I might not be the greatest example of a person who advertises themselves. Or really of even an artist in general. And especially of someone in the furry community - I've been on this forum for, what, a week? Less? Yet, I've still noticed an odd trend in the art channel, in terms of people selling their work and the way they're going about it, and I'm wondering if it's just me. That is to say, I'm noticing a lot of flawed self-advertisement. Any thread with "Commission (Hiring)" has the same four or five people spamming the same works with the same impersonal message. Don't get me wrong; their art is nice! But there's something so counterproductive about this for all of you - and I'm willing to tell you why. You're coming off as... well, desperate. You need to eat, you've got bills to pay. I get that, I know that. I've nearly lost my house before, and I went to every thread I could possibly go to, lowered my prices drastically to try to net more people in, and kept showing the same few pieces wherever I went. And you know what happened? I actually LOST buyers, I lost interest in my work, and people kept unfollowing me. It baffled me! I thought it was unfair, and people were just hating me for no reason. I didn't even realize at the time that I was killing my own market by not giving myself the self-respect I would want from my buyers. Nobody likes being begged for art, and it works exactly in reverse. When you're selling to a market as adult as the furry community (both in terms of budget and content) then you can't afford to put the more adolescent, less-professional dA spin on it. You're killing a business you aren't letting have the chance to even start. First and foremost, you should focus on self-improvement. Make works you've never been more proud of before and keep pushing yourself. Post all kinds of personal pieces. Eventually, the art you keep spamming will be outdated. Post your freshest works, don't just copy and paste the same few images. If you continuously self-improve, you'll have more watchers. I promise. Keep uploading polished works even when your commissions are closed. Get people to notice you. Secondly, not every single commission people want is something you're gonna like drawing! One person wants a piece with a background and huge scene and multiple characters interacting. One person wants a piece that's just a headshot. One person wants NSFW. One person wants gore. These are drastically different things, and, even if you have the talent to pull it off, are you really doing it because you love art, or because you love money? It comes off as insanely impersonal when you just copy and paste the same message for all the same requests, even if you think you're being open. The pieces you don't have inspiration for? They're not going to look as good, I swear. Lastly, have examples. This falls very heavily in line with the first point I made, but I'll separate it nonetheless. Focus on having a wide array of poses in your gallery. Give yourself a massive library of things for people to browse by just working on the stuff you would normally work on, and have commissions separated in another folder so people can be sure your quality never fluctuates. Link to your FA, either in your signature or in the post. Nobody wants to see the same examples over and over again, because the glamour that art worth money should have dies very quickly when you look at the same exact thing by the same exact artist repetitively. It helps you immensely to show people multitudinous things you've done so that they have a good idea of if your work is consistent enough to be worth their wallet. You all have talent, so pull that talent with you when you show it off. Don't try to pander to everybody, don't try to pick up whatever you can because 'well, it's a commission!'. Work within your specialties and self-interests, and it will pay off in the end.