When I first signed up for the Amazon.com
Bestseller Campaign course, I created a list of
affirmations for myself. I knew that this course
would take months of dedication and hours of
concentrated work. Many people said that it was
very difficult to reach the #1 position, and that
even so, why spend so much money on a course
that would probably only lead to a few hundred
sales, at best? But I kept affirming to myself,
"I am a #1 Amazon.com bestselling author!"

So, I kept on collecting bonus gifts, and
reaching out to JV partners... month after month,
personalizing each and every note, keeping in
touch with everyone regularly to make sure that I
established a good relationship with them, and
hopefully ensure that they would come through
with their promise of mailing for me on that day
- as the secret to an Amazon.com bestseller
campaign is to get a bunch of people to buy your
book on a certain day, by offering them an
incentive such as free bonus gifts.

Finally, the big day came ... and the server
crashed! I had 101 partners mailing out to their
lists, over a million eyeballs - and the link
didn't work! I was devistated! But due to the
dedication and help of a team of amazing
technical support people, I was able to move the
campaign over to another server, and by 2:30pm ET
the campaign was back up and running. I kept
saying my affirmations.

I reached #15 that day, in the Family
Relationships category. It was a slight
disappointment, because the folks teaching the
class almost guaranteed a top 10 spot. I chalked
it up to the server crash. But I kept affirming.

The next month, I heard back from Dr. Laura that
she had chose the Daughter-in-Law Rules to
feature on her show as book of the week! I was
overwhelmed when the book catapulted up to #5!

But I had my goals - I know I’m stubborn, but I
still believed that I could make it to the #1
spot! So I kept saying my affirmations, over and
over: "I am a #1 Amazon.com bestselling author!"

I was poking around Amazon one day, and realized
that there was a catagory under Home and Garden,
called Wedding Showers. I checked it out and it
seemed as if the competition wasn't as steep
there, and even more appropriate for my book!
So I wrote to Amazon, and had The DIL Rules
switched from Family Relationships to Wedding

I kept writing to bloggers, asking them if they
would be so kind to post about the DIL Rules. I
kept the affirmation going.

This Monday, November 3rd, the DIL Rules hit #1
in Wedding Showers on Amazon.com! I did a little
victory dance all day long! This was a year-long
process, and although I could have given up or
quit, I kept on affirming.

NEVER give up on your dreams! Keep
saying those affirmations and YOU WILL SUCCEED!

Please visit Sally “The Mother-in-Law Manager”
Shields, speaker and author of The #1 Amazon.com
bestseller, The Daughter-in-Law Rules on the web at
http://www.thedilrules.com/ for contest giveaways, free
bonus gifts,The DIL Rules newsletter, 44 Top Tips
Cheat Sheet, free music … and more!

Author's Bio: 

Sally Shields is an award-winning pianist, composer, speaker, and author. A frequent contributor to various magazines, Shields has been featured in Star Magazine, Obvious, My Day, Girlfriendz, For the Bride and many others. Endorsed by Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Martha Stewart, she appeared on the nationally syndicated The Daily Buzz with her #1 Amazon.com bestseller, THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW RULES: 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Make Friends with) Your Mother-in-Law! Winner of the 17th annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition, she performs worldwide, and her music is currently featured on the ABC TV daytime drama All My Children. Her latest book is, The Collaborator Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Stay Friends with) Your Co-Author!