That Man Behind the Curtain: December 2016

Look at our cats. Look at them!

December was about publishing the Winter 2017 quarterly, the last bit of shipping for Fitting In, and receiving submissions. It’s also the end of the calendar year.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.
Hosting: ($17.06)
Stories: ($40.00)
Art: ($151.41)
Advertising: ($20.00)
Processing Fees: ($33.95)
Printing: ($367.32)
Shipping: ($817.23)
Donations: $33.71
Ad Revenue: $0.35
Online Book Sales: $75.99

Total: ($1,336.92)
QTD: ($3,814.73)
YTD: ($5,880.43)
All Time: ($20,024.47)

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.

Shipping is finally paid for Fitting In. For most of our backers, we had shipped things straight out of Createspace. But for the signed books and our hardcovers we needed to ship them personally. The shipping costs were a bit more than anticipated, particularly international packages.


We were open to submissions in December. We had 29 submissions, of which we accepted 12. All time acceptance rate is 44.2%.


At the end of December:

Facebook: 1,407 (+0)

Twitter: 490 (+0)

Google+: 62 (+1)

Tumblr: 193 (+2)

Mailing List: 66 (+1)

Patreon: 12 (+1)


In December we had 916 visits with 700 users and 1,564 page views. Our peak day was 61 visits.

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