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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment One-Hundred

Let’s Do a Happy Dance, Shall We?

Why not, right? I mean, it’s not like this is a life-altering accomplishment but still, one-hundred is a pretty cool number, right?

So congratulations and thanks to all of you who kept this series alive through your great questions and loyal reading…..and enough of that mushy stuff…let’s get it on!


From Tarunponders: “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?”

We start with a nice, easy pitch for me to swing at. Tarunponders, you can add your questions to the comment section below or you can email them to me at And it’s just that simple, my friend.

And he did follow these instructions earlier in the week, and his first question will appear next week. Stay tuned!

Welcome to the Mailbag!

Welcome to the Mailbag!

What I know about writing

Emotional Attachment to Characters

From Lawrence: “One question I've got is you mentioned that in the first draft you get the story down and then go back with the emotional content. I found recently that by the end of the first draft I was 'in touch' with the characters emotionally and when I went back to do the re-write if was actually hard not to put too much of the emotional stuff into the beginning of the story as I wanted that to 'unfold' as the story progresses, ever have that problem? Just curious to see how others deal with the situation!.”

It’s a great question, Lawrence. For me it’s a conscious effort. With emotional output, I want my characters to introduce it slowly, over the span of several chapters, and I have to constantly remind myself to do that. Of course, there are some characters, like say an evil person, who can be emotionally unstable from the first chapter, but the main characters, for me, have to take it slow, and my job is to remember that as I go along. Since I don’t do outlines this really is a conscious effort….but maybe a brief outline of sorts would help you to stay on task regarding emotions?


From Mary: “A question for next week's mailbag. What are your thoughts on email marketing for writers. I know you have covered FB, do you feel this is too aggressive or just good marketing?”

Mary, my friend Heidi will weigh in on this in her comments, so check back and see what she says. For me it’s too much and the last thing I want to do is too much marketing and yes, I believe it’s possible to market your book too much. ( sorry, Heidi)

And then we have the question ….. is it effective? I delete 99% of the emails I receive and I delete 100% of all marketing emails I receive. I’m tired of everyone trying to sell me something online. And I suspect a great many people feel the same way I do. So I don’t do it!

Characters show their emotional side throughout the book and not all at once

Characters show their emotional side throughout the book and not all at once

Search Engine Searches

From Eric: “I was just wondering if the "How to" articles are still the most fancied by search engines.”

Eric, it’s hard to find a definitive source for an answer to this question. I can tell you that the top two topics on Twitter and Facebook are music and television. Celebrities are easily the number one topic trending on Google.

“How to” articles will always be popular. In a society where the majority of drivers do not know how to change a tire on their vehicle, “how to” will always have a place in our google-driven hearts.

But if you want to guarantee a chance at success, write articles about music, celebrities or television. We modern families love our music, television and celebrities.

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From Linda: “My question is about repetition--using the same word in a paragraph (or page) again and again. If done properly it can have a dramatic effect. However, that is usually not what those guilty of the crime were striving for. More often than not I see things written that are simply lazy. Am I being too critical, or do you wish that every author had a Roget's Thesaurus and knew how to use it. What are your thoughts on this, and is there a guideline or rule of thumb?”

Linda, welcome to one of my pet peeves.

I told this story once before but it is worth repeating. I was at the grocery store a few months ago and there was a book display there for a local mystery writer. Since I love mysteries and I love to support local writers, I picked the book up and started reading the first page.

In the first two paragraphs the author had started six sentences with the word “she.”

Gag me with a spoon! That, my friends, is lazy writing. It was not done for effect. It was done because she either didn’t know any better or she didn’t care.

I don’t know if there is a guideline or rule of thumb out there, but I have my own: don’t use the same word twice in a paragraph. I’m not talking about words like “and” or “the,” of course. I’m talking about “he looked out over the beautiful field and saw many beautiful things.” For the love of God, a writer can do better than that, can’t they?

I actually get upset when I’m talking about this topic, so I better stop now.

Too Much of a Good Thing

From Kailey: “The question from John makes sense. You bring up a good point. Even if you look at the issues going on right now with YouTube, you will see how uploading too often can lead to subscriber loss. Would you say that's a similar problem?”

Kailey, I think we all suffer from input overload. There was a movie a couple decades ago, and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it, but it had a line in it: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” That’s how I feel about too much of a good thing…..and here’s my thought on it….if I have to constantly remind my readers and friends that I’ve written a book….if I have to slap them alongside the head fifty times to get their attention….then either they don’t care or my writing sucks! Either way I lose.

My job is to become the best writer possible. After that I have to believe that my writing will sell because of word of mouth and some well-placed advertising on my part. Gorilla marketing my Facebook friends will not get the job done and may, in fact, have the opposite effect.

Allow your characters to grow slowly

Allow your characters to grow slowly

Human Experience

From Buildreps: “I want to toss in a question for this anniversary. Yeah, I do! Here it comes: "Hey Billybuc, I am so happy to have you on Hubpages. I'm not always reading every post of you on HP, so please forgive me for this. But I believe I haven't missed much installments. And I love your Billy the Kid series very much as well. The question is this: What do you think about this quote of Teilhard de Jardin? "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." What do you think? Is there an answer to this question? And how does your answer relate to your work as a writer?"

Good God, Buildreps! What a question!!!!!

Let me preface my answer with this….I rarely, if ever, talk about religion online. I don’t care to share my religious beliefs with others and I really don’t care what their beliefs are. However, your question doesn’t speak of religion per se but really about the very nature of our existence.

I do believe we are more than our corporeal selves. I do believe there is more to life than just this journey on earth so yes, I believe we spiritual beings are having a portion of our existence here on earth as humans and there is more to come. Can I prove that? No! Do I care to try and prove it? No! It’s just my reflection and I don’t much care if anyone else believes it.

I find it interesting that we humans are so fearful of death. Either I’m right, and we move on to another realm of existence after we die, or there is nothingness. Either one sounds okay to me. LOL

How does that belief relate to my work as a writer? I think it’s only natural that my beliefs manifest themselves in my writings. Several of my main characters have been philosophical men, men who spend their spare time thinking of heavy, weighty matters such as your question, just as I do. On a related path, if I truly do believe I’m a spiritual being, which I do, then that calls on me to raise my game a bit and not be such a classless bore, don’t you think? I need to live up to my spiritual nature or at least try to do so, and quit settling for actions consistent with cave men.

And I need to elevate my writing so it reflects the efforts of a spiritual being.

Just one man’s opinion!

And That Is a Wrap!

I had so much fun with the first one-hundred I want to keep this going.

How about you? Do you think we should do this again next week?

If so, ask questions! That’s how this works.

Thanks again to you all. I couldn’t have done it without you.

And yes, I’m still working on my first Mailbag Podcast. It’s coming, I promise!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2016:

Thanks Sha, and thanks for referencing that movie line. The memory ain't what it used to be, my friend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 27, 2016:

Congrats on 100 installments, Bill! You're going to have to build an annex to your virtual post office to accommodate the next 100. :-)

BTW, the "I'm mad as hell..." quote is from the movie Network.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2016:

Dee, always good to see you, and thank you for your friendship over the years.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2016:

Thanks again Lawrence!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2016:

Louise, good to see you again, and thanks for the question...answer coming next week, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2016:

Lawrence, thanks for being here and for asking about Bev. She is fine now and life moves forward. As for your question, stay Monday!

Dianna Mendez on June 12, 2016:

I'm slow to get here but still the warm congratulations are still meaningful. Congrats on your 100th installment of this mailbag series. Repetition -- gotta remember that one!

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on June 11, 2016:

Just goes to show, we 'newbies' have lots of questions and it's nice to come here to be able to ask them

Louise Barraco from Ontario on June 11, 2016:

Hey Lawerence I was going to ask that question so Thanks. 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

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on June 11, 2016:


Firstly absolutely we need this series to keep going! For writers like me who're just starting out it's important that we have a place where we can 'congregate' and share questions.

By the way thank you for the answer you gave regarding developing your characters emotionally, it was hard knowing what to put in and where to put it but in the end I am pleased with the results that I got.

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.

Best regards and hope Bev is feeling better soon.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 07, 2016:

Still sick today, Zulma, but thank you for the well-wishes.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 07, 2016:

You've always made Bev sound like Wonder Woman so it's hard to believe she can become ill like the rest of us mere mortals. :) Hope she's better soon.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 06, 2016:

And continue it does, Deb! Thanks for always being here.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 06, 2016:

Thank you Ann! She's home again today, still sick....sigh!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 05, 2016:

Nice work to be at number one hundred. I suspect that this can easily continue.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 05, 2016:

Sorry to hear Bev is sick. Hope that passes quickly. Sunday is turning out fine and, thankfully, we're all well.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 05, 2016:

Yes you did, Frank, and I'm so grateful for those comments....I'll put your name down as a contributor when the book comes out. LOL

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 05, 2016:

Thank you Flourish! That question may be the most unique I've ever had on this series. Made me stop and think a bit.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 05, 2016:

Ann my friend, thank you so much. I'll continue it as long as there are questions, so no worries.

Hotter than Hades here....Bev is sick...the animals are demanding my attention...just another day in Paradise!

Happy Sunday, Ann!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 05, 2016:

Great reflections, your statement about the spiritual side, and I happen to agree with you about the writers who do not read....good stuff, buddy, and thank you.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 05, 2016:

100.. wow and I must congratulate you and me because I commented on every single one so I too will go down in mail bag history.. HA! LOL

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 04, 2016:

That was one heck of a question by Buildreps about spirituality. I liked your answer. We are more than the daily motions that we go through in life.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 04, 2016:

Congratulations a hundred fold, bill! It's great that you've had so many questions and that they just keep on coming. The best bit is that you manage to answer them with a fresh approach for each one, even though some are along the same lines (but never the same).

I hope you do continue with this for as long as you feel like it. I know it's valuable to me to read others' thoughts and your responses, as it helps all of us as writers.

Having a long weekend's rest (and visitors!). Hope yours is full of zest and zaniness!

Ann :)

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 03, 2016:

If a fiction writer does not believe in a spiritual side to human existence, then how can he or she appeal to the human soul, which is the ultimate goal of good fiction writing? I believe that consciousness, whatever it is, persists and flows through us all, but that's as far as I'll go because I don't want to get all New-Age and everything.

I think a problem a lot of writers have is that they don't read. It's impossible to get an intuitive feel for what works without reading the work of those who are good at it.

Love your stuff. Keep doing the good work.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 03, 2016:

Well, we finally got there, Zulma! LOL Have a great weekend!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 02, 2016:

Hmm...I see what you mean. I suppose I could've phrased that better. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 02, 2016:

Well thank you Zulma! It's a testament to how old I am.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 02, 2016:

Nothing to add to this except congratulations on reaching #100.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 02, 2016:

Babby, it's so good to see you again. I hope you're been well and it's good to have you back. Thanks for the question. I'll have an answer for you on Monday.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 02, 2016:

Rasma, I can easily see how that would happen. Thanks for sharing that. I'm sure you're not the only one to do that, but it's interesting to hear it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on June 01, 2016:

Congratulations Bill! Can't believe my timing on your 100th Mailbag Installment after my long absence. As expected, full of meaningful questions and answers.

For the Mailbag: What are your thoughts on writing through grief? Is it possible to be objective enough to glean good stories from our sometimes tragic situations? Can we ever really distance ourselves enough to tell the story? I have a first draft that's been gathering dust for about six years now because it's still too emotionally raw.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 01, 2016:

Congrats on the magic number 1oo. I always read these installments and leave with a head full of some kind of ideas. I will say that it is difficult to stop that repetitive stuff sometimes. However my poetry has helped me there. For instance that line you started - he looked over the beautiful field and saw many things that delight the eyes. Something like that. Then again sometimes I come up against something equally problematic and that is writing an article and actually starting to rhyme sentences when writing and poetry clash.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

Aww, thanks so much, Dora1 I really do appreciate your loyal following and friendship.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 01, 2016:

Congratulations! If there are another hundred mailbags, I will follow. I have learned much from your answers to the questions. Thanks to you and also to the questioners who have often expressed my own curiosity and confusion.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

I hope that as well, Rajan! Thank you so much, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

Veenkatachari M, thank you for such kind words. You'll never know how much they mean to me.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

Maria, love coming your way. Thank you my dear, sweet lady.



Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

Heidi, that addresses it perfectly and thank you! I have nothing to add. The voice of experience has spoken.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

Thank you for always being here, DDE!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

MizB, I love this series so yes, we'll keep it going, and thanks for tuning in each week. Happy Wednesday to you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2016:

Allen, thank you my friend. Blessings to you as well. Zeus? Looking down? My goodness, you do wax poetic. LOL

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 01, 2016:

What an educative, wonderful, and colorful series (with the variety of questions thrown in), this has been! Congratulations on this the 100th mailbag, and yes, I hope we are in to read the 200th one down the line. Many thanks, Bill!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 01, 2016:

Great questions and great answers. You are very smart and professional in dealing with all kinds of questions so beautifully. The human and spiritual question answered here is too much appealing and compelling. I adore your humanness and spirituality approaches in dealing with everything. Congrats on the success of 100 mailbags.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 31, 2016:

Dear Bill,

You are inspirational in your drive and dedication.

Congrats on the success and meaningful contribution this series makes to our community~ all 100 installments.

Love, Maria

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 31, 2016:

Woohoo! Kudos on your 100th Mailbag! We so appreciate what you do for our community here on HP. Thank you.

On to today's topics...

Re: Email Marketing. First, thanks for reaching out to weigh in. I absolutely think email marketing is a necessity for authors, actually anyone serious about business. But as noted on this subject and "over uploading" topic, you can overdo it. Unless there's something super stellar to announce, I've found that once a week for email marketing is a comfortable and productive pace for both readers and email marketers.

I follow a host of business, bloggers' and writers' email newsletters. The biggest issue with email marketing is consistency. There are two very successful bloggers/authors I love who religiously send something out every week and have been doing it for years. Same day, same time every week. I've followed their lead and do likewise. People learn to expect it and this helps develop reader trust in the sender.

Email marketing also helps build an author platform. Social media doesn't cut it. Why? Because you don't "own" social media. With frequent policy and algorithm changes, it's difficult to predict and monitor outcomes. As well, social media networks come and go. Popular one day, out of business (or acquired) the next. Your email marketing list is an asset of your writing business.

Does that address it well enough?

Again, congrats on this milestone for your work and our community! Have a great (short) post-holiday week!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 31, 2016:

Awesome! You came to end and with so many good points mentioned. Congratulations and well done on the 100th!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 31, 2016:

Bill, I love Linda’s question! It is one of my pet peeves, too, but it is a difficult thing to master. At least it was for me, and I’m not sure that I have it mastered yet. I love Buildrep’s question although it really isn’t a writer’s question. I think he should write a hub about it.

Let’s keep the mailbag, ok?

Allen Edwards from Iowa on May 31, 2016:

Bill, the Gig is NOT Up yet my friend! You have elevated the art of subsequent, progressively more informative, and extremely useful question and answer sessions to the level of Zeus looking down upon us underlings-And giving them his/your Blessings!!

Well done my Friend, and may we who follow you, continue to reap the benefits of your craft and soul!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Cyndi, thank you very much. I'm just giving back to a site I love.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Larry, thanks for the kind words.....I'm getting old and running out of time, so my consistency is more like panic. LOL

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Thank you Alicia. I greatly appreciate your loyal following.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

There you are, Melissa. How dare you go have fun instead of attending this party. LOL

Seriously, you are here every week and that means the world to me. Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Bill, you've been with me every step of the way and I greatly appreciate it. Thanks my friend from Massachusetts.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Thanks Brian! I remember watching that movie and loving it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Thank you so much, Ruby! You have been fantastic about following this series and I appreciate you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2016:

Thanks for your thoughts, Mike. No doubt that word of mouth is slow....but then many ways of advertising are expensive....and then there's the fact that negative word of mouth is very fast. LOL

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on May 31, 2016:

Congratulations on 100 installments! Quite an impressive collection and a real dedication to the task. You have made a real contribution helping writers who have asked questions ranging from specifically about writing to the philosophic. Well done and take care. Cyndi

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 31, 2016:

Congrats on 100. I wish I had half the consistency you did.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 30, 2016:

A big congratulations for writing one hundred mailbag hubs, Bill! You've shared a lot of very helpful information in this series.

Melissa Propp from Minnesota on May 30, 2016:

Happy Memorial Day Bill! I didn't think I'd get back from my travels in time to make a comment, but traffic wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be...Congrats on the accomplishment of making it to installment 100! I look forward to 101.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 30, 2016:

Congratulations Bill. What a great ride its been. Just think how many people you've helped and how many questions you've answered. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, expertise and time.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on May 30, 2016:

Here is the "mad as hell" scene from "Network":

From Wikipedia, "Network is a 1976 American satirical black comedy-drama film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network...." It's a too true social satire.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 30, 2016:

I always learn when you write, this time, the word she, I tend to do that too much. Congratulations 100 x many more...

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 30, 2016:

One Hundred. Man, you made it to one hundred. Congratulations Bill.

About marketing, I think word of mouth is too slow. I promote so many authors. I promote them anywhere that I can think of. "We" don't have marketing firms working for us. I recently saw a firm offering marketing - their charge a mere $995.00 a month. I can't calculate the number of books necessary to sell to make that realistic.

I also think your friends should review your books on Amazon. They (Amazon) have practically banned me.

Looking forward to the next one hundred.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Thank you Bill! I couldn't have done it without you.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on May 30, 2016:

Congratulations on reaching 100! Best wishes for the next hundred! ;-)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Bill, thank you very much but truthfully, it is my pleasure.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on May 30, 2016:

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! That's impressive Bill, but I had no doubt you'd get there. Another week (the 100th week) of great information and questions. Looking forward to 200! Again I say congratulations, but also a big thanks for all you do for this writing community.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Denise, thank you so very much. Don't be in you said, you're like me, and I'm like you....spiritual beings having a human experience, and I say "Bring it on!"

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on May 30, 2016:

Congrats! Awesome! I'm looking for the fireworks... Perfect for Memorial day. I too think we are spiritual beings and the human experience is ever going forward. I'm like you, I think. Not afraid to die and see what may be next for us. I also get pretty upset with lazy writers who never bothered to use a Thesaurus... that's not a dinosaur you know... it's a very handy writing tool, so use it. One of my pet peeves as well. Terrific milestone. I am in awe.



Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Mary, you ask the greatest questions. Thank you for your kind words and input, and I'll have an answer for you next Monday in #101.

Have a superb week!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Tarunponders, thank you so much. You picked a good one in John...he's a good man and talented writer...and I'm very grateful you are here. I look forward to many years of our friendship.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on May 30, 2016:

What an achievement, congratulations on your 100th mailbag.

Regarding the how to niche I think it is still alive and well, although possibly not as 'trendy' as cute pooches of the rich and famous.

I look forward to Heidi's answer regarding email marketing. I too find it annoying but it is suppose to be effective.

I have a question for a future mailbag about editors.

Are book editors specific to one genre? Also do they charge by the amount of pages, by hour, or perhaps number of rewrites?

Once again congratulations.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Oh, Buildreps, not a terrible question at all. I thought it was a fascinating question. Thank you!

Buildreps from Europe on May 30, 2016:

Congratulations with the 100th anniversary of this wonderful series, my friend. I think an amazing achievement. And sorry for that terrible question. :) Great answer. Thanks. :)

Tarun Chhauda from Roorkee, India on May 30, 2016:

Hi Bill,

Thanks indeed for starting your 100th Mailbag (indeed an exemplary figure by all means) with my concern put at the top. I really appreciate that and look forward to #101 for further guidance. I feel so fortunate to have just started out on HP and found you and John (Jodah) here. I already feel like a family here and can look upto two stalwarts to show me the way here as also in the world of writing and so its a great start for me. Your mailbag series is a great way to connect with you and learn something in return. Once again congratulations on this feat Bill, many would fathom to achieve.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Kailey, as long as you and others get something out of the Mailbag and find value in it, I'll keep posting it. Thanks for all of your kind words. You would be a fascinating person to sit down and talk to....maybe one day, 'eh?

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Sally, neither Bev nor I are must into traveling, but one place we definitely want to see is your leave the light on for us.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Faith, that's just like you to bring the meat. LOL Thank you. It's time for me to set the table and get ready for all of you. Hurry now!

blessings, dear friendd

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Thank you so very much, Louise!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Linda, thank you for the very kind words. I appreciate them, and you, greatly. Happy Memorial Day to you! Eat hearty!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

John, the honor is all mine. Thank you my friend!

social thoughts from New York on May 30, 2016:


Yay! One-hundred! Congratulations!

Your response to Eric's question made me smile. I have found that pop culture is the best way to gain an audience--articles such as "The Top 10 Celebrity Dogs." I'm not a fan, personally. That's why when bring it up it involves sociology. I would rather read that.

I am familiar with that line, but had to google it. It's from "Network." I couldn't agree with you more. I'm guessing it's usually "they don't care." I'm guilty of ranting about how great someone's work is, but rarely receive a response. A sad outcome. I think it's best we focus on our own craft, as you say, rather than spend time seeking approval. We'll never be happy that way. Guerilla Marketing is amazing. Thank you for sharing it. I'm impressed by the creativity!

The way you answered the question from Buildreps was beautiful. :)

I hope to see the mailbag continue!!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on May 30, 2016:

You and Bev are welcome anytime. I am quite sure we can stretch that cuppa to a few slices of homemade chocolate cake. Would love to show you around Norfolk one day.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 30, 2016:

Woo hoo, Happy 100th Mailbag, Bill!

I'm bringing something to put on the grill so we can all relax and enjoy the rest of the day for your perseverance to this wonderful series here. John's comment made me smile for the thought of 100 "years" of the Mailbag would truly be an achievement.

Wonderful questions posed here in this 100th celebratory hub, and answers too!

Peace and Blessings to all who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice, and let us all never forget on this Memorial Day and every day

Louise Barraco from Ontario on May 30, 2016:

This is a great milestone and great hub you're mailbags are so helpful for us writers in the world thanks for that

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 30, 2016:

Bill, what an amazing milestone indeed. How you have put up with us through 100 of these I'll never know--maybe it's because you are a spiritual being and you know in your heart of hearts that it does get better than this (LOL). Thank you for all of the time you spend with us, your support and guidance. And I thank you for your kind words and encouragement here on HP. Have a wonderful Monday my friend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 30, 2016:

More sincere congratulations from me, Bill. A century is a huge milestone in any endeavour. So many good questions and answers I can't choose a favourite. It is great to know such a wonderful writer and person and an honour to call you a friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Sally, I'm blushing now, so enough of all that. LOL Thank you dear friend. If I'm ever in Norfolk I will be stopping by for a cup of coffee, so plan on it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

See, Pop, even Liberals can be nice guys. LOL Seriously, thank you MY FRIEND!!!!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Thank you Donna and Happy Memorial Day to you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Eric, that is so damned nice of you. Thank you for such kind words. Say hi to that boy of yours for me.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Much love to you, Manatita, and peace always. Thank you my friend.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on May 30, 2016:

Well done Billy! Another milestone set and reached by you. You really are a very kind man with the patience of Job. Not sure how you did it for one hundred episodes but I never doubted you would. You are,of course, one of those 'special' teachers. Thank you.

breakfastpop on May 30, 2016:

Congratulations! This series has helped so many people. I think you are truly a good guy.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on May 30, 2016:

Congratulations my friend on post 100 of The Writer's Mailbag and on Memorial Day no less! Best of luck as it continues toward post 200!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

Happy Memorial Day, Janine, and thank you for being here for 100 installments. You are a wonderful friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 30, 2016:

ChitrangaedaSharan, my goal was to help other writers, so thank you for the affirmation and for always being here.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2016:

Hey Bill, I could not sleep late on this memory day. I just take grandpa's sacrifice to peace and freedom a bit to caviler as I have never been called to battle.

My esteem of you has been raised as you took and handled questions here that made us look inside ourselves. They are high-fluting and ethereal.

My six year old asked me about anchors. I explained to him how wonderfully you anchor so much of us to writing. With you we fly but are anchored.

manatita44 from london on May 30, 2016:

You made me laugh, Bill, with this repetition thing. Some are lazy, yes. Some just don't know. But yes, I know what you and Linda mean.

This one made me laugh again, the religious question or was it? Ha ha. What a great answer!

So Bro, why don't I be different! Why don't I do the first thing last? Congratulations on achieving your first milestone in the Mailbag series! Live on! Forward! Much Love, Bro. Now I'll post your salutation Hub. Stay tuned!

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