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News and updates from author Margaret Windsor

Quotes (Steve Jobs)

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask a creative person how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”
–Steve Jobs

The DNA of a Successful Book

The DNA of a Successful Book InfographicFound on visual.y

Beauregard–Admissions File for Adam Miles Clark (Committee Notes)

Beauregard Admissions Files

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Quotes (Mark Twain)

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.”
–Mark Twain

Cartoon–Charles Dickens & His Editor

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Beauregard–Admissions File for Adam Miles Clark (Application)

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Quotes (Cicero)

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.”
–Cicero

10 Great Middle Grade Covers

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the bestsellers list for a variety of genres and find some examples of outstanding covers.  This week, I’m focusing specifically on middle grade–more specifically, upper middle grade fantasy.  Here are some of the top sellers on Amazon:

1. The Lightning Thief

2. Fortunately, The Milk

3. The Hobbit

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

5. Ranger’s Apprentice

6. The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns

7. The Maze Runner


8. Champion

9. Steelheart

10. Spirit Animals: Hunted

Many of them conformed to what I would expect of children’s books: illustrations, often with a lot of action and fantastical elements on the cover.  Others seem simpler, more tailored to an online market where a thumbnail image is all that readers will see when browsing.

Some other things that popped out at me:

1. Action scenes typically involving 1 or 2 characters–and in 2 out of the 3 covers with a single figure, both have their backs facing us looking out at a large, evocative landscape.  Pretty cool.

2. You can really see some of the subtle differences in genre that pop from each cover, indicating the specific subgenre and serving as markers of what type of tale this is going to be. For example, Steelheart looks very much like a typical thriller at a quick glance (and the description confirms it), mostly, I think, because of the typeface used.

3. There are subtle differences in the covers that seem to mark their age, as styles change and book designs evolve.  So, for instance, Harry Potter looks very different from The Lightning Thief, though they were published less than a decade apart (and Harry Potter was published before ebooks had taken off).

That’s it!  A lot of great books and a lot of great covers.  I especially recommend The Hobbit, which in full disclosure I read and hated when I was younger (I thought it was long and boring), and read again in a college course and loved.

Beauregard–Admissions File for Clarence J. Bailey (Committee Notes)

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Quotes (Robin McKinley)

“One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer… is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, truer, more moving, more fascinating, more perceptive, than anything you’re going to manage to get down on paper.”
–Robin McKinley