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a blog by Peter Stekel

FINAL FLIGHT is the story of four aviators lost in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks on November 18, 1942

FINAL FLIGHT: coming in late 2009 from Wilderness Press

Read more about FINAL FLIGHT here.

April 2009
I submitted the completed manuscript to FINAL FLIGHT on March 31st - one day before my deadline. Whew! since the new year I had been writing, reading, researching, interviewing, editing, and re-writing seven days a week and between 10 and 14 hours per day.

All of a sudden I have a lot of time on my hands. This will take getting used to! Though I suspect, once I hear from my editor, Roslyn Bullas, at Wilderness Press, I will once again be involved in re-writing! That is the fate of all writers. You think you have the thing done and then your editor gets a hold of it and you learn that what was so clear to you is a muddle to other people. It comes with the territory and I don't know any writer that hasn't experienced this, nor appreciated an editor's feedback.

On April 1, Falcon Press [an imprint of Globe-Pequot Press] published my latest book, BEST HIKES NEAR SEATTLE. It is available at the usual bookstores and on-line. I encourage you to buy a copy, if you are interested, from your local bookstore. On-line, try Powell's in Portland, OR. At the same time you can pick up a cheap copy of my 2001 mystery book, THE FLOWER LOVER. Only as a last resort, buy it from Amazon.

Why? Because my royalty from Amazon is 50% of what royalty I get from other bookstores that don't deeply discount the book. And just how much will I be getting? Oh, about 90 cents/book.


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