View Full Version : [Unpaid - Taken] In need of a map for my fantasy world

12-02-2009, 12:30 AM
Hello there everyone! So, I'm a young novelist that is looking to get my book published next year. It would be super awesome if someone could help out :D Unfortunately i lack in a job or any form of money, so it would have to just be done for free...but please consider helping me out! it would be majorly appreciated. It's a lot to ask, but if your willing, please reply to this :)

So I have tons of editing to get done, so a time frame... well as soon as possible pretty much. I'm not saying that it has to be done in like a week or something, I just mean that if you would like to take this project on, i need this map soon so i can edit everything to my liking. Im finding it hard to fix everything in my novel without a visual. There aren't huge time constraints, so don't feel like im putting any pressure on.

The style I'm looking at is this kind of map.
so pretty much i would love for it to show the terrain and that sort of thing with cities labelled and important markers... Color is welcome if you want.

This map would contain mainly just one continent. Peraps two. To the east there is a large amount of mountains that sort of acts as a border to the next continent. I have no real depth to the second continent since everything mainly only takes place in one. Since mountains usually have deserts right after them i suppose the second continent could just be dessert. I can come up with a name for the desert land/continent. Rather than explaining more, i will send you a rought example of what it looks like. It's still being constructed so please let me know if your interested

I would like the quality of it to be semi-professional as i obviously have no money, but if you want to take it to the next professional level that would be awesome. I would like it to be printable so i can look at is as im writing. Since i know hardly anything about maps though i wouldnt mind some input on the dimensions of the map..

As for copyright, i would like the right to use the image incase i get published, but i would definately keep your name on it. You can definately exhibit it as part of your portfolio, but i would not want it to be exploited for commercial gain because it's for my book and ive been working on this for four years.

So please please please consider helping me! and thank you so much RobA for pointing out to me what i needed to do to find help! It probably made a huge difference for me :)

12-02-2009, 01:51 AM
Hi Lithium-

You will be more likely to get a response if you follow the directions provided in the forum sticky post (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=2569) that describes the information to provide in your request.

Good luck!

A number of us will bite on a free request, so just be patient.

-Rob A>

12-03-2009, 12:29 AM
hey thank you RobA :) greatly appreciated!

03-18-2010, 11:13 PM
If I could make a suggestion for your post, I am a novelist myself and was asking for the same thing on this forum. I find for these kinds of requests it would be nice for the cartographer to offer a small margin of profit from your novel if you use the image in the final publication. I used a "Paid?" tag for my post and I got responses very quickly. I think if you use the tag and make it very clear early on that they will get full recognition for the creation of the map and a small profit for creating the map for the novel, I think you will get more interest. I understand that the concept of the map is yours alone, but even the cover illustrator gets recognition and profit from a published book, so I think a cartographer would feel it only fair to be offered a cut of the profit for the book.
Good luck in all you do and I hope to read your novel someday!


03-19-2010, 11:28 AM
Hi Lithium, I may be interested in creating a map for your novel. I never did anything in the style you requested but i'm a quick learner ;). You can check my stuff out on deviant-art (see link below) and let me know if you think i can help you. As for the timelines maybe you can create a rough sketch yourself so you can use that as a reference while editing your novel (and post it here so people can get an idea on what you're aiming at...) cheers!

03-19-2010, 01:33 PM
djekspek djekspek hes our man.. if he can't do it no-one can ;) ... I thought of doing it, but I'm to busy at the moment to adopt that style... and a newbie in map-making (although not in graphics) but I love djekspeks work :)

03-25-2010, 05:55 AM
Has this been taken?

03-28-2010, 04:58 PM
I didn't get a response from Lithium (but the initial post was quiet old so maybe he didn't check in again after no response)

03-28-2010, 05:41 PM
Wow, he doesn't know what he's missing! Thanks Dj.

04-26-2010, 02:12 PM
oh my goodness! i didn't think i was ever going to a reply and got distracted with school! I'm sorry if anyone is still interested please contact me again!

04-26-2010, 02:12 PM
are you still interested... I'm really sorry!

04-26-2010, 02:33 PM
hehe, dont worry about it. If you like I may be able to still help you out with a map. I won't have much time next month but after that I have plenty still. cheers!

04-27-2010, 12:50 AM
Oh most excellent! And don't worry! time is not an issue. I still have a LOT of work to do on the novel itself. needs to be longer... and needs to be edited xD and needs an ending! But it just would be so much easier to write it with a map to kind of keep track of where things are and stuff. Do you have an email? That might be easier to contact through for me, but if you would prefer it on this site that's fine with me too. I loved your work btw, it was beautiful! To be honest from what I saw that's like exactly what I wanted. So whenever you're ready just give me a shout. I will give you my email if you would like. Thanks!

04-27-2010, 01:41 AM
Wow, I was gonna SOOO agree with Ravells. Lithium, if you can get Dj to help you out on this I think you won't be sorry. :)

04-30-2010, 03:22 PM
thanks guys, this thread can be marked as taken ;)

04-30-2010, 03:31 PM
thanks guys, this thread can be marked as taken ;)


-Rob A>

04-30-2010, 07:16 PM
This is taken...is that all i have to say?? :p

04-30-2010, 08:09 PM
From one writer to another, I say; Good luck :D! Fight!

Maybe that other continent that you had no real idea about could contain a large desert spanning almost the entire continent, and in the south there's like, a mystical big rain forest of some kind? With old awesome ruins and all :D

Anyways, good luck ^^