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Meet the Team: Six Questions with Erica Marchant, Jane of all Trades. . .

Erica Marchant, Jane of all Trades. . .

Our Loss is On Loss, an anthology that bridges creativity and inspiration through collaboration and writing. A handful of writers from all across America came together and created On Loss an anthology after receiving 800+ submissions. In this anthology, you’ll find 50+ talented authors stories and poems.

We are formatting the book for release on June 27, 2019.


How did each member get involved?

Somehow, somewhere Aaron Pasker convinced five different voices to join the executive team (or as Aaron would say, coerced into joining) to edit, design, publish, and market a brand new anthology; On Loss.

Here are six questions with Erica Marchant , a Jane of all Trades, a.k.a. editor, marketer, cover designer and book formatter, and web master. Okay, I might have made all that up. I’m just a writer who loves what she does!

Author PhotoQ: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing? 

A: Well, I rest my head at night North of Boston in the suburbs. It feels a bit country, but I’m a city girl at heart. I grew up a rocks throw outside the city of Boston. New England has always been my home. Yes, I love Tom Brady–don’t hate– and Autumn is my favorite season, but no, I don’t love Dunkin Donuts.  Other than writing, I read all kinds of books ALL THE TIME, and I enjoy getting outside in nature and being active. I’ve got three kids. My youngest is 6 months old and the reason why it took me so long to answer all these questions! 

Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?

A: I know a lot of writers say this, but I was born a writer. I came out telling stories. Writing is a part of who I am and without it, I’m not me. The first story I ever remember writing was dark for a 6-year-old; I awoke one morning to open the window and see the sun and hear the birds, but I’d forgotten that I was blind and deaf. My mother kept yelling at me, but I couldn’t hear her. She smacked my face and asked me what was wrong with me. My mother kept that story for years. It’s sad I don’t know where it is now.

I really fell in love with writing in third grade when my teacher Mrs. Nelson introduced me to the idea of the story and how to bind a book. I wrote a knock-off of a Sesame Street story, what we call Fan Fiction these days, and I never looked back. I’ve been telling stories and typing pages ever since.  

I’m a published author and poet working on a YA science fiction novel and an adult women’s fiction novel. I have a few pieces out there. I get a lot of rejections, but I never give up! You can find me at EricaMarchant.com or on Facebook where I’m most active. 

Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?

A: Aaron posted the idea in one of the Facebook writing groups we both belong to. He asked who would be interested in trying to create an anthology. I thought what the heck, I’ll check it out. Somewhere from there to here I got more involved and the project has become my baby as much as it is his. I hope we don’t let anyone down, but I have a feeling it won’t be a disappointment. We’ve got an anthology filled with talented emerging and well-established authors.  

Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring writers?

A: Never give up. I know it sounds cliche, but if you want to be a writer then be a writer. Just get up, write every day, and submit what you write. Let the rejections roll in. Somewhere, somehow you’ll receive an acceptance. 

Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?

A: I’m on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and my website is EricaMarchant.com. Get in touch! I love connecting with writers and fans. Sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date on new releases. 

Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?

A: I read so many, I could never pick a favorite now. I am going classic and old school here to the books that shaped my love of writing as a child:

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, “Once there was a tree. And she loved a little boy[…] And the tree was happy.” I still have the original copy I received as a gift when I was 5-years-old. It taught me that even when you think you have nothing left to give, no happiness left to find, there is always still something there. There is always something more inside you. Dig down deep and find it.
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, for this I have many favorite quotes, but I’ll leave you with two:

    “I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

    “He was poor, yet always appeared to be giving something away; a stranger, yet everyone was his friend; no longer young, but as happy-hearted as a boy; plain and peculiar, yet his face looked beautiful to many.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Now you’ve met the entire anthology team! I need to get back to work editing these stories!
The June 27, 2019 release is right around the corner! 

Aaron Pasker | Melissa Schell | Michael Riley | Erica Marchant | Joshua George.

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Happy *belated* New Year from the anthology team! Here’s what we’re working on with On Loss, an Anthology.

Late in 2018, after receiving over 800 submissions, the anthology team unveiled the title to our first anthology:

On Loss an Anthology

Our submission period ended, we’ve rejected and selected some stories and are busy editing and working with authors. It’s a new year, the holidays are behind us, we are doing everything we can to gear up for a spring release! 

I know we’ve been a little silent as of late, but if you’ve ever produced or published a book or anthology, you know how much work goes into it from beginning to end. We want to publish the best anthology we can.

Aaron, our benevolent overlord, recently posted an update on our group page here. Once final stories are selected and edits completed we will begin the book building process. I’m excited. We’re all excited and we hope you are too.

Coming soon:


6 questions with me, Erica Marchant
Our cover reveal
Final story announcements
Future updates
and more…

In the meantime, tell us a little about yourselves! How are you spending your winter days? Is it frigid where you are or warm? What are you working on? Post your accomplishments, publishing accolades or goals! We want to get to know you.

Tune in next time for 6 questions with me as I procrastinate in writing about myself. I promise I’ll do it, but first editing time!

Meet the team here and catch up on all our blog posts.

Submissions

The Hard Work Begins

Welcome to the hard part! We are busy reading and reviewing submissions, and making decisions. Those decisions won’t come easy. We have all been on the side of the submitter and if it is one thing we know, it is the torturous wait after the deadline passes.

We hope to let you know as soon as we can.

With 800+ submissions, we cannot accept everyone. Though we have recieved many great stories and poems, that means disappointing some of you. While we would love to give feedback on everyone’s submissions, that would take time we are unable to provide at this juncture.

If you recieve a rejection we hope you keep writing and keep submitting! There will be a place for your story or poem.

Personally, I (Erica Marchant) have been there and have recieved 7 rejections this year so far. Never give up on your writing and your goals!

Thank you for giving us a chance and believing in our fledgling anthology. I’ve said it before, but we were amazed at the response to On Loss. And we wouldn’t be here right now without all your support.

We hope you stay tuned for the final product! Your continued support is invaluable. Please like our page at Facebook.com/onloss to stay up to date on our progress and the book launch!

Sincerely,

The Anthology Team

Aaron, Michael, Erica, Joshua. Melissa

Submissions

One Day To Go! Get Your Subs in and Watch Your Mailbox.

Our team is gearing up for the busiest days ahead. There’s one more day to the deadline and  over 700 submissions in review. We’ve got decisions to make and the entire anthology to put together! 

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Get your submissions in now before the deadline at midnight EST October 31, 2018. 

Keep an eye out for a few more “Meet the team” blog posts and future updates.

Watch your Inbox and add our email address to the approved senders list so we don’t go to spam. Ourlossanthology@gmail.com

Also to come, our new Facebook page to keep up to date with anthology progress, the official title, the cover reveal and much more! 

We are so excited to begin the journey and can’t wait to launch the final book slated for March 2019 release. 

In the meantime, good luck. 

We are grateful for everyone who took the leap, gave us a chance and shared your work with us. You overwhelmed us with so many great submissions, and we have many tough decisions to make. Unfortunately, we cannot accept them all. The most important thing is to keep writing, keep submitting, keep doing what you do.

Sincerest thank you from the Anthology Team

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Meet the Team: Six Questions with Joshua George, Editor and The Greatest of All Time. . .

Joshua George, editor and greatest of all time . . . 

Our Loss Anthology is bridging creativity and inspiration in the writing world. Five people from all across America came together to create Our Loss. Hundreds of writers and authors have already submitted content and the deadline is just under two weeks away.


How did each member get involved?

Somehow, somewhere Aaron Pasker convinced five different voices to join the executive team (or as Aaron would say, coerced into joining) to edit, design, publish, and market a brand new anthology.

Here are six questions with Joshua George one of our editor’s, the greatest of all time, and a voice of reason.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing? 

A: Hi! I am from Lexington, KY, a part of the state that really defies stereotypes. It’s progressive, has a rich history and a love affair with good food. I identify with a couple of those things. My real job is as a DJ, which funds my favorite hobby—LARPing—because I am a massive nerd.

Q: About your writing: When did you realize you were a writer or when did you fall in love with writing? Have you published before and where? What are your writing dreams and goals or what do you enjoy writing the most?

A: I’ve known that I’ve wanted to be a writer since high school. The first time I wrote a short story, I remember getting lost in the process, putting around 5k words down in one sitting. Since then, I’ve devoted a lot of my time to learning the minutiae of the craft. If everything goes as planned, I’ll still be a household name a few centuries from now.

Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?

A: Aaron and I met at a writing class held at a bar a few years ago and he quickly became one of my closest friends. When he asked me to help out with this new project, I couldn’t turn him down.

Q: Do you have any advice for the writers submitting to Our Loss Anthology? Any advice to aspiring writers in general?

A: Same advice for both, actually; don’t fall in love with the sound of your own writing. Fall in love with what those words do for your readers. If you can do that, you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?

A: Look for me on Facebook! I’m always excited to engage with writers and readers. We’re in this together!

Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?

A: Dune, by Frank Herbert, is the best book ever written.

Tune in next time for 6 questions with the last, but not least, team member…
ME (Erica Marchant). 

P.s. I had to look up LARPing too! 

Aaron Pasker | Melissa Schell | Michael Riley | Erica Marchant | Joshua George.