Unfuck Your Brain Workbook: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-outs, and Triggers
by Faith G. Harper Author
Our brains are doing their best, but sometimes they act like real assholes and it can take a lot of work to calm them down. If you're dealing with unresolved trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, or ...
224 pages, paperback
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by Bill Daniel Author
In Texas in the early 1900s, a little chalk drawing started to appear on boxcars: a minimalist sketch of a figure with a 10-gallon hat, smoking a pipe, and signed “Bozo Texino.” This famous railroad tag ...
192 pages, paperback, third edition
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by Kevin Prested Author
Updated and revised second edition with new interviews. Through hundreds of exclusive and original interviews, Punk USA documents the empire that was built overnight as Lookout launched a teenaged Green Day, sold ...
224 pages, 5x8", paperback
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by Joe Biel Author with Bill Brent
Do you have a passion that you want to obsess about in a love letter to the world? In this new edition of Microcosm’s popular DIY guide to zine-making, Joe Biel updates the information provided in the first ...
160 pages, paperback
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by Set Sytes Author with Faith G. Harper
Are you inclined to escape the crumminess of everyday life into fantasy worlds? Are you smart and imaginative in a way that isn't really suited to your surroundings? Are you definitely misunderstood, likely angry, ...
192 pages, 5.25x6.75", paperback
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The Warning Signs of the Huli Jings: Discover the Narcissists Disguising Themselves as Our Co-Workers, Friends, or Family
by Jenn Truong Author
Take care and be aware! The name Huli Jing translates to "fox spirit" in Chinese. In several East Asian traditions, Huli Jings are depicted as mischievous, deceitful shapeshifters who often disguise themselves ...
43 pages, zine
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by Slingshot Collective Author
The large Slingshot is a spiral-bound calendar and day planner. It includes space to write your contact information, a contact list of radical leftist groups around the globe, a menstrual calendar, and extra note ...
mixed colors, 5.5x8.5", glossy cover, spiral bound
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by Slingshot Collective Author
Any activist's necessity for 25 years, the large Slingshot organizer is a spiral-bound 2021 day planner that lies flat and shows you your busy week at a glance. Every page has unique illustration, and important ...
Mixed colors, 1/4 size, paperback, 160 pages
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by Joe Biel Author
The "science" of eugenics—by which the genetic makeup of a population is shaped by controlling who does and doesn't reproduce—is forever tied in the popular memory with Nazi ...
52 pages, zine
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by Joe Biel Author
During the Civil War, the enslaved Black crew of a Confederate ship was left to sleep on board overnight. Following a carefully laid plan, they picked up their families and sailed behind Union lines under a white flag, ...
44 pages, 4.25x7", zine
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by Keith Rosson Author
Marvin Deitz is plagued with issues. His mob-connected landlord is pushing him out of his storefront. His therapist is worried about his stability. He’s motivated to volunteer at the Children’s ...
330pgs, 8.5x9.1x0.7", hardcover & paperback
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by Nicholai Avigdor Melamed Author
The art of being vulnerable is a damn sexy one. Alex Mazor is a transmasculine horror artist struggling to make a living in Toronto. When he invites one of his patrons home to model for his next project, His ...
38 pages, zine
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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 Christel Alberez Author and Nerissa Alberts Author
The crystals in this book are organized by emotional states, and can help you cultivate greater emotional awareness and intelligence. First, take the questionnaire to assess what you are feeling and which crystal or ...
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by Cristi Christensen Author
Activate the power centers of your body to achieve a liberated femininity. This book offers a seven-week program, with instructions for activating one chakra per week; for every day of the week, you'll find specific ...
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by Paul Gambino Author
Eighteen collectors invite you into their home to view, in full-color photographs, their lovingly-assembled collections of skulls, mummified body parts, prosthetics, taxidermy, occult objects, circus ...
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by Eleanor C. Whitney Author
Growing up immersed in the feminist, DIY values of punk, Riot Grrrl, and zine culture of the 1990s and early 2000s gave Eleanor Whitney, like so many other young people who gravitate towards activism and ...
192 pages, paperback
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by Paul Kepple Author and Stacey Graham Author
In the event of a zombie attack: Get to a secure location, open this box, and consult The Zombie Tarot. This fully functional 78-card tarot deck offers valuable advice on life, love, family, friendship, automatic ...
78-card deck, 96-page guidebook
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Since the first day after the tragedy was announced, controversy has surrounded the death of rap and cultural icon Tupac Shakur. In this work, preeminent researcher on the topic, John Potash, puts forward his own theories of the events leading up to and following the murder in this meticulously researched and exhaustive account of the story. Never before has there been such a detailed and shocking analysis of the untimely death of one of the greatest musicians of the modern era. The FBI War on Tupac Shakur contains a wealth of names, dates, and events detailing the use of unscrupulous tactics by the Federal Bureau of Investigation against a generation of leftist political leaders and musicians. Based on twelve years of research and including extensive footnotes, sources include over 100 interviews, FOIA-released CIA and FBI documents, court transcripts, and mainstream media outlets.
Learn to cook a range of brutally tasty yet simple plant-based dishes, accompanied by heavy metal and punk lyrics, art, and ethos. Make recipes from all over the world while listening to the black metal albums recommended to accompany each one and contemplating death. This vegan cookbook is jam packed with recipes for stews, soups, sauces, noodle & bean dishes, baked entrees, and desserts, interspersed with illustrations of adorable armed animals, meditations on suicide, a crossword puzzle, and instructions for DIY tattoo guns. Based on a series of long-obscure 1990s zines, this underground classic is now in its third edition, bringing you practical, animal-free cooking skills that will soothe your justified despair at the bloodthirstiness and futility of human nature.
Sarah Mirk's instant classic DIY relationship book is back, updated and expanded with sage advice for folks of all sorts of genders and sexualities. Learn to explore dating and relationships with a strong sense of good boundaries, consent, and self-worth—and without the tired old rules that didn't work for past generations and really don't work for us today. Sprinkled with interviews with amazing people about their experiences in polyamorous relationships, with and without kids, exploring their sexuality and asexuality, dating, getting married, breaking up, and having relationships defined on completely different terms. A great guide to throwing out the old, broken relationship templates that don't serve us and creating our own.
Growing up immersed in the feminist, DIY values of punk, Riot Grrrl, and zine culture of the 1990s and early 2000s gave Eleanor Whitney, like so many other young people who gravitate towards activism and musical subcultures, a sense of power, confidence, community, and social responsibility. As she grew into adulthood she struggled to stay true to those values, and with the gaps left by her punk rock education.
This insightful, deeply personal history of early-2000s subcultures lovingly explores the difficulty of applying feminist values to real-life dilemmas, and embrace an evolving political and personal consciousness. Whitney traces the sometimes painful clash between her feminist values and everyday, adult realities — and anyone who has worked to integrate their political ideals into their daily life will resonate with the histories and analysis on these pages, such as engaging in anti-domestic violence advocacy while feeling trapped in an unhealthy relationship, envisioning a unified "girl utopia" while lacking racial consciousness, or espousing body positivity while feeling ambivalent towards one's own body.
Throughout the book, the words and power of Bikini Kill and other Riot Grrrl bands ground the story and analysis, bringing it back to the raw emotions and experiences that gave this movement its lasting power while offering a complex, contemporary look at the promises and pitfalls of Riot Grrrl-informed feminism.
Get good with your body! Calm your vagus nerve, exercise your self-compassion, vanquish shame, and give yourself the deep breaths, tasty nutrition, sound sleep, and healthy movement you need. These worksheets and exercises will help you reconnect with your physical self with love and start to feel better immediately. This workbook companion can be used along with Unfuck Your Body or all on its own.
Plan your month, cast a spell each day, divine your purpose, manifest your goals, and step into your power with this 31-day spell journal, gorgeously designed to bring clarity to your visions and bring your dreams to life.
Take responsibility for your own behavior, actions, and relationships with this in-depth workbook from Dr. Faith Harper and Joe Biel. Can be used on its own or along with the book How to Be Accountable. Figure out your own history, your values, your needs, wants, and emotions. Examine your shadow side and your unwanted habits. And then get down into the brass tacks of making the changes you know you need to in order to live the life you want.
Managing your personal finances doesn't have to be terrifying and drenched in guilt. Anna Jo Beck breaks it all down in this money guide for people who hate money. Spending, saving, getting a handle on debt, and the basics of investing are all made super easy to understand. You've got this!
Trying to write but struggling to get the words on the page, mired in imposter syndrome, or just not sure where you're going with it? Prolific, bestselling authors Dr. Faith Harper and Joe Biel have teamed up to bring you this book that's especially focused on long-form nonfiction, but is useful for any writers who find themselves lacking focus or wanting more structure and direction.
Learn about and celebrate 50 years of the musicians who built punk rock music and culture. In this far-reaching anthology, David Ensminger delves underground to explore the oft overlooked community of badass women who shaped the punk scene. There is a common thread of women being excluded and gatekept from the hardcore music scene but this anthology challenges that notion and shows that women have still been able to overcome, kick ass, and shred alongside the best of them. Biographies, interviews, band anecdotes, and never-before-published photos showcase the talent and artistry of bands like Bikini Kill, The Guttersluts, Bratmobile, Spitboy, the Germs, The Slits, and dozens more. Through its intimate aesthetic analysis and raw zine-like presentation, this is an essential resource for anyone looking to discover, rediscover, and cherish punk history.
Get free of the tight grip of anxiety with these exercises and worksheets designed to help you identify, manage, and ultimately calm your anxiety, stress, and panic. Work through this book either by itself or as a companion to Dr. Faith G. Harper's bestselling Unfuck Your Anxiety. Figure out the history of your anxiety and how and when it makes itself known, and learn basic tools for surviving moments of panic as well as longer-term problem solving. Manage your symptoms, figure out what to ask your treatment and prescription providers, and take back your life!
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.
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.
Upcoming Author Events
- September 15th, 2021: Powell's Books presents Eleanor C. Whitney in conversation with Nicole J. Georges about Eleanor's new book, Riot Woman. (Virtual, free event)
- October 2nd, 2021: Alexander Herbert discusses his book What About Tomorrow? at the new Red Ink Community Library in Providence, RI (7-9pm, in-person; event info here)
Interested in having an author at your store or event after this is all over? Reach out!!
Upcoming Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books, zines, and merch!
- Sept 25-26, 2021: GeekCraft Expo, Portland
- Nov 13, 2021: Portland Book Festival
- March 23-26, 2022: AWP, Philadelphia
- July 13-17, 2022: Rollercon, Las Vegas
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.
- October 3-4, 2021: PNBA, Portland, Oregon (table tbd)
- October 7-9, 2021: MPIBA FallCon, Denver (table 47)
- January 23-27, 2022: Las Vegas Market (room 1064)
- February 3-5, 2022: PubWest, Denver
- February 13-16, 2022: Winter Institute, Cincinnati
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.