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And here’s how it ended up…

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.


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August Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine


  1. Ahhhh, it looks lovely. (But where’s the arrow?? 😉 )

  2. I love it! I’ll definitely be getting a copy of this. Will it be listed on (After the US hike in international shipping, buying things from the US has gotten damned expensive.)

    • I’m told that the answer to that question is yes. Don’t know how quickly they’ll get it, but they should.

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