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DPW hasn’t been around very long (only a few months). Yet, in such a short time we have been able to connect with many great writers. Unfortunately, and something I only hope to be temporary, our views on the site, Twitter, and Facebook have been way down since the US presidential election night.

This is a trend I’ve noticed not just with us, but for creators all over; many artist and writers I know have also been struggling as of late to get views. Now, with the holidays coming up, I understand many might be distracted—but it seems as if people are avoiding social media altogether. And with all the negativity going on, I don’t blame you guys. Hell, I have been feeling a lack of motivation myself when it comes to writing and creating great content for you guys.

Last month (our first full month up and running) we briefly held open submissions for flash fiction, as well as Halloween submissions. We found some great work that way and even scored a great up and coming writer for the site in LG Rogers. But this month, we put out an open invitation for people to submit work for NaNoWriMo. Our goal was to help you guys promote a debut novel you are working on. It hasn’t gone well.

After we first posted about it, we got a few inquiries. People asked questions and seemed to like the idea—then election night happened. Since then, we haven’t had a single hit on the NaNoWriMo post. Our outside page views via social media have dropped (blog follows have remained steady though). The Twitter account continues to grow nicely, but the Facebook page has stagnated—with many people seeing our post but not clicking. It seems as if many are demoralized.

I’ve spoken with fellow creators and they have had the same problems as of late—with independent comic creators seemingly taking the greatest hit. While DPW is nonprofit, therefore not negatively affected by this downswing in interaction, many creators are struggling to make ends meet right now.

So, what I’d like to do to help counterbalance this recent trend, is to link some fellow creators to help send some traffic their way. Obviously, I won’t be able to link too many just off the top of my head, so if you are, or know any creators in need of some traffic, just email or hit us up on twitter and we’ll add a link to go with the others on the bottom of this page.

Thanks for your help, and as always, keep creating.

DPW Editor-In-Chief

Caleb James

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Check out these great creators and share this page so others can find them. Please share their work too.

Dan Nokes: Comic book writer/artist and creator of 21st Century Sandshark Studios Facebook – Twitter  Instagram

Sal Otero: Comic book artist – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

Ray Wenck: Author/educator/lecturer – Official Website – Twitter

Andrew Heath: Designs and illustrations – Official Website – Facebook Twitter Instagram

Daniel Andre: Medieval presenter/artisan – Facebook

Joseph Cillor Jr.: Writer – Official WebsiteFacebook Twitter

James Wylder: Writer – Official Website Twitter

Ren Garcia: Author/creator – Official WebsiteFacebook

Andrew Day: Creator – Official WebsiteInstagram

Please remember, these are just off the top of my head. If any of you guys want added to this list just message us at drunkenpenwriting@gmail.com on Twitter or Facebook.

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