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A Good Description
Concerning adoption, a good description is always needed. It informs the purchaser about everything they need to know about the character and the adoption itself.



Basics of a Good Description:

:bulletblue: Use proper grammar
A lot of deviants are *not* native english speakers and all the english they know is what they have been taught in school so try to use proper grammar. Talking and writing are not the same thing, 'your' and 'you're' do not mean the same thing and should *not* be written in the same way. Some mistakes or 'typos' can always happen, but as long as most of your writing is correct, the odd mistake is forgivable.

:bulletblue: Use punctuation
Unless you're a writer working on a stream of consciousness, periods and commas are not optional. (And remember that the first letter after a period is always capitalized)

:bulletblue: No walls of text
Writing every sentence after the other without leaving spaces ever so often is a good way to put off any potential customer. Walls of text are hard to read and are quite discouraging to a foreigner, even more so when proper grammar is not used. There is no word limit on an artist's description, so try using the 'Enter' key sometimes.



Main Contents of a Good Description

:bulletgreen: Adoptables' Name
Example: Wolf Adoptables
This tells people what the deviation is about, the species and the fact that the characters are for sale. Never, ever assume that just because you put a price in the description, people will instantly know that the character is an adoptable for sale.

:bulletgreen: Price and Payment Methods
Example: 80 points/ $1
Put it right under the Adoptables' Name, so people will know how much is it before reading the whole description. Having to search for the price is a put off and so is reading a wall of text to discover, at the bottom, that you can't afford it. If it's on top, a person is informed, and can choose to read your description or not.

If you accept something different than points or just paypal, say so near the price. There's nothing more discouraging than having someone say 'I want to buy' and then replying that they only send money with snail mail when you send them your paypal.

:bulletgreen: Adoptable Number and Status
Example: 1. Tropical Wolf (open)
This tidies your adoptables' status and informs the purchaser if his wanted design is still open or has been adopted. I prefer to put a /waiting for payment/ when someone has claimed the adoptable, this way a second purchaser can claim it if the first one doesn't pay in time. Leaving it open illudes the second purchaser but writing 'closed' and then not receiving payment puts you in the situation where no one considers that adoptable anymore because they all though it was sold.

Also, when payment is received, you should put in the owner's name, since they now have a right to the character and credit is always nice to give.

:bulletgreen: Species' Description (Optional)
If it's an original species, try to give as many information as you possibly can. Since the species is yours, it falls to you to inform people of what they are purchasing, about size, behaviour, diet habits and such of the species. You can't exactly be mad if someone made your species eat meat if you don't point out that they are vegetarians. Also, try to do a tidy list for this, and not throw everything together. You need to make it easier for your customer, not harder.

:bulletgreen: Rules
These are lists based on my own rules. They are in no way the 'perfect' set of rules, but they should cover most of the questions an adopter will want to ask. Since you might want to keep the phrasing simple, some people will ask you to elaborate. Be patient even if the question seems redundant.

Adoption Rules
- Claiming (Is it a 'first come, first serve'? Or is it a 'Fill this bio to adopt'?)
- Reservation (Will you hold the character until the adopter has the payment ready? If you say yes, don't whine if your purchaser takes months to pay you. You wanted the bike? Now ride.)
- Hold Status (How long are you willing to wait for payment before the adoptable goes back up for adoption? 8 hours? 1 day? 1 week?)
- Open for trade/price haggling? (Y/N And try to stick to what you wrote. It is unsightly to see a 'will-of-steel' that doesn't live to see the week and simply gives up.)
- Can be re-sold? What about refund?
- Art Credits (Is the purchaser allowed to repost your art? Even on other sites?)

Species' Rules (Optional)
- Breedable (Y/N)
- Open/Everyone can make their own (Y/N)

:bulletgreen: Credits
Example: Art/Lineart (c) : dev :
This tells the purchaser exactly who is responsible for the character they're buying and gives them a person to contact, should any 'permission' issues come up. Remember to separate the design from the lineart, in case you're using a free lineart.

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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:iconalikapearl:
alikapearl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so helpful. I'm completely new to this concept, so I wasn't sure what all the rules were. I'm still a bit confused about the character rights... so once an adoptable is purchased, can the owner then draw and display the character in their style? Or do they just keep that once image from the original artist, and that's it. Because it seems like people have a lot of joy in showing off their "babies" :D (Big Grin)  thanks so much!!!
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
When you buy an adoptable, you buy the character design, so the sum of species+colours/features. The right to the original image (and eventually the species if it's an OS) remains to the original artist. This means that if the buyer plans to sell prints of the original art or print the art on t-shirts and sell them, then maybe they need to talk with the artist before doing that. However, since their character belongs to them, of course they can draw it in their style and poses. :)
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:iconalikapearl:
alikapearl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, that seemed sensible, but I just wanted to make sure. Hahah, thank you so much! Your journals are extremely helpful and encouraging to everyone trying to get started. I really appreciate it.
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
You're very welcome. :)
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:iconaquasparkles:
AquaSparkles Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2015
One question...How would people resell or redesign the adoptable they bought?
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
A redesign is usually agreed upon between the buyer and the original creator (very important in case of original species because there are species standards) a re-sale is usually just that, you post a Journal where you put your owned characters up for sale. :)
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:iconaquasparkles:
AquaSparkles Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Thank you! I think I'm ready to sell adoptables now~ :happybounce:
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:iconlucalouise:
LucaLouise Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I only have one question left: What exactly are breedables? I see some of these flying around here and I still dunno what they are!
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Breedables are normal adoptables, with the exception that they can 'breed' with another character (who should also be a breedable) to generate puppies/cubs/youngings that are a mix of the parents. Usually the characters you can adopt are the results of the breeding, while the parents are already owned by someone. Unless someone is selling a character and giving permission to make it breedable. =)
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:iconlucalouise:
LucaLouise Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for explaining :D
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:icontrinitysage:
TrinitySage Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there, if you have a moment could you please explain to me why some people put anti-snipe or snipe-wall in their descriptions? What are they talking about?
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I saw you found the Auction Journal. ;)
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:icontrinitysage:
TrinitySage Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yep yep, but thank you so much for getting back to me and for replying to comments in general! You're very nice to try and educate us, hehe <333
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Haha, I'm just pointing out stuff that hopefully can be useful. ;)
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:icontrinitysage:
TrinitySage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
well i appreciate it!
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:icontearsdissolved:
TearsDissolved Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
One question about adoptable, would it be better if someone make character traits and story  for the adoptable or not? O-o
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
They would make it more unique, but no, they're not mandatory for an adoptable. =)
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:icontearsdissolved:
TearsDissolved Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Thank you.
Once I finished my adoptable, I want to check the prices for my adoptable since I never done it before. >.<
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:iconmarlene101:
marlene101 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful! I'm planning to start doing adoptables later in the future but I still need to figure out what to do and how make the prices fit with my adoptables. I'm doing my own speices and possibly will do other adoptables that are quite unpopular in the adoptable market.

Anyway, this journal is really helpful on what to do in my artist's description when I do my own adoptables. I thank you for making this! I will check the other journals on adoptables :D.
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thank you, I'm glad you're finding them useful. ;)
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:iconmarlene101:
marlene101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^w^.

I need to learn these adoptable stuff before I actually post them in my account.
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Many people just wing it, so don't be too worried about following these to the letter. :P
(I didn't and I'm still alive and going strong. ;))
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:iconmarlene101:
marlene101 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay :). I mostly wing it through my drawings and other stuff too. I'll probably do that anyway.
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:iconthepegasus-ponyprime:
thePegasus-ponyPrime Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really great, Thanks so much for taking the time to write all this!
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
You're very welcome, I'm happy it helps. =)
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:iconsargeant-knoxx:
Sargeant-Knoxx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was very very helpful, thank you so much. :D
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
You're very welcome, I'm happy you found it useful. ;)
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:iconerroru:
Erroru Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, thank you~ Information about add rules to description was helpful ♥ You did awesome job with this tutorial~
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Thanks, I'm happy you found it useful. ;)
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Nanahuatli Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This is really useful. I was thining about starting a small adoptables business. One question, though: What do you do if someone breaks your rules? Does dA have any policy about this?
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Well, my main rule is 'do not create by yourself members of my species' (breeding falls under that too), so I'm pretty protected by dA's copyright policy.

FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?

Based on this, I can report the deviation. There's the specific report 'this uses copyrighted work'. If they're a repeat offender, I can contact the helpdesk. =)

The problem is trickier if you have the 'do not re-sell' rule because there's no dA policy to protect you. You need to trust the buyers not to sell their adoptables behind your back. The best thing you can do is write a price limit, where they can re-sell, but only at the original price or less. This way people don't earn over your hard work.

And good luck with adoptables. ;)
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shouko17 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Urm,
I'm still new here and I want to make an adoptable..
but, I'm still confused about how do I sell them..
(advance, apologies for the bad grammar ^^;)
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconshouko17:
shouko17 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm...
okay,
thanks for the help! :D
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Sorry for the late reply, IRL is being fussy. ^^;
You might want to read the first Journal: [link] to lay a base and then we can talk about whatever it is that you want to know. =)
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:iconxchemicalkidsx:
xchemicalkidsx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
You should do one on pricing c:
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I did a small 'Pricing' section in 'Basics for Adoptables Artists', though a lot of people have asked me about this so I'll probably need to elaborate a bit.

Thanks for the suggestion. =)
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xchemicalkidsx Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
c: Id love that <3
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:iconjesska-lee:
Jesska-Lee Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You and your awesome Adoptable tutorial! Makes me want to attempt to make my own adoptables, but I need more practice with digital lineart before I do.
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:iconkarijn-s-basement:
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Haha, I'm the master of temptation. =D
Next thing you know, I'll convert you to Mpreg. =P
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:iconjesska-lee:
Jesska-Lee Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, no need to convert! I actually found your page the first time through searching for anything Mpreg related on deviantart =D

Though I will admit, you truly are a master of temptation!
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Haha, thank you! *bows*
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