~ What I Did to Get Published ~Wow, I'm getting a lot of inquiries in regards to the publishing process and what I went through to try to get my book, The Sorcerer's Dragon, published. That's awesome, I feel special to have sparked some inspiration for some of you writers out there! I don't mind sharing any of my experiences with you guys in what I did and I hope what I post here will help you guys who are also trying to get your stuff published as well
For starters, this didn't happen to me over night. I first started working on the Armageddon Series when I was 14 years old back in 2004 after I watched the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie and after I wrote out my Harry Potter fanfiction (which was over 330 pages and I handwrote this on notebook paper XD). After I wrote out my first fan fiction, I then decided that I wanted to write my own original story. I loved fantasy so much and I loved dragons. Plus, I also just read through Eragon and Eldest not long before
MARKETNG TIPS FOR AUTHORSHello again everyone. I wanted to write out another guide to publishing, but this time, to focus more on the marketing aspect of your book. I previously wrote a journal entry in regards to what I did to get my first book published (not self published, but published and in contract with a company called Whiskey Creek Press). If you want to check that one out, click on the link below:MARKETNG TIPS FOR AUTHORS1 year ago in Personal More Like This
All right, so you have your book all written out and edited and as perfect as it can be and it's finally published (whether you decide to self-publish or to go with an actual publishing company), what do you do now? How do you get your book actually noticed?
I'm still learning new ways to market my book and with the ways that I've found, my book sales have been going up and down. Just recently, my book's rank went way down to about 360,000 on the Amazon's best seller rank and now it's way back up
PE: Promoting your projectPromoting your projectPE: Promoting your project2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
So you have a community project. You think it is a really good project, but people seem to not care for it. But wait... what if they just don't know about it?
Step 1 - WRITE A JOURNAL ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
You can also use other ways to describe your project - in the comments section of a deviation, in a profile widget or gallery description, but a journal is usually the most effective way to get the word out. Write it in sta.sh, even if it's a group journal (we will get to this later). Explain clearly and concisely the main idea and goals of your project, then elaborate on the details if needed.
Step 2 - POST THE JOURNAL
You can post it not only in your profile, but also in your groups. You need to be an admin of a group to be able to post the journal to it directly (as a journal, not as a deviation). If you are an admin of a group that is relevant to the project, this is how
SnK Requiem Contest:iconoperation-requiem::iconoperation-requiem::iconoperation-requiem::iconoperation-requiem::iconoperation-requiem:SnK Requiem Contest2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hello! For all of those who are interested, Operation-Requiem will be holding an art contest!!! Anyone is welcome to participate
About this group and our upcoming charity artbook
You do not need to be a member of this group to enter the contest. However, we do encourage you to watch the group for future updates! (:
Your artwork must be of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) and must be in some way related to one of the three themes: Despair, Hope, and Victory.There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each theme!
Your artwork must be new and created after November 3, 2013. Please r
#01 Constructively Comment in 5 Quick Steps!ProjectComment is a Group of many projects centred around comments, but, more importantly, constructive comments. Every week, one admin from ProjectComment will write an informative article on commenting that will hopefully be useful to you! Please help support us by the article and contribute your thoughts and opinions on the matter.#01 Constructively Comment in 5 Quick Steps!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This article will list five easy ways to make your comment constructive. What many people do not realise is that a constructive comment does not have to be as long or as indepth as a critique, and that you don't need to be an awesome commenter or an awesome artist to write a constructive comment. You probably won't have to spend more than 5-10 minutes writing a constructive comment, and it could still be helpful to the artist.
Here are the steps that you can take to make your comment more constructive:
State the things you like about the piece.
Try and state one thi
PE: Funding Your ProjectFunding Your ProjectPE: Funding Your Project2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Have a project in mind, but not sure about where you’ll be able to gather the funds? Funding is often the most difficult aspect of running a project, but with the correct planning, organization, and fundraising, you can make any project a success!
Not every deviant has the financial capacity to assist your project, but every deviant can contribute by helping you promote your project. After all, even if these certain individuals cannot be able to donate, they may be able to find you the people who can. In your project announcement journals, make sure to emphasize that anyone can help by:
Adding the journal to their favorites to bump it up to the Journal PortalWriting a journal or a poll promoting the projectEncouraging their friends to help out and spread the word
Another thing to keep in mind is how you plan on collecting donations. Does your project require devi
How To get PublishedOr be Satisfied when You Aren'tHow To get Published2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
A Beginner's Guide
Poetry publication is awash with literary magazines, internet journals, print-on-demand presses, vanity presses, indie presses, and major publication houses. So many options! It's a lot to navigate. But before we delve into the 'How-To's,' it's important to understand the 'Why.'
I'm talking about the the Big Why, the biggest WHY after 'Why write poetry?' Which is, of course, 'Why are you publishing your poetry?'
"BECAUSE!" I hear you shouting.
But that's not the best answer. You'll be happier, or at least more content with the results of the following advice if you understand your motivations behind the urge to publish. What specifically do you hope to achieve?
How to Succeed in Poetry Without Really Trying
If, for example, you want your poems out in the world, in a place people might read them; if you want to be able to say that you're a published poet; if you're not feeling great a
Rose's Weekly Rage - ReligionTo my friends/watchers,Rose's Weekly Rage - Religion1 year ago in Personal More Like This
There was a quote that I heard, but I can't remember where it's from.
"I would rather be hung and died defending my beliefs than to allow someone to sway me and for me to die naturally as a coward who wouldn't stand up for my own thoughts and opinions."
I know that I've done a rage rant in the past on religion before but... the Christian community keeps pissing me off!
This is a forewarning: this journal entry is just a rant. This is for me to express how I feel and to get what's bothering me off my chest and out into the opening. You don't have to read this, and I don't want anyone to turn this into any sort of argument because this is to express how I personally feel on what's bothering me. If you want to turn this into a political debate, DON'T DO IT HERE! I don't want any opinions here. This is a personal rant (I cannot stress this enough).
The "Good" Christian
I am only bringing this up because I have not
WTF Feminism? We need HumanismQUESTIONSWTF Feminism? We need Humanism1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This will be a rant like and really offensive to the feminist so I might get hated. I just want to participate my opinions to dA "I need feminism." I was just answering the question honestly and under my opinion so sorry to those who will get hit by my meteor strike answer. I respect women as I respect myself as a man. Feminism should not be a brick wall for that. For people who agreed without actually reading it or knowing the true meaning is like blindly joining a group. I respect women and love their stylish looks but I hated it when they change into something horrible.
Q: What does feminism mean today? Is it authentic to its original intent or has it transformed into something for a new generation?
Feminism of today is not what real feminism aims for such as equality. There are many arrogant, brat, spoiled, and know it all women that brags how superior they are that they can do bett
Dragon Design Contest!!!I want a new Dragon Character...Dragon Design Contest!!!1 year ago in Personal Journal More Like This
European DragonsRedBrownBlackBlueGoldPale colorsFeathers & Furs!High quality drawings
I don't like:
PurplePinkWingless/Hornless dragonsStealed drawings >:u
150 / Free realistic headshot + Cartoonish fullbody by :iconwulfthewolf:10 / Free realistic headshot by :iconwulfthewolf:Free realistic headshot by :iconwulfthewolf:
Feralx1 Dragon Adopt - Adopted by Feralx1 and Dragon Adopt - Adopted by Feralx1
* A Guide to Reporting Art Theft *I copied this from :iconthe-Nutkase:'s journal entry because I thought this was a really good guide on how to deal with art theft. I hope that it helps you guys too* A Guide to Reporting Art Theft *1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"I've seen quite a few cases of art theft recently (involving both my work and other's), and I think it's about time I help out somehow.
So I made this small guide to dealing with art theft. If your art/your friend's art has been stolen, follow this guide and you'll settle matters quickly and easily.
Important point to consider
NEVER comment on the stolen artwork or the userpage of the art thief. More often than not, people comment saying things that are as harsh as possible and are completely inappropriate. Yes, 9 times out of 10 the "artist" is just a troll messing with people, but if you don't watch what you comment, you CAN be warned/reported for harassment. Keep that in mind.
The exception to this rule is if the stolen art is being sold somehow, of which a comment will discourage people from buy
500 Point Giveaway #6 (CLOSED):iconflyingheartsplz: :icondatrade: :iconflyingheartsplz:500 Point Giveaway #6 (CLOSED)2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
:iconmisty-lane: wins 200 points!
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:icondo7anii: wins 10 points!
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Hey everyone! This is Alice at dATrade, and I'm back with my sixth weekly 500 point giveaway!
How to participate:
1. Add this journal to your favs
2. Write a new journal or poll about this giveaway to spread the news
3. Include what I do at dATrade. For example:
:icondatrade: is holding a 500 point giveaway! http://fav.me/d6ovsz
*Disabling Comments*To my friends/watchers,*Disabling Comments*1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I figured after 7 years of answering the same types of questions that could have been answered from reading the artist's commentary, I decided to disable comments on my future pieces.
The reason for this is because, while I don't mind critiques, they tend to not really help me much when I try to take up your guys' suggestions. I usually figure out how to draw and paint things for myself, since that's really the only way that I truly learn. I never said there was anything wrong with you guys helping, I really do appreciate it, it's just I never was able to learn that way.
I understand that the comments section can also be for others saying how nice a piece is, but I tend to get a lot of these too and I can't really seem to reply to them all. You guys are awesome and I do appreciate all of the feedback, but after reading and replying to all of the comments, I kind of need a bit of a break... >.<'
I know that I'm terrible at drawing peopl
Be An Active Watchee We all want active watchers; people that comment on our deviations and add them to their favorites. That get involved in whatever projects we have going on, polls we post or anything else. Active watchers are awesome and we're lucky to have them. But are you an active watchee?Be An Active Watchee1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Some people return watches, some people don't. However you do it, a big key to have active watchers for most of us is to be active in return! But what is an active watchee?
Being an active watchee isn't really that hard, it's just boils down to being involved with your watchers and being part of their deviantART experience too. They watched you for whatever reasons they did. Let it be your artwork, your community involvement, your bribery... whatever it is, they watched you for a reason, reasons we shall appreciate because we are respectable people after all! So without further babbling or .gifs,
5 Steps to Being an Active Watchee
1. Stay regular
Help needed Weekly give away ends 8th of AprilHelp needed Weekly give away ends 8th of April2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm not sure what happened but it was impossible for me to submit the other journal to CI
So instead I made this new one
Note: too those ten people that fav the other journal
no need to fav this one!
Rules have been changed if you want to enter this weekly give away
it's requirement to fav this journal!
Edit: that means you don't need to write 5 comments anymore
but it's still allowed if you want to :3
for those of you who do not know, I, *Tsuki-SoraRuki:decide to do a project
called project weekly give away
but guys I really need help to continue with my project
help me out by donating points at Tsuki-SoraRuki (currently I'm having 1,461 any mount
Get to know the real me in this interview...If you have 10 min to spare, you can get to know me in this intimate interview for the upcoming (hopefully) documentary "Cosplay Boom".Get to know the real me in this interview...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Todd has this innate way to ask questions that make you open up to him. I am so grateful for the opportunity to just talk and be myself. Todd is trying to make a documentary series on Cosplay full of these types of interviews, so please consider backing the "Cosplay Boom" kickstarter to help make this happen!
HetaOni Complete Full Game Info!!!-HetaOni Complete Full Game Info!!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Alright everyone. I've heard a lot of rumors going around that there IS an ending to the real HetaOni. And/or Pianodream has it. I am here to tell everyone what is really going on, and clear up everything that's getting the poor fans excited for nothing..
1- There is NO real ending to Hetaoni.
2- :iconPianodream: is /NOT/ the original creator everyone! She merely made a playable English version for the fans to enjoy and play themselves. And did a very great job at making it.
3- Piano will not, and does not have a 'full game' made. She has made the game to the exact point where the original has ended. Nothing more. Please stop pestering her about this. There is nothing she is keeping from everyone. Let her be.
4-And for the few people who think :iconskitzen: (me) was the creator of the original.. No, sadly I am not. I have only made :iconHetaOni-LC: Which is pretty much a fangame of the original. It will, have endings. But it is not to be assumed a
Playable Demo: Here!May 5th is at last upon us!! So both a happy second year of shadow Italy and helloooo demo release!!Playable Demo: Here!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Info can be found on there, yes!~~
We now have a deadline~! May 5th, Shadow Italy's original conception day, is the day we plan to send out the download of the reboot of Dreamtalia!! So about a month~
Yes you heard right. After all of the time of saying it will not be available for years because we wanted to release it all at once, a lot of conversations have been made and the deicision is being made to give out a playable version of Dreamtalia from chapters 1-8.
Originally we weren't going to, to keep it like HetaOni. But really, we don't have that kind of fame for it to spread. With the hiatus everything is dimming a little, at least I've noticed. So to help save the fandom, we're putting this out.
However, our truly wonderful coder Skitzen is working extremely hard to get it going by a certain specia
PE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dALit Basics WeekPE: How to Make the Most of Your Lit on dA1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
It goes without saying that being noticed on dA as an artist isn't easy. Add in the fact that you're submitting literature to a predominantly visual arts site and you have an even lower chance of being noticed. Your friendly Literature Community Volunteers do their best to feature an array of poetry and prose, but even that is only a single day feature of ONE of your deviations. Getting a following or even just getting deviants to read your lit and give feedback is hard work. But you'll see a common denominator amongst those deviants that have made it.
It's community involvement. You shouldn't expect to receive if you're not willing to give. But how exactly can accomplish that? Is going to random Lit Groups and leaving critique on a dozen or so deviations a week enough? Probably not. Will participating in group challenges, prompts and contests get you noticed? Not by itself. What if you run a weekly or bi-weekly feature article of Literature on dA? Still, no.
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.A big black hole called: Procrastination.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday.
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
February ContestAnother contest, I am so excited. YamPuff took my idea of a queen of hearts and created something wonderful.February Contest1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This contest will be running from February 2cd - March 2cd.
I'm also running this same contest in :iconlines-and-color:
You are allowed to submit your entry to both places
- You don't have to be a member to enter
- All entries must be submitted to the correct folder. All those that are not will be denied.
-- If your entry gets denied, you can resubmit it to the correct folder before the contest period ends.
- You must give credit to YamPuff in your description
- You must leave her watermark in the picture
- Entries will be taken until March 2cd
-- Meaning you can submit all day on March 2cd, it ends at midnight
Commission from YamPuff
500 DA points
300 DA points
100 DA points
:iconalertplz: :iconSuiish: has offered to give out sketches and llamas to the winners as part of our prize pool. If you are curious as
My honest opinion about your art [closed]Update: [10 slots taken for now! I will judge those 10 galleries first and re-open it later.]My honest opinion about your art [closed]4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll tell you my honest opinion about your gallery!
You'll get a note, or if you like, I can write it under your gallery.
Rules: Please only Manga/Anime style!! I'm not familar with other styles...
And you must know the basics at least. I'm not good at giving tips to real beginners!
Have a gallery with own drawings, not copied ones!
Since not everyone is able to take criticism, please choose whether you want improvement tips or not. And if yes, you MUST be able to take criticism!
So, who would like to have a constructive evaluation?
Ok, thank you!^^
Please don't be sad if you missed it. I know 10 slots are not much! But please consider that I need around minutes to look and judge one gallery. So 10 galleries make almost 1 hour work for me! >__<
Popular 'Sue' Traits and How to Use Them CorrectlyThis is the third time I've posted this. The first two times, I had to delete it due to dA lagging on me and sta.sh screwing up...oh well.Popular 'Sue' Traits and How to Use Them Correctly1 year ago in Personal More Like This
There's a lot of crap on the internet about what makes a character a Mary Sue/Gary Stu and what does not. Well, here's what I personally think about certain traits that some people overdo and how you can use them in your work without butchering them to the point of Uber-Sue Wonderland. This will tie in with my How to Roleplay Efficiently and How to Create a Good Horror OC journals. You don't have to agree with me on any of this. All opinions are my own, and I'm not trying to bash any particular OCs out there. I'm just trying to clear up some things and help people with OC development. Enjoy.
1. Tragic Pasts
Alright, you know how a lot of OCs out there who are classified as Sues have tragic pasts? They come a dime a dozen, right? Well, I don't think the input of a tragic past is t