Stoney Creek Publishing Group was founded by award-winning journalist and author Loren Steffy to publish narrative nonfiction and biographies, especially those focused on business topics. Our award-winning team of editors and designers are committed to producing high-quality books in less time and with fewer hurdles than traditional publishing.
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Maybe that's what I should have called the publishing imprint for The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens. Self-isolation can be a great time for books. People have time on their hands and they're looking for distractions. Heck, I used to dream of being told I had to sit and read for days on end. Be careful what you wish for, I guess.
The logistics of launching a title when traditional channels of distribution are slowing or severed isn't easy. Many people, after all, are avoiding bookstores, just as they are other retail establishments.
Situations are changing rapidly, but for now, our printer's facilities — all of which are in the U.S. — are still operating and Last Trial is being printed as planned. Our distributor, Texas A&M University Press, is still accepting orders, and its warehouse remains open. That means you can still pre-order Last Trial and the books will be shipped on to you once they arrive in the warehouse. However, you should expect some delays. Printing schedules seem to be stretching out a bit.
In fact, I received a notice from our distributor this morning that Amazon is temporarily pausing orders until April 5 for products that aren't household staples, medical supplies or other high-demand items. That includes books. So, if you ordered Last Trial via Amazon it may take a little longer to reach you.
As you can imagine, any book signings or speaking engagements have also been canceled or postponed.
We at appreciate your patience. I, my co-author, the rest of the Stoney Creek Publishing team and our partners at TAMU Press are working to get books to you ASAP. We think you'll find Last Trial is worth the wait.
If you haven't ordered a copy yet, click here. Our website is standing by.
About a year ago, Dallas attorney Chrysta Castañeda told me she wanted to write a book about a case in which she'd represented T. Boone Pickens, the legendary oil tycoon and former corporate raider. I'd written about Pickens for decades, and I'd met Castañeda while touring Pickens' 100-square-mile ranch in the Texas Panhandle for a Texas Monthly story. I was familiar with Castañeda's case, which involved a disputed oil deal in the Permian Basin, the hottest oil and gas prospect in the country, if not the world. I agreed to work with her on the book, then waited to see what she delivered. After all, saying you want to write a book and actually writing it are two very different things. I soon learned why Castañeda earned the nickname "The Chainsaw." She doesn't just embrace challenges, she chews through them. She turned in a riveting first-person account of the high-stakes courtroom drama, and I realized we had a unique book on our hands: the story of a Texas-sized legal battle told through the eyes of one of the few women trial lawyers who work in the oil and gas arena. What's more, the drilling prospect at the center of the dispute, the Red Bull, was, Pickens would later say, one of the biggest deals he'd ever been involved in. That's saying something given that the man once tried to takeover Gulf Oil. Pickens and Castañeda forged a bond in spite of their many differences. I found myself re-reading Charles Portis' classic True Grit because their relationship reminded me a bit of the one between Mattie Ross and Rooster Cogburn. Pickens, however, was in declining health, and he died in September. That left us scrambling to finish the book. While he wasn't involved in the writing or planning of it, we felt an increased urgency to get the book finished. We realized our book might just be the last word on Pickens' legacy. But few traditional publishers could put out a book as quickly as we wanted, which led to the next twist in this journey: I became a publisher. I put together a team of top-notch editors, designers and other publishing professionals and teamed up with Texas A&M University Press, which is distributing the book. You'll be able to see the results within the next month. Copies of The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens should be available online and in bookstores everywhere. I'm incredibly proud of this project, both as a co-author and as a publisher. You can find out more about the book — and pre-order a copy — on our website. And of course, you can keep up with all my endeavors — including events related to my recent George P. Mitchell biography — on my personal site as well as the site of my new imprint, Stoney Creek Publishing Group.