And quickly - Microstock agencies are websites where you upload your images (photographs or illustrations). Then people pay per download to use one of your images. It can vary from site to site and even from download to download. We've had sales of .25 cents and up to $28.
Shutterstock, once again, leads the way! We bumped up our portfolio with almost 50 images this month - and it paid off with our first $200 month since last April! This ended up being our third highest month ever, which is pretty great considering just last November we were struggling to make $100. This month was also the third EL sale (which is one of those $28 ones). They are few and far between, but they're always nice to receive.
Second on the list - and coming in with it's best month ever was Istockphoto. This is the second time we've passed $100 (this is our newest site as it took the longest to get approved...we've only been up and running since May, whereas we've been members of every other site since the end of February of 2009). And while it's still the hardest site to get an illustration approved from (this month two different images were denied because they thought it was too hard to see the illustration in the preview window. I completely disagreed and challenged the rejection...so that's still pending. What sucks is that it's a page of fish and marine life and it won't sell as well if I have to break the fish into smaller sections and into pages of fewer fish. I actually tried that and got one approved and the other was rejected for being too simple). Istockphoto, while hard to upload, is still completely worth it. And the more images we have on that site should net us more money.