Jerry Lopper has a fabulous new site for writers. He talks about it, as well as his writing goals, in the following interview. Enjoy!
Let’s start with the basics. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I’m from Ohio and have been freelance writing for about ten years. I have a technical and managerial background, with a long career in the telecommunications industry. I began writing after retirement, focusing on my interest in personal growth – my own – and helping others on their growth paths.
Tell us about your new site for writers, Fiction Writers Platform. What inspired you to do this? What can writers gain from joining?
I’m really excited about Fiction Writers Platform (FWP).
What inspired this site (FWP) is that I co-lead a local writers group which includes fiction and non-fiction writers. I noticed that fiction writers had far fewer opportunities than non-fiction writers to showcase their work. Our (fiction writing) members repeated the familiar sad and frustrating story of submitting manuscripts and waiting for weeks only to receive a rejection and have to start all over.
So a fellow writer and I decided to start a site that welcomed fiction writers and allowed them to display their work as easily as some of the non-fiction sites, such as Suite101.com.
Our Fiction Writers Platform provides fiction writers a place to build or expand their platforms in an environment of support and community with these benefits:
- Free to join
- Generous share in ad revenue
- Ability to showcase work with short publication cycle
- Authors retain full ownership of electronic and print rights
- Post previously published material, non-exclusivity
- Ratings for each short story or book excerpt
- Constructive feedback on each item posted
- Running total of viewers on each item posted
- Supportive community
We’re now in the late stages of beta testing and things are going really well. I’m so impressed with the quality of writing contributed so far, the creativity, writing talent, and most of all the positive and supportive professionalism of the contributors. This is what we envisioned and will continue to foster.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I’ve self-published two books and enjoyed that process, so maybe another book is in my future. But for now I enjoy writing informational, personal development articles as the Personal Development Feature Writer at Suite101.com. The publication cycle is short and I can reach people across the globe, which is really exciting.
I enjoyed the process of creating The Fiction Writers Platform. I learned so much about WordPress, blogging themes, plug-ins, and some php code. Maybe I’ll do another website soon. Perhaps a platform for poetry writing, which also seems to lack for platform opportunities.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Tough to single out one book. Among the books that have captured me are:
Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God books, especially the early ones.
Esther and Jerry Hicks Abraham series on the Law of Attraction
Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now
Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
Fiction authors I love are:
John Grisham, Stephen King, Anne Perry, Nelson DeMille, and Brian Haig.
Book you’re currently reading?
I have several going. Some old Agatha Christie mysteries. Just finished Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
Twice a week I go to a local coffee shop first thing in the morning and write for a few hours. I usually get a good start on articles there and then clean them up later in my home office.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
I believe that some times the words flow better than others; maybe that’s what some call writer’s block. When I have difficulty writing, not being sure how to begin or what to say, I’ve found it helps to just start writing what I know about the topic. That seems to unlock the gates and words start flowing.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
A writer who feels successful is successful.
Success is, after all, a very personal determination. I feel successful when I write from the heart, when I say what I feel about a topic, and when I’ve crafted the words as well as I’m able. The feedback of positive comments and the statistics showing readership of my articles give me a measure of acceptance by others. But the real measure is how I feel about my writing.
Advice for other writers?
Write from the heart. Be sincere and write to please yourself; others will be attracted to your authenticity.
Where can we learn more about you?
In addition to the Fiction Writers Platform, I have several other websites: I’m the Personal Development Feature Writer at Suite101, where I have about 300 articles published. There’s also a brief bio at that site. I have my own personal article publication site at www.PurposefulGrowth.com, where my writing can be less structured, perhaps showing more of who I am.
I also have a Life Coaching site at www.YourCoachtoSuccess.com and a site devoted to work/life balance at www.Balanced-Life.biz.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Today’s technology is simply amazing, allowing a writer to easily reach thousands of people in distant countries. Sharing our thoughts and beliefs publicly with people we’ll never meet personally is magical; the Internet will surely be known one day as the link that brought all humanity together, regardless of culture, language, or religion. We truly are all connected spiritually, and now we can experience that connection as we exchange ideas across cyberspace.