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adriantry Envato team says

Hi authors

I’d love to explore the concept of the stages of life of an author with you. What are the most significant stages of growth and measures of success in the life of an Envato Marketplace author?

I’ve been exploring the stages of life of human beings for at least quarter of a century. I have six kids aged between 25 and 4, and could probably tell you anything you want to know. ;)

But what about authors?

  • What seemed significant to you early on? Signing up, your first sale, quitting your day job?
  • Looking back on your achievements, what do you find most exciting or significant?
  • Looking forward to your goals, what do you find yourself daydreaming about?

Any other thoughts?

Thanks! I’m looking forward to your insights! :)

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Firsh says
  • The first sale was memorable. But what’s more significant is that I never ever had to take a job. I hope that I’ll never will.
  • The most exciting thing is the increasing number of people using my product, the great feedback and the five star ratings. With bug reports and feature request from many of them I’m able to create code that is very compatible with various 3rd party things and stands out.
  • A bigger house, and eventually family, a child or more :) I’d love to spend as much time as I can with my future child(ren).
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webTypo says

just very quick my key points:

2009 (without a job, was freelancing at that time)

  • 1, Hearing about the Site
  • 2, Realizing it’s potential for web designers/developers
  • 3, Signing up
  • 4, Realizing that own skills are nowhere as good to submit own item

2010 (get a full time job and tried to save some money)

  • 5, Observing the marketplace while trying to improve skills

2011 september (quit my job and start to create the first design for themeforest)

2012 (only source of income is ThemeForest which isn’t enough, still support living from the savings)

  • 6, Submit first item into PSD category
  • 7, Get partnership offers which all turn out to be bad choices
  • 8, Submit more items into PSD category
  • 9, Getting some freelance work
  • 10, Find some very good partners, releasing some items together

2013 (Savings are gone, but enough income is coming in from ThemeForest to be able to start saving again)

  • 11, Thinking about learning HTML

2014

  • 12, double my monthly income compared to 2013
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bitfade says
  1. First item uploaded
  2. First item accepted
  3. First positive comment
  4. First sale
  5. More items, more sales
  6. Facing your first harsh comment / 1 star rating
  7. Facing your first customer who believes free support means free customizations
  8. Hitting the popular list
  9. Facing one or more flops after that
  10. Even more items, realize that doesn’t imply more sales
  11. Realize the technology you invested in is about to die, time to switch (former AD authors will relate)
  12. New marketplace, new items, hitting popular again
  13. Feeling safe enough to become a fulltime author
  14. Getting excited again when uploading a new item because you think this is “the one”
  15. Realize after 8h it has been approved that you’re never been so wrong
  16. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance completed in 24h, start working on the next item
  17. Goal: to get first 5 spots of popular list on TF and then edit item icons so they spell P W N E D
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nCrafts says

Hi authors

I’d love to explore the concept of the stages of life of an author with you. What are the most significant stages of growth and measures of success in the life of an Envato Marketplace author?

I’ve been exploring the stages of life of human beings for at least quarter of a century. I have six kids aged between 25 and 4, and could probably tell you anything you want to know. ;)

But what about authors?

  • What seemed significant to you early on? Signing up, your first sale, quitting your day job?
  • Looking back on your achievements, what do you find most exciting or significant?
  • Looking forward to your goals, what do you find yourself daydreaming about?

Any other thoughts?

Thanks! I’m looking forward to your insights! :)

1. First sale.

2. I started coding when I was 18. I spend the next two years writing code for the web, making websites, trying to sell stuff, or get some freelance work. I didn’t make a single penny. Not one dime. Looking back, it’s amazing how I still held on. I think it was the joy of creation.

3. Starting a company. Hiring amazing people. Doing wonderful work. Earning the life I always wanted.
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ThemeFusion says

1. Finding a trustworthy partner and start an account with him from scratch

2. Uploading first items after a month of development

3. Getting it rejected 8 or so times

4. Finally, approval!

5. First sale (a celebration) :D

6. Reading the positive comments.

7. Getting into top sellers list.

8. Spending all day on support.

9. Issuing updates for the first theme and watching user screams like they’re getting free ice-cream. Some will not be happy.

10. Dealing with angry users spamming your dashboard and email.

11. Leaving freelance work for being a full-time author on Envato.

12. Continuous development of new themes and investing more time on Envato.

14. Goal: bitfade’s goal ;)

- M

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revaxarts says
  1. register
  2. wait one and a half year
  3. submit first crappy item
  4. rejected 4 times
  5. celebrate approval
  6. celebrate first sales
  7. celebrate first month and being first top new author on TF
  8. work on other items
  9. celebrate 100 sales on the forums
  10. do something for the community
  11. first item which took more than 3 month to develop
  12. was no#1 for about 8 weeks in site templates
  13. thinking about something big
  14. do something for the community
  15. start working on a big project for about 8 month
  16. get approved instantly
  17. get awesome feedback
  18. get into the popular list of WP plugins (still)
  19. improve items
  20. do something for the community
  21. improve old items
  22. search for new ideas
  23. never set a goal cause it probably get reached

I didn’t mentioned family, friends and my girlfriend which helped me a lot in those years :)

Edit: earn $50 while writing this thread

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VF says

One goal (remaining follows or no importance) : Keep myself free from finance based decisions and allow myself to move freely to experiment with works without the feel of financial insecurity. Just a matter of keeping lifestyle this way rather than setting this as grand / big scale and rat chase for this.

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digitalscience says

This is my timeline, was quite a journey :D

2007
Working at a full-time job
Sign up to ActiveDen at work during lunch break
Upload first file, make $50 first month
2008
Start making 3 times my salary on ActiveDen per month
Buy sports car
Quit job and work on ActiveDen full time
Become number one top seller on ActiveDen
2009
Start making my years salary on ActiveDen per month
Dump girlfriend and start dating a newer hotter girlfriend
Start travelling the world, Europe, Africa, Asia
Become first Envato Elite author
2010
Move in with new girlfriend
Get distracted and stop making Flash files
Sales start to drop but don’t care
Play too much guitar hero
2011
Steve Job announces no Flash support
Go into denial
Dump girlfriend
Go into a depression, start drinking a lot
Start spending all my savings money on partying
Extensively research pyramids, and watch ancient alien series for days.
2012
Go back to ex-girlfriend but she cheats on me and I leave her again
Start drinking more.
Crash sports car
Eat a pigeon when Envato didn’t pay on time
Have a spiritual awakening on my balcony and talk to the universe
Become convinced the world was going to end December 21
Decide its time to make some changes.
Quit drinking
Upload first PSD theme to ThemeForest
Find developer for partnership to make WordPress themes
2013
4 Themes uploaded to ThemeForest
Start making a profit again :)

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nCrafts says

This is my timeline, was quite a journey :D

2007
Working at a full-time job
Sign up to ActiveDen at work during lunch break
Upload first file, make $50 first month
2008
Start making 3 times my salary on ActiveDen per month
Buy sports car
Quit job and work on ActiveDen full time
Become number one top seller on ActiveDen
2009
Start making my years salary on ActiveDen per month
Dump girlfriend and start dating a newer hotter girlfriend
Start travelling the world, Europe, Africa, Asia
Become first Envato Elite author
2010
Move in with new girlfriend
Get distracted and stop making Flash files
Sales start to drop but don’t care
Play too much guitar hero
2011
Steve Job announces no Flash support
Go into denial
Dump girlfriend
Go into a depression, start drinking a lot
Start spending all my savings money on partying
Extensively research pyramids, and watch ancient alien series for days.
2012
Go back to ex-girlfriend but she cheats on me and I leave her again
Start drinking more.
Crash sports car
Eat a pigeon when Envato didn’t pay on time
Have a spiritual awakening on my balcony and talk to the universe
Become convinced the world was going to end December 21
Decide its time to make some changes.
Quit drinking
Upload first PSD theme to ThemeForest
Find developer for partnership to make WordPress themes
2013
4 Themes uploaded to ThemeForest
Start making a profit again :)

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