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Microstock Photography by Douglas Freer

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CHAPTER 4 How to Make Sure Your Pictures Win

I hope by now that you have gained a better understanding about what the Microstock libraries are and the types of images that sell well through them. In the last chapter, we looked at what sells and what does not. In this chapter, I share some ideas that should help ensure that your pictures win.

Win, in this context, means sell, and sell well. Success with micro-stocks is all about achieving high-volume sales, so your images have to appeal to a wide audience. Some images, such as “Modern Office Reception” in Chapter 2, just seem to hit a sweet spot and generate a lot of sales. Others languish with hardly any or no sales. It seems so unfair!

While there is no guarantee of success with any image, ...

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