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Literature DDs and You

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2011, 3:26 PM
:new: Hey Guys, the response on this has been AWESOME so far! Please keep comments and questions (and of course DD suggestions) coming because it is really positive to see what our community is thinking!

Also, please spread the word on this: +Fav this journal, tweet it, link it and direct the community to it :heart:

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend? I am having a romantic evening of laundry and X factor tonight, after a day out yesterday in Birmingham watching the gymnastics world championships in Tumbling, Trampolining and DMT which was pretty awesome. The journey back was a little scary after seeing an accident and then driving through fog back to Derby. Will be hanging around in chat tonight, so poke in and say hello! :new:


Hello

I have a feeling anyone who has had the privilege of featuring literature DDs has been where I am today. Whether the title Galley Director, Gallery Moderator or now "Community Volunteer" has been involved, one of our roles as volunteers is to select daily deviation features, a piece which is showcased for 24 hours at the forefront of deviant ART.

It's not our only role; we're not just DD producing machines. We get involved in groups, projects, community relations, chats, forums and critiques too. Most importantly, we are writers, members of the same community you are with probably similar ideas about literature on deviantART. The majority of what we do doesn't require a fancy symbol; you guys can do it too and in fact so many of you continuously put efforts into this community and that's what makes us strong.

You guys also have the ability to help get literature featured as a DD. Just because you don't have access to click the right buttons, you have a chance to suggest what can be seen there.

In an average week, I receive about 10 DD suggestions. Some CVs receive up to 50 suggestions a day. I sometimes worry my own choices do not satisfy the greater community and although I know we all have our own tastes, the support from the community is really important. This is why we love suggestions, because they show us pieces we may not find on our own. Every since I have started featuring DDs, I have literally begged for suggestions and I want more.

A few days back, theWrittenRevolution posted a poll and subsequent journal asking their members if they knew how to suggest DDs. The response sadly didn't surprise me, but at the same time concerned me. There were quite a few comments that suggested thoughts that weren't true and I thought it would be worth just putting a journal out there and clearing up some of those thoughts as well as sharing how to suggest a DD and what to do if you don't like what you see.

Firstly for those who are truly unfamiliar with the process of suggesting DDs, please check out the following links:

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
:bulletblack:The current CR Team

Your current literature Community Volunteers are:



Halatia- a fierce yet wonderful raptor, who has a love for science, glee and the big bang theory (seriously, sing "soft kitty" to her!).
wreckling- the monkey, friendly and very chatty, just like a monkey, but a monkey with a good knowledge of literature.
Beccalicious- this be me! I am the tiger, who roars a lot for attention and I also have a love for glee and the big bang theory. I have been on the volunteer team since July 2010 and absolutely love it.

(I don't quite know where the need to make everyone an animal came about, previous GMs included a Cat and a Cavewoman!)

:bulletred: Please note, there is actually currently an opening for another Lit CV into the team, if you are interested in applying, please see this journal

:star: We also have an official group called CRLiterature which is for all literature news! We want to be able to use this group to link up other groups, activities within the community and events/contests both on and off dA. Also we have the CRLiteraturechat room alongside it!


Some thoughts made by members of theWrittenRevolution and some answers...



Please note, I am not singling out individuals or responding for defensive reaction. I can genuinely see there are some myths about DDs that just need dispelling and want to be able to clarify this all in one place. Also note, some of these are paraphrasing!


The big, scary Lit GMs frightened me off

I remember when I first came onto dA and ndifference and imperfect were literature GDs. I felt a little intimidated because they had a different symbol and seemed to know a lot. However, both of them are lovely people and getting to know them both makes me smile because you realise that symbols don't indicate a person, just a role (trust me, I live near DEVlANT and he is about as intimidating as this :fart:). So the first thing I would say is, please don't be frightened. Watch us, get to know us. We're no different from you.

And I am only 5"4, I am not that big- the only scary thing about me is my face!


I had a suggestion accepted but the GM changed which piece from the artist was featured.

Yes this happens. We don't do it because we didn't like your suggestion, usually what happens is a suggestion may come in and it may be a first draft, or something not quite right. However we can see potential and wander into the suggested writer's gallery and sometimes we find something even better.


I don't know how long I have to wait to suggest again

There is no time limit or regulation as to how often you can suggest. If you find something awesome, send it in whatever time or day and whenever you find them!


A lot of what gets featured is abstract free verse and I tend to prefer and suggest stuff that is more mythological or evocative

If you have a particular style or genre you would like to see DD'd, help us find features for that genre. Personally I'd feature a script every week if I could, but the volume just isn't there!


Well, as far as GMs' tastes, I think they shouldn't follow their personal tastes but be objective, and judge its quality and not if they like the subject or not

I think this is something that is easier said than done. We all have personal tastes differing from one to another- it would be boring if we all had the same.  We are objective, we actually discuss DDs between the three of us and therefore it's not just one person's taste. I hope this reassures.


suggesting something of my own just seems low

It's not low. If this was the "real world", you'd be suggesting your writing for literary magazines, published etc. You need to believe in yourself as a writer to do that- what better place to start than on dA amongst your peers?


none of my suggestions have been accepted.

Perseverance is key. No were not going to feature everything, but then why not feature them yourself? Make use of your journals, create news articles and even collections of works you thing are great examples of literature on dA. DeviantART offers so many places to show off work, the DDs is a one page on one day.


Gathering DLD's tends to take most of it out of me

Consider killing two birds with one stone? Maybe when you find your DLD features, ask yourself whether it is also DD worthy. The same goes for any group you may feature regularly for.


I never get a reply.

This is a difficult one because it is self-prerogative. Personally I don't reply to DD suggestions, mostly because I've never really considered doing so. I am not entirely sure what people want in a response? Telling you "yes I will feature it" will risk losing the element of surprise when we do feature it. And what if I change my mind? (I do change it frequently!). Is a personal thank you every time you submit what you want? Let me know what you think.


Many of the lit DDs tend to have one of a select few deviants as the suggester.

Of course we do, that's because those "select few" send in so many suggestions! A greater range of people sending in suggestions will mean different names appearing wouldn't it?


CVs often receive so many suggestions that they also rely on your description of the piece to decide whether it's worth looking at

A good description is nice, but it's not what we judge a feature on. I read every single suggestion I receive, in fact I usually work backwards and read the description the suggester has left afterward.


To Wrap Up



I have to say that there is a wonderful feeling to be able to feature a good piece of writing and see others enjoy it. For those of you whose suggestions have been featured, you will understand this, pass on that feeling to your watchers. For those of you who feature writing in your journals and articles, this is the same feeling.

The fundamental baseline of an effective community is communication. If you do have thoughts about literature DDs- or anything else we CVs do, please let us know. Drop any of us or CRLiterature a note,  or even post on here or anywhere on our profiles. Talk to us, we want to hear from you. If you dont feel like you can talk to us, then talk to Moonbeam13

So finally here are some questions for you:

1. Do you regularly check todays DDs?
2. What encourages/discourages you from suggesting DDs?
3. What would you like to see DD'd?
4. You are a lit animal, what kind of animal are you?
5. What are you doing this weekend? :)

I hope this helps in understanding literature DDs on dA.  :heart:

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Pencil-of-Power Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
1. Do you regularly check todays DDs?
Yes, I do check them and comment on them, if I like them. However I do not congratulate the artist on the DD because I find it rather stupid. I can imagine the artist getting loads of messages (Imagin you log on and suddenly see that you have 100 Notes!) and being slightly frustrated if they are all like "Congrats on the DD"
2. What encourages/discourages you from suggesting DDs?
Until recently I was only in the fanart part of DA and additionally I didn't quite know how to suggest a DD (I know now).
3. What would you like to see DD'd?
Um, what kind of answer do you want? A specific piece of artwork/literature or just a genre?
4. You are a lit animal, what kind of animal are you?
A cat. I am obsessed with cats. Although, maybe I'd be an owl too. Owls are cool. I guess I'd be an owl-cat hybrid. A cawl?!
5. What are you doing this weekend?
Visiting my grandmother! She lives in a really small town so I'll come back with lots of inspiration. :)
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
1. I tend to actually check out DLDs move than I do DDs.
2. Hmm, I'm not sure, but I'll begin featuring and suggesting as soon as I can.
3. Actually... everything.
4. I believe... a hopeless romantic pug.
5. Writing.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, I never answered those questions :B

1. Yeah
2. Time, I don't actually have any.
3. Meeee--no, no, really really kidding. Nonfiction essays.
4. the kind that noms a lot. nomnomnom
5. pizza & gay club :party: you?
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Kotabork Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Writer
I'm still relatively new to dA, but I was wondering something. Do you look at the popularity of literature pieces to determine if it should get a DD feature?
I know DD features aren't like "awards" and that they're really supposed to feature (somewhat) lesser-known pieces of art. Lit doesn't get popular very often, but do you ever get a suggestion that already has a lot of "faves" and decide not to DD feature it because it has more "attention" than some other works?
I only ask because of the few times when other art pieces are in places like the "most popular" page, then get a DD feature the next day, or a few days from then. (Not that that is a bad thing, I really have nothing against that happening at all :))
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh cool. You used one of my questions. :D

Wait, so you accept self-suggestions too?


Your questions:

1.) Yes, I do.

2.) I was discouraged for a long time for a few reasons. I just thought I was somehow doing it wrong, or always suggesting to the wrong CV, or that my suggestions didn't matter because no one knew or cared who I was. But I was encouraged because I knew the people I was suggesting deserved it, so I started suggesting again and am glad I did. :)

3.) The stuff I suggest! :dummy: Well, obviously. I'm happy when I see more emotional pieces earn DDs, and also fixed form poetry.

4.) I am a kitty!

5.) Getting my rings re-sized and driving anhour and a half for a doctor's appointment. Then hopefully the movies.
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leoraigarath Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Writer
That's a lot going on. Great stuff! :)
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silverfleckedlullaby Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I suggest DDs sporadically, mainly when I come across a piece that's really, really fantastic. I understand that my taste might not always appeal to the CVs, but I have to admit I was very discouraged a few months ago when several pieces I suggested to a particular CV were not featured while many of the pieces I suggested to another CV were featured--I stopped suggesting DDs to the former after a while. Of course, this is not something I hold against that particular CV or the CVs as a group, but I do understand what people mean when they feel apprehensive about suggesting DDs. Not a negative reflection, again, on the lit team, just an observation.

About replying to DD suggestions: I liked `nycterent's policy of replying only when the suggestion was to be featured on a particular day. I do try and check out the lit DDs whenever I get the chance, but there's always the possibility of me missing a feature, and I'd really hate to miss out on seeing a piece I suggested getting a DD. Just my two cents :)
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Balaria Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
1. Do you regularly check todays DDs?

I do. Love to find good stuff.

2. What encourages/discourages you from suggesting DDs?

I'm pretty new to DA and still mostly just looking around so hadn't really even considered doing suggestions. Wondering why there just isn't a simple button to click to suggest something to the appropriate category and a little text box for a sales pitch?

3. What would you like to see DD'd?

Seems to me quite a few of the literary DD's are some form of poetry so..more prose, more fiction?

4. You are a lit animal, what kind of animal are you?

A fluffy kind?

5. What are you doing this weekend?

Hopefully finish writing a new chapter, maybe some beer, maybe some cheesy 80s horror movies :)
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FallenUmbrella Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Do you regularly check todays DDs?
Actually, no :/ Sometimes my internet dies. Sometimes if I know a suggestion of mine was featured that day, I would check the DD page.

2. What encourages/discourages you from suggesting DDs?
What first discouraged me was that my first few suggestions were not accepted. Looking back, I know that I wouldn't suggest them anyway. One of my dA friends encouraged me to suggest DDs again since I used to send deviations for her to feature. I'm a little busy now, but I always look for deviations to suggest someday anyway :love:

3. What would you like to see DD'd?
A lot of my friends have DDs, actually :giggle: And all of them deserve it!

4. You are a lit animal, what kind of animal are you?
A kitty :B

5. What are you doing this weekend? :)
I have no idea D: I guess I'm going to relax and do some of my school work.

Thank you for all the info about suggesting DDs :hug:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
First - thank you so much for writing this journal. I saw some similar comments on the tWR poll and was thinking about writing a similar journal. I've never been a GM, but I'm good friends with several past and current ones (from more than just the Lit gallery) and I've heard them venting frustrations that the community just doesn't understand the process behind selecting DDs. I think this clear-cut explanation is wonderful and I hope a lot of people read it and take time to comment. :hug:

Now, to answer your questions:

1. Do you regularly check todays DDs?

I haven't been lately because I'm not on the computer every day, but I do check them about once a week and tend to keep my eye open for the DD round up article that ^Halatia (I think) usually produces. As a side note - those articles are incredibly helpful for me, and many others I'd bet, in keeping up with what's been featured as a DD. Good work, guys!

2. What encourages/discourages you from suggesting DDs?

The first time I suggested a DD was to `LadyLincoln because she was asking for them in her journal. That suggestion was featured about a week later, and it was just a nice little rush to see something I thought was great put on display for the whole community. Generally the only thing that discourages me from suggesting a DD is seeing GMs that consistently feature work they find on their own instead of work suggested by the community. There's nothing wrong with either method, but I figure that if that GM...err, CV (gotta get used to that) is finding enough suggestions on his/her own, my suggestion would be better spent on a CV that does use community suggestions more often. I try to avoid suggesting one piece as a DD to more than one CV. I forget sometimes. >.<

3. What would you like to see DD'd?

I've been pretty happy with the DDs I have had time to read lately, actually. One issue I had with GMs of the past was that some were pretty big sticklers on grammar/themes/character development/whathaveyou and if just one of those areas was weak it meant the piece wasn't featured, even if the rest of it was OMG MIND BLOWN awesome. That sorta discouraged me from suggesting to those particular GMs, so yeah. It is nice to see those sort of rigid parameters loosened up so that some work that needs a bit of polishing in one area still gets recognized for being awesome otherwise. (It also puts those sort of works under the spotlight for critique, if the author wishes.)

4. You are a lit animal, what kind of animal are you?

I'm a platypus. :ninja:

5. What are you doing this weekend? :)

Working, sadly. Though yesterday (Saturday) I took off for my birthday. I spent the day at my dad's playing the most epic game of Risk in familial history. ;)
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