my thoughts are, there is plenty of good music here already. the most successful AJ authors are the ones who were here first. first one to show up wins. its always that way in any business.
This is true for some of us (I’ve been here since late 2009, and although AJ had been around for a few years before that I suppose that’s considered getting in early).
But if you look at Page 1 of top authors you’ll find plenty of authors who have been here less than 3 years. PZ started March 2011, and Tim uploaded his first song late 2010. BlueFoxMusic started mid 2012. And I can tell you that AJ was rolling pretty well by 2010, and also that there were people even then implying that it was too late to join.
Also, back in the day (I’m saying this in a grumpy old man voice, BTW) we didn’t have near the pricing or commission levels that exist now. Meaning that what you made from those 55 sales would probably have taken twice that many in 2009. There are a lot of people now not in the top authors list but still making serious money.
I think you’re right that having a steady queue of uploads would help keep the pace of sales steady as well. That’s been conventional (if anecdotal) wisdom here for a while.
I’m going to echo Antonio here – stay on AudioJungle if it fits your lifestyle, you’re enjoying it, and it’s not detracting from your other musical pursuits. Clearly you have the potential for sales as you noted yourself (and as is evidenced by having more sales than tracks – a good sign). If you keep active and become more and more in tune with what buyers are looking for, you’ll be doing more than tip money. You’ll also have the potential to make valuable contacts with both authors and buyers.
However, if posting to AudioJungle is a chore or is taking time away from finding other gigs, etc, then you have to be the best judge of whether it’s time to pull the plug. Even if you don’t go the all in approach I personally think it could still be a good avenue for continual honing of composition and production in a low pressure way, a few hours a week maybe, just to keep the creative flow going, like an author might do in a journal half hour a day or something.
For myself, I love the stock scene because it’s frankly all I have time for musically. It’s been a huge blessing for me because I can make the kind of music I like and feel comfortable with in my (not copious) spare time, fitting in around my day job and family, without deadlines and other things that come with ordinary freelance. I’ve met a ton of cool people in the last few years, and since I regularly write and produce tracks I’ve definitely improved my skills and tools over the last 4 years, which makes me very happy (though there’s a long way still to go before I’m satisfied).
Well … I think it is not fair play. this is play with two decks. I understand to AudioQuattro. You must be losing a lot of money by following the rules.
I hear that! It’s not 17% for Ralf these days (or me for that matter), but 37% that we’re giving up for the privilege of being able to post elsewhere and playing by the rules.
But on the flip side, any exclusive author is also potentially losing a lot of money by following the rules as well, because all his or her songs are sequestered here at AudioJungle. There’s major opportunity cost either way that, believe me, I have stewed on for a long time. The only difference is that when you’re non-exclusive the opportunity cost can be measured easily and is guaranteed.
So, as has been mentioned before, it’s not just Matt’s rogue band of non-exclusives that have in interest in flagging authors who flout the exclusivity rules.
Yay! I just e-filed my taxes! And a week ahead of schedule!
I don’t know if it’s a definitive answer, but there is a hint that Envato Studio may open up for audio authors sometime in the future – see blimpage’s post halfway down the page on this thread
Awesome work! Looks like we’ll be seeing a silver paw soon, right?
Hey Josh, awesome work for so short a time! Congratulations!
From AudioJungle’s perspective I think they should definitely do it when a well selling non-exclusive author sets up an exclusive account. A kind of (insert New England country club manager’s voice here) “Welcome, I’m glad you’ve finally joined the club” welcome gift basket. One case that springs up to mind is Joel Hunger (his AJ account name is JHunger) he’s a great musician and super guy, always helping out new authors on the forums. He’s been a top selling author here for a while and a real column of strength for AudioJungle. He opened up a an exclusive account recently and whilst his sales have been very healthy so far and he no longer has newbie badges, I still feel that they should have given him the senior badges.
Oh jeez, I must have glossed over this the first time I read this thread – it’s still early here and I need more coffee . Thanks for the compliments, Antonio!
Good thread, and good comments!
I’m pretty much in the same boat, though vice-versa as I was already non-exclusive and wanted to sell some songs exclusive. It felt like kind of a bummer to have to start from the ground up for what seemed like a system limitation, but those are the rules I guess. When I started my exclusive account I had already reached Elite, so I asked if I could go straight in at 70% but was told no . But on the bright side, maybe I’ll get another care package some time in the future!
It would be great to see per-item exclusivity in the future, or some ability to link two accounts under one portfolio, but I’m sure there are some pretty serious obstacles to refactoring the system to do that.
Thanks, Adrien, for chiming in on transferring files from one account to another – it’s good to know that’s an option.
Agreed! Congratulations, Luca!