From the Contest Queen

Nothing has slowed down here since my book, You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter, was launched in early March.

First, I would like to announce the winner of the $5000 from the ClickWatchWin Early Bird Draw: Janet of Gibsons, BC!! She entered by referral from a friend, so if your friends send you sweepstake referrals, enter because it only takes one to win! Remember to come back to ClickWatchWin on May 15th as they will be launching their promotion to win $1,000,000 running until October 31st.

Second, I have been dealing with the Marketing Director for American Standard and their advertising agency. They made a major error regarding their recent Stress Test Contest. They inadvertently announced a winner before the contest was over. I read the rules and legally American Standard was under no obligation to do anything but award the prize to the person that was listed as the first winner. American Standard felt really bad about the error so they are “stepping up to the plate” and giving the original winner a grand prize, then judging all the entries properly and awarding a second grand prize. I have a lot of respect for American Standard and I wanted to let everyone know that not all companies ignore the “seasoned contestor” and understand that we are their customers. If you find a contest that has a problem, let the company know. Sometimes they listen.

If you are not the vocal type and are uncomfortable complaining to companies or don’t know where to start, please email me with your problem, complaint or question. I have no problem going straight to the top to get promotion issues resolved.

Third, getting distribution for my book is taking far longer than I originally estimated. I have decided to extend the special price of $19.95 CAD ($15.95 USD) for You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter in my online store until the book is in retail outlets.

I am also going to ask for your help. I decided to self-publish You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter when it became very obvious that most of the book would have a strong Internet focus. The Internet is a very fluid place and websites change on a daily basis. I knew if I went the traditional publishing route the book would sit on someone’s desk until the information was outdated.

We looked at a variety of printing companies that specialize in Print On Demand (POD) and chose BookSurge. They are owned by Amazon.com and would give us full distribution in the U.S. This is where we made our error.  We assumed that the publishing distribution would be mirrored in Canada. It is not.

Once the book was launched, Chapters Indigo Books said would like to order but I required a distributor as they do not buy directly from self-publishers or small publishing houses. I feel as if I have talked to every distributor in Canada and have received interest but, as yet, no deal. This is where I am asking for your help. If you know anyone in the Canadian book publishing and distribution industry please email me or call me at 1-866-231-6676. Thank you!

Lastly, if you would like to experience my book live and you plan to be in the Toronto area, I am teaching a course called; How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips & More…Online in conjunction with The Learning Annex. The first class is on Wednesday May 17th. Hope to see you there.

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

Tips and Tricks

This tip was sent in by Hanna of Chicago, IL.

When I enter a sweep, I do so for myself and for my kids. All I do is enter once for myself then go back to the sweep and enter it in their name with their e-mail address. I usually get pop-ups with all our names and address. Just click twice on all info you need to fill in.

Here is an excerpt from my book regarding this feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer.

TIP: Ensure AutoComplete is activated in IE. In IE, CLICK on TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, CONTENT and in the Personal Information section, CLICK on AUTOCOMPLETE. Ensure Web Addresses, Forms and User Names and Passwords on Form are checked. Then CLICK OK and select MY PROFILE. Go through every TAB and fill in all your personal information. IE for Macs has a similar auto-fill feature. This feature will enable IE to fill in this data for you automatically so you don’t have to type it each time—a real time saver.

Have a great tip? Send me your best tips to share with the contesting community. Remember “You Can’t Lose Helping Others Win”. tipsandtricks@contestqueen.com

Our Contest

The Issue 9 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a Lucky Beetle bracelet is: Janet of Clemmons NC!  Congratulations!! (I had many emails asking me, and yes, it is a real beetle encased in acrylic.  If you didn’t win and would like to buy one for yourself or a friend, they are for sale in our online store.)

Get The Winning EDGE on Today's Contests. Win an autographed copy of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter in our next draw.

If you are receiving this e-newsletter directly from me you are already entered! Please forward this newsletter to your friends so they can sign-up and have an opportunity to win too!!

Your Questions Answered

Many new subscribers are asking similar questions to ones I have already answered. To read those answers, check our 2005 and 2006 archives of Your Questions Answered.

Hi Carolyn,
I haven't won anything yet :-) but just in case I do... If I win a prize from a contest based in the United States, will have to pay GST and duty? And if the prize is money? Are all prizes of contests in Canada tax free?
Thanks,
Tracey
Brampton, ON


Hi Tracey,
The tax laws in Canada and the United States are very different.

In Canada we do not pay tax on winnings of any kind; lottery, sweepstakes, contests, etc… You may be obligated to pay some taxes depending on the promotion, so always read the rules. For example, when we checked out of a hotel on a trip we had won, we discovered the room was free but we had to pay all the taxes.

In the United States, any prize over $600 must be declared on your income tax. (I am learning more and more about this topic as I am researching the American Edition of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter.)

Now, if you are a Canadian that entered a contest open to both Canada and the U.S., the contest sponsors must follow Canadian contest law and you are not obligated to pay tax on the prize. However, if the prize is shipped from the U.S., Canada Customs may charge you duty and taxes. For example; I had to pay $23 in duties and taxes on a pair of $150 runners I won. You can make a GST claim, a duty claim and attempt to get the funds back based on the fact that the item was a prize.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Send me any sweeping or contesting questions you would like answered. questions@contestqueen.com

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

The American Edition is currently being researched. I am targeting to have it available for sale Fall 2006. Please forward your suggestions, links, questions and any feedback you may have directly to me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Keep your eye on this section for future updates on the book’s progress.

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