Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New map of the RED QUEEN WORLD!

Hello! Some info about the newly expanded map of the Red Queen world can be found here on the Epic Reads website! Here's a bit of a breakdown on how this new map came to be. 
I started with this smaller and very simple map to give the Harper artist the nitty gritty to work with. 

After the artist took a crack at expanding the map to include Montfort, and beautified the map (LOOK AT THOSE GORGEOUS MOUNTAINS), I had some notes. It can be tricky communicating map stuff and our biggest issue came when we realized the new map had been translated to Robinson projection, which was throwing off some rivers and locations in a big way. 
Now that we decided to expand the map to include Montfort, I expanded the original map underlay I was working with. I decided to go with Google Maps/original Mercator projection for ease of use to match up with the old geographic locations already established in Mercator. This helped immensely when planning out where old (and new) cities would be. 
Here's an idea of the overlay, and how much this part of North America has changed several thousand years in the future. Most rivers follow similar courses to their paths today, although they have been renamed.
With the new map underlay, it was easy to build out Montfort and the western reaches of Prairie and Tiraxes. I loved the style the artist developed for this map, so all I had to do at this point was get rivers, cities, and new borders in order. I included a key to the numbers naming new cities and rivers in an email.
Maps are my favorite, and working on this one was a dream come true. I'm so excited to keep growing the Red Queen world and can't wait for this map to be included in King's Cage!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


We’ve done merchandise in the past, but nothing like this….

Introducing Litographs T-Shirts, Posters and Tote Bags! You can play an integral part in these new products coming out soon from


A Litograph is art created from the text of a book. Litographs then takes this art and prints it on t-shirts, tote bags, and posters, meaning you can now wear your favorite book! Check out to see examples of their work.

I’m excited to announce that I’m working with Litographs on an original line of merchandise inspired by Red Queen, and YOU can be the designer!

YOUR MISSION: Create a design to be used as the base for posters, t-shirts, and tote bags for the original Red Queen Litographs line of merchandise.


- The winning design will be used as the main art for the release of Red Queen t-shirts, tote bags, and posters.

- Your design should be inspired by Red Queen and/or speak to a key theme, or plot point, in the book. In other words, we want to be able to recall the book from your design (that doesn’t mean spoilers!). Your design must fit some general size and style qualifications as in the Litographs style guide. That said, please do be creative!

- Your design should include graphics only. No text please (as the background will consist entirely of text!).

- Please do not use copyrighted images. All artwork should be your own creation.

- Open internationally.


- Please submit ONLY ONE DESIGN. If you submit more than one design, your work will be disqualified.

- Once your design is finished, use the below typeform link to submit your design and contact information. Your design will later be posted to my Pinterest page for voting.

- Important: By submitting an entry to this contest you grant rights to use this design in forthcoming merchandise, and in display and promotional materials. Please read the terms of service within the typeform for more information.

- All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Wednesday, October 27, 2016.


5 FINALISTS will each receive a $50 Litographs gift card. This can be redeemed for posters, t-shirts, tote bags, temporary tattoos, and other great literary products, including those soon-to- be available for Red Queen!

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $500 cash prize from Litographs and have his or her design featured on Litographs’ t-shirts, tote bags, and posters to be available at, and indie bookstores around the country!!!

Good luck and get designing!! Some tips on how to design a Litograph below: