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Snake Pit Gets Old and other tales: An Interview with Ben White

April 06, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Q: How would you describe your books to a total stranger you met at a bus stop? A: Every day, I draw a comic strip about what I did that day. It's not supposed to be funny or profound or anything other than a basic document of the day. Every three years or so, I compile those comics into a book, which usually ends up being called funny or profound by other people that are not me. I have been doing this every day for the past 14 and a half years (it'll be an even 15 years in July of 2015)

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Meet the Microcosm Staff: Tim Wheeler, publicist

April 04, 2015 — by Elly Blue

I mostly do the press and publicity type things for Microcosm—doing my best to make the world know our new books exist. I got here by way of Los Angeles. I lived there for about 6 years, spending most of my time there working in the most corporate parts of the corporate music world. I had more than enough of that and was looking for a change. I, along with my two roommates and another friend, did what most people do when they're fed up with the expensive, stressful life that comes with living in Los Angeles...we moved to Portland.

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Cooking, writing, and bicycling: Interview with author Anna Brones

April 03, 2015 — by Elly Blue

"Ultimately I really do believe that when you're marketing something it has to be a part of a larger story. A link isn't enough. For starters, your product has to be good. But after that you want it to be a part of a bigger picture. You're not just selling a book, you're selling a vision, a lifestyle. That might sound like I'm an aspiring life coach, but there's a reason that so many brands and individuals nowadays are so focused on "storytelling." Because stories are what we care most about, and we all have one. So make sure yours is one you believe in and that you can talk about for hours again. People seek authenticity and I think when marketing doesn't work is when it feels inauthentic. "

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Record Store Day!!

April 01, 2015 — by Erik

What's almost as good as records falling from the sky? Record Store Day!!! As one of our favorite days of the year spins closer and closer, we've decided to spotlight our music books in celebration! We're offering a special deals on all our most popular music titles.

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Rampant Media Consumption - February/March 2015

March 29, 2015 — by Microcosm

RMC is going monthly (turns out we're all too busy producing media to consume enough of it to report on a weekly basis). So: here's what we took in during the last month+.

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Self-Promotion for Authors: Getting Psyched for Self-Promotion

March 26, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Hello again! This is a series for Microcosm authors (and other curious bystanders) about book marketing and publicity. The first post in the series was a rapid-fire outline of our job as the publisher of the book. There's a lot of misinformation out there about what publishers do and don't do (and a lot of variation in the reality, too), so hopefully this is helpful. This next post gets started on the author's role by focusing on a pretty common anxiety among authors: Self-promotion.

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Meet the Microcosm Staff: Meggyn Pomerleau, Designer

March 20, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Slowly but surely, we're aiming to introduce you to Microcosm's hard-working, book-loving team. Here's an interview with our on-staff graphic designer, Meggyn Pomerleau. She designs many of our covers, and sometimes illustrates entire books.

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Rampant Media Consumption #7

February 20, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's what we've been reading, watching, listening to, and playing this week.

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Rampant Media Consumption #6

February 13, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's what's been rocking our small worlds this week!

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Now Kickstarting: The punk lore of Crate Digger!

February 11, 2015 — by Elly

We're Kickstarting again! This time the project is Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records. The book is Bob Suren's epic saga of punk culture and music in Florida and beyond. He goes as far as Texas, Costa Rica, and Brazil on tour with Failure Face and other bands. While at home in the Tampa area he ran iconic record shop Sound Idea and also Burrito Records, always staying a step ahead of the music industry. His story is told through the records he collected—and eventually sold all at once, when it all fell apart.

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