Derby Life

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Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby

By Margot Atwell, aka Em Dash of Gotham Girls Roller Derby

From the history of the sport to strategy to gear, Derby Life will teach you what you need to know to get rolling. This book can’t teach you how to skate, but it will get you up to speed on everything else! Veteran skaters will appreciate chapters on building mental toughness, dealing with derby drama, and getting back in the game after an injury.

Derby Life also includes advice from derby greats, and personal stories and beautiful photographs from derby people all over the world.

Margot Atwell has been playing roller derby since 2007, and skates under the name Em Dash for the world champion Gotham Girls Roller Derby. She’s the co-founder and editor-in-chief of, and has written for publications such as Derbylife, Derby News Network, Derby Central, fiveonfive magazine,, the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Publishing Perspectives, and others. She is the co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success (Beaufort Books, 2013).