Bark Out Your Complaint to B&N

June 27th, 2008 by Max

This week a customer reported to us that she tried to buy our book from a Barnes & Noble brick & mortar store in the Chicago area. Of course, they didn’t have a book in stock (because thus far B&N has refused to carry it in its stores), but they promised to order it for her from the publisher (that’s us, but we never heard from anyone at B&N). They took her money and after a month when she didn’t hear from them, she returned to the store to find out what was going on. The clerk told her that the book was “out of print” and said they were 99% sure they would refund her money. Ouch! Anyway, even though this customer doesn’t use a computer, she was able to track us down and we are in the process of processing her order.

It has been disappointing that B&N has chosen not to stock our book on a store level, but even more disappointing that they would pass on misinformation about our title. I encourage all of you to bark out your complaint to B&N. Email or write to The Small Press Department, Barnes & Noble, Inc., 122 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011. Also if you like our book, please go to your local bookstore and ask that they carry our title. Together we can make sure this title gets the readership it deserves and we can help support rescue! So far, B&N gets four growls and no paws up!

A collection of insights and wisdom drawn from the life of a family’s beloved terrier

June 15th, 2008 by Robin Reynolds

Presented in the style of a children’s picturebook, Life to the Max: Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog Named Max is a collection of insights and wisdom drawn from the life of a family’s beloved terrier, Max. Each two-page spread features a valuable nugget of wisdom on one page, such as “Treasure the people who can see you for who you really are,” and “Get the most out of life by doing things you enjoy!”, and vignettes from Max’s life on the other page. Max tells his story, from his adoption at an animal shelter to the natural end of his lifespan, in first-person perspective. Full-color photographs of this hardy terrier enhance this gentle picturebook perfect for young dog lovers.

The Midwest Book Review
 Children’s Bookwatch 
Reader’s Choice, June 2008

Send Us Your Max Stories and Win!

June 10th, 2008 by Max

When my mom and I wrote my story, we did a lot of research. One of the things we learned was that the number one name for a male dog is Max. That’s when we got to thinking that it would be great fun to create another book, Life to the Max: More Maxims for a Great Life by Dogs named Max. This is an opportunity for those of you who have read and loved the stories in the original Life to Max to share the stories about your Max.

All you have to do is to submit a photograph of your Max (make sure it’s your photo and you can grant us permission to use it) and a story from his life that inspired you to learn some piece of wisdom. We’ll pick the top 20 stories to include in our next book and if you are selected, you will win an autographed copy of the original Life to the Max plus a pet tag that says, “I live Life to the Max!”

Even though we’ve always been sort of partial to Airedales, we’ll take any breed of Max. We might even take stories about cats named Max, but I don’t know if dog people and cat people can coexist. What do you think?