Because I am an interesting and friendly guy and over the many years on dA my activity has become less and less about "I wrote this, look! Look!" and more on chronicling what it means to be a writer and the experiences I've had and the lessons I've learned, all in an attempt to make sense of this passion so many people share and to, hopefully, highlight the path to greatness so we can all be better writers and better people. It's as beneficial for others as for me.
Also, I'm loud and opinionated and if it's good enough to get Fox News viewers, it's good enough for me!
As for the second part of your post - The way to be your own best salesmen, for creators is, I think, is to meet people and interact with people and to be humble and friendly. Be enticing and sell your work but be honest, too. People are just as often fans of creators as of creations.
If my artwork is good enough, it will get noticed by others. When you think about it though, usually when it comes to works that get noticed a lot, people who comment on it usually become of one mind. I mean, sometimes, you get stuff that is just like "meh, could be better" but then some people think it's great and so on and so forth. Eventually, you don't get constructive criticism or proper feedback because everyone is just going "ooohhhh that's so cool" and they don't look harder. So what's the point of it all?
I don't know why you should notice me. All I do know is that every time I come over and peek into the literature forum, this thread is always there, laughing at me. I kept telling myself I would not post on it. But the voice in my head insisted. "Post in the thread! You know you want to~~~<3" "No, Voice, I do not!" But my resistance was in vain. Maddened by the voice, I finally decided to finally come to this thread and write something. Simply by typing up this inadequate response to your initial question, I already feel much better. Unfortunately, the nagging voice will not be silenced unless I submit it.
Now pardon me as I edit my inner editor to be doomed to an eternity of tripping up stairs.
On a side note, I have been using this thread to find other writers. So far it's been fairly useful, so I thank you for creating it. <3
Why should we care if you visit our pages? Not to be a bitch, though I don't particularly care if I come off as one, but why should WE justify or explain to YOU? What makes YOUR opinion so important? I mean, if you visit a page that's great- maybe we'll get feedback or perhaps a new watcher. But if you don't, life goes on as normal. My page reflects my interests, and my personality. If that's interesting to you, then yippee go check it out. If not, oh well. I keep posting and improving either way.
I don't believe you have to actually do anything. But: I am asking the same question that you've now answered for a third time. Technically, doing something. As to the accomplishment of the act... I've no idea 8D Perhaps trying to stay people from asking the same thing repeatedly?
You should read some of what I've written not only because I have confidence in myself, but I am confident you will not regret it in any way.
I honestly believe that if you were to read some of my works, you'd gain a new perspective. A perspective in which you could see the world in such a way that you would not be able to discern the normal from the extraordinary.
I write things. You feature written things. It's perfect
But seriously, I've never been one for selling myself. I don't like braggarts and I don't want to be one (though there are people that can walk that fine line of honestly selling their work without being a Gaston about it, I so rarely run into them that I couldn't name a single name). If my writing is good, and I submit it to a few groups where it's sure to be seen, then things will work themselves out. If my writing isn't very good, then I find ways to make it better and seek out the people that can help me do that.
And if all else fails, comment like a motherfucker and make some damn friends. But only as a last resort
Why should you come to my page and leave a potentially snide comment upon not liking my poetry? No reason. Why should you offer me, a stranger, criticism of my artwork, my writing, something that I've considered part of my life for years now so that I may improve as an artist? No reason. Why would or SHOULD you grace my humble page with a page count and potentially leave a comment? No reason. Why would it be awesome if you knew what movie I was referencing?
The only reason you would want to come to mine would be if you want to understand me more. If you don't that is okay too since I write what I want. The good, the sad, and the scary. But if you do feel a pull you might come away with some new thought. Come or not has to be your choice, because if I beg, plead, cry, yell, order, bribe or pout for you to come to mine it would be partially forced and then your mind won't be open.
Because I don't just write good stuff. I write damn good stuff. I work my butt off to do so. I've won several awards because of it. Because explosions. Explosions. Everyone needs more pyrotechnics in their lives.
Plus, if you get in on my novel early, you have the right to claim that your part of that elite group who heard of me first. Hipster street cred, yo.
Alternatively, writers need to start coming out of their shells. I know it's part of the stereotype that we are isolated, loners, shy, awkward, and PROUD OF IT, but good lord people. Agents can't help you if you don't help yourself first. I am completely guilty of this. I'm working on it. Of course, it's getting more and more easy to live your entire life locked in your room with your laptop. Who needs people when you have self-publishing?
I won first place in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest in 2010. I've also won a few short story contests in my local community.
And my Creative Writing instructor (who's a good CW instuctor, not like some of the others that have been mentioned on this thread) thinks I'm the best writer in his class. Not that I'm bragging. But I totally am.