The Autostraddle Insider: Issue Four, October 2014

Letter From Your Editors
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Welcome to the fourth edition of the Insider Newsletter, brought to you by the Senior Staff of Autostraddle.com, your #1 source for tips on canning and orchid-related embroidery projects. It's almost Halloween! If you have kids, I hope they're gonna look as cute as we did when we were kids. Hey, look at these weirdos who work here:

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Well folks — we got behind this month. I mean, epically behind. Shit fell to pieces. Pitches and drafts and e-mails piled up. The second wave of CE applicants to contact about contributing in other capacities? Never contacted. Every day was another game of "what are we gonna do for content?" Grace's third attempt at editing a podcast suffered ye...

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Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2695 articles for us.