by Lacy Martin Illustrator and Christine Scanlon Author
Gorgeous photos of real women and simple design resonate strongly in this modern take on the tarot tradition. Each card in Gold Lyre Tarot represents the divine feminine of today's blended American culture and ...
78 card deck with guide
Six Days in Cincinnati: A Graphic Account of the Riots That Shook the Nation a Decade Before Black Lives Matter
by Dan Méndez Moore Author
This is the graphic history of the 2001 Cincinnati riots, told for the first time from the perspective of the participants. When Timothy Thomas, a 19 year old black man, was fatally shot by police, the city broke out ...
96 pages, 5.5x8.5", paperback
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by Bill DiPaola Author and fly Illustrator
Remember that 'Oh shit' moment you had at your first protest? Or maybe you've been avoiding the news and your Facebook feed; you want to get out there and be involved but you don't even know where to ...
13 pages, b&w, 5.5x8.5
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by Cristy Road Author
Along with card descriptions written in English and Spanish, this visually stunning edition features gallery-quality prints of Cristy C. Road's illustrations from her Next World Tarot deck. Road imbues her ...
160 pages, hardcover
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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 $150+, yours for just $40... it doesn't get much better than that! Here's a snapshot of publishing life: A truck arrived a few weeks ago with no warning, when most of the staff was ...
Ten slightly damaged paperback books
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by Gerard S. Doyle MD Author
In a time when our health (and health system) is particularly susceptible to strain, it's invaluable to know what to do when shit suddenly hits the fan. Smartly designed and full of incredibly useful medical tips ...
360 pages, 5x8, paperback, b&w
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by Katya Komisaruk Author
Saying the right thing during an encounter with the police can mean the difference between going home and going to jail. Beat the Heat gives you a set of easy-to-remember legal tactics for protecting yourself and the ...
192 pages, full size, paperback
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by Bill DiPaola Author, Lisa Loving Author, Dan Méndez Moore Author, fly Author, Sarah Friedman Author and Harold H Thompson Author
Be prepared when you hit the streets. These three zines and two books will arm you with vital skills, perspective, and history, at a sliding scale price. Learn how to plan for action, how to not get ...
3 zines and 2 books
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The Astrological Guide to Self-Care: Hundreds of Heavenly Ways to Care for Yourself—According to the Stars
by Constance Stellas Author
Tailor your self-care routine to your astrological sign and governing element. Includes astrology basics, plus hundreds of ideas for sign-specific self-care that will have you feeling relaxed in no time. For Aries, ...
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by Johnny Fincham Author
An easy to use and exhaustive reference guide for all things palmistry. This book contains detailed illustrations and diagrams, along with 25 easy to use reference cards for beginner and intermediate palm readers. ...
128 pages, color, 6x8", hardcover
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by James Loewen Author
Another book from James Loewen, author of the now classic, Lies My Teacher Told Me. This time around, James begins to research the resurgence of racism...post reconstruction, and realizes it's more widespread than ...
592 pages, b&w, 6 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches, Paperback
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by Various Author
Here's to the t-shirts all across the world that have had a rough life and are still deeply loved by their wearers!Some of these shirts are stained, some have inconsistent dye jobs, some are just old and we want to ...
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by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
Last year we received 6,000 more damaged books—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 bit dirty, scuffed, ...
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by Ruth King Author
A Buddhist perspective that emphasizes the importance of cultivating a culture of care, for ourselves and others, as a more effective means of change. King helps readers examine the complexities of racial identity and ...
280 pages, b&w, 5.9x8, paperback
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by Kate Khatib Author
“A wonderful collection of questions and reflections on the state of the movement today, where we came from, and where we might be going. It is all too rare that in the process of creating the movement and living ...
355 pages, 6x9", paperback
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by Crystal Marie Fleming Author
Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a fresh, accessible, and ...
256 pages, 8.8x5.7x0.9", hardcover, b&w
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by Kristian Williams Author
New edition! An examination of the history of police violence from a radical, yet pragmatic and highly readable, perspective.Written for lay readers and scholars alike, Our Enemies in Blue shows that police misconduct ...
574 pages, 1/2 size, paperback
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by Mitchell S. Jackson Author
Mitchell S. Jackson writes with nuance and brilliance about learning to survive in one of the whitest cities in America. When he first moved to Portland, Oregon, he learned how to do what he called survival math ...
336 pages, b&w, 6.1x9
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by Super Pack! Author, Raleigh Briggs Author, Ashley Rowe Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
We see you! Working from home, diligently disinfecting doorknobs, crafting with the kiddos, talking to the houseplants, riding out conference call lag time, having a mostly good attitude but also slowing ...
3 books and a zine!
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by Liza Donnelly Author
A funny, full-color illustrated book of cartoons to remind you that much as you're hard on yourself, your dog still thinks the world of you. Each cartoon comes with instructions to help you live up to and keep ...
hardcover, 96 pages
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by Erin Falconer Author
Stop doing so much. Seriously. Let stuff slide, outsource other tasks, build a network of allies and mentors, and focus on the two or three areas of your life that matter. This book shows you how. You'll do better ...
paperback, 256 pages
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by Buffy the Vampire Slayer Author
"We saved the world. I say we party." A collection of inspirational quotes from the chosen one and her Scooby-gang, with full-color photographs for each line and every season. Feminist ass-kicking is ...
hardcover, 128 pages
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by Chris D. Thomas Author
The world isn't ending, it's just changing. A professor of conservation biology takes in the big picture: the planet has survived many mass extinctions, and will survive this one. Travel the evolving globe and ...
hardcover, 320 pages
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by Robert Garfield Author
You've heard about deaths of despair. Toxic masculinity's pressure on men to stifle their emotions and show nothing but stoic strength is literally killing them. The antidote? Friendship and connection! Renowned ...
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30-Second Classical Music: The 50 most significant genres, composers and innovations, each explained in half a minute
by Dr. Joanne Cormack Author
Enjoy a full meal of classical music history, theory, and majesty, delivered in bite-size pieces. This best-selling series covers everything from the Middles Ages through modern 21st century work, including innovations ...
paperback, 160 pages
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by Ashton Applewhite Author
Reject ill-fitting roles and societal expectations. In hetero marriages, women initiate divorce 3/4ths of the time and most report greater happiness afterwards. This book helps you face fears and understand the process ...
paperback, 336 pages
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by Dr. Cyndi Gilbert Author
Most humans suffer from nature deficit disorder. Re-discover the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of forest-bathing, whether alone or with others. This slim volume covers the whys and hows, with practical faqs ...
Paperback, 160 pages
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by Devi Brown Author
Full of color photos, this crystal guide helps you through the process of selecting crystals, preparing them, and using them in your spiritual and self-care practices. Open your heart, boost your energy, and find your ...
hardcover, 240 pages
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by Sarah Flowers Author
Over 500 DIY ideas for cleaning everything in your house - large or small - using a variety of basic non-toxic items. Vinegar and baking soda are featured, of course, but also salt, alcohol, chalk, wax paper, ...
paperback, 256 pages
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by Brian Dunning Author
An esteemed science writer analyzes the basis for conspiracy theories, and walks us through fifty historical examples, from the Knights Templar to chemtrails. Many are debunked, some are confirmed; all give us a mindset ...
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Dr. Faith Harper's weekly unplanner that's also a workbook to help with your anxiety, anger, adulting, self-care, sleep, relationships, and so much more, all year round.
"The Prince & the Birch Tree" is the first volume of a serialized graphic novel about Canadian Mi'kmaq teenager Naguset, who exchanges books and mix tapes with her pen pal, Chris. Her imagination sparks when he sends her a biography of the 19th century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. The story juxtaposes Naguset's personal and political coming-of-age in her loving family home with Kropotkin's rocky upbringing in a princely palace.
The first zine in a series; this issue shows the illustrious history of service dogs, through the lens of author Joe Biel, whose life was saved by a medical alert dog named Ruby.
With a hefty dose of irreverent self-satire, Eryn O'Neal shares the essential oil recipes that she uses to treat her own patriarchal woes, so that you can too. A tincture of clary sage may not dismantle the patriarchy singlehandedly, but it'll help you get enough sleep so you can keep working on destroying the power dynamics that are dragging us all down.
A guide to making sourdough bread from scratch, without measuring. Also a ton of delicious recipes for sourdough delights (crackers! pancakes!) and other tasty fermented foods that you can make in your kitchen.
Create a healthier home life with Meadow Shadowhawk's wealth of nontoxic strategies for cleaning, product, and furniture choices and best practices for every room in your house or apartment.
Take control of your life, starting with your own thoughts, words, and actions with Sage Liskey's guide to everyday magic that may not look like traditional spell casting, but has every bit as much of an impact. What is your locus of control? Seize your power and find you.
The illustrated, true, "gently explicit" story of what happens after 10 year old Danielle is assaulted in a park. The women in her life throw a party to celebrate her courage, not as a victim but as a crime fighter. Written for adults and kids to read together, but it's a good and healing book for all of us crime fighters, even if we didn't get to do the fighting part until way later.
Margalit Cutler's book of whimsical poems and drawings celebrates the vulva in all its glorious forms. Fully colorable, with tear-out pages for your decorating and sharing pleasure. Long live the wondrous vag!
Ariel Gore wanted to see if science could help her be happier. And the more she read, the more she realized that the psychology of happiness is full of studies by, for, and about straight cis white men. She set out to find out why her own experience as a woman and mother isn't reflected in the research, and how we can do it better. The resulting book is fascinating, lyrical, and profoundly affecting.
The zine that took the bookselling world by storm is finally widely available! Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas chronicles his pro-local, pro-independent bookstore, anti-Amazon activism and shows you a path to fighting the power, too.
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 accepting submissions now for the witchcraft-themed ninth volume of the Bikes in Space series of feminist bicycle science fiction anthologies, scheduled to come out at the beginning of 2022.
Working title: Bicycles & Broomsticks
Please submit your original short fiction that combines themes of witchcraft and bicycling, through a feminist lens. Both witchiness and bicycles must be inherent to accepted stories—ie, if you swapped these elements out for detectives and toasters, the stories would not work. The witchcraft can be informed by actual Paganism or another tradition, or be more along the lines of Kiki's Delivery Service or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or something entirely new. Creative, subversive, feminist magic is key.
Stories should have a feminist perspective, even if feminism and identity are not overt topics. We especially welcome submissions from queer, trans, disabled, and BIPOC authors and welcome stories that portray more diverse perspectives than are found in mainstream sff.
All fantastical genres welcome: science fiction, fantasy, mythology, speculative fiction, climate punk, slipstream, supernatural horror, fractured fairy tales, or anything in between or beyond. No fanfic, poetry, or erotica for this series. Black and white comics and illustrations are also welcome. If you're not sure what works, you may find it helpful to familiarize yourself with other books in the series.
Word count: a 1,000 - 6,000 word range is typical, but make your story the length it needs to be, and if it's right for the anthology, we'll work it out in editorial.
Format: Google doc or Word preferred; PDF or text documents are also fine. If submitting an illustration, please get in touch about format and dimensions before you start working on it.
Payment: A portion of profits after expenses from the Kickstarter project used to fund the book is split between contributors; payments are not less than $30 each. Contributors also receive copies of the book.
Deadline: September 1, 2020
Please send your submissions and any questions to elly at microcosm publishing dot com
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
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. But the requests for consultation and questions kept coming so we launched a weekly podcast and vlogcast. Submit your question for us!
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.
2020 Author Events
Virtual author events!
Microcosm Presents: a series of streaming interviews with our authors. Watch them live or later on our YouTube channel.
These in-person events are still scheduled to occur; we will update as this changes.
- Sunday, October 25th: Dr. Faith G. Harper at Beastly Books, Santa Fe, NM, 4-6pm Mountain Time
Interested in having an author at your store or event after this is all over? Reach out!!
2020 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.