by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
Each year we receive 6,000 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,...
a whole pile of random books
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by Slingshot Collective Author
The Slingshot is the classic organizer for radicals. Keep your plans off the internet and in your pocket, with this perfect-bound calendar and day planner. It includes space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of...
4.25x5.5", paperback, 160 pages
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by Amanda Siebert Author and Julie Holland, MD Author
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by S. Elizabeth Author
This gorgeously curated book of sinister artwork collects some of the most horrifying and mesmerizing paintings and visual art from throughout human history. From Edvard Munch to Hieronymus Bosch, from Georgia...
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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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by Tim Clare Author
In this exploration of anxiety, author Tim Clare discusses everything from SSRIs to hypnosis, and what we can actually do to help ourselves overcome this difficult emotion. Clare has firsthand experience wrestling with...
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by Helen Wildfell Author
There are infinite possibilities in human relationships, but the fairytale ideal of companionship does not exist for most people. In Consensuality, Helen Wildfell and her co-adventurers detail the process for creating or...
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Culpeper's Complete Herbal: A Compendium of Herbs and Their Uses, Annotated for Modern Herbalists, Healers, and Witches
by Nicholas Culpeper Author and JJ Pursell Contributor
Description of Microcosm's Fall 2022 edition: For the last 350 years, since the reign of Elizabeth I, Nicholas Culpeper's encyclopedic compendium of the uses and properties of medicinal herbs has been...
paperback, 408 pages
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by Super Pack! Author, Judith Arcana Author, Esther Eberhardt Author, Rachel Blanton Author, Catherine Marie Jeunet Author, 4 more
Ever since reproductive choice was legalized in the US in 1973, factions have been trying to strip the right to safe, legal abortions by any means necessary. Lately, they're getting their way. Fuck that noise....
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America! Land of mass shootings and abortion restrictions. Highlight the horrible truth about this country and advocate for change with this sticker. Slap it up on any flat surface you feel like.
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by John Zada Author
The Great Bear rainforest on the coast of British Columbia is one of the last intact temperate rainforests in the world. It has an astronomical amount of organic matter, and is home to humpback whales and white spirit...
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by Denny Sargent Author
In this witchy and wolfy book, author Denny Sargent offers you the tools you need to find your siblings in lycanthropy and invite them to join you in festivities, celebrations, and wild ramblings through the forest. With...
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by Devdutt Pattanaik Author and Matthew Rulli Author
Yoga is everywhere today. Studios line the streets of towns both big and small, students perform poses in P.E. class, and everyone and their grandmother is wearing those pants. But our culture's latest love affair...
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by Michelle Perrin Author
For the pagan who needs a little help planning their week, this calendar and datebook from author Michelle Perrin and Llewellyn Publications includes equinoxes, solstices, harvest moons, blood moons, and many more lunar...
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by Mat Auryn Contributor, Blake Octavian Blair Contributor, Kate Freuler Contributor, Devin Hunter Contributor, Amanda Lyn Contributor, 3 more
With 365 spells and eight expert contributors to this almanac, the Llewellyn's 2023 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac is the perfect reference volume for the enterprising witch. Crack open your copy every...
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by Sam Wallman Author
The history of work in the last three centuries has been a history of exploitation and slow gains. But the biggest of these gains were the gains brought about by unions, and the power of organized labor. In this...
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by Sasha Fenton Author
While many are familiar with the Western astrological approach, this book from the In Focus series introduces curious readers to the Chinese system of astrology and the animals of the Zodiac. Each system makes use of 12...
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Our latest partnership with Humble Bundle is a Witchcraft & Magick themed ebook bundle, which includes ebooks from several publishers, including five Microcosm titles (two of which aren't even technically out yet!):
- The Practical Witch's Almanac 2023 by Friday Gladheart
- The Wayward Writer by Ariel Gore
- Kitchen Witch by Katie Haegele and Nadine Schneider
- You Are a Great and Powerful Wizard by Sage Liskey
- The Pocket Guide to Tarot Card Archetypes by Abbi Clark
Here's how it works: You can name your price for three different tiers of books, and you can also choose what percentage of your chosen price goes to the publisher (and through them, to the author in the form of royalties), how much goes to Humble Bundle, and how much goes to a nonprofit cause—in this case, Covenant House, a national organization that provides food and shelter to young people experiencing homelessness. It's a great deal and everyone wins—where else in life does that happen?
When a company's workers are literally dying on the job, when their business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own vendors, when their CEO is the richest person in the world while their workers make low wages with impossible quotas… wouldn't you want to resist? Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas has been an outspoken critic of the seemingly unstoppable Goliath of the bookselling world: Amazon. In this book, he lays out the case for shifting our personal money and civic investment away from global corporate behemoths and to small, local, independent businesses. Well-researched and lively, his tale covers the history of big box stores, the big political drama of delivery, and the perils of warehouse work. He shows how Amazon's ruthless discount strategies mean authors, publishers, and even Amazon themselves can lose money on every book sold. And he spells out a clear path to resistance, in a world where consumers are struggling to get by. In-depth research is interspersed with charming personal anecdotes from bookstore life, making this a readable, fascinating, essential book for the 2020s.
The latest in Microcosm's Queering Consent series is this m/m high heat erotic fantasy from S. Park!
In the distant future where hovercars flit between ruined cities, a sexy stranger comes to town. The hardworking cowboy owner of The Only Chance Inn is usually pretty hands-off with customers, but when the enticing stranger turns out to be broke, he offers him his own room. The immediate intimacy they develop is soon rocked by the stranger's otherworldly secret—and the innkeeper's fluid sexuality is put to the ultimate test, with supremely pleasurable results. In these five stories of erotic speculative fiction, S. Park explores themes of attraction, belonging, and identity. A lonely pair meets cute at a hotel bar, a demon hunter meets his match, a computer tech negotiates their new office's alpha-beta-omega pecking order, and a fairy-tale prince on a hunt bites off more than he can chew. Steamy, kinky, and emotional, these stories explore masculinity, sex, submission, and dominance in ways that can only happen when very different strangers from different worlds encounter each other.
Bigger and better than ever, the bestselling Unfuck Your Brain Workbook by Dr. Faith G. Harper has been transformed from slender zine to substantial book! 8x10" pages are perforated so you can tear them out and the perfect size to photocopy so you can do an exercise more than once and track your progress! Exercises are geared towards recovering from trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, triggers, and freakouts. Grab a book and a cup of tea and maybe even a friend and get to work because unfucking is totally possible!
When we lose someone or something close to us—a loved person or animal, a relationship, our health, our dream, our idea of who we are—it hurts. A lot. Grief is both what we experience and how we heal. Dr. Faith Harper, bestselling author of books like Unfuck Your Brain and Unfuck Your Boundaries brings us a counseling and neuroscience perspective on grieving. She explains what is actually happening in our brains and bodies and what we need in order to allow it to happen fully. She also shows us how to identify and treat traumatic grief, the variety of grieving processes we experience, what grief looks like in the long term, when to get professional support, and how to ask the people in our lives for what we need (and to give ourselves the care we need as well). You'll also find solid advice on how (and how not!) to support a grieving person in your life. Wise, a little crass, and gently funny.
Updated and revised second edition with new interviews and photographs. Through hundreds of exclusive and original interviews, Punk USA documents the empire that was built overnight as Lookout launched a teenaged Green Day, sold millions of records, and rode the wave of the second coming of punk rock until it all came crashing down.
Absurdist, comedic horror animates these stories. A public restroom even more horrific than most, with a stained toilet that can swallow a man whole, sending him to a sewage-filled hell. A riverbank lined with swaying mops given faces and philosophies. A secondary school that seems to waver in and out of reality not only in dreams, but also upon wakeful visitation. An isolated grotto, home to trolls and the posthumous shadow form of Elvis Presley. These are all settings of the peculiar, often unnerving events in Set Sytes’s collection of short bizarro fiction. By the author of How Not to Kill Yourself, this second edition of Born to Be Weird features hordes of new terrors and otherworldly adventures to make your stomach turn and skin crawl.
Outsider artist and punk musician Tim Kerr brings his unique view of the world and the people around him to life in this new painting and photography collection from Don Giovanni Records, distributed by Microcosm. The raw feeling and wry outlook in these images will appeal to fans of Mostly True and anyone who's wondered what the spirit of DIY punk would look like through the lens of a camera.
Hello Cleveland unlocks the hidden, larger-than life history and culture of Cleveland, Ohio, possibly the country's most misunderstood city. Locals, visitors, transplants, and people—who moved away as soon as they could—will gain a well-rounded picture of the city's passionate pursuits, dark corners, dubious claims to fame, and disarmingly friendly culture. Nick Perry, who grew up in Cleveland and then moved back as an adult, invites you to join him in taking a loving, brutally honest look under the hood. Develop an appreciation for local celebrities like Devo, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Lil' John and Big Chuck, and Dick Goddard the weather guy. Marvel at landmarks like the Great Lakes, the Metroparks, and the world's largest outdoor chandelier. There are plenty of downsides and none are sugarcoated. You'll discover why Cleveland is the reason for the creation of the Environmental Protection Act and how it's largely to blame for the widespread adoption of suburban city planning. But you can still find a heartwarming pride in rooting for sports teams that seem cursed to lose every championship. As the city's unofficial slogan says, "You've got to be tough," but there's a lot to love—especially when the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra wanders into the dive bar you're sitting in and starts to play an impromptu concert.
Speak In Tongues was a freewheeling, community-run underground music venue in Cleveland, Ohio that operated on a do-it-yourself basis throughout the late 1990s. The venue fostered a flourishing creative culture, where you could enjoy a puppet show from a spray-painted couch or meet other punks to start a band or a movement, but was also smoothly run with a great sound system and the best curation of music that you could hear in the city during its tenure. On any given night, you could go see hardcore punk, experimental jazz, or thrash shows where fireworks were set off inside the building. Traveling bands regularly booked shows there, including ones that went on to greater fame, like Modest Mouse, Avail, Lifter Puller, Jimmy Eat World, Alkaline Trio, Milemarker, and J Church.Venue operators, and later a management collective, contended with police surveillance, skinheads with knives, an exploding oil drum full of raw meat, a flaming car, and a different number of riots depending on who you ask. There may not have been a bar, but a healthy BYOB policy ensures that everyone’s memory is different, resulting in an entertaining story of a place that truly was what you made it, the source of lifelong friendships and endless lore. This comprehensive oral history tells a story that is greater than the sum of each person’s recollections, forming a picture of a unique, weird, special place that deeply informed the next twenty years of Cleveland’s underground culture.
Deepen and improve your communication in your intimate relationships with these simple, accessible, inclusive cards designed to help couples learn about each other and spark conversations and closeness. Open-ended card prompts are divided into three categories: Hot & Juicy cards provide erotic prompts, like "What turns me on just thinking about is…". Sweet & Cozy cards invite you to voice your appreciation, with statements like, "Little things you do that make me smile are…" And Brave & Edgy cards invite vulnerability, as in "One of the hardest moments in our relationship was…". Inspired by the practices of Authentic Relating and vulnerability, these cards are an effective and playful way to support the healthy relationship maintenance for couples of all genders and sexual orientations. Perfect for bonding at home, on road trips, or for use in therapy sessions. Packaged in an attractive two-piece gift box.
In The News
Since 1996, Microcosm has published and distributed books, zines, and other goods that put your power in your hands. Including, lately, an increasing number of pagan, mystical, and othersuch witchy books, zines, and decks.
We've recently updated our submission guidelines to make it extra clear: We're looking to publish and distribute more works of magic, witchcraft, and pagan spirituality. Send us your anarcha-feminist oracle deck, your spellbook for finding queer platonic relationships, your comics journalism about the history of witchcraft, a guide to the magic your grandparents taught you, agricultural tips for witches, adorable drawings of animals on broomsticks, or whatever creative way you've found to help people see beyond the pale of normalcy to change their lives and the world.
We are always, especially, looking for submissions from authors and artists who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, mixed race, disabled, neurodivergent, queer, transgender, nonbinary, or who don't see themselves well represented in mainstream publishing.
What we publish
Our first tarot deck, The Gold Lyre Tarot, was funded on Kickstarter in early 2021:
We're proud to publish Friday Gladheart's annual The Practical Witch's Almanac.
And we have many more books, zines, and stickers in print and on the way, like these:
To submit your work to our publishing program, check out our submission guidelines to assess if we might be a good fit. We aim to work with authors and creators who can work within our processes, so following our guidelines exactly is an important first step when submitting a project.
What we distribute
Microcosm is also a specialty wholesaler, selling thousands of books, zines, and decks from other publishers, big and small primarily to non-book-focused gift stores. We work with Big 5 publishing houses, zinesters cutting and pasting in their closets, and everyone in between. And these folks are putting out more and more books celebrating paganism, crystals, astrology, tarot, the occult, the moon, and more.
If you already have your own publishing program and want to see if our wholesale program is a good fit, check out our distribution info.
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.
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:
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
- September 22: Raven Book Store's 35th Birthday Bash and release party for the 2nd edition of co-owner Danny Caine's How to Resist Amazon and Why! Lawrence, KS
- September 30 (7pm): Danny Caine presents the new, expanded edition of his bestseller How to Resist Amazon and Why at Mac's Backs in Cleveland, OH
- October 13, 2022 (7pm): Katie Haegele and Nadine Schneider, authors of Kitchen Witch, are part of the Otherworldly October series at Reads & Company in Phoenixville, PA
Interested in having an author at your store or event? Reach out!!
Upcoming Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books and zines!
- October 21-22, 2022: Lit Youngstown Book Fair, Youngstown, OH
- November 4-5, 2022: Portland Book Festival, Portland, OR
- December 9-11, 2022: Crafty Wonderland, Portland, OR
- March 8-11, 2023: AWP, Seattle
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.
- September 18-19, 2022: PNBA, Portland, Oregon
- September 21-23, 2022: NEIBA, Providence (in the Como zone)
- September 28-October 1, 2022: MPIBA FallCon, Denver
- October 12-14, 2022: Heartland Fall Forum, St. Louis (in the Fujii area)
- January 29-February 2, 2023: Las Vegas Market (In the Wild Rumpus Room, C-1064)
- February 20-23, 2023: Winter Institute, Seattle
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.