Monthly Archives: November 2013

Alive with Vigor

Alive With Vigor: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle contains the stories of survival from a wide spectrum of contributors on all matters of preventative health care, the hard decisions we each have to make, Do It Yourself health care, and how to deal with extracting health care from government/corporate health care systems. Alive With Vigor! has a special focus on queer, youth, and transgendered people, recognizing different health care needs. Alive With Vigor! is a how to book where you can put the advice directly to use in your life!

New Newness News!


Just so you know, we’ve got a lot of super great new titles! Who’s excited about Railroad Semantics #2!!?


If not that, how bout the new edition of Mostly True!


Raleigh Briggs even released her sequel to Make Your Place, the much-anticipated Make It Last!


Beyond The Music is Joe Biel’s new book, a really great one for anyone interested in the Punk “Scene” or the DIY ethics it brings with it.


And of course, we can’t forget about Everyday Bicycling, Elly Blue’s know-it-all book about cycling in any and every situation, a super great guide to get someone who might just be getting into bicycling, or even the bicycling fanatics! 🙂


Holy Cow! As I was typing this we just got another one in! The People’s Apocalypse! This one looks super interesting!


If your into that whole Thanksgiving thing, these are all things to be thankful for!
If your into that whole Christmas thing, any one of these would make great gifts!
Or, you could gift one to someone on Nov. 13th for World Kindness Day.
You’ll also have to stock up on books to read for Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day at the end of the month. Book Lover’s Day doesn’t have to end on Nov. 4th, it can last all year!

I can’t even keep up around here. I’m going to have to start reading faster…


Microcosm Publishing, Microcosm Distribution, and Pioneers Press…


Hey Folks,

Although some of you may not know, Microcosm Publishing was effectively split into two separate companies on August 1, 2012. This was done for a number of personal, financial, and geographic reasons, and led to the formation of Microcosm Distribution (which has since become Pioneers Press).


Unfortunately, splitting a company in two that has been in existence for over 15 years comes with an endless list of complications. Like a lot of the publishing world, and the world at large, this happened during times that were extremely hard for us. Prior to the split, Microcosm Publishing had amassed nearly $37,000 in debt—an amount that seemed nearly insurmountable for those involved.


As part of the agreement, which was drafted with the input of both parties and executed prior to the split, we agreed to each keep half of the organization’s property and split the debt 50/50. The settling of the debt would be done by Microcosm Distribution making monthly payments to Microcosm Publishing on their half of the debt until it was resolved.


However, despite the agreement, these payments were never made. Microcosm Distribution claimed that they are not responsible for any of the debt amassed while they were a part of the company and its management. We understand that it’s difficult to even survive in the publishing world in its current state, but that does not justify leaving one half of the company with the entirety of the debt.


After 15 months Microcosm Publishing has still not received any of the agreed upon contributions. Thankfully, through new endeavors and pinching paychecks, we’ve managed to scrape together the money to stay in business. At this point, we feel we have no chance at making progress with this issue without the help of professional counsel, and have filed suit against Pioneers Press as a last resort attempt at receiving their fair share of the debt payments.


It’s an unfortunate, and wholly foreign to us, way to go about this, but we can find no other solution. We are simply asking that the signed agreement be honored.


Although personal problems and past relationships can cause issues within business, Microcosm Publishing is an active and growing publisher with a small, full-time staff who are dedicated to creating the books we want to see in the world. And we would love to continue doing just that.




Tim Wheeler

Microcosm Publishing