"When a young intern at Microcosm Publishing...asked founder Joe Biel what she should read to complete her publishing education, Biel was stumped... With that intern in mind, Biel wrote A People’s Guide to Publishing, a comprehensive guide to launching a book publishing venture..." —Calvin Reid, Publisher's Weekly
"...an inspirational and practical guidebook for anyone interested in starting and sustaining a publishing company.... [it] has a radical, DIY, punk-rock philosophy that echoes that of Microcosm Publishing itself." —Vivian Wagner, NewPages
"...goes into the nitty gritty of what it takes to build a publishing company. And we’re talking EVERYTHING." —Emily Einolander, Hybrid Pub Scout
Drawing on over two decades of experience operating an independent publishing company, Joe Biel has written the most accessible and comprehensive guide to running a successful publishing business. You'll learn all the skills of the trade, including how to: develop your individual books, build an authentic niche so you can reach your audience, understand if and when you're ready to work with a distributor, create a budget and predict the cost and income of each book, and plan for sustainable growth. This book is intended for both beginners and experienced publishers alike.
SUBJECT: About Zines / About Books / Microcosm Published / Business / Publishing
PUBLICATION: Dec 14, 2018
ART: B&W illustrations
Joe Biel is a self-made autistic publisher and filmmaker who draws origins, inspiration, and methods from punk rock. He is the founder and CEO of Microcosm Publishing and co-founder of the Portland Zine Symposium. He has been featured in Time Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Art of Autism, Utne Reader, Oregonian, Broken Pencil, Punk Planet, Bulletproof Radio, Spectator (Japan), G33K (Korea), and Maximum Rocknroll. He is the author of many best-selling books.
A small, innovative publishing house, Microcosm Publishing specializes in work designed to make the reader feel good about being alive, take an active role in bettering their life, and impact the world around them. Microcosm has developed a reputation for teaching self-empowerment, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, politics, and art. Our books are printed in the USA.