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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

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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.

Meet the Team: Six Questions with Guest Editor Lynne Buchanan

On Loss an Anthology* bridges creativity and inspiration with loss and pain. Five writers from all across America came together to create the On Loss Anthology. Our submission period is over and we are gearing up for acceptances and editing stories.


The Anthology Team is pleased to announce our newest guest editor!

We are striving to make the best decisions among the many wonderful, well-written and imaginative stories we received. This has been tough! In the meantime, we’ve asked Lynne Buchanan to join us as a guest editor and she has accepted. Lynne offers wonderful advice and gives every writer a reason to believe in never giving up.

Lynne Buchanan

Here are six questions with Lynne. She has a hell of a workload ahead of her along with the other editors, but we trust your stories are in good hands.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing?
A: I have lived in North Carolina for almost thirty-five years, with a few jaunts to other states here and there. As any writer must, I love reading; I’m currently in the middle of a collection of stories by Raymond Carver. When I get a little free time, I paint and draw and occasionally sculpt.
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: When I was in the third grade, I was sent to the counselor for a short story I had written in class. I’d been reading on a college level for at least a year and had caught hold of a few Stephen King novels, and some Tales From the Crypt E.C. comics. I was smitten with horror and wrote a pretty horrific story. Monsters! Murder! Man is the greatest monster of all!!!
Unfortunately, the school conflated the narrator with the author, and I was sent to the school counselor. Maybe they thought that any student that could write that much gore must have “trouble at home.” My parents seemed a little confused as to all the fuss over a story, but forbid me from reading horror…for a while.
I didn’t write fiction again for decades. You could say the education system had scared it out of me. I took a fiction class in college on a lark. The instructor dug my writing. My classmates dug my writing. Apparently, I could string together an engaging and intelligible tale. Would wonders never cease? I was encouraged to apply to the MFA program for a graduate school, and—to my growing amazement—I was accepted. I had gone from a never-writer to a “Master” of creative writing in about two years.
But here’s the thing: I was a master of reading long before I took that first writing class. I devoured every book I could. So, I must add my voice to the chorus that believes that the only way to become a writer is to be a reader. My favorite story that I’ve had published was titled “The Undertaking” (Surreal South ’13). It’s about Hiram Ephram, the undertaker in a small mining town in Georgia. When the dead begin to speak, he learns more than he had ever wanted to know about his neighbors, his family, and himself.
Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?
A: I learned about the anthology through a Facebook group, and liked the idea of driving this project. Loss? Almost every story involves loss, or at least it should. Because every living thing wants, cares, needs, and loses.
Q: Do you have any advice for the writers submitting their work? Any advice to aspiring writers in general?
A: Some general advice: Read good fiction. Read non-fiction. Read everything you can.
More specific advice: Writing is about sense and specificity. If I can make you see the shadow of the lace curtain on a hardwood floor, the motes of dust in the sunlight slanting in the window, the dog curled on the fraying carpet there, make you hear the droning hum of the electric clock on the wall, then when something otherworldly happens, you will be more likely to believe me. The world has to be real, and it only gets that way with clear, specific description.
Bonus advice: When you feel like a piece of writing is complete, read it out loud. Better yet, find some willing soul to read it out loud to you. Listen carefully, especially for anywhere they falter in the reading. These are cues that something in the writing is not quite flowing the way you’d like.
Q: Where can we find you and learn more about your writing and projects?
A: For now you can find me on Facebook; my website is under construction.
Q: What is your favorite book, author or quote from a book?

A: One of the authors that has influenced me most strongly would be Ray Bradbury. If I could write a story even half as beautiful or as powerful as Bradbury, I’d be pretty happy.

Wow! I think we hit the jackpot with Lynne. “every living thing wants, cares, needs, and loses.” Thank you so much for joining us on this journey and helping to make On Loss the best anthology it can be.

Tune in next time for six questions with me, Erica Marchant, as I procrastinate in writing about myself. Thanks Lynne for going first.

Aaron Pasker | Melissa Schell | Michael Riley | Erica Marchant |
Joshua George | Lynne Buchanan

*In case you missed it, we recently revealed the official title On Loss an Anthology.

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

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.

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