Interesting perspective. Not sure I agree. I think you’re right that exploring royalty-free as a secondary income source is a great way to begin.
Devaluing work is where I don’t agree. There’s a balance between price and volume that we’re constantly working to ensure is supporting the growth of author earnings. Envato works really hard to bring as many buyers to AudioJungle as we possibly can. Collectively, authors are earning more on AudioJungle today than they ever have previously.
AudioJungle is a vibrant community of independent creators who earn a living, doing what they love. I’ve personally met with authors who have been able to do far more being part of AJ than being away from it.
Many authors have told me how being part of AudioJungle resulted in commissioned work they wouldn’t otherwise have had. Authors from AudioJungle have had their items used far and wide around the world in high profile projects and low profile ones. Just check out some examples in our Famous Five series.
I am definitely a little biased here but I think getting involved and checking it out might be more worthwhile than you realize. And who knows, maybe your items will be the next ones featured in a major campaign.