by Sarah Mirk Author
Modern life calls for modern relationship advice. Sex From Scratch is a love and dating guidebook that gleans real-life knowledge from smart people in a variety of nontraditional relationships. Instead of telling people ...
192 pages, 5x8", paperback
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Unfuck Your Friendships: Using Science to Make and Maintain the Most Important Relationships of Your Life
by Faith G. Harper 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 Katie Haegele Author and Nadine Schneider Author
Cast a spell to turn your kitchen into a healthy haven. Learn about traditional healing methods, gain practical DIY skills, and extricate yourself from reliance on the toxic consumer products that we have come to take ...
21 pages, 8.5 x 5.5", b&w
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by Abby Schneiderman Author, Adam Seifer Author and Gene Newman Author
No one likes to think about their impending death—it's a buzzkill and macabre, and we all have better things to do (like living). But the fact that we're all going to die someday is beyond our ...
256 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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by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper 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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How to Be Accountable Workbook: Take Responsibility to Change Your Behavior, Boundaries, & Relationships
by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper 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 Starr Casas Author
Conjure, hoodoo, rootwork; these are all names for southern American folk magic. Conjure first emerged in the days of slavery and plantations and is widely considered among the most potent forms of magic. Its popularity ...
paperback, 224 pages, b&w, 6x9"
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by Carl McColman Author
A book with both history and how-to, including writings from some historical Western traditions, The LIttle Book of Christian Mysticism is an accessible handbook on the Mystic practices of illumination, ...
304pgs, 7x5", paperback, b&w
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by Varla Ventura Author
Whether you first encountered them in Odyssey or Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid, you've probably heard of mermaids and their seductive songs that have led many a man to their watery grave. As a officianado of ...
256pgs, 7x5", paperback, b&w
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by Fiona Horne Author
In The Art of Witch, Fiona Horne brings the practice of witchcraft into the modern era. This manifesto and guide unites traditional philosophies with new ideas to reveal what it really means to be a witch today and ...
200 pages, black and white, 6w x 9.5h
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by Beleta Greenaway Author
Beleta Greenaway's guide to palmistry will help you learn to interpret the mysterious information hidden in the lines of your palms and fingers. With conveniant guides, illustrations, and clear instructions this ...
160 pages, b&w, 9"H 6"W 0.5"T
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by Jake Richards Author
Much like cuisine or accents, magic is a regional practice. Dive deep into the backwoods of Appalachia with this book and learn how country folks do magic.
240 pg, b&w, 6x9, paperback
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by Draja Mickaharic Author
A guide not only to how to perform a spiritual cleansing, but also why it's important and how to do it safely. Good to avert curses, gain clarity, get more of the good stuff you want, and protect yourself and the ...
120 pg, b&w, 5x8, paperback
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by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart Author and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart Author
A dense tome that belongs on any pagan's bookshelf. It's packed with rituals, incantations, and basic information about how to write a ritual from scratch.
288 pg, b&w, 6x9, paperback
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by Arthur Taussig Author
This box set includes 78 card deck of tarot cards illustrated by artist Arthur Taussig, and a guide book for using them to discover yourself and learn about personal alchemy and psychic health. ...
Box set, 192 page guide book, 78 full-color cards, 7 in H | 5 in W | 1.8 in T | 38.4 oz
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by Constance Stellas Author
This mini guide serves as an introduction to both self-care and astrology. With over 100 tips and ideas for self-care rituals and activities tailored just for Capricorns, this book offers plenty of ideas for nourishing ...
160 pages, 2 color, 6"H 4.5"W 0.6"T
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Little Book of Self-Care for Sagittarius: Simple Ways to Refresh and Restore—According to the Stars!
by Constance Stellas Author
Sagittarius, take a minute to slow down and peruse this little book of tips and ideas for self-care that's been designed just for you! With over 100 activity ideas, you're sure to find something that will fit ...
160 pages, 2 color, 6"H 4.5"W 0.6"T
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by Paul Beyerl Author
Balance lore and history, with practical guides to herbal usage, in this complete guide for people interested in the magickal arts. Paul Beyerl bring over 25 years of experience into this vast guide on everything ...
415 pages, 8.75x6", paperback, b&w
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by Jane Struthers Author
The moon not only affects the Earth’s tides, but it also can affect our moods and decision-making, as well as every living this on this planet. So whether you’re interested in making a good impression at a ...
176 pages, paperback
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by Tudorbeth Author
This spellbook features 120 blessings, rituals, and spells designed in accordance with the four seasons of the year. From spring rituals for cleansing and detoxing, to winter blessings of healing, each spell is ...
224 pages, 8x5.8", hardcover, color
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by E.A. Wallis Budge Translator
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is an ancient collection of spells and prayers, written to help guide the deceased through the dangers of the underworld and into eternal life. Ususally buried along with the dead, these ...
160 pages, 9.1x5.9", hardcover slipcase, color
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by Shaheen Miro Author
224 pages, paperback
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by Lorriane Anderson Author and Juliet Diaz Author
Samhain is one of the most enigmatic and magical nights of the year for performing divination, rituals, and spells. Our ancestors have known this for centuries, taking advantage of the night's potent energy to gain ...
card deck, 180-page guidebook
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A feminist history of bicycling for sport and adventure spans a century of women who changed the world from two wheels. This vivacious tale, peppered with fascinating details from primary sources, shows how women were sometimes the stars of bicycle races and exhibitions, and other times had to overcome sexism, exclusion, and economic inequalities in order to ride. From the almost burlesque show races and creative performances of the 19th century to the evolution of cycling as a modern sport and form of transportation, April Streeter brings her exuberant eye for character, fashion, and story to convey the evolving emotional resonance of bicycling for women and their communities. She interweaves pedal-powered history with profiles of bicyclists who made their mark, like Katharine Hepburn, Annie Londonderry, Kittie Knox, Dorothy Lawrence, Louise Armaindo, and more.
Relationships are complicated... especially when you're living in a world with neurotypical expectations and assumptions. This workbook walks you through getting to know your own best qualities and then leveling up your friendships, dating, existing relationships, and sex life. Exercises are appropriate for total beginners as well as folks who want to improve existing relationships.
Dr. Faith's manual on the connection between mental and physical health is all about thinking with your guts, cooling your inflamed brain, and healing your whole self even when the world is conspiring to stress you out. Learn to sleep, eat, breathe, move, and generally feel better by harnessing the power of your vagus nerve!
Gorgeous photos 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 gender-fluid evolution. The Tarot is a divination tool used as self-reflection. Checking in with where your intentions are placed, amplified, and felt carries into what you are manifesting at any given moment. Every card mirrors your spiritual and dynamic location within this Earthly realm. Real-life images leave you with the symbolism of everyday life rather than being overwhelmed with in-depth hermetic symbolism. With Gold Lyre Tarot, insight will come a little easier to those beginning their tarot journey, and it nicely complements other decks for those who are more intuitively advanced.
New, expanded edition! Anxiety is a survival skill gone haywire. It happens when our brain is working so hard to protect us that it forgets to notice that the danger has passed. It feels like choking, stifling, smothering, tingling, panicking—our brains cut out and we start to make bad decisions—all normal anxiety reactions. Dr. Faith G. Harper, author of the bestselling Unfuck Your Brain and This is Your Brain on Depression packs a ton of knowledge and help into this practical manual. She helps us understand the history and science of anxiety, realize when it's become a serious problem, know the difference between anxiety and other conditions, and cope with it in the moment as well as addressing it long term.
Love, sex, dating, friendship, coworkers, family—social and romantic relationships can be really challenging in a world full of neurotypical expectations. Joe Biel and Dr. Faith bring their personal and clinical experience, respectively, in this guide to navigating the relational world with a rational (and sometimes deeply overwhelmed) brain. Learn to be kind to yourself, ask people on dates, improve your existing relationships, protect yourself from abuse, have healthy conflicts, and more!
A truly inclusive solo sex ed book! Written and illustrated by and for folks with diverse genders and abilities, this fun, affirming, sharply designed guide to masturbation liberation is sure to bring a grin to your face.
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.
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 2001, 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 early 2022, but we'll be releasing early iterations to friends of WorkingLit to try out in late 2021.
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!
- June 5, 2021 (6pm EST): Launch event for Women on Wheels featuring author April Streeter in conversation with Evalyn Parry, hosted by the wonderful Glad Day Bookshop out of Toronto. (Event page)
- June 12, 2021 (7pm EST): Launch event for Bang! featuring author and designer Vic Liu in conversation with Carlyle Jansen, hosted by Toronto's superb Glad Day Bookshop. (Event page)
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!
- Sept 25-26, 2021: GeekCraft Expo, Portland
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.