Not sure if you consider me a former top author, but I see that it’s getting harder and harder to compete with the huge amount of projects that comes in daily. it’s just not worth investing a month’s work in a project that gets 50 sales. For the summer I have completely stopped creating new projects and will try to come back with some small projects in the autumn.
i wouldn’t be so happy about those comments. Often times they are plain spam. I’ve seen an item with broken preview that got 8 comments like that in just few minutes. So, clearly no one was able to see the project, but everyone said it’s a great one. I’m not saying your project is not great, but lot of authors are spamming every new submission that gets accepted and what they say in comments usually has no relation to the actual project.
I usually open the general category that I need – which is Music or Logos. Then sort by date, scroll through the items and listen to those who managed to get at least 3-4 sales in the first days. That way I make sure I find a fresh music that has potential to be good. Then after listening some 30-40 tracks, I set aside 3-4 tracks and try to import their previews in my project to see how they go with the animation.
i always ignore packs. Sometimes i browse through authors that i fetured before to see if they have released something new that will suit my project.
3Docean has exceptions that doesn’t apply to VideoHive or other marketplaces. For example you could sell a real car 3D model on 3Docean, but you could not use real life car model on video hive.There was a recent policy update please see the article in Knowledgebase: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/513/0/trademark-use-and-real-world-products
Also see announcing posts: http://notes.envato.com/news/dos-and-donts-about-using-products-and-trademarks-in-your-items/
I had a friend who is playing drums and he joined in a well known local band. He asked me to create website for their band. Later when they released their album, they asked me to design their album cover and I got in touch with their record label and designed pretty much everything that an album release involves – CD design, posters, magazine ads, web banners, outdoor ads. They also asked me to make a Tv commercial. I thought I had never done it, but to be honest, this was also my first time to make CD cover, magazine ads, outdoor ads etc. At that time I was working in a radio station and my work was totally unrelated to a design. 7 years later I’m a full time VideoHiver earning a living from video animations.
Also keep in mind that no matter how many of your projects got accepted only the last one appears on the front page. Read more here: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/new-homepage-new-items-system/49104
Here is my version of color splatter logo in case you find it useful: http://videohive.net/item/premium-logo-pack-6in1/5372206