From the Contest Queen

You may remember from Issue 8, that I began to grow the services side of my business and assist companies in creating better contests, sweepstakes and promotions. I have been working with and last week they launched their full blown ClickWatchWin promotion. They are giving away heaps of prizes including: $50 per day, iPod Nanos, Fiesta Barbeques, Dell Dimensions and the Grand Prize of $1,000,000!! It ends November 30th and is open to all of Canada (except QC) and all of the US (except FL and NY). For full rules, click here. NOTE: If you registered for the ClickWatchWin Early Bird Draw you will need to reregister.

This upcoming weekend (June 11th & 12th) I will be at Book Expo Canada. It a business-to-business tradeshow where book buyers from across Canada meet with distributors and authors. I have an author’s table. There are over 12,000 book stores in Canada and approximately 4000 buyers will be attending the show. If you can’t wait for my book to appear in your local book store, print off my sell sheet and have them order your copy.

Speaking of bookstores, for this issue of The Winning EDGE we have decided to have a bit of fun and run a photo contest. The first person to email me a picture (either from a digital camera or cellphone) of my book on display in a bookstore will win a copy of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. We’ll announce the winner and post the winning picture soon!

Also, Chapters Indigo in Canada has an interesting contest running. If you review a book online you are entered to win $1000 gift card. The rules say you can review any book you wish to be entered into the draw. My book has finally been listed on their website and should be in stores no later than July 1st, however the contest ends June 30th. If you have already purchased and read my book and feel it rates a review I would appreciate it if you placed your entry on my page. THANKS!! (As per the rules, one review per customer.)


Tips and Tricks

This tip was sent in by Andrea from St. Catherines ON. The tip is specifically for contests that require some type of skill such as writing, photography or baking contests.

If the prize is something unique you would treasure or need and can't afford, invest your time and creative energy and enter the contest. Yours could be the only entry received and you could win by default!

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

Our Contest

The Issue 11 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a copy of a Xamrock Lucky Charm is: Edie of Delta BC!  Congratulations!!

Wear Luck Around Your Neck! Win a Lucky Beetle Necklace (containing a genuine lucky beetle) 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,
If a contest says you may enter as often as you wish, what do you feel is a reasonable number of times to enter per day? Also, how much time would you recommend between entries? I don’t want to be unreasonable about the number of times I enter but I want to enter often enough to increase my chances of winning. I read through all the back issues of your newsletter but I couldn’t see a previous reference to this issue.
Sherwood Park AB

Hi Carolee,
Some people read that and will enter 1000s of times in a day. is a good example of the type of site that offers unlimited entries. I only enter 1x per day because that's all I have time for and remember; it only takes one to win!  If you only have short periods of time to enter, try salting in a few entries every time that you sit down to contest. Even though others may sit and churn out 1000s of entries, you can still get picked!

Hi Carolyn,
When entering a mail-in sweepstake the rules frequently say:
Day and Evening Telephone Number or Day and Evening Phone Number or Daytime and Evening Phone Number, etc..., Birthdate or Date of Birth, etc…

My question is: when writing out my 3x5 card (or whatever) do I have to use those exact words, or can I shorten it to Day & Eve Phone (or similar) or DOB when either birthdate of date of birth are requested?
Atlantic Beach FL

Hi David,
Actually, I do not write any of that information on the 3x5 card. I just write the data as they ask for it and do not bother putting those words on the card.

So, for example, where yours may look like:
NAME: David
DAY PHONE: 888-555-4444
EVE PHONE: 888-333-9999
DOB: February 16 1970

Mine would look like:
Carolyn Wilman
Jan 9 1967

Companies know the information that they are asking for, and can generally pick out what refers to what based on what they requested in the rules. I have found that even when putting both a daytime and evening phone number, they will likely still try both numbers regardless of the time of day to try and notify you.

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

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

The Canadian Edition of You Can't Win If You Don't Enter should now be in your local book store. If not, you can take in a copy of my sell sheet and ask them to order your copy.

I am continuing to research the American Edition and I am targeting to have it published Fall 2006. Please contact me directly if you have any tips, tricks or stories that you think would make a good addition to the American edition.

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


Please send all your comments and suggestions to