5 months ago from The Caribbean

The mailbag never fails. It's helpful to know that there are others writers besides me still in need of basic knowledge. Good answers always!


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suraj punjabi 5 months ago from jakarta

Wow, almost two years! Congratulations on this milestone, Bill. You deserve it. I found the article very helpful.

And it is very true what you said, art should really be taken seriously and not just some sort of pass time or play time.

It really does have a positive influence on the kids. And the world as a whole. It helps kids express themselves, and it is sad to see how the funding for such a subject is getting slashed.

Anyway, I am glad to be apart of this writer's mailbag. I really look forward to every installments and i love the advices you give. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

Happy Tuesday for Monday Mailbag, Dear Bill!

The flow and rhythm question is interesting and your answer clarifies flow and rhythm in writing so well.

Wow, two years next week!. Now, that is an amazing accomplishment. Hmm, what should I bring to the celebration?

Oh, I have a simple question about using internal dialogue in writing. Should it always be in quotes or is it best to just use italics? Or does it depend on how long the internal dialogue goes on? Well, that's two simple questions LOL.

Peace and blessings always


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

I'm with you all the way, MizB. I've said often that we need more trade schools. Stop telling kids they have to go to college to make it in this world. That's a bunch of rubbish and we all know it. As for grammar.....here's the world most often misspelled...."all right." Drives me crazy when I see alright.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you Manatita. I'm slow getting here as things in my life continue to pile up. I need more hours, my friend.

Blessings to you always


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Well Denise, it's lovely to know people feel that way. Thank you!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

You are very welcome, Bill, and I thank you!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Heidi, I entered contests early on in my career and then got too busy writing to do so. LOL Thanks for your input....and your last statement is right on!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Flourish, you could say that, or you could say hats off to me for my analness! LOL


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

We all are, Dora. We all are!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Suraj, I greatly appreciate that. Thank you! Yes, my friend, I agree with what you said, so eloquently, about kids.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Faith, good morning and Happy Wednesday! You aren't the only one a day late and a dollar short. LOL

Great questions! You always ask great questions. Thank you!

Stay cool, my friend.


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social thoughts 5 months ago from New Jersey

Bill,

I like the flow and rhythm question. I don't think about it as much, but I believe it happens subconsciously whenever I write. Reading work aloud is part of the editing process, and that's when I hear it. The video you included was great, too!

On a side note, I'm totally with you on the school question!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Another great edition. Glad that your Father's Day was great. Almost thought I had my days wrong.


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mckbirdbks 5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Two years, that is quite a milestone. Good to hear you had a good Father's Day, nice that you had a day off. Some interesting questions this week. Aren't you glad, you are not attempting 500,000 word novels? That is not a question that needs an answer.

I saw, 'Genius' this week, Tom Wolfe's character (Jude Law) claimed writing 5,000 words a day. (Save the price of admission.)


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bdegiulio 5 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Bill. Another winning week for the mailbag. Two years is a major achievement, congratulations. Have a great week and glad you had an enjoyable Father's Day.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you Kailey! I have found you to be a very insightful human being and I always enjoy your comments.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

No, Rasma, you had it right. I was just playing hooky for a day. LOL


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Mike, 5,000 words a day is not happening with this boy. In the words of someone famous, I also have a life. LOL

Thanks buddy!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thank you Bill and Happy Late Father's Day to you, my friend.


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annart 5 months ago from SW England

I presume from your last answer that Maths and Science are the core subjects in US education - is that right? Here they are English, Maths and Science, thank goodness! We have to have qualifications in the 3 core subjects to be able to acquire higher education.

Great answers here of course, for some great questions, as ever.

Hope you have a great weekend, bill. We're off to the north of Yorkshire for my nephew's wedding - long journey but promises to be a great weekend.

Have a thrilling Thursday and a wicked weekend, bill!

Ann :)


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Yes indeed, Ann, math and science have been the focus for at least a decade now. Most of the funding goes to the advancement of those two core subjects. I'm not a big fan of the current education system, which is one reason why I'm no longer teaching.

Have a wonderful time north of Yorkshire, and an equally wonderful weekend.

bill


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Blond Logic 5 months ago from Brazil

Hi Bill,

I found your answer to editing very interesting. I like the idea of bartering for their services. This never occurred to me. I do agree that it must be someone you trust and who is up to the job.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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ChristyWrites 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Good point Bill about not editing your own book. I think as a writer we're too far into the manuscript to be able to objectively edit it in any way. Plus, it is always helpful to have another pair of eyes on the material for some advice. Another great mailbag installment!


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lifegate 5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

I was getting nervous, Bill. I stopped by Monday and didn't see any mailbag. I don't get notifications for some strange reason, so I just found this now by accident. Glad to see all the good advice continuing!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Trust is huge on the editing front, Mary! You could end up hurting yourself more than helping if you didn't choose wisely.

Always good to hear from you, Mary. Thank you!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

It really is helpful to have those extra eyes, Christy! Thanks for confirming that and for being here.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Thanks Bill! The thought did pop in my head that people would think I died. LOL The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated, my friend.


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teaches12345 5 months ago

I agree with your statements on educating the whole child, very much what we need to return to if we are going to save the next generation. As for editing, bartering for services is my style!


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Good morning Dee and thanks for weighing in on the education system....when will our government ever learn?


Deb Hirt 5 months ago

These schools definitely ned to spend more on the arts and humanities. Could we why we are generating so many apathetic and out-for-themselves people like someone we all know that has a major interest in stirring up the masses like a demagogue...


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manatita44 5 months ago from london

"My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme.

Do grant me 48 hrs a day, to accomplish.

Everything that I need to accomplish.

Every single day." _ Sri Chinmoy

Still, I know what you mean, Bro.


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Frank Atanacio 5 months ago from Shelton

I like the answer you gave on how long to write a novel.. in other words as long as it takes.. yeah still going strong even in the next century my friend :)


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

I totally agree, Deb! We need kids to be excited about something while growing up...and very few can get excited about math. Just sayin'


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Oh well, Manatita...we do what we can and keep moving forward. :) Thanks my friend and blessings always.


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billybuc 5 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Frank, as you well know, one size does not fit all in writing. We all have to follow our own drummer.

Happy 4th my friend.


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bravewarrior 4 months ago from Central Florida

Bill, with the new faces I'm seeing posing questions to you, the Mailbag is destined for a very long run. And I'll be along for the ride.


Lawrence Hebb 4 months ago

Bill

Thank you for your answer. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply but I 'kind of took your advice and kind of didn't as well!

With regard to the 'Beta readers' and self editing 'MAN I SCREWED UP!' No I'm not joking!

I was going the way of the Beta reader, but pretty much everyone I tried that I thought would work out but got almost no response apart from comments put on the hubs and a few tips from my wife!

So I went ahead and published keeping the price at the bottom end until I got some feedback that I could work with!

Rick Smith makes a point that the beauty of Amazon/Kindle's system is that every day is a new one!

That means I can work through issues I find and upload the changes and start again.

So far the only feedback I've had was "At that price, it's good value" but then again in a month only a couple of dozen copies sold!

I'll keep looking and I'm not going to stop writing, but the set up isn't the best.

Thanks for the tips on 'barding'

Lawrence


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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Sha, you no sooner said that and we had a cancelled Mailbag due to no questions. LOL Hopefully things will pick up again soon.


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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA Author

Lawrence, the more I publish the more I am convinced...this is a numbers game. You have to publish, then publish, then publish...just keep getting your work out there until you are "discovered." Stay persistent, keep writing quality stuff, and keep marketing.

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