Becoming an Author

I started with Envato as a customer. I wanted to add sophistication to the UX/UI (user experience/interface) of the data visualization scripts I developed for my clients.

Themeforest (another Envato marketplace) has an amazing selection of ready to use HTML themes that allow software freelancers (like myself) to save themselves days, weeks, even months of work to incorporate a great user experience into their custom software.

Someone else took the time to perfect the UX/UI (using the latest jQuery slideshows, navigation and other animation plug-ins) into a turnkey theme, which can be purchased by developers and easily incorporated into the software they develop. The price point for these themes was amazing, many themes ranging from $5 to $25 (US), making the evaluation and trial of these themes virtually risk free.

This allowed me to focus on what I knew best (data visualization) and thru the themes I bought at Themeforest, I was also able to incorporate into my software the skills of other developers who were experts in other areas of software design and programming.

I started to think about becoming an author when I noticed that some of the more popular themes have sold downloads in the ten’s of thousands. Simple math showed me that there was significant earnings in store for the author(s) of a popular script.

I wanted to jump in as an author. Now the big question was what could I develop that would be useful for other developers. I was not a web designer so I didn’t think I could develop better themes than what was already available at Themeforest.

Searching thru Envato’s website I discovered the other marketplaces of Envato, specifically Codecanyon where programmers like myself could sell turnkey code snippets, just like web designers sold their themes. I decided since expertise was developing custom dashboards that visualized complex data…I would sell scripts that would help other developers (and non-developers) easily and quickly incorporate complex data visualization into their own scripts in a turnkey way.

This is when my journey began as an author.

Regards,
Ninja

my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here

Uberization of Software Development

Hello everyone. My name is data ninja (my pseudo name, of course…can’t be too careful with your real identity on the web these days) and I am a Code Canyon author based out of San Jose, CA. For those of you who are unfamiliar with San Jose, it is in the heart of Silicon Valley, where many iconic startups like Apple, Google, Yahoo got their ‘start’ and are currently based. There are many, many, many startups in the Silicon Valley area that employ many many many software developers like myself.

I am by trade a freelance UI (user interface) developer and my professional specialty is in the data visualization area, creating custom software scripts for my clients that visualize complex data using mostly jQuery, Highcharts/stock/maps, d3js, and JavaScript. When my projects require a database I usually develop using PHP/MySQL.

I have been dabbling in online software marketplaces like Envato’s Code Canyon over the last two years and have tried a few submissions with enough success to convince me that one day, if I dedicated myself to it, I could stop working as a freelancer by generating enough earnings entirely from script sales to make a living as a software author. That’s the plan, anyway.

I want to use this blog to document my journey from ‘software sword for hire (ninja)’ to ‘successful software author’, and maybe help other software developers to do the same along the way. I truly believe ‘software authoring’ represents a mainstream employment model for software developers like me all over the world in the near future.

Software marketplaces like Envato will do for software developers like me, what Uber does for drivers all over the world today – the Uberization of Software Development.

Let’s see…

Follow me on my journey and check in from time to time by commenting on my posts (I’d especially love to hear from those who are on the same, or even better have successfully completed this journey already).

Regards,
Ninja

my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here