Author Tutorial

HOW DOES AUTHORING WORK?

The authoring process is relatively simple. As an author, you complete an upload form, taking care to prepare your items properly according to the upload instructions. Once uploaded, the items are inspected by our review team to ensure the items work and are a good fit for the library. If your item is approved, the reviewer inspecting your item will give it an appropriate price and the item will then appear in the library.

If an item is not approved, the reviewer will provide some explanation on whether the item needs a small improvement to be accepted, or is not appropriate for sale here. In both approval and rejection cases, you will receive an email to let you know the outcome of your upload.

HOW DO AUTHORS MAKE MONEY?

If your item is approved for sale, you will receive a percentage of every sale into your account earnings. If you choose to keep your portfolio of items exclusive to the GFX-Market then the percentage you earn begins at 60% and increments up to 80% as you sell more files. If you choose to sell the same items elsewhere and opt to be a non-exclusive author you will receive 33% of each sale.

Note that exclusivity does not mean you cannot sell other items elsewhere. It only means the items you sell here must exclusively sold here. We have created this system to help make the Marketplace libraries as unique and valuable as possible.

HOW IS PAYMENT MADE?

Each sale of one of your items will result in an increased earnings balance in your account. Your earnings can be used in the following ways:

1. At any time you may choose to use your earnings to purchase files on the GFX-Market.

2. Once your balance has reached $10, you may request a payout to your PayPal, Skrill (Moneybookers) or Webmoney account that you specify via your Account page.

All payment requests are processed at the start of each new month and paid out on the 15th of that month. For example, if you request a payout on the 20th of March, payment will be made on the 15th of April. If the 15th of the month falls on a weekend or public holiday, payment will be made the next business day.

PAYMENT RATES

Every time an item is sold on the Marketplace has a percentage of the sale price going to the author. The amount is determined by whether the author is selling the item only on the  Marketplace and by how many sales they have had in the past.

Selling Exclusively: 75% – 85%

As an Author on the Marketplace you are eligible to receive between 75% and 85% of every sale should you choose to sell only items that are not sold elsewhere. Being an exclusive author simply means that any items you sell on the Marketplace are unique to our libraries.

You are entitled to sell other items elsewhere, but not the same ones. This helps keep the marketplaces healthy and unique, and ensures buyers aren’t just browsing through items they could get anywhere.

New authors begin at the 75% level and as sales volume adds up, so does the commission percentage. That means the more you sell, the more you earn!

You can see a breakdown of how the percentages change with sales volume in the table below.

Official Payment Rates

Percentage Sales Volume
75% $0
76% $1,000
77% $2,000
78% $3,000
79% $4,000
80% $5,000
81% $6,000
82% $7,000
83% $8,000
84% $9,000
85% $10,000

Selling Non-Exclusively: 50%

If you are choosing to sell the same content as you are selling on another marketplace or on your own site then you fall into the non-exclusive group. Non-exclusive authors receive 50% of each sale they make on the Marketplace.

ITEMS UPLOAD

In order for an item to be accepted on the GFX-Market it needs to follow the upload instructions and fulfill our quality standards. Each item type has its own upload instructions and file preparation guidelines.

As a general guide, all items require:

  • Name (Titles): Item titles should be grammatically correct and capitalize the first letter of each word. (e.g., “30 Fabric Textures”) Titles should be descriptive but avoid subjective language (“beautiful” “awesome” etc).
  • Description: A complete and informative description of your product.
  • Image Preview : Big image to represent the item. The width of the images should be 590 px.
  • Preview Image Set: Images that complement the big image to represent the item. Set of previews image must be packed in a zip archive.
  • Main File: A main downloadable ZIP complete with help instructions and files for buyer download.
  • Tags: Provide helpful tags to help buyers find your file using search.

If for some reason an item does not meet one or more of these requirements, the reviewer will outline the reason the item has not been approved and describe any specific improvements that need to be made.

The maximum size of uploaded files should not exceed 250 MB.

Reasons Items Might Not Be Approved

Sometimes items will be rejected for any reason. Some of these reasons might be:

  • If a series of very similar items are already in the GFX-Market library.
  • If the files are corrupted or we suspect it carries a virus.
  • If the item is difficult to use or implement.
  • If the item does not meet marketplace quality or aesthetic standards.

If your item does not pass review, you will receive email notification and your item will become inactive after 30 days.

COPYRIGHTS

Copyright is a legal concept that gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it. The copyright holder has the right to choose if anyone else can use, adapt or resell their work and have the right to be credited for that work.

Only the copyright holder of a work may do the following:

  • Make copies of the work and distribute them.
  • Create derivative works or alter the work in any way.
  • Sell the work in either it’s original version or in an altered form.
  • Grant or sell licenses to use the work.

Remember the creator of a work retains copyright to it even if they don’t expressly tell you so.

As an author you have the responsibility to only sell things that belong to you. By selling an item, you are making an agreement not only with the GFX-Market but with anyone who buys your item that you own full copyright to that item, and have appropriately licensed any auxiliary content that it makes use of.

There are very serious consequences for doing the wrong thing when it comes to copyright so make sure you read this section very carefully and avoid misusing another person’s work. If after reading this section you are still unclear you should contact us to answer any questions you have.

The GFX-Market takes copyright violation very seriously. If we discover that a work has violated copyright we will ban the author from the GFX-Market, freeze any funds made from the sale of that work and in some cases the injured party will take legal action against you – so make sure you know the rules!

WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

A copyright infringement or violation is the unauthorized use of work that is covered by copyright. If you use, alter or sell another person or company’s work without a license or their written permission then you are violating their copyright and are breaking the law.

Here are some requirements to comply with copyright violations:

  1. The item must not include any brand names, logos or trademarks. For example you cannot use an Apple or McDonalds logo, even if you have recreated it, photographed it, or altered it. You cannot use a photo of a watch if the brand name of the watch is legible.
  2. The item must not be based on any other item. For example you cannot submit a website template that is based on an established website. Similarly you cannot submit an item which is too similar to another item for sale on the GFX-Market or another website.
  3. The item must not be based on a tutorial. For example you cannot submit an item that you created by following a tutorial, in whole or in part. Even if the tutorial writer has granted a license for use you should keep in mind that on principle the GFX-Market do not allow tutorial recreations. You cannot reproduce any elements of another tutorial or another person’s work, unless you have the license to do so.
  4. You must not upload items that have been decompiled or otherwise reconstructed from another item (even if that item is your own). For example you cannot decompile a Flash file and resell it, even if you alter it significantly.
  5. You must not upload an item that uses free or purchased components from any other source unless you have an express license to do so. For example you cannot download a file then use part or all of it in a file for sale unless it specifically states that it is usable in items for resale.
  6. You must not upload an item that uses government or military property. For example you cannot submit an item that contains a presidential seal or military insignia.
  7. You must not purchase or download any item then resell it. You cannot submit an item that you have purchased or downloaded from another site.
  8. You must not purchase or download any item, alter it, then resell it. You cannot submit an item that you have purchased or downloaded from another site and then altered.
  9. You must not use photos, videos or sounds in your files UNLESS you have a license to resell them. The only photographs/videos/sounds allowed in files are those that are created by the author or purchased or acquired under an appropriate license that allows use in an item for sale.

LICENSES AND USING OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK

The author is responsible for all copyright use or potential copyright violations in his or her files. For you to make use of another person’s work you need an express license to do so. So for example if you purchase a stock photo you are not buying the photo, you are actually purchasing the license to use that stock photo in a certain way.

Different licenses allow you to do different things. You need to look carefully at licenses to see what they permit and what they do not. Specifically to use an asset like a photo, music sample or code snippet in an item you want to sell on the GFX-Market, you need a license that allows the asset’s use in items for resale and redistribution. If you don’t have such a license you may be unlawfully profiting from another person’s work!

The penalties for breaching copyright can be severe. The GFX-Market takes copyright violations very seriously and will not tolerate copyright violation on marketplace.

FAQ'S

Q: Do I retain the rights to my own file?
A: Yes, it’s your file. We just provide a venue to sell it.

Q: Can my payment rate ever go down?
A: Nope, your rate will never go down, regardless of sales volume.

Q: Are files reviewed or will you accept anything?
A: Each file goes through a rigorous reviewing process to make sure the quality is top notch.

Q: Can I make more money by selling exclusively with the GFX-Market?
A: Yes you definitely can!

Q: Is exclusivity based on the author or the individual file? Meaning, could I sell one file here and sell a completely different one on my own site?
A: Exclusivity is on a per file basis so yes, as long as the files are completely different, you could sell one here and one on your site.

Q: I don’t want to have my files sold with the extended license. Can I opt out?
A: Yes, but there are definite advantages to opting in.

Q: Who is responsible for copyright violations in files I’ve submitted?
A: As the author, it’s your responsibility to make sure you’re not violating anyone’s copyright by uploading your file. If you’re unsure if you’re allowed to use an asset within your file, ask the asset’s owner or a lawyer.

Q: Who determines the price of my file?
A: You decide the price of your file.

Q: Am I required to support the files I upload?
A: Providing support is a great way to ensure repeat business from buyers, but no, it’s not required unless the file is actually broken.

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