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Self-Promotion for Introverts: What We Do

February 10, 2015 — by Elly

All our authors ask at some point “how can I promote my book?” This is the first of a series of posts that outlines how Microcosm promotes books, what authors can do, and some tips for tying your book in with your other work, past and future. These posts are written for Microcosm's authors and artists, and are geared towards our processes, but they should still be useful for anyone who is figuring out how to promote any book, whether you're publishing it yourself or have a contract with a major house. The first post is our side of the bargain.

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Things are Meaning More—catching up with Al Burian

February 09, 2015 — by Elly Blue

1. Hi Al! What are you up to these days? Where in the world are you and what's it like there today? My last publication for Microcosm (Burn Collector #15) was about moving to Berlin, Germany, and in fact I’m still living there, even still living in the same apartment. But today I am not at home for a change; I am in Hamburg, a few hours away. I’m at a band practice in a basement room, filled with musical equipment, like so many similar rooms around the world: familiar, non-exotic territory. Outside, the day is a drizzling, oppressive dark grey. I imagine it is comparable to winter weather in Portland, OR.

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Rampant Media Consumption #5

February 06, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's what we uploaded to our brains this week:

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Rampant Media Consumption #4

January 30, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's how we're rolling with reality this week.

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The Business of Publishing

January 28, 2015 — by Elly

One of our most frequently asked questions here at Microcosm is something along the lines of: How does publishing work anymore? make a zine! We have a few ways of answering that.

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Rampant Media Consumption #3

January 23, 2015 — by Microcosm

Here's how we're allocating our attention spans this week:

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Bike stuff for bike shops!

January 21, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Hello, bike shops! The bicycle transportation revolution is happening, bigtime! More people than ever are getting on bikes for fun, community, and transportation—and we've got stuff that they are really, really stoked about.

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Rampant Media Consumption #2

January 16, 2015 — by Microcosm

This week's media roundup. Music, dad stories, nonsense facts, Reborn Dolls, jewelry theft, HIV poems, brownie baking, French New Wave, bad movies, great radio, obscure music, troll hunters, flag enthusiasts, and a funny quote about Lady Chatterly's Lover.

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Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever Valentine's Day Spectacular

January 13, 2015 — by Microcosm

We've been thinking a lot about love lately.... specifically about the great historical couple whose epic spats and charming make-ups grace the pages of so many of our favorite books. You know who we mean: Glenn and Henry. Our friend Brett Marren put together this little video in homage to their romance, and to Valentines everywhere, warts and all.

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Microcosm Staff: Meet Taylor Hurley, our developmental editor

January 12, 2015 — by Elly Blue

I'm an editor at Microcosm, which technically entails me overlooking the structure of each book we have going to print. I look specifically at obvious things like spelling, grammar, tone, etc., but also whether or not certain ideas have been fully developed, whether main ideas have been adequately explained. Since this job allows me to work from my computer, I operate mostly from my bed or random coffee shops. I don't like looking at books unless I have a lot of time to spend with them, so it often ends up being something I will set aside a whole day or so for anywhere from 3-5 days a week.

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