Hi everyone…for our authors out there, many of you may remember that when you first became an author, for each Marketplace you had to complete a quick quiz answering questions about the uploading requirements for items on that Marketplace. Well, the funny thing about that quiz is that it isn’t so quick and in fact we are putting unnecessary barriers in front of potential new authors not because the questions were super hard or good, but because the way we designed it was not user friendly. We are also making it hard for existing authors on one Marketplace, from becoming new authors on another Marketplace.
It turns out we are standing in the way of great legitimate authors submitting great items to our review team. While it seemed well founded at the time (2007), it seems pretty unfriendly and unnecessary now particularly when our review team remains as focused as ever on maintaining the quality of the items on the Marketplaces.
Here are some details on what’s happening.
- redesigning the pages that explain what it means to be an author,
- removing the quiz and replacing it with some information about being an author,
- providing some welcome messages for new authors, and
- providing first time uploaders some useful information on uploading requirements and standards when they need it most – just before they upload.
Does anything change for existing authors?
Yes. Existing authors will be given permission to be an author on all of the other Marketplaces they don’t already have permission for (subject to the PhotoDune portfolio upload I mentioned above). So no need to go through the quiz or even the new process when trying to become an author on a new Marketplace.
Is anything changing with the review process?
No. We are very mindful about maintaining the quality of the items and quick review times. This is a key part of keeping Envato successful and we don’t want it to change. We will be monitoring our review queues very closely for any slowdown because of an increased number of items. We want them to stay flowing and for the quality to stay high.
When is this happening?
We are aiming to release this some time later this week. We’ll let you know in this forum post as soon as it’s out there.
You may have seen with the autopayments release earlier this month and some of the new pages in this release, that bit by bit, we’re redesigning different parts of the site. As Justin mentioned in a previous post, “every project or feature is an opportunity to rethink a particular screen, workflow or element on the page and raise the bar a little (or a lot).”
Also, there was a lot of work put in to this from many different areas here at Envato, so there are a few too many people to thank. The Product and Dev Teams actually did the lion’s share of the work so special thanks to Cath, Damir, Jordan, Emmanuel and Steve.
Great news for solo accounts! Any plans to expand this feature to handle multiple automatic withdrawals for joint accounts? That would be the cherry on top
There are currently no plans for this but for future reference it would be good to understand what the need is here and how you might like to see something like this work.
I just went through the options and received this:
You already have an Automated Monthly withdrawal request. If you would like to change this, you will need to delete your existing one first.Not sure if inception or it was automatically set for everyone? Confused
Hi Jonathan…from our end it looks like you set up an automatic withdrawal about 15 minutes ago. If you wanted to cancel it, look at the Pending Withdrawals above and you’ll be able to do it from there. Hope that helps.
Hi everyone…I’m Stewart one of the new Product Managers here at Envato. I started about a month ago and will be working with the great Product and Dev teams here to help make your experience better and better over time. Here’s an update on something we’ve just released for our authors.
We’re happy to say that all of our authors can now set up the automatic withdrawal of all of their earnings every month. You can set this up once and not have to come back each month to do it again (and again…and again…) so you won’t miss any withdrawal deadlines. Just head to the withdrawals tab in your account and you’ll see it there.So that means we’ve now got 3 (instead of 2) ways to withdraw earnings:
- A one-off withdrawal for a set amount that you specify and request each time;
- A one-off withdrawal for all of your earnings at the end of the month that you trigger every time; and
- (the new one) An automatic monthly withdrawal for all of your earnings at the end of the month that you set up once and can then forget about.
What about the different payment methods (paypal, skrill etc)?
Nothing is changing here. You’ll still be able to withdraw via PayPal, Skrill, Payoneer and Swift and the minimum withdrawal limits for each of these still apply ($50 on all except Swift which is $500).
If you have set up an automatic monthly payment and you do not meet the minimum withdrawal limit in a particular month, the payment will just be rolled over to the first month you do.
Will I still be able to set up one-off withdrawals if I have an automatic withdrawal set up too?
Yes. These will be queued ahead of any automatic withdrawal. If you choose a set amount, whatever is left over will be paid through the automatic withdrawal (eg $1,000 of earnings, can be withdrawn via a $100 one-off withdrawal and the balance of $900 via the automatic withdrawal already set up). So you’ll still be able to distribute earnings to others if you need.
What if I want to cancel my automatic withdrawal?
No problem. You can cancel one single automatic monthly payment or the whole series of them by looking at the pending payments on the withdrawals tab and cancelling from there. Keep in mind that any withdrawal that is already processing when you cancel, will still be made.
Are there any other changes?
The interface for creating withdrawals has had a redesign and several rounds of testing, but none of the existing rules and processes for withdrawals have been changed. We simply added a new recurring withdrawal of “all earnings” to help the majority of authors who were doing this manually.
Other than to thank Steve, Emmanuel, Jordan, Ben, Justin, Cath and Tom for their great work on delivering this project…we hope it makes your life a little bit easier.