That Man Behind the Curtain: August 2018

Peak Seattle Life: Ultramodern building across from a historic theater, with a construction site in front.

It’s been a hectic few months as we try to get ready for GeekGirlCon in October. But that’s next month. Let’s look at last month.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.
Web Resources: (-$17.06)
Stories: (-$130.00)
Art: (-$666.85)
Advertising: (-$374.89)
Processing Fees: (-$17.81)
Printing: (-$21.43)
Conventions: (-$365.00)
Donations: $173.75
Physical Sales: $17.00
Online Book Sales: $22.94

Total: (-$1,379.35)
QTD: (-$3,996.08)
YTD: (-$8,183.74)
All Time: (-$31,921.67)

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 for quarterlies, which does not have a specific month associated with it.) Sales are for sales when they take place, not when they’re actually paid out to me. Online book sales reflect the royalties given after the retailer takes their cut. Physical book sales represent gross income, not counting the cost of the physical book. Donations include Patreon as well as other money sent to us outside of standard sales.

Art last month included additional costs for interior art for Battling in All Her Finery. We’ve also paid for our table at GeekGirlCon.


We were closed to submissions in in August. Our all time acceptance rate is 35.7%.


Below is the social media following we had at the end of August.

Patreon: 29 (+1)

Facebook: 2,005 (+6)

Twitter: 618 (-22)

Tumblr: 323 (+5)

Mailing List: 167 (+8)

Google+: 64 (-1)

Instagram: 145 (+10)


Last three months:

August 2018: 1,121 visits, 861 users, 1,669 page views, peak day 58 visits.
July 2018: 1,297 visits, 964 users, 1,953 page views, peak day 90 visits.
June 2018: 1,899 visits, 1,271 users, 3,125 page views, peak day 109 visits.

Last three Augusts:

August 2017: 965 visits, 762 users, 1,581 pages views, peak day of 47 visits.
August 2016: 809 visits, 587 users, 1,318 page views, peak day of 55 visits.
August 2015: 1,190 visits, 700 users, 2,084 page views, peak day of 120 visits.

Generally it seems that August is a slow month for us, especially when we’re not receiving submissions. Also, the numbers from 2015 are probably inflated because of referral traffic spam. I’m able to filter for it for more recent years, but that data has been purged by Google Analytics because of privacy laws. So this is reconstructed from previous posts when I wasn’t able to account for that.

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