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11-13-2013, 10:34 AM
Hello Everyone,

I am currently hosting a contest to draw a B/W map of my fantasy world in order to win $50 and publication in my book. More details about the prizing is below! If you would like to enter, images and more information can be found on my blog at this location -- Kaitlyn Davis's Blog: Calling All Artists! Enter for a Chance to Win $50 and Publication in The Shadow Soul!! (http://kaitlyndavisbooks.blogspot.com/2013/11/calling-all-artists-enter-for-chance-to.html)

Thank you and I hope some of you enter!

All the best,

The Prize(!!):

1) A $50 Gift Card!
(Or PayPal payment based on personal preference)

2) Publication in ALL e-book and print copies of The Shadow Soul, as well as the next two books in the A Dance of Dragons series!
(So far, my Midnight Fire series has sold over 125,000 copies, so this could be a lot of exposure!)

3) A free digital copy and signed hard copy of The Shadow Soul!
(Print is for US residents)

My map (more info and images are on my blog, but here's a taste):

11-13-2013, 02:45 PM
Good luck with that. By the way, I have a contest for someone to write a story for one of my maps. If your story is selected, I'll send you my Starbucks card and publish the story with my map.

11-13-2013, 06:46 PM
What style of map are you looking for?

11-13-2013, 10:39 PM
$25 seems little money for a professional map, though perhaps someone very "amateurish" (like me, but not me because I can't really draw either) could do that for that pittance.
However, there is a big difference between offering money in payment and organizing a "lottery" for the same "prize". You are basically asking people to do the work for free, on the chance, the mere chance, of winning the (little) prize you are offering... I can't see anyone who is able to do maps remotely as good as those you have as examples in your blog taking such a chance.
You would probably have a better chance of success by offering the money outright and see if someone is interested, and choose based on his or her previous work.

On an unrelated note, "A Dance of Dragons" is a weird choice for a title these days, given how similar it is to the last volume of one of the most famous fantasy series of all time (one which you even CITE in the very description of your own work!), which also happens to have been published fairly recently.

11-14-2013, 08:10 AM

Thanks for checking in! Just something simple in black and white, not overly complex as I think those sometimes get too muddled to read unless done perfectly. Totally fine if you're a novice or not experienced, or whatever level anyone is! A few artists already reached out about entering just for fun even though they've never worked on maps before, they just wanted to give it a try.

If you go to my blog, I posted more details there: Kaitlyn Davis's Blog: Calling All Artists! Enter for a Chance to Win $50 and Publication in The Shadow Soul!! (http://kaitlyndavisbooks.blogspot.com/2013/11/calling-all-artists-enter-for-chance-to.html)

Anyway, thank you!! Have a wonderful day!

11-14-2013, 02:41 PM
Hi Kaitlyn-

I changed your post from "paid" to "other" as you are running a contest with a prize, not selecting an artist to pay for a commissioned work.

And while I will neither condone not condemn such request, I will not be entering and would like to provide some reading for your consideration:
NO!SPEC (http://www.nospec.com/)
Spec Work - What is Spec Work? (http://graphicdesign.about.com/od/career/f/what_is_spec.htm)
Thoughts on why Spec Work is Bad and Why You Shouldn?t Do It - Speckyboy Design Magazine (http://speckyboy.com/2011/02/16/thoughts-on-why-spec-work-is-bad-and-why-you-shouldnt-do-it/)

-Rob A>