[bksvol-discuss] my email to bertrice Small

  • From: "Allison Mervis" <allisonfm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 19:39:06 -0400

I hope it's not too corny! Here goes! Let me know what you think!

Dear Mrs. Small,
My name is Allison Mervis, and I am a junior at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, 
PA majoring in English and music. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy 
your work! I am totally blind, and when I read your novels, I feel as though I 
have been taken to a world where I can see everything thanks to your detention 
to detail. I have read roughly 20 of your books within the last two years and 
can't wait to read more! Many of your books have been scanned and uploaded to 
bookshare.org, a non-profit legal electronic book site which makes many popular 
books available to the blind. The books are generally contributed by 
bookshare's users, as well as a vast number of sighted volunteers. The 
collection now consists of nearly 23000 books varying in subject matter. 
However, it takes a long time to scan these books by hand. My purpose in 
writing to you is not only to praise your work, but to ask if you might please 
consider contributing some of your novels to bookshare in an electronic format 
to insure faster publication to the site, and ultimately, faster exposure to 
our readers. Any donations that you would make to bookshare would be completely 
tax deductible. If you are at all interested, please contact Jane Simchuk. She 
handles donations. Her email address is
I realize that you are most likely very busy, but please write back if you get 
the chance. Thank you for reading this, and thank you for being a wonderful 
Allison Mervis

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