That Man Behind the Curtain: February 2016 and March 2016

Laziest Attempted Murder Ever

A glimpse at our cats lazily attempting to murder one another.

We’re still playing catch-up after Europe and, now, reading through slush for our next big anthology. So we’re combining February and March.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($230.00)
Art: ($197.83)
Advertising: ($45.91)
Processing Fees: ($21.24)
Conventions: ($30.00)
Donations: $32.71
Ad Revenue: $1.03
Physical Book Sales: $69.00
Online Book Sales: $104.80
Total: ($334.51)
QTD: ($854.20)
YTD: ($854.20)
All Time: ($14,998.23)

Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($60.00)
Art: ($564.88)
Advertising: ($20.00)
Processing Fees: ($629.16)
Printing: ($281.76)
Donations: $40.71
Ad Revenue: $0.82
Kickstarter: $5,437.00
Physical Book Sales: $116.00
Online Book Sales: $40.71
Total: $4,087.81
QTD: $3,233.61
YTD: $3,233.61
All Time: ($10,910.42)

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.

The amount for the Kickstarter represents both the money raised through the Kickstarter proper, as well as funds added on in Backerkit.


We opened to submissions to Fitting In on February 20th, and closed on March 31st. In that time we received 105 submissions, of which we accepted 26 for the anthology. There were fourĀ that came close, and we offered to accept thoseĀ for the regular quarterly instead of the anthology. This makes our acceptance rate for March either 24.8% or 28.6% depending on how you look at it. All time acceptance rate is now 45.16%.


Facebook: 1,314 (+67)
Twitter: 433 (+8)
Google+: 61 (+1)
Tumblr: 128 (+0)
Mailing List: 58 (+0)
Patreon: 12 (+0)

Facebook: 1,317 (+3)
Twitter: 452 (+19)
Google+: 60 (-1)
Tumblr: 134 (+6)
Mailing List: 61 (+3)
Patreon: 13 (+1)


February had 1,924 visits, involving 1,292 users and 2,820 page views. So, more people coming to the site, but less pages being opened than January. The highest day of traffic in February was 144.

March saw a drop to 1,731 visits from 1,138 users with 2,621 page views. The highest day of traffic saw 107 visits.

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