Hey everyone, I am in the final stages of my first novel. It is a fantasy setting in a fantasy world. For my own use I have created a map using Paint. It is fairly rough but it works for me. Now I am getting ready to hand out my revised draft to beta readers here in the next few weeks. My question is, for the readers, are maps necessary? What are the pros and cons (if there are any) to not providing a map to readers of a fantasy world. And if I do need a better map, are there any free programs out there that make good maps for this purpose? When I get to the point that I send it to a literary agent, will they want me to send them a map, will they use mine, or will they hire a professional to make their own? I'd appreciate any knowledge or experience you all can share with me on this topic. Thank you.