Some of your most frequent questions, answered. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to email me: elly at taking the lane dot com

Why are your product links taking me to another website?
Thanks for asking! As of Jan 1 2015, Elly Blue Publishing is becoming an imprint of Microcosm. (Read all about it!) The books will stay the same, but all sales will now go through Microcosm’s website (and the many retailers and wholesalers we work with). As we make the transition, this site that you’re on right now might act a little wonky. Thanks for your patience and please get in touch if there’s something specific I can help you find.

I want to contribute to Bikes in Space or the Journal of Bicycle Feminism, or send you a book manuscript
Awesome. Thank you. For the anthologies, read the call for submissions for the upcoming project and send something my way; either a pitch or a fully written piece. In general, I’m looking for nonfiction writing under 1,200 words that fits the theme. If you’ve written something more book-like, or are planning to, check out my other publications and send me a short email about why your project is a good fit.

Will you come to my town on tour, speak to my organization, or appear at an event?
Maybe. I go on one tour a year to a different part of the US; in spring of 2015 it will be a loop around the middle of the country, from Texas to Minnesota. Get in touch if you live in that general area and would like to help make an event happen. Get in touch even if you don’t live in that area, because we tend to plan our next tour around where we’ve gotten the most invitations.

I’m limiting other speaking engagements for the time being. But if you would like to present the ideas in Bikenomics locally, I have created a DIY presentation that you are welcome to alter to suit your needs. (Download the zip file here.)

How do I place a wholesale order?
Your first stop for bulk orders for your store or org is Microcosm! Their wholesale process is simple, user-friendly, and clearly explained.

Will you donate books as a prize for my bike race / fundraising event?
Probably. If your event or organization actively supports equity in bicycling, then send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

I ordered something a while ago and it hasn’t arrived yet.
Bummer! If your order doesn’t arrive after ten business days (or a month, if you live outside the U.S.), please contact me and we’ll sort it out right away.

Something on your website or shop is broken, misspelled, or weirdly formatted.
Oops. Drop me an email and let me know. I always appreciate it!

How can I support your work?
Thanks for asking! I can only do this work because people like you read, share, and enjoy what I produce. You can pick up some books and zines, fund my new projects on Kickstarter, and tell the world about what you like. If you want to help me keep doing what I do but prefer not to buy things, you can support me with a small weekly tip on Gratipay. Thank you.

How do I contact you?
You can email me at elly at takingthelane dot com or use my contact form.

I’m coming to Portland to ride my bike, what should I do here?
This is by far the most frequent question I’m asked! My friend Meghan and I have begun a response by putting out a tip zine, PDX by Bike, about bicycling in Portland (I also sell some other great maps and guide books to Portland). As for where to rent a bike, here’s a list of places. Personally, if I didn’t live here I’d probably spend my entire visit at Powell’s, but if you’re in a more drinking/eating/socializing mood, try heading towards NE 28th and Burnside or NE 25th and Alberta and seeing what you find. There are tons of other (and probably cooler) places to go, but that’s all you’re getting out of me for now.

What website/ecommerce software are you using?
My website runs on WordPress, using WooThemes. All good fashion and function you find here is the work of my web developer, Caroline Paquette.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any other burning questions that are on your mind.