That Man Behind the Curtain: June 2019

One of our feline interns slacking on the job.

A relatively quiet month. We were open for our final ever call for submissions, which resulted in a record volume of submissions. We also rolled the Summer 2019 quarterly out the door.

The Money Aspect

Amounts in parentheses are losses/expenses.

Web Resources: (-$17.06)
Stories: (-$55.00)
Art: (-$177.40)
Advertising: (-$217.88)
Processing Fees: (-$16.06)
Printing: (-$54.60)
Conventions: (-$175.00)
Donations: $115.13
Physical Sales: $55.00
Online Book Sales: $42.53

Total: -$500.33
QTD: -$4,268.12
YTD: -$660.81
All Time: (-$36,844.38)

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.

Last month we went to an event called Washington State Summer Con. We’d had high hopes, as it looked like it would be a pretty big event. But we’d opted for Artist Alley instead of the main dealer room, and Artist Alley was off in the middle of nowhere compared to the rest of the convention. We ended up losing a chunk of change on the event.


We were open to submissions in June for the last time ever. We received 227 submissions, the most we’ve ever received outside of our yearly big anthologies, and the second biggest month for anything we’ve done. Suffice to say that we are still reading through submissions and will have updated numbers in next month’s recap.


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

Patreon: 31 (-1)

Facebook: 2,203 (-5)

Twitter: 693 (+2)

Tumblr: 352 (+1)

Mailing List: 285 (+17)

Instagram: 211 (+3)


Last three months:

June 2019: 1,330 visits, 850 users, 2,595 page views, peak day 89 visits.
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.

Last three Mays:

June 2018: 1,899 visits, 1,143 users, 3,125 page views, peak day 116 visits.
June 2017: 1,423 visits, 856 users, 2,808 pages views, peak day of 112 visits.
June 2016: 1,215 visits, 826 users, 2,032 page views.

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1 Response to That Man Behind the Curtain: June 2019

  1. Fischadler says:

    We’re going to miss you!

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