Issue #11 of Clarkesworld Magazine has been posted this evening!
The Taste of Wheat
Art by Dariusz Zawadzki
|First off, I have to give some credit where credit is due. All three designs were prepared by Mary Robinette Kowal. Mary is a pleasure to work with and if you ever need someone to do cover design, I highly recommend her. Her efforts, combined with Rolando Cyril’s beautiful art, have produced a cover I’m quite proud to have. I also have to thank Sean Wallace (on of our editors) for all of his advice and assistance.
The three covers in the poll were presented in chronological order and represent a sampling of our favorites. During the 24 hour period prior to the poll, there was a lot of discussion about color, framing, fonts, and such. I have to admit to being a bit of a troublemaker. As reflected in the poll, there was a lot of support for cover #1. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the portal-effect the framing had on the art I had selected, so we pressed onward.
Happily, the poll-winning cover was the same one I selected. It was a close race and I understand the reasons people picked the other two covers. After all, there is a reason they made the final three. In the end, all three of us agreed. I think that might have been the first time we all had the same favorite version. 🙂
REALMS is now available for preorder at the Wyrm Publishing website and should be listed at Amazon and (hopefully) other bookstores within the next few weeks.
In appreciation for all the input I received, for the next week, I’m running a special 30% off promotion on preorders for this book.
Just out of curiousity, which would you pick to be the cover? Click on a cover for a larger picture. We’ve been told that some people are seeing the pictures out of order, so please refer to the number directly over the image when voting.
If you can’t vote (I think you need an LJ account), please leave a comment with your name and choice.
If all goes as planned, the first Clarkesworld Magazine Anthology (Realms) will be completed in time for this year’s World Fantasy Convention. Here is the art we’ll be using for the cover:
Save Our Souls by Rolando Cyril.
Yes, I’m still on my kick. Part of this is simple curiosity, but the rest is me trying to do some research to help plan for the future of Clarkesworld Magazine. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.