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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.

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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.

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Meet the Team: Six Questions with Michael Riley, Editor and Overall Badass. . .

Michael Riley a.k.a Editor and Overall Badass General Manager and the guy who keeps it all rolling

Our Loss Anthology is about more than just creating an anthology. It was an idea turned into a collaboration and a way to understand writing, the publishing industry and how loss affects life every day. 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 over a month 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 Michael Riley our Editor and overall badass, general manager and the guy who keeps it all rolling–or “the guy who does stuff,” as he would say.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? What do you enjoy outside of writing?
A: My name is Michael Riley and I currently live in Palm Harbor, Florida with my wife and two dogs. I wish I could fill this section with all sort of interesting and unusual facts about myself, but in reality, I lead a pretty mundane life. I ran a couple of marathons a few years back, but I’m not sure that could be considered fun nor would I ever suggest that anyone attempt it.
I can usually be found at home hiding from the world, on a beach with my dogs, or with my wife and close friends huddled around a dining room table playing endless rounds of spades.
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 used to write as a child through my teenage years, never with the goal of publishing and rarely with an intention to share anything with anyone. It was a way to pass time and an avenue to express my overactive imagination. Years passed, I married and raised a family, and writing was a hobby largely forgotten. It wasn’t until fairly recently when a close friend suggested out of the blue that we write something together that I rediscovered the agony of putting thoughts to paper. I currently have a novel underway and have developed a love for writing short stories and flash fiction, probably stemming from my notoriously short attention span. I have just started the submission process of several pieces.

Q: How did you hear about Our Loss Anthology and what made you get involved?
A: Aaron beta read a story I had written and asked if I had interest in submitting it to an anthology he was in the very early stages of putting together. A conversation followed centered around my thoughts about the project, and while I have no prior experience putting one together, I do have considerable organizational experience in a business setting. I guess he liked some of my ideas because the next day I found myself on the team.
I really don’t remember accepting the offer, and I am starting to think I may be here against my will. He keeps saying that he is a benevolent overlord, almost in a hypnotic, brainwashing sort of way, but I am starting to have my doubts.

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

A: Be different. Take a risk. In a theme such as this, there are endless possibilities, yet the majority of people will offer variations on just a few basic ideas. Inevitably, many of those works will blend into each other and become more or less indistinguishable from the crowd.
My best piece of advice for submitting to this anthology, and for writing in general, is to think outside the box. Give your audience something they aren’t expecting. Also, develop your characters. Make me care about them and their struggle. A connection with a character will last much longer in my mind after I close a book than elegant prose

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

A: I actually don’t have an author site as of yet. That is something I will be changing soon.

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

A: I grew up reading Stephen King (I lived close to the library and would check them out and smuggle them home hidden in my backpack), still my favorite, went through a Tom Clancy phase, and recently started reading Chuck Palahniuk, of which I am becoming a fan.

Tune in next time for 6 questions with another team member

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

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Meet the Team: Six Questions with the Editor Extraordinaire, Melissa Schell. . .

Melissa Schell a.k.a Editor Extraordinaire

MelissaOur Loss Anthology is about more than just creating an anthology. It was an idea turned into a collaboration and a way to understand writing, the publishing industry and how loss affects life every day. 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 over a month 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 Melissa Schell our Editor Extraordinaire. She has a hell of a workload ahead of her along with the other editors.    

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

A: My name is Melissa Schell. I am 24 years old (25 in December), and am a recent college graduate from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. I currently work part-time at Starbucks, but I am looking for full-time work in the writing field. 

I live in Victorville, CA. California sounds glamorous, but I live in a town in the High Desert. The most exciting thing we have out here are tumbleweeds. It’s right between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, however, so I do *visit* the glamorous places sometimes. 

Outside of writing, I enjoy running and doing yoga, baking and cooking, and doing nerdy things with my boyfriend like playing Pokemon TCG and D&D. I also host a bi-weekly book club with a close group of friends. 

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 fell in love with writing when I was about seven years old. I remember me and my friends were writing stories at school, and we were trying to see who could write the longest story. I don’t remember who ended up having the longest story, but I do remember that I never stopped writing after that.

I always did the Young Authors books in elementary school and took many writing classes throughout high school and college. My current writing goal is to be published since I have yet to be officially published in anything.

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

A: I heard about Our Loss when I met Aaron through a writing group on Facebook. I posted a short story of mine in the group one day, asking for help with editing it. I don’t have any friends that are into editing, so my boyfriend had suggested I meet some people through Facebook groups. Aaron tore my story apart, then felt bad and said I could join his group that was putting together an anthology of stories and poetry. Just kidding… he didn’t feel bad at all about it. But, he did like my writing, and after I helped him with some of his stories, he invited me to join the editing team for the anthology. 

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

A: Keep your readers in mind. When you’re writing your story, ask yourself, “Why should other people care about this?” If you can’t answer that question, it won’t be a story worth reading for your readers. Writers are always in their own heads, so you always need other perspectives for your writing. A lot of it makes sense to you and is important to you, but it won’t be for others.

Also, try to keep in mind the saturation of the market. How does your story stand out from the dozens of other stories with the same topic? This is important to keep in mind for our anthology. Many people have lost a parent, a loved one, their dog, etc. So, how will your loss stand out to me when I read it?

On another note, I recommend reading submission guidelines. That’s important for any place you’re submitting to, not just our anthology. If your story isn’t written in Times New Roman font, size 12, I won’t read it, and neither will other editors at other places. It may ~look cool~ to you, but as a reader, it’s just annoying.

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

A: My writing blog can be found on WordPress Melissa Schell

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

A: My favorite book is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I’m a sucker for classic coming-of-age novels. It’s also a lot less to take in than Joyce’s other works, but still a fulfilling read. 

 

Tune in next time for 6 questions with another team member

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