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Being a map guy myself, I'm always looking for a few tips, tricks or cheats. There are a couple of cool techniques I learned in this that I want to try. I won't go into detail because that would spoil the fun. While you won't find any deep, dark secrets of mapping within, it is very handy and I can see it being especially useful to beginners or folks like me who want to see how other hand draw their maps.
The biggest draw to How to Create Fantasy Maps is Mark's writing. The guy's excitement for maps really comes across in his writing. In the intro he mentions his love for the Tolkien maps and a spectacular example of his lack of artistic ability (I am right there with you brother). It's a fun, practical way to learn how to draw maps. The examples are great. He gives advice that I would have difficulty following, such as be patient. I forget that. Let the ink dry first before you try to erase the pencil lines. Good advice.
I give a big thumbs up for How to Create Fantasy Maps.