Continuing our 2017 yearbook.
In October 2017, AniFem turned one year old! And I celebrated by… spending 10 days raising money.
Before going to the US in August, I had made a grand statement about paying everyone, including editors, from now on. By October, I had to back it up and raise the cash to sustain that promise.
Twitter is the largest source of referrals for us, so I campaigned there, focusing on getting people who were already reading our work to cross the line into becoming patrons. It worked, and we gained a spike in patrons pledging between $1 to $80, bringing us up to our next target of $1320 (the point at which we’re not paying people from a deficit, though we’ll actually need more in pledges to hit that level of real income) by our first anniversary.
I just… failed to celebrate it properly on our actual anniversary, 11th October, for various reasons that aren’t necessary to lay out here. As per my conclusion to the last yearbook post, I’m not going to beat myself up about it, but I am going to learn from this and be better prepared for next year. Look out for a proper celebration in October 2018! In the meantime, you can read the comments on our anniversary discussion post to get an idea of what we have to celebrate.
Dee did a sterling job managing this season’s premieres, and writing them alongside Vrai and Caitlin. The premieres took up most of the month, but we also published three excellent features: one by a new author (Meli), one by a previous author (Anne, who last wrote for us the week after we launched), and one by a long-time friend and first-time author here: my AnimeFest roommate Micchy. Only three features for this premiere-swamped month, but they represent a good mix of familiar and fresh blood, anime and manga, old properties and new.
Over in podcasting, the Fushigi Yugi watchalong continued, summer anime got discussed, and I put together an episode on a topic that’s very important to me: getting more marginalised writers into the anime freelancing circuit.
I had met Miranda Sanchez from IGN at Crunchyroll Expo, where we got to the topic of how surprisingly accessible it is to become a freelancer. We agreed there and then to do a myth-debunking, best-practice-sharing podcast with Lauren. AniFem does things quite differently to mainstream publications, and my own freelancing has been more for print magazines than anything, so it was great to compare to Miranda and Lauren’s experiences. There are still some universal pieces of advice though, so if you’re an aspiring anime writer it’s worth a listen.
I took part in our first three-episode check-in roundtable – and probably our last, at least with that format, as it went way over schedule. We approached it as we would have approached a podcast, forgetting how much quicker it is to type than to talk. It was an experiment worth doing though, and we’ve learned that we need to either change the medium or the format.
In general, this is a month in which demands of my day job meant I stepped back from AniFem quite a bit. With the day-to-day so well in hand, my new mission was to grow AniFem’s income and enable us to fulfil the ambitions we had discussed back in August – but, anniversary spike aside, I didn’t really start working on that until November.
Read the rest of our 2017 Yearbook
September: Nine features published…
August: Eight people’s thinking…
July: Seven months a-dreaming…
June: Six eps a-watching…
May: Five bold things~
April: Four days behind…
March: Three hot takes…
February: Two podcasts…
January: And a Nazi in a pear tree~
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