Surely by now you’ve all heard that Nancy Pearl is teaming with Amazon to reprint some of her favorite out-of-print books. I won’t get into the backlash and controversy here, because I can see both sides—and other people have made their arguments, no need for me to step into the fray. What I’d like to explore instead, is this:
If you were teaming with <insert name of favorite publisher here>, what titles would you like to see back in print?
I’ll go first!
One of my favorite dusties is Beverly S. Martin’s glitz-and-glamour saga Juffie Kane. Juffie grows up in the 1930s as the beloved granddaughter of gangsters. In the 1940s, she finds her acting career going nowhere fast, so she enters into a deal with the Mob. By the time she’s 25, she’s had a string of Broadway hits, but is “owned” by a gangster who forces her to play Vegas and act as a dope courier. By the time the 1950s roll around, she’s at the peak of a glittering career, but is killed in an avalanche in Switzerland…or is she? Characters that jump off the page and all of the glitz and glamour of an actress’s life make this older title absolutely worth seeking out, especially if you like steamy sagas with strong heroines. Representative of a trend that will probably never come back, (oh! the 1980s heyday of over-the-top soap opera novels, I miss you!) I’d still bet a lot of women’s fiction readers would devour this one. Martin now writes historical novels under the name Beverly Swerling, and rumor has it she may bring this one out in downloadable format…
So how about you? Do tell!