Canadian Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed January 4th, 2007

In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada $9.95 Subscription

Featured Books

A Different Approach

CFP Events

Contests & Calls

Spread the Word! Winner

Forum Fun

 
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:
  • Doug Roy - Trenton, ON
  • Paul Gerhardt Fleisher - Accra, Ghana
  • Lesley Pasquin - Kirkland, QC
  • Prasenjit Singh - Noapara, Kolkata
  • Gary Pierluigi - Mississauga, ON
  • Mitali Adhvaryu - Toronto, ON
  • Robert L. Fisher - Woodbridge, ON
  • Joan Shillington - Calgary, AB

    Renewals:
  • Amir Hasham
  • Elaine Traviss
  • David Fraser
  • Lorna J. Knox
  • Thelma Davidson

    Check out this months feature poet Stella Ducker.


  • POETRY CANADA $9.95 SUBSCRIPTION

    Poetry Canada magazine

    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!

    This edition features great articles, wonderful poetry, amazing photography, and tons of great things to enjoy, buy and share.

    Get your copy today!
    Poetry Canada Magazine
    CONTESTS & CALLS

    Check out the current contests:
  • NEW! The Way to Happiness and
  • Rhyming Poetry; where the winner of each will appear in Poetry Canada magazine and get a free copy! Call now open.

  • NEW! Stellar Showcase Journal
    Our Fall Issue (online & print) are published and we are now focusing on our Winter Issue (Dec 1st quarterly publication) Our poets and writers are from all over the world. Check out our online journal. www.stellarshowcasejournal.com

  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
    Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007
    Winning Writers invites you to enter the sixth annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. The prize pool has doubled to $3,336.40 in cash, with a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter.
    Submit online

    SPREAD THE WORD WINNER
  • Federation of Poets

    The winner of the 2006 CFP promote award goes to: Mark Clement
    Thanks to everyone who continues to promote the CFP, and proudly display our logo on your site. You will be put in for the 2007 contest automatically, and we encourage all new members, and NON MEMBERS to help promote the CFP.

    The Canadian Federation has a new logo, and we want everyone to take it, and put it on their website. If you have a website, put it up there. If you receive this newsletter, you are free to copy the logo, and put it on your website, with a link to http://www.federationofpoets.com.

    Anyone who puts the logo up, let us know with an email that has "Promote Poetry" in the subject line, and the website name, and on December 31st, we will select one lucky winner to win a free ad in Poetry Canada magazine's Poets' Marketplace section. Help poetry, and yourself - it's a win, win!

    If you need help, let me know and I'll show you what you need to put in your webpage to get it running.


    FORUM FUN

    Are you looking for a nice area to post your poetry, share your thoughts, and meet like-minded people who believe the written and spoken word is crucial to the fabric of society and its growth.

    Then you should be a part of the CFP Forum. This group is respectful, and since it requires approval to participate, it ensures we have a community that cherishes friendship and growth.

    For the Christmas season we have 2 special forums for you - Christmas Cheer and Resolutions, where you can find friends, share your resolutions and stories, post your poetry, and make things happen in 2007. Post your goals in the resolutions section, and then check back in to update on how you are doing, or seek advice, or see what other people plan for themselves. More importantly though - have fun here.

    If you haven't registered for the Forum/CFPChat Area - it is FREE. Check out this newsletter for how to do it. Already registered? Proceed to the:
  • Resolutions Forum
  • Christmas Cheer Forum

    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

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  • 2007, a fresh new year is ahead of us. I love when there is a new year, because I use to really take a look at what I did in the past year. I take a look at the goals I wrote for myself, and compare them to what I acheived. I make adjustments, celebrate my victories, and start all over again with continuations and additions that changed along the way.

    Did you set your goals? Did you put together ways you were goint to acheive them? Let's make this a wonderful year for poets and The Canadian Federation of Poets, and show mankind that our words matter.

    I am posting a 31 day plan on my personal blog for taking control of 2007 - now it pertains to Internet Marketing which is my other identity - but if you took the same advice and applied it to your writing or book marketing efforts - it probably wouldn't be far off. Feel free to check it out. Tracy Repchuk and if you really want to help promote it, include it as a link from your site to help others out as well.

    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



    A DIFFERENT APPROACH

    I was on a Teleseminar the other day with Peggy McColl and Randy Gilbert, and these guys are Amazon bestsellers with many of their books. They started with great ideas and a book, (just like we did), and they made it happen. Notice I use the word 'made' it happen. They wrote a book, and thought it was going to fly out the door, and when it didn't, said okay, what will make this happen, and put the steps in place to make their dreams a reality.

    So anyone who is interested in trying something new, stick with me through this article, because I am about to start to change reality. I have a business background, and poetry is my passion, my mission, an important part of our culture, we need to adapt, and make use of the tools out there to help us succeed, and stop saying "Poetry doesn't sell."

    Step one - Change the attitude, and it will change the environment.
    That is a very simple, yet powerful thought. If we all stop saying and/or agreeing with the general population that states: poetry doesn't sell, nobody wants to listen to poetry, poetry is boring, poetry is only for intellectuals, poetry isn't mainstream, and the list goes on, ad infinituum, things will change. We have to face everyone head on, stop letting them suppress us, and shove us into the corners of coffee houses, and the back of bookstores, and change it!

    Okay so that might be a tall order, but it is acheivable. Look at what has been changed throughout history. Blacks can't ride on the bus, women should stay at home, (I am using the slang of the times.) It took the voice and people of that time period - to change it. Lets not wait for that time period to come, lets make it! It didn't take a quiet voice from the back of the room, it took an all out movement.

    The Mission of the Canadian Federation of Poets has been the same from the beginning - Creating One Voice - so that we can change reality together, and I am taking initiatives and trying new ideas (some may work, some may not), but change is better than another year of the same. In fact, things don't stay the same, they either go up, or down, and I have seen far too long the direction of poetry.

    Do you know how far back it goes that poets have been made to be quiet. Centuries. Writers would have to put on plays secretly to get their work seen, and hide pages, and we are still carrying some of this energy, and stigma with us. We are going to break free from all of this, and get the job done.

    For those of you who don't know my background - I am an Internet Marketer by trade, and poet by heart. Among other business ventures, this is what pays the bills, supports Poetry Canada magazine, and supports the Canadian Federation of Poets. But I want us to be able to support ourselves at what we really love to do - write poetry, read our poetry, listen to poetry, whatever that passion may be.

    I haven't worked out the whole plan yet, it is in its infancy - and if you have ideas - email them to me and I will introduce each of them through the newsletter, and give you credit for them. Great ideas need to be shared, and this is the tool we will use to do that right now.

    Are you with me so far? Good. Because I can't do this alone. It will take each and every subscriber to do something within their own environment, their own mindset and their own family and friends. And I think we will be amazed at how easy this will be when we do it together.

    For starters, I am going to be purchasing master resell rights for some e-books so that you can get them for a bargain, that will help us to market, promote, and take advantage of the largest delivery method in the world, the Internet. I make millionaires in the business world with internet marketing, and we can do the same thing here.

    So I am going to give you the first task which has two parts.

    Think like a business person when marketing your book. Not like a poet, we use that to create the book, but now we have to switch our hats, and sell the book. You don't have to think like a salesperson, but think like a marketer - and look outside of your own box and come up with a different way to market your book. We need to get out of our own heads, and tell everyone what we have, what we do, and why they need it. We are helping them, and a book is a business.

    Read something different to help you do this. I have an e-book that I can offer at a really good price about conquering AMAZON. Take a look at this, or find something else in the library, from your office, something that deals with the ability to give you a new skill, or a new way or idea to distribute and share the words you need to have heard.

    And as an aside - if you have a book you want to get published, don't wait another year. If you believe in what you've written, get your book done, take it to a company such as LuLu Press like we did for our reprint, or contact contract publishers such as Hidden Brook Press.

    You're going to need your book, because by the end of this year, you're going to also be a marketer.

    FEATURED BOOKS

    CFPSHop
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    A psychological haunting drama - two short stories combined into one volume to create a delightful mystery novella with two seriously twisted endings.

    Warm and caring, shadowed and uplifting and haunting.
    ISBN: 1-4137-5308-6, 48 pages, 6 x 9

    US$9.95 - Purchase your copy today!

    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 January 18th, 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 January 21st, 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.

  • Halifax Federation of Poets 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

    Check out all of our happenings or get complete details on the above events from our online calendar.


    Canadian Federation of Poets