Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection
by Julia Wertz Author
In 2004, Julia Wertz began a series of funny, irreverent autobiographical comics she called “The Fart Party.” After posting these comics online to both acclaim and controversy, she eventually started...
398 pages, b&w +some color pages, 6.5x9"
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If Animals Could Talk: An Adult Coloring Book for Adults
by Carla Butwin Illustrator and Josh Cassidy Author
From the bestselling book that went viral for traumatizing a 6-year-old and her precious Grandmother (Google it), comes and equally off-color coloring book. Have a laugh and decompress while coloring your way through the...
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Bang!: Masturbation for People of All Genders and Abilities
by Vic Liu Editor
First edition description: Want to know how to masturbate? Here’s your guide. Whether you’re jerking the gherkin, flicking the bean, or something in between, masturbation doesn’t have to be a taboo...
128 pages, paperback, full color throughout
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End the Occupation
A magnetic reminder for your fridge or filing cabinet that ethnonationalism, apartheid, and settler colonialism are always bad, actually.
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Pin #252: End the Occupation
Let's work together to put an end to ethnonationalism, settler colonialism, and apartheid in all their many forms all over the world. Or alternately, in the words of Dr. Faith, "If it's not yours,...
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A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality
by Molly Muldoon Author and Will Hernandez Illustrator
From the Quick & Easy series on sexuality and gender identity, this book offers an approachable and friendly introduction to asexuality for readers of all stripes. Designed to help increase awareness...
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Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb
by Evelyn J. Hadden Author, Joshua McCullough Author and Lauren Springer Ogden Author
Help others and yourself appreciate nature in the neighborhood, by the sidewalk! Anyone can take advantage of every inch of space to create functional and aesthetically pleasing gardens. Whether you are looking to keep...
296 pages, color, 8x9, paperback
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by Jacob Ehrbahn Photographer and Per Folkver Foreword
This volume is a collection of photographs depicting the chaotic beauty of heavy metal. Readers will find numerous intimate portraits depicting musicians and fans a like lost in the moment, abandoning any sense of vanity...
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$30 Superpack: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction (Bikes in Space bundle)
by Elly Blue Series Editor
Feminist science fiction about ... bicycles? Yup! We're pleased to introduce this genre, and we think you'll be thrilled and inspired by the stories we've brought you so far.The basic level of...
Action-packed books and a sticker.
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Your Fucking Depression
by Karisa Quick Author
Depression isn’t exactly a laughing matter, but humor can be a helpful tool for managing it. In this interactive zine, therapist Karisa Quick provides writing prompts, worksheets, and coloring pages that offer a...
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Flowering Plants & How to Grow Them
by Parker T. Barnes Author
Originally published in 1914, this little zine is full of timeless and comprehensive advice on how to grow flowering plants indoors or outdoors. Whether you're a houseplant enthusiast hoping to add color to your...
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Outdoor School: Tree, Wildflower, and Mushroom Spotting - the Definitive Interactive Nature Guide
by Mary Kay Carson Author and John D. Dawson Author
Revel in nature's classroom with this huge, immersive full-color book aimed at supporting tweens and young teens in developing an appreciation and skills in the great outdoors. The book is packed with information...
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Sober Travel Handbook: Navigating the World Alcohol-Free
by Teresa Bergen Author
For nondrinkers, travel presents special challenges. Whether you're traveling for work, pleasure, or a family event, it can feel like alcohol is everywhere you turn; and for those in recovery, the ups and downs of...
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$25 Superpack: Red State Relief
by Super Pack! Author, Dr. Faith G. Harper Author, Joe Carlough Author, Ally Shwed Author, Gwendolyn Olton Author, Dawson Barrett Author and Ijeoma Oluo Author
We've heard you, friends in red states. Times are not so easy. Tensions are high, state legislators and school boards are out for blood, neighbors and family members are torn apart, the upcoming election cycle...
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The Green Witch's Guide to Magical Plants & Flowers: 26 Love Spells from Apples to Zinnias
by Chris Young Author, Deborah Harry Foreword and Susan Ottaviano Illustrator
A colorfully-illustrated guide to gentle herbal love spells you can make at home. Craft with positive intention to bring an abundance of love and contentment into your life, using all natural elements. Transform fruits,...
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Direct Action Handbook: A Guide to Organizing & Protesting Safely
by Kelly Baker Contributor, Ernesto Botello Contributor, David Brame Contributor, Annabel Young Contributor, Lainey Williams Contributor, 12 more
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The Green Mysteries: An Occult Herbarium
by Daniel Schulke Author and Benjamin A. Vierling Illustrator
This weighty, lavishly illustrated herbal tome serves as a complete lexicon on the spiritual, magical, and occult properties of more than 400 plants. Each encyclopedic entry focuses on a native plant or herb of the...
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Latchkey Township: Assorted Stories of Residency
by Jacinta Bunnell Editor
Did you grow up as a latchkey kid in the 90s or thereabouts? This collection of stories and art photos will speak straight to your soul. Recollections span the gamut of playing Carmen Sandiego, running feral through...
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The Meat Cake Bible
by Dame Darcy Author and Alan Moore Contributor
A great work of gothic Gen X feminist punk weirdness, this comics collection spans 20 years of the neo-Victorian horror/humor/romance comic Meat Cake. Fractured fairy tales alternate with adventures starring...
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Party Line #8
by Karl Anderson Author
In this latest installation from the guerilla phone booth collective FUTEL, the future of telephony is being broken wide open. Get the rundown on their latest operations, new phone locations, operator logs, an...
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Reset Your Creativity Workbook
by Jessie L. Kwak Author
In this new workbook zine from author Jessie Kwak, discover a regimen for resetting your creativity, building healthy boundaries and structure around your creative practice, and redoubling your commitment to the work...
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Why You'll Never Find the One: And Why It Doesn't Matter
by Sarah Akinterinwa Author
There may be no such thing as "the one" but that doesn't mean there aren't a panoply of excellent possibilities out there for you. So proposes this illustrated guide to dating for the modern...
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Unfuck Your Ebooks: The Complete Digital Dr. Faith
by Dr. Faith G. Harper Author and Super Pack! Author
Are you a fan of Dr. Faith G. Harper's books? Want them all on your digital reading device to read on the bus, finding the exercise, perspective, or reminder that you needed, or to show to a friend in the middle of...
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How to Make Perfect Coffee
by W.S. Quinby Author
This manual for brewing the perfect cup of coffee was first published in 1922, but remains as relevant today as it was then. Discussing everything from the finer points of roasting beans, to grind, to water temperature,...
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Palms & How to Grow Them
by Parker T. Barnes Author
Originally published in 1914, this little zine contains the collected wisdom of author Parker T. Barnes on the subject of palms. Learn how to grow them in your garden (if you've got the climate for it)...
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Stampfel on Weber and The Complete Boston Broadsides 1964-1967
by Peter Stampfel Author
This book contains every essay Peter Stampfel (Holy Modal Rounders, The Fugs, Peter Stampfel + Jeffrey Lewis) wrote for the Boston Broadside. Peter's writing in Broadsides, describing what was going on in music from...
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Guide to the State Parks of the United States
by National Geographic Author
People around the world agree that, whatever the problems with America might be, the national parks are a real highlight. There are 424 national parks, spanning more than 84 million acres. Guide to the State Parks of the...
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$30 Superpack: Plants & How to Grow Them
by G.A. Woolson Author, Parker T. Barnes Author and Super Pack! Author
Learn to grow anything! The "How to Grow Them" series of zines spells out the detailed choosing, tending, and appreciation of a variety of plants and growing things, both indoors and outdoors. This bundle...
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Ferns & How to Grow Them
by G.A. Woolson Author
In this zine, originally published in 1905 as a book, discover all the tips and tricks you need in order to grow enormous, beautiful ferns in your garden or in your home. Author G.A. Woolson writes in a studious and...
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Spell Jars for the Modern Witch: A Practical Guide to Crafting Spell Jars for Abundance, Luck, Protection, and More
by Minerva Siegel Author
Create an attractive, potent spell within a sealed container, using anything from candles and crystals to tarot cards and flowers. This book guides you through the whole process, from intention to manifestation. Covers...
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Year of the Witch
Magic is the ever-present energy around us—it’s in the sky, our companion animals, what we eat, where we live, and ourselves—and it can be used to create and manifest the things we want in our lives. By living with our intentions and the moon’s guiding energy, we can align ourselves with this energy and live our best lives, creating our narratives and movement along the way. And with each step we take, we are closer to our authentic selves. If you're new to witchcraft, this guide will walk you through your first year.
The Queer Affirmations Coloring Book
Heteronormative platitudes got you down? Color these joyful queer affirmations instead! Next time someone pulls out an old walnut like, "It's just a phase, they'll grow out of it," you can correct it to, "I love your strong sense of self!" Sick of hearing trite shit like, "It could be worse"? Cross it out with a Sharpie and replace it with, "I'm sorry you're going through this." Not everyone in your life may know how to talk about feelings and affirm your experience, but you can do it for yourself and the community you create. Joe Carlough's thoughtful and humorous revisions of everyday platitudes pair perfectly with Ally Shwed's colorable scenarios of all sorts of queer people bonding with each other, expressing their emotions, and learning to love themselves a little more every day.
Unf*ck Your Sex Toys
Sex toys, sex tools, sexual aids—whatever you call them, they have the potential to revolutionize your sex life. Whether you use them solo, partnered, or in group play, sex tools can bring you to new heights of pleasure, teach you about your body, affirm your identity, and liberate you from physical or emotional constraints. But damn, they can be expensive if you buy them new. Sexologist and therapist Dr. Faith is all about making sure you know how to get off safely and on a budget, and provides instructions for making a variety of do-it-yourself toys without breaking the bank or taking an embarrassing trip to the ER.
Divine Deco Tarot Coloring Book
Glamorous, exuberant, luxurious decorative details suffuse these pages, each bringing to life an archetype of the classic 78-card tarot major and minor arcana. Inspired by the lushness of the early 20th Century Art Deco movement and the Balkan folk art of her native Albania, Gerta Egy's images draw you into a fantasy world, beautiful and rich with meaning and feeling. Sprite-like human figures dance, writhe, and play with swords, wands, cups, and coins against modernist patterned backgrounds in these ornate pages that await your coloring pleasure. These images are drawn from the Divine Tarot Deco deck.
Dungeon Degenerates: Hand of Doom
An instant classic and underground favorite from the moment it appeared on tabletops worldwide, Hand of Doom puts players into the boots of hardened criminal adventurers, escaping from the dungeons of Brüttelburg into a deranged, demented, dark-fantasy world of swords, sausages & sorcery. Players attempt to make their way through a series of interconnected weird, nasty & mysterious adventures as the world of the Würstreich gets progressively more dangerous & the Hand of Doom descends—distorting the land with evil sorcery. Over the course of multiple sessions, players will make morally questionable decisions that affect the game narrative, all while fighting ghouls, cops, bog monsters, and other unimaginable horrors. Think of it as a role-playing game in a box, dungeon master included.
A Tight Squeeze (Queering Consent)
A Tight Squeeze showcases the hot sex magick of queer t4t connection. Balancing the weird, fun, and exciting with the vulnerable and bewildering, laura q explores the complex and sometimes painful realities of transfem identity, desire, and erotic experiences. Share in the intimacy of two genderqueer lovers’ playful first time together, witness the ultimate spell cast by a fiery mathemagician, and journey with the first trans astronaut toward a whole new kind of first contact. From after-hours surprises that lurk within the closets of a Swedish furniture store to the hustle of navigating life and love in post-condopocalypse Toronto, the queer women, enbies, and bois featured in these twelve tantalizing tales serve up a tender erotic banquet—sometimes with a side of consensual violence and always finished with a sweet course of connection and community.
Queer Animals & Plants Coloring Book
Lesbian gulls, intersex grizzly bears, gay orgies of manatees, trans clownfish, binary-smashing lichens, sex-changing willow trees, and asexual naked mole rats! Queerness is everywhere in the natural world. This coloring book celebrates the diversity of animals, plants, fungi, lichen, and coral and the way our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture. So many of us grew up with wildlife programs and school biology classes that showed only monogamous, heterosexual pairings with the goal of making little baby animals. Bring your brightest colors to learn about and befriend some of the most colorful characters in nature and challenge society's cis-het norms.
Monthly Manifestation Manual
Spend a month manifesting your greatest desires and potential. This planner and workbook gives you 31 days' worth of exercises for rewiring your brain to create new patterns of thoughts and actualizing your intentions and dreams. Perfect for when you're stuck at work or in love, out of touch with your emotions, angry, anxious, afraid, or depressed, or feel like you're hurtling down the wrong path in life too fast. Each day, fill out a check-in form and embark on a special exercises designed to hone your focus, channel your intent, dream bigger, and love yourself harder. Jessica Mullen and Kelly Cree's dreamy designs and potent exercises are tested and true methods for getting yourself back on the path to living the life you want.
The Autism Partner Handbook
Learn key communication skills for succeeding in a neurologically mixed relationship, gain a better understanding of your partner's mental processes, troubleshoot your sex life, and level up your appreciation for your partner's relationship strengths. Autistic-allistic relationships, as well as relationships between two neurodivergent people, can work out splendidly, but there are a few consistent and predictable areas where they can get in trouble, which you can work through together once you know how to spot them. Dr. Faith G. Harper, author of Unf*ck Your Brain and Unf*ck Your Intimacy, joins Joe Biel (an autistic publisher and author) and Elly Blue (a partner of an autistic person), to offer hard-won guidance on a wide range of relationship topics.
From Dream to Reality
Want to make a living as a freelance writer? Here are the resources, answers, and real talk you need about what it takes to make a living as a writer for hire. Drawing on her own varied and successful years of freelance copywriting experience, Jessie Kwak (author of From Chaos to Creativity and From Big Idea to Book) offers valuable insights on how to figure out if this fast-paced, ever-evolving career is for you—and how to make it work if you decide to go for it.
50 Ways to Protect Bookstores
Bookstores are important. So are booksellers. And they—and the ideas and communities they serve—need protection. Danny Caine, the best-selling author of How to Resist Amazon and Why and co-owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas, writes a stirring call to action. Bookstores are not charities, he writes, and they shouldn't get a pass on exploitative labor practices, but they play a vital role in our society that is worth upholding. Preparing the ground for a more expansive book on the topic, Caine offers 50 ideas for protecting this idiosyncratic business niche and, by extension, the neighborhoods that bookstores anchor.
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WorkingLit: Publishing Software from Microcosm
WorkingLit is cloud-based software developed by Microcosm Publishing that gives independent publishers tools to thrive and grow at their own pace. Our industry is run by billionaires and conglomerates, and we want to give our fellow publishers the freedom to market and sell your books, understand your business, and painlessly pay royalties.
Microcosm built our own software from scratch starting in 2002, and we owe it our survival, success, and continued independence. Now we want to share it with you.
Get involved and stay in touch!
We're planning to launch our first phase publicly in summer, 2022.
- Take our survey for publishers
- Join our email list
- Are you a programmer? We're looking to grow our team. Email elly at microcosmpublishing dot com with your skillset and why you're interested in being part of WorkingLit
- Take the tour:
Call for Submissions for Neurodiversity zine series
A People's Guide to Publishing Podcast
In 2012, Microcosm founder and CEO Joe Biel started writing blog posts. Biel wanted to share 25 years of experience and how Microcosm sold millions of books to leave a trail of bread crumbs for others to have similar success. Biel has also written a book about the topic, A People's Guide to Publishing.
Joe and Microcosm's marketing director Elly now make the weekly People's Guide to Publishing People's Guide to Publishing podcast. You can listen to it on your preferred app, or watch the video version as a vlogcast.
Got questions about the publishing industry or need help troubleshooting your own process? Submit your question to podcast at microcosmpublishing dot com, and we'll try to address it on an upcoming episode.
Find the series of blog posts that started it all here:
For authors: How to Pitch Your Book to a Publisher
Data About Your Book's Details (MetaData)
The Economic Case for Traditional Format Offset Printing
Distribution Question (with infographic)
How to Pack Books for Shipping
Microcosm In Your Town!
Want to meet us in person, check out our books, or see an author speak? We've got author events and convention events coming up! There's a full calendar at the bottom of the page.
Upcoming Author Events
- April 13th, 2023 (7pm): Gwendolyn Olton reads from From Conflict to Community at Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213.
Interested in having an author at your store or event? Reach out!!
Upcoming Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books and zines
- May 8-11, 2023: Peerpocalypse, Seaside, OR
Upcoming Trade Shows and Industry Events
Usually not open to the public, these industry events are a chance for store buyers to peruse our books, write orders, and chat about terms. We plan to either attend or exhibit at the following events. If you'll be there too, drop us a line—we'd love to meet you.
Planning an event and want us to be part of it (speaking, author readings, movie screenings, setting up a book and zine pop-up shop, etc.)? Let us know!!
In the Portland area? We can set up a book fair at your workplace like the ones your school used to have.