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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 […]

The Business of Publishing: The economic...

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This post was written by Joe Biel, founder and owner of Portland-based independent press Microcosm Publishing (and not incidentally, the publisher of my books Bikenomics and Everyday Bicycling). A couple of years ago, I posted a short guide to how I fund and sell zines; quite a few people since have said that they used […]

What does sci fi tell us about feminism?

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Update: The Kickstarter for the third Bikes in Space book, Pedal Zombies is live through August 4, 2015. (And yes, you can request a feminist analysis on this one, too.) When I ran the Kickstarter project for the original Bikes in Space zine, it included some funny rewards. One of them allowed the backer to […]

Zooming into the future, with kids on sc...

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Support the Kickstarter project for Zoom! through March 24th Jen and Randy Charrette approached me last fall about a children’s book they’d been developing. The book is a short, full color story for toddlers about pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever witnessed: Balance biking. Balance bikes are tiny bikes for tots without pedals—they propel […]

The publishing revolution will be femini...

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It was Bec, a fellow feminist bicycle revolutionary who I met last March in DC (and who later wrote the first essay in the new Religion issue of Taking the Lane), who insisted that I sign up for the Tech Ladymafia, a listserve of women in tech. But I’m not in tech, I protested. She […]

Call for Submissions: Grief and Healing ...

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You are invited to contribute to issue number 14 of Taking the Lane. Essays, artwork, fiction, and poetry that explore ideas around grief and healing (through the lens of bicycling, and in a feminist manner) are being sought. Love and loss, injury and recovery, and crimes of a property or planetary nature are all relevant—as […]

Call for Submissions: Bicycling and repr...

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Ever since the original Our Bodies, Our Bikes zine came out, I knew that any future edition would need to talk about reproductive rights. In the past year, the connection has been very much on my mind, as the women’s bicycling movement has taken off in a positive direction at the same time as women’s […]

The future of digital media: Or you coul...

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As I was getting ready to send the twelfth issue of Taking the Lane to print, a friend forwarded this fascinating article about the future of digital media, storytelling, longform journalism, or whatever they’re calling it this week. One quotation jumped out at me: “The reading experience is built on long-form content, delivered to the […]

5 Lessons from a Prolific Kickstarter

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I’ve done a few Kickstarter projects in my day (okay, I’m on my 15th or 16th, depending on who’s counting). So far, they’ve all been successful, though the current one is making me good and nervous as it gets down to the wire. Note: The Kickstarter project has been fully funded. You can now order […]

Call for Submissions: Bikes in Space Vol...

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That’s right—we’re doing it again. The Bikes in Space zine (#10 of the quarterly Taking the Lane series) was a hit all around. You liked it, the stories and art submitted were awesome, and I had an absurd amount of fun making it happen. All those stories really just whetted my appetite for more. And […]

Call for Submissions: Our Bodies, Our Bi...

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Update: Thanks to this project moving along at quite a slow timeline, the general call for submissions is extended until July 1, 2014. The time has come. “Our Bodies, Our Bikes” was the fifth issue of Taking the Lane, and also one of the most popular. It sold out quickly and has long been out […]