The Blood-Red Pencil is famous for its abundance of editor-members. Somehow they allowed me, Morgan Mandel, to sneak into their midst.
Getting back to our editors - Not only do they write informative blogs, but now they’ve agreed to share their expertise in a more practical way. Today, and Every First Tuesday of the Month, The Blood-Red Pencil is instituting what we call Ask the Editor Free-For-All. I’ll be scouring e-groups beforehand, putting out a cry for likely guinea pigs; no, seriously, I mean candidates. Even if you don't see the call in one of my e-groups, you’re more than welcome to join the fray.
I’m sure many of you have questions you’d like to ask editors. Maybe you’re submitting a manuscript or thinking of submitting one, but are afraid to ask for an explanation of a fine point that really bothers you. You don’t want to sound like you don’t know the business, yet you’d really appreciate knowing what to do before you submit. Doing the wrong thing could mean rejection. Here’s your chance to get an answer before it’s too late.
Even if you haven’t reached the submission stage, a question or two might be hindering you from getting down to writing, or perhaps producing your best work.
We’re offering a chance to spill the beans. Just think of us as your Online Editors' Radio Shack and fire away. We have answers for your questions.
To Submit A Question, Follow These Easy Steps:
Leave a comment in the comment section below. Make sure you include your name and blogspot or website not only for promo, but so we know you’re legit.
One or more of our editors will hop over during the day and answer your question in the comment section. If an Editor feels your question needs a more lengthy explanation, you'll get a comment to the effect that an entire post will be devoted to the subject at a later date. If that's the case, you'll receive even more promotion. You'll be told where to send a jpeg of your book cover and/or yourself and a buy link.
If you wish to leave your e-mail address with your comment, you may, but it's not required. Because your question may require a follow-up, it wouldn't hurt if you mention somewhere in your comment where you heard about Ask the Editor-Free- For-All. That way we can contact you through your group so you don't miss the answer.
Our editors will strive to provide answers in a timely fashion, but sometimes life intrusions may intrude. If your answer doesn't show up the same day, that doesn't mean you won't get it, so look again the next day. We're here to help.
By the way, No question is too silly to ask, as long as it relates to writing. Everyone starts somewhere. That’s how we learn.
Okay, fire away!