Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
       February 2008

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Coming Soon

Featured Book

AIDA - Your Book Cover

 CFP Events

Member News

Contests & Calls

Spread the Word!



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:

  • Maria Pia Marchelletta - Toronto, ON
  • Sandra Johnson - Mysty - poet
  • Anna Kapungu - Toronto, ON
  • M Gayle MacDonald - Moncton, NB
  • KK Srivastava - India
  • Bernard Edwards - Toronto, ON
  • Jacqueline Harrison - Burlington, ON
  • Regis Auffray - Chilliwack, BC
  • Maurus Cappa - Willowdale, ON
  • Terry St. James - Montreal, Quebec
  • Debbie Ouellet - Loretto, ON
  • David Brydges - Edmonton, AB
  • Pamela Mordecai - Toronto, ON
  • Nancy Rattle - Maberly, ON
  • Patricia McGoldrick - Kitchener, ON
  • Janet Harvey - Thornhill, ON
  • Phillip Lawrence Harrison - Edmonton, AB
  • Daphne Rose Kingma - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Charlotte Ann Zuzak - Grove City, PA
  • Richard Thellmann - Canal Fulton, OH
  • Sharon Sedola - Greenwood, BC
  • Johaina Soralta - Thornhill, ON

  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

  • Clarke LaPointe
  • Jim Greenwald
  • David Fraser
  • Karen Cole
  • Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews
    Linda Dowd
  • Fenna Schaapman
  • Bonita Summers
  • Sylvia McGrath
  • Norma West Linder
  • CFP Poet of the Month

          Ariadne Sawyer


    The next issue will be coming soon... and contains some powerful interviews, including one person who appeared on Oprah 6 times.  Dream big!

    Get your copy today!

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    Check out the current contests:

  • Poetry Canada 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.

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

  • 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:

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


    Prairie Pulse
    by Lauraine

    This collection of poetry carries a gentle expression of Lauraine’s passion for nature, for relationships – to others, to the earth, and to the sacred – as well as emotions that identify with and release the multi-layered and sometimes ominous side of nature. Nature has always carried a central place for her in her daily life, calling her back to the present moment, and contributing to peace of mind and inspiration.

    At the core of Lauraine’s poetry is an invitation to ‘walk gently’, and that in encountering nature, people and the environment, one is touching holy ground. The beauty and diversity of the seasons as they encounter the prairie landscape and its gift of simplicity and stillness breathes a Presence that is enough.

    Price is $10.00 at



    Betty Dobson of Halifax, Nova Scotia is the 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


    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.




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

    Have you planned what you're going to publish this year??

    With so many publishing options, if you're not published yet, make this the year you get your message out, and get your voice heard, or if you are published, get another book out this year.

    I have picked my book project for this year, looking for a May launch.  This will be a fun and informative book called Watch Out! There's a New SHEriff in Town - How to Win at the Wild, Wild Web. 

    You can self-publish, go to a press such as, search for local printers who will put it together for you, or submit to one of the many poetry publishers listed online.  Remember the edit cycle though!  And the 4 rules of book success - AIDA - Attention, Interest, Desire and Action.

    Never before in history has it been so easy to get published, that is why more than ever before, publishing is no longer the barrier - marketing is.  No matter what publisher you go with, self or other, the promotion is usually down to you.  So make sure you add a little time to learn some marketing this year, and get your message out no matter what - because whatever you have, someone needs to hear it.

    If you want to check to what I am always up to, you can get a direct RSS feed to my blog from

    Enter them ALLCall open until March 2008!
    The call is open for all 10 anthologies. 
                              The Poetry of (TM) ....
                                 World-wide Call

         Check them all out, and submit to any that speaks
         to you.   The Poetry of...

                             Enjoy the journey.

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



    You have possibly heard all about this before, but just in case you haven't - I wanted to bring it to your attention. 

    The reason I do right now is three-fold:
    1. When I took my first book through this process (31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles) - the cover page difference was amazing and effective.
    2. In looking at many existing poetry books, trust me when I say - you didn't follow AIDA. I
    f possible, review what you have and update it for 2008.
    3. I am in the design of my new book cover, and this cycle gets tighter and more aggressive once you accept it, and you become a powerful critic that looks at your own cover with the eyes of your worst enemy - who STILL ends up buying it by time you are done.

    ATTENTION - You have 4 seconds to impress them.  The front cover must have a title that can be read across a bookstore.  Be attractive and fit the theme.

    INTEREST - Then the purchaser will quickly flip to the back.  You have 7 seconds to sell them.  This is NOT a place for your bio or what inspired you to write the book.  Tell them the benefits they will get from reading it, include testimonials if you have them, and leave them needing that book.  Appeal to their "What's in it for me" attitude.

    DESIRE - Once they've done with your back cover, they will open up the book and look at the table of contents - and this had better be organized and compelling.  A book is no place for 'untitled' or lame titles for your work.  You have fractions of seconds for them to STOP and want to know what the poem from that title would look like.  Because then - you've got...

    ACTION - They need to know, and will now take the action required to walk out of the bookstore, or hit ORDER on Amazon.  Last mention here, make this process very easy - stamps, mailing a cheque, they will forget and you won't sell a book after all of your effort.  Get paypal on a blog if you have to - but make it easy to buy your book!

    I have spent $12,000 this past year getting educated on book production and marketing from #1 International Bestselling authors, and 14-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans and Robert G. Allen, so I am passing a small but critical piece that I learned.   Richard Paul Evans was the first person in history to make the New York Times #1 spot in both soft and hard-cover simultaneously, sold the most books in history as a self-published author, and got the largest advance in history for their first book (
    7-figure advance, yes-including JK Rowling.)

    Examine the books on the bestseller list in your category, pull the book up from Amazon, look at the front, back, inside table of contents, and see how your book rates against it.  Would it generate the way it is right now, enough INTEREST for someone to take ACTION and buy it?

    AFTER -Version 23                         BEFORE - Version 9

    My real improvements also came on the back cover, where it became less about 'me' and more about what the book would do for them.


    Over 20 benefits including a free subscription to Poetry Canada magazine, contest and anthology benefits.




    Call open until March 31st, 2008
    Enter them ALL
    The call is open for all 10 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call



  • First Tuesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Oakville Federation Workshop Night

    Contact: George Arnold
    World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON

    Bring some of your work for critiquing and work-shopping
  • Third Thursday of Every Month - 7pm
    Oakville Federation
    Contact: George Arnold
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON

    Open mic event for all members, non members and Federation Affiliate members to participate in.
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    contact Donelda Kent

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 7pm
    New Brunswick Federation

    Pizza Delight
    9362 Main St. Richibucto, NB
    Contact: Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
    Admission: Free

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

    *** NEW ***
    Brand New Federation is about to open its doors - located in the Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    This group will be run by Cheryl Xavier - you can contact her for more details or we will be updating the Chapter site as details unfold.
    Peel Region Federation
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free


  • Durham Region Federation of Poets
    contact Stella Ducker at


  • Penticton, BC Federation of Poets
    contact Donna Thompson at:

  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at:

    NEW** India Federation of Poets

    contact Nikhil Parekh at:

  • Check out all the details on the calendar


    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.

    Tracy Repchuk -

    * Selected as a 2008 Work At Home Success Speaker.  You can get the full interview at:
    Daphne Rose Kingma -

    *  Appears in the next edition of Poetry Canada as a profiled interview of someone who has appeared on Oprah over 6 times and sold over 1,000,000 copies of her book.  Look for that coming soon.

    Betty Dobson -

    * Her publication InkSpotter was nominated for multiple categories for awards.  Be sure to help her out with your votes in this and any other categories you can find.  Preditors and Editors Reraders Poll

    Josie Andrews -

    * Won FIRST PRIZE in The Ontario Poetry Society's Arborealis Contest for 2008!  Congrats.

    Clark LaPointe -

    * Released new book Poems, Equations and Prophecies.  Details at:

    Lucia Gorea -

    * Won World Poetry Award for Group Excellence from World Poetry Reading Series.
    *  Releasing new book Feb. 2008 - Speak English for Success: ESL Conversations, Topics and Dialogues