If you are looking for motivation read Stephen Kings book “On Writing”. The second half is highly motivational. He spends time everyday writing whether he feels like it or not.
If it were me I would go for the Epiphone. It is a classic guitar with a timeless sound.
Sorry but this comment makes no sense to me. Tim and Soundroll are already featured on top sellers page. It makes sense to mix up featured authors so that new authors can get exposure and Aj doesnt have to rely on top authors alone. Relying only on top auhors makes AJ vulnerable. Of course AJ cant promote everyone, so sometimes authors feel snubbed. But that is the way it goes. Personally, i feel AJ does a decent job of featured authors for the way it is set up.
I think the front page could be used more effectively to promote the elite sellers. By the very nature of doing business AJ has to rely on the top authors. I am sure AJ is like any other business and the top 20% of authors generate 80% of the revenue. The top authors don’t make AJ vulnerable, they make AJ more competitive.
You guys don’t need to get defensive.
The fact remains, there are those that are featured more than once and then there are those that are never featured. And if you submit that this is because of the quality of music, I’ll have to call bs on that. There are many, many talented people on here that have not gotten any attention in feature or even from people in this forum.So, nope, still biased.
I should hope it is biased. It needs to be more biased and it is not bs that Gareth deserves to be featured more. He is a top seller with one of the strongest orchestral catalogs on AJ. The only site I know of that features tracks with little or no sales is AJ. In my opinion the barrier to entry for a featured track or artist should be much higher – in fact I would argue that AJ tries too hard NOT to feature their top authors. It is unimaginable to me that Tim McMorris and Soundroll are not featured prominently on the front page more often -or permanently – why not create an elite authors section on the home page for authors that have a proven track record.
It has always been odd to me that AJ chooses to feature new uploads on the homepage rather than income generating content.
I am a mac user and love it….but if I were starting new I would go with a PC. Apple has already abandoned the professional video community and I am afraid that they are becoming a gadget company and will lose interest in the computer side of the business. If you look at the speed of updates on the Mac side of the business you can already see that happening.
My first upload was 30 January 10, and there were 12,977 items. http://web.archive.org/web/20100104015609/http://audiojungle.net/
There might have been 5000 items in 2009 but I was not uploading then.
But I would like to point out that it “is” a good thing for the composer to snowball and I never said it wasn’t. However the fact that that is the ONLY way to get decent sales on AJ is NOT a good thing.
I have shown several members who have consistent sales without ever having a “hit” so to call it the ONLY way is not accurate. It is one way.
Ok SkyProductions, if we are going to have a debate – lets make sure you are using the correct facts:
1. When I joined in 2009 there were way more than 5000 tracks – if I am not mistaken it was somewhere between 15000 and 20000 items. I am not sure how many authors there were but it was more than just “a handful”
Now AJ has blown up in a good way and you top authors go to the top of search every time because you already have established buys.Lets look at that: #2 best selling author Tim McMorris had his first upload on 12 August 10 (not 2008 or 2009)
8 best selling author pinkzebra had their first upload 26 March 11
(not 2008 or 2009)
11 best selling author metrolightmusic had their first upload 22
September 10 (not 2008 or 2009)
18 best selling author thesecession had their first upload 16 June 11
(not 2008 or 2009)
There might be more in the top 20 but these authors make up 20% of the top authors. based on this it looks to me like AudioJungle provides authors with the chance for upward mobility.
You got 250+ sales in July Brown with out uploading anything? Congrats I think I got around 50 while uploading almost everyday. Do you know why you got more sales? Its not because you have better music, even though you might think it is. I just scored a trailer for ‚ÄúBroken City‚Äù and have list of credits with other exclusive libraries/publishers so I can hold my own.
I am not sure where in my previous post I claimed to have better music- can you point that out to me? – congratulations on scoring a trailer – but don’t accuse me of something I didn’t say.
Now a bunch of top 20 authors are about to come in this thread a defend themselves giving examples that people like PinkZebra, Sweetwaveaudio, and Music Premium just joined recently and have had great sales. Now while they have great corporate/inspirational music, they only got where they are because they had a track featured that was corporate, and it snowballed. Very lucky and not something the average AJ author should expect.
Ok lets look at some of their numbers: Pink Zebra – #1 selling track 483 sales, #2 selling track 259 sales, #3 selling track 217 sales, #4 selling track 214 sales, #5 selling track 156 sales
I didn’t look up MusicPremium and Sweetwaveaudio because they are not in the top 20 I used as an example above.
I am also not sure why it is a bad thing for an author to have a track snowball??
I only threw in the front page exposure comment because it often comes up in the forums and you are correct – you did not mention that.
Thanks for the education. I hope I continue to be lucky.
Do you know why you got more sales? Its not because you have better music, even though you might think it is. I just scored a trailer for “Broken City” and have list of credits with other exclusive libraries/publishers so I can hold my own.
I am not sure where I said I had better music…. Don’t accuse me of saying things I did not.
I think my experience might be a bit different. My last upload was May 22, but I sold 250+ items in July. It can be dangerous to make over arching assumptions about sales and the importance of front page exposure.
I’d personally say that a lot of the best music out here is from the newer authors. There’s tons of people that uploaded a huge portfolio a few years back and just earn from their catalogues, a lot of these composers are established composers that pretty much put their b-list stuff here before AudioJungle became big just to earn a bit extra.
When I see quotes like the one above I get offended. For some reason there tends to be a lot of bashing of the top authors in the forums and it gets a little tiring. There are exceptions to every rule but from what I have seen the top authors all have:
1. Large portfolios – a few notable exceptions have smaller portfolios but most of the top authors have portfolios between 100 and 200 tracks.
2. They have very well produced and composed portfolios – I would not call their stuff b-list.
3. They work hard at perfecting their craft.
4. I have also found they are very willing to answer questions and point new authors in the right direction. When I was a new author I contacted many of the top authors to get tips from them and they were all very willing to share what worked for them.
Yes – there are many talented new authors uploading tracks at here. And the ones that are creating great product and building a solid portfolio will eventually rise to the top. I have been on AJ long enough to know that a great writer with a solid portfolio will generate sales. It may take some time but as in any industry the cream rises to the top.
AJ goes out of it’s way to promote new authors more than any other library I have worked with. If I were Tim McMorris or SoundRoll or Pink Zebra ..etc… I would actually be a little frustrated at how little they are being promoted. When you go into any retail store – the products that are featured are the best selling products – they get the best shelf space. When was the last time you saw one of their tracks featured or saw them as the featured artist. Just because they have massive sales does not mean they shouldn’t be featured. In my opinion they should be featured more.
As I stated earlier there are many great new artists coming on line and I have no doubt that with a little time, perseverance and hard work at building a solid portfolio they will be successful.