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Prepping for Your Debut Podcast Interview

Prepping for Your Debut Podcast Interview
by Topper Jones

What’s it like to be a podcast guest? And how do you prep? Read on for a few Tips & Tricks from my recent experience.

3 Reasons You Need Book Club Questions for Your Masterpiece

3 Reasons You Need Book Club Questions for Your Masterpiece
by Topper Jones

Got book club questions for your masterpiece?  Here are 3 reasons you need them:

  • Book Clubs Are Influencers
  • It’s Never Too Late
  • Resources Abound

Read on for all the whats, whys, and hows.

Literary Easter Eggs

Literary Easter Eggs
by Topper Jones

Should you include literary Easter eggs in your manuscript? I did. Here’s why—

  • Readers Love The Hunt
  • Easter Eggs Reveal Character
  • It’s A Sneaky Way To Foreshadow

A Surreal Night: All that Glisters Book Launch Party

A Surreal Night: All that Glisters Book Launch Party
by Topper Jones

How’d it go? Book Launch Party exceeds expectations! Photos and brief recap.

What’s a Book Launch Party?

What’s a Book Launch Party?
by Topper Jones

What’s a book launch party? And how do you plan for one? That’s the topic for this week’s newsletter. And timely it is.

This Friday, October 13, 7-9 p.m., The Book Bungalow (St. George Utah’s local independent bookseller) will be hosting a book launch for All that Glisters.

What’s involved in throwing such a party? 

Self Startability 2.0

Self Startability 2.0
by Topper Jones

What’s the secret to becoming a Self-Starter? Here’s my journey to find out and the resulting magazine article entitled Self-Startability—You Hold the Key to Your Own Ignition.

My Shard of Glass: How Save the Cat!® Saved My Novel

My Shard of Glass: How Save the Cat!® Saved My Novel
by Topper Jones
How did my manuscript go from “unmarketable” to publishing-worthy? Here’s a preview of a forthcoming guest column in Save the Cat!® Success Stories

Today’s Pub Day!

Today’s Pub Day!
by Topper Jones
“O frabjous Pub Day! Callooh! Callay!” So stoked for my debut mystery’s release. All that Glisters is finally in print! Here’s where you can find it.

A Debut Interview for a Debut Author

A Debut Interview for a Debut Author
by Topper Jones

With my debut novel finally launching this week, my Senior Editor, Lea Schizas, reached out to interview me. Here’s the first draft of the transcript.

Galley Proof Nightmares - Part 2: Micro-level Foul-ups

Galley Proof Nightmares - Part 2: Micro-level Foul-ups
by Topper Jones
Want the real scoop on how to avoid Micro-level Foul-ups when you’re checking the galleys? Take a peek at Part 2 of Galley Proof Nightmares.

Galley Proof Nightmares - Part 1: Macro-level Bloopers

Galley Proof Nightmares - Part 1: Macro-level Bloopers
by Topper Jones

Welcome back to the ongoing saga of my author journey. With the Copy Edits complete, the next step in my publisher’s manuscript workflow was reviewing the Galley Proofs. What are those? And what’s at stake when approving the Final Galley?

Bonus Scene: Ever Wonder What Ended Up on the Cutting Room Floor?

Bonus Scene: Ever Wonder What Ended Up on the Cutting Room Floor?
by Topper Jones
The initial draft of All that Glisters was long. Too long! My editor said, “Got scissors?” For the curious, here’s one of the deleted scenes. And why.

Why This Book? Why Now? The Motivation Behind All that Glisters

Why This Book? Why Now? The Motivation Behind All that Glisters
by Topper Jones

“You know,” my wife said, “you should write a blog post about Why This Book? and Why Now? Readers want to know.”

She had a point. And so that’s what this week’s post is about—My motivation for writing All that Glisters. Along the way, I’ll explain why wheelbarrow economics scares the bejeebers out of me. Hence, the cute little illustration below that I collaged together.

Adventures in Editing Part 3: But Wait, There’s More!

Adventures in Editing Part 3: But Wait, There’s More!
by Topper Jones
In this week’s Manuscript Makeover blog post, we tackle two new challenges from the “first-round” edits: Avoiding Losing the Reader with Formatting Faux Pas and How to Repair Broken Prose. Let’s dive in.

Adventures in Editing Part 2: Lessons from a Manuscript Makeover

Adventures in Editing Part 2: Lessons from a Manuscript Makeover
by Topper Jones

Alright, alright, alright, I know it sounds cliché but the editor is there to help you. My editor...your editor...all editors want what you want:

The best possible version of your book.

Sometimes that requires a makeover.

Adventures in Editing Part 1: Manuscript Under Contract, Now What?

Adventures in Editing Part 1: Manuscript Under Contract, Now What?
by Topper Jones

In this week’s blog post, we pick up right where we left offpublishing contract in hand, cover design complete.

The Mystery of Cover Art Design - Part 2: The Mockup Process

The Mystery of Cover Art  Design - Part 2: The Mockup Process
by Topper Jones

Here’s the follow-up to last week’s Mystery of Cover Art Design. In Part 2, you’ll get to inspect the mockups, see how my original recommendations to the cover artist proved unworkable, and watch the final design evolve. Man oh man, did I learn lessons along the way!

The Mystery of Cover Art Design - Part 1: Will I Recognize My Baby?

The Mystery of Cover Art Design - Part 1: Will I Recognize My Baby?
by Topper Jones

In this blog post, we take a behind-the-scenes look at how a book cover comes to life—starting with the first steps in the process. For me, it was fascinating what’s involved. Expect surprises! 

The Search for Clues in Picking the Perfect Author Photo

The Search for Clues in Picking the Perfect Author Photo
by Topper Jones

I could use your help. I’m on a quest for the perfect author photo for my mystery series. There’s got to be some clues, right?

This is a mystery after all—or at least, mystery-adjacent. With so many photos of interest to investigate, I could really use an assist. Working together, we might just be able to find the right mug shot for a fledging whodunit writer.

All those responding to the request for feedback will be entered into a drawing for one of five signed copies of All that Glisters when it releases later this year. Details at the end of this post.

How’d You Get the Crazy Idea for "All That Glisters"?

How’d You Get the Crazy Idea for "All That Glisters"?
by Topper Jones

When I tell people I’m a novelist, the first question I get is: What kind of stuff?

“Mysteries,” I say, “with a dash of romance.”

And they usually follow up with, “So, what’re you working on?” 

I tell them a little about All That Glisters, about a secret audit of the U.S. Gold Stockpile, every last bullion bar, something that’s never been done before, ever, and what could possibly go wrong? And my two amateur sleuths, and a brutal manhunt...and before I can finish the pitch, I’m usually interrupted with the next question.

“How did you ever come up with something so crazy?”

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