Microcosm Blogifesto Independent book and zine publisher based in Portland, Oregon focusing on diy, self empowerment, gender, punk, bicycling, and hidden history. http://microcosmpublishing.com/ PHP/5.4.17 webmaster@microcosmpublishing.com Self-Promotion for Introverts: Getting Psyched for Self-Promotion <p>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. </p> <p>This next post gets started on the author's role by focusing on a pretty common anxiety among authors: Self-promotion. </p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:21:11 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/03/self-promotion-for-introverts-psyched-for-self-promotion Meet the Microcosm Staff: Meggyn Pomerleau, Designer <p>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. </p> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:53:32 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/03/meet-the-microcosm-staff-meggyn-pomerleau-designer Rampant Media Consumption #7 <p>Here's what we've been reading, watching, listening to, and playing this week. </p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:15:53 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/02/rampant-media-consumption-7 Rampant Media Consumption #6 <p>Here's what's been rocking our small worlds this week! </p> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:03:32 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/02/rampant-media-consumption-6 Now Kickstarting: The punk lore of Crate Digger! <p>We're Kickstarting again! This time the project is Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records. </p> <p>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. </p> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:15:57 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/02/now-kickstarting-the-punk-lore-of-crate-digger Self-Promotion for Introverts: What We Do <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>The first post is our side of the bargain. </p> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:59:42 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/02/self-promotion-for-introverts-what-the-publisher-does Things are Meaning More—catching up with Al Burian <p>1. Hi Al! What are you up to these days? Where in the world are you and what's it like there today? </p> <p>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. </p> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:04:48 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/02/things-are-meaning-morecatching-up-with-al-burian Rampant Media Consumption #5 <p>Here's what we uploaded to our brains this week: </p> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 14:04:53 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/02/rampant-media-consumption-5 Rampant Media Consumption #4 <p>Here's how we're rolling with reality this week. </p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:30:14 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/01/rampant-media-consumption-4 The Business of Publishing <p>One of our most frequently asked questions here at Microcosm is something along the lines of: How does publishing work anymore? make a zine!</p> <p>We have a few ways of answering that. </p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:56:30 PST http://microcosmpublishing.com/blogifesto/2015/01/the-business-of-publishing