We’ve almost run out of copies of “Where’s my shoes?” My Father’s Walk through Alzheimer’s.
In fact, we have only seven copies left. I’m serious. I was surprised to discover this during this past weekend’s inventory. Why do I even mention this, because there are so few copies? Because I need your advice.
The first edition of “Where’s my shoes?” (the grammatically incorrect question my father asked while living with dementia), was published in 1999. It was one of the pioneering handful of books written by caregivers about caring for a family member with dementia. Since then, thousands of books have been written by family caregivers, sharing their experiences–each touching on caregiving a little differently.
Despite the increase in the number of books, caregivers around the world and here in the U.S. were sending me emails and calling me, wanting to learn the rest of the story.
- Was my father still alive?
- What happened to my relationship with my sister and brother?
- What am I doing now?
- What advice do I have for caregivers?
I spent four years writing the second edition to answer these questions and more. Unbelievably, it took me two and a half years longer than it took me to write the first edition. That was in 2005.
Now, it’s 2014, nearly nine years later, and unless we do something it’s all over for “Where’s my shoes?”
What do you suggest?
Some ideas we’ve received so far:
- Convert the text into an e-book (may be costly given the age of the software used to design the book).
- Create a third edition–updating details and the additional resources.
- Release a shorter updated version with a new title.
- Offer copies as PDF files.
- Don’t cut down any more trees to print copies of this book (this is my humble offering).
What should we do?
If none of these options resonate with you, what other option(s) do you have?
I admit, the fifth option is heartbreaking–like seeing your child go out in the world then watching him/her die.