by Joe Biel Author
1.5x9", screenprint on vinyl
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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 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 Kim Piper Werker Author
Fans of DIY projects and crafts will conquer their fear of failure and create their own masterpieces using this fun and inspiring handbook. Get Crafty. Make Great Stuff. Be Creative! The number one fear of all creative ...
220 pages, b&w&red, 5.5x8"
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by Mike Jolley Author, Amanda Wood Author and Owen Davey Illustrator
A huge, gorgeous book to help you discover the myriad ways in which plants and animals have adapted to their environments and developed strategies for survival. Through a series of visually striking infographics and ...
hardcover, 112 pages, color, 10.5x12.5"
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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 Randall Munroe Author
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe (the person who created the xkcd web comic!) is here to help. In Thing ...
hardcover, 62 pages, b&w, 9.5x13"
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by Tessalyn Morrison Author
Build your own culture and resist! Making sourdough bread can be intimidating for most of us. The idea that we need to have exact measurements, the unforgiving nature of sourdough, and the fear of failure drive many of ...
128 pages, paperback
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by Friday Gladheart Author
Witches come from all walks of life and spiritual beliefs. No matter what your path may be, this almanac has all the goodies you are looking for. The focus of this year's almanac is exploring new ideas to forge ...
160 pages, 5.5x8.5", paperback
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by Justseeds Illustrator, Shaun Slifer Editor, Bec Young Editor and Josh MacPhee Contributor
These American heroes hail from Canada to Chile and everywhere in between, from the 1500s to today. Instead of the powerful, rich, white folks focused on in school textbooks, these gorgeous portraits with accompanying ...
192 pages, 5.5x7", paperback
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by Wendy Ayotte Editor
There’s a common belief that kids are tiny devils that need controlled. But children are hardly running wild. Indeed, leave a child alone for two hours and watch them develop a new interest. Instead of waiting for ...
pamphlet, 44 pages, 8.5x7"
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by Sam McPheeters Author
How can so many people pledge allegiance to punk, something with no fixed identity? In Mutations: The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk, Sam McPheeters explores how a musical subgenre can have the power to connect the ...
312 pages, 6x9", paperback
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by Frédérick Lavoie Author and Donald Winkler Translator
George Orwell's dystopian sci fi classic 1984 was banned in Cuba for years...until a new translation suddenly appeared in print there, just ahead of the country's 25th International Book Fair. ...
paperback, 292 pages
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by Salty Xi Jie Ng Author
What is the relationship between intimacy, aging, and being a woman? Intimacy—sexual and otherwise—is a human need, yet as we age it becomes almost taboo. This newspaper-style compilation zine was ...
31 pgs. Color, Full size
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by Victoria Jamieson Author
A graphic novel following 11-year-old Impy and her life with her family working at a Renaissance Faire, she is faced with the public school system for the first time as she goes into middle school. Being ...
paperback, 248pgs, 8.6x5.9x1.1", b&w
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by Evan Schneider Editor and Julie Brooks Contributor
Dozens of lovely essays, interviews, poems, and illustrations are compiled here in this best-of collection from Boneshaker Almanac, a longtime bicycle cultural institution. Lyrical and practical writing that ...
400pgs, b&w, paperback, 7.25x4.25x1.2"
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by James Innes-Smith Author
Did you know that the sap from the Hevea brasiliensis species of tree is transformed into condoms? That lipstick was originally made from crushed ants and carmine beetles? How about that some perfumes come from the anal ...
128 pages, color, 5x7"
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by Dan Chiras Author
Ready to start repurposing your greywater and lighten your load on the sewage system or septic tank? This book provides comprehensive advice and instructions not just on poop but on saving, treating, and ...
paperback, 244 pages, b&w, 7x9"
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by Zoe Keller Author
A rad coloring book that's primarily focused on the natural history, plants, and wildlife of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The 50 illustrations appear on only one side of a high-quality paper that ...
paperback, b&w, 9x9"
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by with Chris Daily and Bri Hurley Author
Photos, reflections, and lyrics combined to provide an immediate, intense look at the hardcore punk scene that centered around CBGB in New York City's Lower East Side in the late 80s. A major ...
paperback, 160 b&w pages, 7x10"
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by David A. Bainbridge Author
Using less water in your garden saves you time and money, and it's a smart investment in a more sustainable future that includes food and flowers. The first half of Gardening with Less ...
paperback, 128 pages, color, 6x8"
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by Judika Illes Author
Where did the occult detective genre get its start? Today, we have such classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Twin Peaks, and more, but these are all inspired from the classic tradition of ...
320 pages, 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches, 14.9 ounces
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by Julie Gaines Author and Ben Lenovitz Author
This nonfiction graphic novel tells the story of Fishs Eddy, an iconic New York City business. It started as an eclectic junk shop, run by a young couple who quickly realized there's a market for the vintage ...
176pgs, 9.1x7.5", hardcover, color
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by Maythee Rojas, PhD Author
An in-depth look at feminism from the perspective of race. Rojas, a Latina from a working class background, draws on primary sources and profiles of diverse women for this scholarly but accessible examination of ...
224 pages, b&w, 5.8x8.8, paperback
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by with Adrian Garcia-Landa, Thomas Ramge Author and Jan Schwochow Author
A huge book to help you visualize and understand a huge topic. These gorgeous, detailed infographics get right tothe heart of the origins, impacts, and processes of global capitalism. Topics include freight maps, the ...
216 pages, 13.8x10.3", hardcover, color
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by Natalia Hailes Author, Ash Spivak Author and Louise Reimer Illustrator
A personable and nicely-designed book that answers all the giant "What Ifs" of impending parenthood. Written by two doulas, and refreshingly free of gendered assumptions, it starts with a guide to "tuning ...
272 pages, 6.5x8.5", paperback, color
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by Brakeshoe Author
You want to ride freight trains like the characters in the Great Depression. So you find an experienced hobo to let you hold onto her coattails. You got someone to copy a crew change guide for you. But now there's ...
72 pages, 5.5x8.5", pamphlet
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by Dave Combs Author
A collection of creative work about one of the worst feelings in the world: anxiety. More than an unpleasant emotion, anxiety for these authors and artists is in many cases a condition that defines and limits daily ...
bw photocopy, 38 pages
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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.
This book began as a letter Simone wrote to her future self, with a list of ten steps to take to bring herself back from a state of panic, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. Now it's a book-length workbook that you can use and customize to suit your own needs. Bring yourself back from the brink with these expert coping skills that you can practice when you feel okay and use any time you need them. With an intro by the one and only Dr. Faith!
Get ready to dive deep with this workbook companion to Dr. Faith's Unfuck Your Boundaries. Examine your personal history with boundaries and consent, figure out which relationships in your life need attention, do a "wheel of consent" exercise, and †
Dr. Faith takes on the vital topics of boundaries and consent, offering her trademark combination of brain science, trauma-informed therapy, and funny, no-BS approach. How do you maintain a respectful, trusting, non-harmful relationships with anyone, be they an intimate partner or the person in line in front of you at the grocery store? What are relationship red flags you need to be aware of? How do you make sure you're respecting the boundaries of everyone around you, and make amends when you haven't? All these and many more questions answered in this necessary book.
Eloisa Aquino's gorgeous illustrated homage to people who've defined gender stereotypes around the world, from a century ago to today. Find some new queer heroes and reflect on their lives and accomplishments in these colorful pages.
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.
- Saturday, May 2 (10am PDT): Lisa Loving, author of Street Journalist talks about making and reading the news (Join our interview with Lisa Loving at this link.)
- Monday, May 11 (11am PDT): Sage Liskey introduces his new book You Are a Great & Powerful Wizard (Join our interview with Sage Liskey at this link.)
- Friday, May 15 (11am PDT): Laura O. Foster, author of Portland Stair Walks and Walking with Ramona, talks about her popular city guides and staying active and curious during quarantine (Join our interview with Laura Foster at this link.)
- Wednesday, May 20 (7pm PDT): Jessie L. Kwak discusses her book From Chaos to Creativity and the strategies she uses to manage her time and maintain work-life balance as a work-from-home creative (Join our interview with Jessie Kwak at this link.)
- Thursday, May 28 (3pm PDT): Adonia Lugo will talk about public space and equity issues reflected in her book Bicycle/Race (Join our interview with Adonia Lugo at this link.) In partnership with Eso Won Bookstore in LA.
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.