by Jane Sherron de Hart Author
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (or RGB) has become a name synonymous with feminist shifts in our judicial system. But how much do you know about the woman now serving on the Supreme Court? Go on an in-depth exploration of ...
752 pages, 9.5x6.6x1.8", hardcover, b&w
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$60-$100: Read Independent: A bundle of bold books to support Portland's indie publishing powerhouses
by Ruby McConnell Author, Kaycee Eckhardt Author, Jackie Shannon Hollis Author, Rob Roberge Author, Dina Nayeri Author, 4 more
From September 1-30, 2020, support Portland's small-to-medium-sized independent book publishers and fall in love with reading all over again with this bundle of beautifully-written creative nonfiction books ...
a pile of great books, so much reading!
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You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth: An Unauthorized Collection of Witty & Wise Quotes from the Queen of Supreme, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Mary Zaia Author
While Ruth Bader Ginsburg was initially elected into the supreme court in 1993, her wisdom and humor have succeeded her, as she has become one of the many influential modern feminist icons inspiring women today. This ...
160 pages, hardcover, 4.99x6.68"
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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 ...
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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 Stacy Innerst Author and Jonah Winter Author
To become the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice, the unsinkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to overcome countless injustices. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and ’40s, Ginsburg was discouraged from working ...
hardcover, 48 pages, color, 9x11"
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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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by Debbie Levy Author and Elizabeth Baddeley Author
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a literary genre in her own right, and this illustrated picture book is an inspiring and typographically bold addition. It tells Ruth's life story, in which she learned from a ...
Hardcover picture book with dustjacket
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by Francesco Marciuliano Author
There's a new cat in town! This feisty sibling of the international bestseller I Could Pee on This will be making its own sensational mark in the cat-poetry world. I Could Pee on This, Too explores fresh feline ...
hardcover, 112 color pages, 5x6"
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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, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN 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 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 Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author, Super Pack! Author and Robert Wildwood Author
Devastated by political news? Global pandemic got you freaking out? Or are there other things in life punching you in the gut so hard you don't know how you can get back up again? We hear you and we see you. ...
4 zines and 3 books
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The Astrological Guide to Self-Care: Hundreds of Heavenly Ways to Care for Yourself—According to the Stars
by Constance Stellas Author
Tailor your self-care routine to your astrological sign and governing element. Includes astrology basics, plus hundreds of ideas for sign-specific self-care that will have you feeling relaxed in no time. For Aries, ...
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by Michael Thorn Author
Another fantastic magazine featuring amazing photos and interviews with people involved in punk and hardcore music. Includes interviews with punk photographers Chris Boarts Larson and Matthew Kadi, southern California ...
8.5" x 5.5", b&w
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by Rebecca Solnit Author
A collection of powerful, lyrical essays by Rebecca Solnit at her best: Drawing the connections we haven't yet put together ourselves between world events, cultural drifts, and personal experience. In these essays, ...
166 pages, 7.5 x 5.5", paperback, b&w,
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Discover 100 yoga sequences to take a meaningful break to refresh your body and mind in only five minutes. Each sequence comes with specific directions, illustrations, and an explanation of how it helps calm you, ...
paperback, 288 pages
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by Nancy Blakey Author
From whale watching to squid jigging to making your own sea salt or fish prints, this adventure guide celebrates the wild beauty of the Northwest Coast. Learn how to catch and cook seasonal seafood, including recipes ...
paperback, 256 pages
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by Michele Cagan Author
Pay off your debts and even learn to use them to your advantage with this primer that doesn't assume any prior knowledge. Take control of your money with strategies best suited for your personal financial ...
hardcover, 256 pages
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Portland Family Adventures: City Escapades, Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, and Itineraries for Fun-Loving Families
by Jen Stevenson Author
Explore Portland, Oregon with these outings and tips suitable for a wide array of ages, from babies and toddlers to young teens. Activities range from exploring children’s museums and other hands-on creative ...
304 pages, paperback
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by Moorea Seal Author
A journal for list lovers. Create 52 lists, one for every week of the year, that will help you discover the beauty, joy, creativity, and power you already have! This gorgeous undated journal of weekly lists will ...
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by Gina Gomez Author
By utilizing the enneagram, learn to identify your personality type so you can improve your interactions with your family, friends, acquaintances, coworkers, dates, partners, and anyone you'll meet. The enneagram is ...
256 pages, hardcover
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by Erika Janik Author
Modern allopathic medicine likes to think of itself as having sprung straight from the robotic, sterile loins of rational scientific thought, but its origins are far more fascinating, colorful, and diverse. In this ...
hardcover, 337 pages
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A journal to write your observations and experiences out in the woods, illustrated with beautiful photographs. Use the blank pages to capture the date, season, weather, and location of specific outings. Creative ...
hardcover, 224 pages
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by Adam Ford Author
Birdwatching makes a lot of sense as a form of meditation. From learning to deeply listen to nature’s songsters to discovering hidden birdlife in the city, author Adam Ford is an enlightening guide to ...
hardcover, 160 pages
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by Stephen H. Segal Author and Valya Dudycz Lupescu Author
It takes a starship to raise a child. Or a time machine. Or a tribe of elves. Fortunately, Geek Parenting offers all that and more, with thoughtful mini-essays that reveal profound child-rearing advice (and ...
hardcover, 208 pages
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by Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
Do you have trouble saying "no"? (Or maybe the people around you have trouble hearing it?) This essential little zine gives you six different ways to politely decline (seven if you include the big, bold ...
zine, 10 pages
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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.
Celebrate and support Portland, Oregon's thriving ecosystem of independent publishers during the pandemic crisis with this stellar bundle of choice nonfiction books. Discover your new favorite book, author, or publisher with this fascinating, varied collection of biographies and memoirs that will open up your world, allowing you to mentally meet new people and travel to new places.
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.
Work through your feelings about money, financial freakouts, and how to achieve your goals with the indomitable bestseller Dr. Faith Harper. Figure out what your monetary baggage is all about, get angry about how capitalism makes it impossible to have a truly healthy relationship with our self-worth, and learn to align your work and budget with your values no matter what your economic status or background.
Dr. Faith Harper's weekly unplanner that's also a workbook to help with your anxiety, anger, adulting, self-care, sleep, relationships, and so much more, all year round.
"The Prince & the Birch Tree" is the first volume of a serialized graphic novel about Canadian Mi'kmaq teenager Naguset, who exchanges books and mix tapes with her pen pal, Chris. Her imagination sparks when he sends her a biography of the 19th century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. The story juxtaposes Naguset's personal and political coming-of-age in her loving family home with Kropotkin's rocky upbringing in a princely palace.
The first zine in a series; this issue shows the illustrious history of service dogs, through the lens of author Joe Biel, whose life was saved by a medical alert dog named Ruby.
With a hefty dose of irreverent self-satire, Eryn O'Neal shares the essential oil recipes that she uses to treat her own patriarchal woes, so that you can too. A tincture of clary sage may not dismantle the patriarchy singlehandedly, but it'll help you get enough sleep so you can keep working on destroying the power dynamics that are dragging us all down.
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.
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.