Collis is currently hosting a questions thread here on the forums. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read through his message, you can check it out here. One of the questions we’ve seen come up is about what we’re doing to help authors navigate the economic challenges unfolding as a result of COVID-19.
We are actively working on ways to support authors through this season and we’re kicking things off with a collection of six things you can do right now.
The first three are all about ways you can earn as an author, while the remaining resources help provide insight into customer demand - what customers are buying and looking for.
1. Template Kits Bonanza
Envato is launching Template Kits, a brand new category of items on ThemeForest. This is a great opportunity for authors to get into an emerging market nice and early - from those who are already designing beautiful themes, to graphic designers who may not have a coding bone in their body.
To celebrate this release, we will be awarding the first 400 Template Kits approved and published $200USD as part of the Template Kits Upload Bonanza. We’ve had such a great response so far that we’ve extended the offer to April 18, so that we can give more authors the chance to earn through this bonus!
2. Diversity Content Challenge
Last month we announced the launch of our Content Challenge for Envato Elements authors – Representing 2020. This challenge provides authors with a unique opportunity to respond to new customer insights and trends.
The aim of this challenge is to unpack what it means to create authentic and inclusive representations of the world we live in now – from age, gender, body-types, ethnicity, disability, religion, location, designing for accessible experiences or the ways in which we challenge gender stereotypes and traditional roles.
If you’re already on Elements then you can get involved now by submitting your best items now using the custom tag [REP2020].
If you’re a Market author then you can still earn from creating items like this, as it’s proven to be what customers are looking for! You can also sign up to our bootcamp on creating diverse and authentic content here to help kickstart your ideas.
3. Elements Content Bonus Eligibility
Don’t forget that Envato Elements authors are eligible to share in the Content Bonus Program. This is one of several ways in which Elements authors can be rewarded for contributing great content.
Envato Elements authors can check their eligibility by accessing the Author Dashboard here. Please make sure you keep up to date with your bonus eligibility.
4. Creative Trends Guide
We’ve just released our Creative Trends Guide - the first ever guide combining search data and insights from Envato Market and Envato Elements! This report brings together the top predictions from our Content Specialists and Content Insights Team at Envato.
By exploring what people searched for and purchased on Envato over the last 12 months, you’ll discover inspiration for your work in 2020. You can access the exclusive release of the 2020 Creative Trends Guide for authors here.
5. Top Search Terms
For even more inspiration, we have collated search terms from what customers are looking for on Elements. Although it’s within Elements, many authors will find the data gathered here useful in thinking about their next project. You can access the blog post here.
6. COVID-19 Content Guidelines
As the major global topic, there is demand for items related to the current pandemic, but it needs to be done with sensitivity and authenticity. To help, we’ve put together a guide to creating this kind of content which you can find here.