Top 5 Tips from our Power Elite Authors
When an Author has earned more than $1 million USD on Envato Market, they join an exclusive club that we call our Power Elite Authors.
Power Elite Authors are world-leading experts in their fields with invaluable knowledge about selling on Envato. So every time an Author reaches Power Elite status, we interview them to hear about their Envato journey and to pick their brains for their top tips for up and coming Authors.
Today, we’re rounding up some of the most common bits of advice from our Power Elite Authors over the years. Read on to find out what they have to say!
1. Learn from rejection
Learning from having your items rejected is something that comes up a lot whenever we talk to successful Envato Authors.
No one likes to have their item rejected, but our top Authors often speak about how they have used rejections to motivate them further.
Many Authors, including SemiColonWeb, believe that facing rejection has made them create higher quality items, leading to more sales than they would have had if their first draft was approved.
Never give up on your ideas and beliefs. Keep working on refining your designs and stay motivated. This works best. Canvas, our best-selling template, also got rejected several times before it was approved.
2. Stay on top of trends
Everyone knows that it’s important to create content that people want. But how do you know what’s going to sell and what’s not? Well, aside from looking into a crystal ball, there are a few ways to stay across the latest trends, just like Motioncan.
One way to do this is to check out our Trends and Inspiration page on the Envato Author blog. We use Envato search data as well as usage and customer download stats to predict the kinds of content that will perform well, as well as highlighting what is currently trending on our sites.
All Envato Authors should make sure that they are keeping on top of the latest trends. Watch trending videos, animations and graphics every day. Follow the top Authors, and then over time you will upgrade your skills!
3. Lean on and learn from your community
The Envato Author community is a vibrant and diverse group of people who are based all around the world including Power Elite Author, PinkZebra.
Jump on to our forums and talk to thousands of Authors all over the world who are just like you, or find us on LinkedIn and start a conversation there. If you’re an Envato Author, remember to add “Envato Author Community” to your work history so fellow Authors can connect with you more easily.
The Envato community is one of the strongest assets for an Author. Use this valuable resource and get to know other Authors on Envato. We’re all in this together.
4. Find your niche
To stand out from the crowd, you need to create content that stands out from the crowd. Power Elite Authors usually get to that status by knowing what they’re good at and working to become the best, not by trying to do a bit of everything.
SoloPine recommends looking for gaps in the market that you can fill and work on making your items unique.
Find your niche and create something different from what others are offering. Add your own twist to it to make it unique. It’s often easiest to play it safe with designs, but you run the risk of not standing out. Create something you’ll be proud to stand behind.
5. Be patient
Becoming an Elite or Power Elite Author takes time. Enjoy the journey and try not to think too far ahead. If you take small steps every day towards your goal, you’ll get there.
Authors who can focus on things like quality and filling gaps in the market will do better than someone who tries to hastily make a million things at once, which is the advice vladdeep has for Authors just starting out.
Don’t quit until you get it done. You should also try to enjoy the process as much as possible without hoping for a hasty result. Patience is key.
Well, that’s the end of our top 5 tips from Power Elite Authors. We hope these tips have left you inspired and ready to conquer the world with your amazing items.
If you want more content like this, check out the rest of our interviews with Power Elite Authors in the Featured Authors section of our blog.
Thanks for reading! We’ll leave you with one final quote from Power Elite Author tagDiv:
Do not take the easy road, the easy road is always overcrowded!