Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed February 1st, 2007

In This Issue


Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Latest
Edition Coming Soon

How A Writing Circle Can Help Get You Published

India's CFP Launches

CFP Events

Contests & Calls

Spread the Word!

 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Be sure to introduce yourself in the Federation online forums, and check out the member biography section to find out more about each.
 

New Members:
  • R. D. Roy - Trenton, ON
  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada
  • Paul Gerhardt Fleisher - Accra, Ghana
  • Christina Cowling, Peterborough, ON
  • Lesley Pasquin - Kirkland, QC
  • Jim Greenwald, New Paris, PA
  • Gary Pierluigi - Mississauga, ON
    Sarah Austin, Oxon, UK
     
    Renewals:
  • Stella Kuiper
    Amir Hasham
  • Elaine Traviss
  • David Fraser
  • Lorna J. Knox  

    Check out this months feature poet Stella Ducker.


  • POETRY CANADA LATEST EDITION
    COMING SOON!
     

    Get ready to get your copy of this limited edition version that is the "Final Issue" from Editor Tracy Repchuk.

    This edition includes:
    - a farewell note from the Editor
    - bio and poetry from incoming Editor
      R.D. Roy
    - Way to Happiness Winner Kathleen
       Ronald
    - Rhyming Poetry Winner Elizabeth
      Wood
    - "5 Winning Ways to Impress an 
       Editor" by Donna Thompson

    Poetry by:
    - Jim Greenwald
    - Rachel Brown
    - Hernan J Restrepo
    - Fred Meissner
    - Christina Cowling
    - Kile Jones
    - Umesh Ghoshdastider
    - Joesephine Stone
    - Ben Murray
    - Debbie Okun Hill
    - Amanda Stoelb
    - Hernan J Restrepo
    - Joyce G. Bradshaw

    Get your look into this classic issue, which previews the hottest covers Poetry Canada had.

    ATTENTION PDF SUBSCRIBERS
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    Poetry Canada is now available for only $9.95 USD in PDF format, for a full year. Get all the great information from 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 - for one LOW PRICE! ORDER TODAY and get started right away!

    Get your copy today!
    Poetry Canada Magazine
    CONTESTS & CALLS

    Check out the current contests:

  • NEW! Tribute to Friendship Contest

  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.
     

  • Stellar Showcase Journal
     www.stellarshowcasejournal.com
     

    We promote FREE contests, if you have one, let us know and we'll let everyone else know.

    SPREAD THE WORD
  • Federation of Poets

    Proudly display the CFP logo on your site, and let us know, and you'll be  automatically entered into a contest where you can win a free ad in Poetry Canada.  Link to: http://www.federationofpoets.com

    Winner will be announced December 31st.  Help poetry, and yourself - it's a win, win!



    CALENDAR COORDINATOR

    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia who has taken on the position of Calendar Coordinator!

    If you are a CFP member, this is a great way to promote your book launches, appearances, and check out contest calls and events.

    If you are a CFP member, or a CFP Affiliate Organization feel free to submit your events to us. It is a great way to easily increase attendance. Send your information to: Calendar Coordinator: Betty Dobson
     

    FEDERATION OF POETS

    Canadian Federation of Poets
    2431 Cyprus Avenue
    Burlington, ON L7P 1G5


    Poetry Canada is into its next phase with exciting new changes.  As of the June issue, the Editor will be CFP Member R.D. Roy, and Publisher will be CFP member Richard Grove, of Hidden Brook Press.  I will be moving into the position of Managing Editor, which will allow me to focus on growth, rather than day to day operations.
     

    Don't forget I have my personal blog for taking control of 2007, and even though it pertains to Internet Marketing - much of the same advice can be applied to your writing or book marketing efforts. Feel free to check it out. Tracy Repchuk and keep on track.

    Check out all of the benefits and become a part of the CFP family for a full year of poetry fun, and a free bonus subscription to Poetry Canada magazine.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets

              INDIA'S CFP LAUNCHES
     

    In a population of over 1 billion people, the CFP has its sights set on capturing some of that talent and exposing different cultures to each other, their poetry and sharing in our voice an love for the betterment of society.

    Because of the diversity of that region, this Federation will be held online, so that many can meet easily.

    Nikhil Parekh, a Limca two-time World Record holder from India, will be taking care of that group under the guidance of the CFP, its aims, and its mission.

    Nikhil, who is a respected and time-honoured CFP member continues to be an active member of the CFP team.

    If you are from India would like to join the CFP through this group, check it out now at:

                   Orkut Community CFP India


    ** You will need to register online to join the community

    Take a look at the benefits the
    benefits the CFP has to offer, and make this the year you join.


    Advertise your book here for just $25 or $10 if you are a CFP member, or get a free book announce here with every 4 week
    Feature Book reservation.
       
       
     

    CFP EVENTS
     

  • Thursday February 15th, 2007 - 7pm
    Oakville Federation

    Contact: George Arnold
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville,

    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.
     

  • Sunday February 18th, 2007 - 2pm
    Ottawa Federation

    Contact: Richard Vallance
    Royal Oak II Restaurant
    161 Laurier East, Ottawa

    Every third Sunday of the month. 2-4pm
    Admission: Free
    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.
     

  • Wednesday Feb. 14th, 2007 - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Betty Dobson or Donelda Kent
    at bettyd@federationofpoets.com or doneldak@federationofpoets.com
     

  • Durham Region Federation of Poets
    contact Stella Ducker at StellaCD@federationofpoets.com
     

  • Penticton, BC Federation of Poets
    contact Donna Thompson at: DonnaT@federationofpoets.com
     

  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at: weiyin@federationofpoets.com

    NEW** India Federation of Poets

    contact Nikhil Parekh at: nikhilp@federationofpoets.com
     

    Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our
    online Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canad
    calendar.

  • This article is talking about writing circles, but in many cases they are a similar concept to a Federation, in that a group of poets from an area get together, and you could create your own anthology. To help you - CFP Member Richard Grove of Hidden Brook Press is offering a deal for the printing of all Canadian Federation of Poets 'Federation' Anthology productions. 
    You just need to be a CFP member, involved in a Federation/Chapter.  (You can even start your own) 
    Contact the CFP to find out more.

    How A Writing Circle Can Help Get You Published

    Your writing circle can be your key to publishing your book with a commercial publisher. In fact, it can open up all the doors you could ever want in the publishing world.

    Here's how you do it. A writing circle is a group of like-minded authors who seek camaraderie among peers. They want to know what others think of what they've put down on paper. Usually the writing circle is geographically confined to your neighborhood or town. Sometimes it's restricted by profession--just teachers, or just lawyers. Sometimes it's all that and further restricted by genre--just romance or just thrillers.

    The internet has allowed many writing circles to flourish around the world. There's a lot of flexibility there.

    The ones currently up and running are usually posted on library bulletin boards. Or you can search the internet for one more to your liking. If there's nothing in your area, feel free to start one yourself. In fact, if you can start one yourself, so much the better.

    Would these writers like to know what's hot in their respective markets? Of course they would. You volunteer to get that information for them.

    Call, (don't write, don't email or mail, but call) those people who have the information your writing circle members would like to have. Call a trade editor at a publishing house and tell her the Lower Missawani Writing Circle will be having a meeting in a couple of weeks and they've asked you to briefly tell them what kind of books the publisher is looking for.

    Or call a few literary agents. "The Lower Missawani Writing Circle will be having a meeting in a couple of weeks and they've asked me to find out what's the biggest problem literary agents have with new writers?"

    You're not selling them anything. You're not badgering them about a manuscript that was sent in unsolicited. You're just looking for a few quick answers to some common questions.

    Depending on the geography, and the size of your writing circle, you can invite them to speak to your group. And you'll be taking care of all the arrangements and acting as host for your guest.

    If you meet a publishing contact at a convention or other book meeting, this is your way to start a conversation. You're not there simply saying, "I have a manuscript and." You're saying you gather information for your writing circle and you were wondering if you could give them a call in a few days to ask them a couple of questions that would be useful to many writers in the group.

    When you get the information (however you get it), send them a thank you note. And send them a thank you note on behalf of you and the writing circle every month from that point on. You'll be asking them additional questions as time goes on and you want them to remember you.

    In fact, you want to establish a relationship, a friendship of sorts, with these people. Then, when your manuscript is ready, you can call the right people immediately. They'll call you back because they know you. They know you're not some sort of nut. And they know you're committed to their success as well as the success of other writers. All things being equal, people would rather do business with their friends. All things being unequal, people would still rather do business with their friends.

    And your writing circle has allowed you to make quite a few!

    About the Author:

    Steve Manning is a master writer showing thousands of people how they can write their book faster than they ever thought possible. Here's your free Special Report, http://www.WriteABookNow.com/main.html
     

                    MEMBER NEWS:

  • Christina Cowling had her poetry selected by Poetry Canada magazine.
  • Jim Greenwald had his poetry selected by Poetry Canada magazine.
  • Donna Thompson had an article selected by Poetry Canada magazine called "5 Winning Ways to Impress an Editor"


  • If you are a CFP member with exciting news, let us know.  Send an email with the news in it, and a subject line of CFP Member News.

    Canadian Federation of Poets