Realms Update

Since announcing Realms, I’ve had a few people indicate some disappointment in the fact that we went trade paperback.

Say no more…

We’re going to do a small run of hardcovers for the die-hards among us.  Both editions will be available through Amazon, but for now, they are only available on the Wyrm website.  I’ve extended our 30% off special to the hardcover and lengthened the sale until August 17th, after which, it goes back to list price.  No, I don’t have a count on the total number of hardcovers that will be printed.  We have some time to tinker with the numbers.  If you ordered the trade paperback and want to upgrade to hardcover, just email me.

So, a recap:

Realms:  The Trade Paperback
Realms:  The Hardcover

Preorder sale through August 17th.  Payment required on publication, which will be early November… debuting at the World Fantasy Convention.

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.

Pick a Cover

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.

Cover 1
Realms 1
Cover 2
Realms 2
Cover 3
Realms 3

If you can’t vote (I think you need an LJ account), please leave a comment with your name and choice.

More Cover Art

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.