There's been some chatter about books that I'm currently writing, so I want to be more specific about my plans. Please feel free to comment -- these projects are still in the works so good feedback can/will be incorporated.
Since the New Year I've been working hard on a gear & technique book. I'm over 32,000 words right now, which is about 50 pages single-spaced, no pictures, charts, diagrams yet.
In my head, the book's title is "A Walker's Guide to Hiking & Backpacking." It's not a "lightweight" backpacking book, and it's not a book for people who consciously car-camp on their backpacking trips. It's a practical guide to modern backpacking gear and technique; I make my preferences known, but I try to provide all points of view. Heck, I even tried defending double-wall tents the other day, though single-walls and tarps won the argument a few paragraphs later.
Consider this book a new "The Complete Walker." I don't think that lightweight backpacking should be presented as an alternative technique -- it should be positioned as the new technique, antiquating the old. I don't understand why the backpacking industry is so backwards -- it'd be like shops/magazines/manufacturers arguing that leather boots and skinny skis are still the way to go for downhill skiing, or that mountain bikes shouldn't have suspension or gears. So it's fundamentally different that other backpacking books. Versus other lightweight boos, I dare to get very specific about gear -- I include the broad same-old arguments found in other books, but I also fly just off the deck by giving specific examples of canister stoves, pocket knives, and trekking poles. Sure, I'll have to update the book again in a few years, but I think it's worth it.
My plan is to have "Section I: Gear" done within the next two weeks. I have a few presentations at end of Feb where I'll be selling this section, as an unpolished 8.5x11 print-out. I'm calling it a "pre-edition." I may put it up on my website too, TBD. I would like to have "Section II: Technique" done by the end of April. After the writing is done, it'll take about 2 months to edit it, lay it out, and get it printed. I'll start filling orders before I leave for the summer, I hope.
Once this book is up and running, I'll start working on the Alaska-Yukon book. That will be a longer and more difficult project -- I'll have to dig deeper to make it good. The gear & technique content rolls pretty easily for me.