Hey guys! It’s me, Ariel — the publisher of Offbeat Home. My new book, From Sh!tshow To Afterglow is about how to rebound after loss, grief, and the other cruel crises life throws your way — basically, it’s the anti-self-help book.
As part of my Offbeat Ada’s event series here in Seattle at Ada’s Technical Books, I’m hosting an evening of discussion with two Seattle publishing industry colleagues to dig into the future of self publishing. My guests that evening will be Leslie Miller, founder of Girl Friday Productions, and Danielle Hulton, owner of Ada’s. Those […]
Seattle friends! Join PROS BEFORE BROS author Ariel Meadow Stallings from the Offbeat Empire for an evening of discussion with Pike Long, Deputy Director of St. James Infirmary, the nation’s only clinic operated for and by people in the sex industry. We’ll dive into the details and differences between sex work, trafficking, and exploitation using an intersectional feminist lens.
As part of my Offbeat Ada’s series of author events here in Seattle at Ada’s Technical Books, on October 16, 2018 I’ll be hosting a night with Lucy Bellwood, author of a book called 100 Demon Dialogues. The evening will feature a reading and discussion about Lucy’s collection of comics about cohabiting with a petulant (if oddly lovable) Inner Critic. Seattle friends: I hope to see you there!
One of the big success stories in self-publishing is romance. According to popular platform Smashwords, the genre dominates the market. With a few clicks any writer can become an author. Which makes it possible that a novel most major publishing houses and quite a few small presses would have turned down, one that hasn’t seen an editor’s red pen, or even a proofreader will wind up on Amazon more than in other genres.
There’s an argument for gatekeepers, right? Not so fast. Here’s part three in this series on romance as a genre…
Though romance novels have always centered relationships and women, there’s no argument that issues of consent and coercion abound in the genre's shady past. Consider the conflicted relationships readers have with Kathleen Woodwiss’ The Flame
and the Flower, a novel that is said to have started the modern “bodice ripper” romance genre. Here’s part two analyzing the romance genre in books…
I, like a lot of romance readers and writers, wasn’t always proud to admit that the romance genre was my passion. Contrary to popular belief, it turns out many smart, creative, thoughtful, well-educated women are reading romances (and our status as houswives, or not, is beyond the point). We raise families, nurture careers, create art, and break through barriers personally and professionally without expecting to have our problems solved by a billionaire into kinky sex. We sure as hell aren’t longing to be thrown over the back of a horse and ridden away with (though if you are, I don’t judge!). Here’s part one of how things are evolving in the romance genre…
As part of my Offbeat Ada’s series of author events here in Seattle at Ada’s Technical Books, I’m hosting a discussion with Mandy Len Cantron, author of a book called How To Fall In Love With Anyone.