[So You Wanna Apply For a Pet]
Need tips? Tricks to impress the owner? Ways to make your application more appealing?
Then you've come to the right place. In the following sections I'll walk you step by step through the process of making a spectacular application for the pet of your dreams (I'm also sick of seeing people steal mine e.e). So just read through, or skip to the sections that you need work on and you'll be that much closer to that dream pet!
[Before You Start]
READ. THE. RULES. I can't stress this enough. Read every single one of them before you even start to think up a layout. If you do not satisfy the rules, there wouldn't be much point in applying, is there? So don't unnecessarily waste your time; spend a short 5 minutes reviewing what the requirements are.
Neomail the owner, unless otherwise specified. Don't bug them, mind you. They probably have enough on their hands. Just a simple, polite heads up that you're applying for their pet is sufficient.
Make sure you know the pet, left and right, front and back, inside and out. Know the gender, the spelling of the name, and any nicknames that the owner would like you to call the pet.
Got all that? Good. Now on to the next section.
This is the first impression that your application has on the owner. SO MAKE IT GOOD. :D
First of all, try putting a little effort into your layout. Don't just type it into the page. Not knowing HTML is no excuse. Neopets has a very clear HTML tutorial here. Another great place to get codes is on CSShelp the Kougra's petpage: here.
Organizing your text into a simple table like this one is nice. Or if you're an artist, you can make a picture layout on a paint program which is very visually appealing. Here's an example of the picture layout:
Avoid blinding colors and music on the page, as its a pain to see. Music also distracts the reader from the actual text, instead of enhancing it. Make sure your text is READABLE. Don't make the owner of your pet strain, no matter how pretty a color the font is.
This is the most important part of the application, obviously. This is probably where 75% of what you will be judged for. Make it interesting and put your personality into it. Boring, dry essay like applications are terrible and almost always never read all the way. Show off your quirky self!
NOTE: You don't have to follow the exact layout of what I'm explaining to you. In fact, change it! Be more original! Put everything into a story, even. What I'm just telling you is stuff you should include, not the format you should include it in. :3
Intro. Ahhh an intro. Always include this, as it produces a nice "ooh, somewhere to start from" feel. It's a whole lot nicer than just diving into the text. Just a short one will suffice. You could greet the owner of the pet, and tell them what's in store in the application. Or you could add a interesting little "story" ditty. Or a description. Anything, really, just as long as you know it's the beginning.
About You! Add also a little place for information about yourself. General things, like your name, nickname, age, what you like doing, and anything else interesting that you think the owner would like to know. It also helps build trust and it shows that you're open and easy to talk to.
About You! (on Neopets) No, this section isn't the same as the one before. This one is important too, if not more so. This is where you share about your past history on Neopets and current status. How long have you been playing? How many accounts, and what are they? Have you ever been frozen and why? Oldest account? Also, add a part about your current life on Neopets. How often are you on? How many hours do you play a day/week? What's a typical day for you on Neo? That type of stuff. Mind you, I didn't list everything...you'll have to think of more stuff to add. ;)
Why Do You Want ____? The blank is the name of the pet you're applying for :3. Elaborate on this part. Be truthful. It never helps to lie...and people usually lie about the same boring thing. "I want ____ because she/he's such a pretty color and I like to roleplay with her/him." Nope. Go deep down and ask yourself, /why/ you really want that pet. Would you be devastated if you didn't get him/her? Any sentimental value? I can't really give you guidelines on how to answer this question, so I'll leave that to you.
Why Are You The Best Choice? Another good section to convince the owner that you are the best candidate for the pet. Why do you stand out of the crowd? Are your writing skills impeccable? Do you love drawing that particular species? Do you have lots of free time on your hands to make a petpage/adoptables/roleplay/etc.? Anything that you've got going for you, add to this section. Thanks, Peggy, for reminding me to put this! ^__^ -snugglelove-
Plans For ____. This part extremely important, and I suggest you make it nice and detailed. What do you plan to do with the pet if you're chosen as the new owner? Don't just list things. Explain them. I like to put this section in list form, but well organized paragraphs are nice too. Do you plan for the pet to be a battledomer? What about art and literature? Are you going to put a petpage up? Beauty Contest? Pet Spotlight? I could go on, but you get the point. Show how much you care for that pet in this section.
Contact Info and Transfer History. Put your contact info here. Or if you want to keep things private, assure the owner of the pet that you /do/ indeed have whatever instant messanger they require, and tell them that you'll neomail them with the actual info if you are chosen. It's also nice to show the owner what transfers you've done in the past and what advantages you have to overcome the pound lurkers (ie: DSL/T1 line, trusted friend to help you, etc.).
Outro. Just a closing statement. You'll probably want to add a little word of thanks to the owner for taking time out of their busy schedule to read your application. If you wrote a little story in your intro, you'd probably want to conclude it with a continuation of that story...or at least relate to it. :3 Again, it doesn't need to be paragraphs and paragraphs. Just one short one will do.
NOTE: These next two parts are optional, but I think they're a good idea to get one step ahead of the game!
Meet the Family. To really show the owner that each of your pets have a personality, put this section in your application. Show off how well you can get into character, and how creative you are with this part. You can have your pets speak in first person, as if they're talking to the pet you're applying for, you can just describe them yourself, or you can pretend they're having a conversation. This is a perfect oppurtunity to add a little humor.
References. This is another chance to show that you're a great person. Ask your friends to write references for you, telling the owner of your good points and further confirming that you are indeed the best choice for their pet. Don't put too many, as they're a bit of a pain to read. 3 or 4 are enough to show that you're a good person.
The following parts in this section aren't all necessary for your application, but it'll give you some serious bonus points. Just pick and choose what you're good at and put lots of effort into it. :3
Art. I hate to say this, but it's true. Beautiful art is a huge bonus. People like seeing their pets being put into art. Create a custom look for him/her, or ask someone to do it for you! Or you can go to _fluffy_chic_'s Makeables and create a custom look from her outlines.
Roleplay. This is usually required of most pets that I see up for adoption, but it may not be. Still, it's a good idea to show that you can. Make it descriptive and interesting. Don't just put the setting as a forest on a sunny day. Spice it up a little. ^____^
Story. You could also write a brief story of his/her background, or perhaps just a short story about how the pet got adopted, or how the pet obtained his/her petpet. Let your creativity soar!
Poems. If you have a knack for prose, you definitely need to add this section. It's rare that anyone would write a poem for their application, and I'm guessing it would be a nice refreshment from the usual crowd.
Anything else! What I'm saying is basically add anything that you think will help your chances! Make adoptables, draw a comic, write a song. ^___^ Play on your talents because I know you've got lots of it!
[Outside The Application]
GREAT! Now that you're done with the app, you can submit, right? WRONG. You can if you'd like, but there's a bit more you could do.
First of all, you could dedicate your lookup to that pet of your dreams. If you're not so great at CSS, I'm sure there's lots of premades out there that you can use. Next, you could add a little something in each of your pets's lookups like "I hope ____ comes home with us!"
You could also dedicate your shop to the pet. Add whatever you think relates to him/her (ie: If the pet is a Kougra, add Kougra related items). Also, if you plan on training the pet, add codestones and dubloons as well as some battle items. Or if you plan on upping the pet's intelligence, put some books in. Also, a huge bonus is to feature a petpet in your shop, so the owner of the pet knows that you've got everything set and ready for when the pet moves into your account.
[After You Finish]
Application? Check. Lookup? Check. Shop? Check.
Almost done! Now, read the rules again. Make sure you have /everything/ that they require. Whatever little phrase they want you to add, or a title of the neomail, or which account to neomail. As soon as you have all that information, proofread your application.
Get some friends to rate your application for you. And if they give you advice, LISTEN. It'll only help you. Make sure you have the gender and the name of the pet right, and proofread for grammar or spelling mistakes.
After that, you're all done! Submit the application that you've worked so hard on, and hope for the best!
[THE END YAY]
Congratulations! I've helped all I could and now it's up to you to personalize that application! You don't need to follow the exact structure of my outline. Spice it up and make it interesting to read! Throw in your own little twists. I hope this page has helped you, and good luck on your quest for that dream pet!
If I've left anything out, please neomail me.