by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
Last year we received 6,000 more 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, lil ...
a whole pile of random books
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by Rainer Bloodgood Author
In clear, evocative, down-to-earth comics, Rainer walks us through their medical path to top surgery, and offers wisdom for others who are considering the same procedure. They come out to their therapist, doctor, ...
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by Debbie Le Author and Whitney Gardner Author
Admire one of our fave feminists Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Learn about how she blazed through a male dominated sector of education and law and made a place for women to follow. Take it ...
208 pgs, 9in X 7in, color, 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, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN 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 ...
22 pages, b&w, 5.5x8.5"
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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 MJ Lyons Author
Sexy, capitalism-defying adventures take you around the galaxy in this debut collection of five high-heat erotic short stories by MJ Lyons. A pack of werewolves tear through downtown Toronto to protest cruel treatment ...
128 pages, paperback
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How to Resist Amazon and Why: The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future!
by Danny Caine Author
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 literally the richest person in the world while ...
128 pages, paperback
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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 ...
4.25x5.5", paperback, 160 pages
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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 ...
176 pages, spiral bound
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by Gerard S. Doyle MD Author
In a time when our health (and health system) is particularly susceptible to strain, it's invaluable to know what to do when shit suddenly hits the fan. Smartly designed and full of incredibly useful medical tips ...
360 pages, 5x8, paperback, b&w
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by Joseph E. Green Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Foreword
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanakkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Easter! Happy Boxing Day! Have a good All Souls' Day! Merry Flag Day! Get into the holiday spirit with this extra-holiday-y version of the ...
39 pages, zine
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by Jill Jonnes Author
A celebration of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the ...
paperback, 416 pages
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by Alexandra Styron Author
An irreverent and informative primer on how to make a difference is organized into three sections: The Why, The What, and The How. The book opens with a personal essay and a historic look at civil disobedience and ...
hardcover, 224 pages
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by Cecile Richards Author
Cecile Richards has been fighting for what she believes in ever since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. She had an extraordinary ...
hardcover, 256 pages
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by Sarah Jansala Author and Renoo Jansala Author
Thai food can be hard to veganize, but no longer! Sarah and Renoo Jansala are mother-daughter founders of acclaimed restaurant Kati Portland, and they share their secrets, from vegan "fish" sauce to enjoying ...
paperback, 192 pages
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by Alain Laurens Author
A French design company presents 40 treehouses they have built around the world, lushly photographed inside and out, to fuel your own building amibitions, or your armchair fantasies of a retreat away from and above ...
hardcover, 240 pages
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by Ross Petras Author and Kathryn Petras Author
Motivational quotations about pulling up your socks, striving, and persevering, from the movers, shakers, and doers of the past. Tallulah Bankhead reminds you that life ain't no dress rehearsal, Michael Jordan talks ...
paperback, 396 pages
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Plant-based, compassionate eating made simple. This book has vegan guidelines, ingredients to watch out for, starter recipes, and lifestyle advice that goes beyond food. The book's approach is that there is no ...
paperback, 224 pages
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by John Hendrix Author
An offbeat, interactive "playground" to discover the magic of drawing and illustration. Aspiring and advanced artists will both enjoy these exercises and hopefully spark a creative revolution in your art and ...
hardcover, 160 pages
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by Trevor Noah Author
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child ...
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by Rick Fields Author
A collection of guidance for everyday life from spiritual teachers from a wide variety of traditions, from history and lore to the present day. Chapters include learning, relationships, sex, family, work, money, play, ...
paperback, 304 pages
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by Kathryn Petras Author and Ross Petras Author
Humorous quotations and tidbits of wisdom from people who've been through hard times. Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, Mother Theresa, and Bill Maher share unlikely billing in this volume of ...
paperback, 389 pages
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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.
What are your values, needs, and desires? What are your deal breakers? What is your personal definition of consent? What would you do if someone stole your place in line? What if a friend says you've hurt them? These 52 cards prompt reflection and conversation about your and others’ boundaries, needs, consent, and relationships. Consider your past history, current strategies for recognizing and relating boundaries, and ideas to communicate more effectively in the future. There are no right or wrong answers, only your answers in Dr. Faith's first non-sweary deck!
Take a ride with us as we explore a future where trans and nonbinary people are the heroes! In worlds where bicycle rides bring luck, a minotaur needs a bicycle, and werewolves stalk the post-apocalyptic landscape, nobody has time to question gender. Whatever your identity you'll enjoy these stories that are both thought-provoking and fun adventures. Find out what the future could look like if we stopped putting people into boxes and instead empowered each other to reach for the stars.
Born Jesus Christ Allin and raised in rural isolation by a violently abusive religious fanatic, GG Allin grew up to be one of punk's most controversial figures. His music was overshadowed by his on-stage antics, including throwing blood and feces at the audience and hurting himself and audience members. In this first substantial biography of the man who wanted to make rock "dangerous" again, Hardcore Anxiety author and illustrator Reid Chancellor portrays Allin's life and early death with sensitivity, asking us to look beyond the shocking spectacle to understand the troubled human behind the scenes, and the societal forces that pushed him to the edge of creative expression.
Shock rocker GG Allin lived life on his own terms, often to the detriment of everyone around him—and he always created a NSFW spectacle. This activity and coloring book delves into the gore and guts beneath the surface, telling his story like never before—interactively. Channel your rage to color these pages outside the lines, then use them as toilet paper.
Get your finances in order, work through your values and baggage around money, plan your next career move, negotiate arguments about spending with your partner, and so much more in this jam-packed workbook created by Dr. Faith Harper to go with her instant hit Unf*ck Your Worth.
A practical guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects who want to achieve success and sustainability. Drawing on her years of experience helping people succeed with do-it-yourself projects based in independent publishing, music, food, art, craft, activism, and community work, Eleanor Whitney empowers you to clarify your vision, get organized, set goals, create a plan, raise funds, market, and manage your do-it-yourself project. The book is full of real-life inspiration and creative business advice from successful, independent businesses owners and creative people with projects that began in the do-it-yourself spirit.
Illustrated portraits and life stories of American heroes hailing from Chile, Canada, and everywhere in between, from the 1500s to today. Instead of the powerful rich, white folks history textbooks focus on, these pages recognize the work of grassroots organizers, revolutionaries, visionaries, anarchists, workers, and artists. Get inspired to step up and create the world you want to live in.
Make sourdough at home without measuring or weighing your ingredients, with the help of Tessalyn Morrison's patient, friendly tutelage—she makes it truly easy to build up and maintain a starter, and get an excellent loaf every time. Plus lots of recipes for when you have too much sourdough or want to ferment other foods. Healthy gut bacteria, delicious food, this is the good life.
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 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. But the requests for consultation and questions kept coming so we launched a weekly podcast and vlogcast. Submit your question for us!
Want to meet us in person, check out our books, or see an author speak? We've got author events and convention events coming up! There's a full calendar at the bottom of the page.
2020 Author Events
Virtual author events!
Microcosm Presents: a series of streaming interviews with our authors. Watch them live or later on our YouTube channel.
These in-person events are still scheduled to occur; we will update as this changes.
- Sunday, October 25th: Dr. Faith G. Harper at Beastly Books, Santa Fe, NM, 4-6pm Mountain Time
Interested in having an author at your store or event after this is all over? Reach out!!
2020 Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books, zines, and merch!
Planning an event and want us to be part of it (speaking, author readings, movie screenings, setting up a book and zine pop-up shop, etc.)? Let us know!!
In the Portland area? We can set up a book fair at your workplace like the ones your school used to have.