I know a lot of writers and entertainers make use of the thing where they get a google alert every time their name gets mentioned somewhere online. I’m pretty sure the talked-about-incessently people like Miley Cyrus don’t use them but I’ve gotten enough blog comments and emails from various authors when I’ve talked about there work here to know that it’s common enough.
So I’m resorting to this cheap, underhanded, probably useless trick. I’ve tried everything else. I started simple, hitting minor notification buttons on other websites. Then I started emailing.
Now I’m using my blog to openly plead.
Marge Piercy, I’m begging you. I’m pleading with you. I don’t know what pull you have–if any–with your publisher. I know they’ve converted many of your wonderful books to e-book already.
But back in the 80s you wrote what may be one of the top three novels about World War II, and is definitely the absolute hands-down best book about how the war was lived by women. Yes, Marge Piercy, I have read Gone To Soldiers at least a dozen times since I first read it in 1986 or 1987 as a teenager recovering from surgery. There is a well-worn paperback copy in the shelf next to my bed where I keep the books that mean the most to me. (Yes, you’re right next to the Bible, funnily enough.)
The problem is that now I’m disabled by RA and can’t hold the giant book anymore. I have a Kindle because it’s the assistive device that allows me to continue reading wonderful things. Once a week–every monday–I check Amazon to see if Gone To Soldiers has been added to the Kindle format. It never is. Marge Piercy, I have been doing this FOR FOUR YEARS NOW. Please, Marge Piercy, you’re one of my favourite authors. You wrote one of my favourite books. Please put it on ebook so that I can read it again and so that I can brag to people about how this is one of the books they HAVE to read so go buy it right now.