Pickerell Reacquires Selling Stock, Launches New Pay-As-You-Go Site

Posted on 3/16/2010 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Founding editor Jim Pickerell has reacquired Selling Stock, which has been owned by Fadner Media Enterprises since late 2006. Selling Stock’s daily coverage will remain unchanged, and Pickerell is also launching a companion Web site, PhotoLicensingOptions.com, which will offer paid access to stories on an individual basis.

With the addition of a new six-month subscription to augment the annual offering, Selling Stock will continue to focus on news and issues of interest to stock photographers, agencies, image libraries, distributors and investment analysts. Coverage—written by Pickerell, managing editor Julia Dudnik Stern and the occasional guest author—will analyze sales and revenues, marketing strategies and other trends in what has become a rapidly changing industry.

PhotoLicensingOptions is broader in scope, covering all the myriad ways of making a living by licensing images. While it will at first be populated largely by Pickerell’s own articles, the goal of the site is to amass contributions by various writers, with a particular focus on photographers and industry pundits.

The site’s business model is simple: PhotoLicensingOptions invites contributions and offers these for sale on a single-article basis. First-time authors need to be approved; future articles are published without moderation, though the site does reserve the right to remove content for legal or other similarly straightforward reasons. Authors who join before July will receive 75% of each article’s revenue (subsequently joining writers will receive 65%), with PhotoLicensingOptions retaining the remainder as commission. Those already posting to the site include longtime image industry insiders Ellen Boughn, John Lund and Paul Melcher.

PhotoLicensingOptions offers a free weekly email that summarizes all the newly added stories. To read full stories, site users will need to purchase credits, starting at 20 credits valued at $25. Stories are typically priced at 1-2 credits each.

Copyright © 2010 Julia Dudnik Stern. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz


  • Tim Mcguire Posted Mar 16, 2010
    Interesting business model Jim.


    Tim McGuire

  • Amos Struck Posted Mar 17, 2010
    Very interesting idea! I hope this work for you, i think this will be very hard to monetize because most readers don't wanna pay for reading. We will see!

Post Comment

Please log in or create an account to post comments.

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive email notification when new stories are posted.

Follow Us

Free Stuff

Stock Photo Pricing: The Future
In the last two years I have written a lot about stock photo pricing and its downward slide. If you have time over the holidays you may want to review some of these stories as you plan your strategy ...
Read More
Future Of Stock Photography
If you’re a photographer that counts on the licensing of stock images to provide a portion of your annual income the following are a few stories you should read. In the past decade stock photography ...
Read More
Blockchain Stories
The opening session at this year’s CEPIC Congress in Berlin on May 30, 2018 is entitled “Can Blockchain be applied to the Photo Industry?” For those who would like to know more about the existing blo...
Read More
2017 Stories Worth Reviewing
The following are links to some 2017 and early 2018 stories that might be worth reviewing as we move into the new year.
Read More
Stories Related To Stock Photo Pricing
The following are links to stories that deal with stock photo pricing trends. Probably the biggest problem the industry has faced in recent years has been the steady decline in prices for the use of ...
Read More
Stock Photo Prices: The Future
This story is FREE. Feel free to pass it along to anyone interested in licensing their work as stock photography. On October 23rd at the DMLA 2017 Conference in New York there will be a panel discuss...
Read More
Important Stock Photo Industry Issues
Here are links to recent stories that deal with three major issues for the stock photo industry – Revenue Growth Potential, Setting Bottom Line On Pricing and Future Production Sources.
Read More
Recent Stories – Summer 2016
If you’ve been shooting all summer and haven’t had time to keep up with your reading here are links to a few stories you might want to check out as we move into the fall. To begin, be sure to complet...
Read More
Corbis Acquisition by VCG/Getty Images
This story provides links to several stories that relate to the Visual China Group (VCG) acquisition of Corbis and the role Getty Images has been assigned in the transfer of Corbis assets to the Gett...
Read More
Finding The Right Image
Many think search will be solved with better Metadata. While metadata is important, there are limits to how far it can take the customer toward finding the right piece of content. This story provides...
Read More

More from Free Stuff