As a small publishing house, we are focused on making zine anthologies of excellent zines (Mend My Dress, Telegram, Shotgun Seamstress, and Ilse Content make p our 2012 titles). Our distro has a bunch of different titles, ranging from per-zines to social issues, and we really try and focus on quality of writing. Neely and Colleen (the people behind Mend My Dress Press) also each have their own per-zines. Neely writes Mend My Dress and Colleen writes 500 Ways to Break a Heart.
Where do you work on your zines?
Neely mostly works on her zines in her breakfast nook and her fabulous pink attic (which doubles as the home base for Mend My Dress Press) on tables covered with paper, typewriters, and glue sticks, and Colleen works on her zine on her computer in her crafty room, surrounded by shelves of yarn and fabric.
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
Other than things that we currently distro, we love Black is the Color by Julia Gfrorer, Jane, and Entropy.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Be confident, write from the heart, think about the domino effect, do not be afraid of making mistakes. and market the shit out of yourself- send your zines to distros, take them to independent bookstores, etc, etc, etc.
Well, first of all, it means that we get to work together in an awesome capacity- dinner dates go to a whole new level when you get to discuss zines for the whole time! Also, it means that we’ve gotten to work with some really awesome people from all over the world in a capacity that would probably never have happened if we hadn’t starting publishing. Neely also says: “I have been able to share my stories with so many people, and have been sent the most moving heart breaking letters from people that maybe would have never told their stories if they had not read mine. that is the single best thing that I could hope for. Making friends through the mail and touring is also really amazing. Life goals being accomplished feels pretty good too”
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