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Letters of WWII fighter pilot, Guy O. Denton

Letters of WWII fighter pilot, Guy O. Denton

Posted: 21 Jan 2011 3:35PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Denton
When my 87-year-old mother asked if I wanted to read my late father's letters to her written from North Africa in 1942-43, I jumped at the chance. They were so fascinating I decided to have them published. I compiled and transcribed them into a book called LETTERS FROM OUT OF THE BLUE: The Correspondence of Guy O. Denton, USAAF, from North Africa during WWII, available from Amazon.com. I hope others who are interested in the history and even romance of WWII fighter pilots will find the letters as interesting and helpful as I did.
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Re: Letters of WWII fighter pilot, Guy O. Denton

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 11:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stevens
Thanks for the info on your book. I just found your post and am looking forward to seeing what you did in writing your book.

I've also just gotten the chance to see some family letters from WWII, and I'm transcribing them on my blog. Although mine aren't from as exciting a tour of duty as your father's (my father in law, Francis X. Stevens, served in the Navy on an LCI, present at Iwo Jima and Okinawa), it was an eye opener to see a first hand account (minus the censor's clippings) of someone near the front lines in these historic battles.

It seems that letters like this need to get out there where others can see them and think about it. There aren't too many of these veterans around anymore to tell their own stories. Someone ought to be passing them along.

I'd like to know more about your thoughts on writing your book and the response you've gotten to your work with these letters.

Jacqi
http://afamilytapestry.blogspot.com/

Re: Letters of WWII fighter pilot, Guy O. Denton

Posted: 20 Nov 2011 8:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your reply. I agree that, as these veterans pass away, it is important to carry on their legacy. I have spent the last several months expanding the book of my dad's letters. Those who read it (all 20 of them!) said they would have liked more context and background to them. In other words, what was going on at the time each letter was written? What battles and missions did my father participate in at those times? Where was he and what was happening around the base camp? I have done a lot of research in trying to answer these and other questions. Especially helpful has been the diary kept by a friend of Dad's in the same squadron. I hope to come out with this second edition of the book very soon.

Response has been disappointing, as getting the word out about a self-published book is difficult. Once the revision comes out, I'm going to try to get a regular publisher to pick it up.

I hope you will keep an eye out on Amazon for the new edition in the next few weeks and let me know what you think.

Thanks again and I would love to hear back from you again.

Rocky Denton

Re: Letters of WWII fighter pilot, Guy O. Denton

Posted: 20 Nov 2011 9:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stevens
Well, you can add one more and make that 21. I definitely want to read your current book, and I'll check out that new version, too. Definitely, look for a publisher to carry it for you--but may I advise that you don't short sell yourself by mentioning that lonely 20. Marketing is indeed a challenge, but there may be more avenues for you to get the word out and claim more readers. The more you can show a potential publisher that you already have an audience, the more likely they will be to invest in your new book.

It's stuff like this that makes me wonder if it wouldn't be helpful to set up a thread here on this forum on writing and/or publishing WWII related family history. There is a challenge to this craft of writing, and many hurdles to publishing--and selling--books.

The thing that really gets me, though, is the fact that not too many of these WWII guys are still left. When they are all gone, someone has to pick up the mantle and continue telling their stories. I know I'm feeling the pull to speak up on the behalf of Frank Stevens, my father-in-law, and his Navy experiences in the Pacific arena.

Glad to have met you here, Rocky. Best wishes on your revised publication!

Jacqi
http://afamilytapestry.blogspot.com/
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