From the Contest Queen

This is the last issue for 2006. It has been an incredible year for luck, wins and most importantly making new contesting friends! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! May 2007 start off for you with a big WHOO HOO as many promotions end December 31st.

'Twas the Night Before Deadline | by Jennifer Vogt

'Twas the night before deadline and all through house,
Not a creature was moving, only my mouse.

The sweeps were in order by entry and date,
Last chance to enter, I hope it's not too late.

My family were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of big wins danced in my head.

When across my big screen there arose a big pop-up,
"Congratulations! You Won!" It almost made me hop up.

Turned on the printer as quick as a flash,
Just then I realized a scam I just had to pass.

A pretty new car; a rug for my floor,
I closed the new window to enter some more.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
An instant win contest from a new kind of beer.

With my new cable modem so faithful and quick,
I knew in a moment it wasn't a trick.

More rapid than eagles my fingers they flew,
Oh my gosh, I won - it couldn't be true!

Monthlies and dailies I entered them all,
Clicking and typing I was having a ball.

I worked through my entries with a click and a tap,
I'd entered them all - So I took a long nap.

British Columbia Contestor Meetings

The meeting dates, times and places have been finalized.

SUNSHINE COAST: Wednesday December 27th at 1pm at Pebbles Restaurant, 5454 Trail Avenue, Sechelt BC.

VANCOUVER: Friday December 29th at 1pm at Earls Restaurant, 1185 Robson Street, Vancouver BC.

Please RSVP ASAP if you wish to attend. Space is limited! Remember, if you cannot attend either meeting and you wish to meet fellow contestors on a regular basis, I can help you start your own local club. Just email me directly.

The Law of Attraction

Bob Doyle is one of the teachers featured in the movie The Secret. A friend forwarded me a link to his article on How to Avoid Law of Attraction Blunders. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Canadian Convention

The RFPs (Request For Proposals) have gone out to many Toronto hotels. We are in the process of collecting and examining all the quotes to determine the best “bang for our buck”. We will be setting up a web page shortly to accept registrations and to post convention updates as they occur. Our current budget target is $200 per person for all three days including lunch and the banquet on Saturday, convention bags full of goodies and some prizes. We are looking for individuals and companies to donate additional prizes, so if you are in a position to provided give aways, please contact me. Many have emailed me to volunteer (thank you!) and I will be getting back to you in the new year.

You Can't Win If You Don't Enter

I am still getting calls and emails from people who cannot locate my book in stores. If you live in Durham Region, Odyssey Books and Resource Centre in Ajax ON has over 20 copies of my book in stock.

The University of Toronto Bookstore also has over 20 copies of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. Many people do not know this, but the bookstore is open to the public and not just university students. The College Street store is beautiful as it is over 100 years old and was the original Toronto Reference Library. I highly recommend a visit if you get a chance.

If you wish to order from me, please do so before midnight tonight, December 18th, as my last day for shipping is tomorrow, December 19th. All shipping from my online store will resume January 5th.

Indigo has placed another order from my distributor so they now have more stock in stores and their warehouse. If you order my book from them online, you can also save 24%. They are holding a contest to win your wish list along with receiving a Magic Giftcard worth anywhere from $5 to $1000! You can also use their online Store Lookup feature to see how many copies of my book are in the Indigo or Chapters store closest to you.

Media Appearances

If you are in the GTA, purchase The National Post on either Saturday December 23rd or 30th. I am awaiting final run date confirmation from the paper. There will be an article in the Toronto section written by Liz Clayton on the contest clubs. She interviewed me and several club members. WHOO HOO! I will be posting a PDF link to the article in my next newsletter for those not in the region.

I will be a guest on Breakfast Television in Vancouver on Wednesday December 20th. Check your local listings for the correct channel.

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

 
Tips and Tricks

This good tip was sent in by Lorrie from Penticton BC.

I have another suggestion for an occasional free resource for postcards. Keep your eye open for stacks of free postcards at retail outlets, etc. I was at Canada Post and they had a stack of postcards as they were celebrating Canada's 138th birthday and it was after July 1st they were going in the garbage. When she saw that I took one she said "Oh, go ahead and take a few because it's after the 1st of July so we have to throw them out.” I said, "Really?" and told her about my contesting hobby, starting with my favorite part of the story, my big win on Live with Regis and Kelly and the trip to St Lucia. She was so happy for me she handed me a huge stack and wished me luck!"

I have also run into funny sized requests for postcards and will just cut it down trying to keep an interesting part of the picture, then I just write my information on the back and put the entry in an envelope so it meets Canada Post mailing requirements. Good Luck everyone.

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 24 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a copy of You Can't Win If You Don't Enter is: Ivy of Seven Sisters Falls, MB! Congratulations!!

The Issue 25 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a Xamrock Seashell Star Necklace is: Jan of Thornhill, ON! Congratulations!!

Wear Luck Everywhere You Go.
Win a bottle of Aligning All Chakras Essential Roll-on Oil (made of pure essential oils infused with gemstones sunlight and an affirmation) 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
Just a quick question as to the Hypersweep Sweepstakes, Daily Sweepstakes and the Women Only ones I've just found. I entered them but have reservations as to whether they're on the up and up. Most of the ones I entered are the ongoing kind for the end of each month and the filling in form is the exact same one as last month. I don't want to waste my time filling these in every day unless you can tell me if they're are people in Canada who actually win some of these contests.
Thanks for your help
Mimi
Qualicum Beach BC
(P.S. I love your book!!)


Hi Mimi,
Can you send me a few of the links so I can look at them myself? It will be easier for me to answer the question once I have seen the website the contest is on.  If the contest is open to both US & Canada it is a bit harder to win since so many more people can enter. That said, it only takes one to win. I have won prizes from contests open to both countries. Most of my wins are "small" CDs, movie passes, gift baskets, gift cards, etc...and a few times a year I hit a "biggie", like a trip.
I hope that helps so far,
Carolyn

Hi Carolyn
http://www.hypersweep.com/eventhandler2.cfm?eventid=35559
http://www.hypersweep.com/eventhandler2.cfm?eventid=35734
http://www.sweepfriends.com/
http://www.winprizesonline.com/prize07.html
http://www.mastermails.com/sweepstake/ipodphoto.html
http://www.recipesgold.com/kitchenaid.html

These are just a very few of the ones that I've entered but they are so time consuming I hate to waste my time if these sweepstakes are in any way bogus. Actually, the Hypersweeps comes to me every day and all I have to do is open each contest that's either International or for Canada and fill the forms in but I still wonder every time if I'm being foolish. Thank you so much for your time I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

Following your book's recommendations I have signed up for the Roboform Pro and use it happily but it seems there must be another program I need called Robo Form Companion in order to make use of the passcards for filling in the daily's and sending them out all at once. When I first read the book it was all like another language. Since I've started using the program it's English but with a really huge accent so I'm still trying to figure it out. Again Thanks.
Your contest buddy,
Mimi


Hi Mimi,
Here’s what I discovered…

http://www.hypersweep.com/eventhandler2.cfm?eventid=35559
This one was located on HyperSweep and it links you to The Celebrity Café website. I have actually interviewed Dominick Miserandino owner of The Celebrity Café and I can tell you that all of their promotions are on the “up and up”. They award dozens and dozens of prizes on a monthly basis. I recommend signing up for the free Celebrity Café e-newsletter so you can be notified when new promotions are listed.

http://www.hypersweep.com/eventhandler2.cfm?eventid=35734
This one seems legit but the odds are terrible as it is open to both Canada and the US along with running for months and months. I would only enter it using RoboForm Companion so I wouldn’t be wasting my time. I would enter because you never know if you will be the one to win!

I have also spoken with Scott Bourgeois owner of HyperSweep. I like his website and think it’s a great resource especially since sweepstakes are emailed directly to you.

http://www.sweepfriends.com/
This is a forum for like minded sweepers and contestors to trade links to promotions, ideas, feedback ,etc…I like groups and forums because it’s a virtual nationwide sweepstaking club. This particular forum is relatively small as there are fewer than 300 members. I have links to many groups and forums (Canadian and American) on my website you can also check out.

http://www.winprizesonline.com/prize07.html
http://www.mastermails.com/sweepstake/ipodphoto.html
http://www.recipesgold.com/kitchenaid.html
For all of these I am going to give you the same advice as the second link and I entered all of them as it only takes on e to win…

I LOVE RoboForm Companion. It was written by Vincent Lavoie to help his aging father enter online contests without retyping his information over and over. Vincent has not been able to upgrade the program so it currently will only work with older versions of RoboForm and plain entry forms. If there is a verification code or the entry is in Flash it will not work.

I hope I answered all of your concerns regarding links to promotions not put on by large national companies.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Hi,
I recently read in some contest rules that cookies must be enabled to enter. Please explain.
Clyde
Toronto ON


Hi Clyde,
I had my husband Craig answer your technical question.

Clyde, Carolyn has asked me to answer your questions about the use/need for cookies with some contest sites. It isn't very often that you will see these sorts of rules states, but they are becoming more prevalent as contests continue to move online and contest providers build up mechanisms to prevent accidental disqualification.

The site is likely designed to drop a cookie onto your PC related to the contest site itself.  This will likely contain information about your entry status. In many cases, these are used to allow the contest site to check your entry status for the contest and allow them to ensure that you don't disqualify yourself by entering more often than the rules allow.  If the entry allowed daily or weekly, they will drop a cookie on your machine which will expire when the next entry is allowed.

In some cases this can be a hassle - it may also prevent you from entering friends and family into the same contest. The server side will know if it was successful at putting the cookie on your system. So if they rules require cookies, they are likely checking for successful delivery of the cookie and they will likely disqualify and dump entries form PCs that are blocking their cookies.

Let me know if this answers your question, or if you have more questions.
Craig W. Borysowich MCSE, ECNE, LCP
Chief Technology Tactician
Imagination Edge Inc.

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 you a 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.

 
Feedback

Please send all your comments and suggestions to feedback@contestqueen.com