From the Contest Queen
 
Spaced Out

I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing woman this past week, Vicki Bruce. I had to write about her in this issue of The Winning EDGE because she wrote a really neat pre-teen booked called Spaced Out. It’s about a boy that wins a contest to outer space.

James Watson has been entering contests since he was old enough to hold a pencil. At the age of 12 he enters a contest at the Ontario Science Centre that is out of this world. His family is shocked as they find out they are going to the International Space Station. His best friend becomes the key to the most amazing adventure a suburban family could ever imagine. Watch how teamwork and the power of positive thinking make everyone in the world want to be with the Watsons on their amazing contest win!

This preteen masterpiece is adventurous, hilarious and leaves you wondering what really is beyond our world. Spaced Out also includes a CD of amazing music by Aaron Lycett.  Aaron composed these songs exclusively for Spaced Out. His sound is one of a kind and will leave you wanting more.

Pre-order your copy today!*
$19.95 (plus GST, shipping and handling) = $28.04

Please send cheques or money orders to:
Vicki Bruce
4 The Pines Lane, RR #1
Sunderland, ON L0C 1H0

She is also able to accept PayPal and all major credit cards on her website shortly.

*NOTE: Her book will not be shipping in time for Christmas. All orders will be filled the last week of December and the first week of January.

Vancouver Area Club Meeting

In Issue 24 of The Winning EDGE I suggested that since I am coming out to the west coast it would be fun to hold a contest club meeting over the Christmas Holidays. Many people responded. However, since I stated I would be staying up on the Sunshine Coast, half of the respondents wanted a meeting up there as well. So, I am now going to hold two meetings: one in Vancouver and one on the Sunshine Coast. I am in the process of firming up the dates and locations, so if you wish to attend either contest club meeting please contact me ASAP.

Canadian Convention

I have been thinking of holding a Canadian convention similar to the US format for quite awhile now. The only reason I have never pursued it is that I am only one person and running a convention is a lot of work. Well, last Monday I attended the club meeting of The Serendipity Sweepers in Oakville. I think all of the ladies had been reading my mind since they decided we should hold a convention, and they would be the convention committee! So, we are holding Canada’s 1st Annual Contesters Convention. We are targeting September 28, 29 & 30th, 2007 in the Toronto area. Everyone is welcome. As dates and locations are firmed up I will post the information on my website and in this newsletter. Please email me if you have suggestions, sponsors, and donations or would like to volunteer.

Workshops

I received many enquiries regarding the Attracting Luck workshop I held this past weekend at Odyssey Books in Ajax, ON as to when and where I will be holding another one. I have decided to offer the workshops in your home. (Currently, limited to Golden Horseshoe region in Ontario.)

The format is similar to any home party you may have held in the past. I bring my laptop, a work booklet, an I AM LUCKY bracelet for each attendee, and the host serves refreshments. The workshops are two to three hours in length, requiring a minimum of five participants. I also bring all the items from my online store which will be made available to the attendees at a discount.

For more details and pricing, check out our workshops webpage or contact me directly.

The Law of Attraction

ABC News ran this great article on the Law of Attraction. ENJOY!

Christmas Gift Ideas

Just in time for Christmas we have added new products including: beaded gemstone necklaces, more corded necklaces, sun jewels and a larger variety of window crystals.

Remember, you can add an Aventurine Amulet for only $1.95 with no additional shipping charges, and until December 18th each order receives a free I AM LUCKY bracelet for each item ordered.

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

Indigo has placed another order from my distributor so they now have (more) stock in stores and in 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.

If you live in Durham Region, Odyssey Books and Resource Centre in Ajax ON has 20+ copies of my book in stock.

If you order You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter from me, your copy will be autographed and each book receives a free I AM LUCKY bracelet.

Media Appearances

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

In Issue 23 I answered Valdo’s question regarding paying GST and duty on a win being shipped to Canada from the US. Tamara of Winnipeg MB sent in this follow-up:

Hello!
My friend Sarah had the same problem. Here's the scoop: what she did was email them regarding having to pay the duty (about $14) and they sent her a cheque for the full amount and that came in the mail about three weeks later. A lesson of you don't get if you don't ask, right!
Much luck,
Tamara

The lesson is, if the government won’t refund you the customs and duties, maybe the sweepstakes sponsor will. Just ask. You have nothing to lose.

Lorelei, also from Winnipeg MB, sent in this follow up to the Issue 23 tip about finding local radio stations.

I wanted to share the list I reference to find magazines which might run contests: Genuine Canadian Magazine.

Not every listing has a website, and not every website has a "promotions" or "special offers" type of page (a lot of them are working on limited budgets) but I've found a few which provide interesting contests, outside of the mainstream magazine sweeps.

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 23 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a sterling silver Aladdin's Lamp Charm is: Marsha of Truro, NS! Congratulations!!

Wear Luck Around Your Neck.
Win a Xamrock Seashell Star Necklace (containing a genuine four-leaf clover) 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,
This might sound like a silly question, but I honestly don’t understand this. When a mail-in contest asks you to send in your info to them on a 3.5 x 5 postcard – where do you get the postcard from? Is it supposed to be a tourist postcard that you can pick up at a convenience store (i.e. Toronto, Ontario w/ photo of CN Tower, etc.)? Or is it a blank card that you get from somewhere else? Do you put this card into an envelope or do you mail it on its own w/ the postage attached to the actual card?
Many thanks for your help,
Anna
Mississauga ON


Hi Anna,
I have never seen rules for 3.5 x 5 postcard. Most rules say 3x5 card and I just buy the plain ones from Staples. I get my postcards free from restaurants downtown or IKEA. They have displays with advertising and free cards. Also, try the dollar store for inexpensive postcards. If a promotion asks for a 3.5 x 5 postcard it must be placed in an envelope when you mail it or the post office doesn't guarantee it will arrive since it is smaller than the required postal standard. Remember to always check Canada Post or USPS for the current mailing standards if you are unsure if you can mail something so small.
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 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