A few days ago I mentioned my book How to Meditate with Your Dog is in a troubling situation.
My distributor says they don't want the books in their warehouse any longer. In fact, they want to "dump" them.

(In book publishing, that means send them to a landfill for a deep burial!)

This morning I meditated on how to move thousands of pounds of books to Hawaii, and the fact is, it's just too expensive, and they're not budging. They want them out.

I'm trying to figure out how to change this "lemon" into "lemonade." I thought maybe you guys would have some ideas?

How to Meditate with Your Dog came out in hardcover in late 2005, nearly four years ago. While sales were strong enough to make it a national bestseller, they eventually fell off. The extra unsold books have been sitting in a warehouse in Kansas for the last few years. Sales still come in, but they don't justify how many books there are.

I'm sure you can see how this news of the impending "death and burial" of my books seems kind of horrible. And the timing is awful, on the one year anniversary of Maui's death.

(Maui was my inspiration for and the star of "How to Meditate with Your Dog.")

Now, this is not just any book. It's a book that many people say has brought them great joy. It's taught countless people to meditate - or simply sit with and be present to - their dog(s).

It's helped people feel better physically (lower blood pressure, reduced heart rate, lower stress hormones, clearer thinking) and dogs feel better, too (less anxiety, more relaxation, more bonding).

So my question for you is - is there any way to save these books?

I don't want them to die in a landfill.

Too many dogs need the closer relationship that happens when we more fully open our hearts to them.

In honor of Maui's life and on the anniversary of her death, I'm asking for your thoughts.

I want to find a way to move three hundred (or maybe more) cartons of books out of their warehouse and into the hands of dog lovers.

What do you suggest?

Warm Aloha,
James

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Comment by Mrs. Lorna R. Lanyon on August 10, 2009 at 9:47am
I REMEMBER LOVE FOR LANDFILL? NEVER!!! Here in Canada don't know how to help, but donating books for rescue and shelter groups sounds like an alternative to land fill! Don't know what my four gils plus a guy would do without it!!! It's the only thing that seems to have kept us sane during a stressful move which has brought us the freeedom we've been searching for. Large yard and deck for them, Long walks (Yorkie Rambles) For Me! home address Only Changed, E-Mails the same!
Comment by Tiffany on August 10, 2009 at 6:38am
donate to public schools.
Comment by Janet R. Scarpitti on August 10, 2009 at 5:56am
Crazy idea.....how about if you just donated them all to whoever signs up for one? You could keep them at home, (yikes!) and online have people sign up with their addresses and send you a check for the shipping! Otherwise, I'd just donate them to a group that would handle it.
Comment by Lois Josway on August 10, 2009 at 5:36am
If you are a trucker, please consider picking up a load of these books on your way to or from your destination. If you know a trucker, please ask him to consider doing this.
Comment by Ruth Housman on August 10, 2009 at 4:42am
check out this website and email to see whether they would take on your book. They have all sorts of free promotions etc. and maybe this would work. Just an idea that came to me. Sorry for 3 emails on the subject of love. http://www.nebookfair.com/

I actually got a very remaindered book at NEMB, as they have a huge remainders section, and I saw that very book, which is very cute, about LOVE, in a series of metaphoric pictures with words, not remaindered here in Scituate in a gift store. I paid about three dollars for the book and this same book was listed at around twelve dollars. So these kind of things do happen.
Comment by Ruth Housman on August 10, 2009 at 4:36am
something else you could try... a place like New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton MA might take this book for a really cheap price, like just shipping costs, and then offer it to customers at a very minimal price at the counter to offset shipping and still give them a slight profit. NEMB is a kind of "warehouse" for books and it's a great place for bargains etc. There are places that do sell books greatly discounted and if you are ready to accept no fees for this it would be a donation that would GO somewhere and be valued.

something else to think about for someone in the "dumps" about their labor of love
Comment by Ruth Housman on August 10, 2009 at 4:32am
WOW. here's a book about love. I would donate this book to local animal shelters in Kansas, to libraries, to Pet Shops, and generally see that the book gets good free circulation since the sales are too far down for them to hold onto these books in the warehouse. Of course in order to arrange for this you would need some "point person" in Kansas and you are in Hawaii. So I would seek someone on line who would volunteer, for love, to get this done. So many places, so many people, would appreciate this book. A book about love should go to the "wear house", meaning be well worn and passed down the line. Good luck! Ruth
Comment by Donna on August 10, 2009 at 4:04am
Definitely try to get on TV [Oprah, Good Morning etc.] There's nothing to equal that kind of exposure.
There is hope. I know in my heart something good will happen. Your book is special & needs to be circulated. No way will it end up in a dump! I'm sorry I can't add anything more to the good ideas already sent to you. But I want you to know I am hoping for a positive outcome!...Donna Carl.
Comment by Tonya on August 10, 2009 at 3:23am
getting them out of the warehouse seems to be the first delimma to solve. I would suggest those fans from Kansas and surrounding areas take as many as they can (in storage or into a spare room of their home) and keep for you until the distribution issue can be solved. The ideas above are good with respect to Shelters, facebook, etc. I live in Des Moines and could take some into my storage unit until you can figure out the rest. I don't have money, but would be willing to drive to whereever in Kansas to get as many boxes as would fit in my car and storage unit. I'm sure others would be just as willing (or at least I would hope so)
Comment by Sr. Mary Blaise on August 10, 2009 at 3:08am
From reading the above suggestions it sounds like you have received a lot of good ideas. Mary Blaise

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