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The ultimate offbeat breakup book: From Sh!tshow To Afterglow

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.

SEATTLE EVENT: Self-Publishing PROS, CONS, and WTFs on June 18, 2019

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 EVENT: Sex Work is a Feminist Issue on April 22, 2019

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.

SEATTLE EVENT: Demon Dialogues with Lucy Bellwood on October 16, 2018

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 DialoguesThe 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!

Dancer’s Flame by Jasmine Silvera

Bad Romance part 3: Demanding greater diversity in who gets a happily ever after in romance

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…

Dancer’s Flame by Jasmine Silvera

Bad Romance part 2: The romance genre needs better critique, not more gatekeepers

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…

Bad Romance: Yes, I’m a feminist who loves romance novels (+ a Seattle event on May 8th!)

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…

SEATTLE EVENT: How To Fall In Love With Anyone on February 17, 2018

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.