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BlackthornPubl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Why is this no longer displaying properly?
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SideQuestPubs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good advice.
It might be a while before I have anything I'd want to add--longer still before I have anything I'd want on a permanent resume--but this is still useful information.
I'm saving it to my collection of resources.
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SamhraVale Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really helpful article and something I've never thought of before. I've been writing poetry on dA for years, and I constantly get friends and/or family members (in both my real and virtual lives) asking me "why don't you write for money?" or "when are you going to put that poetry book together?" I never really know what to say because my stuff is essentially up on the net for free.
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Kai-Okata Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
"Let's say that you've created some buzz around a few written pieces on a platform like deviantArt."

Hah. I wish.
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mothbanquet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
You can only keep trying, keep working and keep learning. Your audience is out there and if I've learned anything at all, it's that it's up to us to find them, not the other way around! :)
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Kai-Okata Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
;_;
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Yeah, that would be great! To support oneself by craft rather than by a dull daytime job. I had to support me by taching ESL abroad till these past two or three years.
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mothbanquet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
I believe that is the ultimate dream, at least as far as I'm concerned. I don't aim to be a rich man, nor a world-famous celebrity. All I want is to live for nothing else but the craft.

Okay, maybe a Ferrari would be nice...
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Poets and writers never can buy Lamborginis.
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austheke Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Writer
I don't disagree that any writing experience, especially in a critique-based community like (some parts of) the dA literature community, is valuable to a writer--it does "hone your craft" and usually contributes to your growth as a writer. But I don't think I necessarily agree that it belongs on your resume outside of a "personal interests" section (which I don't include on my resume anyways).

I guess it very strongly depends on exactly what kind of work or position you're applying to, but I can't think of a situation where I would feel that it's appropriate to speak about my internet writing career as actual experience. You can take a look at my deviantART page--I have many lovely friends who all like my work to some extent, but it's difficult to say that that proves my worth as an author.

You've written in another article that "you need to be successful to be successful", and that's true. While I'm absolutely thrilled to have deviantART watchers, employers and especially publishers see these things in terms of cold, hard numbers--and I hate to say it like this, but the numbers of the average person reading this article will not be significant.

Your advice here could be good for someone with twenty-thousand followers, but not for two hundred or even two thousand, and I think that's misleading. Looking at the examples you gave, and thinking from the perspective of an agent or editor, I'm thinking "that's nice..." and not much else.

I apologize if my tone was harsh; I'm in a bit of a hurry and trying to word my sentiments properly is proving to be difficult. But I hope you understand some of the concerns I have about this article.
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