Microcosm Publishing Statistics

Microcosm Publishing Statistics

  • Microcosm Publishing was ranked as the fastest growing US indie book publisher as of 2021, with Blue Star Press ranking second.
  • For the year of 2022, the total sales for the company were $4.2 million.
  • Microcosm’s own publishing made up around 57.10% of these sales.
  • In terms of sales by channel, 43.70% of Microcosm’s sales were through gift shops.
  • The Microcosm title “Unf*ck Your Brain” has sold five million copies in all formats since its publication in 2017.
  • For the year of 2022, the title contributed to 10.73% of the company’s total sales.
  • In 2022, Microcosm Publishing spent $4.2 million on expenses, including self-financing of the company’s continued growth.
  • The publisher was able to increase its budget for wages by 32% during the year.
  • Comparing 2021 against 2019, Microcosm registered a 107.14% increase in employees.
  • 99% of Microcosm’s published books are evergreen and have less pressure to sell at the time of publication.

Microcosm Publishing sales by channel

  • Gift store sales represented 43.70% of the company’s sales by channel.
  • This was more than double the second biggest sales channel, specialty stores.
  • In total, specialty stores made up 17.20%.
  • This was followed by wholesale (16.40%), direct (10.70%) and trade (7.40%).

A graph is given below to show Microcosm’s sales by channel for 2022:

Microcosm Publishing sales by product type

  • In 2022, 42.90% of Microcosm’s sales were non-Microcosm books.
  • Books published by the company represented 32.00% of sales.
  • Overall, non-Microcosm books sold at an additional 10.90% over Microcosm books.
  • Bookettes by the publisher made up 5.50%.

A graph is given below to show Microcosm’s sales by product type for 2022:

Microcosm Publishing expenses by type

  • In 2022, Microcosm Publishing spent $4.2 million on expenses, including self-financing of the company’s continued growth.
  • The biggest expense type for Microcosm Publishing during 2022 was non-Microcosm items, at 35.10%
  • Expenses related to Microcosm items were much lower, representing 13.80%.
  • Paycheck expenses were slightly lower again, at 13.10%.

A graph is given below to show Microcosm’s expenses by type for 2022: 

Microcosm Publishing FAQ

Who founded Microcosm Publishing?

  • Microcosm Publishing was founded by Joe Biel.

When was Microcosm Publishing founded?

  • Microcosm Publishing was founded in 1996.

Where is Microcosm Publishing based?

  • The headquarters of Microcosm Publishing are based in Portland, Oregon in the US.