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 Sr. Mary Blaise on August 10, 2009 at 3:07am
From reading the above suggestions it sounds like a lot of good ideas have been presented. Mary Blaise
Comment by Chellie Sumpter on August 10, 2009 at 2:26am
A lot of great ideas here, but I'm leaning towards either selling them at half price, or donate to shelters and have them sell to help out the shelters that are stuggling to make ends meet. With the high cost of pet food and vet bills, it would help not only the shelter, but ALL the pets that need a chance at a better life.
Comment by Mary on August 10, 2009 at 1:21am
No way can they go to a landfill. I have 2 Libraries at my hospital here in Jacksonville,FL that always takes donations. I also work with many dog training groups and service dog groups. We can figure something out.
Comment by Chris Adkins on August 9, 2009 at 10:30pm
Another suggestion is to find out how Overstock.com and Amazon.com buy their products for their websites. I could easily see the book selling on either site - especially Amazon.com. I do not know where either of the companies warehouse their inventories but it may not be a big cost for them depending on location, etc. I like the donation ideas that I've read through the group and they are all wonderful ideas as well.
Comment by Kathleen on August 9, 2009 at 9:47pm
James,

So sorry about your wonderful book. This seems to be the way of corporations these days. There are some great and practical ideas offered here. And giving/donating the books to NO Kill shelters is a wonderful idea. I'm a huge fan of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah--they are very, very special. The ideas that centered on Kansas are the most practical but if they can't take all of the books or if there is a way to sell them via Oprah or Ellen, you could have those funds administered by a non-profit that would meet all of your personal objectives and perhaps get the funds to shelters that have been overrun by dog and cat families/persons who have just abandoned them in the financial meltdown. My partner and I are foster parents to many kittens and puppies, each with their own story which is now filled with love. I hope you find a way. If there is anything else I can think of to help, I will send you a note.
Comment by Jackie on August 9, 2009 at 6:12pm
Hey is there a prison nearby your publisher? What a great book to donate to a prison. Maybe you put heart and soul into some of the lives of the prison population? I bet there would be a church that would even transport the books!
Comment by RICHARD RAHN on August 9, 2009 at 6:09pm
How many books in a case & how much would a case cost? I can think of many places that would welcome your book. These books MUST NOT end up in a landfill.
Comment by Jackie on August 9, 2009 at 6:05pm
See guys, see how fast us dog owners get the word out there?
(Side NOTE:, Guys for those of you that do not know, rescues, rescue dogs and keep the dog until it finds a new home. They DO NOT KILL THE DOG>>SHELTERS, UNless they are a NO KILL shelter put down right now with the economy about 80percent of all dogs and cats that enter their shelters). Now grant it some are worth helping and donating. But I am from Minneapolis and the biggest KILL shetlter here, is PRIVATE and thus can take all donations and do what they like. And please without offending let educate one statement above) FOR THOSE OF YOU That see those cute little puppies in the window. Those pet stores ALL OF THEM, please do not be fooled as they will lie to you all of them buy their puppies from "puppy mill breeder". These breeders horrbily abuse the dogs. Go check this page out, it explains in length what happens to dogs because there are dogs being sold at pet stores. http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?page_id=25
.......I love the persons idea about the efforts there in Kansas. And if everyone of us sends emails to all the rescues we know, which by the way you can find on Petfinder.com by entering in your zipcode and up will pop all or some of the rescues in your areas that have dogs to adopt.
Comment by Shirley on August 9, 2009 at 5:54pm
James I am so sorry this has happened..I know all of your love went into this book.
I'm sure you don't want to loose the money you would make off of these if they sold, but before I would let them go to the dump ..there are some very good ideas here. I think the shelters are a wonderful idea and "everyone is on face book and twitter" they would get the word out faster than you could know.
Good luck and God Bless you.
Shirley
Comment by Lisa Wahlfeld on August 9, 2009 at 5:49pm
I love ALL the suggestions so far. I work with a small no kill shelter that is located right down the road from me. I got us up and running on Pet Finder. (www.dcr.petfinder.com) Those people at Pet Finder are AWESOME. Every time I have needed their help they are quick to help and their hearts are truly in this for the animals. I would suggest definitely getting a hold of them, they send us cd's and dvd's all the time to give to new adopters. I especially like the idea that Jackie had about Oprah, she IS a huge dog lover and she would probably be interested in the whole "Do you remember love" and how the book came to be, because of Maui. Good Luck and we will keep you in our prayers here for a solution.

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