Even if you didn't grow up in the 90s, tapping your heart out on an old typewriter and cutting and pasting the lines into zine masters that you'd run out to Kinko's to copy in the middle of the night, this ...
3x3", screenprint on canvas
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by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
Last year we received 6,000 more damaged books from other publishers—and we're passing the savings on to you! We've got some books and zines with bent corners, scratched or slightly ripped covers, lil ...
a whole pile of random books
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by Ibram X. Kendi Author
Award-winning author and social theorist Ibram X. Kendi weaves together history, law, science, ethics, and his own narrative of becoming antiracist to make the case for moving beyond the awareness of racism. How to ...
320 pages, hardcover
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by Debbie Le Author and Whitney Gardner Author
Admire one of our fave feminists Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Learn about how she blazed through a male dominated sector of education and law and made a place for women to follow. Take it ...
208 pgs, 9in X 7in, color, paperback
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Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access ...
288 pages, 5.75x8.5", hardcover
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Unfuck Your Friendships: Using Science to Make and Maintain the Most Important Relationships of Your Life
by Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
Friendship deserves more credit in a society obsessed with romantic and sexual relationships. In reality, friendship is the key to our mental and physical health, happiness, and social cohesion. Dr. Faith ...
192 pages, paperback
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by Super Pack! Author, Joe Biel Author, Elly Blue Author, Ian Giesbrecht Author, Jane Goodall Author, 8 more
10 books worth $130, yours for just $40... it doesn't get much better than that! Here's a snapshot of publishing life: A truck arrived with no warning, when most of the staff was out of town ...
some slightly damaged paperback books
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How to Be Accountable Workbook: Take Responsibility to Change Your Behavior, Boundaries, & Relationships
by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
Have you made choices you regret, grown away from your values, damaged your relationships, or hurt yourself and people you care about? It's never too late to choose accountability, change your ...
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by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
Want to be a writer, but the words won't come? Do you have a lot to say but don't know how to write it so people will read it? Do you struggle with anxiety, procrastination, or feeling like an imposter ...
32 pages, zine 128, paperback
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Direct Action is a form of political activism which seeks immediate remedy for perceived ills, as opposed to indirect actions such as electing representatives who promise to provide remedy at some later date. Direct ...
4x5", screenprint on canvas
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by Doug Bierend Author
"Nothing is impossible if you bring mushrooms into your life..."In Search of Mycotopia introduces us to an incredible, essential, and oft-overlooked kingdom of life—fungi—and all the potential ...
336 pages, hardcover
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by Sandor Ellix Katz Author
Bestselling author Sandor Katz—an “unlikely rock star of the American food scene” (New York Times)—gets personal about the deeper meanings of fermentation.The Art of Fermentation quickly ...
128 pages, hardcover, color photographs
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by Tim Dee Author
Tim Dee, radio producer, television broadcaster, and acclaimed author brings you the original and compelling story of how we have learned about the natural world, named and catalogued it, and then ...
240 pages, hardcover, b&w illustrations
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by Jose Posada Author
José Posada was a Mexican engraver and illustrator, who worked for a local newspaper and the Mexico City publishing firm of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, creating various book covers and illustrations. Much ...
5x5", screenprint on canvas
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by MJ Lyons Author
Sexy, capitalism-defying adventures take you around the galaxy in this debut collection of five high-heat erotic short stories by MJ Lyons. A pack of werewolves tear through downtown Toronto to protest cruel treatment ...
128 pages, paperback
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by Nicholas Carver Author
The tarot cards in this pack are adapted from a Tarot of Marseille deck by Nicholas Conver that dates to 1760. The Major and Minor Arcana cards are accompanied by a booklet, which gives a history of tarot, information ...
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by Monica Sweeney Author
Every relationship has its high points, and also moments where you want to strangle the shit out of each other. Zen as F*ck for You & Me helps you hold on to the warm, fuzzy moments, and let go of the rest so you ...
128 pages, paperback
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by Chris Barsanti Author
Who doesn't need this smart, funny book to deliver a (not so) serious examination of the philosophical musings of Hollywood's most enigmatic vapor boy? Keanu Reeves’s movies are ...
144 pages, hardcover, color
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by Gus T. Blooms Author
It can be easy to rush through life without noticing your flatulence. Paying attention to your farts, and their surrounding wind, has proven to improve your sense of humor. Take control of your wind and go with its ...
paperback, 160 pages
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by Nathan Joyce Author
Let’s face it, we’ve all got a few gaps in our knowledge that we’d like to fill—the sort of things we know we should know, but never got round to learning. Perhaps you are never quite sure of ...
Hardcover, 64 pages
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by Maria Borelius Author and Sonia Wichmann Translator
The story of one woman’s unique, four-year-long quest to banish melancholy and depression, find happiness and fulfillment, cultivate wellness, and ultimately create her best self—lessons anyone can use to ...
Hardcover, 344 pages
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by Jeff VanderMeer Author
An expanded edition of the highly successful and beautifully illustrated writing companion. Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, ...
Paperback, 384 pages
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by Kathleen Jamie Author
In Sightlines, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field—from her native Scottish “byways and hills” to the frigid Arctic in fourteen enthralling essays. She dissects whatever her gaze falls ...
Paperback, 256 pages
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Who Killed the Constitution? : The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr Author and Kevin R. C. Gutzman Author
Think it’s just judges who are trampling on the Constitution? Think again. The fact is that government officials long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S. ...
Paperback, 272 pages
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by Caroline Smith Illustrator and John Astrop Author
This oracle deck is a unique divination system containing 84 cards in seven suits offering guidance based on the sun's path across the heavens. Each suit represents a significant planet, and the illustrations are ...
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by Angelo Author and Temporary Services Author
Angelo, a prisoner in California in 2001, wrote and illustrated this comprehensive and detailed account of all of the devices, practices, and workarounds that he'd witnessed his fellow prisoners invent. In an ...
paperback, 196 pages
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We are excited to present our latest collaboration with Humble Bundle: a sliding-scale, pay-what-you-want selection of our most popular ebooks about mental health, personal growth, and self-care.
You can choose for part of your purchase to benefit the Portland organization Street Books, which brings a mobile library to our houseless population.
This bundle runs through March 17th, and is a fantastic way to
Independent bookstore owner Danny Caine penned this love letter to buying local, which is also a scathing critique of big business, consolidation, and the havoc giant retailers are wreaking on the US (and world) economy, labor force, privacy, politics, and the business of writing, buying, and selling books.
Want to change your behavior, transform your relationships, and live your best life? Dr. Faith Harper and Joe Biel walk you through the benefits and difficulties of being accountable to the only person who can truly be responsible for how you live your life: yourself.
Magic is a universal force but how we access and use it is deeply personal. The 24th annual edition of Friday Gladheart's beloved almanac is focused on crafting your magic. Special planner pages, worksheets, and articles are included to help you achieve your goals, discover your hidden talents, and explore the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, no matter what kind of magic you practice. The projects, articles, and ideas will motivate you to hone your witchy skills no matter your current level of expertise, including divination (tarot, runes, pendulum), herbalism & wortcunning, and using nature's gifts of stones, crystals, and minerals. It can also be used as a companion study guide to the traditional "year and a day" of study prior to initiation or solitary dedication. And as always, it contains astrological and astronomical information, moon phases, trivia, recipes, Sabbats, historical tidbits, and everything you need to get you in touch with the Practical Witch within you.
A practical guide and comprehensive workbook for starting a creative business. As an artist, dreamer, or thinker, you may be looking for extra support with the practical aspects of entrepreneurship. This workbook helps you create structures to support your vision, clarify what success looks like for you, find the resources you need, and take your next steps. Includes chapters on topics like branding, publicity, fundraising, pricing your goods and services, forming a legal entity, taking on a partner, making the transition to working for yourself full-time, and knowing when to close or change your business. Use it on its own, or as a companion to Quit Your Day Job.
A Spanish translation of Dr. Faith Harper's bestselling book Unfuck Your Brain. Nuestros cerebros están haciendo todo lo posible para ayudarnos, pero a veces pueden ser verdaderos imbéciles. A veces parece que tu propio cerebro está tratando de atraparte, alterándose en frente de todo el público, buscando pleito con tu pareja, volviéndote adicto a algo o congelándose por completo en los peores momentos posibles. Ya le dijiste a tu cerebro que en serio no es bueno hacer este tipo de cosas. Pero tu cerebro tiene una mente propia. Ahí es donde este libro llega a ser útil. Con humor, paciencia y muchas palabrotas, Dr. Faith te muestra la ciencia detrás de lo que está sucediendo en tu cráneo y te explica a través del proceso cómo reentrenar tu cerebro para responder adecuadamente a las cosas que no son de emergencia en la vida cotidiana. Si estás trabajando para lidiar con viejos traumas, depresión, ansiedad, enojo, dolor o adicción, o si solo quieres tener una respuesta más calmada y relajada a las situaciones que enfrentas todo el tiempo, este libro puede ayudarte a poner las piezas del rompecabezas juntas y recuperar tu vida y tu cerebro.
What are your values, needs, and desires? What are your deal breakers? What is your personal definition of consent? What would you do if someone stole your place in line? What if a friend says you've hurt them? These 52 cards prompt reflection and conversation about your and others’ boundaries, needs, consent, and relationships. Consider your past history, current strategies for recognizing and relating boundaries, and ideas to communicate more effectively in the future. There are no right or wrong answers, only your answers in Dr. Faith's first non-sweary deck!
Take a ride with us as we explore a future where trans and nonbinary people are the heroes! In worlds where bicycle rides bring luck, a minotaur needs a bicycle, and werewolves stalk the post-apocalyptic landscape, nobody has time to question gender. Whatever your identity you'll enjoy these stories that are both thought-provoking and fun adventures. Find out what the future could look like if we stopped putting people into boxes and instead empowered each other to reach for the stars.
Born Jesus Christ Allin and raised in rural isolation by a violently abusive religious fanatic, GG Allin grew up to be one of punk's most controversial figures. His music was overshadowed by his on-stage antics, including throwing blood and feces at the audience and hurting himself and audience members. In this first substantial biography of the man who wanted to make rock "dangerous" again, Hardcore Anxiety author and illustrator Reid Chancellor portrays Allin's life and early death with sensitivity, asking us to look beyond the shocking spectacle to understand the troubled human behind the scenes, and the societal forces that pushed him to the edge of creative expression.
Shock rocker GG Allin lived life on his own terms, often to the detriment of everyone around him—and he always created a NSFW spectacle. This activity and coloring book delves into the gore and guts beneath the surface, telling his story like never before—interactively. Channel your rage to color these pages outside the lines, then use them as toilet paper.
Get your finances in order, work through your values and baggage around money, plan your next career move, negotiate arguments about spending with your partner, and so much more in this jam-packed workbook created by Dr. Faith Harper to go with her instant hit Unf*ck Your Worth.
In The News
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the streets are suddenly free of traffic, and a lot of folks are rediscovering bicycling—you can tell by looking out the window, or at our order queue.
Books and zines about bicycling (and stickers... oh, the bike stickers!) have long been Microcosm's bread and butter. The interest never goes away, but it's been way up lately. Here's a list of (almost) all of the bike books and zines we publish, and you can find everything bikey in our catalog here.
And here's short list of our recommendations for people who are just getting with riding or wondering how we can sustain relatively car-free streets post-pandemic.
In issue #4 of the Bicycle Culture Rising zine, read about how Kittie Knox, a teenage cyclist in the late 1800s, changed bike culture forever.
—We are currently Kickstarting our newest volume of feminist bicycle science fiction: Trans-Galactic Bike Ride!—
We are shipping every day out of the Microcosm Publishing & Distribution HQ in Portland, Oregon!
All mail orders are going out within 24 hours. If you choose "pick up at store" as your shipping option, you can come ring our doorbell Mon-Sat 11am-3pm and we'll do a no-contact handoff.
We've always printed our books here in the United States, and so right now we're not seeing any significant delays in publication of our titles. Orders have slowed a bit, but we're using the time to get caught up on a serious backlog of work that's built up in our last year and a half of hectic growth. Far from reducing hours or laying anyone off, we're cautiously moving forward with the hiring process we began last month. In other news: we aren't going anywhere.
Ultimately, our strength has always resided in how we've built up communities around us, and so we've started to work on strengthening those where we can through a variety of ways:
- Dr. Faith Harper is doing a live story time with her book Coping Skills on our Facebook page. She'll be doing it nightly at 5 p.m. central until she's done, and the videos will be archived on our page at least until this passes.
- At the request of the author, we've made the ebook version of Teenage Rebels 99 cents. We hope we can inspire some of the millions of high school students currently sitting at home and help them continue learning. The author of Crate Digger has also requested we put both the ebook and audiobook versions of this Florida punk scene history on super sale!
- If you're bored at home and starting to struggle, we've got a quarantine self-care pack for you - just $20 for the physical books, $15 for the ebooks.
- For retailers who are offering support, ideas, and solace to freaked out customers, we've created a Community Support display pack with quarantine-friendly bestsellers like This Is Your Brain on Anxiety and Making Stuff and Doing Things
- We've curated a list of relevant titles on our Quarantine Survival Guide list of project-based books for people who are feeling anxious or just need something to do.
- If you're stocked up on books and want to help others, you can do that here! We've set up a "give books to people in need" program where you can support sending care packages to spread the book love. As always, we are stepping up to offer ways to offer our books to people who are most vulnerable and in need. We are matching funds from donations at link.
- To further help folks, you can also donate a gift certificate to Street Books, send books to prisoners, or send a gift of books (we can choose for you if you aren't sure) with a note directly to a friend.
- We're going to net-90 terms for independent bookstores who place orders placed before April 30th.
We'd love to hear from you, our customers and peers, about how you're surviving these weird, weird times and what we can do to support you.
To start Queering Consent off I’m looking for nonbinary pairings. Nonbinary folks with each other, nonbinary folks with men, nonbinary folks with women, nonbinary folks in polycules… So long as at least one of the characters is explicitly nonbinary, I’m not too fussed about who they’re with or what pronouns they use.
A really successful erotica anthology also needs a theme to go with the pairing. For that, I started asking what we needed more of, but in reality, I didn’t have to look any further than my own passion and knowledge of popular erotica and romance: historical romance, pre-1950s.
Why? My first two books were both anthologies, and I found myself enjoying working with multiple authors considerably. When my publisher (and now employer), Microcosm Publishing, announced they’d start doing queer erotica, I knew I had to start doing anthologies for that too. I pitched them three (!) and they eagerly accepted all of them, which I was not expecting.
To get a better feel for the market, we’re doing them as a zine series, entitled Queering Consent.
Submissions are due by
August 1, 2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED now due August 28, 2020
The nitty gritty:
Word count: 1,000 to 3,000 words (longer stories are welcome, but may be published separately or considered for a later book version) or 2-6 pages of black and white comics
Format: Word, .ODT, PDF or Google document emailed to lydia(at)microcosmpublishing(dot)com
(If submitting comics, please ask for specs before submitting artwork.)
Works must be original fiction (no fanfic, sorry!) though reprints are allowed.
More about the theme: There simply aren’t enough nonbinary people represented in historical fiction, even though nonbinary folks have always been here. So… why not make it sexy?
Also, if it’s not consensual it’s not sex and not welcome in this series!
Payment: $25 flat fee; if we include your contribution in a book edition, there will be additional payment
I am encouraging marginalized authors who do not see themselves in most mainstream fiction to submit, including (but not limited to) BIPOC, disabled, neurodiverse, queer and trans folks. Write the stories you wish had been published and submit them to us. #OwnVoices work is encouraged, but not strictly required.
If this pairing or theme isn’t up your alley, the next two themes and pairings are:
- woman/woman in science fiction or fantasy settings
- man/man’s tender first times (with each other, or first time at all)
You can submit those whenever (or if you have an idea for future themes, let me know!) or you can sign up for my newsletter to find out when the submission period officially opens for future volumes.
Reposted from LydiaRogue.com
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 for us, and we'll try to address it on an upcoming episode.
Find the series of blog posts that started it all here:
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.
2021 Author Events
Virtual author events!
- Thursday, January 28th, 7pm central time: Unf#ck Your Boundaries with Dr. Faith G. Harper — Virtual Zoom author event. Free event, registration required.
Interested in having an author at your store or event after this is all over? Reach out!!
2021 Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books, zines, and merch!
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.