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I Need A Map – What To Do?


I have had a couple of reviews placed on Amazon for The Spiral Tattoo suggesting that I need a map of the city. Now I would have happily obliged and I have at various points hand drawn maps, and looked for some free piece of software to help me draw a map. But nothing has worked well enough for me to put up here or pass to the publishers to include in the story.

My lovely partner has suggested that I run a competition. Send me your best map of Delvenport and I will, ummm, get it included in the next version? Include your name in the next book? Send you a free copy of The Oaks Grove when it comes out?

So I need advice. What can I use on no budget to produce a good map? Or what would be a good prize for a competition?

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9 comments on “I Need A Map – What To Do?

  1. Nobilis Reed
    January 21, 2012

    I love making that sort of map, but it’s time consuming and I have no time.

    You’re right, though, it really COULD use a map.

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    • Michael J. Parry
      January 21, 2012

      I know – so many things to do so little time, and it’s not something I am drawn too :-)

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  2. Mick Bordet
    January 21, 2012

    What s/w did you try? A graphics package? Best bet for free mapping is probably QGis – It’s a reasonably well featured GIS package I have used on occasion.

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  3. Mike Reeves McMillan
    January 22, 2012

    I have used AutoRealm for mapping. The user interface has its annoyances, but it does a reasonable job. You can see a sample on my blog: http://csidemedia.com/gryphonclerks/

    It’s free, but PC-only.

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    • Michael J. Parry
      January 22, 2012

      Hi Mike…

      Thanks I will check that out. I have been playing wiht GIMP and following the tutorials on the which was suggested to me by Nathan Lowell :-)

      Cheers

      Michael

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  4. Kura
    April 18, 2012

    Hi Mike
    couldn’t you just hand-draw and then take a digital photo?
    If a graphics package is required, Inkscape is open source.
    – which would be a better format to create a map on than Gimp, being that Inkscape is a vector program.
    (I can’t vouch for it though, I use Illustrator)

    Loved the post about The best Spam ever bTW!
    kind regards
    Kura

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    • Michael J. Parry
      April 19, 2012

      Hi Kura

      Thanks for that suggestion. I did try to do a hand drawn but the result was pretty bad :lol:

      Cheers

      Michael

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    • Mike Reeves-McMillan
      April 19, 2012

      I’ve used Inkscape a lot, it’s good and easy to use. Wouldn’t be my first choice for drawing a map, necessarily.

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