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« Reply #50 on: July 22, 2010, 04:45 »
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Congratulations!  I wish you many more successful years, fun shoots and at least one big raise per year!


« Reply #51 on: July 22, 2010, 10:46 »
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Congrats Lisa! I don't mind repeating myself from the other thread as this is no small thing, well earned and well deserved!

« Reply #52 on: July 22, 2010, 10:50 »
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Congratulations, Lisa!!
We've always admired your port, and there is no wonder why you made black diamond.
We wish you many more sales!!

« Reply #53 on: July 22, 2010, 11:25 »
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congratulations! more curious is that last time I see your IS profile I saw you were with 160k sales :P (I guess)

long time or not so long? it cant be before April 09 :P

lisafx

« Reply #54 on: July 22, 2010, 15:04 »
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Thanks again for all the nice words :)

Luis, I wish I could tell you when it was 160k.  I don't keep close track, but I do know I have been eagerly awaiting the black diamond for the last couple of months. 

@Rob, thanks for BOTH congrats.  Brings twice the smiles to my face :) :)

« Reply #55 on: July 22, 2010, 17:12 »
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ooh nice.  congrats.

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« Reply #56 on: July 22, 2010, 18:34 »
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Congratulation Lisa! Your achievement is an inspiration to many of us.

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« Reply #57 on: July 22, 2010, 19:20 »
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Congrats Lisa! That's a pretty major milestone.

« Reply #58 on: July 22, 2010, 19:51 »
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Congrats! That's a great achievement! I hope someday I can reach that milestone too.

« Reply #59 on: July 22, 2010, 21:41 »
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congrats,Lisafx...I never thought that your are on the level of black diamond of IS because i often saw you like to complain at it, LOL...so what if you turn into the exclusive,the pay would be double or triple...??I dont know,do you have any idea of that?

lisafx

« Reply #60 on: July 23, 2010, 08:11 »
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congrats,Lisafx...I never thought that your are on the level of black diamond of IS because i often saw you like to complain at it, LOL...so what if you turn into the exclusive,the pay would be double or triple...??I dont know,do you have any idea of that?

Thanks for the congrats :)

As I have said many, many times, the reason slow sales at Istock concern me so much is because they are a very large part of my income. 

And I have also made no secret of the fact that I have considered exclusivity a lot over the years, but in the volatile microstock industry I feel safer keeping my options open for the moment.  FWIW there is no bump in commission from Diamond to Black Diamond anyway. 

« Reply #61 on: July 23, 2010, 14:16 »
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Impressive - Congrats Lisa!!!
Michael

« Reply #62 on: July 23, 2010, 14:48 »
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Well done!

I was going to say, "This is very inspiring and motivating to me" ... then again maybe you would rather hear that your competition has become discouraged and quit.   ;)

lisafx

« Reply #63 on: July 23, 2010, 14:54 »
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I was going to say, "This is very inspiring and motivating to me" ... then again maybe you would rather hear that your competition has become discouraged and quit.   ;)

LOL!  You HAVE been paying attention ;D

« Reply #64 on: July 23, 2010, 20:55 »
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Allow me to add my sincere congratulations. It's a great achievement, especially for a non-exclusive.

« Reply #65 on: July 23, 2010, 21:02 »
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Congrats from angry parrot  ;D
archivement is bigger with B role models, congrats again...

« Reply #66 on: August 08, 2010, 01:21 »
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As I have said many, many times, the reason slow sales at Istock concern me so much is because they are a very large part of my income. 

And I have also made no secret of the fact that I have considered exclusivity a lot over the years, but in the volatile microstock industry I feel safer keeping my options open for the moment.  FWIW there is no bump in commission from Diamond to Black Diamond anyway. 

I can't blame you for feeling that way.  The bottom line is the vast majority of contributors can make substantially higher income staying independent.  I took a noticeable earnings hit when I went exclusive at iStock, and I am taking another temporary hit right now due to the slow sales there.  If I were doing this for a living, I would almost certainly want to spread my earnings over multiple sites and reduce my risk.  That said I have no regrets for choosing exclusivity.  The income is solid, and the work flow is much simpler.

Keep up the great work Lisa.  We're going to need a new diamond level for some of you!

« Reply #67 on: August 08, 2010, 13:20 »
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...  FWIW there is no bump in commission from Diamond to Black Diamond anyway. 

A somewhat OT question ... At what level does one graduate from $0.26 royalties for XS images?  And what amount can I look forward to receiving for XS images when I reach that exalted level?  Or are pay increases mostly tied to being exclusive.

« Reply #68 on: August 08, 2010, 15:31 »
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There is no "mostly" about it Chia.  Pay increases are for exclusives only.  As a non-exclusive, you get a fixed 20% commission regardless of canister level and XS images cost 1 credit for any non-exclusive image.

« Reply #69 on: August 08, 2010, 18:25 »
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Thanks!  I see that bronze exclusives get approx. $0.76 per XS download, which would be almost a 3 times pay increase for the 30 to 40 percent of my downloads which are XS.

« Reply #70 on: August 08, 2010, 22:16 »
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Right, just keep in mind the increase is not as dramatic for larger sizes.  Gostwyck, in a thread a few pages back, did an analysis of the expected pay increase for those considering exclusivity:

http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/evaluating-exclusivity-at-istock-crunching-the-numbers/

It's darn close to dead-on in my opinion, and well thought out. There are other positive considerations too, such as Vetta and E+.  But there also negative risks such as only being able to get your image accepted at one site...and if they don't like it, you'll never see it online.  When I was independent, I had separate "winners" at Shutterstock, Dreamstime, iStock, etc.  It's a lot to consider.

And now back to our regular programming...LisaFX rules!   :)


 

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