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Joe Biel is the founder and CEO of Microcosm, a 25-year-old midlist publishing and distribution company that has sold millions of books. Elly Blue is the editorial and marketing director at Microcosm. Joe is also the author of A People’s Guide to Publishing, which distills what they’ve learned over the past 25 years in 416 pages. Together, they distill this knowledge for other publishers and people who simply want to understand the publishing industry. ************ Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast! Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catal... Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catal... More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.com More by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.net More by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.com Subscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0... Find us on social media Facebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishing Twitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmm Instagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub ************

A People's Guide to Publishing Microcosm Publishing

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    • 4.1 • 17 Ratings

Joe Biel is the founder and CEO of Microcosm, a 25-year-old midlist publishing and distribution company that has sold millions of books. Elly Blue is the editorial and marketing director at Microcosm. Joe is also the author of A People’s Guide to Publishing, which distills what they’ve learned over the past 25 years in 416 pages. Together, they distill this knowledge for other publishers and people who simply want to understand the publishing industry. ************ Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast! Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catal... Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catal... More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.com More by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.net More by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.com Subscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0... Find us on social media Facebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishing Twitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmm Instagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub ************

    Joe Biel awarded PubWest Innovator 2024 by Andrea Fleck-Nisbet

    Joe Biel awarded PubWest Innovator 2024 by Andrea Fleck-Nisbet

    In February 2024, in Maricopa, AZ, IBPA's CEO Andrea Fleck-Nisbet awarded the PubWest Innovator Award to Microcosm Publishing Founder and CEO Joe Biel for "Reimagining what publishing can or should be” and “Exceptional efforts to develop new skills that expand publishing into the future.” Here is Fleck-Nisbet's speech and Biel's Q&A period from the awards ceremony.************Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!  Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3663Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/10031More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.comMore by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.netMore by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.comSubscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0EABB2040D281C9CFind us on social mediaFacebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishingTwitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmmInstagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub************

    • 47 min
    Bookstore Solidarity! Josh Christie of Print: A Bookstore

    Bookstore Solidarity! Josh Christie of Print: A Bookstore

    Print: A Bookstore has been a triumphant, bright light in envisioning what a bookstore could be. Both as a brick and mortar that is a champion for information and reading, but also holding up its staff and creating entertaining skit videos with its staff! This week on the pod, we feature co-owner Josh Christie about the store in our ongoing Bookstore Solidarity project! ************Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!  Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3663Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/10031More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.comMore by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.netMore by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.comSubscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0EABB2040D281C9CFind us on social mediaFacebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishingTwitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmmInstagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub************

    • 37 min
    Which Publishers Grew 12% Over The Past Three Years?

    Which Publishers Grew 12% Over The Past Three Years?

    The pandemic was an unexpectedly magical time for the publishing industry. Sales went up when they were expected to go down. Printing slowed to a crawl due to the paper shortage. But four years later, we have some clear, emergent publishers who seemed to have permanently claimed an additional piece of the market share. This week we take a closer look at them!************Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!  Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3663Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/10031More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.comMore by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.netMore by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.comSubscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0EABB2040D281C9CFind us on social mediaFacebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishingTwitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmmInstagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub************

    • 9 min
    What is ONIX and do small publishers need to use it?

    What is ONIX and do small publishers need to use it?

    How does the entire world get information about what you are publishing? It's from a feed called ONIX, that propagates every detail about your titles. This week on the pod, we take a deep dive into ONIX and its role for small publishers.************Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!  Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3663Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/10031More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.comMore by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.netMore by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.comSubscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0EABB2040D281C9CFind us on social mediaFacebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishingTwitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmmInstagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub************

    • 8 min
    How Should Publishers Create Budgets and Predict Finances?

    How Should Publishers Create Budgets and Predict Finances?

    Many publishers find money to be very unpredictable and scary. So this week we take a look at how to create budgets and predict cash flow as well as how to plan a financial future. It's not as difficult as it seems!************Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!  Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3663Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/10031More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.comMore by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.netMore by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.comSubscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0EABB2040D281C9CFind us on social mediaFacebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishingTwitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmmInstagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub************

    • 50 min
    Can Book Publishers Vertically Integrate? Blackstone Publishing President Anthony Goff

    Can Book Publishers Vertically Integrate? Blackstone Publishing President Anthony Goff

    So much of book publishing is about distributing tasks, so how can publishers take more of these operational aspects in-house? This week on the pod, guest Anthony Goff, President of Blackstone Publishing, walks us through many of their aspects that are vertically integrated, from recording studios to rights sales to printing and distribution—to performing these services for other publishers.************Thank you for watching the People's Guide to Publishing vlogcast!  Get the book: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/3663Get the workbook: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/10031More from Microcosm: http://microcosmpublishing.comMore by Joe Biel: http://joebiel.netMore by Elly Blue: http://takingthelane.comSubscribe to our monthly email newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/r/0EABB2040D281C9CFind us on social mediaFacebook: http://facebook.com/microcosmpublishingTwitter: http://twitter.com/microcosmmmInstagram: http://instagram.com/microcosm_pub************

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Bmurlas ,

Best podcast on publishing period.

Better than IBPA. Better than Publisher’s Weekly. Listen (and enjoy) Joe and Ellie right now.

lucywightman ,

If you can’t get the lede right

You write:
“We've said it hundreds of times on this pod: the problems that everyone assumes and claims to plague publishing aren't programs at all. So what is publishing's biggest problem?”

LAZINESS?

blastbeatfan ,

awesome podcast

lots of great information on publishing

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