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RealmScapes: Heroes of the Realm is an anthology of fantasy and science fiction that explores heroes in all their incarnations.
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RealmScapes: An Origin Story

An eternity ago (OK, it was more like 7 years) a wise mentor asked me, "Do you ever see yourself becoming a publisher?" I laughed. Awkwardly, of course, because this is me we're talking about. But then I said, "No! If I become a publisher, I'll never have any time to write."

Shortly after that, I established the Realm Makers Conference, because that definitely hasn't cut into my writing time. But it's been worth every hour of planning, traveling, and instituting of plans B, C, and D, because Realm Makers has become so much more than an annual writers conference. We're a modern-day tribe, in the best sense of the word.

And where writers gather, ideas for books grow. In 2016, we partnered with Brimstone Fiction to publish our first anthology of fantasy and science fiction, entitled Realmscapes

Today, we're stepping up our game to bring to you our first PAID anthology, RealmScapes: Heroes of the Realm

With the assistance of editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail, we're looking forward to bringing you a collection of some of the best fantasy and sci-fi by authors of faith. RealmScapes: Heroes of the Realm will feature stories from established, bestselling authors from every corner of the genre.

Our core book will feature stories from L. Jagi Lamplighter, Wayne Thomas Batson, Kathy Tyers, James Chambers, Steve Rzasa, Paul Regnier, and Jeffrey Lyman.Your pledges fund every detail of this anthology's production, since there's a huge investment of time and skill that make books a reality. A fully-funded campaign will pay for the anthology's flashy cover art by Kirk DouPonce, the skill and precision of our editor, Danielle Ackley McPhail, market-rate compensation to each author for their fine words, book formatting and layout, and the initial print run of the books, among other administrative costs associated with publishing. (They are small, but many, like a legion of goblins that creeps up on you and overwhelms you, even though you've got a massive sword and plate armor.)

Especially for our first 50 backers: You'll receive a digital, DRM-free ebook of Danielle's Yesterday's Dreams, (in addition to the perks that come with whatever backer level you choose) because early adopters are the people who make tomorrow's dreams come true! 

So grab your cloak, your blaster, and a cup of coffee, and join us for the adventure of building the second Realmscapes anthology, Heroes of the Realm. The fates of multiple fictional universes are in your hands!

With gratitude

-Becky Minor

Realm Makers Executive Director

Are you looking for swag to customize your support of the Heroes of the Realm Campaign? Look no further! We have some sweet add-ons for you.

If you’re not sure how add-ons work, here’s all you need to do:

· Take a look at the add-on options and pick the one you like

· If you’ve already backed the campaign, click the “Manage Your Pledge” button

· If you haven’t backed us yet, click the “Back this project” button and choose a backer level

· Increase your pledge by the amount that fits the add-on(s) you want

· IMPORTANT! Message us on Kickstarter to mention which award you are choosing. We need to keep track of items that have a limited quantity.

· At the end of the campaign, you’ll receive a survey, and you’ll be able to explain how you would like your add-on funds assigned.

Now, for the goods. 

COVER ART FOR YOUR WALL 

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RealmScapes: Heroes of the Realm cover art by Kirk DouPonce
RealmScapes: Heroes of the Realm cover art by Kirk DouPonce

Option 1: Get a signed copy of the Heroes of the Realm cover art by award-winning illustrator, Kirk DouPonce. This will come to you as a high-quality 12 x 18 inch poster.

 -- $25 add-on

Option 2: Get a super cool, 20 x 30 inch metal print of the Heroes of the Realm cover art by award-winning illustrator, Kirk DouPonce. The image is infused to an aluminum panel and sealed with a gloss coating. The prints are UV resistant, so they’ll look fabulous for years to come. 

-- $175 add-on

MUGS

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Handcrafted mugs by Eva Hozinez
Handcrafted mugs by Eva Hozinez

Nothing makes your favorite beverage such a pleasure to drink as the perfect mug.

Ceramicist Eva Hozinez will hand-throw, glaze, and decal a one-of-a-kind mug for you, made extra fancy with the Realm Makers castle logo on one side and the Realm Award dragon design on the other. Each mug will feature beautiful speckled glaze on the interior that “overflows” over the lip. These aren’t just mugs. They’re hand-crafted art. -- $35 add-on per mug

Ted Dekker BOOK BUNDLES-All gone!

First Edition, Out-of-Print Book Bundle 

0 of 2 sets available (BOTH claimed)

Ted Dekker Middle Grade Fiction Bundle
Ted Dekker Middle Grade Fiction Bundle

Get the entire The Lost Books series by New York Times Bestselling author and Realm Makers Keynote Speaker Ted Dekker. Titles included are: Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, Chaos, Lunatic, and Elyon. These hardcover books came from Mr. Dekker’s personal collection and are now out of print. 

-- $100 add-on

Graphic Novels of The Lost Books series

4 of 5 sets available (one claimed)

The Lost Books--Graphic Novels, 4 book set
The Lost Books--Graphic Novels, 4 book set

The Lost Books presented in stunning graphic novel format. You get Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, and Chaos. These paperback books also came from the author's personal collection. 

--$60 add-on

Hardback Fiction Bundle

Unlimited

Pageturners in Hardback by Ted Dekker
Pageturners in Hardback by Ted Dekker

Both the riveting follow up to Ted Dekker's popular Circle Series, The 49th Mystic and a single-volume edition of The Outlaw Chronicles trilogy (Eyes Wide Open, Water Walker, and Hacker) in hardcover. Prepare to stay up all night binge-reading!

--$40 add-on

So, what happens if we raise more than $6000?

Have we got some additional awesomeness for you!

ALL backers will also receive bonus short stories from our authors as we cross those stretch goal thresholds, such as "A Cat's Cry in Pluto's Kitchen" by James Chambers;  "The Fall of Autumn" and "Down on the Playground" by Jeffrey Lyman; "Hallowed Cargo" by Steve Rzasa; "The Blackwood" by Wayne Thomas Batson; "Ring of Sounding Brass" and "The Element of Transformation" by L Jagi Lamplighter.

Above, I also mentioned that we would have the ability to add more stories to the anthology  if we raise funds beyond our initial goal. For every additional $500 we raise, we'll add another author to the book.

We'd REALLY to offer up as many stories as possible, so we hope you'll help us stretch to that reality.

Can I get my story into one of those stretch goal slots?

In order to deliver Heroes of the Realm on time and within budget, we must limit the final book to 15 stories. To keep our editorial team from losing their minds, the call for additional story submissions will go out to backers as well as Published- and Professional-level members of the Realm Makers membership program. Full instructions on how to submit a story will be posted in our member portal/Slack community when it looks like we'll have the funding to add stories.

For now, if you're thinking of submitting, it doesn't hurt to work up that story of a hero or heroes. And if you're not yet a Published or Professional level member of Realm Makers, you'll want to investigate that. Check out the membership page on the Realm Makers website for those details.

(Please note: Backing this project will not give any author a better chance at being selected for inclusion in the anthology.  Stories we add will make it through acquisitions on merit alone.) 

Our editor: Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Illustrious Danielle Ackley-McPhail
The Illustrious Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). 

Her published works include six novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and three extremely spoiled cats. 

Our core authors:

The Beloved Kathy Tyers
The Beloved Kathy Tyers

Kathy Tyers is best known for her Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, The Truce at Bakura and New Jedi Order: Balance Point. Besides her classic “Firebird” series of five novels, she has published five other science fiction novels and a travel book, and co-authored a book with classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. Her most recent publication is Writing Deep Viewpoint, published by the Christian Writers Institute. Kathy lives in southwestern Montana. 

Wayne Thomas Batson in Action
Wayne Thomas Batson in Action

Wayne Thomas Batson was born in Seabrook, MD in 1968. He had an adventurous childhood and adolescence that included: building forts in the woods, crabbing and crayfishing in bays, ponds, and bayous, playing lead guitar in a heavy metal band, and teaching tennis lessons at the local recreation center.
 

He has spent the last twenty-four years teaching Reading and English to middle school students. He pioneered the active instruction of Strategic Reading in Anne Arundel County. Batson’s writing career began in 2005 with the publication of fantasy epic, The Door Within. Since then, The Door Within, The Final Storm, Isle of Swords, and Isle of Fire have all appeared on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller List, including #2 for The Final Storm Fall 2007. To date, Batson has penned or coauthored seventeen novels and has sold well over half a million copies.
 

Wayne Thomas Batson gives thanks to God for the abundant life he’s been given. He continues to write for the kids he cares so deeply about because he believes that, on a deep level, we all long for another world and yearn to do something important. 

The fabulous James Chambers
The fabulous James Chambers

James Chambers is an award-winning author of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award®-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. Publisher’s Weekly described The Engines of Sacrifice, his collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published by Dark Regions Press as “…chillingly evocative…” in a starred review. His story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

He has authored the short story collection Resurrection House and several novellas, including The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, in the Corpse Fauna novella series. He also wrote the illustrated story collection, The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, created in collaboration with artist Jason Whitley.

His short stories have been published in literally dozens of anthologies, and he's  also written numerous critically acclaimed or award-winning comic books. These words range anywhere from Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals to Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe.

He is a member and trustee of the Horror Writers Association, and recipient of the 2012 Richard Laymon Award and the 2016 Silver Hammer Award.

He lives in New York. 

The Mysterious Jeffrey Lyman
The Mysterious Jeffrey Lyman

Jeffrey Lyman is an engineer in the New York City area. His work has appeared in the anthologies Sails and Sorcery from Fantasist Enterprises, New Blood from Padwolf Publishing, and Breach the Hull, So It Begins, By Other Means, Best Laid Plans, and Dragon’s Lure from Dark Quest Books. He was co-editor of No Longer Dreams and all four volumes of the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series. He is a 2004 graduate of the Odyssey Writing School, and won 2nd place in the fourth quarter of the 27th Annual Writers of the Future Award.

L Jagi Lamplighter proving she can work a hat
L Jagi Lamplighter proving she can work a hat

L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of  the YA fantasy series: The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, the third book of which was nominated for the YA Dragon Award in 2017 and the fourth book of which won the first YA Ribbit Award. She is also the author of the Prospero’s Daughter series: Prospero LostProspero In Hell, and Prospero Regained
                      She has published numerous articles and short stories. She also has an anthology of her own works: In the Lamplight.

When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as wife and stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives with her dashing husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping Eve, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon.

Paul Regnier on his way to the future
Paul Regnier on his way to the future

Paul Regnier is the author of the Space Drifters science fiction series. He is a technology junkie, drone pilot, photographer, web designer, drummer, Star Wars nerd, recovering surfer, coffee snob and a wannabe Narnian with a fascination for all things futuristic.

Paul grew up in Orange County, CA and now lives in Treasure Valley, ID with his wife and two children.

Steve Rzasa knows you're not sure how to say his name. It's OK.
Steve Rzasa knows you're not sure how to say his name. It's OK.

Steve Rzasa is the author of many novels, novellas, and short stories of science-fiction, steampunk, and fantasy, with a bunch more in progress. He was first published in 2009 by Marcher Lord Press (now Enclave Publishing). His third novel, Broken Sight, received the 2012 Award for Speculative Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers. The Word Endangered (2016) and Man Behind the Wheel (2017) were both finalists for the Realm Award in recent years. Steve grew up in Atco, New Jersey, and started writing stories in grade school. He is the technical services librarian in Buffalo, Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and two boys. Steve’s a fan of all things science-fiction and superhero and is also a student of history.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be keeping the production aspect of the book running like a well-oiled machine, once our funding is in place. There are a lot of moving parts that need to mesh seamlessly for an anthology to go from a bunch of manuscripts in a folder to a book in your hands. That is precisely why we engaged Danielle to head up the publication of this anthology. She's an old pro and has had success with this process several times already. We have the right team assembled to make this a fantastic anthology and deliver on time.

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    Plus, you still get a paperback copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a digital DRM-free copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a sense of satisfaction; and a shout out, both in the back of the book and on the Realm Makers website.

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    Paul Critiques YOUR Book

    Sci-fi author Paul Regnier reads through your work-in-progress and offers you a manuscript review. He'll analyze your plot, your characters, your cadence, and your themes and let you know where you're a marksman and where you're maybe off-target.
    Plus, you still get a paperback copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a digital DRM-free copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a sense of satisfaction; and a shout out, both in the back of the book and on the Realm Makers website.

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    Steve Critiques YOUR Book

    Sci-fi author Steve Rzasa reads through your work-in-progress and offers you a manuscript review. He'll analyze your story and your character development, and he'll help you ferret out those grammar hiccups that show up here and there.
    Plus, you still get a paperback copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a digital DRM-free copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a sense of satisfaction; and a shout out, both in the back of the book and on the Realm Makers website.

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    Dedicated Thanks

    DEDICATED THANKS – Have RealmScapes: Heroes of the Realm dedicated to you or the person of your choosing and receive two print copies, 2 digital DRM-free copies, a warm, fuzzy feeling of satisfaction and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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    Terry Brooks Mentor Appointment

    You receive:
    -A guaranteed 15-minute mentor appointment with fantasy book legend Terry Brooks at the 2019 conference in St. Louis, MO. (Conference dates July 18-20th, 2019 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, MO. For full conference details visit Realmmakers.net/conference )
    -A registration to the Realm Makers Conference*
    -A 25th anniversary copy of Mr. Brooks's Sword of Shannara series,
    -A paperback copy of RealmScapes, Heroes of the Realm,

    And of course, your name in the back of the RealmScapes book, thanking you for being a backer.

    * When and if we reach our funding goal, we will contact you with the specific details of how to input your registration information for the Realm Makers Conference. You will not be able to register prior to us reaching our funding goal.

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    L Jagi Lamplighter Critique and Craft

    Author and teacher L Jagi Lamplighter reads through your work-in-progress and offers you a manuscript review. She'll analyze your plot, your characters, your cadence, and your themes and advise you where you can polish your work to brilliance. She'll also answer your questions about the ins and outs of getting your book into print.
    You also get a beta copy of her writing course The Art and Craft of Writing, recently described as "the good parts of [your] entire shelf of writing books."
    Plus, you still get a paperback copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a digital DRM-free copy of Realmscapes: Heroes of the Realm; a sense of satisfaction; and a shout out, both in the back of the book and on the Realm Makers website.

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