Title kinda speaks for itself, but I'll elaborate. I'm about done with my first ebook. It's an urban fantasy in a historical setting that takes place in its own "middle earth," so to speak, so it has different countries than the ones in the real world. I have names for everywhere my characters go and I know what the countries/continents look like, which I describe wherever relevant throughout the story. My question is, since I do that, do I need to have a drawn map at the very beginning of the book? I've seen the drawn map in so many high fantasy books, especially, that it seems required when alternate worlds are involved. I've liked the maps, but never felt like they were needed to follow the story. Also, honestly I don't have a huge interest (or skill or the money to hire someone with skill) to make a map. If it would make for a better read or it turns out to be some kind of fantasy fandom deal breaker, then I'll definitely put my best foot forward and try to make something happen, but would it be terrible if that part was missing altogether? Update: So the general consensus appears to be that it doesn't really matter. Thank freakin' goodness. lol I have a few photoshop traces of some continents that I'll play around with it, see if I can make them into something decent. But if I'm not happy with it, I won't stress over scraping the map as a whole. Thanks everyone for your responses.