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We said good-bye to our first intern…

Published May 30, 2013 by craftyweetzie

We just said good-bye to our very first intern at Mend My Dress Press and we are so sad to see her go! We had an awesome five months with Helen, who helped us us table to first few stops of our 1-year anniversary tour, helped keep our inventory up to date, edited manuscripts, reviewed zines, kept us laughing, and entertaining us with educating us on sci-fi literature. But now Helen is on her way to explore different things and we are so sad to see her go, but so glad she dedicated her time and efforts to helping us.

Check out what Helen thought about her internship:

I had no idea what I was getting into when I applied for the internship at Mend My Dress Press, but I am so glad and privileged to have had this experience. Being an English Literature major and having a life long interest in books, I have always been intrigued by publishing. Even with my basic knowledge I can see that the publishing industry is changing and small presses like MMDP are becoming much more common. I liked MMDP’s focus on zines and zine culture, social justice issues and personal stories. It was a very different world from my academic one, one that sometimes felt more real than my college experience.

My tasks at MMDP were wide ranging and varied. I helped Neely and Colleen put together inventory for tabling events and run book readings. There were several late nights and long hours and schedule changes to deal with. Even exhausted, I enjoyed these readings and getting to meet both authors and readers. I edited manuscripts and made calls about potential titles. It was amazing and rewarding to be given so much independence and trust in my tasks.

Of course, there were less interesting tasks like counting inventory, pricing, or putting together various mailing lists, but I got to work with Neely at MMDP headquarters which was always fun and usually involved the softest cat in the world sitting on my lap!

Whatever the tasks included, whether it was researching zine libraries or potential tabling events, I was so happy to get to help out the Press. Independent publishing companies like this one are hugely important, but they take a lot of time and effort to run. I feel honored to have met and worked with Colleen and Neely and to have gotten a glimpse into this world of independent publishing.

Thanks for letting me be part of the team!

Interested in interning with Mend My Dress Press? Check out the details and application here.

5 Easy Ways to Help Us Out

Published January 26, 2013 by craftyweetzie

Being a super small company that focuses on zines and zine anthologies, we rely on word-of-mouth from our friends and supporters to sustain us. We’ve had an amazing first year, and are so grateful for everyone who has helped us so far on our publishing and distro dream, and have come up with a few simple things that you can do to help support us and keep us going.

Tell the World What You Think
Goodreads and Amazon are (as silly as it may sound) excellent places to leave quick reviews, and reviews help grow readership. So if you think one of our titles should be read by others, please do us a favor and leave a rating or review. Who knows, your review might even persuade someone new to zines to read an anthology and start making a zine of their own.

Tell Us What You Think
If there’s a zine you think we should carry, or title you would like to see put out, please let us know! We love getting feedback and always appreciate leads. Also, if you write a zine you think might be a good fit, we’d love to take a look at it. Drop us an email or send us a letter. Adoring fan mail and/or glittery stickers are also always appreciated…

Lets Get Together… Online and Off!
Just like Haley Mills and Haley Mills sang–let’s get together! Online, we can be found at facebook and tumblr, where we often post about upcoming events, new zines and releases, and what we (and others) have been up to when it comes to zines. “Liking” us on facebook  is an easy way for you and your friends to stay up to date with Mend My Dress Press.

While online networking sites are great, they are no substitute for interaction in the flesh. We’re upping our physical presence this year, starting in two weeks, with our mini-west coast anniversary tour and we would love to meet you! So if you can, come to one of our events, or come out to a zine fest we’re tabling and say hi.

Support Us By Supporting Our Authors and Other Zinesters
Of course we want you to support us by getting books and zines from our shop, but we also want you to support our authors and other zinesters by reading their zines, attending their events, following them online, and other rad things like writing them letters. Going to zine fests and readings and zine making workshops are great ways to meet new people and find good zines.

Share!
And we don’t just mean on the interwebs. We love lending books and zines to our friends (as long as we get ‘em back)! It’s a great way to introduce people to zines and share ideas. Also, donating zines you’ve read (or made, or have duplicate copies of) that you want other people to enjoy is a great way to share. There are many activist/communal/ radical places, from coffee shops to community centers to libraries that will gladly accept donations–all you have to do is ask.

xoxox,

Colleen

Saturday Sale!

Published November 21, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Wow, it’s been a while since we updated y’all with our recent shenanigans (perhaps, in part, because we’ve been so busy), so it’s high time for a post!

Earlier this month (November 3rd, to be exact), Neely and I trucked a bunch of stuff from my house all the way over to the other side of town to take part in Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest. It’s always fun going to events, but I have to admit, it’s really fun going to events in your hometown. While mostly comic artists were present at Short Run, there were also some more text focused zines, and Neely and I had a really awesome time looking through everyone’s items, which ranged from Small Press books, to small handmade books of drawings, to beautifully drawn and printed comics, to old school copy and staple zines.

Neely at our table at Short Run Small Press Fest

It was really great to connect with some new local artists and writers, and to see friends from all around the Pacific Northwest, plus, I scooped up the Invincible Summer 2013 calendar, which is pretty rad, along with some other sweet zines and comics.

And for the past few weeks we’ve mostly been focusing on filling orders, getting stock out to distros and bookstores (Which brings me to a side note: Bluestockings in NYC will have all the Mend My Dress Press zine anthologies in stock soon, so keep an eye out if you’re in the store for our titles), and getting stock ready for our own distro, which is launching in just a few days.


That’s right, ya heard me. We were going to wait to the new years to open up the full distro store, but figured we had a decent amount of stock so we should open up early. So, in the cheery spirit of the winter holidays, we are officially opening up the online shop on Small Business Saturday (aka Nov. 24th) and running a 10% off sale store-wide through Monday, Nov 26th.  To stock up now, just use the code SMALLSAT2012 at checkout to get your discount.

oh yeah, you can also access our shop right from our facebook page. nifty, eh?

We’re Going to Europe

Published May 21, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Ok, we’re not really going to Europe (though I wish we were), but Mend My Dress is now available on Amazon UK and Amazon Europe. So now, if you live in Germany, France or anywhere else Amazon has infiltrated, you can buy the book directly from Amazon. Which means if you’re ordering something from them anyways, you should just throw the book in your cart and have some great reading headed your way.

Of course, you can always buy the book directly from us as well, we’ll still continue to ship anywhere.

In other news, Publishing Intern Jyoti at Bitch Magazine wrote about Mend My Dress in their most recent newsletter, saying “My favorite zine collections are ones that keep the original layout of the Xeroxed zine intact yet still package it within a perfect-bound book format, preserving both the DIY integrity and the shelf life of a zine. This collection offers a beautiful, well-designed, glossy cover with perfectly scanned pages from Neely Bat Chestnut’s Mend My Dress.” Thanks for the mad props, Jyoti, it means a lot to us!
More soon, as we are busily wrapping up, in the middle, and starting on projects,

Colleen

We <3 Chicago!

Published March 12, 2012 by craftyweetzie

We just got back from the windy city, and we both just fell ass over teakettle in love with the place. The city, with its houses and apartments stacked atop one another, riding the train, seeing friends, and sharing fantastic milkshakes at the Chicago Diner are just some of the things we fell in love with, and we can’t wait to go back.

And then there was the Chicago Zine Fest. Which was totally fucking awesome. We sold some books, traded some zines, met a lot of cool people, and ate lunch from the Soul Veg truck (total score!). We also cemented most of our project for the next year and a half (stay tuned–very exciting stuff coming up!). In short, it was totally amazing and it was really, really hard to leave.

Chicago Zine Fest

Our booth at Chicago Zine Fest was cute!

But, all things come to an end, and so did our time in Chicago. But good things and many projects await us in our lush rainy cities of Seattle and Tacoma, and we’re jumping in feet first. oh, and Neely is reading tonight at Left Bank Books with Cindy Crabb (Doris! zine) and Nyky Gomez, so come on by at 7:30 if you are in the area. Hope to see you there!

xo- colleen

Chicago Zine Fest, Here We Come!

Published February 20, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Well, Neely and I are packing our bags and heading out to Chicago for Chicago Zine Fest! We’re looking forward to seeing other zinesters and publishers, and catching up with some good friends in the windy city. But most of all, we’re looking to finally officially releasing our first book, Neely’s anthology Mend My Dress: Collected Zines, 2005-2007. It’s been a long road, and we’ve learned quite a bit about starting a company and the ins and outs of publishing, but goddamnit, we’ve come a long way, and now we’ve got the pages to prove it. So, if you’re in the chicago area, come check us out at Chicago Zine Fest on March 11th!

xo –Colleen

We Made a Book

Published February 15, 2012 by craftyweetzie

Well, it’s here. After a year of scanning, editing, sourcing, tracking down cut and paste zine flats packed away in boxes and old purple or teal Samsonite valet cases littered throughout Neely’s house, many business meeting over a shared bottle(s) of wine, sewing cover artwork, debating, pricing out printing options, filing a business license application, wading through the library of congress website, and hours of listening to Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, and of course, Corin Tucker and Kathleen Hanna, our first title has officially been released.

Mend My Dress
Collected Zines: 2005-2007
By Neely Bat Chestnut

Neely Bat Chestnut has compiled her zines put out between 2005-2007, which include the first six issues of Mend My Dress, as well as Dear Step dad and Grit and Glitter, in a comprehensive anthology of early work. Chestnut’s Zines are well respected in the zine community and her zines cover issues ranging from incest, self-harm, the riot grrrl movement, feminism, friendship, fairytale, and healing as she reflects on her childhood and coming-of-age.

Copies may be purchased through Neely’s etsy shop or by clicking here. You can also order through Amazon (paperback or kindle edition).  For wholesale opportunities, please contact us at mendmydress@gmail.com

Now comes the fun part: promoting! So, if you have a friend that might like Neely’s book, please tell them about it. ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow our tumblr blog, and of course, check back here for upcoming events and upcoming titles.

xo- colleen