Offbeat Empire LLC is a Seattle-based publishing company that’s reached over 60 million readers since its founding in late 2007. We produce books, websites, online courses, downloadables, and other materials supporting non-traditional folks going through traditional life transitions. Founded by author and entrepreneur Ariel Meadow Stallings, the Empire aims for inclusivity and empowerment, while also keeping a sense of humor about ourselves and our work.


I haven’t launched a new publication since 2011, when quietly came online. And 2020 might not have been a great year for many things, but being stuck at home with a laptop did lend itself well to one kind of thing: Creating. And so create I did. I wrote a book’s worth of essays. […]

NEWEST BOOK: From Sh!tshow To Afterglow, published July 2020

An irreverent guide to rebounding after loss, grief, and all the other cruel crises life throws our way Sometimes your foundation crumbles. Sometimes you realize there wasn’t a foundation to begin with. Maybe your relationship ended in a breakup or divorce, or you lost your job, or a loved one died. Whatever crisis showed up […]

Offbeat Bride 3rd edition, published September 2019

What it’s like to still be talking about your wedding, 15 years later Think about what you were doing 15 years ago. Think about who you were, the choices you were making, and the ways you talked about those choices. Think about your motivations and your priorities. How was who you are now reflected in […]

PROS BEFORE BROS, art book / jewelry pairing, released January 2019

WTF is Pros Before Bros? A self-publishing experiment. A proof of concept. An ode to therapeutic sex work. A self-directed MFA project. An exercise in collaboration with other women-owned businesses. An exploration of the intimacy between readers and an author. A playground for me to fiddle with concepts of tangibility, valuation, packaging, and artist process.