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Introducing Chef's Choice! aka, let me d...

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It’s that time of year again—what most people think of as “oh crap, the holidays” and those of us who sell things talk about as “retail season.” In an attempt to get a jump on things generally, and make this part of the year less hectic for you and more fun for me, I’m introducing [...]

The Business of Publishing: Formatting f...

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This is the fourth post in a series of articles for aspiring publishers. The series is written by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and the co-author of DIY publishing how-to book Make a Zine. Formatting for Print So you’ve got a book. Or at least, you have a lot of content [...]

Now Funding: The Journal of Bicycle Femi...

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tl;dr: The first annual Journal of Bicycle Feminism is up on Kickstarter! Help make it happen, friends. August 1st was a scorcher, and around 3pm Julie the intern insisted that we cut short our work day and go get ice cream. No convincing arguments against this plan presented themselves, so she hopped onto the back [...]

Welcome to HOTSTUFF

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You may have noticed that things are looking a little…hotter around here. Our brand new website theme is named HOTSTUFF and the multitalented Caroline Paquette (of cycling cap, book cover design, and general fixing things and adventuring fame has been working hard at it for a while now. Besides the new design being totally eye [...]

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Call for Submissions: Bikes in Space 3 (...

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It’s that time again! The third annual volume of Bikes in Space is in the works, this time with a monster twist. This year’s theme is zombies and bicycling. You may take that as literally (pedal powered undead? cycling zombie hunters?) or figuratively (what has automotive technology done to our brains?) as you like. Stories [...]

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Happy Bookiversary! Our first two books ...

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Anna and Kelli at their release party (Photo by Luc Revel) Yesterday, Anna Brones posted on her blog about the 1-year anniversary of her book, The Culinary Cyclist (to celebrate, she includes the recipe for the book’s delicious peanut butter cookies, in case you needed a reason to click over there). I was taken aback. [...]

The Vulva Bike: A true tale of shock, gl...

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When I first saw the ShockTwat on its inaugural journey, I marveled at it for two minutes straight and then snapped a photo with my phone at the last moment before it rolled away. When the time came to launch the Kickstarter campaign for Our Bodies, Our Bikes, I looked through my photos for a [...]

Now Kickstarting Our Bodies, Our Bikes (...

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It’s official: Our Bodies, Our Bikes the book is in the works. And it’s funding on Kickstarter right now. The image above is one of Katura Reynolds‘ preliminary sketches for the book cover. You might remember Katura from the space sharks on the cover of the first Bikes in Space, or from her compelling stories [...]

Taking the Lane grows up: From zine to j...

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Update: Now funding this project (it’s been renamed the Journal of Bicycle Feminism) on Kickstarter! Check it out! Well, it had to happen one day: Taking the Lane is growing up. After nearly four years of putting out a more-or-less quarterly zine, we’re graduating to something bigger. It’s called: Taking the Lane: A journal of [...]

Giant Robots on Bikes (with illustration...

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I got home from tour to find a big box of the new promotional postcard for Elly Blue Publishing (joining its popular colleague the Bike Tour Packing List postcard): The mama robot cargo bike image was drawn by Ellie Poley. She sent it in response to my call for “sloppy drawings of robots on bicycles.” [...]

The Business of Publishing: Working with...

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This is the third post in a series of articles for aspiring publishers, written by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and the co-author of DIY publishing how-to book Make a Zine. Once you’ve decided how you want to release your work, your next publishing decisions are going to be technical. If [...]

Kickstarter and the Praxis of Everyday L...

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Back in 2010, I published my very first zine, which was funded with my very first Kickstarter project, and coincided with the process of booking my very first tour. I couldn’t have done any of these things without a lot of help from a lot of people. One of these people, pictured here, is Sarah [...]

The Business of Publishing: The Distribu...

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This is the second post in a series on the business side of publishing by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and the co-author of DIY publishing how-to book Make a Zine. In the previous post in this series, I discussed the economies of various publishing formats—eBooks, print-on-demand, and traditional format offset [...]

Elly Blue Publishing goes digital!

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Here at EBP HQ, we are big believers in the printed word (check out our post from earlier this week about the economics of publishing for one of the biggest reasons why). At the same time, we’re hardly luddites or purists or anything like that—this business is built on tech, through and through. It may [...]