From the Contest Queen

You Can't Win If You Don't Enter

Several people in recent interviews have commented they cannot locate my book in their local book store. It is in the GAMES section. If it is not in stock, have them order it in from their distribution warehouse or download the sell sheet and have them order it for you from my distributor. You can also purchase it online from either myself or Indigo. Indigo currently has it on sale for 24% off, plus they are holding a contest to win your wish list along with receiving a Magic Giftcard worth anywhere from $5 to $1000!

Vancouver Area Club Meeting
As many of you know, my in-laws live up on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. We are going out to spend the holiday season with them. I think it would be wonderful to create a contest club meeting in downtown Vancouver between Christmas and New Years’. For those in the Vancouver area that are interested in attending a club meeting please contact me directly.

The Secret Update
On the November 2nd episode of Larry King Live, Bob Proctor said, “Watch The Secret every day for 30 days and see what happens.” I thought, “Great idea!” So I started watching it every day and amazing things are beginning to happen.

One of my goals is to take our business to a new level and who better to help me than the people I learn from and admire. On November 7th, I sent Joe Vitale the following email:

Hi Joe,
(Can I call you Joe?  I feel as if I know you personally.)
You changed my life and I wanted to tell you my story.
I am also promoting you at every opportunity I can, including the movie The Secret and your appearance on Larry King.
Thank you,
Carolyn

And within hours he wrote back!

hi carolyn
excellent. i'll post this on my blog
thank you
expect miracles
joe :)

I love what he wrote, “expect miracles”. We should all expect miracles in our lives every day. What is your miracle today?

Media Appearances
I will be appearing as a guest on The Gill Deacon Show on Thursday November 23rd at 11am on CBC. Check you local listings for the correct channel.

The Gill Deacon Show is also holding a contest, Cranium for Cash. To enter you can either be a member of the studio audience or you can play at home. GOOD LUCK!

Other Upcoming Appearances
You Can't Win If You Don't Enter Book Signing
Saturday December 2nd 2006 12:30-1:30pm Odyssey Books Ajax, ON

Attracting Luck Class
Saturday December 2nd 2006 2:30-4:30pm Odyssey Books Ajax, ON $20
Book now as space is limited!

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

Tips and Tricks

Teresa from Fairport NY shares this good reminder with us.

It is important to remember to thank the sponsors when you win. For smaller wins (under $50) I usually go to the sponsor's website and use their CONTACT US feature to email a thank you. For larger wins, I send a hand-written thank you note. Some sponsors have been so appreciative of receiving a thank you and feedback, they have sent me a bonus - I've received a booklet on the history of Crayola crayons, and products for free coupons, to name a few.

Do you remember to send thank you notes?

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 22 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of Winner Wear id Lynda of Kent Bridge, ON! Congratulations!!

Get the Winning EDGE on Today's Contests. Win a 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,
If you're filling out a ballot, on-line or a print ballot, if there is some extra space on the ballot, does it make any sense to write in something like you love prize so much or for another example, you've just experienced a tragic event and winning their contest will cheer you up. Does writing that type of thing do anything at all to increase chances of winning or just a waste of writing time to do that? Sponsors have not asked to write anything like that on ballot, so I was just wondering if writing something like I have mentioned will increase chances of winning or not? How about writing a simple "Thank You" on ballot? Does sponsor notice this or even care that you are trying to be polite & merely thanking them for having this contest?
Bye for now,
Laura
Toronto ON


Hi Laura,
That is a great question. I never thought of that. I don't think it would increase your chances in the statistical sense. I do however believe it would increase your chances in the karmic sense. I really believe in the law of attraction because since March my entries have dropped by 50%. I have been waiting for a dry spell that has never come. I still win 5-15+ contests every month, month after month. I am passionate about contesting and that passion draws in the wins/prizes. I think putting your enthusiasm, excitement and passion on the ballot will attract someone to your ballot. Do not use a tragic event (negative), rather use anything upbeat (positive) when you are writing.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Hi Carolyn,
I won something from Quick and Simple Magazine (a US based publication) and I had to pay close to $50 in taxes on the win. (It was a cream set from EmerginC that was apparently worth approximately $260USD). I promptly made a GST/duty claim, as suggested in one of your newsletters, however, it was denied. I ended up calling the number provided in the rejection letter and talked to someone who proceeded to tell me that prizes won from the US are not tax exempt. Would you be able to point me to a Law that states specifically that goods won from the US are tax exempt? The woman I spoke to said that they would re-consider the decision if I was able to provide supporting documentation.
Thanks,
Vlado
Barrie ON


Hi Vlado,
I had my accountant answer that question for you:

The Act provides that prizes “bestowed, received or accepted” outside Canada will be exempt from GST. However there is no indication regarding if this test is met with prizes won over the internet.

These goods are also duty free provided they are not “usual merchantable goods”, for which no definition is provided, however one can infer that consumer goods that are sold on a regular basis such as the cream set would be considered a “usual merchantable good”.
I hope that helps.
Regards,
Arden Vanderhorst, CA

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

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 working away on the American Edition. I am targeting to have it published by Winter 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.

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