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Transparency and Income Reports

On this page, you’ll find a gross revenue report of earnings from my creative endeavors and related sources, including my books and music, donations, patronage, subscriptions and advertising, courses, coaching and consulting, clients, and affiliate income. I’ll also reveal expenses related to my creative endeavors and related sources. Each month, you’ll see exactly what I’ve made and how, and you’ll know what I end up with to pay my living expenses.

Additionally, I share my social media reach — numbers, and how those numbers have changed compared to the previous month.

Why Do I Do This Income Report?

  1. I believe creators and consumers are peers and partners. If only through commerce (and ideally in many other ways as well), we form a community and have a relationship with one another. Communities, and relationships, are made stronger by honesty and openness.
  2. I’ve put my faith in the generosity of my patrons. They deserve to know how it’s going!
  3. Sharing my income keeps me motivated to continue to create, to market, and to hustle.
  4. I’ve issued a transparency challenge to independent authors and other creators. I’ve gotta walk the walk!

Income Report 2018

August 2018

My total gross revenue from clients and creative sources (patronage, affiliate relationships, book / music / audiobook sales) in August 2018 was $2,084.40. $38.97 of that (1.87%) came from my creative endeavors.

Expenses related to my freelance and creative endeavors (services, subscriptions, software, podcast and website hosting, domain names, and so on) were $1,194.73 (+$229.45 from July)

Net income to cover all living expenses, rent, food, debts in August, 2018: $889.67, or about $28.70 per day (-$106.47 per day vs. July).

July 2018

In July of 2018, my total gross revenue from clients and creative sources (patronage, affiliate relationships, book / music / audiobook sales) was $5,122.08. $29.56 of that (0.58%) came from my creative endeavors.

Expenses related to my freelance and creative endeavors (services, subscriptions, software, podcast and website hosting, domain names, and so on) were $965.28 (+$96.08 from June)

Net income to cover all living expenses, rent, food, debts in July, 2018: $4190.22, or about $135.17 per day (+$96.83 per day vs. June).

June 2018

In June of 2018, my total gross revenue from clients and creative sources (patronage, affiliate relationships, book / music / audiobook sales) was $2019.27. $40.11 of that (1.99%) came from my creative endeavors.

Expenses related to my freelance and creative endeavors (services, subscriptions, software, podcast and website hosting, domain names, and so on) was $869.20 (-$471.76 from May)

Net income to cover all living expenses, rent, food, debts in June, 2018: $1150.07, or about $38.34 per day (-$42.12 per day vs. May).

May 2018

In May 2018, my total gross revenue from clients and creative sources (including royalties, patronage, and affiliate relationships) was $3835.13. All but $30.00 was from clients.

Expenses related to my freelance and creative endeavors (services, subscriptions, software, website hosting, and the like) was $1340.96 (+$706.13 from April).

Net income to cover all of my living expenses, rent, and debts in May, 2018: $2494.17, or about eighty dollars per day (+$39.98 per day from April).

April 2018

In April 2018, my total gross revenue from clients and creative sources (royalties, patronage, affiliate relationships) was $1849.00. All but $25 of that was from clients.

Expenses related to my freelance and creative endeavors equaled $634.83.  To put it another way: it cost me over six hundred dollars to simply be in business.

Net income to cover living expenses and debts in April, 2018: $1214.17, or about forty dollars per day.

Reach Report

August 2018

Community members (mailing lists): 630 (+10 net)

Patrons: 11 patrons pledging $20.00 per month (gross) (no change)

Podcast downloads: 578 (10 episodes)

Social Media

Facebook: 595 followers (+1 net)

Instagram: 142 followers (+4 net)

Twitter: 2,513 followers (-83 net)

July 2018

Community members (mailing lists): 620 (+6 net)

Patrons: 11 patrons pledging $20.00 per month (gross) (+2)

Podcast downloads: 431 (8 episodes)

Social Media

Facebook: 594 followers (-2 net)

Instagram: 138 followers (+5 net)

Twitter: 2,596 followers (-4 net)

June 2018

Community members (mailing lists): 615 (+15 net)

Patrons: 9 patrons pledging $18.42 per month (gross) (+1)

Podcast downloads: 309 (6 episodes)

Social Media

Facebook: 596 followers (-1 net)

Instagram: 133 followers (+13)

Twitter: 2,600 followers (-2)

May 2018

Community members (mailing lists): 601 (+8 net)

Patrons: 8 patrons pledging $14.42 (gross) (–)

Podcast downloads: 188 (4 episodes)

Social Media

Facebook: 597 followers (–)

Instagram: 120 followers (+6)

Twitter: 2,602 followers (-11)

April 2018

Community members (mailing lists): 593 (+16 net)

Patrons: 8 patrons pledging $14.42 (gross) (–)

Podcast downloads: 3 (1 episode)

Social Media

Facebook: 597 followers (-6)

Instagram: 104 followers (first month)

Twitter: 2,613 followers (+2)

Your Patronage Makes A Big Difference In My Creative Life

If you like what I do, please…

  • Recommend my works to your friends.
  • When I tell you I’ve made something new, please buy it. It’s that simple!
  • Make sure you and your friends are part of the mailing list community so you know when I make new things
  • If you have the means and inclination, pledge your monthly support as a patron for as little as $1.00 per month

The more I earn from my creative endeavors, the more time I can dedicate to my creative endeavors. Every dollar I earn from my creative endeavors buys me time to spend making more fiction, non-fiction, blog posts, podcasts, serials, courses, and more. The more time I have to make stuff, the faster I’ll have new content to help you and for you to enjoy!

Thank you.

Copyright 2003 ~ 2018 Matthew Wayne Selznick.
The Sovereign Era, The Shaper's World, Daikaiju Universe, Protector Universe, Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights, How It All Got Started, Thing, Carson Meunetti, Lina Porter, Alex Kent, Crystal Dubois, Abbeque Valley, Dana Cove, Pinnacle Records, Hagar's and related characters, institutions, situations, and representative depictions in media are trade marks of Matthew Wayne Selznick.
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