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Wondering what expenses EM incurs? Here are the major ones. Currently, income doesn’t come close to covering expenses.
- domain names
emptymirrorbooks.com — plus .net & .org
We have a VPS, which provides more resources than a shared hosting account, but is also more expensive. Since the site and the number of visitors to it are growing quickly, at some point in 2019 or 2020 we’ll likely need to upgrade.
- site backup
The site is backed up daily to AWS and also to an offline backup drive, to be used if the site should ever become compromised.
- hosting backup
The entire web hosting account is backed up weekly for easy restoration should something catastrophic happen to our webhost or to the account.
- security software
Necessary to help prevent the situations noted above.
This includes things like printer ink and paper, notebooks, envelopes, stamps. Since EM is online-only, there aren’t a lot of these expenses, but they do come up regularly.
Eventually, we’d also like to upgrade our Submittable account to allow for more editors, readers, and submissions. And, of course, eventually we’d like to be able to pay contributors (that would cost around $3000/year, which isn’t in the cards at present).