• That Man Behind the Curtain: March 2019

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    Photo of sandwich board sign that reads "The Sunset, Live Music, Betty's, No Cover." Written in chalk at bottom is "Shut Up Liver, You're Fine."

    Seen in Ballard.

    March has been the aftermath of our February Kickstarter. Funds have come in from the Kickstarter and we were open for submissions for the anthology. We also put out the newest quarterly, Winter 2019, so there was time and money devoted to that work as well.

     

    The Money Aspect

    Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

    Web Resources: (-$17.06)
    Stories: (-$40.00)
    Art: (-$289.75)
    Advertising: (-$375.03)
    Processing Fees: (-$577.48)
    Printing: (-$101.92)
    Donations: $226.01
    Kickstarter: $6,560.00
    Online Book Sales: $110.66

    Total: $5,495.43
    QTD: $3,607.31
    YTD: $3,607.31
    All Time: (-$32,576.26)

    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.

    Kickstarter costs include both the money brought in through the original campaign and additional funds brought in through add-ons in Backerkit.

    Submissions

    We were open to submissions in March for the anthology, but have not finished reading slush, so we can’t give a number yet. Our all time acceptance rate is 34.7%.

    Followers

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

    Patreon: 32 (+2)

    Facebook: 2,201 (+50)

    Twitter: 692 (+15)

    Tumblr: 348 (+0)

    Mailing List: 228 (+6)

    Instagram: 201 (+0)

    Traffic

    Last three months:

    March 2019: 2,179 visits, 1,593 users, 3,564 page views, peak day 131 visits.
    February 2019: 1,018 visits, 801 users, 1,775 page views, peak day 61 visits.
    January 2019: 1,052 visits, 860 users, 1,634 page views, peak day 58 visits.

    Last three Marches:

    March 2018: 2,527 visits, 1,840 users, 3,616 page views, peak day 221 visits.
    March 2017: 3.344 visits, 2,137 users, 5,279 pages views, peak day of 379 visits.
    March 2016: 1,731 visits, 1,138 users, 2,621 page views, peak day was 107 visits.

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