State of the Empire, 2019

IT'S BEEN 84 YEARS. Ok, it's actually only been 12 years since I launched the Offbeat Empire, but 12 in internet years might as well be 84, y'know? Here's what's up with the Empire this year…

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Announcing PROS BEFORE BROS: an art book / jewelry pairing

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.

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45 million readers: On Offbeat Bride's 10th anniversary + what we're working on now

As of last week, Offbeat Bride is now a DECADE OLD. It's still one of the biggest ironies ever for me that the website was launched just as a way to promote the book that was supposed to finally launch me into what I imagined as "real success." In 2007, digital publishing was still the less-respected nerdy little sibling of the "real" publishing industry, and being a published author was going to be my big ticket to legitimacy and recognition.

…Har har! Joke was on me!