How long have you been writing? Elaborate, not just yes, no.
The first poem I wrote was for a class when I was nine, and later it was published in READ magazine. I then wrote rhyming poetry for a few years, until I realized that you should not have to rhyme to tell something worthwhile to the world.
I designed chapbooks to give away a record stores and book stores in college, but after graduating I knew I couldn’t just print and give away my writing in stores, so I started submitting writing to other magazines (and being a nobody in the underground literary world, I was rejected a lot). I would get the magazines I submitted to, and saw editors who just rejected me published IN these magazines, so I thought… Wait a minute, I am a designer, and I can design a magazine (and maybe not be a literary "nobody". So, after I had started Scars Publications (http://scars.tv) and published my first book ("Hope Chest in the Attic", of poetry, prose and art), I decided to publish a new magazine: cc&d ("Children, Churches and Daddies" – the UN-religions, NON-family oriented literary and art magazine, http://scars.tv/ccd).
What resources online (include links and websites) help you most as a writer? What resources who you suggest for beginning writers? I consider this question important since all need new sources to help us find publishers, forums, etc.
I also run the poetry open mic "the Café Gallery", and it costs me time and gas money for the work, so it is never a money-making venture, but the question becomes this: is it worth it to spend your time this way? Are you happy with your final product, even if you’re not living off the royalties? I have never submitted my writing to somewhere that would pay for my writing. Since I publish my own work most of the time through Scars Publications, publishing work costs ME money.
I jokingly say things like "cc&d s my baby" -- it’s approaching its 20 year anniversary issue, and I have kept that magazine running through everything in my life – including almost being killed in a car accident. After re-learning how to walk, and talk, and eat, I got out of the hospital and wanted to do something with cc&d, because THAT was my lifeline to the world.
Though I have to say, sometimes you make a point (when you know you have the time for it) to dedicate yourself to writing things… This past year I have decided to start writing a poem for every element in the Periodic Table, and when we vacationed at Christmas, I decided to write, and wrote 8 pieces (when I am not inspired, I may think to write one every week or two).
Because I usually write about feeling, usually brought on by other people, human events or one-on-one actions are what inspire me to write. Even with element poems, I often ascribe personality characteristics to elements, and think of someone I know to get emotions about the characteristics of an element across in a poem.
Well, one of the poems is a strong one, about dealing with a loved one who just died, called "Death Takes Many Forms". I wrote that a day or two after someone died, and I was on the other side of a country and could not even get in town for any funeral services.
and when I performed it once as an impromptu feature, the host later said, "I think it’s one of the best features I’ve ever seen (Kuypers) do. Truly outstanding."
Lulu is a great printer (and they allow magazines to be printed without an ISBN# if you have your own ISSN#, like I do for my magazines). Lulu also is the only printer I know that will also print spiral-bound books, which was perfect for getting my fourth book formally printed, when the first print run of "(woman.)" was a spiral-bound book and I wanted to preserve that for the printing of "(woman.)". Scars Publications also used to print annual wall calendars, but decided to change gears starting in 2012 and print annual date book calendars (where we place a poem on the left-hand page and a week of the calendar on the right-hand page), which for me personally has been great for 2012 and 2013.
The only real problem with Lulu is that it is primarily for U.S. sales, and CreateSpace is directly linked with http://www.amazon.com, which is great for people to find the book through Amazon (even though it costs more money for something to be purchased THROUGH Amazon, versus directly through the CreateSpace printer). CreateSpace can also sell their books to the U.K. and to continental Europe through the Amazon web sites (which is nice for a person who published collection books with people’s writing from the U.K. or Europe, like I do).
I have a YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/ccandd96) and even have older longer videos on the Internet Archive (http://archive.org/search.php?query=janet%20kuypers) and I have videos on "Poetry Visualized" (http://www.poetryvisualized.com/media/2536/the_Janet_Kuypers_show_/, including its once-posted award-winning "Too Far" video). I started a twitter account so I could start generating twitter-length poems (http://twitter.com/janetkuypers), but now it is links to my YouTube page, and many video links go there too. My Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com.janetkuypers) always post links to videos, open mics and shows, and the banner on my page lists details on my next feature.