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General Stock Discussion / Good Companies To Start With?
« on: February 01, 2016, 12:45 »
I'm basically still starting out and was wondering which sites tend to have lower rejection rates which might be a good place for beginners to start? Thanks.

I suggest looking at Gumroad to sell digital and physical collections of images.

And Sellfy is another place you can sell digital downloads including images.

General Stock Discussion / But First, A Few Questions.....
« on: January 31, 2016, 08:52 »
I create abstract backgrounds and I'm new to getting them into libraries. I've done some stock audio in the past, but not hardly anything with images.

I have a few questions. I realize that one library that's good for licensing photos may not be good for illustrations (that is what it's referred to as, right?) So my first question is, what libraries would you suggest where I would have a decent chance to get my work accepted and make some sales, even if business isn't the best there?

I've dealt with Envato before and it seems like in the last few years their review vetting has become ridiculous. I'm sure there's a lot of threads about that here. I decided to try anyway with a submission yesterday, which took me a really long time. This morning I saw that, sure enough, I was rejected and I'm not surprised. Now I wonder if it might be because I had uploaded the image to Google Plus before that. I don't know if that's the case or not, but I'll check that out later. I realize that most other libraries out there will have a much more streamlined upload process, and I'm looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to hopefully finding at least one or two libraries that accept the majority of my designs.

But I d also like to promote and market my designs on my own. Is this even really done in this industry? I was wondering about that, but what I'd really like to know is, does anyone know exactly who would buy backgrounds and patterns? I realize it might be a wide range from site owners to businesses. Anyways, it seems like I might have to get a real handle on understanding just who would be interested in this before I can just go out on social media and network, hashtag my posts, and hope to make sales that way.

One question I do have is, do you think there's enough demand for me make a decent amount of money doing this if I can create a good quality library? I know people will suggest that I diversify and do more than just backgrounds, but this is what I know and I'm fairly skilled with it.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and thanks for any help.

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