That Man Behind the Curtain: September 2016

Dawn with Fitting In Proofs

Dawn models the proof copies of Fitting In. Look! Our first hardcover book!

It’s been a hectic month! Getting Autumn 2016 and Fitting In finalized and out the door, Seattle “Stormpocalypse” 2016, and some huge changes on the home front. How did we do with MSJ this month?
The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.
Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($70.00)
Art: ($551.97)
Advertising: ($30.00)
Processing Fees: ($18.80)
Printing: ($450.58)
Donations: $38.71
Ad Revenue: $0.33
Kickstarter: $5.00
Online Book Sales: $81.60

Total: ($1,012.77)
QTD: ($1,982.50)
YTD: ($2,065.70)
All Time: ($16,209.73)

As 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.

The Kickstarter revenue is someone belatedly buying an add-on through Backer Kit. We’re gearing up to start shipping backer rewards, so the printing and shipping costs are only going to go up.


We reopened to submissions for the month of September. We received 36 submissions. We accepted 12. 33.3% acceptance for September. All time acceptance rate 44.7%.


At the end of September:

Facebook: 1,380 (+7)

Twitter: 484 (+3)

Google+: 61 (+1)

Tumblr: 175 (+11)

Mailing List: 62 (+0)

Patreon: 12 (+0)


Traffic has perked up a little. In August we had 999 visits, involving 766 users and 1,850 page views.

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