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.
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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 devastated! 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 2:30 p.m. 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 ten 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 chosen The Daughter-in-Law Rules to feature on her show as book of the week—and 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 category 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 Showers. I kept writing to bloggers, asking them if they would be so kind to post about the DIL Rules. I kept the affirmation going.
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On Monday, November 3, the DIL Rules hit #1 in Wedding Showers on Amazon.com! I did a little victory dance all day long! This was a yearlong 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!