Offbeat Bride's 3rd edition: why the book needed an update

My book Offbeat Bride was first published by Seal Press in January 2007 as Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides, with a second edition released in February 2010 under the title Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides.

In the eight years since the release of the second edition, wedding culture has shifted dramatically (the influence of marriage equality and social media have both been huge!) and offbeatbride.com has reached 50 million website visitors. Clearly, it’s time for an updated and revised version of the book… which Seal Press will be publishing fall of 2019!

Let's talk about the updates being made for the third edition…

Pros Before Bros: a self-funded MFA-esque publishing / art experiment

WTF is Pros Before Bros? This is an self-publishing experiment. A proof of concept. A self-directed MFA project. A chance for me to take risks with my writing, after 12+ years of being a service writer who's made her living publishing stuff like "5 ways to bla your bla, to better bla bla your bla bla." 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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Offbeat Resilience: Rebounding From Life's Shitty Set-Backs

A couple months back, I mentioned I was working away on trying to sell my second book, ONWARD. The first draft of the book was completed, but a series of literary agents and publishers all had the same feedback: you can't sell this particular book, in this particular format.

So I hired a familiar face to help me rework it into a better format…

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State of the Empire, 2018

Oh hello there, friends. It's been a while. January 2018 marked the 11th anniversary of the Offbeat Empire, and — first, ok let's just acknowledge that that's a long-ass time for a digital media company to be around! Big snaps to everyone who's been a part of this company and its growth for the last 11 years. In the interest of transparency, I figured I'd share a bit about where the business is at… and some thoughts about what might be on the horizon for both the Empire and its founder. Let's see if I can wrap my head (or at least my mouth) around everything we've got on the table right now…

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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!