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Two Steps to Start

:bulletgreen: Create a new account
This is not necessary, per se, but if you have in mind to do more than just one or two sheets of adoptables, it might be a good idea to start a new account. This way you won't spam your watchers' inbox, if they're not interested in adoptables, and you can organize your gallery in a better way.

:bulletgreen: Be a member of Adoptables Groups
dA is a big community and the sheer amount of new deviations every day makes it hard for your art to be seen. Considering that you just made a new account for your adoptables, you have basically no watchers whatsoever so how can you get the exposure you need to sell your characters? The answer is join Adoptables Groups. By doing this you can do two things, the first is submit your adoptables to their gallery and advertise them, the second is observing the trends, what people like to draw and buy more.

Make Adoptables
Adoptables Tutorial

Pricing
It is always hard to decide how to price your own adoptables and there are no guidelines for this. There are, however, two lines of thought on this:

:bulletgreen: Timer Pay
You decide how much you think your *time* is worth. So, if you take half an hour to make an adoptable and you think your time is worth 800pts/$10 an hour, then the adoptable is going to cost 400pts/$5. While this method is more fair to the artist (you), you should also take into account what your current drawing level is. (Remember that the buyer doesn't see the effort, only the result, and better looking characters sell for more.)

:bulletgreen: Mean Pay
Look around, take twenty or thirty adoptables that generally look like yours (drawing style, flats/CG, anthro/animal) and look at how they were priced. Then choose something in the middle. This is a method that follows the general pricing, so it will be easier to sell your characters if you price them like this, but it also disregards any effort you might have put in the making of your adoptable.

The Secrets: Patience and Exposure

:bulletgreen: Exposure
dA is a big community, among the many artists who are looking for a character to adopt there is certainly one that would adopt yours, but you can't expect them to come knocking at your door, begging you to sell them your character. You need to advertise your adoptables, submit them to many Adoptables Groups, maybe add a link in your signature to your Adoptables Account. Why do you think the big companies spend so much money on advertising?

:bulletgreen: Patience
In the end, Adoptables Selling comes down to this and only this. Patience and staying strong on your own rules.
I'm usually sympathetic when people want to buy my adoptables and tell me that they can't afford them because their adoptables *don't sell*, but I become a bit annoyed when I go to their page and see that their 20 points adoptables are all sold through trades and drawptions.

Selling adoptables can be hard and it may take a lot of time, even months, you can't simply give up after a few days! If you are not concerned about the points/money, then write in the rules that you're open for trades too, but don't write that it's *points!only* and then give adoptables out to the first person who begs you with a pretty please. Doing this is pretty dangerous for a seller because you show your customers that, with enough begging, you will yield to their requests because you have done so before. And an artist who has adopted from you through a trade, will ask you *again* if they see something else that they like.

(If you are unable to refuse them, then offer them a trade for a *new* design, like an art trade. This way you still have your adoptable to sell and you've made the other person happy.)

Adoptables Journals Series:
Adoptables, Basics for Adopters
Adoptables, Basics for Adoptables Artists
Adoptables Tutorial
Adoptables, Writing an Artist's Description
Adoptables, Customs
Adoptables, Design Tutorial
Adoptables, Buying Adoptables
Adoptables, Pricing
Original Species Tutorial
Adoptables, Auctions
Adoptables, Original Species Confusion
Adoptables, I sold one, now what?
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AtelierCrystal Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2014  New member Student General Artist
I've pretty much established what adoptables are, but there's a sub category of them that still confuses me: hatchables. I've searched and searched for info about them, and while loads of people seem to do hatchables no one really explain how it works. I get that the principle is about the same, but how exactly do hatchables work? How do you hatch the eggs? Do people just adopt the egg and create their own design of the character based on how the egg looks, or does the hatchable creator draw the hatched character's design later? And if it's the latter, why not just draw a regular character to begin with instead of a hatchable?
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
There are four main kind of hatchables:
- Complete Surprise
- Mostly Custom, Nearly Commission
- Pick a Base
- It's Already Done, but You Didn't Hear it from Me

They all start with an egg, and the only differenct is how much influence you have on the final design and how much of the design you can guess without buying the egg.

Complete Surprise = The design is already done, but the artist doesn't give you any clue on what it is. The only thing you can know is the palette, because usually eggs are done with the hidden design's palette.

Mostly Custom, Nearly Commission = Rare kind, this one. You know the palette, but the artist lets you choose sex/race/extra. So it's basically a mini-commission on a pre-set palette.

Pick a Base = The most common. The artist gives you the palette and gives you a choice on the lineart/base you want, among a couple the artist has.

It's Already Done, but You Didn't Hear it from Me = The artist gives you the palette and tells you on which base he's going to do the design. Most likely the design is already done.

Most of the eggs on dA are auto-hatchable, so they 'hatch' when the egg is bought, without other actions needed. Others require actions, the nature of such must be decided by the egg artist. Who usually writes them down in the description and makes sure the buyer has read everything before selling them the egg.

And the reason why people like eggs... It's mostly about the surprise. ;)
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AtelierCrystal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Wow, wasn't expecting a reply this quickly, haha. Well, now that I'm more informed it's time to add hatchables to the list of adopts I make~

Thanks so much for the info!
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
I was online, no sense in waiting. ;)
(And I'm procrastinating studying...)

You're welcome and good luck. :D
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AtelierCrystal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Don't feel bad, I've been procrastinating studying the whole day- //shot

Anyway, since we're on the topic of adopts, can I ask you something? You seem pretty experienced with adopts, and I recently made an original species... it hasn't gathered much interest so far though and I think I might need on a second opinion on this OS, would you mind looking at it and telling me what you think? If you want to, that is ;w;
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Haha, I feel like an old coot now. :D
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But no, seriously, I'd be happy to help you out, though you need to realize that with everyone and their grannies doing adopts and throwing themselves in the OS business (they were 'original' about two or three years ago, but now they're all that seems to be out there), it's hard to shine, unless you can count on a great drawing style or an already big pool of watchers.
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AtelierCrystal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Yup, I'm aware. I actually made this OS for fun and not to get popular or anything, but it's a little disheartening all the same if no one seems to take any interest in it. I was thinking of doing adoptables based off this OS, but it they're not getting any attention I guess I'll have to scrape the idea...

I put all the info in here :ateliercrystal.deviantart.com/…

It might be a tad lengthy, but I hope you can have a read through it and tell me your thoughts on it ^-^
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
The species is well structured, though you should know that with kemonomimis OS you're walking a thin line between OS and simply 'fancy kemonomimi design'.  I admit I just skimmed over it because I noticed some other things that might be the cause of your 'my OS hasn't gathered much interest'.

And they are all tied to the same problem. You have a week old account, with four submissions, which are submitted to a limited amount of groups. Basically, very few people know about you and your adopts, your previous adopts are clothes (so not even in the 'creature' part of the adopts community) and you have yet to post a batch of your OS. I'm sorry if I seem a bit harsh here, but it's the job of the artist to go out and advertise their art and adopts, and with such a young and 'shy' account, you cannot expect much feedback over your OS.

So the problem is not the interest of people, is that not many people know about them. Keep in mind that I have many watchers but barely 1% of them actually go out of their way to offer me insightful critique over an OS.

So my suggstion to you is to make some adopts of your OS (which is good practice anyway) and sumbit them to more groups. Not only OS adopts and designs, but also to more 'general' adopts groups since many of them have a folder for original species. ;)
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loonaismenow Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do the people give you the pionts?
i'm trying to sell some adoptables but i don't know what to do when a person wants one can u help?
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
On your mainpage there's a button on the side that says 'give'. You click on that and you get some options and among them there are 'points'. Either that or set up a donation pool for points or a Purchase Button.
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