Posts By: Elly Blue

An interview with Women on Wheels author April Streeter

This week on the podcast, we invite a guest into our studio for the first time in almost two years! April Streeter, author of the new feminist bicycle history Women on Wheels, joined us to talk about the untold histories of women cyclists since the 1880s, share fascinating tidbits of archival research and costumery, and revisit a bit of shop talk about what it was like to publish with us (and how we handled all those amazing illustrations).

You can find this and over 100 other episodes of the People’s Guide to Publishing podcast wherever podcasts are served.

How Can Publishers Provide Health Care?

Publishing jobs are real jobs! On this episode of the People’s Guide to Publishing podcast, Joe and Elly talk about one of Microcosm’s biggest steps towards becoming a grown-up company—providing our workers with health insurance. The healthcare system is not easy to figure out, but the good news is that experience in the publishing industry really sets you up to handle with aplomb the piles of mystifying paperwork, strict schedules and rules, and contracts that need to be read super closely.

Riot Woman

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.

Unfuck Your Body Workbook

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.

Should Publishers Try to Compete with Amazon on Price?

This week on the People’s Guide to Publishing podcast, Joe and Elly answer a reader question from a bookseller wondering if they should try to match the prices in their store to the prices they find online, which are often much lower (but sometimes much higher) than the cover price.

Of course we legally can’t advise any publishers on how to price their books, and we don’t do that here, but we do discuss some strategies and perspectives for managing your business in a market where price is problematic.

Monthly Magickal Record

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.

How to Be Accountable Workbook

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.

Broke, Not Broken

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!