That Man Behind the Curtain: January 2016

Dawn at the Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dawn at the Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland.

February was intense between our Kickstarter and our two week trip to Europe. Which means things like this fell through the cracks. With many apologies, I offer you: THE NUMBERS.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($35.00)
Art: ($260.00)
Advertising: ($160.00)
Processing Fees: ($13.71)
Printing: ($6.13)
Conventions: ($130.00)
Donations: $22.71
Ad Revenue: $0.69
Online Book Sales: $79.09
Total: ($519.69)
QTD: ($519.69)
YTD: ($519.69)
All Time: ($14,663.73)

As per usual, I try to list costs for art and stories under the month that the stories run on the site rather than when I pay them. (This does not apply to special content which does not have a specific month associated with it.) Sales are for sales when they take place, not when it’s actually paid out to me. I also cover Paypal expenses when paying authors and artists as best I can. Paypal has made it more difficult, so I’m not as capable of covering international fees.

Since we’re starting to sell books at conventions, there will be entries for convention registration fees as well as income made from our sales. This does not cover incidental costs of attending conventions like meals, hotel rooms, parking, etc.


We reopened to submissions in January and received 81 submissions! This broke down into 25 quarterly-only submissions and 56 regular submissions. Of those we accepted 24 submissions (29.6%), 8 quarterly-only (32%) and 16 regular submissions (28.6%). All time acceptance rate is now 46.92%.


Number of followers in social media as of the end of last month. Again, in order to better promote backing us through Patreon, we created a new Mad-Scientist-Journal-only Patreon.

Facebook: 1,247 (+194)
Twitter: 425 (+9)
Google+: 60 (+1)
Tumblr: 128 (+9)
Mailing List: 58 (+12)
Patreon: 12 (+6)


Our traffic shot up in January, probably because of the start of our Kickstarter. We had a total of 1,790 visits. Our traffic consisted of 1,115 users and 3,470 page views. Our highest day of traffic was 112.

This month’s search engine term “were homo saipens ever asexual?”.

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