Hello, world of DeviantArt. Guess who’s decided to put his writing skills to the test? Yep, I’m open for business. And, like with every business, it’s time to establish some ground rules about my services.
Strong Points: I am an extremely versatile writer. There's little I can't or won't write. I also have a creative imagination to match. This is why I can up with a lot of stories: coming up with a plot and characters come naturally to me, and they will be fleshed out and ready in no time. According to commentary from various places, I seem thrive at fight scenes, exploring the psychology of characters, and putting details in the right places (namely with lemons). Canon or original, you get the best of both worlds from me.
Weak Points: I won't lie, ever since I started writing at age 12, a long battle with saidisms and "Show, Don't Tell" has followed. My writing style can fluctuate from too vague to overly-wordy in the same work. Another shortcoming that I didn't even know I had was perspective or POVs; this is only being recently addressed. I also have a tendency to multi-task too much, resulting in inconsistent update speeds across multiple works. I also feel as if narration or action between dialogue is either repetitive or lacking in certain moments. In general, beta readers and editors tend to put me at an "intermediate" level even though I want to be at advanced - that is, my ability and content are certainly above the masses, but the mistakes seen even in my more serious works leave something to be desired. I blame not reading a lot for this.
The above merely summarize me. I've been writing prose for eight years and counting, being blessed to have started young. Actually, if you want to include script-style storytelling, you can extend my experience to another year and a half. Regardless, I've spent years perfecting my craft writing both fanfiction and original stories, working with or being exposed to a multitude of characters, genres, styles, and situations. I'm experienced and resourceful, and for subjects I'm not familiar with, I'm a capable researcher.
Preference-wise, since the majority of my works revolve around action and adventure, those two genres are my strongest points. Other strong points include friendship, family, fantasy, comedy, and psychological reflection. However, I’m an extremely versatile writer – other topics I believe I can manage are romance, yaoi/yuri, lime/lemon, high-school settings, horror, etc. But do understand those may not come out as well as things I am confident at writing. Don’t be afraid to ask; that’s part of the business transaction.
A better question would be what won’t I write: gratuitous rape, torture-fests, shota/loli, flamebait fics (bashing of any form, blatant Mary Sue/Gary Stu fics unless it’s a parody fic, etc.), songfics, Mpreg, and some fetishes (scat and vore being two examples). That is nonnegotiable. No matter the price, it will not be written so don’t ask. (Note: Because I do not know every fetish in the world, thank God, please let me know exactly what you want if it's to be written. Remember, I said some fetishes I won't write, not all).
I also appreciate it if you, as the client, not give me a very restrictive request. Meaning, you require me to write certain phrases, lines, or actions every so often for extended periods of time or even the whole piece. While I have pulled it off, realize that it takes a massive amount of effort and is extremely stifling to a writer like me. If you want maximum turnaround, keep extreme restrictions like that away.
Also, I'm not really looking for long-term partnerships with companies, clients, or anything like that. I have school, work, and among other things in real life to balance with my writing on the computer. You tell me what to write, I write it up, exchange, done deal. Nothing more, nothing less. Although, I do welcome recurring customers (who doesn't?).
I am capable of writing fanfiction, original literature, and poetry. Poems of any form are part of my weaknesses, so quality may fluctuate. See “Prices” below for the breakdown. As for ratings, they can range from G to M. Do note that most of my own works fall between PG-13 and T.
My services aren’t limited to simply literary expression. I can also write articles, profiles, reviews, captions, and may even beta-read/proofread another writer’s work. You just have to ask!
The following are written works I've done for leisure, be it fanfiction or original works.
The following link contains everything I've done for other people that I have elected to put in my gallery. If you need to see more, especially the NSFW stuff, ask.
- All works will be written in English. You may have translated phrases and words here and there, but it won’t take up the majority of the piece.
- Don’t be afraid to specify what you want. That includes stuff like rating, title, prompt, number of characters, etc. In other words, basically tell me what you want me to write and other details. I need at least a general idea of how you want things to go down. It doesn’t have to be a play-by-play breakdown of how things progress, but at least let me know the sorts of elements, tone, and stuff like that. Otherwise, leaving everything completely up to me take more brain power and, thus, more time. Just, as I said, don't be too restrictive in your demands.
- I am not responsible if your commission doesn't turn out how you wanted it, and I stated that the subject matter was not my strong point. That also encompasses me including stuff you didn’t specify (e.g. you dislike the title I gave the piece but you yourself didn’t provide one).
- PayPal only. All prices are given in US dollars. I don't charge extra for the PayPal fee.
- If you display a commission elsewhere, please give proper credit to me.
- If you want me to write a story starring or including Original Characters you created, please give me clear descriptions of them in appearance and personality and other background information. Providing a character profile, reference, or biography is ideal. Commissions containing Original Characters other than the buyer’s will not be posted without the proper owner’s consent.
- I write in Times New Roman, size 10-12, and in black. That’s what I’m most comfortable with.
- Microsoft Word 2013 is my tool-of-the-trade.
- How quickly I dish out your work depends on the type of work and how long it is. Since money is involved, I tend to prioritize commissions.
- I take full accountability for criticisms like structural issues, bad or mediocre portrayals, “Show, Don’t Tell,” saidisms, grammar and diction, etc. Criticisms related to content, on the other hand, I take partial to no responsibility (e.g. A reviewer claims a piece is blatant Wish Fulfillment, I’ll acknowledge that I wrote it but <insert customer name> commissioned me to write it).
- See Payment Options below on how the exchange works.
* This section applies only to customers interested in fanfiction. Original literature commissioners may ignore this section.
The following lists the fandoms (mostly anime, manga, visual novels, and video games) and series I’m apart of and can therefore write about. It’s divided into “very confident” and “moderately confident” sections. The same guidelines here apply to those with the genre/strong points:
Naruto, Zatch Bell, Pokemon, Soul Eater/Soul Eater NOT, Digimon, Bleach, Rosario+Vampire, Fairy Tail, Black Butler, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Lucky Star, Bakugan, Yu-Gi-Oh (especially GX), Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, High School of the Dead, FLCL, Haruhi Suzumiya series, Kill la Kill, Sailor Moon, Medaka Box, Infinite Stratos, Date A Live, Akame Ga Kill, Haganai, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Sonic the Hedgehog series, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Crazy Taxi, Pokemon series, Super Smash Bros series, Star Fox series, BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Devil May Cry series, Fire Emblem series, Kid Icarus, Persona 3 and Persona 4, Left 4 Dead, Marvel vs Capcom 3
Western Animation and Animated Films
Too many to list.
-Ones I’m very confident I can write about
- Sonic the Hedgehog (video games, Sonic X, Sonic Boom)
- Zatch Bell
- Pokemon (Anime and Games)
- Soul Eater/Soul Eater NOT
- Digimon (all seasons)
- Fairy Tail
- Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
- Medaka Box
- Devil May Cry 4
- Kingdom Hearts
- Final Fantasy series (especially IV, VII, VIII, X/X-2, XIII/XIII-2)
- Super Smash Bros series
- Fire Emblem
- Infinite Stratos
- Date A Live
- Kid Icarus
-Ones I’m moderately confident I can write about
- Black Butler
- Kill la Kill
- Star Fox series
- Guilty Gear series
- Devil May Cry series (4 is the exception)
This list is only tentative. If you want me to write about a series not on the list, tell me the name. Who knows, I might know about it, but just forgot to put it up with the others. This especially holds true for other media like western animation, films, etc. TV and the Internet have been my best friends for many years, so there's quite a bit of media I've consumed.
Words <4000: $5 every 1000 words. (ex. 2000-word commission = $10)
Words between 4000 & 5000: $35
Words >5000: $10 every 1000 words (ex. 10,000-word commissions = $100)
In the interest of fairness towards who want quick and easy commissions, I have those ‘price brackets.’ I feel as if this better quantifies the amount of time and effort I expend dealing with certain commissions.
Prices are decided by the thousands. Whether I round down or up is dependent on the digit in the hundreds place. If said digit is between 0 and 4, I'll round down. Between 5 and 9, rounds up. So, for example, say I wrote a 2434-word commission. The cost will equivalent to a 2000-word commission. Similarly, a 2792 one costs as much as a 3000-word commission.
That may look like intimidating but don't be afraid to negotiate with me. Depending on the circumstances (a financial situation, special interest, etc.), that can budge. If it does, you're in luck, but if it doesn't, please don't hold it against me.
Option A: After all the preliminary stuff is discussed, you give me a word range. In this case, I'll calculate how much that'll cost, and you pay half up front. I will then write the story. You pay the other half when I announce your finished commission. This is the preferred option.
Option B: Just tell me to go crazy. I'll tell you the word range after I'm done and therefore how much it costs, and you'll pay everything right then and there. Since you don't have to pay until I've pretty much finished your commission, if you want me to stop writing and cancel, do so as early as possible. By selecting this option, you agree to pay the resultant cost in full upon completion, so please don't complain about the cost and word count. If you don't want to gamble like that, I recommend Option A.
Once the money goes through, I can either 1) publish it on my account, 2) give it to you on stash or via email, or 3) put it on my Fanfiction(dot)net or AO3 account if DA doesn't suit you. Post-payment edits or proofreading are (within reason) free of charge.
Cancellations and Refunds
Sometimes customers change their mind, and sometimes, in spite of my usual diligence, I just can't shell out work befitting my (or your) standards. This is where cancellations come into play. This is divided into two sections:
Customer Cancellation: Self-explanatory. You tell me to stop writing because you either found a better deal, lost interest in your topic, etc.
Personal Cancellation: The rare case I myself have to throw in the towel. Usually, I'll tell you I can no longer continue a commission for something like injury, increased workload, family reasons, or focusing on more important projects.
In either case, it boils to money. Remember the Payment Options above? In terms of cancellations, the simplest case is Option B where one of us just says stop. After all, no payment has been made, so nothing else needs to be done. All I ask is, if you picked Option B, cancel your commission as soon as possible. If I'm almost done, and you cancel and don't care about the time and effort I put in, that's just going to make me ask for initial down payments for every future commission. Don't ruin it for everyone.
Option A muddies the waters. Obviously, if I don't finish, that constitutes a refund of your money. Whether you or I cancel the deal, how much I give back depends on how much I did get done. Sure, I'll issue a full refund if all I did was a measly couple lines. In the case of several paragraphs or several pages, time to factor in some percentages. Here is the breakdown:
Started, not much done = 85% refund
Started, halfway done = 50% refund
Nearly complete = 25% refund
Just like cost, that's all dependent on the final word count. So, say, you asked for a 5000-word oneshot ($25), and I had to back out for whatever reason after writing 2500 words. That's a 50% (or $12.50 in this case) refund coming your way.
In addition to that, I'll forward the work I did as if it were a completed commission. It's only fair.
If you want to commission me for something commercial or professional (for example, lines for a visual novel or text descriptions), the same rules still apply. When we exchange, your payment covers full distribution rights. Usually, I don't accept long-term projects because of my own busy schedules, but nothing is ever a sure thing. You might catch me on a good day.
You are well within your rights to ask for status updates. I do it all the time. To aid in that, there is a widget on my page called "Progress Report." Under the section "Commissioned Works/Other," you will see statues of commissions. If I do not have a Core Membership, "Progress Report" will be moved to my Deviantart ID. It will be regularly updated.
If that isn't enough to ease your worries, you can always drop a line. Well, within reason. Getting a question after three weeks of no progress for a small oneshot is understandable. Getting a question three or four times every week for several chapters of 6,000+ words is downright nosy. Realize writing takes as much time and effort as artwork, and I ask that you respect that.
Either drop a note on dA or email me at Grade-ACommissions@gmx.com. Make sure the subject says something about commissioning or writing.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns after thoroughly reading my policies and guidelines, please send me a note so we can discuss. Potential customers, just work with me and I will with you. Whenever you contact me for a commission, I operate under the assumption you have completely read these guidelines.
And, remember, communication is key! Seriously, I'm a nice guy when you get to know me.