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the start of fall, seasons for some, and a beautiful time to hunker into
Wow, if I thought my September was busy, that was nothing compared to my
October, which is nothing compared to my November.
My October consisted of flying to the UK to do my first 90
minute presentation to a packed house of people. This is the 'have
to know it, memorized, and spoken with passion' type of speech, and
thankfully it was a huge success.
Thankfully, it was such a huge success, by time I got back after my
week-long absence, I received a phone call from Australia, inviting me
to speak in the UK once again, and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2
weeks. So I am away from Nov. 3rd to 20th. This time though
it will be to audiences of 600 - 1000 people.
Two days after my return, I was putting on the Spirit of Humanity Poetry
event for the Artists for a Better World Weekend Festival, which was a
You can see my blog posting on it at www.TracyRepchuk.com
I also got a chance to promote the anthologies to a whole bunch of new
poets, which is always a good thing.
The call is open for all 10 anthologies.
Enter them ALL!
The Poetry of
Check them all out, and submit to any that
to you. The Poetry
Enjoy the journey.
Tracy Lynn Repchuk
President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets
THE POWER OF THE INTERNET
When social media sites hit the internet, (otherwise known as
web 2.0) there was an explosion of sites and ways in which you
could market yourself as a poet, and your books. One of
the most frequently asked questions I get is "How do I sell
my books?" Well there are a number of answers to that
varying from make sure you show up to open mics, read from your
book and offer it for sale, to my preferred method now - the
If you want to reach millions of people with your poetry, get
familiar with the internet and the marketing tools available to
you for free.
You can do 5 things right now which will change how you are
known as a poet, around the world.
1. Start a Blog - (WeB LOG)
Create a name for your blog
Start posting to it - like journal writing, only at the end of
every post you will sign off with your name and promote your
book and where they can buy it.
ie. Tracy Repchuk
Bestselling author of 31 Days to Millionaire Marketing Miracles
- Available at Amazon.com
(And in the Amazon.com is a live link to my book - and if you
want to make money from that as well - become an Amazon
affiliate and sell your own book)
2. Buy your name as your domain name,
and redirect this to be your blog.
When you are an author, you are the brand of your
writing. You want to own your own domain name.
Because when you get famous, and you didn't buy
your name, it will probably be gone.
3. Participate in social media/web 2.0
There is a lot of chatter that these are junk sites, and
decreasing the value of poetry, which simply isn't true.
Perhaps there is a lot of 'not so good poetry out there', but
people are smart, and can detect good poetry from bad, so don't
be afraid to go to sites such as
www.digg.com, and the
thousands of specialty sites that are community and user driven,
and promote your book, and your websites. Every time you
do a post you have a little signature at the bottom, that says
your name, and promotes your website and your books. You
don't have to post your poetry on these sites, most of them are
discussions, you can take part in, and then let your signature
do the rest. This not only gets you a brand new set of
people that are discovering you, but it gets you very valuable
links back to your websites, which will increase your value in
the eyes of the Google God, and help with your organic search
4. Video tape a reading and post it on YouTube
Poetry is a visual and auditory medium, and when you put it into
a video, you reading one of your poems, or record yourself at an
event, this is where poetry promotion can really explode.
Millions of users hit YouTube EVERY DAY, and you can create your
own channel, and load up everything you do. Go to
www.youtube.com and find
Here is my station:
Create your own.
5. Create a radio station and broadcast your poems
About a year ago now I spoke of the
podcasting technology, which was a great way to get your audio's
out for your poetry. However, it was complicated, and time
consuming. But now, there is no excuse not to get the
message out every day.
The latest technology is called
It is free, and you can be a host of your own
show and broadcasting live to the world in 15 minutes.
I have 3 radio shows, you can even go and check them out.
- For todays guest there are 5 of us, called the
Fab5, and we each talk on one of the days. I am Wednesday
mornings at 7:00am PST. What is great is this show
discusses writing, goals, fears, barriers, story telling, and
business strategies. There is something for EVERYONE.
Weekdays 7am PST, 10:00am EST.
Later you can actually download your show to your IPOD for easy
listening, or simply let the world enjoy it.
So be sure not to neglect the internet as a tool
for promoting your books, and your self, and help get quality
poetry out there for all of us.
PS - Don't forget to plug the CFP while you are it, because the
more we promote each other, that's the way poetry will grow.
It could be as simple as saying For a great group to belong to
or whatever fits the conversation.
Tuesday November 6th, 2007 - 7pm
Oakville Federation Critique Night
Contact: George Arnold
Timothy's World Coffee
321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON
Bring some of your work for critiquing and work-shopping
Thursday November 15th, 2007 - 7pm
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.
November 14th, 2007 - 7pm
Halifax Federation of Poets
2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
Every third Wednesday of each month
contact Donelda Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday November 29th, 2007 - 7pm
New Brunswick Federation
9362 Main St. Richibucto, NB
Contact: Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.
Durham Region Federation of Poets
contact Stella Ducker at
Penticton, BC Federation of Poets
contact Donna Thompson
Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
contact Wei Yin
India Federation of Poets
contact Nikhil Parekh
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 -
Featured host and poet at the 7th Annual Artists for a Better World
Poetry Event. In addition she presented the award on center stage
for the AFABW "Outstanding Contribution as an Artist" Her
latest exploits just brought her back from the UK, and in November she
returns to London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as an International
speaker and motivator. She was recently interviewed by
Dianne Corriette in the UK, Richard Butler of TheSuccessCoach.com in
Ireland, and Alvin Phang of Success Inspirations in Singapore.
Daphne Rose Kingma -
Working on her next book to release in January called "So Close - A
Journey of Infinite Love". Daphne has 11 books and has sold over
1,000,000 copies. She is also an International speaker and
poetry advocate. She has recently joined Tracy in one of her
business ventures to combine forces and continue to take poetry to the next
Carol Helen Clark -
Two of her poems have received recognition. The poem titled
"Achieving Peace" is being featured online in the Stephen Gill Gazette; my
poem titled "Rushing" received Honorable Mention in the Stellar Literary
Festival Poetry Contest 2007.
Alvin Ens -
Won the poetry award for one-page writing of West End Writers
(Vancouver) in June, 2007
* poem "But Not as a Princess" was published in Ascent Aspirations
Magazine: Anthology Four Borderlines in Sept./ 2007.
my reflections in poetry of growing up in the prairies in the 40s and
* Short story, "You Gotta Know What You're Doing" won first place
in the Clem Batte contest of the Penticton Writers (www.penwriters.com).
Grahum Ducker -
The Poem "Wilderness Camping" which appeared in the June/July/Aug/Sept 2007
issue, also won an honourable mention in the 76th Writer's Digest Writing
Competition out of 19,000 entries.
Thelma Davidson -
reader at James Dewar's
Hot Sauced Words.
* Gave an in-class presentation on poet Maggie Helwig's
book "One Building In The Earth" (ECW Press, Toronto 2002) on
October 24th at
Influency 3: A Toronto
Deborah L. Kelly -
Scheduled as a Featured Poet with The World Poetry Reading
Series in Vancouver, December 17th
Lynn Tait -
in the following anthologies:
Not What I
: The Unpredictable Road from Womanhood to
Just Bite Me,
Satire Whimsy and other Tasty Treats; 3rd prize
and poems in Ascent Aspiration's Borderlines;
anthology Butterfly Thunder; Family Pictures: Poems
Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones;
Arms Like Ladders:The
Eloquent She, Poems
from the Feminist Caucus 2007 League of Canadian Poets;
Lawrence Commemorative Anthology and in
Delicious:The Seven Deadly
Tree Press, poem also in the magazine Misunderstandings and has
been named co-editor of the 2008 TOPS member anthology.
Diego Bastianutti -
the months of October, November and Part of December I am the co-host of the
the program World Poetry Café on Co-op Radio 102.7 FM in Vancouver from
Betty Dobson -
Her poem "Poems That Rhyme" appears in the Summer 2007 edition of Sol
Magazine, with an Honorable Mention in their "That's What I'm Talking"
UNITING TO CREATE ONE VOICE