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Empty Mirror is a run on a tiny, very tight budget, and expenses are increasing as the site does.* Contributions toward our bills are very welcome! All funds raised go toward the growing cost of keeping Empty Mirror online.
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Wondering what expenses EM incurs? Here are the major ones. Currently, income doesn’t come close to meeting expenses.
- domain names
emptymirrorbooks.com — plus .net & .org
- webhostingGiven EM’s size and number of readers, we have a VPS, which provides more resources than a shared hosting account, but is also much more expensive. Since the site and visitor numbers are growing, at some point in 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.
- strong>Copyscape Premium
- miscellaneous office expenses
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.
- Submittable. Eventually, we’d also like to upgrade our Submittable account to allow for more editors, readers, and submissions.
- Contributor payments. 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).