That Man Behind the Curtain: May 2019

Convention table displaying books from Matt Youngmark and DefCon One

Here’s our table from Washington Summer Con, where we teamed up with Matt Youngmark!

We’ve been plugging away at laying out the next big anthology, paid all the authors, and are getting ready to release the new quarterly. Here are some numbers.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Web Resources: (-$17.06)
Stories: (-$1,958.00)
Art: (-$338.29)
Advertising: (-$204.02)
Processing Fees: (-$48.48)
Printing: (-$90.65)
Donations: $88.09
Online Book Sales: $64.51

Total: -$2,503.90
QTD: -$3,767.79
YTD: -$160.48
All Time: (-$36,344.05)

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.

The big expense last month was paying all the authors for I Didn’t Break the Lamp.


We were closed to submissions in May. Our all time acceptance rate is 34.3%.


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

Patreon: 32 (+0)

Facebook: 2,208 (+6)

Twitter: 691 (+0)

Tumblr: 351 (+1)

Mailing List: 268 (+34)

Instagram: 208 (+4)


Last three months:

May 2019: 1,153 visits, 882 users, 1,964 page views, peak day 75 visits
April 2019: 1,156 visits, 897 users, 1,768 page views, peak day 79 visits.
March 2019: 2,179 visits, 1,593 users, 3,564 page views, peak day 131 visits.

Last three Mays:

May 2018: 1,692 visits, 1,332 users, 2,491 page views, peak day 91 visits.
May 2017: 1,058 visits, 731 users, 1,865 pages views, peak day of 70 visits.
May 2016: 1,071 visits, 744 users, 1,878 page views, peak day was 70 visits.

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